Kokomo Island officially opened its shores just a month ago as Fiji’s newest exclusive private island resort and retreat for families and couples.

Created by Australian property developer Lang Walker, Kokomo’s island life embodies his own passions for being on and near the water. In the opening weeks, encompassing the Easter long weekend, Lang and his extended family were joined on the island by other Rich Listers, and a small coterie of other paying guests, most of whom enthusiastically engaged in the diving, fishing, boating, skiing, kayaking and other water sports offered by Kokomo. It felt very Long Island.

Described as a ‘passion project’ for Lang Walker, he and his family have brought their vision for a unique island paradise to life over the past several years. Close friends have visited to ‘beta-test’ the island during that time, so many of the gardens and facilities are well established rather than

having a stark brand new resort feel.

Hospitality experts gathered from around the globe for the official opening phase and have quickly formed an apparently close-knit and fun team, supported by wonderfully friendly Fijian staff. General manager Martin Persson, from Sweden via the United Arab Emirates, is a fresh presence in relaxed linen and Aviators, personifying the island vibe of barefoot luxe. Restaurant manager Bobbie D from New York, cocktail consultant Rob Hall from Melbourne, and executive chef Anthony Healy, raised in Montville, trained at Il Centro in Brisbane and most recently from Fiji’s seven-star Laucala Island, were engaging and omnipresent. Chef Healy’s menu choices are perfect island fare, mostly light and tasty offerings from the sea complemented by the freshest of salads and sustainable produce grown on Kokomo or sourced from surrounding waters and islands. Three dining options include the main restaurant, poolside, and `Walker d’

Plank’, serving tapas sized selections day and night. All-inclusive dining is perfect for taking the thinking out of meal time, and letting guests get off-schedule for a truly relaxing break.

Kokomo Island’s villas include the Owners’ Beachfront Residence, five spacious Hilltop Luxury Residences to accommodate extended families, and 21 Exclusive Beachfront Villas, each with their own infinity pool at the ocean edge, and private walled gardens for privacy. The spa sanctuary offers an enticing selection of treatments, with sublime massages delivered by firm-handed Fijian therapists, and organic skincare for facials.

Kokomo is reached from Fiji mainland either by island helicopter or seaplane. Helicopter pilot Brian Hearley is also from Brisbane. If you are lucky enough to be Lang Walker or one of his friends, you will have flown your private jet from Australia, but otherwise regular commercial flights are available.

 

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