LUXURY MAGAZINE | Island Ties

This characteristic warmth exudes across the islands and farther east to the remote Northern Lau chain, where the country looks wilder, even mysterious. General managers Rob and Lynda Miller (Australian and American, respectively) have lived the Fijian way for decades. They raised two kids remotely on Wakaya Island with little communication to the outside world beyond a ship-to-shore radio. Since building Wakaya from the ground up into Fiji’s first five-star resort, they’ve simultaneously built an incredibly unique life as real South Pacific pioneers.  From 2010 to 2015, they built Vatuvara Private Islands, where they inspire guests to connect with what’s truly important—the arts of traveling, living, and protecting what we have. Working with many of the same staff for decades since Wakaya, the Millers foster a strong network of “family ties” that connect staff among top resorts.

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Lynda Miller
VOGUE | Inside the Private Island Resort Where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Stayed in Fiji

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 16-day tour of Australia, Tonga, New Zealand, and Fiji is jam-packed with engagements (76, to be exact). But in the middle of it all, the couple managed to sneak in a luxurious night to themselves.

According to multiple sources, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent an enchanted evening at Vatuvara Private Islands resort. The 800-acre property, which can only be accessed by private plane, has just three over-the-top villas. Its “flagship” home, called the Delana Villa, has an infinity pool, a private beach, an indoor massage area, and its own dining gazebo, all overlooking the South Pacific.

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Lynda Miller
WISH Magazine | Hotels: Vatuvara Private Islands

A tropical island paradise, relatively remote but intriguingly accessible, with just three holiday villas, activities galore and a complement of staff worthy of a fully fledged resort? It sounds like the stuff of fantasy, but on Kaibu, the centrepiece of the Vatuvara duo of neighbouring private isles, the dream is delivered. First comes a flight from Fiji’s gateway of Nadi aboard a Kaibu Air twin-otter helmed by Central Casting pilots. Our flight of more than an hour over the main isle of Viti Levu reveals mesmerising views of the dip and rise of forested valleys and fertile highlands, then lagoons of paint-chart blues that fade to rinsed turquoise shades around encircling reefs. As the plane lands on Kaibu’s immaculate airstrip, edged with an acreage of solar panels, and staff appear to sing in melodious welcome, it’s as if the real world has all but disappeared. Management’s assurance of the fastest and most efficient wi-fi access in Fiji somehow seems a disappointment.

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Exclusive Travel Group presents Vatuvara Private Islands

The islands are idyllically hidden as far off the beaten track as one can imagine.  Rising out of the cobalt blue waters of the South Pacific, this breath taking destination is located in Fiji’s pristine northern Lau waters on Kaibu Island and offers a secluded, unspoilt paradise for the discerning traveller.

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Jan Mallis