Fiji Island Retreat Offers the Ultimate Social Distancing in Luxury
Looking for the perfect island get away during the coronavirus pandemic, but struggling to find a place where you can
Looking for the perfect island get away during the coronavirus pandemic, but struggling to find a place where you can social distance in comfort? Fiji’s Laucala Private Island Resort may offer exactly what you’re looking for. Although commercial flights are closed out of Fiji until March of 2021, with enough money, you may be able to skirt the rules to enjoy your own social distancing bubble in island luxury.
Laucala Private Island Resort Partnered with Fiji Airways
While commercial flights cannot enter Fiji until March 2021, Laucala’s remote location has allowed the government to give them a different set of rules. Per CNN, “Up to 20 guests can fly on a private chartered Fiji Airways jet from Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji’s primary airport and main transit hub. From there, they will be transferred to Laucala, where they will have the private island resort all to themselves.
The few travelers allowed into Fiji at present are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, but because of Laucala’s remoteness the Department of Health has permitted the program to go forward without guests having to isolate for two week.”
Guests will still have to show proof of three negative COVID-19 tests though. They will require one test two weeks before traveling, one 72 hours before boarding the plane, and one upon arriving in Fiji.
CNN adds, “Beyond the transportation and hotel, travelers will get to avail themselves of the Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport — a posh, personal airport lounge that has been used by celebrities and members of the royal family ahead of their own LAX departures.”
Once arriving in Fiji, guests will be able to avail themselves of the private Fiji Airways lounge in Nadi.
What Guests Can Expect in Their Luxury Social Distanced Bubble
With the option of traveling in a bubble from one airport to another, guests arriving at Laucala’s remote resort will be able to feel as confident as possible that they’re vacationing safely.
$490,000 will get you the private jet, a minimum seven night stay in Laucala, on-island activities, and food and drink for up to 20 people. Guests must fly out of Los Angeles, so they are responsible for getting to the airport on separate dime.
The resort offers 25 different villas, with 10 open for guests to insure staff and vacationers are all appropriately distanced. With the stunning blue waters, lush tropical background, and all the island amenities one associates with Fiji, Laucala is a place to kick back in your coronavirus-free bubble, and forget the stresses of the world.
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With Fiji struggling with income loss due to travel restrictions, they are eager to welcome those with the means to visit safely. CNN writes, “Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia ‘Frank’ Voreqe Bainimarama has made no secret of his desire to appeal to ultra-wealthy travelers. A ‘blue lane’ was created to permit travelers to come to the country via private yacht, with visitors able to serve out their quarantine on board before coming ashore.
A potential travel bubble dubbed the ‘bula bubble,’ which would open up quarantine-free travel between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, has not yet come to fruition.
Bula means ‘hello’ or ‘welcome’ in Fijian.”
Unparalleled Levels of Luxury and Privacy
The Laucala website shares their philosophy; “A private island refuge in the South Pacific, Laucala unites dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy.
No expense has been spared at the exclusive tropical hideaway, where 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches and atop the island’s volcanic mountains, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle.
Style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout, from the natural fibres and woods used in design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms.
Set over 1,400 hectares, Laucala epitomises the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago is famed.”
If you have the cash and a burning desire to get away from the world for awhile, Laucala may be right for you.