We travelled to Namale for our honeymoon in October 2006. We had a wonderful time, even though it rained for the first 5 days of our trip. The grounds are beautiful, and meticulously maintained. If you are a gardener like me, you will be amazed at the care that goes into the resort. They put fresh flowers everywhere, too- in your room, on your table, everywhere, and they are all fresh from the garden. I loved it!
There were always activities planned by the resort, or you could feel free to spend the day alone doing your own activity or doing absolutely nothing. Being able to have picnics in locations other than the dining room was great. Make sure to have a waterfall picnic. Your table is literally in the water, and you are surrounded by trees and ferns in the forest; it was beautiful.
The food was good- even though the choices were sometimes limited, they always had something that grabbed our attention, and they were very nice about making accomodations for special dietary requests (I'm vegetarian). On our first day, I asked our waitress which of two selections she thought was better because I couldn't decide. Her response was, "Well, I'll just bring you a little of both!" Living in Florida, where there are a lot of tourists as well, I can say that is not service you get used to in America! The drinks flowed freely, and I was very satisfied with the quality and quantity they provided! In fact, an Australian couple we met there told us some of the wines in our room were very pricey Australian labels (we weren't familiar, but are not experts). They served champagne bottles like they were water bottles and we couldn't get over how generous they were with drinks!
The staff was amazingly friendly and kind, especially Paul, Jope, Leno, Joe, Eta, and Epo. They went above and beyond to make you comfortable, and they were just nice to talk and joke with. It would take us 20 minutes to make it to any meal or activity because we always were stopping to talk with someone. Paul even took us on a long hike in the rain because we didn't want to miss it!
We stayed for 2 nights in a jungle bure and 5 in the Bula House. Both were lovely, although the Bula House would have to be described as paradise. We had everything you could possibly imagine- a huge room, our own pool & hot tub, a private beach, a spa tub, 2 showers-one indoor and one outdoor, a kitchen, a pool table, even a pull down movie screen and projector to watch DVDs on rainy nights (although I never could bring myself to cover the view of the ocean, even when it was raining, in the daytime!). The kava bowl hang out area was very fun to meet up with other guests or talk with the staff. The nightly kava was fun, too, and we slept like never before. We went on the village visit and to the church services in one of the local villages, which I highly recommend. All in all, it was a wonderful experience.
The only small negatives I would mention are that we had a strange/uncomfortable encounter with one of their main staff members, Sami, as did a few other guests we spoke with. We just avoided him for the remainder of our trip, which wasn't a problem because there are so many other people to help you if you should need anything. The last thing would be that while I found the rooms furnished nicely, I thought there were some spots on the property that needed some maintenance for safety purposes. For example, some of the deck boards surrounding our cliff-edge pool were rotted and squishy, and made me a little nervous.
But, regardless of those small points, this is one of my favorite vacations we have ever gone on. We travel pretty often and have been to many different places around the world. Generally, we feel that once we go somewhere, we wouldn't visit again just because of the sheer number of places we'd still like to see.
But I am positive we will be back to Namale. And I can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the edge of the Koro Sea on volcanic uplifts is the luxuriously all-inclusive boutique Namale Resort & Spa. Located 10 minutes outside of Savusavu Town on the northern fringes of the Fiji Islands, paradise is within your reach. Namale is nestled among 525 acres of lush tropical flora and offers an authentically Fijian experience to its guests. Namale’s 19 units of luxurious accommodation feature traditional Fijian architecture with modern influences and are each unique unto themselves. Dining is never a dull experience at Namale with its many private dining decks and outdoor locales including the base of Namale’s privately owned waterfall. Namale houses a one-of-a-kind indoor entertainment centre and a fully-equipped fitness centre which are complimentary for guests’ use. Namale also offers an array of activities for guests to enjoy including horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, knee-boarding, nature excursions, Fijian village visits and so much more! Guests are also able to access two world-renowned diving sites; the Namena Reserve and Somosomo Strait. The jewel of Namale is its award-winning Spa & Sanctuary. Noted as the "#1 Spa in Fiji" by Luxury Spa Finder Magazine, the Spa features a hydrotherapy room housing 7 different treatment pools including aromatherapy tubs, a waterfall massage pool, hot tub and plunge pool. The hydrotherapy room has ceiling to floor glass walls that take in breathtaking views of the Koro Sea and Pacific Ocean beyond. All bures feature cordless intercom phones, spacious clothing & luggage storage, mini-safes, souvenir Namale sarongs, fully stocked mini-bars, tea and coffee making facilities, Pure Fiji amenities, hairdryers, mini hi-fi players with I-Pod docking, iron/ironing board, complimentary wi-fi internet access and full air-conditioning. “Namale was a place for us like no other. My wife, daughter and I will treasure (our stay here) for the rest of our lives. The staff, the resort, and the breezes at night are unique and very special”- Ken Nolan, Motion Picture Screenwriter – Blackhawk Down*Namale Resort & Spa does not hold a minimum night stay policy and is able to accommodate children 12 years of age and above. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Namale The Fiji Islands Hotel Savusavu
- Namale The Fiji Islands Resort And Spa
- Namale Hotel Savusavu
- Namale The Fiji Islands Resort & Spa Savusavu