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Turtle Island: Fiji's Most Luxe Hideaway
Ever since learning about Turtle Island last year from another travel writer, I’ve been eager to visit this slice of paradise myself. Besides being a popular honeymoon spot for couples (even a few celebs), it’s also a go-to spot for movie buffs. After all, the famous “Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields filmed at many locations around the island. Turtle Island's biggest draw is two-fold. On one hand, couples can reconnect with nature away from the hustle and bustle of regular life. There are 14 private beaches on the island, leaving plenty of opportunities for alone time. On the flip side, the island caters to immersive experiences. Guests have their pick of activities: scuba diving, snorkeling, SUP, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, horseback riding and hiking to name a few. While I opted to visit with a friend rather than my significant other, we still had an immersive experience. Turtle Island is home to 14 couples (or 28 people) at any given time, which means customized service for everyone. Meals are generally served at a communal table, with the exceptions of private beach picnics or dinner underneath the stars. One aspect of Turtle Island that really impressed me is their dedication to sustainability. Each “bure” (bungalows) is built and decorated by Fijian craftsmen, which I found really adds a unique feel to the overall space. There's also a solar farm, as of 2013, that powers the island and significantly reduces their carbon footprint. Similarly, the majority of the food served at meals comes straight from the on-site gardens. Spanning 5-acres, the chef has his pick of produce—from sweet corn and pumpkins to melons and spinach—to garnish his dishes. Fiji might be a long-haul flight away, but I'd go back any day.
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