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Qamea Resort And Spa Fiji
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Qamea Island
Certificate of Excellence
Fiji Islands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Ah - 5 star treatment!”
Reviewed August 4, 2007

Ah – 5 star treatment!

Qamea Island sits oh so prettily across from it’s bigger sister, Taveuni Island. A lush, green and dense island, the shining star is Qamea Resort and Spa.

We were lucky enough to spend our 20th anniversary at Qamea, in the fabulous Premium Villa. Upon arriving, via boat, the staff turned out in numbers to sing a welcome song, wrap us in the customary warmth and friendliness known to the islands, and offer us a fresh rum punch. We got a brief tour of the spotless grounds – well tended and blooming with tropical colors. Our bure was situated at the far end of the resort, over a bridge and creek, like a Hansel and Gretel walk!

Our villa was nothing short of spectacular. It had a platform bed, elegant amenities, its own private pool and beach, outdoor shower, large deck and unobstructed views. We felt like we were living a totally different lifestyle.

Meals were upper end in quality, meticulously prepared and executed, and phenomenal. The staff was attentive, friendly and took their time in getting to know about you and your family, and sharing a bit of insight into their own lives.

We enjoyed two days of spa treatments, and came back absolutely glowing. Body scrubs, massages, facials with exclusive Guinot of Paris products left us so relaxed we could barely walk back to our villa. If you go, definitely book a spa treatment – you definitely deserve this treat!

Our anniversary culminated in the staff baking us a cake and singing a special, beautiful anniversary song. The resort owners, Ron and Bryce; the management, Darren and Dot, pay special attention to each and every detail. While this is a luxury getaway, it is definitely not stuffy or formal. Each night guests gather around in one circle for pre-dinner drinks and chats, joined by the friendly management. Qamea is elegant, but a casual elegance. It doesn’t push or pretend, but gently folds you into its loveliness. It’s a place to get away, with all the trimmings you could possibly think of. An excellent honeymoon or anniversary celebration, hideaway for couples, divers wanting a step up, snorkelers and all romantics at heart.


  • Liked — Everything - ambiance, service, impeccible details
  • Disliked — Can't find fault!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2007

I can never find the words to fully describe the amazing time we had at the Qamea resort. I was a bit afraid of what we were in for, when it took a very tiny plane ride, a very bumpy van ride through the Fijiians villages, and then a very small aluminum boat ride to get to the resort. But it was all worth while! Darren, the manager, was waiting on the beach to greet us upon arrival, what a great start to our stay!

We were shown our villa, which was the second from the end. It was calle Bubale, and I would highly recommend this bure. It had a huge living room, a bedroom, a dressing area, bathroom and shower. Then outside was another secluded rock shower. On our deck was a daybed, a table/chairs set, and our own pool! We looked at some of the regular bures and the Premium Villa that we had was beyond comparison.

The food was amazing. The choices were great. My DH especially liked the lobster tail and I loved the cream of stilton soup! yum! We have some very fine dining restaurants here in California, and this definitely compared or exceeded any of those. The wine list was full of Austrailian and new Zealand wines, and the ones we tried were really good.

Every night they had a kava ceremony, and music played by the local Fijiian employees. We ended up meeting some great friends and drank and dined with them each night.

We went to Honeymoon beach, and the hike to the water falls. This should be not be missed. It was a steep hike, but with handrails and makeshift steps, through the rainforest. The waterfalls were a welcome sight, and the cool water was so refreshing. My husband also did a SCUBA certification, and a dive with Richard the divemaster. He was wonderful and my DH said the dive was so awesome! Definitely a highlite of the trip.

We only stayed 4 nights at Qamea, after a 3 night cruise. The cruise of the Yasawa islands was pretty disappointing, but arriving at Qamea let us forget all about it!

  • Liked — The friendliness of the resort!
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2007

well... where do we begin... there is sooooo much to say...

lets start at the end... both my wife and I cried when we left... we fell in love with the resort, the staff, the island and the new friends we made.... saying we had a wonderful time would be an understatement... the staff, the resort, the experiences, the tours and THE FOOD!!!! was exceptional....

at the airport on the way back we got chatting to a travel agent who was in the area... who mentioned we had made a very very wise choice in choosing Qamea for our honeymoon over our other potential choices of resorts.... we had even toyed with the idea of going to two resorts... however we didn't want to be disappointed in case one was better than the other... and in light of that I am really really glad we spent all 10 nights at Qamea...

we flew from London... and although the flights both ways were gruelling... and on the way back our flight to LA was just horrendous (and I fly a lot)... the little boat ride to Qamea island was worth all the hassle we went through when flying there...

We stayed in one of the secluded villas at the far end of the resort... set in beautiful gardens and the beach and turquoise water being just a few feet away... at night we could see the stars and there were so many... the villa was just amazing...

There is a reef just infront on the resort with loads of amazing fish and corals... and everyday the resort organised a guided snorkel to different reefs around the island where we saw all kinds of corals, fish, reef sharks, rays... and on top of that there are loads of activities the resort organises... we really enjoyed the Lavena coastal walk. We walked along the coast and into the junlge and along a river for about an hour and half before we reached this little oasis with a breathtaking waterfall... i was left speechless.. we went swimming in the waterfall... and Sefo was a really fun guide and a great guy... the next day we went to the Bouma waterfall s which were equally was spectacular.... in the evenings the resort had a traditional Kava ceremony, wine tasting and a fantastic Meke night... Edi (the driver who picked us up from Taveuni apt) was the star! (he also has the best and most infectious laugh)..we also had a cooking class and a lesson in Fijian medicine... so we were spoilt for choice...

The Spa is world class.... the massage we got were the best I've had anywhere in the world... Filo, Charlotte and Mita are exceptional...

The Food... Oh... The FOOD! it was just amazing.... the Kokoda was so good I almost cried... the crab and caviar salad was so good I got high... my wife and I went to honeymoon beach but asked to be picked up a little early so that we wouldn't miss lunch... the packed lunch they'd give on the tours was good but it didn't compare to having lunch at the resort! My wife is vegetarian and although most days there was always something on the menu she could/loved to eat, if there wasn't they would always make what she wanted.... which was really nice of them... the muesli at breakfast was superb and so were the eggs... Darren, the resort's GM, who created the menus is an absolute genius!!!

The Staff... they were some of the nicest, heartfelt, happy people we've met anywhere in the world.... they would go out of their way to help, to talk and to smile... and you knew they took pleasure in it... Pasilio, Amelia, Sefo, Ana, Mama Luisa, Loraina, Maria, Edi and many others made our stay memorable... the Rici who did the gardening near our villa in the morning had a lovely smile and an incredible laugh... and William makes incredible cocktails!

We made some really great friends during our time at the resort...

You can now understand why we cried when we left...

Darren, Dot & Ron... thank you.... you guys have something truly magical in your hands....

we hope to see you again very soon....

  • Liked — The FOOD!!!!
  • Disliked — the fact we had to leave :o)
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2007

We sayed at qamea for 10 nights in early June 2007, for our honeymoon. We booked our reservations through unforgetable honeymoons and Rene did a wonderful job of organizing our trip.

Let me start by saying all of the positive reviews on this site are very accurate. The staff at Qamea are the most friendly and hospiable hosts we have ever encoutered. As an example, after we left the resort we stayed at another hotel and had a horrible experience. The owner of Qamea caught wind of this through our travel agent and sent us an e-mail to make sure we were okay!! That is the level of service you can expect at Qamea.

Food: The food was very good. As descrbied in several other reviews, Qamea will serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. The fresh fruit and juice is delicious. The baked goods are to die for. The breakfast menu is very good, you can chose from all the normal breakfast items (i.e., eggs, pancakes, etc.). For lunch and dinner you get to choose between three selections, usually there was a meat, fish or vegetarian selection. We were never disappointed. The main bure (dining area) is were all meals are served and you have a chance to mingle with other people before dinner. We made friends with many of the other guests and sometimes we ate together. However, if you wish to be alone you can eat in your room, at a table for two or at the beach.

Rooms: The rooms are very modern with a Fijian flare, comfortable and well decorated. We stayed in the beach front bure and we were completely satisfied. The beds were very conformatable and the rooms have air conditioning which is very nice! If you have the means, I would recommed upgrading to the honeymoon suite or the premimum bure - they are like a palace! The best part is that each bure has an ocean front view, its own hammock, and a beautiful porch for relaxing.

Acitivies: The resort offers many activities. We stayed there for 10 days and we were never bored. I enjoyed diving. There are about 20 amazing dive sites within 5 minutes boat ride from the resort. The dive equipment was well maintained and Frank, the dive master, was very friendly. The guides were very knowledable and took a small group to a different spot each trip. There was a new snorkeling trip each day offering a variety of coral, fish and other sealife such as Cuddle fish, Clown fish and Soft Coral. We were lucky enough to see something new every trip. Some other water activities included: sailing, kayaking and water skiing. On land, we had the choice of jungle and coastal hikes, nature walks, Village visits and Fijian cooking classes. The activites were offered all throughout the day and it was easy to do one, two or even three in one day. The exclusive resort made it very easy to relax by your bure, beach or pool as well. Each night offered something new: dinners on the beach, Kava ceremony, a visit and dance from the Village children and wine tastings. The beach vollyball in the afternoon was also a blast.

Spa: One of the most impressive things Qamea had to offer was its world class spa. The array of treatments provided was something my wife had never seen in the states. We were able to do spa treatments together or alone, outside next to the beach listening to the waves. We highly recommend booking a late day treatment while the sun is setting. The Fijian women enjoy givng spa treatments. Our favorite treatment was the Sugar Rub with fresh cocunut oil and sugar to exfoliate the skin, followed by a 1-hour massage and fruit smoothie!

The best part are the Fijians themselves. They are so nice and welcoming. It is hard to hold the tears back when it's time to leave. If you have any questions or need more information about the resort don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed July 4, 2007

Stayed in three different resorts over 17 days and by far qamea was the best. Also was the least expensive of the 3 by a good bit. The lady who runs the place, Luscia is a Fijian whirlwind of efficiency. The owners are around a bunch, which is cool. The food is fantastic. Best scrambled eggs I've ever had , lot's of variety. If a Texan can eat there, anyone can. We aren't what you'd call adventerous in that area. Oh and the scuba is unbelievable. Rainbow reef is an hour or so away and they have lots of closer sites, night dives, and Samu, and Frank are really good dive masters. It's just a great place and by far the best value of the 3 I went to, and that's not a knock on the other resorts, just QAMEA is that good.........DC Dallas TX.

  • Liked — Modern authentic melding
  • Disliked — No tv
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Wyoming
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Reviewed May 28, 2007

My husband and I could not have done any better choosing this jewel as the site of our wedding and honeymoon last August 2006. I was apprehensive about booking a wedding package with a resort sight unseen. However, Qamea far surpassed our expectations and delivered priceless experiences. Our 2-week stay provided us with the right combination of luxury and pampering, adventure and exploration, good food, and newfound friends. We can't wait to return! Here's the lowdown. Please accept my apologies ahead of time if my review reads like an interminable reverie, but I really want to do Qamea justice. It really is wonderful.

BURES, BEACH, PHYSICAL LAYOUT - The resort is situated on a thin strip of land on Qamea Island that runs along the beach and has been cleared of jungle. To get there, you need to take a boat from a launching area on Taveuni that's located about 30 minutes from the airport. You'll be picked up from the airport and driven to the launching area, and from there will take the boat to Qamea, which as a short 15 minute trip. Upon arrival at Qamea, you disembark onto the small beach near the dive hut. The beach itself is a very thin 15-20 foot strip of off-white/yellow sand that faces Taveuni. A row of trees (palms and the kind that hang out over the water) separates the sandy beach from the rest of the resort). From the dive hut, the bures spread out to your right in a line that follows the beach, and are located maybe 30 feet from the water's edge. The bures are situated 15-20 feet from each other, but there is plenty of landscaping and privacy. The last 2 bures in this line are the honeymoon bures, which are located on their own little cove and have unobstructed views of the ocean. To the left of the dive hut are the large villas. From the regular bures, the view to the ocean is through scattered trees. A trafficked sand walking path also runs in between the regular bures and the beach. This is one of the drawbacks of the regular bures -- there is minor foot traffic in front of them.

HONEYMOON BURES (THE BEST ONES) - We stayed in one of the two honeymoon bures, the one named "Bulikuli," which is the 2nd to last bure on the beach. These were brand new when we arrived, and had been in use for only about 1 month. They are located on a small cove and feel a bit more separated from the other bures. Because the honeymoon bures are at the end of the beach, there is no traffic in front of them. The only traffic that might pass in front of the "Bulikuli" would be from anyone staying in the very last honeymoon bure. However, there is a path that runs behind these bures to the main bure, and we received no traffic at all in front of our bure during our stay. I recommend the honeymoon bures above the others, as I believe they are the best ones on the resort, sharing a gorgeous view of a small cove that opens to the ocean, and located a perfect distance from the main bure -- not too close, but far away from any potential noise. Ours was a lovely, small building with beautiful dark wood floors(mahogany?), a curtained daybed in front of the porch, a hammock on the porch, sliding glass doors at the entry, a lovely curtained four poster bed, a bathroom equipped in a clean contemporary/modern style, and a to-die-for outdoor rock shower and heated spa. Our outdoor waterfall was not operational while we were there, but this did not put a damper on things. One thing we did note, however, was the strange electrical wiring. Depending on what combination of light switches were pressed, lights either worked or did not. I think our bure had some weird wiring or something, which we brought to the attention of management.

THE MAIN BURE - This is the heart of the resort. All meals, except those you have delivered to your bure or on the beach, are served here. There is a small bar, very small gift shop, administrative offices, and volleyball court.

THE STAFF - Upon arrival you are greeted by staff members, given a tour of the resort, offered a drink, and then ushered to your bure. Sia, the wedding coordinator, took care of us professionally during our stay. I can't say enough about the staff in general, however. My husband and I value friendliness and warmth, having lived in Tucson, which we consider to be one of the warmest and friendliest places in the U.S. Almost no other regoin in the U.S. compares, even SoCal. So, suffice it to say that warm greetings and genuine people are very important to us. Well, Qamea did not disappoint. My husband and I were embraced like family by several staff members, especially Mary, who was like a mom to us, Mama Luisa (Auntie), and Asileka. Daily, we were greeted with hugs and kindness, and open arms by these wonderful women. Staff members went out of their way to drop the work they were doing and walk over to say hello and chat a while. They are what made our trip truly exceptional. We felt as if we were staying with friends and, in a sense, we were. My special thanks to Mary, who looked after me like a mom on the morning of my wedding, when I was an emotional wreck. She took it upon herself to comfort me and make sure I was happy. Her care and compassion went far beyond her duties of changing our bathroom towels!

While there, we also met Jone, who is hired to by Qamea to provide the Coconut Plantation Tour and Waterfall Hike. We befriended him on our tour and he invited us to his village of Corvo. Our visit was one of the highlights of our visit, as we were given an inside look at life on Taveuni, and treated to a traditional Fijian lunch and village kava ceremony.

THE FOOD - The food is very good but not 5-star. Some meals far surpassed others. We stayed for about 15 days, so we did eat some meals twice, as the menu rotates on a weekly schedule. They make an incredible crab bisque, wonderfully mild and delicious grilled lamb, and killer Fijian curries. We especially enjoyed the tuna sashimi we had one night. We enjoyed two go arounds of a heaping plate of fresh tuna. It was clear that the cooks did not know how to cut sushi properly, as the pieces were a bit hacked, but none of this mattered considering that we ate probably 2 pounds of it and could have eaten more if we had wanted!
Breakfasts are good, but not as good as dinner. The fruit is amazing, of course, and sometimes there were mystery juices to drink. One thing that could be improved is the bread, which appears to be made in a bread maker, and lacks flavor. Otherwise, the food is overall very good.

THE WEDDING - We opted for the big wedding package, complete with beating drums, Fijian "warriors," flower girl, kava ceremony, and meke. It was wonderful. Given the intimacy of the resort, we had made the acquaintance of nearly every other person staying at the resort, and they all showed up for our wedding. The ceremony was performed by a Methodist minister, Reverend Sami, from a nearby village whose church service we had attended just days before. Our private wedding dinner was to take place on the beach, but was rained out when thunderstorms rolled in that night. No problem, though, as we ended having a better time when we joined new friends at a big table in the main bure and toasted to our nuptials as a group.

ENTERTAINMENT ON ISLAND - Every night, the Bula Boys sing and play during dinner. They have beautiful voices. I do wish they had a wider repertoire, though. Kava ceremonies are also held nightly during and after dinner. Guests can hang out at the kava bowl during and after dinner into the wee hours of the night and drink and sing. Very relaxing and not unlike sitting around a campfire sharing stories and beers. Volleyball is also played every afternoon.

EXCURSIONS - There are so many excursions that you really need at least 7-10 days to do them all without feeling rushed. The guides are all excellent.

SCUBA - This was another highlight of our trip. Most dive sites are within 5 minutes of the resort. Our longest boat ride was 15 minutes, our shortest was about 90 seconds. While at Qamea, we did about 7 dives, each one different and interesting. "Coral Gardens" cannot be missed, as it consists of gorgeous, narrow slot caverns that are teaming with fish. "Purple Wall" is also amazing and truly purple. Be careful of the current at "Still Waters." During our dives, we swam with and were followed by small reef sharks (maximum 6 feet long), Nemo, sea turtles, and rays, and we were able to swim by a small wrecked boat. Our boat was even followed by dolphins, but we were not able to get into the water quickly enough to swim with them. The abundance of fish and coral is amazing, and the water clarity was wonderful. Fiji is considered "tops" for diving, and I can see why.

SNORKELING - Right off the beach....literally 30 feet from the water's edge and you are into the deep. We spotted reef sharks here, too. So, you don't have to SCUBA to get an eyeful. If you have never snorkeled or dived before and are planning on visiting Qamea, please give either a try. You'd otherwise be missing out on a breathtaking underwater world.

THE JUNGLE , WILDLIFE & MOSQUITOES- If you're squeamish about bugs and enormous hand-sized jumping spiders, then this is the place for you! Seriously, though, if I survived an enormous meaty spider jumping on my foot, then you can too. And this was on a jungle hike, not at the resort. The resort itself does an impressive job keeping the bugs down, considering there is a literal wall of jungle just behind the resort. I received only 5 mosquito bites during my 2-week stay in August, and we used no bug spray at all. We had spider visitors in our outdoor shower, but they left us alone and went about their business catching flies. Look up in the trees for enormous fruit bats, the elusive orange dove, and handsome kingfishers, and keep an eye out below for skitterish hungry crabs, and brown frogs/toads.

WEATHER - Yes, you are in the tropics, so it is going to rain. During our August trip, it was partially cloudy about 1/2 the time. Rains were generally short. Most guests were from the U.S. and most of those were from California. Some of them were very disappointed that there wasn't more sun. What can you do? There is a reason there is an impenetrable 50 foot wall of vines and vegetation behind the resort. If you are looking for endless sunshine, Qamea may not be for you. The humidity while we were there was quite high.....comparable to humidity in the midwest during the summer. However, the temps were nice....low 80s.

THE TYPICAL GUEST - The typical guest is a honeymooner, mid-20s to mid-40s. If you are looking for a hardy party time, Qamea isn't for you. If, however, you seek a quiet getaway with interesting diversions, this place is it.

THE VILLAGES - The area was apparently recovering from hurricane, and locals were living in some really rough circumstances.....tin-roofed shacks and dirt floors, some with open fires inside. I hope they continue to recover and regain normalcy. If you are lucky and are invited to a local's home, please don't pass up the opportunity! It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Alright , enough longwindedness. Just go!




  • Liked — Clean, modern, simple, tasteful
  • Disliked — Front sliding doors need heavier draperies for better privacy
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Corona Del Mar
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Reviewed May 28, 2007

Qamea is truly magical. It’s a confluence of incredible natural beauty, tasteful and luxurious accommodations, genuine and skilled guest service, and the perfect mix of activities and experiences.

There are so many reviews on TripAdvisor that accurately capture the enthusiasm we felt for Qamea… it truly is special! We celebrated our honeymoon on Qamea and were richly rewarded with (9) straight days of bliss.

Our photos and a sample daily itinerary will take it from here, but an extra special thanks to Ron Eckstrom (the owner) and his crew for providing such a magical experience.

SAMPLE DAY:

8AM - I tend to wake up with the sun, so by this point I've been awake for a little while. Most mornings I would either sit in a hammock by the water and read, or jog around a 1/4 mile packed sand track behind our bure.

Qamea has a ton of natural beauty, so it's really fun getting started early so you can see and hear all the plants and animals waking up in the forest.

One morning I decided to go deep-sea fishing. It was as simple as mentioning something the night before, and it was all arranged for an early start the next day. Our guide was an expert who had fished the waters for over 30 years. He guided us to a deep-water channel behind the island, where we ineptly lost two big fish right as we got them up next to the boat... nice!

9AM - Breakfast. We'd load up our plates with some freshly cut pineapple, a few homemade muffins, and maybe some freshly squeezed tomato juice. I'd additionally order some eggs benedict from the kitchen, and once I found out about them, two banana pancakes that tasted like heaven on earth.

My wife loved the fruit and juices, and would additionally get either french toast or scrambled eggs. Everything was great.

During breakfast you also request or confirm what activities you want to participate in that day. Some items you need to reserve a few days in advance, such as the honeymoon beach picnic, but Qamea strives to be flexible so most activities are available the same day.

10AM - my wife loves massages and spa treatments, and this just seemed to be a good time to get that knocked out of the way. The spa bure is away from it all and overlooks a quiet lagoon, right on the water. The setting is unbelievably serene and the treatments are expertly administered. I don't like massages, but I got one anyway at my wife's request and it truly was great...

Right after breakfast is a great time to hit the beach, lay out by the pool, or just read in the shade of your front porch. We had a day bed that was perfect for watching the day go by from the comfort of our own home. If we got too hot, the ocean was a few steps away, or we had our own plunge pool for a quick dip.

10:30AM - If you choose to go on one of the guided excursions Qamea offers, this is when you'll depart. We loved the Bouma Waterfall hike and have attached some photos for your review. The scenery is phenomenal, the water is refreshing, and it's a great adventure to share with the other guests.

1PM - Lunch. I'm just going to give you the full Lunch and Dinner choices for a particular day so you can see what sort of food / dining experience to expect:

LUNCH
Entree: Mixed Green and Red Cabbage Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise

Mains: Beef Tenderloin with Coriander Relish and Green Bean Salad
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Seafood Crepes with Lime Beurre Blanc and Green Salad

DINNER
Entree: Chilli Chicken and Coconut Soup
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Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi with Soy Sauce, Wasabi, and Harumi's Pickled Ginger

Mains: Chicken Kiev with Garlic White Wine Sauce, Steamed Rice, and Green Beans
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Char Grilled Fijian Lobster with Garlic Butter, Steamed Rice, and Garden Salad

Dessert: Lemon Tart with Berry Coulis

The food is great. If you want to order off menu, fine, Qamea is happy to accommodate, but they really do come up with an inventive and exciting selection, so we liked mixing it up so we'd each get to try one of the entrees and mains.

After lunch activities could range from sailing, to kayaking, hiking, or just lazing around.

3PM - highlight of the day. Qamea offers a daily guided snorkeling trip that is fantastic. All you have to do is show up, get on the boat, and they'll take you to an exciting new spot to see new fish and underwater environments. To be honest, half the fun is just tooling around the little islands and soaking in the sights.

But the water's great and you'll see lots of fish and amazing corral. The guides swim along with you, pointing out particular fish, lobsters, rays, etc., and basically ensure you feel super-safe and don't miss a thing.

5PM - pre-dinner cocktails, walks on the beach, naps, etc.

Whatever you want, Qamea will accommodate you. Not grudgingly, but with 100% enthusiasm to ensure your daily satisfaction.

Some nights we'd order a few Pina Coladas ($) to share on our porch as the sun went down. Another night we ordered a cheese tray and drinks and invited a few friends over for a small pre-dinner drink. Qamea delivered an incredible tray of three kinds of cheeses, gorgeous crackers, and cut fruit. They even brought a few hot appetizers for us to share... it really was a top-notch affair.

Keep in mind, this is an isolated island. You're in the middle of the ocean, miles from anywhere, so to serve a perfect cheese tray is not a mild feat... it's incredible!

6PM - Sunset Cruise. Again, a highlight. I don't want to bore you with everything being "incredible!", but really it was great, please see the attached photos.

Someone in our party casually mentioned a sunset cruise to Ron, the owner, and voila, for a minimal charge we had a sunset cruise scheduled for that night. Ron himself captained the ship with (2) full time servers (beer, wine, salty snacks, fruit, etc.) and (3) musicians. Six people catering to eight of us on the boat... doesn't that seem crazy? It was, and it was perfect. We felt pampered, surrounded by friends, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

NOTE: it's important to note that service on Qamea doesn't feel like service. Nothing is forced, it's more like a friend asking another friend if they can be of any help. You'll truly be at ease and really able to relax and just be yourself.

7:30PM - Dinner. You'll love it. It's a great chance to meet other couples, share a private moment alone over a bottle of wine, etc. It's up to you how you want to enjoy your nights, but Qamea does a great job of creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for all.

Each night you'll be treated to live music, beautifully performed by the musically gifted staff. Other nights you'll get the opportunity to see authentic Fijian Meke dances or a traditional Kava ceremony.

9:30PM - stay up for the live music, or take a romantic walk under the stars back to your bure.

The bures are gorgeous inside. Really appointed well. What you do beyond this point is up to you!

Thank you for reading the above. I hope you enjoy Qamea as much as we did!

  • Liked — Everything... truly spendid!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Qamea Resort And Spa Fiji
Address: Pa Matei | Ponsonby, Qamea Island 1011, Fiji
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Location: Fiji > Qamea Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Qamea Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Qamea Resort And Spa Fiji 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate and boutique Fijian resort catering to a maximum of 34 adults in 17 luxurious all beachfront and air conditioned bures and royal beach houses. Set on 100 private acres of lush gardens, jagged volcanic mountains, and a long white sand beach, it is perfect for honeymoons, weddings, spa retreats and incredible world class diving. ... more   less 
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