Likuliku Lagoon Resort: About

Located in Malolo Island, Fiji

For Fijians, riding off into the sunset always leads to Malolo Island. Indigenous mythology holds that the gods created this idyllic place as a refuge for the sun after a day of wandering South Pacific seas. “Na siga e dromu i Malolo,” they say: Malolo is where the sun comes to rest. Now this alluring island provides a respite for eco-minded travelers at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Here, a cluster of hand-thatched bungalows rises gracefully from the beach like an ancient village, and a boardwalk leads to the pièce de résistance: a lineup of 10 bungalows perched directly over the water. In addition to celebrating the beauty of its turquoise lagoon from every angle, the lodge actively protects the rare creatures of its fringing coral reef, ensuring that Malolo’s storied waters offer a pristine sanctuary for marine life, guests, and the setting Pacific sun.

Highlights

  • Snorkel the vibrant reef fringing the Likuliku lagoon, and keep an eye on a kaleidoscope of sea life through the glass floor of your private over-water bungalow.
  • Unwind with a soothing foot soak infused with indigenous dilo oil at the spa, nestled into the island’s green slopes.
  • Take part in a traditional kava ceremony, sipping a bowl of the root infusion and learning about its role in Fijian culture.
  • Dine on handpicked island crab and other locally sourced fare in the lodge’s elegant restaurant.
  • Gaze out over azure waters while sipping a signature "coco mojito" at a thatched bar perched in the middle of the Likuliku lagoon.

Why We Love this Lodge

Sometimes, a mission lands on your doorstep—or crawls into your backyard. Back in 2010, lodge staff found an injured Fiji crested iguana on the grounds. Scientists hadn’t spotted the prehistoric species on the island in 25 years, long deeming this endemic iguana locally extinct due to habitat loss and non-native predators. Captivated by the discovery, the lodge doubled down on efforts to recover this critically endangered species.

Working in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, San Diego Zoo Global, and Australia’s Taronga Zoo, Likuliku operates an iguana captive-breeding sanctuary and has successfully tagged and released more than 20 of this distinctive green and white-banded iguana. Recently, Likuliku leased a nearby island that is small and uninhabited, where they plan to introduce more of their captive-bred iguanas to their natural wild habitat.

Lodge Features

  • 45 unique bure accommodations, including 10 over-water bungalows
  • Spectacular main building designed to evoke a Fijian canoe house
  • Chef-driven restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, and two stylish bars
  • Freshwater swimming pool with loungers
  • Guest lounge with TV, DVDs, games, and library; boutique; and private event room with outdoor terrace
  • Spa with lagoon views
  • Organic garden that yields lodge produce and beehive for honey
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Helipad
  • Laundry and postal services
  • Free Wi-fi throughout the property

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Likuliku Lagoon Resort, guests are invited to join the lodge’s environment manager for a private presentation on the endemic Fiji crested iguana. Learn about the history of the species on Malolo and on the lodge property, then set out on a personalized tour of the resort's iguana sanctuary to see the breeding cages and the dry forest where these creatures are staging a comeback.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Conde Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice Awards, Top 10 Resorts in Australia & South Pacific, 2016 & 2017
  • Conde Nast Traveller UK, Top 10 Best Places to Stay in the South Pacific, 2015
  • Luxury Travel Magazine Australia, Gold List Awards, Best Overseas Luxury Romantic Property, Finalist, 2017
  • Luxury Travel Magazine Australia, Gold List Awards, Best Overseas Luxury Boutique Property, Villa or Lodge, Finalist, 2017
  • Luxury Travel Magazine Australia, Gold List Awards, Best Overseas Resort, Finalist, 2015–2017
  • Luxury Travel Magazine Australia, Gold List Awards, Best Overseas Resort, Winner, 2010–2014
  • Brides, No.1 Honeymoon Resort in the South Pacific, 2015
  • Mr & Mrs Smith, Hotel Awards, Best Spa Hotel, Finalist, 2015
  • USA Today, Top 8 Amazing Beach Resorts Around the World, 2015
  • Islands, Top 31 Island Getaways, 2015

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