Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Turtle Island Celebrates 30th Anniversary

~ Turtle Island resort in Fiji, the location for a series of "Blue Lagoon" movies is celebrating its 30th anniversary since opening to the public (after the filming of the first film, “The Blue Lagoon” in 1979).

The resort is now offering a “Stay 7 Nights, Pay for 5” special that runs through 2009. “We understand the economy is tough and we want to see people experience all that Turtle Island has to offer, so we’re hoping to make that a little easier,” says Dennis Keenan, Marketing Director. Never before has Turtle Island been so accessible and this travel special puts it all within reach.

Turtle Island resort in Fiji is well known as a romantic, tropical beach paradise. With 500 acres of lush rainforest, 14 pristine white sand beaches surrounding turquoise clear water and with just 14 couples at any one time, the resort stands out as one of the most exclusive and intimate getaways in the world. But Turtle Island offers something else to its guests, something one won’t find in a brochure or an advertisement. Turtle Island offers guests the ability to truly connect with their surroundings, the Fijian staff, and to each other. These connections are the real memories that make a Turtle Island stay something that lives inside a couple forever, and makes them yearn to come back.

When owner Richard Evanson, bought the island in 1972, the landscape had been ravaged by wild goats and was uninhabited. He then made a commitment to restore the island to its’ original lush condition because he perceived it as the responsible thing to do. He has planted over 500,000 native trees, restored the rainforest and re-established much of the flora and wildlife and his dedication continues today. Now serving as the perfect model for “sustainable tourism”, Evanson takes pride in the stability and overall health of the island.

With many renewable and reusable practices in place, Turtle Island strives to be self sufficient which adds to the quality and authenticity of your time spent there. The four acre organic garden provides almost all of the fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers needed. Rainwater is recycled and used wherever possible. Evanson and his talented crew are always looking for new and better ways to keep the island as natural as possible while investing in its’ future. “It’s a great thing to plan for tomorrow”, says Evanson. “And we’re proud to do it.”

So how much does all this love and attention to detail cost?

Packages start at $2, 079 per couple per night – but before you start choking on your breakfast waffles, take a look at what is included:
  • Your own private 2-room beachfront bure (cottage) located on the shores of the famous Blue Lagoon and built in traditional Fijian style.
  • All meals including a la carte breakfast, sumptuous buffet lunches or private champagne & lobster picnics on a private beach, afternoon snacks, pre-dinner savouries and gourmet dinners.
  • All beverages including fine wines, spirits, and champagnes.
  • All activities including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding on the beach, mountain biking, sunset cruise, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, and use of all sporting equipment.
  • Fully dedicated Bure Mama that solely looks after the guests staying in her bure.
  • A complementary half hour Lomi Lomi massage per guest.
  • Laundry service.

But wait – there’s more…
Honeymooners will receive complimentary seaplane transfer Nadi/Turtle Island round trip valued at US$999 round trip per couple with a 7-night stay.

Still not enough for you? Then along with the “Stay 7 Nights, Pay for 5” special mentioned in the start of this entry, there are several other excellent deals on offer. But you will have to be quick, since these will be available for a limited time only. After all, the island only caters to 14 couples at a time.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to the Turtle Island website, and check out this beautiful location, or see your travel agent for more details.

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