When I arrived at the island on the boat I knew I was in paradise. The natural unspoiled beauty of the island is unsurpassable, anywhere. You can see colourful fish and turtles even without snorkeling or diving, just through the water. Birds everywhere; as there is no one to spoil their surroundings they come right up to your terrace. Be prepared to stand and stare as no matter what direction you look, the views will make you reach for your camera. The bures (little houses) are charming, of beautiful wood with panoramic views. A handy whistling teakettle to make tea and coffee. Beds are good, showers etc. all excellent. There are reading lights. One light on the terrace would have been great, for the evening. Nice fan above the bed, and someone puts the mosquito net around the bed for you in the evening, as well as decorating your bure with beautiful flowers. Amazing beaches and complete tranquility.
Alas: You must eat together with the management (and other guests, but there were none when I was there, just me). There is a family-style table and mealtimes are strictly regimented, 8 am, 12 noon and 6 pm, all together in a military-like group - mealtimes were anything but enjoyable. I told the staff on the first day that the mealtimes were absolutely not similar to my preferred times, but the schedule was not changed. The food was okay. But I cannot eat while being watched and there was always someone standing there watching me eat, which made me nervous.
The management clearly disapproves of anyone drinking alcohol. I tried to 'smuggle' some wine with me but they had a very hard time finding a glass for me to use! so finally I just gave up. My idea of heaven would have been to sit with a glass of wine on my terrace, as the views were breathtaking, but that was not possible.
An outlet for a hair dryer in the bure would have been fantastic, for those whose hair is not naturally beautiful. What with the wind and the rain one's hair is quickly disheveled, to say the least. Add to that the bugs falling onto my head and into my food (not just once, but every time!) and I was quite miserable by the time I left.
So, in summary: Paradise...with a few bugs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Namena Island Resort is a privately owned Fiji island resort. 6 Bure's (cottages) strategically located to maximize ocean views and enjoy the ocean breezes. Maximum guest capacity 12 people. 3 gorgeous private beaches. Namena is rated the "Best Dive Destination In Fiji" and ranked as one of the "Top 10 Dive Destinations in the World". Namena Island is surrounded by a reef designated as a marine reserve with over 22 world famous dive sites all within a 10 minute boat ride from our boat jetty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moody`s Namena Hotel Savusavu
- Moodys Namena Hotel
- Moodys Namena Resort All Inclusive
- Namena Island Dive Resort Fiji/Savusavu