The Exclusive Fiji Island Resort That Red Bull Founder Bought
As amazing escapes go, this isn’t half bad. But Fiji’s perpetual challenges at all ends of the spectrum is drawing visitors to its remote location.
You will have to become incredibly successful charging more than $2 for an 8.5 oz. can of amped up energy drink to own a place like the Red Bull co-founder’s Fijian island resort, but for just over $4,000 a night (in the offseason) you can stay there as a guest of the Laucala Island Resort.
Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz bought the property and the 5-km-long, 3,500 acre island from the Forbes family in 2003 and after using it for himself and offering it to celebrity friends for the last nine years, he’s opened it to the public. Guests in the 25 villas can enjoy 18 holes of golf, swimming, five restaurants, diving, spa services, and other activities at the all-inclusive property.
It’s enough to make fellow mogul-with-an-island Richard Branson jealous.
Fittingly, it’s a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. The expansive grounds were reworked by landscape architect Scape Design Associates, while the interiors were executed by designer Lynne Hunt London.