From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler: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 villasall 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 decorsofas evoke sea shells, light shades are crafted from hundreds of butterfly cocoons, bathtubs are carved from single slabs of granite. It's hard to leaveamuse-bouches materialize throughout the day, and any conceivable meal will be arranged instantlybut 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 Bondworthy dive boat for trips to fertile reefs.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Each villa has its own appeal, but the two-bedroom Overwater Residence juts out above the lapping waves.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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