Unscripted Moments at Kokomo Private Island Fiji
August 30, 2021 by Perrie Hartz
Discover Kokomo Private Island Fiji- a soulful private island paradise, unlike any other, filled with unscripted moments. Located in the pristine Kadavu Islands, a remote area south of Fiji’s mainland surrounded by the astounding crystalline waters of the Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo is truly Fiji’s most exclusive and impressive private island resort. Kokomo’s owner, an Australian property tycoon, Lang Walker AO, immediately fell in love with the island while flying over the area on a seaplane, gazing down in awestruck wonder at the turquoise waters and lush green topography of this untouched Fijian gem. Opened in March 2017, he spared no expense while transforming the 140-acre island into a true tropical haven of world-class comfort and style. His deep-rooted love for the land, its natural surroundings, and Fijian culture itself is intrinsically infused in every aspect of Kokomo, which effortlessly melds a natural sense of familiarity and intimacy together with secluded luxury.
The journey to Kokomo is a memorable experience in and of itself; arriving guests will see the same sweeping, awe-inspiring views of the Kadavu Islands’ sparkling waters and powder-white stretches of sand that Lang Walker first fell in love with as they are flown to the island via the resort’s private seaplane or helicopter, just a 45-minute flight from Nadi International Airport. Guests arriving and departing from Nadi will have access to the resort’s dedicated aviation hanger and luxurious private lounge to refresh and relax before heading to their next destination.
The design of Kokomo perfectly complements Fiji’s awe-inspiring natural beauty. Inspired by this exotic topography, renowned interior designer Philip Garner, along with lead architect Keith Lambert and owner Lang Walker AO, created a secluded oasis that perfectly melds with its natural surroundings, from the grays of the elegant stonework to the coconut fiber roof beams and specific magimagi design. The calming, subdued color palate is offset by bright accents of poppy, powder-white beach fronts and the vivid aquamarine hues of the Great Astrolabe Coral Reef; the remarkable backdrop that cradles the entire property. Renowned Australian painter, Chris Kenyon, encapsulated the island’s beauty in one-of-a-kind masterpieces while he stayed as their artist in residence.
Simple yet chic wooden accents and local artwork throughout the resort reinforce the Fijian idea of an effortlessly relaxed “barefoot luxury”, and it is clear that Kokomo places as much emphasis on Fiji’s natural beauty as it does on the resort’s interiors and furnishings, which are sourced from all over the world to create a truly exotic and all-encompassing experience. The space feels deeply imbued with serenity and joy, and it reflects the kind of warm, Fijian hospitality that Lang Walker AO first found so inviting.
Each of Kokomo’s 21 secluded beachfront pool villas are set either on the sunrise or sunset side of the island, promising stunning views, and memorable moments regardless of the time of day. The villas each feature a private infinity pool, deck, and tropical garden, along with stunning ocean views and direct beach access. Spread along the island’s beautiful east and west beaches, the Sunrise and Sunset villas range from ten 1,259 ft one-bedroom villas to five 2,250 ft three-bedroom villas, each elegantly-furnished with both traditional Fijian and contemporary-chic decor, with artwork by Chris Kenyon.
The Four-Bedroom Dravuni Residence
Kokomo also offers five expansive hilltop residences that range from the three-bedroom, 3,272 ft Namara residence to the largest, named Sunset- a six-bedroom, 11,916 ft luxury residence perfect for groups and multi-generational families with views of the surrounding lush gardens, sandy beaches, and vivid blue water below.
Though Kokomo is an exceptionally luxurious private resort, it is also simultaneously feels like home. Guests come to revel, to reconnect, to celebrate with family and loved ones, and to relax and enjoy everything the island has to offer. The true experience of Kokomo is never forced nor contrived, but rather emerges from the many unscripted moments of a stay, from spotting turtles suddenly emerging from the ocean as you dine seaside, to discovering traditional Fijian cuisine sourced directly from the island’s own farm, to watching the skies set ablaze at sunset while sailing across the reef on a glass-bottomed boat.
With ecotourism a key part of the hospitality and tourism industries, Kokomo has proudly built its foundation on driving a positive environmental change and has made sustainability and respect for its land a top priority. With protection and preservation of the local topography key to Kokomo’s efforts, the resort embraces multiple sustainable strategies that promise long term success on the island they call home.
Kokomo takes ecotourism one step further by inviting guests to partake in the island’s ecological programs and make a positive impact during their stay, where they can learn how to transplant coral in the surrounding reef, plant and restore mangroves, support the island’s sustainable fishing initiative “Dock to Dish”, and visit and forage on the island’s farm.
Kokomo’s emphasis on traditional Fijian culture and sustainability are reflected in the resort’s restaurants and cuisine, which is sourced directly from the island’s own impressive 5.5-acre farm.
The newly reimagined Beach Shack, a chic Mediterranean grill situated right on the beachfront, has an incomparable view in the perfect location to watch the sun set languidly over the aquamarine waters, all while sipping a tropical aperitif made from local botanical ingredients at the new Sunken Cocktail Bar. There is possibly no better place on the island (or arguably, anywhere) to watch twilight slowly descend as the starts glitter to life above. Guests can also choose to dine indoors or take in the unparalleled views from the grill’s open-air deck. Kokomo’s chefs can curate a private dinner or picnic set in a unique location around the island or surrounding uninhabited islands. Offering incredible panoramic views of the island, an intimate dinner on West Beach is a guest favorite, which is also ideal for special group gatherings.
Other restaurants include the cleverly named Walker D’Plank, an authentic and casual-chic eatery with cuisine that melds Asian street food with traditional Fijian recipes and boasts an extended open-air deck tucked away in a picturesque, sheltered cove. With no set menu, the talented Chef Caroline specifically caters all dishes daily based on the best produce available and champions locally caught sustainable seafood and seasonal vegetables harvested from the farm. At Kokocabana, guests dine water-side next to the resort’s main pool on dishes like wood-fired pizza, succulent burgers and refreshing gelato. For special group or family occasions, guests may choose to reserve the resort’s new exclusive wine cellar and private dining room or romantic destination dining around the island.
The true draw of Kokomo is its myriad choices of local experiences and activities. Diving here is truly unparalleled; with a perfect location on the famed Great Astrolabe Reef, the surrounding waters are a haven for scuba and snorkel enthusiasts.
Depending on the time of year there are manta rays, turtles, humpback wales, sharks, dolphins, and more. Other water activities include fishing (the surrounding reef offers abundant and unrivaled world-class fishing opportunities), surfing, sailing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Kokomo also offers private boat charters of the surrounding waters and islands, waterfall excursions, and on-land activities like cultural village tours, yoga, tennis, basketball, a guided farm tour, and a dedicated kids and teens club.
Kokomo’s exceptional Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary is a true paradise of peace and relaxation. Set in a lush garden oasis and designed to connect one to the natural beauty of the island and to the true spirit of Fiji, the Spa features five treatment rooms, a wet and dry hammam, outdoor relaxation pavilion, and a hair salon. Treatments include rejuvenating facials, Pacific Mastery massages, restorative hair care treatments, yoga, meditation, and more. For a more curated experience, guests can choose to book treatments or holistic practices in the privacy of their own luxury villa or residence.
For those celebrating a special celebration, Kokomo Island is the perfect destination for a buyout or an exclusive event. The resort offers an Island Romance package catered to couples and honeymooners. With a team as committed to excellence as the resort’s staff, and surroundings as resplendent as the island’s lush backdrop, celebrations at Kokomo are truly unforgettable experiences.
At the end of their stay, guests are bid adieu with a traditional Fijian farewell song, sung in unison by the staff, some of whom are choir singers from the surrounding islands. This simple, beautiful, intimate moment of warmth and exceptional hospitality perfectly encapsulates the incomparable Kokomo experience, and by extension, the true spirit of the Fijian islands. Kokomo always stays with you-you long and dream to return back to this Fijian gem once you arrive back home.
Kadavu Islands, Fiji