Want to get far away for awhile? Consider Turtle Island in Fiji, which is offering a romantic getaway from Aug. 1-Oct. 31 with a buy-one-get-one free airfare and upgrade deal. The resort, which in June opened its solar-powered Vonu Spa, is offering the deal when guests pay for one international airfare and seven nights in a deluxe bure (traditional island cottages built by Fijian craftsman). The offer is for one free, round-trip flight, up to $1,500, from Los Angeles International and upgrade to a grand bure, a $420 value per night.
The all-inclusive offer also includes a free, round-trip seaplane flight from Nadi to Turtle Island, a $500 value, all meals and drinks, including premium beverages and wines and lobster picnic lunches on private beach, all activities, which include reef fishing and scuba diving, as well as a dedicated “bure mama,” a personal concierge. The resort has 14 private beaches, and allows only 14 couples at one time.
The resort is owned and managed by Richard Evanson, who earned a masters degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1962, made his fortune in the burgeoning cable television industry, and bolted the business world for Nanuya Levu in 1972, later renaming it Turtle Island. If the island looks familiar to movie fans, it’s because part of “The Blue Lagoon,” with then 14-year-old Brooke Shields, was filmed there. Turtle Island has won a variety of accolades since it opened in 1980, including “Most Secluded Honeymoon Destination” from Modern Bride, “World’s Best Service” from Travel + Leisure magazine, and a finalist nod in the 2004 World Legacy Award program, as one of three properties chosen as a world leader in environmental and socially engaged tourism.Rates start at $2,079 per night, per couple. For info, visit www.turtlefiji.com, or call 800-255-4347.