This post is part of a series from my recent trip to Fiji.  Click here for the introductory post.

AT DOLPHIN ISLAND, Relais & Chateaux/ This is a sister resort to New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge at Lake Taupo.*

This is your own private island no matter if there are just two of you or 8 (the maximum). 3 king bures and one twin. Your own communal pool. Your own chef. Your own bartender. Excellent pina coladas! And your own designer living room.  The entire resort is managed by a very delightful local woman – I’d call her either a saint or a sage. Or both. 

Until I’d been here I’d never been to a resort which you basically charter or take over.  I figured that was reserved for a celebrity.  Happily wrong and what a fabulous idea.

I was lucky enough to have gone with 3 friends and a good looking Kiwi helicopter pilot so we just hung out, ate, swam, drank, fished, read – and then repeated that. Because the central part of the resort is compact, you’re all hanging out with either other when you want to, and not when you don’t want to. And if you want to really get away just walk to the other side of the island — maybe that will take you 10 minutes.  There you’ll find a secluded beach (for walking around, not sunbathing) and even another private bure where you can take a nap, or even spend the night if you don’t mind the lack of walls.  See the pic below.

Dawn, the amazing woman who runs the place, has a bigger than life personality, is a lot of fun, can read your mind, and just makes everything happen. Hard to describe this place but I strongly recommend it for families, friends & couples traveling together.

Like Vomo  you should arrive by helicopter. Absolutely spectacular views of the reef. 

* Packages are available combing both Dolphin Island and Huka Lodge.

For all pix of my sojourn, visit my Fiji Flickr page.  And click here for our perks at Dolphin Island.

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