The Namale Resort in Savusavu, Fiji is one of those resorts that will forever change the way you think about your hotel stay. When you first arrive to the tiny Savusavu airport, you are greeted by a friendly Namale staffer who takes you by air conditioned van to Namale. Before you enter the resort, you pass through humongous iron gates reminiscent of "Jurassic Park." As you make your way up to the registration area and pass through beautiful stretches of greenery, fruit trees and more, you know you're in for a treat. When you arrive to reception and the van doors is opened, you hear the sounds of Namale staff welcoming you with a traditional Fijian song. When you exit the van, you are taken inside and met with a cold fresh fruit beverage as you learn about the resort and your upcoming stay. There are only a dozen or so rooms on property so it never really seems too crowded and since it is so small, it's actually a nice way to make friends with some of the other couples who are there. Additionally, because of how intimate it is, the staff all learn your name and greet you every time you walk by, or do an activity, or eat a meal.
We stayed in the Susana burre, which is normally the closest to reception and the dining area (both of which were closed while we were there for remodeling so we dined at the farther restaurant and they turned the conference center into reception). When you get to your room, they have a sign on the door with your names that you can take home as a keepsake. Our burre was amazing and provided beautiful views from the the balcony as well as a mini plunge pool. Susana is one of the "honeymoon" burres and is quite spacious. When you enter, you're immediately in the "bedroom" with a lounge area attached that has a lovely bridge leading to the deck and the plunge pool. Past the lounge area there's a hallway with the closet and then the bathroom. The toilet and main part of the bathroom are separate. The only issue we had with our room is that we could never get the shower to work properly. It was either too hot or too cold. We had maintenance try and fix it, but to know avail. This is due to their "green" technology in the burres. We often ended up using the facilities in the spa, which was fine because we ended our days there relaxing in the hydrotherarpy tubs which are free of charge (See Spa Review).
The property itself is about 500 acres and by no means did we see it all while we were there. They offer you a tour of the property and I highly recommend that you take this while you are there. You will get a better lay of the property and learn about all the things you can do such as activities like scuba diving and snorkeling (see review), dolphin encounter (see review), salt river jump (see review), horseback riding, paddleboarding, wakeboarding and more. They also have a game room on site that has a bowling alley, pool table, and more entertainment included. We didn't spend much time in here.
One of the best things they offer is a high to the Namale Waterfall. See more on that in my review.
The resort is 500 acres in total and has many luxury amenities so you never really need to leave the property. However, if you have the chance, there are several things you can do off property that I recommend doing. Do a town visit and if you can, go in on Saturday for the farmers market. On Sunday, you can attend a traditional Fijian church service. We did not do this, but I hear it's quite inspiration. They also offer visits to see a traditional village. Note that both men and women need to have no skin exposed when visiting so proper attire is required.
Namale is all inclusive so you never have to worry about what you are going to eat or drink. They keep your fridge in your room stocked with plenty of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic and have plenty of Fiji water on hand. Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner, which have set times, but you can order at the restaurant or in your room almost any time of day. I would give the food 4 out of 5 stars. The breakfast menu never changed so by day 3 or 4 I was looking to have something different. Lunch and dinner always offered new options (specials) and were quite good. The one thing I would have like was the opportunity to have more traditional Fijian food as the food was quite typical of what you would see on an American resort menu - steak, seafood, chicken, pasta, etc.
If you're looking for white sandy beaches, rock-free and clear blue ocean waters, then this is not the place. Because this island is made from volcano, this island's geography and shore is made up of lava rocks. The resort beaches are very small and rocky, so reef shoes are a must if you're walking around, especially if you plan to go in the ocean. There is really no place for you to wade or swim in the water here. It's better to head to the dive shop and have the boat take you out to a safe place to snorkel.
Overall, my husband and I had a wonderful stay. If you're looking for a place that will treat you like royalty, this is it. Keep in mind this is a wonderful all-inclusive, but is more nature/green/lush tropical than say Bora Bora, which offers more of the beach experience.
I had two nights to start and one at the end of my holiday. This is a good place if you need accommodation close to the airport as there isn't a lot of flight movement so it's relatively quiet.
Meals were okay, service was below average but, that's Fiji full stop.
There's a pool table, bar, swimming pool and two smaller ones for the kids. Transportation to anywhere is easily arranged and you can get shuttles to and from the airport and to and from Denarau. Having said that, the airport is about 300 metres away so you can easily walk it.
The gardens here are lovely and the restaurant is situated so it doesn't get the afternoon sun, they were two things I liked.
I am a band manager the took a band to play at the 2012 International Jazz & Blues Festival in Fiji.
After booking in to The Sheraton with the band members the last thing that I asked was what was the deal with meals. At first the receptionist told us no meals, just accommodation, then she said sorry - breakfast is included, great I said and started to walk away -then she called me back, apologized and told me that all meals were provided, breakfast, lunch and dinner - however we had to pay for alcoholic drinks. I asked are you sure and she repeated the same information. Two other band members heard this conversation.
So the band dinned at The Sheraton for 5 days, however when we booked out we were told sorry you have to pay for all meals.
We argued for three hours, with three different managers, all three whose tactics where to disappear and do nothing- we actually had to demand to see them. The Sheraton threatened to call the police, we offed a compromise - to pay what we would have paid if we had of eaten elsewhere, but to no avail.
We paid under duress as we had to get to another show in Fiji.
Even after corresponding to and fro with the management of The Sheraton, we were not believed, we were beleived to be liars, and no compromise was offered.
The Sheraton takes no responsibility for mistakes that there staff make, they are a sick corporation that worships the dollar rather than provide effective resolutions to conflicts.
I found out the the Accom was booked with breakfast only - however my argument was that we were advised by one of the Sheraton's staff that all meals were complimentary, in good faith we believed her - and in doing so paid much more money than what we would have done if we had of been given the correct information. It turns out that she made a mistake, she did not tell the truth when she was questioned by management - therefor the three people that heard what she said are all fraudsters and lairs.
Point of all this - get everything in writing From The Sheraton, don't believe what the staff tell you - better still - DONT STAY THERE
Rooms were comfortable, water stained and a bit musty
I must say I was quite surprised with some of the negative views, particularly in reference to Fijian time. I found the services provided no more of a wait than I would experience in any Australian hotel or restaurant, in fact often quicker!! Our rooms were quite modern-some people must have extremely high expectations!
What REALLY impressed us was the treatment we received when things suddenly went wrong for us. My husband went into a compromising cardiac arrhythmia. (SVT-sino ventricular tachicardia) I didn't even know they had a medical centre, but fortunately they did and they swiftly organised a van trip to the local hospital at Sagatoka. Helping hands were many, including the presence of the resort manager to oversea matters. Fortunately, his arrhythmia reverted at the hospital and medication commenced. Meanwhile, the resort management staff provided us with bottled water, and returned at lunch time unexpectedly with lunch and more water. They left us with a mobile phone to contact them when the hospital said we could go. Meanwhile, relatives at the resort were kept informed of
what was happening as they cared for our three children. On the way home they stopped at the pharmacy so that my husband could purchase the prescribed medication. All of this at no cost! The following days had many of the workers involved making personal or phone enquiries as to my husbands well-being, and they provided us with a late checkout the day we left, to fill the gap between checkout and the airflight.
Back to the Shangrila though - I would have loved it regardless. Being able to snorkel off the beach and experience the beautiful colors of the fish was wonderful. The weather wasn't great-obviously not there fault, but we could still see the fish despite the murky sand from all the rain. (The first couple of days the water was clear when the weather was good) The coral not as good as the Great Barrier reef, but the fish were fantastic.
Great to organise the food inclusive package. You can vary where you eat, and get to spend up to 80 Fijian per person for tea/dinner. That can include beverages, and what one person doesn't spend can be utilised by another in the same bill. Easily gets you two courses and a drink, if not more.
Remembering that it is really a third world country in local living conditions, I feel guilt at being considered so well off - but the locals never made you feel that way. Always a smile, "Bula", and offers of assistance, that you didn't feel were fake and about to disappear as you turn your back. If you fill in a special mention card for one of the staff who excelled in their job, it contributes towards a reward scheme for them - well worth the effort.
Great beach side bungalows doen up in traditional Fale style. This is a great resort for a quiet time on the beach and off the beaten path. Only complaint is the resort services are limited and nothing is really within walking distance.
I had a great time at Stoney Creek Resort in Fiji, and if I had to stay in Nadi again for a night, I’d certainly choose this isolated little place again.
Stoney Creek Resort is not the picture postcard setting that many would imagine thinking of Fiji – it’s not in a secluded bay, it’s not even by the beach, and it’s doesn’t provide Fijian dancing or other ceremonies that are omnipresent in many a resort on the outlying islands.
It is, instead, a unique place in the mountains, but only a short (albeit sometimes adventurous) taxi ride out of Nadi, that allows you to avoid many an overpriced sub-standard hotel near the airport.
The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed, there’s a big pool, it’s set up nicely and oddly has a wild west theme going on here and there. It’s not overdone to the point where you’d wish you were in Mexico though, but this oddity makes it all the more charming.
That is also the word for the owner Michelle. We were the only guests during the first night of our stay, and were welcomed at the gate, where she berated the taxi driver for wanting to charge us more than the normal fare. She was extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful and made us custom dinners the same night. There was no menu, she just asked what we liked and she and her staff would make it for us.
The service was wonderful throughout the three days we stayed. Even before we arrived she replied quickly to our emails, and during our stay she took calls from our relatives and took messages, and she also sat down with us for a meal, a drink or just a chat. It is certainly one of the most personal, professional and pleasant customer service I have experienced.
Our bure was small but very nicely decorated. Remember that this is not a 4 or 5 star resort on a secluded island, and it doesn’t pretend to be. Everything’s pretty new, nicely done but not flashy or luxurious, rather down-to-earth. It’s a gem just a bit outside of Nadi (which is not so nice), and we were surprised the hotel/resort did not have more customers at that time. It’s really inexpensive, very good value for money.
All in all, very clean, very pleasant, great service and very likable staff that really make an effort to host you, not to just provide you with a room and a meal and a quick bula before you head off to the Yasawa Flyer. Highly recommended.
Great place. Bad reviews nearly put us off. Glad we listened to the good reviews. Get with Fiji time and you are fine. Great to snorkel and dive. Lovely evenings - some nice smart touches by the hotel staff.
Lovely place, white sand. Had a lovely time getting away from cold NZ.
Paradise with excellent food - very tranquil and friendly
Had a fantastic time on Navini - one week was great. The people on Navini are very welcoming and friendly - a real family atmosphere. excellent food. Teenagers loved playing volleyball with the staff every day and playing the game Vindi Vindi every night.
Very romantic for their parents too - we had a candlelit meal on the beach!!! Would love to go back but its not cheap - but worth it. Max of 25 guests - great snorkelling and daily trips out to other reefs, local villages etc.
My husband and I stayed at Namale for our honeymoon and it was truly the best trip we have ever had. My husband works a very stressful job (many couples can probably relate?), and he really deserved a break from his work, and we both needed a relaxing vacation after the craziness of the wedding weekend. Our stay at Namale was THE highlight of our trip to fiji and exceeded our expectations. In one sentence, it was the heartwarming hospitality of all the resort staff that made our stay truly exceptional. Nothing was too difficult. Everything was done to satisfy and relax our body and spirits. Everyday they arranged our meals and activities to what we wanted to do; a private lunch at a waterfall drinking champagne and swimming in a rockpool (we had a walkie talkie to call them when we were done!), a fun dinner at their 'Kava Bowl' a room with ten pin bowling, golf simulator & 400 movies on a projector screen, to diving daily with our own diving instructor, horse riding in the lush mountains at our leisure and enjoying their award winning spa while sipping cocktails. Our travel was arranged by Qantas Vacations and it is thanks to them for recommending Namale Resort in the first place! They truly knew what they were doing and had first hand experience on the best resorts in Fiji, they helped us plan our trip from beginning to end. We can hands down recommend this place to any couple wanting to rekindle their love (if you can't love each other here I don't know where?), and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. We will definitely be back to Namale for an anniversary, hopefully soon!
Every meal we enjoyed at a different location at the resort, and every meal was delicious! The menu changed daily and was so mouthwateringly yummy. Being an all inclusive resort it was nice to not worry about always signing for bills. And lastly our bure was truly heavenly. It was set up like a little tree house on this big rock with a suspension bridge to our own private deck and plunge pool overlooking the ocean.
This little place is run by the lovely Angeline,outside of Sigatoka on the road to Suva. She has a bewildering variety of combinations of accommodation - basically because she does her best to suit all visitors. You can have 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms plus lounge and kitchen. You can have the whole lot, you can have the neat rear dorm - which actually can squeeze in six fugal backpackers - or one of me who likes my quiet and privacy. I had my own rear entrance for my car, a nice little back balcony, tiny kitchen, very comfy bed and private shower and toilet. Angeline and Bill have converted the rear of their house - so they live on site and take no nonsense. She has thought of everything and the place is clean as a whistle.
Only a few minutes walk to Sunset Strip at Korotogo - with its variety of restaurants and cafes. Great snorkelling and swimming in the lagoon - plus one of the nicest stretches of the Coral Coast.
This lady washes all the windows of her house every week. She keeps gardens raked and manicured daily, she was embarassed that I wouldn't let her change my sheets daily - I was only there for 3 days. She was unobtrusive but helpful. Unusual for Fiji, the kitchens were well equipped and there was nothing necessary to buy for just a few days. It is in a local neighbourhood, but very quiet neighbours and no barking dogs. She takes great pride in her premises and her neighbours are 'well informed'.
The Tanoa Waterfront Hotel is located directly across from Lautoka's waterfront walkway - a pleasant area for a stroll.
Staff at the hotel were fairly friendly, though it did take me 2 phonecalls and an irate trip to the front desk to get my in room safe fixed.
The hotel room was basic but comfortable enough. It had a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There was a large balcony overlooking the pool.
The best bit about the Tanoa Waterfront was its pools. It had a small rectangular pool and a large resort style pool. The large pool was excellent though a bit lacking in shade.
THe hotel had a pleasant restaurant called Fins with friendly staff. It served a variety of Fijian, Western, Indian and Chinese food. The hotel also had a bar called Sunset Bar. This was a bit disappointing as it advertised Happy Hour with a special price on its draught Fiji bitter and free savoury snacks. The bar did not have draught beer - it had a tap but no keg! The advertised price turned out to be for bottled beer. No savoury snacks were visible or offered.
I don't understand why places make special offers they don't keep. Either you don't know about the offer so it did not influence your choice in coming to the place, or you came because of the offer and leave with a bad impression because the offer did not materialize. I would not bother with this bar again.
The Bedarra Beach is a beautiful hotel in a lovely location with very friendly and helpful staff.
Our room at the Bedarra Beach Inn was the loveliest room we had anywhere in Fiji. It had a large comfortable bed and a seating area with TV. There was a large balcony overlooking the hotel pool and the sea. The room was spotlessly clean.
The room had tea/coffee making facilities, including filter coffee which was a pleasant way to start the day. There was no in-room safe but valuables could be left at reception.
The Bedarra had a pleasant pool and was next to the beach. The hotel provided snorkelling and kayak equipment to guests free of charge.
The Bedarra had a pleasant restaurant overlooking its pool. The food was very good. A cheaper option than eating here every meal was to walk to the Indian restaurant or the Swiss run Le Cafe restaurant just 2 minutes up the road.
It was also a short walk from the Bedarra to the 5 star Outrigger Hotel which had some interesting evening entertainment.
The Bedarra had an activity desk where you could book daytrips. The Kula Eco Park was just a short walk from the hotel.
The Coral sun bus from Suva or Nadi will drop you off right at this hotel.
Staff at the hotel were pleasant and friendly. I left my camera case with my SD card filled with photos of Suva on it on the Coral Sun bus and the receptionist tried to help me track it down. I was not charged for the phonecalls this generated.
Very helpful and pleasant staff. Beautiful location. Relaxing.
We stayed in the Suva Motor Inn for one night. The hotel is very reasonably priced for Suva. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Our room was large, but quite bare and basic. There is no attempt to make the place look homely. Our room had a small TV. All rooms have balconies. We had a bath and a shower.
The hotel has a pleasant pool with a water slide. There is a restaurant/bar by the pool.
Most of Suva's sights could be visited on foot from the Suva Motor Inn. It was particularly convenient for the Fiji Museum and Thurston Gardens which were just 5 minutes walk away.
We spent two nights in the Levuka Homestay, which is run by an Australian couple John and Marilyn. John and Marilyn have lived in Fiji for around 10 years, I think, and have adopted it as their new home.
Our room at the Levuka Homestay was spacious and comfortable. There were lots of little homely touches to make the rooms attractive. There are three guest rooms at the Homestay and each has its own sitting out area. Our room had a choice of fan or air conditioning to keep it cool. There was no TV in the room, but you could borrow a DVD player and DVDs from John and Marilyn if you wanted to. The room had tea/coffee making facilities, no in room safe.
John and Marilyn run their bed and breakfast with a more friendly and personal touch. They live at the top of the house and guests go and eat breakfast upstairs with them. Breakfast is a long and leisurely and extremely filling affair. It consisted of homemade museli, fresh fruit from John and Marilyn's garden, toast, delicious banana pancakes, homemade passionfruit butter, homemade bread, homemade relishes, mixed fruit smoothies, tomatoes, cheese, non-stop coffees and teas. After that you get to the cooked bit!!! Bacon, egg, sausage, fried tomato. We normally needed a lie down after breakfast we were so full, but it was all very delicious.
In the evenings John and Marilyn were happy for their guests to come sit on their patio and have a few drinks with them. Their patio has beautiful views out over the sea.
John and Marilyn are also happy to arrange day trips for guests. You can go walking with their gardener Nox or they will arrange you a driver to take you to one of Ovalau's villages. They also helped us with return transport to the airport.
As we were at the Homestay on a Tuesday night John took us to the Ovalau Club and introduced us to some of the locals at the Ovalau Club.
The staff at the Homestay were very friendly and pleasant. The Homestay is conveniently located with all of Levuka's sights within easy walking distance.
Run with a friendly and personal touch and not like any other bed and breakfast I have evr stayed in in this respect.
The Raffles Gateway Hotel is literally 2 minutes walk from Nadi Airport. If you don't want to walk or have a lot of luggage, then you can use its free shuttle service.
We stayed in the Raffles on our first and last day in Fiji.
On our first stay we arrived at the hotel around 9 in the morning. Hours before official check in time. We thought at least they'll take our bags and we can come back later, but they checked us in and we were allocated a room in around 15 minutes. This was excellent news as we were really tired after a 10 hour flight from Hong Kong.
The room was clean and comfortable. It had a seating area at one end and bedroom area at the other. It had its own balcony overlooking the well kept and colourful grounds of the Raffles Hotel. Our second room at the end of our stay had a seating area in the hotel gardens.
Both rooms had a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The washroom had a shower, but no bath. The only problem with the room was that the in-room safe did not work and this also happened in the room we stayed in on our last day. However, you can leave valuables at reception.
The Raffles has a small rectangular pool near its bar and restaurant and a much bigger resort style pool with a water slide in its grounds. There was a jacuzzi next to the small pool.
We ate in the restaurant by the small pool in the evenings and found the food good and the service pleasant and friendly. They have a guitarist/singer in the evenings to entertain their guests. We also had some very enjoyable lunches and drinks by the pool.
The hotel was relaxing, quiet and peaceful. We were not disturbed by the airport nearby at all.
There is local transport available on the road outside the Raffles or you can travel around by taxi. If you are flying on to another area of Fiji or catching a coral sun bus to another part of Fiji, the Raffles is a good location, though you probably would not spend your whole holiday here as it is a fair way out of the main town. The hotel does have a desk where you can book day trips to other parts of Fiji such as the Mamanucas.
A very relaxing and pleasant location.
Very handy for the airport. As we were not on-line in Fiji we walked back to the airport to check any changes of onward flights. Also very useful when you have an early morning departure.
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