Its taken me a long time to bite my tongue and not come forth with my views and experience on turtle island. However, evanson's continued emails touting his resort as a 5 star finally annoyed me so much that I feel compelled to tell about my personal experience.
One may think that when they pay $2000/ nite on average that they will receive a truly magical experience. The Internet advertising and marketing by Turtle Island would clearly have led one to expect nothing less. However, my personal experience was that the '5 star' chef was really a local Fijian villager with no experience whatsoever. Now don't get me wrong, the only really good thing were the local Fijian people, but Evanson touts them as being qualified to do things they have never been trained or capable of doing.
The facilities have not been updated in 30 years. There is no gym. There is no spa. There is no pool. There is no A/C. In fact what there is, is what comes free, sunny weather and warm water.
In all my travels around the globe, I've never felt more cheated or disappointed than with my stay at Turtle Island. I brought my girlfriend here for a magical birthday experience but the magic was left wanting.
My advice would be to do your homework, and make sure you contact someone who has written a less than exemplary review as the negative reviews seem to 'magically' disappear. This would be the only magical thing about this falsely advertised, 2+ star resort.
Ps the snorkeling is great, but the 'Eco resort' marketing is also false as the coral is crushed by the irresponsible and uneducated actions of the Island staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Turtle Island - located in the Fiji islands. You have found one of the most unique all-inclusive private islands in all the world. Be one of only 14 couples sharing the most beautiful and lush 500 acre private island resort… where each couple can have their own private beach and is assigned a dedicated personal concierge, your bure mama. We provide our guests one of the most intimate, private and romantic experiences. Your private island includes private beach picnics, romantic private dine outs, spa treatments, horse back riding through the winding island trails or on your own private beach, scuba diving, champagne sunrise breakfasts, an amazing and friendly Fijian staff is ready to make all of your dreams come true. This exclusive private island paradise awaits you and your partner for a romantic week to remember. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Island Hotel Turtle Island