Pretty Little Liars, the ABC Family TV series, star Ian Harding AKA Ezra Fitz, and his partner Sophie recently visited us on Turtle Island for some rest and relaxation. As their first trip to Fiji, we couldn’t wait to show them the time of their lives in paradise. The couples’ journey to Turtle Island began with the “fall asleep in LA and wake up in Fiji” business class service with Fiji Airways. After boarding, Ian got settled in to his seat and reached out to his fans on social media…
Like a kid in a candy store with these seats! And by that I mean they're smarter than I am... Thanks… https://t.co/TzA7PaJgoP— Ian Harding (@IANMHARDING) June 28, 2015
Fiji Airways’ new fleet features 10.6” LCD entertainment screens with all of the latest TV and movies, angled lie-flat beds, heaps of storage space and charging ports for your smartphone or laptop, three course South Pacific fine dining, a range of fine wines, spirits, liqueurs and a selection of cheeses. Ian and Sophie were very impressed with the Fijian hospitality and onboard service with Fiji Airways and had a very pleasant flight.
Upon arrival in to Nadi they were escorted through the airport and the couple finally started their Fijian adventure! Over the next few days they visited some of the amazing sites that the mainland of Fiji has to offer also stayed at other Fiji resorts. After several days of exploring the mainland, they arrived at the Turtle Airways seaplane base where they enjoyed a cool beverage in the lounge, and prepared for their private 30-minute scenic flight. The stunning views of the clear, turquoise waters and neighbouring islands were a highlight of the flight. The 4-seater seaplane landed on the shores of Turtle Island where they were greeted by Fijian warriors, handed a tropical cocktail and introduced to their Bure Mama, Sala. Island host, Arthur then took them on a tour of our 500 acre island by golf cart.
The lovely couple stayed in Bure 7, one of 12 Grand Beachfront Bures, which is private and set back from the beach amongst the palms and lush vegetation. Its close proximity to the dining area and bar were a plus as they enjoyed socializing with the other guests and staff on the island. They made close friends with Mama Sala, who took care of them during their stay. From planning their private beach picnics to delivering drinks and baking fresh brownies, they fell in love with Mama Sala’s eagerness to take care of them. Each of the 14 Bures on Turtle Island are stocked with luxurious Pure Fiji bath products, ranging in tropical scents like coconut milk and honey, frangipani, mango, and passionflower, which the pair thoroughly enjoyed!
Ian and Sophie made the most out of their short trip to Turtle Island, visiting several of the islands private beaches, snorkeling, experiencing the Fijian culture, listening to the children's village choir, and relaxing in the sun. Devil Beach was one of their favorite beaches to swim at, while they selected Racheli’s Beach for their private beach picnic. Evenings were spent enjoying dinner at secluded island locations – the couple loved sipping cocktails on the Mountain Top and dinner with the other guests.
Dessert was followed by Kava with the staff and Bure Mama Sala each evening. Kava, pronounced ‘kah-vah’, is considered the “national drink” of Fiji. It’s an indigenous plant that has been long used by Pacific Island cultures for its pleasant relaxation effect. Participants sit cross-legged in a circle on the floor in front of the chief or head of the ceremony as he mixes the powdered kava root with water in a large wooden bowl called a tanoa. When the kava is ready, it is scooped into a bowl called a bilo (made from half a coconut shell) and passed to the first guest to drink. When it is your turn to drink, you should clap once, accept the bowl and drink it in a single gulp, and then clap again and say, Bula! As you hand back the bilo, you clap three times as everyone joins in.
On the last day of the Ian and Sophie's time in Fiji, Ian reached out to his fans on his social media channels to say thank-you to everyone who made his trip one to remember…
Ian and Sophie created some amazing memories on their trip to Fiji, we are thrilled to have hosted them and we hope to welcome them back home again someday soon.