Following years of secrecy as a hush-hush getaway for the rich and famous, Laucala Island, the idyllic South Pacific resort, has been unveiled to the public and is currently being refreshed by its original interior designer Lynne Hunt London. POOL BAR: With 25 villas, five restaurants and bars, an 18-hole championship golf course, a chapel, a culture and leisure centre, several beach areas and a spectacular spa, the resort lying to the east of Taveuni, Fiji, originally opened at the end of 2008 POOL BAR LONDON: Lynne Hunt London and her team are now introducing new textiles, furnishings and accessories to add fresh layers of interest for loyal guests while remaining true to the original vision for the destination. BEACH BAR: Just 12 km2 in area and 6km long, the island was owned until 2003 by the family of publishing magnate, Malcolm Forbes. Its current owner, Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, selected Lynne Hunt London to transform the island into an inimitable private resort. THE CHAPEL: None of the infrastructure from the Forbes era was useable when the project began construction in 2004, so starting from scratch to bring Mateschitz's vision to life was a massive undertaking. HILL TOP LIVING ROOM: Working in partnership with architect WATG, landscape architect Scape Design Associates and the local architect and project coordinator Architects Pacific, the team designed the destination with exceptional environmental sensitivity; for example, the masterplan and individual buildings have been oriented so that ancient trees did not need to be uprooted and would create natural privacy screens between villas. THE ISLAND: Laucala Island, Fiji THE LEISURE CENTRE: Innovative furnishings and finishes were crafted from local, natural, and sustainable materials. Lynne envisioned a design concept for the resort where guests' senses are eased into the rhythms of nature - the surge of tides, the journey from daybreak to dusk, the blossoming of the abundant foliage, and the gentle hum of life beyond. MAGI MAGI LIGHTING: During her first visit to Laucala in June 2004, Lynne explored the island and collected samples for inspiration. Distressed timber, seashells, palm fronds and even roots were interpreted as bespoke furnishings, as seen, for example, with the intriguing jellyfish-shaped chandeliers she designed. Made from tortoise shell droplets that hang from traditional woven threads of 'magi magi' (the Fijian term for coconut fibres), the fixtures create an alluring play of light and shadows. AN OVER-WATER VILLA: LHL also conducted its own research to anchor the interior design in authenticity, including visits to museums in Suva for insight into the origins and mythology of these 'dark' Pacific isles PLANTATION HOUSE: When the interiors of Laucala Island were first designed, it was understood that the weather conditions and open-air layouts would mean that the furnishings and fabrics - whether from natural fibres or manmade - would be exposed to the elements and therefore have a limited lifespan. PLANTATION VILLA PLATEAU VILLA ROCK LOUNGE SEAGRASS LOUNGE SEAGRASS VILLA SPA RECEPTION SPA TREATMENT ROOM VILLA BATHROOM Following years of secrecy as a hush-hush getaway for the rich and famous, Laucala Island, the idyllic South Pacific resort, has been unveiled to the public and is currently being refreshed by its original interior designer Lynne Hunt London.