While on a recent trip to Fiji, Tony Robbins took us on a private tour of his massive beachfront mansion.
Robbins recently hosted the winners of the Shopify Build a Bigger Business competition at his Fiji resort, Namale, where he invited Business Insider senior strategy reporter Richard Feloni for an inside look at the 525-acre property that he acquired when he was only 29.
According to Robbins, he purchased Namale for $US12.5 million, and the resort is now valued at $US52 million. Following is a transcript of the video.
Tony Robbins: My life was changed by coming to Fiji. And I fell so in love with the people here that I decided I want to have a piece of this and I want to find a way to bring people here. And then, you know, I eventually bought the resort. And then I started building it into the top resort in the country for the last ten years and top ten in the South Pacific.
Text on screen: The Namale resort spans 525 acres. This is Robbins’ private home at Namale.
Robbins: How you guys doing? Welcome! Lomalagi — it’s called “heaven” in Fijian. Come on in.
I bought this place when I was 29, so it’s been 33 years. I like to make something that feels like it’s very relaxed but, you know, the scale of things is my scale-size chairs as you probably noticed.
Richard Feloni: And what’s your favourite spot in the home?
Robbins: I’ll show you one of them. I’ll show you a couple of them if you want.
This is one of my favourite little hangout spots. Totally private, down by the water. I come down here and meditate or read and so forth. I actually have a set of stairs that go down under the caves, down to the beach but the last storm took that out, and it took out the other place I’m going to take you that’s been my favourite, which is my upstairs bed up on top of the building.
You know, I love to hang out up here where you have these unending views. And I have a giant bed that’s here, that’s covered that’s an outdoor bed, which has clearly disappeared. It was ripped off, literally ripped out of the building.
This is another hangout area that we really love. I’ve got outdoor beds everywhere around the house, too, that the wife and I love. I opened this up because I have “fish balls.” I have these golf balls that are full of fish food and so we use these as holes here and we come out and knock balls here. And then they dissolve in the ocean and provide the food. So they’re ecologically sound, but also, the fish love it.
Let’s pop on the other side just so you see it real quick. I’ll show you.
My extra skinny bed. Just, you know, all of the beautiful little touches. There’s a bathtub overlooking the ocean — like that.
Feloni: When you got this property, was it kind of a bargain back then, or did you have to fight for it? Like, this property itself.
Robbins: The first 125 acres that are part of this resort — it was a coconut plantation. And it was owned by a group of professors from Scripps Oceanography. This entire reef right here — they studied it for like 14 years — and found more diverse life than anywhere they’d studied. And they sold it to a couple of travel agents, and they didn’t have enough money to finish it. Ten million bucks was one chunk and then another one was another five, but it was a giant stretch in those days. And then, gradually, as I became more and more financially astute and strong, I was able to put more and more into it.
Did you go up to the waterfall?
Feloni: Have we gone to the waterfall?
Graham Flanagan: No, we didn’t make it to the waterfall.
Robbins: OK, we should run you up to the waterfall. Will you call them and ask them if they have got — my car is broken down, I think. I don’t know if I can fit in this car. See if they have got somebody that can take us out to the waterfall real fast.
I love this.
[TONY LETS OUT A PRIMAL ROAR WHILE SWIMMING UNDER THE WATERFALL]
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