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Theo Laksmana, travel manager at Bruvion Travel, first visited Fiji 12 years ago on a surfing trip. But he’d never stayed on private Laucala Island. Until recently, that is. Now back at his resident desk in California, Theo says he’s still wowed…
“They told me I would have tears when I left, I didn’t believe them. I had tears when I left. No words or photos will ever truly do this place justice.”
His most magical moment: “The final night. The staff prepared a BBQ in the `backyard’ of our villa overlooking the ocean, and brought in local musicians to play for us and drink kava. My cup was always full – of either scotch or kava. As was my belly. Truly a fantastic touch.”
Theo notes that he heard of Laucala a few years ago – and had a good overview of the property – that it was private, self-sustaining, secluded. “But nothing prepared me for the actual arrival onto the island,” he says. “By the second day, the staff addressed me by my first name, a few fist bumps, plenty of genuine warm-hearted smiles, as if we were all in on an inside joke. No request was too big or too small, all done with a smile and simple nod.
“There is absolute freedom to do anything you want – at any time of day. Scuba? 18 holes of golf? Horseback riding? Sunset cruise? Jet ski? Relaxing cocktail hour inside your villa? Outside your villa? You want a spa treatment this afternoon? You want to order something off-menu? No problem. Part of what makes everything so amazing is that you do not have to worry about a thing…if there will be space on the golf course, space for a morning dive (there is), if you need to make a reservation at the restaurants, call the concierge to pick up your washables (you don’t).
“The food is another huge asset. It isn’t shipped in from the main island or flown in from somewhere else. Every dish is expertly crafted by an amazing chef. Laucala grows 80 percent of its food and produce, almost all its vegetables and meat, with the exception of milk, cheese and fish. Plus its own orchids. And those chicken eggs…”
Theo finds Laucala “perfect for the affluent traveler who has been to the tried-and-true resorts of Bora Bora, Bali, Turks and Caicos. And who is looking for something on the next level. Laucala is as active or as secluded as you want, bring the family, don’t bring the family. It’s Best of the best. League of its own. Paradise on earth.”
Travel Manager, Bruvion Travel
Office: (732) 473-9982
Fax: (732) 473-9986