Happy birthday to the gorgeous Likuliku Lagoon Resort – the only overwater resort in Fiji – which celebrated its 10th birthday on 15 April.
The internationally acclaimed resort is 100 percent Fijian-owned and pioneering in its vision, which was clear from the start: “My vision was to introduce overwater bungalows/bures – something that didn’t exist in Fiji and that past developers had said could never be built in Fiji,” says Tony Whitton, local Fijian entrepreneur and Managing Director of Ahura Resorts (Likuliku’s parent company). “I also wanted to provide a unique resort, modelled on a traditional Fijian village similar to where I grew up as a child. I felt it was important we emulated a traditional design concept and utilised the skills of local Fijian villagers and construction materials to showcase things like the beauty of the soga thatch, bush bamboo, native hardwoods and pandanus weave.”
Tony fulfilled this vision on 15 April 2007, when Likuliku Lagoon Resort opened as an adults-only retreat, offering a unique haven of relaxed refinement with Fiji’s first and only overwater accommodation. Within months of opening and over the ensuing years, the resort would be honoured with significant travel awards and accolades including, Best Overseas Resort in Luxury Travel magazine’s Gold List five years in a row, five-times winner of the HM (Hotel Management) Award for Best Fijian Property, and five-times winner of the Fiji Tourism Luxury Accommodation Award. Likuliku is also the only Fijian resort honoured in The World’s Top 20 Greatest Escapes by the USA’s Islands magazine, and last year was named in the venerated Condé Nast 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards as No.9 in the Top Resorts in Australia and the South Pacific category.
“We set out in 2007 to create a product the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Fiji before,” says Tony. “Not only did we achieve this through the construction of an amazing physical asset, but we set new standards and levels in resort service, cuisine and product integrity, and have maintained it and sustained it for the last decade. Critical to Likuliku’s success are the fantastic staff who are the heart and soul of the resort. Thirty-five per cent of our existing staff have been with us since opening. We thank them all for their dedication and contagious enthusiasm as they set about ensuring guests enjoy and indulge in our tranquil oasis while enjoying world-class food and a quintessential and unique Fijian holiday experience.”
Likuliku is situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji’s west, 25km from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter or seaplane (10 minutes), 40 minutes by speedboat transfer or one or two hours by thrice-daily fast catamaran. www.likulikulagoon.com.au