Namale Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes all meals (including three-course lunches and five-course dinners); soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (including champagne) and round-trip airport transfers
- Fiji has one of the highest return tourist rates — its people are just that nice
- The resort’s decadent spa (Fiji’s best) hangs over the cliffs
What To Know
- Additional charges apply for scuba diving, fishing and jet-skiing
- The resort is adults-only; children 11 and under are not permitted
- Savusavu is a volcanic island where rugged black sand beaches are the norm
- Borrow the resort’s walkie-talkies so you can be dropped off somewhere remote (a private beach or waterfall, perhaps) and radio back when you’re ready for pickup
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If you think all tropical vacations are created equal, you’ve never been to Fiji. Set along dramatic volcanic beaches, on a former copra plantation, the all-inclusive but authentic Namale Resort is in Savusavu, Fiji’s best-kept secret. Traditional thatch-roofed villas offer direct beach access to the lapping waves of the Koro Sea. Spend your days snorkeling the reef or picnicking on a private beach at this brilliant South Pacific escape.
Bed and Bath
The traditional thatch-roofed villas are modeled on Fijian chiefly dwellings and retain an authentic feel but maximize comfort with spacious showers, spa baths for two and private decks surrounded by jungle. Bures are built overlooking a beach that stretches for several miles along the Koro Sea, with volcanic outcroppings punctuating the landscape and a backdrop of swaying coconut palms. At high tide, plumes of water erupt from Namale’s famous blowhole, right in front of the resort.
The premise here is that you can be as active or inactive as you wish. A technicolor underwater world gives snorkelers a sensory-overload just a few steps off the beach. And hiking through the resort’s 525 tropical acres, set on a private peninsula rich with bird life and lush vegetation, is an experience in itself. But you can also opt to relax poolside or indulge in a spa treatment overlooking the dramatic cliffs in the wellness area, one of Fiji’s best spas. During your stay you’ll receive a daily activity list, detailing excursions around the island that might include a visit to a pearl farm or the chance to drink kava (the national beverage) with a village chief. Fiji is home to some of the world’s friendliest people. Don’t be surprised if locals invite you to experience the market with them or try to bring you along to a Sunday church service.
In the Area
Walls, caves and overhangs carpeted with coral and aflutter with fish make Savusavu’s dive sites some of Fiji’s best. Snorkeling or diving is a must. The resort also arranges early morning boat trips to Natewa Bay to watch scores of resident spinner dolphins feeding and generally being their usual acrobatic selves. To see wildlife on dry land, head to the Waisale Rain Forest Reserve, a prime destination for birding, with well-maintained trails that cut through the lush landscape.
How to Get There
We spent four nights in Namale, and had the best experience. The people are super-friendly, and any need you have is met in a prompt and courteous fashion. The grounds are majestic and well-kept, the ocean views spectacular, and the available activities are sublime. We enjoyed an afternoon in the wonderful spa, horseback riding on the beach, a walk on the reef (at low-tide), and plenty of interaction with local Fijian villagers where we learned so much about their incredible culture. Truly a trip to remember!
This is an amazing, all-inclusive resort. We were treated royally for the entire week. Everything was amazing from the staff to the food to the beautiful settings. It's definitely the most romantic thing we've experienced in all our 20 years of marriage.
Vinaka to the entire staff of the Namale resort!!!! When we arrived for our honeymoon, we were a little stressed due to our flights being cancelled on the way to Fiji, which led to us arriving a day later than expected. The Namale staff, especially Paul and Ima, went out of their way as soon as we arrived to make our stay absolutely memorable!!!! We were lucky enough over our week to stay in Nanise and the Bula House. Both exceeded our expectations by a million!! We loved every moment of everyday at this resort.
The food was so incredible and changed daily. Some other reviews mentioned that the food was not good or cold....we NEVER ever experienced this once. (I think you can't make everyone happy.) Everyone knows who you are and you really feel like you are part of a large family or "Namale Tribe." The staff go above and beyond at all points of the day to get anything you need. All day we would hear "Bula Kelli!" or "Bula Scott!" It was the best and really was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We loved how everyone tried to get to know us. I also have a shrimp allergy and I have to say that Vina went out of her way to make sure I never ordered anything with shrimp. She would also bring me substitute appetizers, sometimes without even asking! :) Also, during our meals, we were visited by Gus Gus, the resort cat. She is an absolutely doll!! Now, we love cats, as we have two at home, so she very easily became our adopted vacation kitty. If anyone is reading this who loves cats too, please take good care of her in our absence!!
We felt like we were able to relax but we also did quite a lot. We went to the spa twice. I don't remember the names of the ladies who did our massages, but they were HANDS DOWN, the best massages we have ever had on vacation. They actually used pressure! Our deep tissue massages were just that! Our massage room was very relaxing and opened up to the ocean! We also went snorkeling, kayaking, walked through the reefs. We saw dolphins one day and sea turtles another! We went on the salt river drift, which was an extra excursion but SO WORTH IT. We saw where the next season of Survivor is being filmed too!
Another of our favorite parts of our trip is being able to interact with the local tribes before dinner. A few nights a week, they have local tribes come through and sing, dance or both for us. Usually, the kids in the tribe come and grab your hand and bring you up to dance with them. SO MUCH FUN! After the fun, you say thank you to everyone and it is so touching. You really feel you connect with the local people and we loved that. We loved being introduced to the Fijian culture.
We cannot wait to come back!!! Our plan is in a few years for our anniversary! The hard part will be picking which Bure to stay in! Many thanks to the above staff members as well as: Holena, Tony, Jim, Samee, Filo, Jackie, MJ, and Junior. It was also great to meet the GMs, Bill and Nowdla. Remember guys, we are free to come take your place whenever you need us ;)
Much love to everyone at our new Namale Family! Sota Tale! Kelli and Scott
My wife and I searched for a special place to enjoy our 25th wedding anniversary. We wanted to go somewhere...where we'd never been and may never be again. We found our place at Namale. The people, the food, the atmosphere were all total indulgence. The weather cooperated for our five glorious days in paradise, and we indulged every day in what can only be called bliss. Whether it be the couples massages, breakfast by the blowhole, room service, movie with popcorn night or taking in the local entertainment & culture...everything was so incredible - too incredible for words. Thanks to everyone at Namale - you truly know what it means to fulfill dreams. M & P in Phoenix
Wow, this resort is amazing. Beautiful location, great facilities and the most amazing staff. Just back from 5 days and a special callout to La, Samei, Samu, Tony and all of the other amazing staff. A great big vanaka to all.
I would also like to thank the management. I was part of a large corporate group and they responded well to our partying, last-minute requests and the general demands of a large bunch of people instead of the usual honeymooners.
I stayed in Susanna, one of the honeymoon bures, which was beautiful, with an amazing deck overlooking the ocean, plus a (very cold) plunge pool. I would certainly recommend stretching to one of the villas with infinity pools if you can afford it. They are amazing.
Kava Bowl was a great hang-out for after dinner - a 2-lane bowling alley, golf simulator, table tennis, pool table, table football etc etc. With a free bar and bar snacks, it was a great place to chill and the staff supported us even when it turned into early morning.
As some other reviewers have noted, the food is not the best feature of Namale. Generally, go for the fish - it's always fresh and usually well cooked. The fish tacos are awesome. Breakfast sitting overlooking the ocean was always a great start to the day. I can recommend any of Namale's broad selection of cocktails :) Pacific Punch was probably my favourite though.
Lastly, the real stars of the resort are the villagers who support the resort, who welcomed us, sang to us before dinner, drank Kava with us and danced with us. They - and their children - are so beautiful.
Thanks to all !