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Fiji Retreat Where Bill Gates, Jim Carrey and Celine Dion Stayed Hits the Market

The Balinese-themed sanctuary located on a secluded, David Gilmore-owned island goes up for auction on Feb. 7.
Courtesy Concierge Auctions

Want to sleep where Bill Gates, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jim Carrey all relaxed? One of Fiji’s most luxurious properties will be auctioned off Friday, Feb. 7. Although the retreat was previously listed for $12.99 million with an additional guest residence also available for $6.99 million, the Concierge Auctions event will start with no reserve.

Named after the long-tailed birds that fly around the island, Lawedua is one of only five homes on Wakaya, the crown-jewel island owned by Fiji Water founder David Gilmore, who made the purchase in 1973. Perched high above white sand private beaches, the 10-acre estate is surrounded by a barrier reef that is designated as a protected marine reserve.

Designed by late Ski Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the home is an example of “tropical modernism” where colonial architecture is fused with clean lines and open spaces, along with vaulted ceilings, bamboo details and matted walls.

Selling without reserve on Feb. 7, www.FijiLuxuryAuction.com.

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