The Wakaya Club & Spa is a private island resort like no other. Wakaya is Fiji as nature intended: undisturbed, lush, beautiful tropical forest and pristine white beaches.
Wakaya Island is home to the legendary Wakaya Club and Spa, an exclusive and intimate 10 “bure” (suite) beachfront resort and two spectacular private villas.
Wakaya Island is abundant in dense tropical forests, stunning beaches and surrounded by a Marine Protected Area, home to vibrant coral reefs and a plethora of ocean life. Our commitment to you is to ensure your stay at the Wakaya Club & Spa leaves you full of wonderful life-long memories.
Whether our guests seek to build or strengthen relationships, focus on health and well-being, be adventurous, experience a rich culture, all of the above and more, our team is ready to welcome and care for you.
THE WAKAYA HISTORY
The history of Wakaya dives deep into the past, and is even unfamiliar to many Fijians. Wakaya was inhabited by a village called Korolevu, and they were blessed with the spoils of the island.
Unfortunately, they did not live in peace as the land on which they occupied was claimed by villagers on the neighboring island of Ovalau. War was declared on Wakaya as the women were kidnapped and men were wiped out.
Avoiding death by the Ovalau villagers, the Wakayan Chief jumped off a cliff in order to keep Wakaya free. In his honor, the cliff was named Chieftain’s Leap, to commemorate his sacrifice for the land and his people.
In 1862, Wakaya was Fiji’s first island which attempted to make sugar, however, it led to financial failure.
After over a century, Wakaya island was bought and sold by David Gilmour, who was responsible for the island’s development, employing hundreds of Fijians to create the infrastructure enjoyed on the island today till date. In 2016, Wakaya was faced with one of its greatest challenges; Tropical cyclone Winston.
It was one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the world, and it passed directly over the Island leaving much of the Island in complete disarray. It was at this point which ACK Wakaya Holdings saw an opportunity to bring back the once thriving nature, community and resort.
In late 2016 Wakaya reclaimed its roots with a solemn vow to honor the original Chief’s wishes to protect the natural beauty of the Island and embrace the heritage of the original islanders, ensuring their freedom and prosperity. Wakaya has seen many Fijian families grow, and it is always an honor to witness this first hand.
Our mission is to honor the original Chief of Wakaya’s wishes for the protection of the natural resources and the prosperity of the Fijian culture.
In doing so, we seek to provide our guests with a unique and unforgettable experience of our caring and joyful community, the delicious flavors of the local resources, the rich culture of Fiji and the stunning beauty both above and below the ocean.
We seek to balance the ways of the past with a path towards the future for our community. Through Fijian elders we hope to preserve the indigenous ways of the Fijian people, including artisanal, culinary, botanical, musical and medicinal traditions.
Through education by scientists and professors, we hope to uphold and inspire environmental protection of both the land and ocean.
Combining these tools as well as those provided by the FIjian education in the Island school, we hope to provide the children of the Island with everything necessary to empower their future and protect their past.
Fijians naturally have a caring demeanor and are known for their warm welcoming spirit and infectious smiles, our team on Wakaya, is no exception.
From the minute you step foot onto the island you will be greeted with beautiful singing, infectious joy and laughter, and you will be surrounded by our genuine warmth and unique care. Our General Manager, Antonio Aja, who comes from a rich cultured background leads the team.
With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, and with a passion for travelling, gastronomy, culture, history and the arts, Antonio fell in love with Wakaya and its community, and moved with his wife and children half-way across the world.
He is a wonderful host, paying attention to every detail and ensuring your stay on the island is unforgettable. Antonio is supported by an excellent local team, all of whom are proud to be part of the Wakaya experience.
With our intimate setting our staff is able to attend to each guest, catering to their individual needs and ensuring their experience at our resort is like no other.
The VALE LEVU is the largest suite at Wakaya. It is a glamorous oceanfront 4,500 square foot 2-bedroom retreat, designed for two couples or four people.
Each of the two bedrooms feature a king bed clad in the finest Fili D’Oro 100% cotton sheets from Italy, spacious walk-in closet, writing desk, luxuriously appointed bathroom, including two separate vanities, a private outdoor shower, generous soaking tub—designed for two—and separate W.C. with bidet.
This spacious and luxurious air-conditioned bure features a separate living room with a dining area for up to six guests, and, its very own Spa which includes two treatment rooms replete with a relaxation area, which has its own private Plunge/Water Shiatsu Pool Lanai.
Vale’O, or “House in the Clouds,” is our royal suite: a 12,000 square foot villa on a 16-acre hilltop estate with stunning panoramic ocean views.
This three-bedroom villa, said to be one of the finest in the South Pacific, is an air-conditioned retreat that offers complete privacy and attentive personal service for a maximum of three couples (or six people, including children).
Overlooking the Koro Sea and Homestead Bay (the island’s longest white sand beach), Vale’O superbly melds western comfort with eastern serenity, showcasing the beauty of the island and the art and culture of the South Pacific.
The property features a rock-rimmed pool with a waterfall and Jacuzzi, a night-lit tennis court, and a Boules court. Vale’O guests enjoy the services of a dedicated household staff including a personal chef and an on-call driver.
A Vale’O vacation also includes full use of all Wakaya Club & Spa facilities. In addition, Vale’O has wireless Internet and iPod connections.
SEGA NA LEQA
Experience the ultimate in luxury and tranquility. The newest addition to The Wakaya Club & Spa, Sega Na Leqa, is one of the most stunning examples of a luxurious retreat in the Southern Hemisphere. The name of the home is pronounced “Zenga Na Lenga” and is the Fijian phrase for “No Worries.”
Sega Na Leqa has a master wing, with two separate bathrooms and exercise rooms and an exercise pool, in addition to an incredibly spacious living area including; a state-of-the-art kitchen, a library, Grand Foyer, and Great Hall.
The home also features a private guest suite, replete with a living room, a bedroom featuring a king size bed and plunging pool and bathroom. It features a visual experience of an extraordinary architectural achievement surrounded by the magic of the South Pacific Ocean.
The grounds surrounding Sega Na Leqa meld seamlessly with the exquisite landscape of Wakaya Island. The 38m (125 feet), infinity edge swimming pool has an integrated spa pool and allows for a myriad of entertainment possibilities.
GARDEN VIEW BURE
Our Garden Bure is surrounded by elegant Fijian landscaping, closest to our swimming pool and a short stroll to the white beach. This bure offers 1,650 square feet of privacy and serenity.
OCEAN VIEW BURE
Each of the seven Ocean View Bure offers 1,650 square feet of privacy and serenity, surrounded by elegant Fijian landscaping, close to our swimming pool and a short stroll to the white beach. You can enjoy a secluded garden leading down to the beach.
The kitchen at the Wakaya Club and Spa is an extensión of our chef´s soul. Head Chef Marielle Hajj has received numerous awards and accolades through the years and has worked along many of the worlds best chefs in NYC and Paris.
Yet, what makes her cuisine so unique is simply put, the passion she puts to the whole process. For Marielle, cooking is a deeply rooted desire that ignites from the core of her soul.
Her Lebanese and Mexican background sprout strong and passionate feelings that mix with exciting flavors, Fijian customs and the freshest ingredients, to create one of the world´s best dining experiences.
A team of up and coming Fijian chefs work side by side to create unique and beautiful dishes in order surprise the most discerning palates. Think of some of the worlds best freshly harvested ingredients combined with generations of diverse and passionate cooking! We are happy to cater to any dietary needs, please inquire.
OCEAN TO TABLE
Wakaya is home to one of the most impressive Marine Protected Areas. These specially designated areas have been chosen by the government as areas where commercial fishing is forbidden, yet local sustainable fishing is encouraged.
We practice conscious fishing aimed at a combination of protecting and regenerating the coral reef and marine species, as well as providing a diverse menú of fish and shellfish for our guests.
FARM TO TABLE
Farming is a way of life in Fiji and Wakaya is no exception. We proudly cook what the island grows. Fijians believe that anything that is naturally grown is essential for a long and healthy life.
Similarly, we believe that there is no better tasting ingredients than those which come straight from Wakaya’s naturally nutrient rich soil.
Wakaya offers a variety of options for enjoying your meals. Guests can choose from our flagship restaurant, The Palm Grove, our intimate beach house, Baravi Lai Lai, a beach cookout, or dining poolside.
Additionally, we are happy to provide more exclusive and private options such as a picnic on one of our private beaches, or in your own suite. If you have a special event we welcome any opportunity to make it memorable.
THE SPA & WELLNESS
At the Breeze Spa, we offer a wide variety of body treatments, facials and massages designed to create a nurturing and healing experience.
Working with one of Fiji’s most iconic wellness companies, Pure Fiji, our therapists utilize the finest hydrating and nourishing skin care products, created using ancient traditions of combining pure coconut oil and local flower extracts.
Fiji is known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World.” Host to some of the largest reefs in the world, many people come to Fiji, and specifically Wakaya, to experience one of the most stunning marine wildernesses in the world.
The Island is surrounded by one of the few categorized Marine Reserves as well as being a short boat ride from some of the greatest dive locations. Our experienced divers grew up in these waters, and love sharing the beauty and abundance of the marine life at our shores.
DIVING WITH MANTA RAYS
We are proud to be supporters of Manta Trust, a charity created to advance the conservation of manta rays and their habitat. If you are interested in learning about these gentle giants, and diving alongside them, Manta Trust researchers are happy to introduce you to their remarkable world.
PADI DIVING CERTIFICATE
We would be honored to participate in your first diving experience. We can arrange for a certified instructor take you through the necessary training in order to feel safe and comfortable so that you can enjoy every moment of a world you are about to discover.
Our only word of caution is that if your first dive experience is in Fiji, you may not want to dive anywhere else!
With some of the world´s best diving spots and the world´s cleanest oceans, Wakaya´s beaches and surrounding seas provide an amazing opportunity for ocean lovers to discover what the South Pacific at its best is all about
- Snorkeling amongst the giant clams, and other abundant sea life in the Marine Reserve around the Island.
- Paddle Board
- Pedal Board
Lush tropical forests, an ancient coconut plantation and an endless array of colors and natural sounds will stimulate imagination, serenity and joy.
- Different level of Challenger hikes
- 9 hole golf course
- State of the art gym
- Table games
- Pool Table
- Yoga and meditation ( booking upon reservation required)
- Cooking and baking classes
Fijians are proud of their Heritage and confident in their ways. The joy and love with which they promote in their culture is overwhelming and gratifying. At Wakaya, we pride ourselves to guard and encourage these traditions and to learn the beauty of its inhabitants.
- Historical lectures
- Historical guided hikes
- Fijian lovo dining experience
- Fijian dances and shows (booking upon confirmation required)
- Hand craft weaving and carving session
- Star gazing and ancient navigation guides
It is often said that romance is in the details. Amidst the most romantic setting of a private island, it is our pleasure to ensure we deliver on all of the details unique to you and your loved one.
Whether you are celebrating your wedding, your anniversary, renewing your vows, or simply creating special memories with your partner, Wakaya is an ideal setting.
We are happy to work with you in order to ensure your special moments are personalized, and with thoughtful attention to each element of your stay, we help to fulfill your dreams and more.
INSPIRATIONAL THINK TANKS
Throughout the years, many leaders from all walks of life have visited Wakaya in order to let their creative minds flow.
Writers, artists, musicians, business-people, philanthropist and politicians have visited our Island either to re-invigorate their vision, collaborate on ideas or charter new paths. We are happy to cater to whatever helps you and/or your group reach your goals.
If you are looking for the ultimate private getaway for you, your family, or group, we are happy to offer the entire Island on a weekly and/or monthly basis.
The waters just beyond the Marine Reserve surrounding Wakaya are able to host one super yacht at a time, ensuring utmost privacy as you drop anchor.
Enjoy a day or two on the Island, dining, playing golf, hiking, enjoying the surrounding marine life and relaxing at our Breeze Spa. We are also happy to provide our island-grown produce and other supplies to enjoy as you continue on your journey.