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Wakaya Club Resort

Thursday, April 25, 2002
We show you a Pacific resort for the rich and famous. But be warned, you might want to start saving now.

Wakaya Island is one of five in the Lomaiviti Group in Eastern Fiji, a 20 minute flight from Suva. The Wakaya Club Resort occupies the north-west end of the island which has more than 30 beaches, azure lagoons and sheer cliffs.

David and Jill Gilmour bought Wakaya in 1970 when it was a coconut plantation, built the resort on a west-facing beach and opened to guests in 1990. The village, school, 19th century-style church, marina, jetty, airstrip and home for the Gilmours make up the 8½km long island. The village is home to 130 Fijian families and they are employed at the resort.

Guests are transported to the island from Suva or Nadi in the resort's aeroplane. The resort offers total privacy, with a maximum of nine couples present at any one time. Three more couples can be accommodated at Vale O, a five minute drive up the hill. Children under 16 years are not catered for.

The nine thatched bures have no television or phones — guests who need to make a phone call use the telephone room near reception, where there is also Internet access. There is a television in the recreation room, and a choice of DVDs and videos. You can also enjoy a cocktail and game of pool there.

Seven of the bures have ocean views and one has garden view. The Governor's bure, which is a little more luxurious, is a favourite for honeymooners. It has a jacuzzi and a little waterfall. Nicole Kidman was a recent guest in the bure.

Other visitors to Wakaya in recent times are Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Bill Gates.

All bures have an interconnecting living room with full bar, stocked each day with spirits, soft drinks, fresh juice, coffee, tea and biscuits. They also have bath and outdoor shower that is protected and private thanks to a wall of greenery. There are wide, private verandahs with a hammock to swing in.

Vale O, which means "house in the clouds", is set on a promontory above Homestead Bay and gives breathtaking Pacific views. It is divided into three pavillions, including personal kitchen with chef, laundry staff and on-call driver.

The living pavillion has a sunken bar, dining and lounge area and a verandah all the way around so you don't miss any of the view. It has a rock-trimmed pool with spa and remote control, halogen lit tennis court and boules court.

A walkway leads to the guest pavillion which has two large bedrooms with ensuites, and another walkway leads to the master pavillion with king size bed, lavish his and hers bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.

All meals, alcohol, golf, tennis, boat trips to secluded beaches, picnic hampers and two scuba dives a day are included in the tariff. You can try your hand at croquet, play a round of golf, enjoy the surrounding waters from a glass-bottom boat or snorkel in the beautiful clear waters. A two minute boat ride gets you to the edge of the reef. There are some interesting archaeological sites to explore, and in the forest you will see wild horses, deer, pigs and beautifully-coloured exotic birds.

In true Fijian style, meal times are flexible. Breakfast is any time after 7am, lunch any time after 1pm and dinner any time after 7pm. Earlier times and room service can be arranged. Most meals are taken at Palm Grove which has an open bar, but all meals can be served on the pool sundeck dining area.

Culinary requests are fulfilled, and no menu is offered twice. The beautifully-presented meals consist of locally grown organic vegetables, seafood and local venison. A meke — traditional island entertainment of song and dance — is performed once a week, followed by a feast of seafood, lamb, chicken, roasted pig, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over hot stones in the ground.

Massages are an absolute treat at Wakaya Resort. A tandem massage (two people working on you at once) lasts 1½ hours and is guaranteed to relax the muscles you may have overworked in the gym.

Korolevu, the summit of Wakaya, is a place of great spiritual energy. During the days of cannibalism and fighting between islands, the island's chief fled to the peak where he jumped to his death. Guest are free to visit this spiritual place.


Lomaiviti Group in Eastern Fiji


Wakaya Club accommodation starts at around $3000 a double a night, including all meals, drinks and activities. There is a minimum five nights stay. Air Wakaya transfers cost around $400 per person.
Qantas flies daily to Nadi with connections to Suva. Per person prices start at $625 from the east coast, $990 from Adelaide and $1215 from Perth.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

The Wakaya Club
Box 15424 Suva Fiji Islands
Ph: 0011 679 448 128
Fax: 0011 679 448 406

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