Fiji Weddings: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Wedding at Ultra-Exclusive Laucala, Fiji
You can’t get more exclusive or luxurious than Laucala, your private island hideaway. Located in Fiji’s beautiful northern region, Laucala has just 25 villas. Weddings can be held pretty much anywhere your heart desires—on a secluded beach surrounded by turquoise water and white sand, in a chapel on the island, or on the green grass of the plantation lawn surrounded by gorgeous coconut trees.
A wedding ceremony at Laucala includes setup of the chapel or beach venue, warriors, a Fijian chief dressed in the traditional island costume, local flower arrangements (bouquets and leis), and traditional island costumes for the bride and groom. You’ll come away with wedding memories to last a lifetime—and a wedding permit and certificate! Underwater photography is even available for the wedding photos.
“Laucala Island is the perfect wedding destination, offering the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy,” said Managing Director, Christoph G. Ganster.
“The bride, groom and the wedding party are able to explore and indulge in all what Laucala Island has to offer, including a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course, a world-class spa, water sports, nature trails, horseback riding, and many other activities. A dedicated wedding planner will arrange the special day perfectly and create romantic and unforgettable experiences for the couple. To have a chapel on property makes it even more unique. Our team will be true to our vision by creating beautiful moments that last for eternity.”
“We encourage the bride, groom, and wedding party to take part in all that Laucala Island has to offer,” said Laucala Island General Manager Andrew Thomson. “From the spa, water sports, and cooking classes to yoga and nature walks, our resort is an ideal location for a wedding. We provide an authentic and romantic experience unlike any other resort and ensure that each and every guest never forgets the wedding.”
Here are just a few of the many reasons why there’s nothing quite like Laucala in this world.
Fresh, Organic Cuisine
The resort has its own farm of 240 acres, making it the perfect place to organically grow crops and raise animals that provide the majority of products needed on the island. The farm produces vanilla, pepper, tropical fruits, a wide variety of herbs, vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, and string beans, and animals such as poultry, cows (including Wagyu), pigs, quail and ducks, goats, and coconut crabs.
The resort offers five restaurants ranging from fine dining to beachside BBQ. The chef uses the finest sustainable and organic products harvested from the gardens. While menus change often to make use of seasonal produce, dishes might include goong prig thai dam (lobster with black pepper sauce), gyoza (pan-fried farm pork dumplings), and som tam gai yang (green papaya salad with grilled chicken). The Seagrass Restaurant also offers a private jetty service so guests can arrive directly by boat.
Laucala also offers an option called “dining by design.” This means guests’ menus can be customized and enjoyed anywhere on the island—in the jungle, along a jetty, on the beach, in the villas, and more. This offers the bride and groom much flexibility in deciding their wedding dinner.
Imagine staying in an overwater villa set above an emerald-green lagoon or in the Hilltop Estate, which sits on one of the island’s highest points, with astounding views of the Fijian archipelago. There are residences where you can plunge into the water from the front of your bure. There are villas next to a coconut grove and a private beach. There are even villas surrounded by rainforest, with unbroken views of the sea.
You’ll find accommodations constructed and designed with natural woods and fibers, with wild orchids harvested from the resort gardens in each room. Villas are designed with curves and free-flowing shapes, which make use of natural materials. Thatch roofs are made from sago palms, local doga timber, bala bala fern stems, and traditional coconut husk weave. Each villa has its own private gardens and infinity-edge pool lit by Tiki torches when night falls. Villas even come with their own rechargeable electric buggies so guests can roam about as they wish!
The newly married couple may opt for the Hilltop Estate, which is a resort within the resort. These dreamy private quarters, with beautiful panoramic views galore, come with 11,000 square meters of bedroom space and 1,200 square meters of living space. The Hilltop Estate has a uniquely designed main residence with its own panoramic pool landscape, two guest residences, and special services like a private cook, chauffeur, and nanny.
Pampering for the Big Day
There may not be a better spa experience anywhere in Fiji to pamper the bride before the big day. The spa offers traditional Fijian therapies, organic amenities, and serene settings, with four treatment villas, each with its own outdoor tub, relaxation room, and changing room. There are two wet rooms with Vichy showers and steam facilities, and there is also a beauty salon for the perfect mani and pedi. Guests experience Laucala’s signature scents incorporated into each spa ritual: Molikaro (native citrus), Wainimate (medicinal herbs), Senikau (tropical blooms), and Qele (indigenous roots, woods, and spices).
Guests can pick their own spices, herbs, flowers, and fruits—such as vanilla, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, ylang ylang, pepper, and ginger—to create a signature oil, soap, or lotion of their very own from the coconut press.
Unspoiled Wilderness and Beauty to Explore
Only 15 percent of the 4.7 square-mile island is developed, so there’s plenty to explore, from riding a horse along a private beach, to enjoying water sports and rainforest walks. The majority of the land is an unspoiled wilderness of jungle and coconut plantations, so it’s home to some of the archipelago’s rare birds and animals.
Horseback tours are something special at Laucala. Led by Laucala’s horse manager, guests can see private beaches, rainforests, and endless coconut plantations. There are also stops for romantic picnics or sunset drinks along the way.
The Water Sports Center has a fleet of 14 boats—for game fishing, sunset cruises, and day discovery. Equipment for windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, and snorkeling and diving is available, as well. One of the most amazing dive sites in Fiji, the Great White Wall, is just 40 minutes away. The island is also home to an 18-hole championship golf course, with beautiful greens overlooking the water.
Upon arrival at the Nadi International Airport, travelers will be driven to a private Laucala Nadi Lounge. Then guests will be transferred from Nadi to Laucala Island in the resort’s King Air B200 for 50 minutes. Private jets are allowed to land on Laucala as long as it is organized in advance for proper customs and immigration procedures.