When my husband suggested spending half of our Fijian vacation on an island without electricity, communal meals and not many activities, I was a bit apprehensive, but I'm so happy that I agreed to go! We have stayed at 7 different resorts in the South Pacific, and Moody's Namena was by far the best-the service, food, views and snorkeling were fantastic, not to mention the fascinating company of Tom and Joan Moody and our fellow guests.
The thing that I loved the most about Moody's Namena was the thoughtful service. They anticipated all of our needs and anything we could have wanted was already in place. There were towels and water bottles on the snorkeling and fishing boats for each guest, every time we went out. One of our fellow guests had a difficult time getting around, but Tom Moody drove him and his wife around the island, and the diving staff spent extra time with him to make sure he could enjoy snorkeling with the rest of us. This same guest had a birthday while on the island, and the chef made a birthday cake for him and we all sang "Happy BIrthday." The employees, who were all from nearby Fijian villages, were genuinely friendly.
The snorkeling here was the best we've ever seen, and it's all within a 10-20 minute boat ride from the island. The snorkeling boat goes out twice a day-morning and afternoon. We've never seen such a great number and variety of fish, and the coral is healthy and colorful.
In addition to the snorkeling, you can hike (to secluded beaches, or along the entire south side of the island!), lounge on the beach, kayak (around the entire island if you're up to it!), or just enjoy the amazing views from your porch. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough to do there for 5 days, but when we left, I still felt like there was so much of the island to explore.
Our bure (cottage) was stunning. It had 2 bathrooms, a large bed which was decorated with flowers during the day and surrounded by mosquito nets at night, and 5 floor to ceiling doors that allowed a breeze into the bure, giving great views of the ocean and trees. It felt like sleeping in a tree house. I loved making tea on our hot plate and sitting on the deck watching the waves.
The food at Moody's was simple, but delicious. We went fishing one day and caught a large mackerel, which we had for dinner that night. The next night, they used the remaining mackerel to make ceviche, and the following day they used it to make delicious fish cakes. They also make a fantastic pecan pie with coconut in place of the pecans (and I don't like coconut!) As I mentioned, I was worried about the communal meals, as my husband and I both tend to be shy, but Tom and Joan had such wonderful stories, and our fellow guests were fascinating, that we got over that fear quickly!
Although we travelled for 24 hours to get there and stayed for only 5 days, I felt rejuvenated and could have gone home happy. Moody's Namena is a warm and welcoming place and I hope to return some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Namena Island Resort is a privately owned Fiji island resort. 6 Bure's (cottages) strategically located to maximize ocean views and enjoy the ocean breezes. Maximum guest capacity 12 people. 3 gorgeous private beaches. Namena is rated the "Best Dive Destination In Fiji" and ranked as one of the "Top 10 Dive Destinations in the World". Namena Island is surrounded by a reef designated as a marine reserve with over 22 world famous dive sites all within a 10 minute boat ride from our boat jetty. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Moody`s Namena Hotel Savusavu
- Moodys Namena Hotel
- Moodys Namena Resort All Inclusive
- Namena Island Resort Fiji/Savusavu