A FJ$5 million interior makeover of the exclusive Laucala Island in the Fijian archipelago has been unveiled this week. The new look, led by Lynne Hunt London who was behind Laucala’s original design a decade ago, aims to match the flora and fauna of the resort’s “idyllic Fijian environment”.
“The design for Laucala is unique and we wanted to maintain that aesthetic but bring in some contemporary and interesting design details,” says Hunt. “Proportions were played with typical Laucala styling, oversize pots and day beds that provide the ultimate luxury and escape. Quirky and unique pieces of furniture were sourced, or custom designed from South East Asia, along with custom-printed, vintage-style pacific art fabrics in custom colours from Australia.”
New canopy structures and oversized beach beds have been introduced by the lagoon pool, the private beaches on decks and at guest villas. New bar trays, glassware, wicker armchairs and wicker artwork panels have also been added to the villas; meanwhile enhanced lighting has been introduced to create a soft and inviting ambient mood.
Laucala Island’s Beach Bar guest dining experience has been enhanced by the addition of sunken beach seating areas and chill out zones around the perimeter of the lagoon. The Rock Lounge now features huge teardrop pendant lights with a red lighting hue, organic shaped sofas to relax in, along with stone stools, root tree coffee tables and chairs, stone tables and wicker chairs – all complemented with large-scale stone lanterns.
A new lounge dining concept has been developed at the Seagrass Restaurant, where guests can enjoy Pan-Asian tapas and cocktails among an abundant setting of banana plants nestled in giant pots, house lanterns and a profusion of flowers and fruits on display.
The upper dining terrace’s stylish wicker armchairs have been cushioned with a contemporary tapa style fabric in shades of jungle green, teal and corn-silk yellow, this attention to detail extends to the table top with organic style plates in yellow, deep aqua and chocolate. The Pool Bar has also undergone a subtle transformation, with natural wicker armchairs, teak tables, over-sized pots and beautiful lanterns with floating candles.
More photos of Laucala Island’s enhancement can be viewed on LATTE’s Facebook page.
Laucala Island Resort has also added a new US$4.2 million Beechcraft King Air 350i eight-seat aircraft to its private fleet, which now number at three. The isolated retreat operates its own airstrip, with the flight from Nadi to Laucala Island a scenic 50-minute trip across the eastern Fijian archipelago.
Laucala’s all-inclusive rates start from US$4,800 per night for two adults in a one-bedroom residence, through to US$45,000 per night for the exclusive Hilltop Estate, Delana.
Visits from 16 December 2019 to 16 January 2020 require a minimum 7 night stay.