We decided to book Naveria Heights based on the gorgeous pictures and highly positive comments posted online...but still, there was ample room to be dazzled as we arrived to the lodge: perched on top of a hill, the view really took our breath away. The lodge itself was beautifully decorated, with natural materials, a lovely small pool, wooden terrace and lush tropical garden surrounding the property. Our room had the same amazing view of the Pacific ocean, and a lovely outdoor seating area. We felt like we never wanted to leave.
Sharon, our Hostess, was very friendly and caring all through, and I can say she is one kind of a woman! Very sporty and highly knowledgeable of the local wildlfe & flora, she embarked us on some truly enjoyable trecks around Savu-Savu: we did the "killer walk", bathed into wild waterfalls, river-tubed, dived from cliffs, scuba-dived, snorkeled...while learning from Sharon about nuts, edible plants, tropical fish and coconut oil fabrication. Of course if you wish to spend a more laid-back holiday, you can enjoy the pool, take a nap in a hammock, or join one of Sharon's morning yoga session on the deck.
Breakfast was a great highlight of the day: made from fresh tropical fruits, homemade bread and granola as well as coffee or tea...very healthy yet fulfilling!
You will love this place if: 1/ you like quality alternative to hotels. (Naveria Heights makes you feel exclusive, like this is your own home in heaven!). 2/ you love outdoor activities, out-of-the-beaten-path trecks 3/ you enjoy learning from locals about food, wildlife, sceneries, customs & history.
This might not be your place if: 1/ you are a 5 stars hotel freak and can't live without 24/h room service, TV set, aircon and mini-bar. 2/ you do not want to eat anything else for breakfast except fried-eggs & bacon 3/ you are the opposite of Sporty and strive for an absolutely lazy holiday
Couple of tips /useful comments: 1/ Commuting - there is a rather steady walk to go up or down the lodge. While it's doable for most of us, be careful if you have limited mobility or are with young children / babies. Sharon was very gracious offering us rides up / down in her truck anytime she was moving. Otherwise, you can order a lift from Bobbi, a friendly local taxi driver living just up Naveria Lodge (Sharon was happy to call him for us anytime we needed)
2/ Room amenities - Don't be off-put by the fact there is no aircon or mini bar. The room is equipped with efficient fans, and if you leave your windows open at night (there is a mosquito net), a lovely fresh breeze cools you off, and you can wake up to the sound of tropical rain. You are also welcome to store your bottles in the kitchen's fridge.
3/ Food - Only breakfast is included in your rate (succulent!), however if you give reasonable pre-notice to Sharon, she can have lovely diners cooked for you, with fresh local ingredients and even imported wines (Fiji carrry, big salads and even lobsters if ordered early enough). If you wonder about local best restaurants, try the Surf & Turf downtown (beautiful selection of grilled seafood, nice wine list) or the Captain's terrace.
4/ Drinks - If you want to drink local, icy-cold FIJI beers can be found pretty much anywhere for cheap. You can also try the surprising "Kava"; a bitter mixture of grounded herbs and water that has interesting sedative effect... and if wine is more your thing, there is a good liquor store downtown with imported Australian wines and even French wines. They are rather expensive, but it depends on how much you like your chill Chardonnay on holidays...(personally: too much to care!). For a romantic escape, go for cocktails at Cousteau's 5 stars resort (20 mn by taxi): WOW effect guarantee. Just don't go for diner buffet: it's overpriced and surprisingly disappointing for the cost. Lastly and sorry this comes last, water is best drank from bottles only, but the iconic "FIJI water" is delicious and refreshing.
On a final side note: it's about time you quit complaining about mosquitoes in tropical areas! Repellent and small electrical devices are widely available everywhere...just bring'em over! (If I recall well, the rooms are equipped devices already).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury boutique accommodation. Relax and unwind in stunning boutique resort with spectacular ocean views. Located close to Savusavu town, the lodge is set in lush tropical gardens, has a tree-top plunge pool, and amazing views. All rooms are en-suite and have private deck/balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Naveria Heights Lodge Fiji/Savusavu