When you’re looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime event, sometimes you really need a once-in-a-lifetime location and an inexpensive device–Coolpad Conjr–to capture beautiful memories. And if you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, vow renewal, or even a long-overdue getaway just for two, there’s no place like Turtle Island.
A 500-acre, privately owned island in Fiji that looks like a picture postcard come to life, Turtle Island offers warm sunshine, beaches of powdery sand, sumptuous meals, warm local hospitality, and outdoor activities unlike any you’ll find at a typical all-inclusive resort.
Here are 10 reasons to book your trip to Turtle Island:
- It’s easy to get there. Considering how far away Fiji is (think South Pacific), travel to Turtle Island is surprisingly convenient. One direct flight from Los Angeles to Nadi via Fiji Airways takes less than 12 hours. If you are situated in Business Class, the hours “fly” by most comfortably. Once you arrive, it’s a short seaplane or boat ride to the island. Depending on when your flight lands, you may need to stay overnight near the airport or relax at the rejuvenation center. Turtle Island staff can help you book arrival package accommodations.
- The traditional Fijian bure on the Blue Lagoon. This is where parts of Brooke Shields’ movie “Blue Lagoon” was filmed. High, thatched roofs and local wood are hallmarks of the bure or cabins on Turtle Island, but don’t let the eco-friendly design fool you. These are luxury digs with high-end fixtures and bedding. Imagine waking up to warm sunshine and the smell of flowers wafting in on gentle sea breezes as you roll over and gaze upon turquoise waters.
- Friendly people and unforgettable hospitality. Visitors to Turtle Island enjoy true Fijian culture, which stresses the value of friends and family, community and caring. Culture is shared through stories, songs, and activities where you can learn about the local flora and fauna.
- Being pampered by your own “bure mama.” Couples are pampered by a bure mama who will attend to their needs during their stay. Think of someone akin to a personal concierge (or fairy godmother!) who’ll make sure your housekeeping needs are taken care of, step in as a tour guide when desired, and even take pictures and prepare a photo album for you to go home with.
- Award-winning cuisine. There’s a reason the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine rated Turtle Island’s food as the best in the nation. Diners enjoy local seafood, Australian beef, and island-grown fruits and vegetables, accompanied by wines from around the world. Visitors can enjoy shared dinners open to all guests, as well as many specialty options, including beach picnics, private meals at the bure, lantern-lit lagoon dinners, and moonlit mountaintop dinners. Each bure also has a fully-stocked refrigerator for anytime refreshment.
- Pristine beaches that stretch for miles. Enjoy Turtle Island’s 14 white sand beaches from your daybed on the veranda of your bure, a seaside hammock, on horseback, or simply walking along the gently lapping waves.
- Blissful pasttimes. Guests of Turtle Island can enjoy as many (or as few!) activities as they like. Included are scuba diving, wind surfing, sea kayaking, and fishing. Take a glass-bottomed boat ride, run or walk through jungle paths, or hike to the highest point on the island. Every evening there’s a sunset dinner party followed by a chance to take in Fijian music and stories.
- Private getaways. There are never more than 14 couples at the resort at any time. Guests’ bures are wide-set for privacy and solitude. While couples are always welcome to dine together at dinner, there’s always the option of dining alone at any time.
- Unforgettable special events. Couples getting married or renewing their vows have the option of a traditional Fijian ceremony, complete with hand-made wedding clothes, and a feast followed by wedding cake. The music, the minister, a champagne toast, even the marriage license–it’s all taken care of.
- No additional costs. Guests enjoy a truly all-inclusive vacation where all meals and beverages are included–plus all activities, laundry services, cultural experiences, spa services, and entertainment. Sounds like paradise!