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$400 or more
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Dolphin Island
Dolphin Island , North of Viti Levu
Fiji
Tel: 679 64 7 378 5791
info@dolphinislandfiji.com
www.dolphinislandfiji.com

It doesn't get more private than this. For nearly 20 years, this seven-acre island off the north coast of the main island of Viti Levu was the hideaway of Alex Van Heeren, owner of New Zealand's famed Huka Lodge. When he decided to allow guests, he added very little. A swimming pool is due to be finished at the end of 2005, and an open-air suite sits at the far end of the island for those who want to get away from it all. Otherwise, the extent of development is a two-bedroom elevated bungalow decorated in local style with handcrafted furniture, wood beams, and brown and black Masi cloth covering the walls; the other bungalow houses the dining area, where vividly flavored meals are served. The overall effect is magnificent simplicity, overseen by the warm, ebullient managers Stanley and Dawn Simpson, who make you feel as if this is your very own island home.

$200-$299
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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Natadola , Viti Levu
Fiji
Tel: 888 424 6835 (toll-free)
Tel: 679 67 3 3300
www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/fiji

Sitting on what many consider to be the finest beach on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, this 271-room resort has the palm-fringed sands and clear water that many seek on Fiji's tiny offshore islands. But its expansive grounds also allow it to provide a choice of restaurants, room to swing a golf club, and a spa that's more than a table under an awning. Even the standard rooms are sizable, and all include an outdoor living area that extends the usable space while still granting privacy. The 40-minute drive from the airport might be a drawback for guests on their way to an offshore resort, but the hotel offers so much to do—from a ride on the sugarcane train that runs though the property to a visit to the local fish market—that they might happily decide to go no farther.

$400 or more
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort
Vanua Levu , Savusavu
Fiji
Tel: 800 246 3454
info@fijiresort.com
www.fijiresort.com

At most resorts, children are tolerated (albeit sometimes barely). Here, they're celebrated, with an array of activities at the Bula Club designed specifically to teach them about the ecosystem and keep them busy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and visiting the nearby village. Parents also love that the resort assigns all children to nannies, a ratio of 1 to every 5 kids over the age of five, and one on one for younger children. But you don't have to have kids to love it here, particularly if you like to dive. The resort is located close to several spectacular dive sites, including the coral reefs surrounding Namena Island, which Jean-Michel rated as one of the ten best in the world. There's a full-time marine biologist to explain the undersea life on complimentary guided tours several times a week. Back on land, the 25 bures scattered around the 17-acre former coconut plantation are decorated in childlike primary colors of orange and blue, and range from basic, not air-conditioned, and relatively small (440 square feet) to the prime accommodation opened in 2004, the villas on Point Reef (where we saw Jodie Foster in residence). These 2,000-square-foot bungalows are removed from the rest of the resort and have big decks, private pools, A/C, and cool, understated interiors. Even though there is an adults-only pool and restaurant, you'll hear the laughter and little voices of children everywhere. If thats a turn-off, plan your trip sometime other than summer or over the holidays.

$400 or more
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Laucala
Laucala Island
Fiji
Tel: 679 888 0077
info@laucala.com
laucala.com

In 1972, Malcolm Forbes bought this luscious green morsel as his private refuge; now its new owner, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz, has spared no expense to create a spectacular tropical hideaway. The high price tag gets you over-the-top luxury and total privacy in one of 25 unique villas—all glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings. Each opens onto its own secluded beachfront and private pool. Inside, you'll find the expected mod cons (Bose sound systems, giant plasma TVs, a personal bar stocked with champagne), and exuberant decor—sofas evoke sea shells, light shades are crafted from hundreds of butterfly cocoons, bathtubs are carved from single slabs of granite. It's hard to leave—amuse-bouches materialize throughout the day, and any conceivable meal will be arranged instantly—but Laucala also offers five restaurants, a spa, a stable, and an 18-hole golf course. Go on a mountain bike to explore the seven-mile-long island and Laucala almost feels like an independent nation, with an organic farm, armies of friendly staff, a working jetty, a hangar with mechanics to service private jets, and a James Bond–worthy dive boat for trips to fertile reefs.

$400 or more
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Likuliku Lagoon
Malolo Island , Mamanuca Islands
Fiji
Tel: 888 946 5458
enquiries@likulikubookings.com
www.likulikulagoon.com

This intimate design resort, with clean modern lines, bold colors (when was the last time you saw red textiles in a tropical setting?), and free Wi-Fi, is the first in Fiji to offer overwater bungalows (or as the Fijians say, overwater bure). The 10 freestanding units are as lovely as any in Tahiti or The Maldives with eggshell tubs, rainshowers, flatscreen TVs, peek-a-boo glass panels in the floor, outdoor balconies, and swim-off decks. There are also 18 deluxe beach bure that are actually more spacious and less expensive with enclosed outdoor showers and private plunge pools, as well as 17 standard bures on the beach and lagoon. Common spaces include an infinity pool, a small spa, and a library. Tours of the village that leases the land to Likuliku and provides most of the staff are also highly recommended. And while the rates at this adult-only escape are steep, you get three daily meals in the restaurant, and a 5 pm champagne and canape service delivered to your room if you stay in an overwater room. Upon check-in, you'll receive a pareo and carved stone lei to keep, and besides your bathing suit, you won't want to wear much else. Turndown service each night includes scented oils to lull you to sleep. It's extras like this, along with the unspoiled views and outstanding service that make a stay here so seamless.

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Nukubati Island
Nukubati Island , North of Vanua Levu
Fiji
Tel: 679 881 3901
Tel: 800 707 3454
nukubati@destinationworld.com
www.nukubati.com

This island advertises itself as the last resort, and sitting at the most northernmost point of the archipelago, it is. Remote Nukubati has an authenticity that all the others lack: The resort is owned by Fijians. They've decorated seven cottages in simple plantation style, with rattan furniture, ceiling fans, and big open windows to catch the breeze. There is little to distract from the setting, apart from exceptional snorkeling and diving in the nearby Great Sea Reef and General Manager Gordon Leewai, who treats guests like members of the family. He even invites them to dinner or to birthday parties on the main island with his own family, giving a rare insight into Fijian society.

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Royal Davui Fiji
Beqa Island
Fiji
Tel: 679 330 7090
res@royaldavui.com
www.royaldavui.com

The newest and perhaps most stylish of the Fiji private-island resorts, this collection of 16 villas nestled in lush vegetation on the side of a hill is both native and sleek. Interiors have mahogany floors, sea-grass ceilings, and recessed lighting worthy of a restaurant in New York's SoHo. You get your choice of staying connected (there are phones and data ports on the desks) or dropping out: every villa has an infinity pool overlooking the sapphire lagoon, and the island itself, thick with vegetation, sits on a living reef. The food is sophisticated Pacific Rim, with local ingredients and artful presentation. The place brings downtown chic to the South Pacific (and even provides a specific package for couples sneaking away to elope).

$400 or more
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Turtle Island Resort
Turtle Island
Northwest of Viti Levu
Yasawa Islands
Fiji
Tel: 679 360 256 4347
Tel: 800 255 4347
request@turtlefiji.com
www.turtlefiji.com

Pristine and eco-friendly, this all-inclusive resort was founded partly to preserve the 500-acre island's delicate ecosystem—rain forest, mangroves, 15 species of butterfly, and, of course, turtles. It's a very romantic place (the water and beaches outshone Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon) that accepts only 14 couples at any given time. Each of the 14 traditional two-room thatched cottages (built by local craftsmen) opens onto its own beach. Prime among them is Vonu Point: It's elevated to give the most privacy and the best views of the lagoon. No wonder Turtle Island is the honeymooner's dream (perhaps you've heard of Britney Spears and her husband, uh, Kevin Something?). There are king-size four-poster beds, sunken Jacuzzis, double hammocks, little stone paths lined with leaning palm trees, lobster on the menu every night, and a wine cellar that is deep with imports from across the globe.

$199 or less
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Uprising Beach Resort
Pacific Harbour
Viti Levu
Fiji
Tel: 679 345 2200
enquiries@uprisingbeachresort.com
www.uprisingbeachresort.com

The Uprising's website features a photo of a galloping horse pulling a bikini-clad girl through the surf on a wakeboard (a.k.a. "horseboarding"). This is your first hint that this new resort is very much aimed at the young and young at heart. The 27-year-old half-French Fijian owner runs the hotel with his friends (the GM is all of 26), and tries to get unemployed youth in the area into training and mentoring programs on staff. But the kids are all right, so to speak, and this version of Fiji youth Uprising (get it?) is a surprisingly nice budget property with spacious freestanding beach bures. Expect charming touches like ceramic bowl sinks, modular wicker furniture, sexy outdoor showers, lots of soft lighting and sophisticated tan cotton sheets (too bad the beds dont have better quality mattresses). Uprising also has a large Fijian-style casual restaurant/bar with two open decks serving delicious, well-presented veggie, fish, and meat curries (and a live DJ on the weekends). It's worth visiting for the inexpensive food alone even if you are staying at another Coral Coast property. Theres a nice surf break and beach, and a whole menu of tempting activities including shark dives and Jet-Ski safaris. The horseboarding is a bit suspect (is this humane?), but fits into the resort's overall mantra of letting your hair down for a bit. There is also a flashpacker (Aussie term for more upscale backpackers) 24-bunk hostel on property, but not to worry, the high-spiritedness is contained in the public areas and won't affect you once you retreat to your private bure.

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Vatulele Island Resort
Vatulele Island , South of Viti Levu
Fiji
Tel: 679 672 0300
res@vatulele.com
www.vatulele.com

This resort has a split personality: half exclusive enclave and half all-inclusive Club Med–like playground for honeymooners. It sits on the western side of Viti Levu, the biggest island in the Fijian group of 300; there are four villages on the other side. The 17 standard bures all have a unique blend of brightly colored stucco walls and thatched roofs, with a decor that is equal parts Santa Fe and Fiji. They're cool and breezy style-wise (with terra-cotta floors and ceiling fans), but perhaps not so much in terms of climate: This is the tropics, and there's no air-conditioning. Those who can't stand the heat can book one of the two deluxe villas. The Grand Bure and the Point both have A/C, plus plunge pools, dedicated staffs, and great, highly stylized interiors (African sculpture juxtaposed with modern furniture in russet tones). They're set at a remove from the twentysomething giddiness of the rest of the resort, where the pizza is greasy and the seafood salad like rubber. If that's not your cup of papaya juice, there's always the escape of a thatched hut on the exceptionally lovely beach.

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The Wakaya Club
Wakaya Island , Lomaiviti Islands
Fiji
Tel: 679 344 8128
Tel: 800 828 3454
reservations@wakaya.com.fj
www.wakaya.com

This private-island resort received international attention when it turned up in the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman divorce; rather than forgo an upcoming reservation, they split it in the settlement: one week for her, one for him. Yes, the place is that special. With its secluded location, overwhelming natural beauty, and coddling staff, it has everything you want from a trip to the Fijian islands. The eight regular bures, the local version of cottages, are 1,500 square feet and decorated with a relaxed blend of natural woods, bamboo wall coverings, and elements of high design such as Tibetan rugs. The Governor's bure is even better: 1,850 square feet with its own private garden, Asian antiques, and a Jacuzzi. The stars' favorite is Vale O, the three-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot owners' cottage with a cliffside swimming pool and wraparound views. Meals (included in the price of a stay) are served wherever and whenever guests so desire, and dinner can be taken in a grand open-sided dining room under a 60-foot cathedral ceiling. The kitchen keeps an emphasis on local ingredients—with international panache. Nobu Matsuhisa, a frequent guest, recently tweaked the menu.

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