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Turtle Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Turtle Island
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Franconia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An Experience like No Other!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I had no idea what to expect when we boarded the sea plane that would take us to Turtle Island. We were tired, we had just traveled 18 hours; would it be worth it?.......When we stepped off the plane of this magical place.......the answer is a resounding "YES!" Alex and the Turtle Island, Fijian staff were literally waiting with open arms welcoming us "home". We were shown to our Bure that was surrounded by island trees and flowers, overlooking a clear blue ocean and the Island's mountains. Our Bure momma, Nai, took care of anything and everything for us during our stay. We met the most amazing people, guests and staff alike, and the sense of friendship and warmth you feel is all a part of the magic.
Don't go thinking you are going to live in a bubble..... Unless you absolutely demand it. You are drawn in to the island by the food, music, atmosphere, it's people and your host, Alex.
It is totally 5 star and worth all the challenges you face getting there from the U.S. I think I cried a bit when I left! :)
Thank you for an amazing holiday with my husband!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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3 Thank Lafolk
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited Turtle island for a second time with our kids (6 and 8) after visiting 2 years ago as a couple. Turtle Island is our favourite police in the wold. When the beautiful staff welcome you home , it isn't a sales gimic. They are really welcoming you home . The people on the island are the most genuine and caring people you will EVER meet.
Our kids description of the holiday was ' The BEST time they have had in their ENTIRE lives'. From the moment you land the kids are welcomed by their Bula Buddy's and taken to their own kids retreat on the island. The buddy's where waiting for the kids when they woke and made sure their days were full of fun. From clamming on the island across the water, to catching fish for breakfast, weaving, camping, visiting the village , story telling , sports . They had it all. Our kids did not see a TV or itouch for the week and haven't cared to look at one since returning. They had the freedom of kids a generation ago back home, and got to play, learn and experience as kids should. All in a safe environment , where I never had the slightest concern for their safety. Our kids have grown since their visit to Turtle and have made a great group of new friends from all over the world.
While your kids are having the time of their lives , the adults have time for romance and adult conversation over dinner. Turtle island provides a balance for families , giving each person the ability to relax and enjoy in their own way. No other place does this.
Turtle Island is not a resort, it is an experience and until experienced you cannot understand the true magic of it. Time , Stress and exhaustion disappear the second you land and are replaced with laughter , happiness and relaxation . The is 0 for you to organise/book/plan when you arrive. Everything is thought of and cared for for you.
The food is grown fresh in the garden or caught that day from the sea. You eat as though you are at a dinner party at someones home,unlike a restaurant at a resort. The entire experience is warm , welcoming and comfortable.
We also renewed our vows at Turtle. For anyone looking g=for a stress free way to get married I can recommend this . All that there is for you to do is turn up. And it was more magical than anything we could have organised for ourselves.
We stayed at the sofitel in Nadi for a couple of nights before kids week started at Turtle. All I can say is you haven't experienced Fiji until you get out to the islands. There is no comparison between turtle and the mainland resorts. They are worlds apart and not the same kind of holiday. Our holiday didn't start until we landed at Turtle.

We look forward to returning home to Turtle next year !

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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2 Thank EmmaRombotis
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Clermont, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

Turtle Island has been the most magical and beautiful place ever. The seaplane ride to the island is breathtaking everything is so gorgeous. When the plane lands in the lagoon you are greeted by Alex the General Manager and the staff ( your Fiji family) Everyone is singing and waving a big banner welcoming you home. Alex and his beautiful wife are so enjoyable to spend time with. Your Turtle Island family are there to take care of you and they do an exceptional job. Our Mama Alesi took care of our every need she is so caring and kind she made a perfect trip even better. The Bures are very nice and private and your mama keeps everything clean and takes care of any requests you may have. All the family is great and they are all there for you day and night, smiling, handshakes and hugs Bula Bula. Turtle Island is such a perfect place we booked 9 nights and ended up staying 17 nights and wish we could of stayed longer. On our 4th night on the Island we decided to get married (spur of the moment) we talked to Alex about it, left everything up to him to plan and he exceeded our every expectation our wedding could not have been more beautiful or perfect. Alex told us no worries anything is possible in Fiji and he was right. We will be returning to Turtle Island for our anniversary, can't wait. If you are looking for the perfect vacation spot you found it. You have privacy,seclusion,fine dining, the most welcoming people ever and your own private beach, It does not get any BETTER!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mike H
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Aledo, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Turtle Island was by far the best experience of my life. My wife and I absolutly adored the culture, privacy, and the food. We are planning to bring our children back for the kids week to give them the same experience. I would recommend Turtle Island to anyone looking for the best vacation destination available.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Chase D
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

Turtle Island is a magical place. My husband and I went for a romantic getaway.

We are a bit of a vacation snobs and not easy to please. (In fact we usually request a room change or two before we settle into any hotel). But this place was perfect. Lovely very spacious rooms (called Bures) with gorgeous hand crafted furniture, comfortable beds, each on a beachfront that is worthy of a movie set (in fact it is the location of the movie “The Blue Lagoon”). There is plenty of privacy and also plenty of pampering. It seemed like the staff always knew where we were and what we might need at any given moment. Each Bure is assigned it’s own “Bure Mama” - like a loving fairy Godmother who takes care of every little need with love. Ours was Mama Alisi, she is awesome and we recommend her highly. You just need to call the concierge (dubbed “Dockman”) on your walkie talkie and any request you have is granted. Champagne, cookies, fresh fruit, name it.

You can join the other guests for a group meal or choose a private dinner on the dock, picnic on a private beach (there are around 10 on the island, contrary to what another reviewer wrote) or dine in complete privacy in your bure. We really enjoyed the group meals and got to meet wonderful, interesting and very funny people from around the world. The food is healthy and delicious. My husband has some dietary restrictions and we requested special menus several times and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Other guests had special needs such as gluten free, sugar free, or shell fish free and all were happy with their food options. You can choose to eat healthy or choose to eat burgers, fries, ice cream and waffles every day - whatever you like. They have their own huge organic vegetable gardens on island so all the produce is incredibly fresh.

Alex, the General manager, is a smart and wryly funny German gentleman (with an adorable little white dog named “Baby”.) If the previous reviewer felt he was prejudiced in any way they were completely mistaken. Alex loves people and spends almost every single meal hosting the group with joy and gusto. The staff all commented to us how much they like and respect Alex and it’s clear that he loves his job, the staff and Fiji.

One of our favorite things was that the amazing staff welcomes all the guests to join them in their nightly get-togethers - singing and dancing. Nico leads the group sing alongs on acoustic guitar and he’s fabulous - singing popular Fijian and American songs. Marilu and Shakira get people up and dancing. The bar is open until the last guest packs it in the for the night. It’s like summer camp for adults.

Room Tip: As of the time of this writing Bure 3, 7 and 8 were recently redone. However, the other Bures are f...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Monique L
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a unique holiday destination. Unique and special. We met the most beautiful staff who greeted us with open arms, hugs and amazing smiles, loud greetings and waves, wherever we went. From our lovely Mama Gale who tended to us night and day to the kind wood chopping boys who gave us a cool lemon drink on our daily walk around the island. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we felt very spoilt and very special.
We were celebrating our anniversary and loved dining together in a different romantic location most evenings but enjoyed meeting other guests and sharing our daily experiences at the communal table, particularly at breakfast.
Daily secluded beach picnics and cocktails in our hammock as we marvelled at the sunset every evening were highlights. And yes, we've signed up to return and we're counting off the days!

Room Tip: We were allocated bure 3 and loved it. We didn't see in any other rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank PamelaBWalker
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San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is it! If you've ever imagined or searched for a south Pacific paradise - you can stop imagining and stop searching. It's Turtle Island. You can read all about everything they offer on their website and in the travel guides but from personal experience there are a few things that make Turtle special: 1. The People: while the vistas & crystal blue water get all the attention in photos, it's really Alex and the Fijian staff make Turtle what it is. When they say, "Welcome Home," they mean it down to the smallest detail. And be sure to ask to visit a local village - when you do you'll realize that the Turtle staff aren't just putting on an act for tourists. Fijian hospitality really are this welcoming. 2. The Location: because Turtle is remote up in the Yasawa Group, you're blissfully removed from any kind of hustle and bustle. If you want nightlife, go to Maui. If you want to restore your soul, go to Turtle. 3. The Accommodations: this isn't a cookie-cutter hotel chain. Every Bure & building has been built in the Fijian manner, using indigenous materials and highlighting the natural beauty of the island. 5-star accommodations in a 6-star location!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Matt B
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Property: Turtle Island Resort
Address: Yasawa Islands, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Yasawa Islands > Turtle Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Turtle Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Turtle Island Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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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