Fantasy Island

The Fiji Islands have long been a popular destination for couples seeking a tranquil and romantic getaway. Upping the ante as one of Fiji's most luxurious escapes and the only one with over-water bungalows, Likuliku Lagoon Resort (Malolo Island) is casting its spell on visitors thanks to an idyllic locale in the midst of the Mamanuca archipelago. The name Likuliku, which means calm waters, was given to the resort in honor of the magic the island possesses. Its turquoise lagoons, colorful coral reefs, tropical climate, and friendly locals make for an ideal setting in which to flee the stresses of everyday life.

Malolo Island is the idyllic setting for Likuliku Lagoon Resort, a luxe couples' escape.
Malolo Island is the idyllic setting for Likuliku Lagoon Resort, a luxe couples' escape.

Also aiding in that objective is the resort's Tatadra Spa, which can be found nestled in a lush green slope of the island. Meaning house of dreams, Tatadra offers guests an intimate hideaway in which to experience true Fijian hospitality. With five full-time therapists on staff, the spa handles approximately 16 guests each day. Because most of the guests are couples, honeymooners, and other duos celebrating life milestones such as anniversaries, the majority of treatments performed turn out to be couples' treatments.

Home to the only over-water bures in Fiji, the resort gives water-loving guests easy access to a colorful array of sea life.
Home to the only over-water bures in Fiji, the resort gives water-loving guests easy access to a colorful array of sea life.

According to spa director Scott Howard, most guests are looking for a unique, yet relaxing, experience in a picturesque and peaceful setting. He attributes the spa's success in standing apart from the competition to the genuine, friendly nature of the Fijian therapists, high-quality treatments, and locally made products. "We wanted a product line that reflected the natural resources available in Fiji," says Howard. "Pure Fiji was the logical choice, as the products are of high-quality and locally produced using all natural ingredients." Pure Fiji products also prove helpful in promoting retail sales. "Every time guests use or smell the products, they are reminded of their time at Likuliku and their experience at Tatadra Spa," says Howard. "The products also make great gifts to return home with for family and friends."

The spa features a number of wraps that help nourish the skin after a day of surf and sun.
The spa features a number of wraps that help nourish the skin after a day of surf and sun.

With a host of Fiji-inspired treatments, the menu capitalizes on the spa's tropical setting. The Fiji Island Ritual ($210, 90 minutes), which begins with a deep-pore cleansing coconut cream exfoliation, a banana leaf wrap, and a scalp treatment, concludes with a hydrating massage using a nourishing body butter. There is also the Dilo Foot Rescue ($80, 45 minutes), which helps soothe swollen and tired feet and legs with Dilo oil, a traditional Fijian remedy. "The aim when creating the menu was to combine techniques and bodywork indigenous to Fiji with modalities found elsewhere around the world," says Howard. "These treatments were then to be incorporated with the use of traditional Fijian remedies and ingredients." Cane sugar, coconut milk, and pineapple extract are just some of the ingredients that take center stage.

The resort's beachfront bures feature inviting outdoor showers that will appeal to most spa-goers.
The resort's beachfront bures feature inviting outdoor showers that will appeal to most spa-goers.

A number of couples' treatments are also available, such as the Couples Indulgence, which takes place in the spa's private double treatment room. Pairs can choose from among the Aromatic Massage ($97, 60 minutes), the Blissful Stone Massage ($115, 60 minutes), the Spa Facial ($110, 60 minutes), and the Serenity ($206, 2 hours), which combines an Aromatic Massage with a Rejuvenating Spa Facial. Brides and grooms may also want to opt for the Marau (eternal happiness) Wedding Package ($206 per couple). The bride (2 hours 30 minutes) is treated to an Island Foot Wrap, a Paradise Sugar Body Glow, and an Aromatic Massage, whereas the groom (90 minutes) experiences a Healing Stone Massage. According to Howard, the spa's most popular treatment is the Couples Aromatic Massage. He also points out that the Couples Blissful Stone Massage is another one duos gravitate toward.

Tatadra Spa is nestled in the island's lush foliage.
Tatadra Spa is nestled in the island's lush foliage.

While the logistics of running a spa on an island poses its own set of challenges, Howard is focused on fulfilling the spa's mission to provide a haven of relaxation and revitalization for its guests. As for the future, plans have already been drawn up to expand the spa with the addition of two double treatment rooms and a Vichy shower. In the meantime, guests can take comfort knowing that this House of Dreams is just that—a respite from the outside world.

A soothing footbath, such as that featured in the spa's Dilo Foot Rescue, is ideal after a day of bushwalking or snorkeling.
A soothing footbath, such as that featured in the spa's Dilo Foot Rescue, is ideal after a day of bushwalking or snorkeling.

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