How these luxury resorts celebrate Fiji's natural environmentby Noted
A new generation of Fijian resorts is redefining luxury by connecting long-held traditions, warm hospitality and a distinctly local flavour.
Six Senses Fiji: An eco-friendly stay
You’ll find Six Senses Fiji on the tropical Malolo Island, part of the stunning Mamanuca Islands archipelago – surrounded by crystal-clear water and white-sand beaches, with established trees, it is a sensitive local environment like no other.
Here, 24 pool villas – along with two restaurants, a guest lounge, library and spa – sit lightly on the land. They’re the height of luxury but low impact, carefully located to protect guests from the prevailing wind and to preserve natural features and trees; they’re also designed around reclaimed materials. They feature mahogany and rain-tree furniture, grass-cloth wallpaper, complemented with bold Fijian tapestries and handicrafts, all produced by artisans from the island.
In keeping with the Six Senses ethos, sustainability and environmental awareness were key to the development, all while still providing a luxury, contemporary feel with a true Fijian flavour.
Rose Kavanagh, Six Senses Fiji marketing communications executive.
Many resorts think about sustainable design carefully; few take it further. Six Senses features one of the largest off-grid solar installations in the Southern Hemisphere, paired with Tesla battery packs. It harvests rainwater, uses worm-based septic tanks and has its own reverse osmosis plant water refinery, producing high-quality drinking water without depleting the island’s water table.
The resort’s menus are similar, and designed with a focus on wellness and health. Fish comes from local fishermen, while a large garden produces herbs, vegetables and fruit for the menus, drastically reducing the island’s need to import produce – and the aim, fittingly, is for the island to be entirely self-sustaining in the future.
Six Senses Fiji
Kokomo Island Resort: A commitment to wellness
Kokomo Island Resort's 21 beachfront bures and five luxury residences have been designed to deftly intertwine local tradition with modern contemporary living in a pristine natural environment.
It’s a concept that flows through the whole island, not least in the Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary, where a range of indulgences – from Hamman body treatments to facial therapy, Pacific mastery to facial therapy and hair care – draw on traditional Fijian practices to help you relax and rejuvenate. At the heart of the sanctuary is the relaxation pavilion, an open-air traditional building where you can complete the experience with a fresh juice or a smoothie in a tranquil environment.
“Located centrally at the heart of the island, the Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary is surrounded by nature. The architecture and design of the spa structures use traditional Fijian craftsmanship to create a true village style sanctuary surrounded by lush tropical gardens and soothing water ponds. Treatment bures with outdoor showers along with our open air relaxation bure deliver the incredible benefits of fresh sea air, which lifts our mood and releases stress and tension.” Naomi Gregory, Spa Consultant, Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary.
Kokomo’s commitment to wellness goes more than skin deep, however: complimentary yoga, meditation and pilates classes are available to all guests, encouraging you to wind down and rejuvenate – start the day with a class in the sunset pavilion, or finish with a sunset session – while for the ultimate experience, take a private class in the comfort of your room.
Kokomo Island Resort
Around the corner: Tokoriki Island Resort
With 45 architecturally designed bures, Tokoriki Island Resort is a boutique resort known for romantic getaways. The resort’s wellness packages use local ingredients in contemporary ways – weleti (papaya) is used in a body wrap, while lumi (sea minerals) from the pristine waters of Fiji are used in a cleansing body buff and organic seaweed is used in body wraps and facials for a distinctly local detoxification.
Tokoriki Island Resort
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