We spent 8 days at Qamea at the start of June and can only report that this place is absolutely fantastic.
As everyone else has already commented the staff are amazing, the most friendly and geuine people that we have met in a long time who will go out of their way to make sure everything you need or want is there for you. I can only advise that you take the time to speak to the staff and learn a little about Fiji and the cultures. These guys have a very simple way of life and enjoy every minute of it, an attitude many of us could do with looking at taking on board.
The manager Jason does a great job of pulling everything together and making sure everything is going smoothly for all guests, having overheard some of the requests from some of the other guests at the resort (they didnt seem to realise that there wasnt a Walmart just round the corner!) I am amazed that he is able to keep everyone happy.
The bures were nice, spacious and clean, nothing more relaxing that lying back in the hammock for a couple of hours in the evenings as the sun goes down.
The tours were excellent, Percy (the main guide) brings a bit extra to the tour, always with a good sense of humour. Even when the weather wasnt the greatest we still enjoyed walking up to and swimming in the waterfalls and heading up to the plantation and seeing the old Fijian villages and learning about the history of the area. When the weather got really bad one day, the staff were given guitars and we spent most of the day listening to them singing traditional Fijian songs whilst the others had us up dancing, very easy to forget that it was raining outside.
The food at the resort is also excellent, if you dont like what they have on offer they will happily make you something else, although it is very hard not to like at least one of the choices on the menu.
During and after the meal the band will play local Fijian music, they also have a big bowl of Kava to share with the guests and later in the night the staff will also come round to join in. One thing we found slightly strange was that after dinner each night, all other guests went straight back to the Bures, we were there 7 nights and each night was the same, just myself and my wife enjoying the music, having a few drinks and chatting/dancing with the staff. It didnt go on late, say 11pm at latest but i was very suprised that having gone all the way to Fiji the others wouldn't want to take advantage of what for me was a very unique experience. Maybe it is just a cultural thing, we were the only non American couple on the resort for the week we were there so maybe this would be normal in the US? In any case i can only recommend that you take some time to sit and listen to the music and have a couple of drinks with the band and staff.
I could very easily have stayed much longer, seeing every member of staff on the beach at 7.30am to sing a leaving song had my wife in tears. This was the final nice touch to a cracking week and one which we hope to repeat in the near future.
- 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
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