Six Senses Resorts & Spas has taken over as the operator of the boutique resort - Vatulele Island Resort - located on the spectacular Fijian island of the same name.Vatulele is a 25-minute light aircraft trip from Nadi International Airport, six hours south-west of Hawaii and four hours north-east of Sydney. Vatulele island itself is one of more than 300 islands that makes up Fiji, and are spread over 1.3 million square kilometres in the heart of the South Pacific.
Opened in 1990, Vatulele Island Resort - known simply as Vatulele - was named Fiji’s top resort by the AAA Tourism Awards in 2005, following its award the year earlier as the Best Boutique Resort in Fiji. It was honored as Small Luxury Hotel of the year in 2000.
Vatulele is made up of just 19 accommodations comprising 17 beach villas or bures, plus the Grand Bure and The Point - the premier accommodations with private pools and dedicated staff. Fortune magazine named The Point #2 in the Top Ten Barefoot Resorts in 2002.
“We are extremely proud to be able to include Vatulele into our portfolio” said Six Senses’ Chairman, Sonu Shivdasani. “The concept and spirit of Vatulele run parallel to the brand values of our Evason and Soneva properties in the Maldives, Thailand and Vietnam. For example, in our Maldives properties we have the philosophy of No News No Shoes, which also applies to Vatulele”, he added.
“We therefore do not intend to make any immediate changes. In the longer term, we will develop and upgrade some aspects of the resort, including the addition of a Six Senses Spa, which is a key element of all our properties, and put emphasis on Host development.”
Sonu went on to say that the market demographic, which is targeted by the group, is very similar to that of Vatulele, with focus on high-end markets, and offering exclusive products such as The Reserves and The Retreats at Soneva and Evason resorts. Six Senses’ sales, marketing and media activities cover North America, Europe, Asia Middle East and Oceania.
Operated by Bangkok-based Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Vatulele Island Resort is owned by Vatulele Joint Venture Trustee Ltd, who is registered in Fiji.