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Bora Bora gets most of the attention when it comes to honeymoon destinations that epitomize that paradise island ideal. But its beauty is not actually unmatched.
The South Pacific is home to countless islands that are just as spectacular, if not more so – and they are way less crowded. You'll see mind-boggling coral reefs, silky sandy beaches lined with coconut palms, luscious green hills, and maybe even a waterfall or two. Fiji is where this kind of magical-sounding landscape is a reality.
To make it even better, the journey to this idyllic land is surprisingly convenient from the U.S. There's even a nonstop flight on Fiji Airways that can get you there from the West Coast. The flight from L.A. to Nadi (the island's main airport) leaves at night and takes about 11 hours, so you'll wake up on the island ready to kick off your honeymoon without wasting any time.
Resorts here tend to be smaller and more private side, and they definitely do not lack in luxury. With a blend of fancy amenities and unmatched privacy, Fiji has some of the sexiest honeymoon resorts around. Here are a few of our favorites:
Best for Privacy Seekers: Laucala
The 3,460-acre island is definitely not short on private nooks and crannies for the two of you to find some alone time. Twenty-five thatched-roof villas spread out on the island's coconut groves and beachfronts each come with their own infinity pool.
Ask for a tour of the island’s extensive gardens and farms that produce fruits, vegetables, herbs and meat for the resort’s restaurants as well as botanicals and spices for the spa.
There are opportunities to golf, work on your diving certifications, hike the island’s mountain trails, head out on a fishing excursion, and more. Plus, if you’re interested in learning about the island's culture, you can visit one of the few traditional villages left in Fiji nearby.
But as we said, each villa comes with its own infinity pool—so if you’re just after a little private poolside R&R, that’s perfectly acceptable, as well.
For Divers: Kokomo Private Island Fiji
The Kokomo experience begins with a painless 45-minute helicopter flight from Nadi International Airport (or a 25-minute flight from Suva International airport). You'll soar over expansive blue seas to the edge of the rugged Kadavu Island group. As soon as you see this 140-acre island appear from the horizon, its lush rainforest and white-sand beaches will make a lasting impression.
Kokomo offers many of the luxe features you’d expect from Fiji’s top private island resorts—infinity pools, exceptional food and wine, privacy in spades—but the leg up they have on the competition is their proximity to the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest and most pristine coral reefs in the world. Whether you’re a snorkeler or a veteran scuba diver, the resort can easily arrange all sorts of outings tailored to you and your partner's level of adventure.
For the Adventurous Couple: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
When this resort opened in 1995, it was the first eco-conscious luxury resort in all of Fiji. And thanks to a complete renovation in 2018, it still reigns supreme as one of the South Pacific’s top private island destinations, proving that sustainability and luxury are not mutually exclusive.
The spa uses local ingredients (like crushed nuts and local honey for a decadent body scrub) and the restaurant only uses sustainable open-water fish, and not reef fish. The resort has an in-house marine biologist that runs a reef regeneration program as well as a clam-breeding project, and they are happy to answer any of your burning questions about ocean conservation.
One of the most impressive things about this resort is that even with only 25 villas, there is over 200 staff on hand, so they can to cater to your every need.
Best for the Surfers and Spa Seekers: Six Senses Fiji
This world-renowned luxury hotel group made waves in 2018 when it opened an exquisite island resort that is 100% powered by solar energy. And since then its spa has already become known as one of the best in the South Pacific with treatments that draw on the brand’s global footprint while integrating local Fijian ingredients and traditions.
For instance, the Heated Lava Shell Massage uses warmed shells and local oils to release tension and boost circulation. The Fijian Bobo Massage releases toxins and eases muscles with locally-inspired firm massage techniques combined with a blend of local oils.
There is also a surf academy on-site so the two of you can discover the sport for the first time, or fine-tune your technique on some of Fiji’s finest waves.
Best for the Non-Planners: Namale
After the entire process of planning your wedding, it’s totally normal to feel a little drained—luckily all you have to do at this sprawling resort is show up. From the moment you touch down, the attentive staff is there to make sure your itinerary is as packed or as relaxing as you desire.
As an all-inclusive resort, you can eat and drink your way through the entire honeymoon, ordering room service to your heart’s content and meeting other couples for cocktails and nightly entertainment. There are plenty of opportunities for romantic nights removed from the other guests, as well, including a private heart-shaped pool overlooking coral reefs that can be reserved, as well as a jungle waterfall where a private picnic or dinner can be arranged.
Other amenities include kayaks and paddleboards for rental, and Fiji’s only 10-pin indoor bowling alley. Between the scenery, the pristine location, and the abundance of activities—it’s impossible to feel bored here.
Best for the Eco-Conscious Couple: Likuliku Lagoon Resort
If carbon footprint is an important consideration when planning your Fiji honeymoon, consider this gorgeous resort. Not only is it 100% Fijian-owned, but the resort has a Tropical Dry Forest Restoration Program to protect and restore the area’s delicate flora. Sustainability is totally integrated into the resort’s everyday operations, from reducing single-use plastics by 80% to coral and marinelife restoration.
The spa uses high-quality, locally made products from Pure Fiji in all of its treatments, including the Coconut Body Glow, which gently polishes the body using coconut and pineapple extracts.
But all the sustainability measures don’t mean that the resort isn’t totally decadent and luxurious—it is. The first (and some would argue, the best) overwater bungalows that Fiji has become known for were built here.
Best for Overwater Bungalows: Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
While many of the country's exclusive private island resorts require another flight or helicopter ride, the Fiji Marriott is a just painless taxi ride away from the airport. It also happens to be the only Fijian mainland resort to offer overwater bungalows—a total plus! These now-famous villas combine traditional thatched roofs with contemporary interior finishes.
And because this is a Marriott, you can expect all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from this global brand: multiple dining venues, on-demand room service, multiple pools, plenty of activities during the day, entertainment in the evenings, and best of all you can probably use your credit card points to book.