There’s no FOMO on Vomo. Tropical dreams are realised in glorious colour on this lush triangle isle of coconut palms, mango trees and hibiscus bushes, fringed by coral reef and topped by an erstwhile volcano. Situated between the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups, Vomo caters to a maximum of 100 guests and benefits from the luxury of space – there’s a nine-hole pitch and putt course on the landscaped grounds and much of the 103-hectare island remains untouched. There’s a resident yogi, plus a yoga deck, as well as fitness instructors, gym, tennis court and a spa to unwind and relax in.
Vomo lies 23 kilometres off the northwest coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, making it an easy 15-minute helicopter transfer from Nadi Airport. Alternatively, it takes 75 minutes by boat from Port Denarau, a half-hour drive from the airport.
All 26 hillside and beachfront villas have king beds, freestanding tubs and sun-lounge decks, while the two larger beachfront retreats come with outdoor tubs and showers. Blond wood furniture and sand-coloured fabrics contrast with industrial-style pendant lamps, darker weathered wood and copper tap ware to impart a relaxed yet contemporary vibe. For a no-expense-spared occasion, the newest of the four architect-designed residences, the Palms, boasts four ensuite bedrooms (three with outdoor tubs), chef’s kitchen, U-shaped outdoor/covered pool and butler service.
Food and drinks
Overlooking the main pool, Reef Restaurant serves all meals à la carte (there’s also a grand breakfast spread in the cold room), with daily changing lunch and dinner menus that draw on French, Italian, Middle Eastern and Pacific Rim cuisines. Meanwhile, at the island’s western tip, adults-only Rocks Bar & Restaurant impresses with its uber-chic, beach-club attitude and sleek new infinity pool – sunset cocktails here are virtually mandatory. It’s open for drinks and bar bites from 10am-8pm and for dinner several nights a week, showcasing a superb share plates menu packed with pan-Asian flavours. Private dining – including picnics on Vomo Lailai (Little Vomo), a short boat ride away – is also available.
For business travellers
VOMO’s tailored approach to corporate events and retreats promises plenty of blue-sky thinking, not to mention a host of water- and land-based team-building pursuits that can be calibrated to the capabilities of participants. Given enough notice, it’s possible to book out part or all of VOMO – that’s 32 villas and residences in total, all of which have free high-speed wifi and international direct dial. Each of the four residences (three and four bedrooms) comes with an integrated Bose audio-visual entertainment system with bluetooth, while The Palms also has a drop-down screen with digital projector.
For wellness travellers
Salute the sunrise on Vomo’s yoga deck, which crowns a hill at the island’s southernmost tip. After class, tuck in to a light repast with your yogi and fellow devotees while taking in the panoramic vista. (Private yoga classes are also available, as are sessions with the resort’s two fitness instructors.) There’s an early-morning class in the compact gym, and a four- or seven-day Vomo Fit video program accessible on your device, so you can smash out those burpees under the shade of a dilo tree. Afterwards, submit to the firm but deeply reviving hands of Kui Spa’s Thai and Balinese therapists, who use Australia’s own Sodashi products for face and body treatments ranging from a marine mineral facial to a healing hot stone massage.
Best for: Couples, groups or families in search of wellness
Rooms: 28 hillside and beachfront villas
From: $1598 per night
Wi-fi: Fast and free
Address: Vomo Island, Fiji
Phone: +679 672 7297
The fab factor
Climb Mt Vomo, a touch under 500 metres in elevation, on the island’s eastern side for top-of-the-world views, including #nofilter sunsets behind Vomo Lailai.