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Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Savusavu
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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“This place? Yes.”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I'll jump straight into a couple points that I feel could be expanded upon from other reviews; most of the amazing stuff has already been covered a lot (eg, amazing staff).

First, food. They have menus for meals, but I think after our second day we ordered off them once or twice. They were very willing to serve whatever you ask for, provided they have it on hand... and if they didn't they said they can probably get it from the market for you so you can have it in the next day or two (this never happened, they always had what we requested). I feel like they could advertise this a bit more -- a few of the reviews that were unhappy with food seemed to think you could only order from the menu -- though our breakfast server the first morning told us we can always feel free to order whatever we'd like. They were also very attentive to allergies (the server always knew I had a dairy allergy).

They'll also plan special meals -- there's a waterfall you can have a meal by (it's pretty nice!), a cave, and private decks. Take advantage of these!

Second, rooms. We stayed in an ocean view bure and did not have any major problems. The problems we did have (water pressure and phone issues) were addressed quickly. They even gave us a walkie talkie to use while our phone was out, in case we wanted to order anything.

Our last night a villa was available and we upgraded. We moved over to the Duavata villa. I am not sure how to use words to express how astounding this villa is. While our ocean view bure was great... this was over the top. An infinity pool that felt like it swept into the ocean, a private lookout, an outdoor shower (actually two)... this is the room they showcase in a lot of their pictures and there is a good reason why. You want to stay in this room.

Third, the spa. The hydrotherapy room -- which is free to use -- is amazing. It's relaxing and has an amazing view. The spa services are great, too.

Finally, the resort itself is big, but there are only a maximum of around 20 couples. Even the shared spaces -- the beach, the game room, etc -- are generally empty. If you appreciate quiet and seclusion I have never had an experience like this. It mostly felt like we had the place to ourselves.

I think my best advice: ask for what you want. This applies to more than food -- we wanted to go into town one day to buy some souvenirs and they were happy to take us. They want to make your trip amazing and will do anything in their power to do so.

Room Tip: If it's available & you can afford it, get the Duavata villa. It is mind blowing. We also st...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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NamaleResort, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 October 2013
Bula Vinaka and thank you for your review.

We're happy that you enjoyed our food, room, spa and all else that we have to offer. Namale is truly a magical place staffed with amazing people. Our family is our biggest asset and we work together to ensure that all guests have an amazing experience. Thank you for allowing us to look after you.

Vinaka Vakalevu

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Perfection. Excellent, attentive staff, amazing honeymoon suite, breathtaking views. Highly recommend this place! We were there 9 nights and it went by way too fast. The salt water dive is an absolute must.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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NamaleManager, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 26 October 2013
Bula Vinaka and thank you for your review.

We love the fact that you enjoyed Rosi Villa and all that Namale had to offer. Rosi means Rose and is in fact the shortened name for Rosi ni Toba or Rose of the Bay. I trust that she lived up to her name. Time flies when you're having fun in the Fijian Sun but thank you so much for spending 9 nights with us at Namale.

Vinaka Vakalevu

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Let me just start out by saying that the resort was absolutely spectacular!! Our burre was being renovated so they upgraded us to the Rosi villa. Holy cow!!! Paradise is an understatement. We had our sun deck over the water with steps leading down to the caves and blow hole, our own plunge pool and hot tub, a pool table inside and the villa itself was almost as big as our house. The staff was so amazing. Everyone called you by your name even if they hadn't met you yet. Food was plentiful with a variety of choices and you could have it delivered to you anywhere you were at the resort, whether it be in your room, lounging by the pool or soaking in the aromatherapy pools at the spa. Truly a first class resort!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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NamaleManager, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Bula and thank you for your review.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We love that you loved your upgrade to Rosi Villa. Did you know that Rosi; which means Rose, is the shortened form for Rosi ni Toba which means Rose of the Bay! We trust that you will cherish the experience. Feel free to "shout out" on our Facebook page and share your photos for your experience.

Vinaka Vakalevu
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Carmel, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Namale is the most beautiful place I have ever been too. Everyone is extremely nice and will attempt to grant every wish you may have while you are there. The activities are once in a lifetime. I would highly recommend doing the dolphin day trip and also the trip to town. Going to the waterfall for a meal is pretty much mandatory and amazing. Also the ultimate couples massage package in the spa is best thing you could do for yourself to relax and be pampered for 90 minutes. The Namale grounds and buildiings are emmaculate. The food is also amazing. The lobster in white wine sauce dish is probably my favorite thing I have ever ate in my life! They will serve you lobster every night if you request it. Every meal is good, even their hamburgers are excellant! Your wish is their command. It truly is a trip of a lifetime!
I very much recommend contacting Melissa Pomeroy of Fiji Vacations to book your trip. She takes care of all the confusing and ever-changing flight plans from where you land in Nadi to Savu Savu. It is pretty much impossible to do on your own and you cannot get the prices and available flights that she can get you. There was no mark up in price and I don't know she even gets paid, I am assuming Namale must give her a cut for getting them business that they do not charge to you, the guest. We had altered flights and even had to stay an extra day and she made all of it painless. She conducted all of the business with the travel insurance agency and made sure everything was followed up on and taken care of. She also handled fixing some pricing issues that came up on our final bill with Namale. If you want someone who gets you the best pricing on airlines and who is going to look out for your best interest, I would contact her. She had a wedding at Namale and has been there a lot of times and talked on numerous occassions with me about the resort and what it has to offer. She loves to talk about Namale and will set you at ease if you are a nervous traveler.
Namale is very expensive, but you only live once and you will thank yourself once you get there!

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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NamaleManager, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Bula Vinaka and thank you for your review.

Thank you for choosing to stay with Namale! I love that we were able to look after you both and make sure that you were very well taken care of. Love that you managed to take in the dolphin safari -what great fun. I trust that you will cherish the happy moments that you spent at Namale.

Thank you for allowing us to share with you our culture, our tradition and our hospitality.

Vinaka Vakalevu

Hudson Mitchell
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at Namale in 1998 and returned in September after 15 years to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was everything we remembered and more. The staff are just as wonderful and caring in their special Fijian way. Nothing is too much trouble and you are always greeted by name and with a friendly smile.
We found there has been a lot of infrastructure improvements so that even though I think it was nearly fully booked with 19 couples we felt like we had the place to ourselves most of the time. There are decks built into cliff tops, one with Jacuzzi and the other with an enormous day bed where you can watch the world go by and call up the bar and drinks will arrive at any time. There is plenty to keep you active (if you need to work off the good food and too many cocktails) with a golf course, tennis, indoor basketball court, gym and an amazing games room complete with a bowling alley. Then the water activities; snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and the super fun water trampoline. And the grounds.... well they are just beautiful and a credit to the maintenance department.
We stayed in the Lomani Honeymoon Bure and it was beautiful. It sat up on the cliff top with private steps down to the water. It was spacious, the bed was soooo comfortable and the special messages written in flower petals by the housekeeping staff added yet another dimension to our stay. It had its own private plunge pool (if you can afford the upgrade from the ocean front bures, which are amazing too, definitely get one with a pool) and plenty of deck space to relax and look out over the Koro sea. I miss calling up Sam at the bar for drinks and a cheese platter in the late afternoon.
A must do activity was the dolphin tour with snorkelling and the village visit. Both were lots of fun and having about 40 dolphins jumping around your little aluminium fishing boat is definitely an experience not to miss. Night time is great where everyone comes together for pre dinner drinks and on many nights entertainment was provided with dance performances. We were able to learn a lot about the local culture from Hudson who has obvious passion for the people of Fiji and their history as he told their story introducing the performances.
As you leave these wonderful people, thank you doesn't seem enough. They went out of their way to make our week there special, but they do it for everyone. Too Hudson, it is a credit to have a team working so well together. From Sam at the bar who always was smiling, Tavo, Manaini, Desmond and Filo in the restaurant who we got to know so well, seeing Millie again after 15 years, Epo and her team at reception, Villi who drove that golf cart from morning to last thing at night often bringing us cocktails or telling us the best locations for a romantic dinner, Lai, Jess and Limo in the dive shop, we miss you all. And everyone else - there are too many of you to mention.
Namale is amazing, we will be back but this time we won't wait another 15 years to see our Fijian friends.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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NamaleManager, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Dear Craig & Rochelle,

Bula Vinaka and thank you for your review.

We are delighted and ecstatic that you enjoyed Namale, 2nd time around :)
Thank you for returning to Namale and for allowing us to look after you. We are delighted that you got to meet with old staff from your first trip 15th years ago and more than anything that you for allowing us to share with you our Fijian love, warmth and hospitality.

With all our love, bula hugs and blessings!

Hudson Mitchell on behalf of the Namale Family
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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Best TLC ever and friendly warm Fijian staff. Rooms provide luxury feel and privacy lacking at most resorts. Kava bowl, music, fitness, spa and snorkeling are great. They know how to deliver first class service.

  • Stayed September 2013
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NamaleManager, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 October 2013
Bula Vinaka and thank you for your review.

I am delighted that you enjoyed our first class service when you stayed with us!!
We know that you have a choice when it comes to resorts and countries, so thank you sincerely for choosing to stay with Namale - Fiji's #1 Resort and Spa.

Vinaka Vakalevu

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

My husband and I stayed at Namale and found it to be the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. The resort is set out beautifully with each treehouse being very private with our names carved on wood at our door. The staff greeted us by name at all times and the food was healthy and freshly prepared and served to perfection. There are lots of activities to take part in or you can just chill out by the beach...and the spa offers an wonderful array of massages and treatments. Highly recommend for couples...........x

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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NamaleManager, Guest Relations Manager at Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 6 October 2013
Bula Vinaka and thank you for taking the time to write this review.

We love that you enjoyed your time at Namale and that you felt very well taken care of. There are so many points of differences that we offer and we thank you for choosing to stay with us over all others in Fiji. I trust that you will cherish the memories of your time at Namale.

Vinaka Vakalevu

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Property: Namale the Fiji Islands Resort & Spa
Address: Hibiscus Highway, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji
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Region: Fiji > Vanua Levu > Savusavu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Luxury Hotel in Savusavu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Savusavu
#2 Spa Hotel in Savusavu
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Savusavu
#4 Family Hotel in Savusavu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Namale the Fiji Islands 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 12 years of age and above. ... more   less 
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