It’s taken me awhile to put together words for this report and I still don’t know where to start so bear with me.
We never had a fancy honeymoon and we wanted the vacation of a lifetime. Our expectations were far exceeded. We arrived very early on a Sunday morning (8 am) greeted by song, flowers, and cool drinks. I knew this part was coming, but I didn’t expect to be so emotional – it was wonderful. We were then extremely surprised that our travel agent had worked things out for us to have the Dream House. While they were finishing the details on our Dream House arrival, we had a nice breakfast in the open air dining bure. Once we were given a tour of the Dream House and left to our own devices, there wasn’t much leaving it! The pool is huge and gorgeous! The kitchen amenities are enough to keep you going until you need to call for a food delivery. Apple TV is a plus, too! We had breakfast every morning on the deck by our pool. It was vacation, so I always called for a bottle of breakfast champagne the night before. Keep in mind, you could call them an hour before and they’d still have it, I just wanted it there when I woke up! My husband enjoyed diving and snorkeling while I went horseback riding, did some writing by the pool, and went on reef hikes from our private reef access – you can get decent shoes from the dive shop. Together, we enjoyed golfing, activities at Kava Bowl (especially virtual golf), exploring the resort, watching old movies on the Apple TV, and testing the drink menu. Most of our time was spent on having our lunches and dinners taken to other places at the resort. We had breakfast at the lovers’ deck, lunches at the blowhole and the waterfall, and dinner at Lasalasa. We were scheduled for a hanging bed breakfast and beach lunch, but it rained that day. No problem. No matter what type of bure you’re in, you can call for a Bula Cart to take you where you want to go and there are umbrellas for your use. We enjoyed walking everywhere, but barely ever turned down the ride when offered. The day it was raining, we had to wait a bit of time for a ride, but not a big deal.
I had 3 spa treatments throughout the week: Mini Manicure/Pedicure, Bali Spice Massage, and Moonlight Magic. The Bali Spice was excellent for my insect bites – very soothing. The Moonlight Magic was amazing. The entire spa is lit only by candlelight. You enjoy champagne while having a side- by-side foot scrub. Then you have a 90 minute couples massage followed by more champagne and appetizers in the hydration room. We had told the restaurant manager, Rupeni that we loved seafood and the late dinner brought back to our bure that night was an incredible seafood feast that started with our requested Kokoda (Fijian ceviche).
The food was excellent. It’s not what you’d get at a 5-star dining establishment, but it is incredible for an all-inclusive resort. You will not starve – don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If you’re drinkers like we are, we didn’t miss out on anything. Wines are all from Australia and New Zealand, beer is all Fijian, and the liquor selection is excellent.
The staff knew our names immediately. I didn’t leave the Dream House as much as my husband did and I was told they always asked where I was and how I was doing when he was out alone. The entertainment is local and, therefore, highly authentic – kava night, children’s choir, meke, and other musicians. We aren’t used to being catered to or being served without feeling like we’re making someone go out of their way and, sadly, it took us most of the week to get used to it being normal to ask for everything and anything!
Some things to consider:
• Take extra balls onto the golf course. While it’s only a par 3, there is high grass all around. If you don’t hit very straight, you’ll lose a ball every hole!
• If you’re doing the discover scuba course, don’t waste all your tank training in the pool – that’s the only tank you get when going into open water.
• Please don’t hesitate to ask for nearly ANTYHING! I was sad that I didn’t take advantage of asking for things earlier in my stay.
• Take your camera with you everywhere! We really wish we had more pictures, but we got lost in everything and often left our camera in the room.
We have great memories and tons of stories from our short 6 days there. We are hoping we are able to come back someday soon!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Namale The Fiji Islands Hotel Savusavu
- Namale The Fiji Islands Resort And Spa
- Namale Hotel Savusavu
- Namale Resort & Spa Fiji/Savusavu