Como hotels and resorts, the luxury hotel brand whose portfolio includes breathtaking properties like the Maldives COMO Maalifushi and the iconic COMO Domaine Shambhala in Bali, has added another dazzling to its thriving stable of singular getaways.

On December 15, the company unveiled Como island of Laucala, his new private 5.4 square mile island in the South Pacific. Surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of Melanesia in Fiji’s Cakaudrove Province, the resort has 25 self-contained residences (all with private pools and butler service) scattered among private white-sand beaches, blue lagoons and verdant hills on the north coast of the island.

A 45-minute private charter flight from Nadi International Airport, the idyllic hideaway, once owned by Malcolm Forbes and later purchased by Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, gives guests exclusive access to the unique ecosystem of Laucala, which includes lush tropical forests, volcanic mountains, and coconut groves.

COMO’s signature holistic wellness philosophy manifests itself in a myriad of aspects of the property. At the wellness center, COMO Shambhala Retreat, Asian-inspired massages and body treatments incorporate the island’s flowers, fruits and rich volcanic soil; in the garden, guests can browse the tropical flora to create their own soaps and lotions in the resort’s distillery. In keeping with the brand’s farm-to-table ethos and commitment to sustainability, the island’s five dining options source produce from the resort’s 240-acre farm, which cultivates a wide range. organic crops and livestock, including chickens, quail and wagyu cattle, while local fishermen provide a slew of freshly caught seafood. Menus include COMO Shambhala options — tasty, nutritious, and low in fat and refined sugars.

An impressive array of activities also abound. The David McLay-Kidd-designed 18-hole championship golf course invites those eager to hit the links, while anglers can try big game fishing from the resort’s yacht. The fleet of sailboats available for charter includes Réré Ahi– an elegant boat finished in teak built in 1970, whose name means “flying fire” in Maori – and a Riviera 41 Flybridge yacht with two cabins, designed by the famous naval architect Frank Mulder. World-class snorkeling spots abound, while back on dry land, horseback riding, mountain biking, and nature treks offer immersive ways to explore the island’s enchanting natural wealth.

The opening of COMO Laucala Island serves as a notable bookend to a banner year for the award-winning lifestyle brand. Having debuted in 1991 with the opening of COMO The Halkin in London’s chic Belgravia district, the hotelier celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021 and now has 14 international properties around the world.