Laucala Island, Fiji celebrates 1 July reopening at Chiswick

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To celebrate the reopening of Laucala Island, Fiji on 1 July 2016, Marketing Manager, Christoph G. Ganster, and Director of Sales & Marketing, Edvena D’Souza, hosted an intimate lunch for media guests at Chiswick in Woollahra. Matt Moran’s casual dining concept and kitchen garden showcase shares the same sustainability ethos as Laucala Island, where Australian-born Chef Anthony Healy is an advocate of paddock-to-plate dining. Together they collaborated on a menu of classic Chiswick dishes inspired by elements of Laucala Island and its signature dishes. Guests, including LATTE, enjoyed an autumn collective sharing menu of delicacies such as Fijian kokoda; yellowfin tuna on a squid ink cracker with avocado and pickled ginger; wood-roasted Moran family lamb, zucchini and pine nut; and a delicious pavlova with yoghurt mousse and rhubarb ripple.

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Laucala Island is an exclusive South Pacific playground of just 12 square kilometres, comprising 25 private villas and residences, the largest being a 10,000sqm compound, the Hilltop Estate. Each villa comprises one to three bedrooms, with a mirrored design that sees all the features of inside (such as a living room and a dining room) replicated outside. Four hundred staff attend to the needs of only 25 villas, 95 per cent of whom are local Fijians. Laucala’s mission is to guide, assist and help each staff member grow in his or her career. The island brings a new definition to all-inclusive, too, where even high-end wines, golf, horse riding and journeys aboard the submarine are included in the one rate. At just four hours from Sydney, Australia is Laucala’s second most important market.

Under the stewardship of Red Bull baron, Dietrich Mateschitz, Laucala is committed to an organic approach, and 85 per cent of what is consumed by the island comes from the island. There are beehives, a vanilla plantation and a coffee plantation alongside organic farms and a hydroponic garden, producing not just food for its five restaurants, but also sun lotions, spa products, bathroom products and candles. The 18-hole championship golf course is partly set within an established coconut plantation. There is also a 97ha farm devoted to full-blood Wagyu and Limousin cattle, wild goats, quails, three breeds of chicken, two breeds of pig and sheep.

Following Cyclone Winston on 20 February, a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone and the strongest ever recorded on land in Fiji, Laucala closed to repair the significant damage caused to its immaculate and extensive landscaping. Thanks to recent rains, the grounds have now bounced back well and is ready to welcome back the island’s discerning guests. In addition to the luxuries Laucala is known for, the island will also be introducing a dedicated kids’ programme as well as family packages to help well-heeled tribes bond in one of the world’s most unique and luxurious paradises.

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