Turtle Island will need no introduction to anyone who’s considered an upmarket Fijian holiday over the past 35 years – or who saw the movie Blue Lagoon, which was shot there. Over the years the resort has won numerous awards, from Most Blissful Beach Resort and World’s Best Service to this year’s Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor. In 1970, a burnt-out American millionaire, Richard Evanson, bought the barren, goat-ravaged Nanuya Levu island in the Yasawas and made it his life’s work to renew the land and build himself a home. He employed local villagers to plant hundreds of thousands of trees and finally renamed his property Turtle Island. In the late 70s the island was used as the location for the remake of the 1949 Blue Lagoon film that was also shot there. After playing host to cast and crew, Evanson realised how much he enjoyed having guests and opened Turtle Island as a resort in 1980, limiting the number of guests to preserve the Island’s biodiversity. Today Turtle Island is home to 14 eco-friendly private bures overlooking the Blue Lagoon. Each bure has a king-size bed, spacious dressing area, walk-in double shower, hot tub, outdoor shower and a veranda with a queen-size day bed. Guests are looked after by their own dedicated “Bure Mama”. The premium bure is Vonu Point, set high above the beach with spectacular lagoon views. The resort’s all-inclusive tariff means that once you arrive you can put away your credit card: even bottles of bubbly, beach picnics, massages and scuba dives are included. Renowned French-born chef Jacques Reymond is Turtle Island’s culinary advisor and describes the food there as “Pacific-fresh”, incorporating influences from Contemporary Pacific cuisine “adapted to take advantage of the island’s fresh ingredients”. The island is surrounded by powder-soft beaches, some quite isolated and perfect for couples, who can reserve one for the day – along with a picnic lunch of lobster and champagne – and work on their all-over tans.