We visited Namale in early June for 5 nights. We had booked the Duravata Villa, which has some of the most beautiful views over the ocean. The Villa is very spacious indoors and out, with different decks around the private pool. Especially the upper level deck is very beautiful to sit and take in the beautiful views, whilst enjoying your lunch. Unfortunately the thatched roof was in faded by bees on day 3, as such we could not use it anymore, however, there are many other beautiful areas around the villa or on the vast grounds to enjoy your lunch at. The villa was very clean, as well as the pool was maintained daily.
The staff makes you feel very welcome and part of the Namale family. The visit started with the staff welcoming you by singing for you, which is very beautiful. They can't do enough for you, no request is too big or too small. We requested special lunches numerous times and it was cooked to perfection. The service is outstanding, always with a smile - true Fijian hospitality.
The resort offers numerous activities during the day, which is great and we took advantage of this, visiting SavuSavu during Market Day, which was very nice.
The property is vast, including hikes through the mountains and to the beautiful waterfall.
the property is very well maintained and the gardens are amazing - you hardly ever see any other guest during the day, every time you see a member of staff they greet you very cheerfully by name.
The evening entertainment included the local village dancing, on Sunday a local choice signing, Kava evenings etc - very enjoyable too.
The owner of Namale, is using nearby facilities for group coaching events. Whereby the facilities and their accommodation are far enough away from the main resort, unfortunately, Event participants can upgrade to stay in Namale and the groups seem to be invited to use the facilities like the Spa, and they were around in the restaurant and bar on numerous occasions.
Whilst we were there, the event was about "Life and Wealth Management", which attracted a very odd group of people. They appeared like a form of a religious cult, "sharing the love", highly emotional and in a world of their own, some of them trying to take other guests, nothing to do with the even "on the journey". These people did NOT at all blend in and there was none of the guest staying in the resort, that did not find their behavior intrusive, inappropriate and unpleasant. One evening a participant even stretched out on one of the sofas in the bar area and slept - none of her "friends" seemed to notice that the other guests were shocked and unpleased about this. One of the guests appeared extremely drunk, as such even more delusional, talking about the spirits etc - as I understand these people are on very strict diets and "cleansing" their body, as such any exposure to alcohol seems to hit them hard. It felt like offering the facilities of a 5 Start hotel to the adjoining Youth Hostel.
We had planned to visit the Spa daily, however, after our first experience changed out mind and never had any further treatments. The treatments were not the issue, they were actually very nice, it was again the "cult" taking over, leaving their towels and gowns all over the place, talking loudly, "playing" around - the spa was an absolute mess, the changing rooms dirty and in a mess, the lockers half full with used gowns and towels etc. - horrible.
It was a great relieve when they left on day 3 and the rest became stylish again, with decent clientele. As such when you book, make sure to check if any convention/seminar is on - I would definitely NOT return during a time when groups are there, unless of course the groups are stopped from using the resort facilities.
Whereby the rest is very beautiful and offers fabulous facilities, some of these facilities are rather dated, and need urgent attention, for this resort to remain on top.
In some areas its somewhat dated soft furnishings, which I understand were in the process of being updated.
The most unpleasant of facilities is the Gym. With all the beautiful gardens, ocean front location, the gym feels like a 60th concrete hall, with hardly any daylight. No view at all and the equipment somewhat dated. The Gym should be moved to one of the facilities along the ocean front, where one can enjoy the view over the sea and the gardens. This will make the work out experience so much more pleasant. This could be so easily executed as suitable facilities already exist, that do not seem to be really used at all at the moment.
We are fortunate enough to travel a lot and to stay in some of the most beautiful hotels/resorts in the world. Namale is definitely one of them and sits highly in my 10 most favorite places, however, to remain there the above mentioned needs to be addressed in the very near future, otherwise it will become quickly a tired, dated resort with great staff on fabulous grounds, full of deluded "followers".
Many thanks to all the fantastic staff, management, Bill and his wife for making us feel so welcome and sharing their beautiful home with us.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Namale The Fiji Islands Hotel Savusavu
- Namale The Fiji Islands Resort And Spa
- Namale Hotel Savusavu
- Namale Resort & Spa Fiji/Savusavu