One-Resort Islands

Jan 11, 2001
Outside Magazine

Paradise this way: trailhead on Guana Island

Namotu Island Blue Water Sports Resort, Fiji
A sandy, nine-acre strip on the outer fringes of the Mamanuca Islands, this place gets the full brunt of Pacific waves and wind-both perfect for riding. You won't see much of your bure (one of the six Fijian wood-frame huts with balconies) with the rolling Namotu lefts and powdery beaches calling your name-unless, of course, you're hearing things from drinking too much Kava by the pool. ($2,500 per person per week, including round-trip airfare from L.A.; for more on the resort, check out; for reservations, call Waterways Travel, 800-928-3757).

Lizard Island, Australia
This 2,500-acre National Park is named for the ungainly monitor lizards that roam it, but the nouvelle cuisine, 40 Aussie-luxe guest rooms, and private airstrip are anything but Jurassic. The northernmost resort on the Great Barrier Reef also offers pristine diving at Cod Hole; snorkeling in the Blue Lagoon, where you'll see fields of coral, giant clams, and potato cod; 24 empty beaches; and infinite views from 1,178-foot Cooks Look mountain. (Doubles, US $320-$500; 011-61-7-3876-4644;
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
This hilly green island hideaway of only 850 acres doesn't allow more than 30 guests at a time. Nice. You can easily hide from the 29 others on seven sugar-sand beaches, an extensive network of hiking trails, and in the Guana Island Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can spot Phoenicopterus ruber, a rare species of pink flamingo. When you're ready to socialize, don your whites and play croquet on the manicured lawns, or sail, snorkel, and windsurf from the resort's beach. (Doubles, $640-$850; 284-494-2354;; rent the entire island for $11,500-$15,000 per day).

Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
The 62 rattan- and palm-wood-furnished villas and rooms are truly worthy of a sultan, and the 30 nearby dive sites are practically schooling with manta rays, guitar sharks, and batfish. The beaches and jungle of North Baa Atoll's 4,600-foot-long Kunfunadhoo Island are also worth the 24-hour flight. But be warned: You might never leave the Six Senses Spa-where you'll get kneaded to a noodle with New Agey treatments. (Doubles, $205-$365; 011-960-230-304;

Dolphin Island Lodge, Uaguitupo Island, San Blas Islands, Panama
Swimming and cavorting with dolphins might be the draw, but you'll stay for dream-filled nights in your Kuna Indian-woven cotton hammock and feasts of tulle massy-a Kuna concoction made with coconut milk, plantain, and fish. Guests arrive by dugout canoe to find nine rustic cottages and a sprinkling of coconut palms on this tiny island in the 200-mile-long San Blas (or Kuna Yala) archipelago off Panama's northeast coast. The Lodge is run by Kuna Indians who will take you snorkeling, fishing, and sailing to uninhabited cays and to visit traditional villages (Two-day packages start at $270 per person, including round-trip airfare from Panama City; for more on the lodge, visit; for reservations, call Lost World Adventures, 800-999-0558).