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Namale Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Savusavu
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

We spent 5 days in Namale having stayed the 5 previous days at Tokoriki. Have to say that on first arrival at Namale, we were not too impressed. Specifically as it was a complete change from the white sandy beaches to rainforest and it was overcast.
That said, we stayed in an ocean bure which was immaculate and comfortably sized, with a great view of Namale's version of a beach.
What makes Namale is the service and staff - the resort itself is huge and you can radio a 'Bula-cart' to take you wherever you want to go. Everything is included (all food + all alcohol) and it's refreshing that when you ask one of the diving instructors to take you out for a boat ride to view the resort from the sea, they don't ask you for your room number!
The staff (including the Manager) could not be more attentive and friendly. Given that (when were were there, at least), there were only maximum 14 guests and over 100 staff (many constantly pruning the grounds), we were overwhelmed with their attentiveness. It was easily possible to eat at a different part of the resort (more like rainforest) every day, champagne on ice.
Sure enough, this level of service comes at a price, but you would never know this resort is Anthony Robbins owned unless you visit during the conference season (beginning of the year).
There are activities/trips posted daily - something for all appetites and moreso if you want to snorkel/dive.

If you're looking for coral seas and white sandy beaches, this is not the place for you. If you want top class service, one of Fiji's best spa's, a full-one entertainment center (cinema/bowling, etc) and some peace and quiet, this is the place for you. Just make sure you take your bug spray!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2008

I decided to write this review after reading the recent reviews that have been posted in this website. My wife and I got married in July 2005 and decided to go to Namale for our Honeymoon. I've had enough time to think about our honeymoon and the things we would have done differently. Would I go again? No. Is true, despite the most friendly staff I've ever encountered in my life (including the Resort Manager which is very attentive); Namale needs to improve a bit. Honestly, for the high cost and long trip (from US) they really need to meet people's expectation at all cost. To us, the food wasn't that great and the wine selection was very mediocre. The activities weren't that great either, and the beach...well (don't go to Namale if you are thinking on fine and white sandy beaches. Namale is located in Savu Savu, a volcanic island full of rocks everywhere. Instead, try choosing other Fijian resorts that have better beaches.)

In the other hand, if you are planning on staying in your rooms all day, they are big, clean, cozy and have an excellent view to the open sea (very nice), and for added relaxation visit the spa, which is second to none around the Fijian Islands with a ver y good staff. (I had the best massage I've ever gotten in my life.)

This resort for me is about "Average".

  • Stayed: July 2005, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank rleyte
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Reviewed July 13, 2008

We stayed here for 6 nights for our honeymoon at the end of August. From the moment we entered the resort we were pampered and spoilt!
The accomdation comprises of 16 bures (huts) and all have their own private balcony. The bathroom area was a little worn but still imaculate.
The food was really good although the menu was quite small but if you wanted something that wasn't on the menu then it was no problem.
All the employees are from local villages and will do everything to ensure you have a great time. Every thursday the local villages put on a show which is a must see.
Namale is the best resort that I have ever stayed in and we will definately go again.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2008

I attended Tony Robbins workshop in Fiji, and staying in Namale was included as a part of the arrangement at a discounted price (Namale cost was around $230 per person per night, 2 people per bungalow), in addition to the workshop price. I stayed in the bungalow (they call it bure) right next to the beach.

The resort itself is very nice, with beautiful landscaping, palm trees, etc. They also offer great massage, horseback riding, etc.
The bungalows are nice and clean, but no air conditioning, only fans.

The beach/ocean access is mediocre -- a small shallow pool of water on top of a coral reef. There is a beautiful coral reef wall next to the beach, but you have to get outside of the reef area to enjoy it. When I did so, I ran into a huge shark about 12 feet long and had to jump out of the water real fast.

While I was staying at Namale, I saw two Australian models who were flown at Tony's expense from Australia to do promotional photo shoots at Namale for marketing purposes.

My overall impression is this:

It only makes sense to stay in Namale if you are coming there for the workshop and are getting a discounted price for the lodging. If you are just there for the honeymoon, the price of $1400 per night is ridiculous! You can find a better place for that kind of money.

Tony is a great person, but his marketing efforts are over-the-edge -- he delivers a lot, but he overcharges for almost everything he does, and his marketing is often streching the truth, to say it politely.

Good luck!

  • Stayed: August 2003, traveled on business
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10  Thank FlyCheap
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Reviewed October 28, 2007

Don't listen to the naysayers. We stayed at namale Oct 06 for 7 nights for our honeymoon(after 4 nts in the Cook Islands). Namale was amazing. We regularly stay at Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton etc and Namale was a totally unique experience that I doubt can ever be replicated. We met a lot of great people. Unfortunately we had bad luck with the weather, but the resort is amazing. I've heard bad reviews of the food and I wonder just what these reviewers are thinking. The food was delicious and 5 star quality...in Fiji! And the service was excellent without being overbearing. We had a wonderful time. I think some people wouldn't be happy wherever they go.

Stayed: October 2006
3  Thank southerncal123
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Reviewed October 26, 2007

I have to agree with the review above me about how wonderful Namale truly is. We booked our honeymoon very far in advance and were shocked to find when we arrived we had an entire house! Two sunken living areas, a private plunge pool, jacuzzi, and stairway to the beach! The staff was amazing and there wasn't anything that we asked for that they didn't get for us! I never saw any food that seemed "american", but if I asked for a cheeseburger they would get it! It's true there is a "kava bowl" with a bowling alley, and other games, but we avoided going there and spent our time in seclusion in the jacuzzi! You could pretty much go an entire day without running into another person if you wanted to! The activities were not necessarily always scheduled and we could go out snorkeling, diving, etc. any time we asked. We are drinkers and having alcohol included was a big plus. We asked for some drinks to be sent to our bure and received an entire bottle of liquor and mixers! It's true the mosquitos are a problem, but they provide repellant and spray. The a/c or lack of was a little annoying, but with all the open windows and fans it didn't put a damper on the honeymoon in the least! We basically want romance and seclusion and got it! We will definitely go back to Namale if given the opportunity. We didn't mind waiting for food or service because we were on our honeymoon and in no kind of hurry. If you can't enjoy yourself here, there is something wrong with you!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2007

Namale was the 3rd stop of our trip. The first resort, Nanuya IR a great 3 star location, Qamea Island, a fantastic 4 star resort and now the all inclusive 5 star plus resort.

The resort is huge and spread out. There are concrete sidewalks and golf carts to take you everywhere. If you want an American resort in Fiji then this place is for you. There is bowling, a movie theatre, putting green, simulated golf, air hockey and pool tables. Everything a great resort in the states would have.

Our bure was very nice and large. BUT NO AC! I couldn't believe it. It was hot and humid and an AC would have been nice at night. It rained every day. This island was a tropical rainforest and we knew not to expect a beach of any caliber. The beach was all coral and shell. You could walk on the reefs in your reef shoes. If you wanted to enjoy the sun, when it poked through the clouds, the 2 pools were your best options. The mosquito netting over the bed was a must have. Mosquitos and flies were our constant companions and repellant is a must have.

The food was very american. The first night we arrived and the appetizers were chips and guamole with burritos on the menu! Being from Texas, we could not believe we had traveled over 5000 miles and paid this much money for food we get a home dailey!! The service during meals was unpredictible. Some meals it was good and prompt and others we had to wait and wait or hunt someone down for a refill. The spa was incredible and worth it.

Tony Robbins, an American, owns the resort and it shows. The resort was also preparing for one of his seminars and it was obvious that was more important than anything else. The whole place was under construction and the sounds of saws and hand tools got old.

For an all inclusive it definitely was not worth it. We do not drink that much! The people were nice but unfortunately too much of an American touch ruined a beautiful part of Fiji.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Hibiscus Highway, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Vanua Levu > Savusavu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Savusavu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Savusavu
#2 Spa Hotel in Savusavu
#4 Family Hotel in Savusavu
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Savusavu
Price Range: $1,119 - $1,567 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Namale Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 19
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 16 years of age and above. ... more   less 
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Namale The Fiji Islands Hotel Savusavu
Namale The Fiji Islands Resort And Spa
Namale Hotel Savusavu
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