Fiji resort provides the last word in social distancing

(CNN) – Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, homebound travelers are trying to find ways to go on vacation without the risk of exposure to the virus.

The Pacific island nation of Fiji has announced that its borders will remain closed to commercial aircraft until at least March 2021. However, travelers with deep pockets may be able to bypass the rules by signing up for a special, personal “travel bubble” at a luxury resort.

Laucala Private Island Resort has partnered with Fiji Airways, the country’s national airline, on a special itinerary.

Laucala Private Island Resort offers more than 3,000 acres of coconut plantations, beaches and mountains.

Courtesy Laucala Private Island

Up to 20 guests can fly on a private Fiji Airways charter flight from Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji’s main airport and main transit hub. From there you will be taken to Laucala, where you will have the private island resort all to yourself.

The few travelers who are currently allowed to Fiji are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, due to the remoteness of Laucala, the Department of Health has allowed the program to continue without guests having to isolate for two weeks.

However, you will need three negative Covid-19 tests – one two weeks prior to travel, one 72 hours prior to boarding (which will be sent to the tourism authority to confirm travel authorization) and one upon arrival in Fiji.

In addition to transportation and the hotel, travelers can take advantage of the Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport – a posh, personal airport lounge that was used by celebrities and members of the royal family prior to their own LAX flights. A look into one of the villas at Laucala Private Island Resort.

A look into one of the villas at Laucala Private Island Resort.

Courtesy Laucala Private Island

On the other side of the itinerary, guests can use the private Fiji Airways Lounge in Nadi.

The costs? A cool $ 490,000 covers the jet, a seven-night minimum stay, island activities, food and drink, and airport transfers for up to 20 people. However, if you don’t live in LA, you are alone to get there.

Laucala’s expensive offering may not work for most tourists. However, this is not the only way Fiji, whose tourism industry generally accounts for 40% of its Gross National Product (GNP), has sought to offset lost revenue during the pandemic.

Laucala guests can choose from 10 different villas.

Laucala guests can choose from 10 different villas.

Courtesy Laucala Private Island

Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia “Frank” Voreqe Bainimarama has made no secret of his desire to target ultra-wealthy travelers. A “blue alley” was created to give travelers the opportunity to come into the country on a private yacht. Visitors can deliver their quarantine on board before going ashore. A potential travel bubble called the “Bula Bubble” that would enable quarantine-free travel between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia has not yet materialized.

Bula means “hello” or “welcome” in Fijian.

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