From above: Dolphin Island’s beautiful pool
Turtle Island activities
What better palce to relax than a hammock overlooking the beach at Dolphin Island?
With possibly the most picturesque setting of any of Fiji’s resorts, on a stunning crescent shaped bay overlooking “The Blue Lagoon” and the Yasawas, the five star, all inclusive Turtle Island embraces parents, grandchildren and kids three times a year. There are 14 spacious bures large enough to accommodate a number of children in a second room, 14 private beaches, personal ‘bure mamas,’ top-shelf liquors, wines, and champagnes and world-class fishing, diving and snorkelling.
Many bures are named after past guests, including ‘Brooke's Bure’ (Brooke Shields) and "Ratu Mara Bure", the former Fijian President. Vonu Point is Turtle's premium bure—a traditional, two-room thatched cottage crafted by Fijian artisans, enjoying total privacy and panoramic views of the lagoon and neighbouring Yasawa Islands.
Gourmet meals are taken in the shade of a sprawling baka tree and other locations around the island at a long, communal table where many family friendships are made. You can also have private dinners under the stars or on a romantic, floating pontoon. The menu features fresh, locally caught seafood like yellow fin tuna, succulent lobster and crab, imported high grade Australian beef and vegetables from the resort's own organic garden picked that day.
Turtle Island made the decision to bend the rules and allows families (December 15, 2012 – January 13, 2013 is the next family period), in part due to the number of guests saying; “I wish I could bring my family here”. Family time at Turtle is magic for everyone including the island’s own staff who foster a nurturing, educational and fun-loving time for parents, grandparents and kids.
During family weeks, every child five and under is provided with a nanny at no extra cost, while those six and over have their own ‘Bula Buddy’ as a companion and playmate. On CC’s Beach an open bure is set up as a special dining and activity area for children with its own chef, dining room staff and meal times for kids. It’s also the departure point for the children’s fun island excursions and activities which include clam digging, crab hunts and races, fish feeding, hand-line fishing, nature hikes, sandcastle building, swimming, sail boarding, soccer, tug-of-war and volleyball.
If you can’t wait for family weeks, the exclusive use Dolphin Island is another option to play Robinson Crusoe and can be booked anytime of the year.
Owned by Dutch multimillionaire Alex van Heeren, who made his money from shipping and banking among other things, the lush 13-acre private atoll is part of Huka Retreats, which includes New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge and Grande Provence, in South Africa. And while Huka recently refurbished Dolphin Island – adding additional accommodation to house eight guests at a time, increasing the bathroom size, contracting renowned interior whizz Virigina Fisher to swish up the décor and adding an infinity pool – it’s retained its unpretentious yet luxurious style. Located a short boat ride across the channel from Raki Raki to the north of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, it can be home to your family on an exclusive basis with your own personal staff on hand, recreational equipment and tours and aquatic adventures with select operators.