hen travelers envision a location of white, powdery beaches surrounded by sapphire blue waters and jungle, they immediately associate that scene with the South Pacific. Part of this imagery descends from movie locales, and in creating the Turtle Island resort in Fiji, Richard Evanson did just that. As such, those reserving a space at one of the villas on this 500-acre island get to stay in proximity to the landscape used in movie The Blue Lagoon. Other celebrities have stopped by here over the years, including Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, to walk along and take in the isolated setting of beaches, cliffs, and coves. This intimate environment sets Turtle Island apart from its other South Sea contemporaries; here, it’s essentially you and your guide, free to stroll along a private beach, sail out into the ocean, or go on a snorkeling or scuba-diving adventure. Whether you go alone or rent the island with a group, an option for weddings or up to 14 couples, Turtle Island’s simple yet luxurious accommodations span 14 bures, the villas flanking its beaches, as well as fine foods, some of the world’s best wines, and a bevy of cultural, sport, and water activities.
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Turtle Island, Fiji
Bures essentially fuse the classic to the new, blending traditional Fijian craftsmanship with modern eco-building techniques. Wood sourced from the island forms the vaulted, thatched ceilings, while natural light illuminates sleeping, dressing, and bathing spaces. As a touch of luxury, bures add a bar stocked with drinks and fresh fruit and offer an array of Pure Fiji body products. The larger options, the Grand, Deluxe, and Vonu Point bures, expand upon these accommodations with king-size beds, larger dressing areas, a
double shower and open-air rinsing shower, and a veranda complemented with a queensize day bed. With the resort, Evanson wanted to infuse a more private experience with the native lifestyle of the Yasawas, and leading you through traditions is the “Bure Mama,” essentially a guide and personal attendant. While she makes sure you have everything you need, her expertise can direct you to activities, locations, and cultural attractions around Turtle Island. turtlefiji.com. ■