Bula everyone! Before I dive into the spectacular time we had at Qamea, I’d like to mention the person that helped us find this place, Lori at McCoy Travel. We had worked with a few other agencies before finally booking with McCoy and we wouldn’t recommend anyone else! She is a regular at Qamea and was much like a celebrity there, so we knew we were in good hands. We changed our plans quite a bit, booking a Hawaii vacation on the way to Fiji, and she had no problem accommodating us in every way, keeping us updated all the time. Thank you Lori for putting together the most perfect anniversary! You set us up for having the most beautiful memories for life!
We stayed at Qamea the last week in April for our 1 year anniversary/overdue honeymoon and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. Every great review you read about Qamea is exactly correct. Anyone who would even think to complain has no idea how to appreciate life.
I’m going to try and mention things other reviews didn’t talk about… We upgraded to one of the premium villas and it was well worth the money. It has an indoor & outdoor shower along with a separate living area. It has a private pool; I’m guessing 10’x20’ and approx 6’ in the deep end. It is fully covered by the deck’s awning so it is much cooler than the resort’s pool. The sun gets brutal if you’re lying-out so a quick dip in the pool is very refreshing. I was in there every day. Also, the premium villas have what I thought to be the best hammock at the resort. Each bure/villa has its own hammock but the premium villa has one between two trees right over the beach. During high tide you’d be lying in the hammock only to have the ocean’s waves break right under you. Now that is my definition of paradise!
The entire staff knows your name instantly, but I go by a nickname only to have my full name listed in Qamea Times. I told Sia this as we arrived and from that time forward (not even 5 minutes afterwards) everyone knew me by my nickname! Amazing! While on the subject of staff… you must get one of William’s drinks! He can make a mean drink and his smile is contagious. The Band Boys are astounding! Try some kava with them and listen to their stories. If you do play the guitar they will definitely enjoy jamming with you. One of the people we met had an amazing voice and played guitar. She played a song with the band one night while one of the guys was improv jamming with her, it was wonderful. Everyone made our trip truly memorable, especially their stories.
Don’t pack more than 1 pair of sandals. It is uncustomary to wear shoes inside. As you walk up to the main dining hall (or any other bure/villa) you discard your shoes and dunk your feet to wash off any sand. We went barefoot everywhere except at night for fear of stepping on the frogs (but we also did not do any excursions besides snorkeling). Also they have an excellent laundry service for a very small fee (I believe it was 15Fiji for ½ load, 30Fiji for full load), so pack light, especially with the new airline charges for baggage.
Although we didn’t get out on any of the excursions (read above about William’s drinks and you can figure out why), we did greatly enjoy the Meke ceremony. The stories told by the village’s kids with song and dance were wonderful and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I personally am not a dancer but they had me up in the conga line! They also had a kava ceremony with local villagers which was very exciting. One of the staff members comes around to the men asking them if they wish to be a part of the ceremony, which my husband did partake in. It’s a must-do, guys!
My favorite part was cocktail hour before dinner. This is where you get to meet everyone else staying at Qamea. The majority of people are honeymooners so everyone is approx the same age (20s to 30s). We met some great people and got to hear about how they spent their days, how they planned their weddings and what everyone does for a living. We also met a few couples married 25 years and got along wonderfully. It’s enough conversation to fill weeks no matter who you meet. But for those who wish to spend their time just the two of you, everyone respects that. For us, by the end of the week, we were pushing together tables to fit all 8 of us.
One night at dinner we were pleasantly surprised when a cake lit with candles was brought out as the band played. We had been wondering whose birthday it was only to have the cake brought directly to us, realizing then that the band was singing Happy Anniversary! My husband had mentioned our anniversary to one of the guests, only to have a staff member overhear and prepare this the same night. A complete surprise!
It was truly an amazing trip. I could go on forever here but you really have to experience everything for yourself. Again, we would like to thank the owners for putting together such a wonderful resort and friendly staff as well as McCoy travels for directing us to this slice of paradise. Vinaka Vakalevu!!!
P.S. We met a few couples, one from Atlanta and one from North Dakota, that we exchanged email addresses with. If you are reading this, please send an email to email@example.com. We were looking forward to hearing from you two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate and boutique Fijian resort catering to a maximum of 34 adults in 17 luxurious all beachfront and air conditioned bures and royal beach houses. Set on 100 private acres of lush gardens, jagged volcanic mountains, and a long white sand beach, it is perfect for honeymoons, weddings, spa retreats and incredible world class diving. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Qamea Resort And Spa Fiji Hotel Qamea Island
- Hotel Qamea Island
- Qamea Island Hotel Fiji