Luxury and Romance on Turtle Island
Have you ever dreamed of a vacation destination so secluded you’d feel as though you were the only one left on earth? Imagine packing your bags and heading towards Turtle Island in Fiji. The romantic island has been converted to a private resort, accommodating only 14 couples at any given time. With so few people with which to share the island, it’s quite possible you could spend your entire vacation seeing no one but resort staff.
Choosing Your Turtle Island Bure
Before you visit Turtle Island you’ll have the opportunity to book either a bure (villa) or the quaint Vonu Point cottage. There are only 14 villas on the island, each built with your comfort in mind. The average two-room bure includes a bedroom, bathroom, and private bar.
The deluxe bure includes a king-size bed, larger dressing area, double shower, hot tub, and an outdoor shower. There’s even a veranda with a huge daybed for those who’s prefer to nap outside under the palm trees!
Vonu Point is the most exclusive and private cottage on the island and you’ll find that your closest neighbor is more than 500 yards away. This luxury bure also includes an outdoor hammock and day bed as well as a private beach. Vonu Point is in high demand, so you’ll have to reserve it well in advance if you have your heart set on staying here.
Turtle Island Adventures
Turtle Island may be secluded and quiet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the opportunity to indulge in a myriad of land and water activities as well. The entire island has 14 different beaches and you can reserve one for yourself for an entire day if you so choose.
If you’re a stickler for adventure you’ll enjoy the wide variety of water activities available for your enjoyment. The reefs surrounding the island make snorkeling an enjoyable experience and if you’re an experienced diver you’ll love finding one dive per day included in your vacation package. You may also enjoy deep sea fishing, kayaking, and sailing excursions.
Perhaps you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground. If that’s the case you’ll have to take advantage of some of Turtle Island’s other relaxing adventures instead. There are plenty of opportunities for horseback riding, bicycling, running, walking, hiking, and even picnicking on the beach.
Those interested in flora and fauna will enjoy the Island and Garden tours which are conducted by electric cart. You’ll get to see the entire island, tour the orchid house, and see where the resorts fresh fruits and vegetables are grown. Not into touring? Relax and enjoy a Lomi-Lomi massage instead. You get a half hour free when you book your stay and can schedule additional massages as well if you desire.
Bringing the Family to Turtle Island
Turtle Island is, by design, a private island reserved for couples only. The problem is that visitors often leave with one complaint – they’d love to bring their families back later in life. The folks at Turtle Island heard this request loud and clear and did something very few luxury resorts are willing to do – they added specific “family friendly” dates to their schedule, making it possible for you to bring the entire clan.
Family dates only pop up on the calendar two or three times every 12 months, so you’ll have to book quickly if you expect to bring the kids. Children under the age of 5 will have a personal nanny and children over the age of 6 will have a personal buddy to play with during their stay. Mom and dad will be able to enjoy a few moments of privacy while the children are aptly cared for.
So What Does it Cost to Stay on Turtle Island?
Hey – we made no secret of the fact that a trip to Turtle Island is a luxury. The good news is that your all-inclusive stay includes not only your room but all of your meals and snacks, all of your beverages (including the alcoholic ones), all of your sports activities, and your personal Bure Mama (or butler).
The bad news? The minimum cost per night to stay on Turtle Island is $2,079 per couple per night and prices range up to $2,999 depending on whether you stay in a Deluxe Bure, Grand Bure, Tu Ga, or in Vonu Point. You also have to book a minimum stay of 6 nights, so this destination is only going to work for you if you have, at minimum, an extra $12,500 to spend. Of course, you’ll have to add airfare and accommodations before or after your stay on the mainland as well.
The staff at Turtle Island is more than willing to accommodate your entire wedding party if you would like at a tropical ceremony. They have special wedding packages – at additional cost, of course. They include your marriage license, a choir, apparel, your reception dinner, wedding cake, and commemorative DVD and photograph packages.
You can rent the entire island as well, if you’d like. This makes Turtle Island the perfect place not only for your wedding but for corporate events or group gatherings as well. The cost to rent the entire island for 7 nights is a flat rate of $300,000.
Alright, so perhaps we’re being a bit unrealistic here. Just because Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Trista & Ryan can afford to vacation on Turtle Island doesn’t mean we’ll ever be able to – but it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?
Image credits (all images): Turtle Island