MILL VALLEY, CA—Auberge Resorts Collection plans to manage Nanuku Resort and Spa, an ultra-luxury boutique resort that opened in March on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, and rebrand it Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji. The resort is owned by Bixby Bridge Capital, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm.
“We are delighted to bring the Auberge brand to the Fiji Islands,” said Craig T. Reid, president and CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This gem of a South Sea resort embraces all of the Auberge hallmarks: sensational locale, exceptional service and cuisine and guest experiences that inspire a sense of discovery. It is a natural partnership and an exciting addition to the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio.”
Nanuku offers 18 Balinese-style suite and villa accommodations furnished with contemporary and Fijian decor, featuring decks, private plunge pools and ocean views. Nanuku’s Club House is the private hub for resort guests and boasts gardens and sea views through a colonnade of handcrafted Fijian decorated posts. The Lomana Spa and Wellness Centre includes a fitness center (with personal trainer on standby), a hair salon, the Lailai Children’s Club and a guest library. Guests may learn skills from local artisans in the Cakava Creative Workshop, from grass skirt weaving to tapa printing. The Kanavata Restaurant and Lounge Bar looks out across an infinity pool to a lagoon framed by coconut palms. The Sunset Deck is located poolside, and the Wai Pool Bar serves tropical drinks (including the resort’s Nanuku caprioskas) infused with local ingredients.
Nanuku’s Vunikau (Treehouse) Residence is perched atop a volcanic outcrop and overlooks the Beqa Lagoon. Made up of four suites, the Vunikau Residence is comprised of the Penthouse Suite and three Vunikau Suites, which can be used exclusively or on a stand-alone basis. Each Vunikau Suite is separately keyed and has private access off a shared breezeway.
Plans for Nanuku include a limited number of private beachfront residences that will be developed and offered for purchase. Each Nanuku Ocean Estates residence will be oriented toward the shore to capture ocean breezes and panoramic views. This is a rare opportunity in Fiji, where just 9% of the land is available for private residential ownership, according to the company. When designed and constructed to Auberge standards, the villas may be included in Nanuku’s rental program and Auberge Resorts’ home-exchange program.
Nanuku offers its own private airstrip and is a 20-minute flight from Nadi Airport. Upon landing, guests are transferred by private car to the resort a few minutes away.