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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Welcome to Turtle Island, a 500-acre private island retreat located in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands. Turtle Island offers a sustainable and authentic experience that celebrates the Fijian way of life. We welcome just 14 couples at a time to enjoy this serene experience where each couple can have their own private beach and is assigned a dedicated personal concierge, your Bure Mama. The island is powered by solar energy, produce is all locally grown in the 5acre vegetable garden, and the spacious villas are handcrafted by local Fijian artisans. Your private island includes private beach picnics, unique dining experiences, Fijian inspired spa treatments, horseback riding, scuba diving, champagne sunrise breakfasts, and an amazing and friendly Fijian staff ready to make all of your dreams come true. Through its tranquility, simplicity, and intimacy, Turtle Island serves as an idyllic sanctuary for travelers seeking connection, community, culture, and consciousness.
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Free internet
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Free breakfast
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Bicycles available
Kids club
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Restaurant
Breakfast available
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Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
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Snack bar
Special diet menus
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Diving
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Windsurfing
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Evening entertainment
Fishing
Walking tours
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Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Currency exchange
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Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
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opinionatedtraveller wrote a review 10 Jan
Chicago, Illinois175 contributions69 helpful votes
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There is a reason I have been to this resort 13 times in 29 years - because it is like no other place on earth. It is a unique & special resort with an approach like no other. You will find resorts that have tried to copy Turtle Island, but none compares - it is the original. This is an updated review since I realized the last time I reviewed Turtle Island was about 10 years ago and I have been back another 4 times(!) - so this is an updated review reflecting my most recent trip last month (and also discussing some past trips). My most recent visit, with 3 generations of my family, during Family Time in December of 2021 reconfirmed everything I had felt about this incredible island paradise - it was a true getaway - it felt completely covid safe and for the 9 days we were there, we were able to actually relax, feel at home and enjoy our vacation without worrying about anything! We have already booked a romantic return trip this year during their regular couples time and can't wait to be back! My husband and I first went to Turtle Island in May of 1992 as newlyweds. We loved it so much that we just kept coming back - 10 times with our kids (3 of those trips also with my elderly mother), and we also returned twice for romantic getaways, just the two of us. I will give you a detailed review below, but in a nutshell, this resort only has 14 huts, so during most of the year, the max capacity on the island is 14 couples! During family time, again, with only 14 huts, you will only get a maximum of 14 families. The relaxed atmosphere is not snobby and you will feel completely at ease and meet the most interesting people - guests from around the world and the kindest staff who hail from the nearby islands. Needless to say, in this covid era, the low capacity and ability to have space and eat outdoors make it a very unique and safe setting. For more on their covid precautions see their website, but let me just say, it was the first time in almost 2 years that we really were able to relax and not worry. Okay, now for a more detailed review on the entire experience. What makes this resort so special is a number of things - first, it is the approach of the original owner/devloper, Richard Evanson - before it was "in" to be green, he championed a green approach to creating this resort. He re-forested the island and thoughtfully planted trees which could be used by local artisans to create gorgeous guest lodging huts called "bures" and the furniture that is in them. When you lay in your lovely four poster bed and look at the high ceilings in your bure, it is amazing to think these were created from wood grown on this very island! His approach to his resort was that as much as possible should be grown on the island or caught in the waters. All the food is fresh and you can tour the gardens and see the fruits, vegetables and herbs growing. You can take an island tour on a golf cart with a staff member and also see where the eggs are collected from the chickens, where the solar farm is, where rainwater is collected, etc. The next generation of owner/managers, his adult children, continue this vision and commitment to balancing new green ideas with local traditions and knowledge. Staff will show you which plants and leaves are used for traditional medicines and how to use palm tree fronds and coconuts to make all kinds of things from food to containers, twine, etc. The cuisine is exquisite and beautifully presented, but not stuffy - it is fresh and flavorful and a treat to the eye and palate. The chef can easily accommodate food allergies and dietary preferences and my mother, who needs a gluten free diet found the gluten free bread and pasta to be some of the best she has ever had. The chef is happy to offer cooking demonstrations and answer questions which is wonderful for foodies or anyone who is just inquisitive about the cuisine. What really makes this gem of a resort sparkle, beyond its gorgeous natural setting, is the phenomenal Fijian staff. The Fijian staff are so kind and wonderful - they treat you like family and really care for you and make sure that you are enjoying your stay. The Fijian culture is amazing and it is this opportunity to be welcomed into their culture (particularly through traditions like kava ceremonies, meke, and music), and their relaxed and sincere kindness that make it such a pleasure to be on this island. As mentioned above, during most of the year, it is couples only on the island. The island only has this one resort, so there is plenty of privacy and lots of private beaches. If you sign up for a private beach, it is yours for the day, you can relax in a hammock, snorkel, skinny-dip, whatever you like. You get dropped off with a picnic lunch and drinks and can use your walkie talkie to request a pick-up when you are ready. There are lots of fabulous things to do on the island - you can horseback ride at dawn and watch the sun rise on the other side of the island as you sip champagne and eat a breakfast of your choice that has been set up on a table at the beach just for you - you can have a private dine-out floating on a raft or on a point with a private swimming pool overlooking the ocean - you can snorkel right out your front door on the main beach at the Blue Lagoon (the same Blue Lagoon where the Brooke Shields movie was filmed!), or scuba dive, mountain bike, paddle board, kayak, or go deep sea fishing, crabbing, or hiking and so much more - you can do lots of activities or just relax in a hammock reading between two palm trees. My husband's favorite things are that he takes his shoes off when he arrives and doesn't put them on until he leaves and that he can leave his wallet in the safe and doesn't have to take it out to pay for anything or tip anyone. Pretty much everything is included - the only additional costs would be if you chose extra spa treatments or to do more than one scuba tank of diving per day. All of your food, drinks (including excellent and exquisite wines, snacks, etc.), fishing, snorkeling a dive a day, horseback riding, boating, etc. are included. They are wonderful about special requests - you can ask for cheese and crackers and champagne to be delivered to you on the beach each afternoon at 3pm and it will be there. The bures (huts) are luxurious and huge - with double vanities, 2 toilets, a large double rain shower with double handhelds, too, and a big jacuzzi. There is a beautiful bedroom area and a spacious sitting area. The louvered windows give fantastic views and allow wonderful breezes to keep the rooms a perfect temperature. There are also fantastic air conditioning units in the bedroom area so if it is particularly warm and you want to cool off, you can flip the unit on and you will never be too hot. The bures are all located on the most gorgeous beach with soft light colored sand and calm water and are strategically placed far enough apart that you have privacy, but aren't far from the main area. Another wonderful feature at this resort is that it is VERY relaxed about attire - you can be barefoot the whole time except if you go horseback riding or hiking, and you never need to dress up for dinner. No fancy shoes and clothes needed - of course, if you want to wear a cute sundress for dinner, that is fine, but you won't find men in jackets or ties - nor in long pants. Some of the best snorkeling is found just walking out the front door of your bure and swimming straight out into the water. You can see amazingly colorful tropical fish in the coral in the blue lagoon, or you can go on one of the snorkeling trips to the nearby islands to see stunning coral. Make sure to ask to be taken to the Cabbage Patch - Jacques Cousteau said it was the finest example of Cabbage Coral in the world! As far as value goes, the price may seem high, but if you add up what you actually spend on a tropical vacation to a place like Hawaii or the Bahamas, really add up all those drinks by the pool, the dinners, the rental car, hotel, tipping, what you spend on scuba diving, deep sea fishing, etc. you might find, like we did that this is actually less than what you might actually spend at those other locations, and you certainly would not get such a unique setting with so few other guests. Since this is the only resort on the island, there aren't shops and roads - no cars, a golf cart or your feet will take you where you need to go - there won't be money spent on shopping - a very small gift shop is available for necessities or small gifts, but that's it. This is a resort to relax and unplug and really enjoy - there are no phones, no TVs, just wonderful conversations with other guests and staff who will become lifelong friends by the end of your visit. I have yet to depart the island and not find myself crying and I always see other guests shedding tears, too. That says a lot about a place. It is also a testament to this magical place that so many guests are return guests - people just love it. The attentive staff, the excellent management, and the amazing Bure Mamas who are like personal concierges, all make this place run so smoothly. With regard to Family Times, of special note is the fact that each child gets his or her OWN nanny or "bula buddy" - so your child has a trained staff member assigned for your stay to make sure that your kid is having a great time and is safe - you don't have to worry about the water, someone is always watching your child - and the kids have a blast - you can spend as much or as little time with your kids as you want and the kids make great friends with other kids from around the world and with their nanny/bula buddy. Since each kid has an individual nanny, that means if one child wants to make sand castles while another wants to go fishing, each kid gets to enjoy the vacation. The staff are great with he kids and the kids get an opportunity to try new things, explore the natural setting and have fun. In addition, many families bring grandparents, too. The resort is great for older adults because the Fijian culture puts a high value on the elderly. We found my mother, who could feel very frustrated and negative at home, was all smiles and having a great time at this resort. When walking became harder for her, they just made sure they always had a golf cart parked by her bure and were ready to give her a ride anytime she needed one. They really put her at ease and make sure she is always comfortable which makes it easy to travel with her to this resort. She is able to enjoy her time with us and her grandchildren and also tour the gardens or the island with staff and learn more about plants that interest her. I could go on forever about how unique and magical the experience is, but as I said, I think the real testament is the overwhelming number of return guests there are. It isn't necessarily the closest place from the US, but is is an easy overnight flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco - you get on the plane, fall asleep, and you wake up and you are there! And, the only airline that goes there is Fiji Airways and it is PHENOMENAL - the most wonderful planes and staff. You can book business class seats that lay flat or go in economy and you will still have seats more comfortable than on most US carriers.. As soon as you clear customs on the main island at Nadi Airport and have your luggage, you will be greeted by a Turtle Island staff member who will transport you to the sea plane and after a quick and amazing 30 minute sea plane ride, you will land on the water and step out into about a foot of water and be greeted on the main beach with songs and drinks - it is straight out of the old tv show "Fantasy Island". I have traveled all over the world and very few places have surpassed my expectations, but this one has since my first trip and continues to do so. I have been to this island as a young 26 year old who was just married, as a pregnant woman, and as a mom with my young children and then school-aged children, teens, and now adult children who are in their mid-20's and no matter what their ages or my age, I have always had a great time and loved this place. My kids consistently agree it is their favorite place for a family trip and some are even looking forward to going to Turtle Island for their honeymoons! I get absolutely nothing for posting this review - I am writing this from my heart because I love it and hope you will, too. Oh, and one last thing! If you are looking for a place to get married (think small, unique, covid safe wedding), or to renew your vows - there is no place better - the cost for a ceremony is so inexpensive and it is GORGEOUS! We renewed our vows for our 10th wedding anniversary and have attended many weddings of other guests there over the years. We have also celebrated big milestone birthdays at Turtle Island and have seen others celebrating special birthdays - it is a wonderful place to mark a special occasion. Family time tips: Christmas is a great time to go, but often fills up, the end of June/early July is an awesome time to go since it is less humid, even if it is summer in the US, it is a wonderful getaway since the temperatures are pleasant but not as hot and humid as in the US (and of course, if you are coming from Australia, it is your winter, so a great time to come), but no matter what time of year you go, since it is so close to the equator, the temperatures do not vary much! I will put something in the room tips, but honestly, all of the bures are fantastic - you can't go wrong with any of them. That is one of the great things about this vacation is that you don't have to worry about getting the "right room" or activities - book directly with the island and they can help you with getting your airfare sorted out if you need help. You don't need a travel agent or anyone to make sure you get it right - everything about this vacation is easy and accessible, which is yet another reason why it is so great.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Truly, all of the bures (the lodging huts) are gorgeous - there isn't one that is better than...
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10traveltwosome wrote a review Dec 2021
Kansas City, Missouri134 contributions83 helpful votes
We first found Turtle Island 27 years ago as we were looking for a place to get married . We weren't able to swing it back then, but Turtle has stayed on our minds and in our hearts all that time and after three attempted bookings in the last two years we finally were among some of the first couples to arrive once Fiji reopened in early December. The moment we stepped on the dock we could feel the difference. It was like landing on a real life Fantasy Island. The Turtle Family is second to none in terms of heart, attention to the guest and attitude. They sing all the time, we never heard a cross word out of anyone, there is constant smiling and they all seem genuinely happy. Our bure mama, Mama Adi, took excellent care of us. Everyone treated us like real family and we felt it. The bure was beyond our expectations. Clean, spacious, decorated with flowers and perfectly located at the water's edge. The porch with the daybed is where we spent a lot time late at night with a glass of wine or napping in the afternoon. The outdoor shower was also amazing. Every Turtle family member knew our name. They only want you to be happy and enjoy your stay and will go to great lengths to ensure that. Be specific on your guest questionnaires, that is what they want so they can be certain you have what you want and need. The warmth we felt from the staff was incredible. We enjoyed two dine outs, one on a pontoon and one at Cliff Point. We were over a year and a half past our 25th anniversary date, but the night we were at Cliff Point was designated as our celebration and it moved me to tears. The singing, the dinner, the decorations...it was truly overwhelming in the best way, We did a sunrise horseback ride to a beach for breakfast one morning, we paddle boarded, kayaked and had two private beach days. But in reality we enjoyed the beach outside our villa the most. The spa services were the best I've ever had. The food served is mostly what is grown on the island, vegetables, tons of fresh fruit, pork, chicken and seafood. I wish there'd been a seafood option every night, but I never lacked for plenty to eat. We enjoyed the family table seating if you chose not to do a dine out. And eating outside all the time, under the stars if it's not raining and in an open-air area if it was, really fit our lifestyle. I finally quit wearing shoes altogether! There was really no need. The nightly cocktail hours were wonderful, with cocktails and appetizers and chatting with the staff and other guests. And the nightly kava ceremony cannot be missed. It was a special event every single night. We continue to talk about that special cultural tradition and how honored we felt to be a part of it. As far as COVID protocols I felt totally safe on the island. We knew the other guests had been vaccinated and tested and we were all tested after 48 hours on the island so it felt very safe, The staff wore face coverings almost all the time. Hand sanitizer was plentiful. They spent extra time each day on room cleaning and sanitizing. There is so much to say about Turtle. We purchased a return trip and will look forward to seeing our Turtle family again soon and in the meantime will stay connected on social media. ALL the staff, whether front of house or back of house, were spot on and amazing. We didn't get to know the names of all the people sadly, but we felt their presence and attention to detail. Even our client manager, Milika, was a rock star in answering all our questions over the last couple of years. Bill and the rest of the staff keep things running smoothly and are always available for questions or to help with anything. We learned so much from Bill about the history of the island, the Evanson family, Fijian culture, etc. He is a wealth of knowledge and we had rich conversations. The seaplane was not available during our stay due to the pilot being stuck overseas and that was disappointing, but hopefully it will be up and running soon. There are so many reasons to visit Turtle. It may not be for everyone, but it was exactly what we wanted and we will stay longer next time.
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Bill C wrote a review Dec 2021
Huntington Beach, California47 contributions18 helpful votes
We had been looking forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary on Turtle Island for some time. Fiji was closed to visitors until December 1, 2021. Fortunately our arrival was on the 3rd and it just so happened that we were one of three couples to be the first guests on Turtle Island after the Covid shut down. From the moment we arrived until our last "Bula" the Island lived up to all our expectations. Everyday was a different experience: private beaches, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, traditional Fijian ceremonies, or just lounging at the beach in front of our Bure overlooking "The Blue Lagoon". Every staff member treated us like family and we were especially pampered by our Bure Mama who took care of everything we needed during the entire stay. The entire staff welcomed our arrival with song and joy; sang to us everyday, and when we sadly had to leave. All the meals featured home grown fruits and vegetables as well as fresh meats and fish caught locally. The hospitality was endless. On one of our lounging days on the beach in front of our Bure we hear singing from a large group of the staff approaching us with flowers and a cake. It was really a special and beautiful anniversary celebration in such an incredible setting. Turtle Island was the most unique vacation we ever experienced!
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Bula Bill, Merry Christmas to you and Linda. It was a pleasure to host you both . Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the island experience, ​we truly appreciate the feedback. Sota tale. Love from your Turtle Family.
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Alissa K wrote a review Dec 2021
Temecula, California13 contributions2 helpful votes
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We were so delighted to visit Turtle Island for a second time AND be one of the first couples to arrive on the island since the start of CV19. (They were shut down for 625 days). We were honored to arrive to a warm welcome from the staff (many who were there when we first visited over three years ago). Tears were in my eyes as I saw the familiar faces and the traditional “Bula!” All Covid protocols were followed … with additional tests taken after we arrived to ensure complete safety. Turtle Island is a place that makes you feel a part of their family the second that you arrive. This is a luxury resort like no other … you arrive and don’t have to worry about rental cars, the world news, daily to do lists or reservations at restaurants… the island is yours. Each day, you can choose to have meals on your own in your Bure at a private beach or at a communal table… which sounds awkward, but it is anything but that. There are only 14 couples maximum allowed on the island at a given time. You meet people from different parts of the world and just enjoy having a conversation in paradise without any care to what else is happening in the world. Our vacation this time was the best yet. We enjoyed daily hikes around the island exploring different beaches and trails. We kayaked, snorkeled, ate gourmet meals and all prepared with food grown on the island, or caught fresh in that day. We were able to visit their caves in the Yasawa’s - which was a highlight of our trip. Amazing and beautiful. My husband even climbed up to jump off one of the interior rocks inside the cave. Every bure has their own Bure Mama … we had Elle. And she was wonderful! She took care of us and our friends who we travel with as well. She was a guardian angel making sure we had knew what beach we wanted to go to with our picnic lunches planned out and beverages. Turtle Island spares not expense in providing the best meals for you to enjoy. And even better, they were able to accommodate my husband’s gluten free diet. They know specifically all your preferences before you arrive to make sure your meals are tailored specifically for you. Chef Beni and Michelle are amazing in the kitchen and they did a fabulous job with every meal. Turtle Island does an amazing job of making us feel a part of their Fijian family. The time spent on the island, you are absorbed into learning about their life on the island and their relationships with the neighboring villages. We can’t wait to return to Turtle Island and see our extended family. They truly know how to make your vacation special and one that you will not forget. It is a place where if you want to stay connected … then this is not for you. Their motto rings true, “Once discovered, never forgotten.” Thanks to all of the Turtle Island Staff… Soto tale!!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bula Alissa, It was a pleasure to host you and Kevin for your second trip to Turtle Island. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to share your experience with us and the rest of the world. We take pride in knowing our guests are happy with their experience . We look forward in having you both back on the island soon. Sota tale. Love your Turtle Island Family.
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Suraya A wrote a review June 2021
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This hotel was everything I was looking for. It has a very wide range of activities to keep you on your feet all day. The food was on pointe and satisfied my hunger without failure every day. The rooms were very clean and everything was very eco friendly. It would be the perfect place for a honeymoon or wedding as it is very relaxing and secluded. Definitely recommend it!!!!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Turtle Island
Which popular attractions are close to Turtle Island?
Nearby attractions include Blue Lagoon Beach (1.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Turtle Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Turtle Island?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Turtle Island?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Turtle Island?
Yes, guests have access to a saltwater pool during their stay.
Does Turtle Island have airport transportation?
Yes, Turtle Island offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Turtle Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.