Namale Resort

P.O. Box 244, Savusavu, Fiji
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Be Treated Like Royalty at Namale Resort

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 19, 2013

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.

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Address: P.O. Box 244, Savusavu, Fiji

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Amenities at Namale Resort

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Beverage Selection
  • Spa
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kitchenette
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Suites
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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