Best Private Islands: Fiji's Matangi

As if the half-square-mile horseshoe-shaped island of Matangi isn't hidden enough, Fiji's only treehouse accommodations put the privacy literally over the top. Nestled in the foliage, these three split-level bures transport guests into the jungle. They and the other 10 bures all have beach views, of course. For an even more private beach experience, take a picnic lunch and snorkel gear over to Horseshoe Bay (and check it off Patricia Schultz's official 1,000 Places to See Before You Die list). If you do crave more human interaction, take a scenic boat ride west to join the excited divers in the incredible Somosomo Strait at the famous Great White Wall dive site. You'll have to climb down from your treehouse, though. See photos. Here is further insight from the managers of Matangi Island: What do U.S. travelers enjoy most about Matangi Island? Travelers most enjoy our people, our culture and the pristine beauty of our island. View Larger Map
Which of your offerings best celebrates the authentic island culture? Our visits to the village, traditional dancing & singing, kava ceremonies, coconut show where we make traditional Fijian foods with coconut. What makes you unique among all the world's private-island resorts? We feature beautifully appointed tree-house accommodations, no where else in Fiji is this offered Our island has a beautiful bay, listed in 1,000 Places to Visit Before you Die Horseshoe Bay. This is offered to OUR guests ONLY for private picnic lunches and snorkeling on your own private beach for the day. We are located very close to Fiji's world class dive site, The Somosomo Strait...famous for it's White and Purple Coral Wall. Do you have any new amenities, accommodations, travel specials or other features planned for 2009? Matangi has recently completed our new restaurant/bar area and pool facility. The pool offers views of our lagoon while swimming and new lounge chairs for sunbathing. The entire area has a large wood deck and a number of daybeds for relaxing. Our restaurant is open and gives the feel of being outside, also offering a fabulous view. It is accented by traditional Fijian artistic carvings and weavings. Our current specials: * Stay 5/Pay 4 -- Valid until March 31, 2010, in all bure categories. * Stay 7/Pay 5 -- Valid until May 31, 2009, and valid Nov. 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010. * Stay 10/Pay 8 -- Valid all year for beachfront bures only.To find out more information and book your stay, visit matangiisland.com. For more private islands, click here.