Remarkable Honeymoons’ very own Kristin Otto recently visited Namale Resort and Spa in Fiji. She was kind enough to write about her experience and review her trip. Enjoy!
Our Arrival at Namale
As I settle into my seat for the 50-minute flight to Savu Savu on the way to Namale Resort and a romantic getaway in Fiji, I’m still feeling a little wonky from the 11-hour flight from Los Angeles across the Pacific to Nadi. The Fiji Airways, 19-passenger Twin Otter takes off, begins its ascent, then follows the coastline north towards the island of Vanua Levu. I am treated to a stunning panorama of beauty. Looking directly out of my window seat, I see lush and verdant rainforest. When I look the other way, I see spectacular shades of blue dotted with tiny island specks spread out over the tropical sea. Pacific Blue. B’Dazzled Blue. Azure. Wild Blue Yonder. It’s mesmerizing! I’m definitely alert and awake now! I can’t possibly look fast enough in both directions to take in everything there is to see. I have never seen the Pacific look this brilliant. The landing in Savu Savu is yet another thrill as the plane glides over scenery bursting with color. I can’t help but grab my smart phone and begin making a video to play again later, share with family and friends and relive this experience over and over. The Namale Resort and Spa shuttle van is waiting to greet us when we deplane. Bula! Bula! Hello! After our bags are loaded into the van, we take the short drive from the airport towards the resort. Everyone waves as the van passes by. All the locals smile and nod in greeting. We slow down as we drive through the welcome gate at Namale. There we are met with more Bula greetings from the staff. Our Fijian hosts are as excited that we have arrived as we are to be here. I haven’t even stepped out of the van yet and I’m already in love! I already know that I will be planning a trip to return to this beautiful paradise and these beautiful kind people. As the van finally slows to a halt at the Namale Resort and Spa reception area, the entire front desk staff has gathered to sing and welcome us to this special place. I pause to reflect on how I am feeling and I appreciate this moment. I have flown over 5,630 air miles and it feels like I have just arrived home!
Dining at Namale
From our first welcome song and drink upon arrival I feel like I am a part of the Namale family. The staff is kind, genuine and attentive. Namale is an excellent choice for a luxury Fiji honeymoon, a luxurious all-inclusive romantic vacation and exploring both rainforest and reef in Fiji. My husband and I are continually impressed throughout our stay with the level of care and attention provided to each guest. Employees anticipate our needs before we request something special. During our first dinner at the main restaurant, the servers ask if we have any special dinner preferences. Wow! Of course we asked for a lobster dinner! The next evening, the chef and staff make sure to have not just broiled lobster tail on the menu, but steak and lobster combination! All meals are beautifully prepared and well presented. Everything is wonderful! The staff encourages us to take advantage of the private dining venues, even though this represents more work for them. They reserve a private, romantic, champagne dinner for us under the stars and overlooking the sea. This incredible evening comes with our own private server! The setting at dinner includes flower petals and candles to light our path to our beautifully set table. These memorable and romantic touches provided by Namale Resort are all part of the comprehensive all -inclusive package available at the luxurious Namale Resort and Spa. During our stay, we also are given the opportunity to enjoy a themed buffet dinner and the chance to dine with Namale management, staff and other guests. Throughout the vacation I think about what a memorable experience it is, one of the best of our times in Fiji. The Fijians exude happiness and it is infectious. Namale Resort seeks to provide an unequaled guest experience. This excellence was observed in all areas of the resort including management, front desk, restaurant, dive shop, spa services and even the worker who changed the temperature on our villa dipping pool!
Namale Resort and Spa is absolutely perfect for a luxurious all-inclusive Fiji honeymoon. It’s also perfect for an anniversary or destination wedding in Fiji. This stunning, 525-acre, adults-only property has an array of excellent accommodations ranging from Garden Bure rooms, Ocean Deluxe Rooms, Honeymoon Bures as well as a several ocean front villas. The rooms are spacious and private. Everything feels secluded because of the dense tropical landscaping and the tree-lined walkways throughout the resort. The resort has been meticulously designed to allow for the utmost privacy to each of the bures. Regardless of which accommodation type guests choose, I have no doubt guests will be delighted with room amenities such as plush robes, a mini bar with juices, beer and other beverages, as well as fresh cookies and complimentary laundry service. Namale Resort has truly thought of everything to ensure a memorable stay for their guests. Guests can enjoy luxurious robes on lazy mornings, while sipping coffee and watching the waves sneak up to the shoreline. The bures and villas offer cozy sitting areas as well as private and spacious decks for sunning and star gazing. A Honeymoon Bure will offer an incredible ocean view, a private dipping pool, an indoor Jacuzzi tub as well as both an indoor and outdoor shower. Each of the bures is delightfully secluded and offers plenty of privacy. Ours feels like a treehouse. With a wall of windows overlooking the sea and tropical foliage and trees surrounding the suite, Namale has managed to bring the outside in. Everything inside the room is as perfect and wonderful as everything outside of it. Our bure is so incredible and ideal, I don’t immediately feel the need to get up, venture outside, and begin exploring what will be my Fijian home for the next week. I open up the door of our villa anyway, step outside and let the magic that is Namale Resort unfold.
Unique Namale Experiences
Namale Resort and Spa offers an incredible all-inclusive experience. There are exclusive dining venues throughout the property for guests to reserve and enjoy. Guests can choose to share a spectacular sunset while enjoying cocktails and appetizers, enjoy a dramatic sunset in a heart shaped Jacuzzi spa set on a bluff overlooking the sea, or arrange a private champagne waterfall breakfast or lunch. All guests at Namale Resort are welcome to enjoy meals and beverages virtually anywhere on the 525-acre property, including poolside or in the privacy of their bure or villa. My husband and I enjoyed having lunch and cocktails served on our private deck while we enjoyed our private dipping pool in Fiji! Namale Resort is an excellent choice for a memorable and luxurious romantic getaway in Fiji. Namale is an excellent choice for an oceanfront bure with private dipping pool in Fiji.
Activities at Namale
The ambiance of this tropical paradise is very relaxed making it easy to spend quality time as a couple unwinding and enjoying simple pleasures. Namale Resort also has much to offer guests in the area of active pursuits. Each day, the resort offers a variety of activities for guests to enjoy including a daily afternoon snorkel excursion as well as world-class diving. Did you know that Fiji is the Soft Coral Capital of the World? Put on a mask and fins, take a giant stride from the boat into the water and meet some more locals! The calm waters around Savu Savu are teeming with marine life. Discover something new with each flutter kick exploring the various coral heads, ledges and tunnels of the underwater world around Namale Resort. The coral here is stunning! The resort also offers reef walking, a waterfall hike, and a variety of other active and cultural activities. Guests have use of the fitness center, tennis courts, an indoor basketball court and a game center with a bowling alley. Allow plenty of time to schedule a few services at the award winning, Namale Resort and Spa. The view is breathtaking and there is an excellent selection of treatments to choose from. In the evening, guests will be treated to a variety of entertainment from the local villagers. The evening entertainment is memorable and includes both Indian and Fijian themed evenings with song and Meke dance. Each of these evenings provides opportunity for guests to mingle with the locals. At Namale, guests can experience the traditional Kava ceremony which is a ‘must do’ during a visit to Fiji. Each village has their own customs about this ceremony. Downing a cup of Kava with the customary ‘clap’ with new Fijian friends at Namale is an unforgettable experience.
Honeymoon at Namale
There are endless reasons Fiji is an excellent choice for a honeymoon destination. There are endless reasons why Namale Resort is perfect for a luxurious Fiji honeymoon or destination wedding in Fiji. Namale Resort is also an excellent choice for world-class diving as well as world-class snorkeling in Fiji. Enjoy exceptional service and sumptuous dining options in private and beautiful settings. Namale Resort’s all-inclusive package has considered virtually everything! Namale has an award-winning spa and many activities that will keep you busy for a week or more. At night, enjoy a stunning place to fall asleep in this tropical paradise! Take a step back in time. Take a step into perfection. Namale Resort is truly unforgettable. Namale Resort has everything you’ve always dreamed of for a perfect five-star honeymoon in Fiji.