If you want to have the ideal “Fijian experience” come to Matangi island. Trying to pick through all (300+) options Fiji has to offer alone, is a very difficult and exhausting task. I couldn’t thank Cheryl Jacobson with Fijivacations.com enough for guiding my wife and I to the best honeymoon anyone could ever wish for. She is a great person and very patient, because we had so many questions. It was a true joy working with her.This trip was about as close to perfect as one could get. We had staff waiting on us hand and foot from start to finish. This resort provides the best of both worlds i.e white sandy beaches, activities/ excursions. Everything from: food/ people/ excellent views/ crystal clear waters/ awesome bure/ and staff will make the trip for anyone. Cheryl told us you will come for the views and beaches, but you will leave loving the people.That’s exactly what happened ! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. At the end of our trip we left feeling apart of a family. If your not the active type this resort has an awesome spa. You can kick back and relax and truly take in Fiji the right way. Once again, if you have never been to Fiji before do not try and plan it yourself. Rely on an expert like Cheryl Jacobson from fijivacations.com.
My wife and I had the best time at the Lalati Resort! We purchased the trip that included Airfare through Travezoo.com and had no issues at all.
Its a bit of a trip from Tampa to Fiji but once we arrived at the Resort our vacation began and it didn’t disappoint!
Without question the best part of the experience were the people. From the staff to the islanders everyone was warm, accommodating and super friendly. We made friends right away and began developing a great report with everyone.
We wanted a honeymoon experience in a place that had amazing ocean access, secluded and private accommodations and the ability to create our own adventures. We were able to do this and more! Our days looked a lot like this: Get up and relax on our front porch and watch an amazing sunrise and then go eat breakfast, after breakfast we would relax a little more before either kayaking to somewhere on the island that had great snorkeling or participate in one of the scheduled activities they had set up. Then we would meet up for lunch and then either go exploring their amazing tidal pools at low tide or seeking out another adventure the island offered. We would get cleaned up for happy hour and enjoy a drink before dinner and then walk on the boardwalk afterwards before settling into our room for the night.
We loved every second of it!
If you are looking for a large resort with lots of people and unlimited access to modern convince, this may not be the place for you. We were intentional about wanting a unique experience in a destination that was remote enough to give us privacy and keep us away from the hustle of “normal life” life for a while.
Things you should absolutely do/expect:
-The staff to be friendly and helpful
-The ocean to be amazing
-The sunrises to be spectacular
-Participate in the village tour
-Do the Shark dive!! (more on that in a second)
-Kayak all over the place!
-Eat every awesome meal
-Private dinner on the dock
-Enjoy the seclusion from technology
This to not expect:
-Sunsets (they are on the opposite side of the island)
-Cars or other random transportation
-Cruise Buffet style food options
The last thing I want to mention is the diving! Fiji is unlike anywhere else in the world when it comes to diving and the Lalati Resort is well aware of this. Some people come to the Resort simply to dive all day everyday. I am a very experienced diver and my wife is just starting out with her certifications and they were able to appease both of us. The Dive Center managers and Activities Coordinators were Krista and Lars who were detailed and excited at the opportunity to share Fiji with us and anyone who appreciates what the ocean has to offer. We had access to state of the art diving equipment as well as a variety of dive spot options. They asked us ahead of time what specific things we were looking for in our dives and were able to suggest spots they believed had a variety of what peaked our interest.
For us we are way into the “biological” side of diving. I wanted to see all the unique sea life that only Fiji can offer. Things like the wide variety of nudibranchs, sea snakes, indo pacific fish and invertebrates and oh yeah… SHARKS!
We participated in the shark dive Lalati offered and it was amazing. I have extensive experience diving with sharks and was particularly excited to see the Fiji Bull Sharks and they were amazing. All together we saw 6 different species of sharks and maybe 30 individuals. I was impressed and it only inspired me to want to see more and new sharks.
My wife who had never done a shark dive before was apprehensive at first and didn’t know what to expect and Krista was super helpful at culling her worries and giving her a level of comfort before and during the dive. Afterwards she told me how awesome it was and that she would love to do more in the future…which of course makes me a happy guy.
I would absolutely recommend this resort to anyone who is adventurous, flexible, looking to create unique memories, enjoys seclusion, and loves the ocean.
Thanks Maria at Fiji Vacations and the Staff at Lalati!
Steve and Amy
“A perfect Vacation…..finally.”
So we are home and I can’t stop thinking about how wonderful our experience was. The entire staff made us feel like welcome family, not the kind that you just put up with because they are related. I can’t just name a few people that stood out personally in our experience, because I don’t want to leave anyone out. Everyone was stellar in taking care of our every need. The signature experiences are out of this world. If you go make sure to at least do the Coastal Walk on Taveuni, and if you are lucky enough to be there during right season swim with the Manta Rays. No matter what time of year you are there make sure to visit at least one of the villages. Many of the staff are either from or live in one of the close villages and are happy to introduce you to their beautiful lifestyle. Take the opportunity while you are there to step back relax and understand that all of your needs are taken care of. The Remote Resort is world class. If you have any questions about this being the right trip for you I have to say ask Melissa Pomeroy from Fijivacations.com, she was invaluable in making this trip happen.
We are back from our honeymoon and can’t stop talking about namale! We had an amazing time and I cried when we left.
Chris & Jennifer
Bula! (Oh how I miss that :))
Thanks for the follow-up!
Everything was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!! The Lalati Resort is 1st class, the activities were fun, and the ability to relax and forget about real life was on point. The resort managers, staff, local villages, and dive shop managers made our stay so enjoyable. The intimate setting was exactly what we were looking for. I couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon! Oh, forgot to mention, Food was 5* quality. I didn’t have a meal I didn’t love. I’m pretty sure I gained 10lbs, hahahaha
We booked an adventure and a day room through Lalati booking services the day we returned (8:30am departure from Beqa and flight out of Nadi 11pm) We did the Pacific Harbour zipline & that was fantastic.
Chris & Jennifer Greer
Paradise Cove was perfect! It was extremely beautiful, great food and great service! We had an amazing trip. The best trip of our lives, and I am not exaggerating. Thank you so much!
Thank you again,
Chris and Diane
Dan and Barbara
A Sanctuary for Play, Peace, Paradise”
Reviewed 25 July 2012
In selecting a location for our vacation, our top priority was a place that would offer us both luxury and an authentic Fijian experience. Namale exceeded our expectations.
Staff: The sincere kindness and joy of the staff is contagious. Their quick smiles and greetings warmed our hearts while their attention to details pampered us daily.
Guests: It was such a delight to meet fellow guests at Namale, many on their honeymoons or special get-away trips. Evening gatherings provided opportunities to mingle and meet without feeling obligated when alone time was preferred.
Tony Robbins: A week prior to our leaving, we became aware that Tony Robbins was hosting an event at Namale during the time our vacation was scheduled. We seriously considered rescheduling as rest and rejuvenation were top on our list.
How glad we are that we stayed with our plans. Tony’s events are held a drives distance from the resort’s guest bures and facilities in a separate facility with its own food and lodging for Robbins attendees. A few participants stayed in the resort bures however, due to their participation in the training sessions, we rarely saw them.
The result of this was increased attention to service and quiet at the resort! We were able to engage with the handful of other resort guests in daily activities without crowds or chaos. It was wonderful!
Food: The food was delicious. The staff was always willing to share stories of food and life in Fiji and would describe their traditional dishes. The chef willingly prepared these Fijian dishes for us at our request, regardless of what was on the menu. We found that the menus were simply one potential list of foods we could order! Truly a culinary treat.
Another great bonus is the special locations for meals. The staff will provide you lunch or dinner at any location on the resort at your request. And one evening they surprised us with a beautiful, romantic dinner at ‘the cave’! You will want to ask about this.
Accommodations: The bures were simply charming, clean and tidy. They provided a perfect space for rest and romance. Half way through our vacation we were surprised with an upgrade to the Duavata Villa. It was simply breathtaking; outdoor showers, pool, views, places to relax. Thank you, Hudson!
Activities: The dive shop has a lovely new boat, the Pearl, along with new snorkel and scuba gear. The staff at the dive shop are great. Sammy took me on a dive where I got to experience ‘magic’ coral. . .be sure to check this out!!
Namale also offered so many other experiences; the waterfall, horseback riding, snorkeling, J Hunt Pearl farming, coconut adventure and a special visit to a Fijian village. While the visit out to the village does require a small additional fee, I understand that this money goes to support education and economic development in the village.
Hudson Mitchell went above and beyond to ensure our experience was magical.
As managers, Bill and Nowdla Keefe, along with their daughters, weave the wonder that is Namale into a coherent culture of care. They will work to ensure you have a memory making experience.
We highly recommend Namale. And to all the staff at Namale, you have deeply touched our hearts. We carry your blessings with us back into our daily lives.
John and I did not want to leave Lalati Resort! It was the best vacation we have ever been on. We loved the small atmosphere and how friendly everyone was. Thank you so much for your recommendation and help on finding that!
One thing that we did not expect was our garden room. It was very old, dirty, and out of date. I almost felt like we were “roughing” it. Luckily, there was a whole in the roof and it rained the first night so we got a free upgrade to an oceanfront villa which was WAY better!!!
Other than that, we had a spectacular time and recommend it to anyone!!
Thank you again for your help!!
Steve and Amy
We arrived late in Nadi and didn’t fly out to Taveuni until the next morning to start our trip and to end it we flew in to Nadi at 6 in the evening and didn’t fly out till 945 the next night. Our travel agent (Melissa Pomeroy from Fijivacations.com) suggested that we spend our extra time here. I am so grateful for her expertise in planning and especially her recommendations on lodging. I can’t tell you how nice the staff was. I will admit that there was a small hiccup with the shuttle the night we arrived, but being a business owner I understand small things can go wrong and it was handled in a timely manner. Our first night we arrived very late and it was a perfect and quiet setting to just fall asleep in so that we could wake and get on our commuter flight the next morning. I was a bit worried because the first shuttle wasn’t scheduled to leave for the airport until 15 minutes after we were supposed to be at the airport. Jim at the front desk set my mind at ease and assured me that they would have a shuttle for us at the correct time. His professional no worries attitude set the tone for the rest of what was to be a fantastic vacation. We returned to Nadi a week later to end our trip and this time arrived at an earlier point in the afternoon and our sleepy little hotel was vibrant and full of life. The restaurant was full and open (a great meal for a good price) and folks were enjoying the pools and the live music. I inquired at the front desk about a day rate since our flight wasn’t leaving till 945 at night and they offered a great solution for 110 FJD (50 USD) they let us keep the room all the way until they drove us to the airport at 730 that night. It was a no brainer that allowed us to explore Nadi all day and return to wash up without having to worry about our luggage.
My wife and I stayed at the resort for a week and had an absolutely fabulous time.
It is a small resort which makes it very special. You will not see other people aside from some of the few islanders living there. And there are no cars or roads on the island. The food was excellent, and the accommodations wonderful. We got our diving certificates there. Lars and Krista were awesome instructors. We did the online/book work before going and completed the open water work there. It really was a great way to do it. We finished with the Shark Dive – which my wife insisted on and turned out to be awesome. We also snorkeled, swam and Kiaked off the beach. Lots of amazing corral and fish right there!
I would caution that this is not the place for someone who wants a five star resort with lots of dining options and extensive services. It is a small remote resort with scheduled dining times and limited food options and limited services. But the small remote part is what makes it so special. Its actually pretty amazing that they can deliver such a great experience in such a remote location.
Also, Melissa Pomeroy from Fiji Vacations was excellent coordinating our logistics which all played out with no problems.
Dear Fiji Vacations,
Thanks again for all the work you put in on our second honeymoon. We appreciate the extra time you put in on updating us about the Coup de tat and it’s impact on our trip. Because of your timely correspondence we had the most up to date info when we departed. I will tell you that while this was our second trip to Fiji (Toberua), Vatulele far exceeded all of our expectations. Mark Kitchen and all his staff made it the most incredible experience. Vatulele gives you so much to choose from I think it is the best that Fiji has to offer – the best anywhere has to offer.
Vinaka vaka levu for all the help!
Julie, Laguna Beach
Best Island Trip Ever!!!
A world of thanks to Melissa at Fiji Vacations for recommending Tides Reach. This was our fourth Fiji vacation with Melissa and we can’t say enough about this wonderful new resort! The staff…Eunice,Maria, George, Sucra and Sherri made us feel welcome and pampered.The accommodations were first class, food, amazing ,activities were spectacular…the private island picnic, atvs to explore the island, hike to the waterfall, and then of course the trip to the village topped with the party the night we left…The Tides Reach staff ‘s care and level of service is the best we have ever experienced in our travels to over 30 countries. The resort location, serenity and views are stellar. Book with Melissa and go here. You will be forever happy you had this experience. We will be back.
Tip: Melissa at Fiji vacations is all you need!
Julie, Laguna Beach
Kyle P, Florida
Just wanted to let you know that we made it back to the states safely!!! Landed in LA last night and everything was taken care of through Fiji airways. Thank you so much for everything and all your help. Namale was the best honeymoon destination EVER and was an experience that Kelly and I will never forget. Could have never had done it or at least made as comfortable and easy without all of you. Thank you again and hopefully will talk to you sometime in the future for any other vacations we may be planning. Take care
We just returned from our Fiji vacation at Castaway. We had a wonderful time! My kids actually cried when they had to leave — they just did not want to go home. They made great friends and the staff was fantastic.
We had a flight delayed on the return, but everything was handled smoothly with Pacific Destinationz on the ground.
We had such a good time that I think we want to go back in 2015. Can you keep me in your tickler file for any airline / accommodation specials. We will likely book for spring break 2015 (March timing).
Thanks again for all your help. It was such a great trip.
Lindsay & Rett Coluccio
Dear Fiji Vacations,
I think we forgot to respond to you about the fabulous honeymoon you set up for us at Yasawa! Well, almost 5 months later, we are still basking in the glow of the most amazing vacation either of us have ever been on! Thank you, thank you, thank you to both you and Melissa for helping make the trip such a dream come true. From recommending Yasawa, to setting up the seamless arrival and departure, it was all perfect.
We totally fell in love with the Yasawa Island Resort, the entire staff and the Bukama Village. We even made friends with some other terrific honeymooners from around the world. We took close to 500 pictures when we were there and we flip through our album all the time just to remind us how good we had it.
We honestly felt that there couldn’t have been a more perfect destination for us to spend our freshly-married moments. Yasawa was so majestic and pristine. And Bure 11 was phenomenal. We spent mornings on our porch, afternoons on our beach and sunsets in our hammock. We had cocktail hour each night playing cards and nibbling snacks, and spent a few nights with a bottle of wine, staring up at the bright, bright stars on our chaise lounges by the water. It was heavenly. We loved that it was so private and intimate, but with plenty to do if you so desired. we snorkeled almost every day, swam in the Blue Lagoon cave, had private picnics to die for on deserted beaches, lounged by the pool, hiked, visited Bukama, drank vats of kava and ate to our hearts’ content! The food was fabulous and more importantly, the staff (from the gardener to the wait staff to the activity crew to the musicians) were all unforgettable. They made us feel like family with their kindness and warmth. We miss them so much!
When we originally planned this trip, we figured we should honeymoon in a place so exotic; we would likely never be able to return. But after spending five minutes on Yasawa, we decided we would absolutely “HAVE” to return someday. So thank you, Candice and Melissa for all that you did to make our dream honeymoon a reality. It couldn’t have been better in a million years. So sorry it took us so long to respond! We hope you are well.
Have a great week.
All the best,
Just to let you know that my trip to Lalati this year was one of the most beautiful tropical vacations that I have ever taken. Lalati is a pleasant surprise in that the accommodations far exceeded all of my expectations. The bures are incredible, and the food rivals any fine restaurant here in Los Angeles. Living in the lap of luxury in the middle of the jungle on a beautiful Fijian island was an amazing experience. Then to top it all off, the surf break (Frigates Pass) has all the qualities of Cloudbreak, but much more playful. I can’t say enough great things about the experience I had at Lalati this year, and I will be going back in years to come. Thanks for all your help in arranging the trip. You took all the stress out of traveling this year, and I will be booking all my trips through you in the years to come.
Martin and Michelle
Thanks for touching base even after everything is said and done! We had a terrific time and enjoyed every single moment. We had seamless transfers with no hiccups and thanks to the info docs you provided and the timely info emails, we were well prepared. I just posted a review on Trip Advisor…
Looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Sorry for the late reply.
It’s been our great pleasure planning the Fiji trip with you. Couldn’t have done it without your help. Also thank you for assisting us with getting all those perks. I have a great feeling we’re going to love it there.
We will definetely contact you for future trips.
Nancy and Stewart McNab
Bula Fiji Vacations!
We wanted to give you an update and some feedback on what for us was one of the best vacations ever and our favorite trip to Fiji so far. First, all of the arrangements that you made for us were fantastic, with very smooth transitions between flights, resorts, and finally the airport. The person who greeted us was very helpful and we appreciated very much the rapid change in flights you made for us, when ours was cancelled, as well as the arrangement for the day room at the Tanoa.
Both resorts were fabulous and very different. The combination made for wonderful variety and a really pleasant stay. Cousteau was beautiful, and we got the royal treatment from the managers, Mike and Sharyn McCoy. The staff there was terrific and it is really a great place for families with kids (although, we hardly saw ours). Our kids particularly liked learning about the reef life from the marine biologists, seeing the village and the rainforest trips. Snorkeling and diving were great! The food and bures are unbelievable and the whole resort is so beautiful. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone.
Our transition to Navini Island was very easy-greeted at the airport and delivered to Lautoka for a great boat ride in the resort’s launch to the island. Navini is small but very beautiful with a fabulous beach and reef all around the island. Navini is less luxurious than Cousteau, but the bures are really nice, comfortable and very private. They are in beautiful, dense gardens each facing its own beach. This too was a very nice resort for a family with kids. Navini is owned and run by Arthur and Helen Reed who reside on the island. They are at breakfast and around for dinner and the evening festivities. Both are very low key and interesting people and keep things at the resort unbelievably relaxed. Meals are the one thing it took some getting used to – everyone eats together at one table (which is fun). The food is good – Australian or Fijian foods. Dinners provided a nice variety, including a Lovo one night and a great Fijian buffet another. Nighttimes also included everyone gathering for great cocktails – sometimes a Meke with great dancing, sometimes music, and always the chance to play vidividi and drink Kava with the staff in the bar. Evenings can be private as well; they will serve you a candlelight dinner at your bure for no extra charge. The nights are very fun and you get to be great friends with the staff, which we enjoyed very much. The staff is great and always willing to do things with or for you. It is so low key you feel like you are hanging with friends that you have known a long time. The snorkeling is the best we have seen in Fiji. There is great sailing and kayaking, good fishing, and trips to other islands. Also, a great volleyball game can be had with the staff each day if you want. Navini is great for kids. Everyone makes friends with them and will take them sailing, etc. A big thumbs up for Navini for a beach vacation! We would highly recommend both resorts that we visited. Hope to work with you again on another great vacation!
Heaven on Earth!
We had high expectations for our vacation to Tides Reach and Fiji – and our experience so exceeded those expectations that it took our breath away. Thank you to the amazing people of Tides Reach and Melissa at Fiji Vacations for this trip of a lifetime. The privacy, intimacy, and fabulous service made it feel like our own secluded and exotic world. Our stay was filled with delicious, fresh, organic food tailored to special dietary needs and exploding with wonderful flavor. Thanks Chef Toto! I wanted to bring you home!! The beauty of Taveuni, the wonderful warm water, terrific snorkeling, diving, Paddle boarding, biking and kayaking left us busy enough to experience Fiji but with plenty of time to relax. We fell in love and rated this vacation one of the best vacations ever. We will be back.
Dear Fiji Vacations (Especially Melissa),
It has been a few months since we returned from our Honeymoon/1 year anniversary to Namale Resort in Fiji. The entire experience was so amazing and we have you to thank for it. Everything was amazing and we were so grateful that you weren’t kidding about them literally holding our hands from the moment we get off the plane. ONCE at Namale all sense of the outside world quickly disappeared and we were able to soak up everything they had to offer. There wasn’t a dull moment and the staff there was just top notch. If We saw a few of the other resorts like Koro Sun, and while we only stopped by, we knew as soon as we walked on the property that you helped us make the right choice. While there we got dive certified and the Dive Shop was our 2nd Bure. The romantic options for meals was so far beyond anything we were expecting. I could talk about Namale and all that you did for us forever and never get tired. I hope we get to go back, I even told Ryan we could forgo having children if it meant I could go to Namale every year for the rest of my life! Thank you so much for setting up the most amazing trip of our lives, and I only hope we get to do it again and we will absolutely use you guys!
Thanks for following up. It was a wonderful, relaxing time. We both work stressful jobs and have very busy multi sport high performance kids who we ferry all over the place. Time alone on Yasawa was the perfect depressurization. Best nights of sleep I have had in years.
Yasawa is quiet and unspoiled but there was lots to do if you are the energetic self entertaining type – snorkeling, kayaking, scuba, tennis, hiking. Staff at the resort, as all the reviews say, were great. Food mostly excellent, a couple of dishes just good – if you measure it against good to great places in an urban centre. When you think about the location and the size of the place, it really is impressive what the kitchen does. Great wine list for such a remote spot. Accomodations – rustic elegance.
Guests should not expect Four Seasons Bora Bora/Maldives or butler service. Place is less polished and more laid back than that and that suited us fine. Its location is equally beautiful though but with added privacy/intimacy that comes with a small resort in a remote location plus a laid back vibe with luxury touches – food, wine/champagne, beach picnics, food service wherever you want, large private bures, to name the most prominent of these. Add to this the Fijian staff and the contact the resort facilitates with the islanders (choir, Kava ceremony, etc) and it really is an unique special place.
Beach picnics were kinda mind blowing. You are left all alone on a stunning beach with a cooler fool of succulent lobster, mussels, crab and champagne. One day we decided we did not want to be lazy and we asked the resort to load a 20 liter dry bag I had brought with me (I am a kayaker at home) with food and drink. I clipped it onto my kayak and my wife and I paddled to a deserted beach a few kilometers away. When we left on the kayaks the guys at the beach hut asked us if we wanted them to drop a shade umbrella and beach mats at the beach we were paddling to. We took them up on that. They also offered that if we were tired and wanted a ride back rather than paddle, they would come by later and get us and the kayaks (we paddled).
We are not divers and hadn’t really planned to dive. While there we decided to give an intro dive a try and see if we liked it. The divemaster wasn’t there but they recalled the poor divemaster from Viti Levu even though she had just left the day we asked and she actually flew back to accommodate us. Though by the time she got back we had run out of time to fully certify – still she was great and took us on an intro dive and helped my wife lose some of her fear. We will have to certify next time we get around some beautiful reefs.
Nice touch with the hours at the Fiji Orchid after landing – change, lounge by the pool and get a recovery nap from the all nighter on the plane, shower, and then the cool flight to Yasawa.
Fiji Airways cancelled our flight home so we were delayed from 10:30 pm departure to 7:30 am the next day. Between the airline and our travel insurance we should have all the extra costs covered. As a consequence we took too long to get home but stayed one night Westin Denerau and saw Denarau island – had a nice dinner at a place recommended by one of the Yasawa staff but Denarau certainly is not our thing.
Its been several years but I want to thank you for setting up a wonderful honeymoon for us. I just wanted to give you the heads up that I forwarded your information to one of our friends who is getting married next summer since they are interested in going to Fiji. His name is Jason and his fiance is Nicole; he may be contacting you in the next few weeks. I hope all is well and thanks again!
“When we were looking at honeymoon locations in Fiji, we knew we did not want a large resort that made us feel like we were still in North American. Our Travel Agent, Maria Smith from Fiji Vacations, guided us to Lalati and Lalati gave us exactly what we were looking for in a honeymoon. We had exciting adventures and bonded with the other guests and staff.
Our most memorable experience was the time we spent with Kula, Lalati activities staff member. We had done many resort activities with him and all the activities made our stay memorable. When we joined basketweaving with him, he sat and talked with us. He patiently answered questions, told us about his life and family and asked us questions about our lives too.
Lalati is wonderful for so many reasons, but that experience highlighted a unique quality of the resort that could never be found at a larger hotel. Thank you for the perfect honeymoon.
By the way, it is even prettier than the pictures!”
Jennifer and I just got back from our honeymoon, spent at Qamea Resort and Spa (8 nights) with our last night at Sofitel Hotel. Just wanted to say thanks! The trip and arrangements went without a hitch and the trip was fantastic!!! The resort was everything you described it to be. The fact that you have been to all 5 of the resorts that made our short list and were able to provide details for each was amazing and meant that we definitely made the right choice. The last night that you provided, at Sofitel, was most excellent as well. A beautiful resort that gave us an extra day of relaxation before returning home.
Thanks so much for your assistance with our trip. We won’t hesitate to contact you again for what we hope will be future trips to Fiji.
Finally, a couple of impressions from us on Qamea that may assist with future customers…
– Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We can’t say enough about them and the way the resort is run/organized.
– Great snorkling directly from the resort and just a few minute boat ride away.
– Amazing diving just a few minutes boat ride away. The ability to “suit up” at the bure, be in the water 15 minutes later, then back at the bure 5 – 10 minutes following the dive was a unique diving experience that we thoroughly enjoyed.
– Food was quite good. One potential note for big eaters… portions are fair, but not the huge portions frequently found at American restaurants.
– Mobile phone service is sketchy at best. Jennifer had coverage with her phone if she stood in just the right spot (not positive on her carrier), I did not have coverage (AT&T). This can be a positive or negative, depending on the person. 🙂
– To save money on wine, we did not follow your suggestion of packing wine with our bags, but waited until we arrived in Nadi and purchased 4 bottles from the duty free shop then. This worked fairly well as we were able to hand carry in our backbacks from there and not worry about breakage/special packing. Also probably saved us $40 US.
– We brought our own dive gear. The result was a $85 Fiji weight baggage fee. Worth it for us to have our own gear and saved us money at the resort not having to pay rental fees, but something others may want to keep in mind. Note – This is another reason to wait until at the Nadi Duty Free shop to purchase wine/other alcohol as we avoided paying the weight baggage fee on it.
– The travel arrangements for transfers via Destinationz went well. There was some confusion with regard to dates/times, locations. They quickly resolved any issues, meant a few extra minutes waiting on two occasions, but definitely no big deal. As long as customers are sure to check in with them immediately upon arrival to Nadi and confirm all arrangements, as well as call them (if possible) the day before any arrangements to confirm, all will go without a hitch.
– The resort alcohol and special excursion/activity fees do add up. The fact that you don’t see any of these fees until the last day also adds to the potential sticker shock. 🙂 Obviously, the amount will vary widely depending on the couple and if they drink, dive, are into activities, etc., but just something to remind them to build into their budget.
Again, a fabulous trip, thanks so much for the great information and arrangements.
Don’t hesitate to share my contact information for anyone else considering Qamea Resort – would be happy to share our experience with them.