Turtle Island is truly indescribable. Photographs are great but they cannot capture the beauty of the island with every hue of blue imaginable under a sunset of pinks and oranges with the breeze blowing calmly, the sounds of the water lapping the pristine beaches, or the amazing music of the Fijian staff as it drifts into your bure as they serenade you at sunset...These are experiences one must discover by being there. We experienced our first vacation on Turtle Island for our 25th wedding anniversary. It could not have been more special. For the first time in 25 years my husband totally relaxed and spent the days with me snorkeling, sunning, talking, floating,etc. We forgot the days and the time. He didn't miss his laptop!
The staff members are like family and greet you by your first name-bright and early in the morning for a fishing trip and late into the evening when they just happen to pass by you. Everyone knows you by first name and wants to do whatever they can to help you have a fantastic vacation. Mama Nani, our bure momma, kept our bure clean, washed clothes (and ironed them) every day! She kept the refrigerator and the cookie jar stocked, helped us plan our private picnics, (and set everything up for the picnics) made me a shell necklace, took photos of our vacation and put together a photo album, made sure we had kava bowls for the kava ceremony each night, etc. The list is virtually endless. Bill, Lote, and Lorima were great at the bar - always ready to make just what you wanted and also ready at 6:30 with the "cocktail of the day". They even waded out into the lagoon while we were on our blue floats to bring us cocktails!
Evening communal meals were excellent-We had the Fijian dinner that is cooked underground one evening, a mongolian barbecue, curry night, and even the general manager, Alex cooked clam chowder one evening with clams dug on an outing we had that day.
Alex, along with R2D2, were my fishing guides and they really know how to help someone who had never been saltwater fishing-but I was successful thanks to their knowledge of the boat, the equipment, their fishing experience, and their desire to be sure that the guests enjoy themselves. I caught my first yellow-fin tuna, spanish mackerel, rainbow runners and a barracuda! We had some great sashimi that evening for the communal dinner!
The guests are all very friendly and everyone is there for the same reason-to get away from our fast-paced crazy lives and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Turtle Island. We met people from many places and enjoyed sharing ideas and stories, laughing, and making new friends that we hope to meet again.
The Fijian staff is what truly make this place so special. They sing beautifully and sing regularly-breakfast on the beach, kava ceremonies, sharing their culture, (we even got to visit a staff member's village on a neighboring island) dinner time, and in between. They are happy, peaceful people who enjoy their work and treat you like family.
I have traveled a great deal and Allan, my husband has traveled the world, but we have never found any place as peaceful, relaxing, and as beautiful as Turtle Island. We can hardly wait to go again!
Thank you, Alex, Arthur, Mama Nani,and the entire Turtle Island Family for making our 25th Anniversary such a special vacation in your beautiful home!
Allan & Becky Orr
- 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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