In the luxury vacation world, most people hear “all-inclusive” and steer clear. They’re not for everyone and it has unfortunately acquired somewhat of a bad stereotype- crowded commercial resorts, packed swimming pools, and mediocre food. I am here to tell you it’s not always the case and that there are exceptions to this “rule”. I discovered an all-inclusive gem!
Namale Resort & Spa is set amidst over 500 acres of lush tropical land on Fiji’s Northern Island of Vanua Levu in Savusavu. This adult-only boutique hotel redefines the meaning of all-inclusive in a luxurious intimate setting. All-inclusives do have its advantages- it’s a package deal and you know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand cost-wise, giving you less to think about while you’re on vacation (who wants to worry about money in paradise!) Namale allows you to customize your vacation with different packages and activities with all food and drink included, still giving you the option to add special activities on after you get there.
Namale is a beautiful 5-star property offering 19 luxury villas and bures, two onsite restaurants, a gorgeous swimming pool, secluded beaches, a golf course, and a stunning 10,000 sq. ft spa perched on an edge overlooking the Koro Sea. Whether you want total privacy and relaxation or excitement and adventure, Namale offers a unique combination customizable to satisfy all tastes. I loved how secluded and private it felt, spending the majority of my time relaxing on the beach and in my villa. When I felt like being active and adventurous I went snorkeling, hiked through a rainforest to a hidden waterfall, went horseback riding on the beach, experienced a sunset cruise, and spent a day on a secluded sandbar in the middle of the ocean. There are also kayaks and paddle boards available any time of day near the resort diving center, where you schedule all water activities.
I stayed in the Bula House, a luxury villa suite with a private pool and beautiful deck with stunning views of the sea. It also had stairs leading down to my very own beach. The Bula House is incredibly spacious with living and dining areas, a big kitchen, two bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, and a gorgeous bedroom. All of Namale’s airy and spacious villas vary in size, but they all have the same vibe- understated luxury with a tropical flare making you feel at one with nature. Namale is great for couple or group getaways, and is the perfect place to disconnect in paradise. It is the ultimate relaxation.
There are two beautiful open-air restaurants on property with ocean views, as well as room service available 24/7. I was there for 5 nights and experienced it all. Offering sophisticated and delicious 5-star Fiji cuisine with the freshest ingredients from their own organic farm and local seafood markets, I completely forgot I was at an all-inclusive. The in-bure (room) dining was up to par with the food at the restaurants so whether you chose to dine in the comfort of your villa or at the restaurants there is no going wrong. The menu varied daily at the Main Bure restaurant offering dishes inspired by the authentic flavors and traditions of the island. I also enjoyed a more on-the-go casual menu at Wale Restaurant, located on the east ends of Namale’s grounds- also with stunning views. In addition, Namale offers dine out experiences in breathtaking locations on and around the property. I enjoyed a beautiful curated lunch at a hidden waterfall, as well as a unique dining experience in an all candlelit open-air cave right on the beach. Namale really takes pride in their food and its presentation, making dining there a special experience.
Namale’s Valeni Sasauni Spa Sanctuary is one of Fiji’s leading luxury spas. Set cliffside with breathtaking views of the Koro Sea, its open air concept and tropical vibe creates the perfect setting for relaxation while making you feel like you are in nature. The spa offers a wide variety of treatments inspired by ancient healing traditions, and has a hydrotherapy room with floor to ceiling windows featuring aromatherapy pools, a waterfall massage pool, hot and cold plunge pools and a sauna. I chose the Ultimate Indulgence: The Moonlight Magic which was a treatment done at night- a coconut milk bath foot soak followed by a relaxing massage with an ocean breeze in a beautiful candle lit room showered with flowers. After the massage I had a one-hour private session in the hydrotherapy room to enjoy the pools and was treated with wine and a beautiful charcuterie spread. This was a great way to unwind at the end of the day before bed, and it was an unforgettable and unique spa experience.
With all the incredible features Namale has to offer, one of the best things about the resort is the staff. I have never experienced such an attentive and genuinely friendly staff. They were on a first name basis with all guests and really went out of their way to make you feel special. The energy of the people is what makes a place so special to me and that is one of the main reasons why Namale stood out for me.
If you are looking for a luxury all-inclusive vacation, Namale Resort & Spa is one of the best. Five to seven days is the perfect amount of time, and you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and recharged.
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