Dolphin Island offers a superb luxury 'castaway' experience to a maximum of just eight guests, on an exclusive-use basis, within the privacy of their very own 14-acre South Pacific tropical paradise - surrounded by crystal-clear, blue waters, palm trees, golden sand and fragrant flowers.Located just 30 minutes by private boat from shore, on the tip of Viti Levu, lies Dolphin Island. Guests arrive by private boat and are immediately enveloped by the beauty and the style of hopitality that awaits.
The main bure, with its fabulous traditional palm-thatched roof and architecturally detailed elevation holds centre court. A pair of equally picturesque guest bure suites sit to each side in perfect harmony. This group of buildings are at one with the landscape and every aspect of their design ensures perfect enjoyment of the island’s nurturing and lush natural beauty.
The main bure is the hub of rest, relaxation and fun with a series of poolside areas perfectly designated for time spent lazing on day beds (either pre or post a dip in the cool waters of the infinity pool), or for al fresco dining.
Casual groups of plantation-style chairs, perfectly-placed side tables and soft feather-filled sofas beckon – as each day draws seamlessly into the next and your daily schedule is totally of your own making.
As the last rays of the sun catch on the tips of the palm trees and sink into the ocean, the open veranda, with its banks of bi-fold doors offers the perfect venue for a tropical cocktail, or a glass or two of chilled wine.
Island host Dawn Simpson and her staff continue to provide the warm style of hospitality that Fijian people are so well known for. They will look after guests as little or as much as they desire, while always providing attentive, personal and solicitous service.
Meals on Dolphin Island are delicious and feature the freshest of produce, with many flavours and ingredients unique to Fijian cuisine. Freshly caught fish is brought to the island daily so guests can select their preference from the catch and it will be beautifully prepared and served within hours. Fresh tropical fruit is abundant and full of sweet juice – papayas, mangoes and pineapples.
Room typesDolphin Island guest bure suites are perfect for a relaxed tropical lifestyle – featuring heart timber floors, plaster walls, stone tiles, wooden shutters, high ceilings and the latest in air conditioned comfort.
They flank either side of the main bure and share close proximity to pavilion where the infinity pool and the main bure are located. A short walk takes guests to the private beach.
The dressing rooms are large and generous in proportion and these are further complemented by well-appointed bathrooms, twin hand basins, shower, sculptural free-standing bath and an outdoor shower, within a private garden courtyard.
Fine pure cotton bed linen and soft feather pillows are perfectly suited to the climate and The Huka Retreats famed attention to detail is strongly evident within this haven of relaxation and romance. Pure Fiji toiletries, fine waffle-cloth cotton bathrobes, towelling slippers and hair dryers are also provided within this perfect home-away-from-home retreat.
For total romance, guests can take a easy stroll to the top of the island where the hilltop sleep-out bure awaits. This utterly divine, thatched open-air bedroom faces out to sea and is placed to enjoy the sunrise at dawn. The hilltop sleep-out bure is both rustic and refined – perfect for a tryst or for an overnight stay!
Renowned interior designer Virginia Fisher has ensured Dolphin Island offers an extraordinary guest experience. Ambience is in great abundance as Virginia’s sense of place emerges strongly, as she references colours, textures and patterns from the Pacific – boldly and with her absolutely innate sense of style. Every level of guest comfort has been considered from thirsty beach towels to perfumed candles – and the total effect is utter magic.
- 24 Hour Reception/Concierge
- 24 Hour Security
- Air Conditioning
- Baby sitter
- Complimentary airport pick up
- Electrical adapters
- Event Planning
- Fridge (in room)
- Guest Laundry/Valet Service
- Luggage Storage
- Musical And Cultural Entertainment
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Pool Bar
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Tour Desk/Activities Office
- Wedding Facilities
Our activitiesWith their own private island as a playground guests often do not feel the need to ever leave. A Hobie cat, sea kayaks and snorkelling equipment is available on Dolphin Island for guests to use. However should they choose to the island – a wonderful variety of activities are available.
Aquatic adventures abound, with warm, clear waters and coral reefs providing the perfect habitat for amazing marine life and the surrounding area has some of the best diving in Fiji, with divers travelling from all over the world especially to experience it. Guests can snorkel, tank dive, swim and fish with carefully selected operators whose local knowledge is invaluable.
Cultural visits to nearby villages and areas of historical interest can be arranged, as can pampering massages and facials.
- Cultural lessons
- Guided walks/tours
- Kava ceremony
- Musical And Cultural Entertainment
- Sailing – Hobiecats
DiningAll meals are prepared especially for our guests and menus are created according to their preferences. The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and best quality fresh ingredients. The cuisine is under the overall control of sister property Huka Lodge's Executive Chef, with a member of his team often supporting Dawn Simpson during guest visits. Guests often like to see how local dishes are being prepared and Dawn and is happy to share her recipes and techniques.
On their last night guests are treated to a traditional Fijian lovo dinner. Stones are heated within an eathen pit and foods wrapped in palm leaves are cooked until meltingly tender.
Due to the small number of guests and the very personal style of service, guests can also choose where they would like to dine and a table will magically appear. There are many romantic and unique dining venues, like the floating pontoon, on Dolphin Island and guests are encouraged to experience them all during their stay.
TariffsFor current Dolphin Island tariffs please visit our website.
ContactFiji is 11.5 hours flying direct from Los Angeles, USA, under four hours flying direct from Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney or Brisbane, Australia.
Arriving at Nadi International Airport, you can take a 2.5-hour private vehicle transfer following an interesting coastal route to Rakiraki, your embarkation point.
Other transfer options include helicopter and float plane. Car and private boat transfer to Dolphin Island are included in the tariff.
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