Fiji Weddings: Turtle Island’s Grand Beach Weddings
As we continue our showcase of wedding hotspots in Fiji, we cannot forget Turtle Island Resort. This resort is located in the western region of Fiji, in the Yasawa Islands Group. This tropical oasis resort creates some pretty magnificent weddings.
Grand Beach Weddings
Having a wedding on Turtle Island means a wedding ceremony held at sunset, on the shores of the famous Blue Lagoon. Warm breezes and a tropical setting will give the bride, groom, and guests an experience they will always remember.
A Fijian wedding on Turtle Island begins with the traditional wedding attire made for the bride and groom from tapa. Tapa is a beautiful design made from the bark of a tree and hand-painted with Fijian symbols in tan, brown, and black. Meanwhile, the guests, including the bride and groom, will wear a tropical flower lei around their neck.
When the trumpeting of conch shells begin, the bride enters on a wedding raft, called a billi billi. Drums and a Fijian choir can also be heard during this time. Two Fijian attendants escort the bride to the groom and the ceremony begins. After the ceremony, Kava (a root in the South Pacific that has a calming effect) is served to guests and they toast to the bride and groom.
Finally, the happy couple both get on the billi billi and are whisked away. They return to a tremendous wedding dinner feast, called the lovo. At this meal, pork, seafood, and other local items are served. Of course, no wedding can be complete without a homemade cake of the couples choosing. The celebration continues with traditional activities and more toasting to the bride and groom.
Turtle Island handles all the wedding planning, from the ceremony setup and attire to the food, Methodist clergy, and choir. The newly married couple will also get digital photos of the event and a photo book of the wedding.
Of course, the above wedding details can be scaled up or down depending on the needs of the bride and groom. In order for couples to get married on this island, they need to arrive three days before their wedding and only one ceremony is held each week.
There are 14 bures in total on Turtle Island, meaning only 28 adults could be on the island at a time, allowing for additional privacy and seclusion. Each bure’s design is slightly different, showcasing the unique, tropical setting. Bures are also named after past celebrity guests. Some include “Brooke’s Bure” (Brooke Shields) and “Ratu Mara Bure” (named after the former Fijian president).
The Grand Bures have a king bed, large dressing area, desk, walk-in double shower, hot tub, outdoor shower, and a deck with a queen-size day bed. The Deluxe Bures have a king-size bed, bathroom with two showers, a sitting room, desk, a queen-size day bed, and an outdoor shower.
The newly married couple may opt to stay in the super private and luxurious Vonu Point. It is a two room cottage designed by Fijian artisans. It has all of the above amenities plus more space and unparalleled views and privacy.
The bures even come with Bure Mamas! A Bure Mama is your own personal concierge ready to do whatever you need in order to make your stay more enjoyable. If there are kids with you, they will be assigned a nanny or Bula Buddy so that parents can take time away while the Fijian nanny carefully watches and plays with the children.
Reserving 500 Acres of Happiness
The bride and groom can also reserve the whole island to themselves and their guests. Imagine the many beaches for you and your closest family and friends to explore! Living on an island in paradise for a week is truly, as the resort puts it, “a life experience that is unparalleled, and nearly indescribable.”
Plenty to Keep You Busy
As an all-inclusive property, the resort charges a flat fee that includes everything you could possibly need to make your stay great. This means all food (even the private mountaintop and beach picnics), beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), transfers, and a nice selection of water sports are all included in the price.
The resort offers culture immersion activities, spa, and activities like reef fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding on the beach, mountain biking, sunset cruise, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, and the use of all sporting equipment.
Guests will fly into Nadi Airport on Fiji’s main island and then take a seaplane to the Yasawas where Turtle Island awaits.