Foodies take note -- lovo is the name for a traditional Fijian feast, and also refers to a special cooking method practiced by the local people. A lovo uses palm fronds to wrap up foods like fish, meat, and vegetables. After the gorgeous natural packet is woven, the package is tied with natural string and cooked in a traditional style cooking pit lined with red-hot rocks.
These beautiful baskets of goodness are slow-cooked, making everything moist and tender when they are removed after hours and hours on the heat. The term lovo refers to both the cooking pit itself and the subsequent feast, when the meal is enjoyed ceremonially.
Usually reserved for grand occasions, this is an experience every honeymoon in Fiji should include. One private island resort is known for their grand lovo feasts, creating a group dining experience where you feel like part of the family.
That resort is Turtle Island Fiji. You can enjoy a completely private, intimate meal at Turtle Island as well, in locations including one of their many private beaches. But the dinner party is the perfect way to feel the warm welcome that you feel from the moment you step foot on the island. Fijians are known for their incredible hospitality, and Turtle Island Fiji's dinner hosts are effortless in making the group dinner experience a joy. Everyone feels warm and welcomed. When you start to feel like family and it's only your first visit, it becomes clear why couples return here year after year.
Group dinners at Turtle Island are followed with Fijian song and dance, joyful revelry, traditional storytelling, and a kava ritual where a drink from the kava root is ceremonially shared and followed by music and dancing.
Turtle Island's sea and farm-to-table dining uses locally-sourced ingredients, including fresh produce grown right on the island. Even the beef comes from a local supplier, who sources it from New Zealand, so nothing is being shipped across the world to your plate.
Celebrated both for their eco-friendly approach and the deliciousness of their cuisine, they accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions to keep every palate satisfied.
Not only is eating this way more ethical and eco-conscious, but it also makes everything taste fresher and more delicious.
Every meal here is a bounty. And once you experience an authentic lovo, you'll get to see what makes the cuisine and culture of Fiji so truly special.