NAMALE RESORT & SPA HONORED IN THE 2014 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE HOTELS AWARDS

NAMALE RESORT & SPA HONORED IN THE

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SAN DIEGO, CA – 22, January, 2014 Namale Resort & Spa today announced that it has been named as a overall winner in the Luxury category in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice®. In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.

Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe.

“There is Heaven on Earth” –Melo H., Ancaster, Canada

“We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

For Namale Resort & Spa reviews, go to www.tripadvisor.com/namaleresort

To see all 2014 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

Join the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice discussion on social media with the #travelerschoice hashtag.

Namale Resort & Spa

Namale Resort & Spa is located the edge of the Koro Sea in Fiji. This award-winning, all-inclusive, five-star resort and spa recognized as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and most recently a 2014 Travelers Choice winner offers concierge services, delectable gourmet cuisine, exhilarating dive sites, varied activities and Fiji’s #1 spa offering you an experience that defines exclusivity. We invite you to visit us online at www.namalefiji.com or call 0800-727 3454 so that we can plan your journey to paradise.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering more than 3.1 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 34 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 21 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com,  www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com,  www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.comwww.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, June 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, July 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Guest Comments – Terry & Susan Knight

We love when our guests share their thoughts & favorite memories with us. It always brightens our day! Thank you Terry & Susan for sharing, you will forever be a part of the Namale Family!

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Susan and I would like to say thank you, but that could never be enough. Each and every staff member touched our lives in so many different ways that we would never be able to repay you for your loving kindness. Susan and I have traveled many places in the world, but none can come close to Namale. It was always so wonderful to wake up to” Bula” every morning and see each one of your happy smiles. We hope the each and every one of you remember that you are an important part of the Namle from the front desk to the restaurant and kitchen…..From the scuba center to maintenance and the individual grounds keepers….. A smile and “Bula” from the ladies at the front desk to the Bula cart drivers and administration, each of you made a significant impact on our lives while at Namale. It has been a sincere honor to have meet each and every one possible at the resort.

We wish each of you and your family members the favor of God and that he may continue to bless your lives.

Until we meet again in the future… No worries.

Terry and Susan Knight

Vacation Recap from Oprah’s Favorite Things Winners Mr. & Mrs. Ellington

In the Fall of 2012,  Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort & Spa was honored to be selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012 and amazed with the journey along with 30 military spouses who, little did they know, were selected as the recipients of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

On November 18th, Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012 aired and the 30 deserving military spouses were not only surprised with all of Oprah’s Favorite Things but also the grand finale surprise of a trip to Oprah’s Favorite…Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort and Spa!

We could not be more honored to continue celebrating these military spouses over the last year and to be able to reward them with a much deserved relaxing stay in our paradise. As each of the couple continues to make the trip to Namale, we hope to share with you their experience, including images showcasing their amazing time with us in the beautiful South Pacific.

So without further adieu, we would like to introduce Mr. & Mrs. Ellington and share with you their trip of a lifetime to Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort and Spa! We thank you both for sharing so many of your personal photos, thoughts and memories. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Magnificent! Serene! Gorgeous! These are just a few of the words that my husband Delwin and I would use to describe our experience at Namale Resort & Spa. To say our 5 night stay was relaxing and life changing, would be an understatement.

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Receiving the gift of this vacation from Oprah Winfrey and Tony Robbins, meant the world to my husband and I. As a military family, we rarely get the opportunity to go on vacation away from our children. Mainly because a lot of the time, we aren’t stationed in places close to family and friends. Ours is a lifestyle where we literally live each day as if it were our last together, so we have always loved and chosen to focus on our family time together when deciding to go on vacations. Getting a chance to spend alone time as a couple, was such a refreshing change for us and a chance we were so grateful for. So, if there’s a couple looking for the best, most romantic place to visit, you will find that and much more at Namale Resort & Spa.

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From the time we arrived on the property, we received a welcome fit for royalty. The friendly staff greeted us with a lovely welcome song and fresh squeezed mixed fruit juice (which was divine by the way). 

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We couldn’t help but to feel comfortable and at home with this marvelous group of people. We knew from the start that this vacation would be like none we’ve ever experienced before. We were given a tour of the property which led to nothing but “Ooos and Ahhhs” from Delwin and I. We couldn’t believe the amount of detail and special attention this all-inclusive resort put into each Bure, entertaining room, dining spot and the grounds itself. It felt as though we were walking around in a fairytale.

We were then taken to our room and we were in awe of how breathtakingly beautiful our bure was. We were greeted with a welcome sign spelled out in rose petals. No detail was ever overlooked. I was especially pleased with all the snacks and goodies we had in our mini bar, despite having the option to grab a snack or meal in the dining hall whenever we liked. How awesome is that!

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Namale must’ve searched out and found the best chefs, and bartenders in the world because the food was superb and the cocktails were divine! Each course and drink was meticulously prepared and presented to us. After our first meal, we were hooked and looked forward to our daily meals and drinks. For someone who LOVES to eat, it was definitely one of my favorite parts of this trip.

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If you’re looking for the most romantic ways to have a meal no matter what time of day it is, Namale has some of the most romantic and strikingly beautiful dining spots. We absolutely loved all the dining out spots but a few of them left a huge impact on us. One of our favorites was the “Namale Waterfalls.” We decided to have our lunch there one day. We were surrounded by all of God’s glory and we loved every second of it. Listening to the waterfalls and birds chirping while we ate in the middle of this gorgeous forest was incredible. Besides our meal being terrific, we were then able to take a dip in the water. I chickened out because it was too cold for me, but Delwin took full advantage of it and found the water very refreshing.

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Another dining out spot that had me hooked, was the “Blow Hole.” We had breakfast there and it was by far the best breakfast spot anyone can experience. The weather was perfect, the scenery was unbeatable and the food was outstanding. We would have loved to stay there all day. The “Lover’s Deck” also left an impression on us. We had a delectable dinner there and it was so romantic and sweet.

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The first night we retired to our room, we were pleasantly surprised that the staff had set up our beds for us and left us a personalized “Coconut telegraph” (note) of our schedule for the next day with all the options we had throughout the day in the event we wanted to make changes. We were amazed with how gracious and thorough Namale’s staff was. We were even more pleased to know that this is all part of the normal routine for Namale’s guests.

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On our third day of our trip, we were surprised with an upgrade to an ocean view room. We absolutely loved our garden bure but we were amazed by the exquisiteness of our new room. We especially loved the fact that we could fall asleep and wake up to the delightful sounds of the ocean and enjoy the amazing views of the trees and the ocean at the same time.

One of the things we loved to do each night was take a stroll around the property. We also loved to make use of the various entertainment rooms Namale had to offer. We really loved spending time in the “Kava Bowl.” This place was amazing! We had so many options to have a good time. If you didn’t feel up to bowling, you could play darts, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, pool, simulated golf, surf the net all while enjoying the goodies in the mini bar and jamming out to your own selection of music. I told Delwin that I’d like a “Kava Bowl” in our house. It was so cozy and so fun that we couldn’t help but to have a great time in there.

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Another place that was simply incredible was the “Indoor basketball court/media room.” We were able to watch a movie with views of the ocean and beautiful greenery as our backdrop. It was the perfect set up for “dinner and a movie.” We also LOVED the tranquility and peaceful ambience of Namale’s spa. We made great use of the hydrotherapy room which had remarkable ocean views.

Even though we could do as little or as much as we wanted during our stay, we decided that we would take advantage of the activities they had available. Although we didn’t do every activity, we were able to do some water activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming in the pristine waters of the Savusavu bay. Practically every activity we did was a special highlight for us but I was especially fond of the horseback riding. We were able to ride on the shores of the bay surrounding Namale and through the gorgeous paths of the property. Namale has to have the best horseback riding paths ever! It was like riding in a scene from a book or movie, the beauty of the grounds was astounding.

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Another favorite activity of ours was the village and the town tour. We’re always interested in learning about other cultures. Delwin and I were pleasantly surprised to learn that Fiji had a lot of similarities to our homeland of Jamaica. Both countries were ruled by England so we saw stores, supermarket products, schools, and even spellings that were the same or somewhat similar to those in Jamaica. Just another thing that made us feel right at home. During the village tour, we learned so much about the various villages and their customs. Their backgrounds and practices were remarkable and intriguing to us. They left us wanting to learn more.

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While we can rave about the property, food, drinks and views all day long, we can’t forget to mention the people of Namale. The staff was by far some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met. No matter where we were on the property we were always greeted with grins, smiles and lots of “Bulas.” We actually noticed this about everyone in Fiji whether we were in town, on the village tour or at Namale. I think it’s the Kava (a traditional drink in Fiji used to bring people together for storytelling and socializing). ;) It was so refreshing to experience that. There is no way possible anyone can have a bad day if you live in Fiji. I know for sure that no one who goes to Namale will ever have a bad day because the staff went above and beyond making sure every need was met and everyone was comfortable and happy.

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We grew very fond of the staff. We loved our daily trips in the Bula carts because a Fijian story or language lesson was always included and very much appreciated. We’re so honored to be able to call Namale’s staff, our friends. Our last day at Namale was very sad. We literally got to leave our mark at Namale when we were asked to write a message in a cement stone that will be placed somewhere on the property. Just another thing that will tie us to Namale forever. After completing our stone, the staff sang us the farewell song and I literally fought back tears. It was so touching and heart felt.

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While we initially went to Namale for a romantic, relaxing getaway, we got so much more than that from this trip. We learned that family, love and community seems to be the driving forces for this stunning island. We also met some amazing friends while exploring this small, but mighty island. I’m proud to say that Namale Resort & Spa has a special place in our hearts. We miss it dearly and will visit again in the future.

Words can’t begin to express the gratitude we have for Oprah and Tony Robbins for this incredible opportunity. If it weren’t for Tony’s generosity in opening up his slice of heaven to us and for Oprah’s unbelievably huge heart and compassionate soul, we probably would’ve never gotten the chance to experience the true bliss we experienced at Namale. 

Personality Quiz – What’s Your Wedding Theme?

  1. Pick your favorite childhood movie.





  2. On a lazy afternoon, what activity would you and your partner like to do most?





  3. Who is your favorite Disney princess?





  4. What would you be most comfortable wearing?





  5. How would you describe your decorating style?





  6. What is your ideal wedding reception location?





  7. What is the trait you admire most about your fiancé?





  8. What do you consider the most important part of your wedding?





  9. What do you want for your wedding?





Personality Quiz – What Wedding Destination Best Fits Your Personality?

  1. What best describes your proposal?





  2. What's your ideal date?





  3. Pick a wedding song.





  4. Movie date night. Which one would you want to watch?





  5. Which one of these houses do you want to share with the love of your life?





  6. Pick the one trait that you love most about your intended.





  7. You’ve just picked out your dress for the wedding. It’s:





  8. Your wedding favors will likely be:





  9. Your ideal wedding menu will include:





Personality Quiz – What’s Your Love Language?

  1. What would improve your mood most on a bad day at work?





  2. How would you like to be greeted by your significant after having been apart for a while?





  3. You have a big interview coming up. How can your partner most inspire you to do well?





  4. What is something that you wish your partner would do more often?





  5. You and your partner are going to have a romantic night alone. What will be the best part of the evening?





  6. Which of the following would annoy you most if your partner did it?





  7. Little things can make the difference in a relationship. What is an everyday little thing that your partner does that you love the most?





  8. Which of these things do you love the most about your partner?





  9. What would be your ideal date?





NAMALE RESORT & SPA EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

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Honored as a Top Performing All-Inclusive Luxury Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

SAN DIEGO, CA USA – 30, May 2013 – Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort & Spa today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About Namale – Fiji’s #1 Resort & Spa
Namale is the getaway for romance, relaxation, pampering and a spiritual renewal. Located on the edge of the Koro Sea in Savusavu, Fiji, the award-winning, all-inclusive, five-star resort and spa is recognized as a 2012 Travelers Choice winner and a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner. The 525 acre resort and spa boasts 19 unique villas and bures, a generous list of all inclusive activities and a world-class spa, recently recognized as a 2012 Spa Finder Readers Choice, Country Winner.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 20 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, March 2013
©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

Oprah’s Favorite Things Winners, Mr. & Mrs. Sims, Escape to Paradise

This past Fall,  Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort & Spa was honored by being selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012. With this we became involved in an amazing journey along with 30 military spouses who, little did they know, were selected as the recipients of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

On November 18th, Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012 aired and the 30 deserving military spouses were not only surprised with all of Oprah’s Favorite Things but also the grand finale surprise of a trip to Oprah’s Favorite…Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort and Spa!

We could not be more honored to celebrate these military spouses and reward them with a much deserved relaxing stay in our paradise. As each of the couples makes the trip to Namale, we plan to share with you their experience, including images showcasing their amazing time with us in the beautiful South Pacific.

So without further adieu, we would like to introduce Mr. & Mrs. Sims and share with you their trip of a lifetime to Namale, Fiji’s #1 Resort and Spa!

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We were so excited after receiving this coveted gift from Oprah Winfrey on her Military Spouse Edition Favorite Things Show. I wanted to be sure I did not waste one moment of this trip so we went to the Namale website to plan out a schedule of all of the things we wanted to do. However, we soon learned the uniqueness of the resort creates the impression of your own private play ground where days are not planned and time is obsolete.  Upon arrival at the airport in Savusavu, we were greeted by a driver waiting to whisk us away to paradise. The scenic drive to the resort and the song filled welcome from the staff gave us a feeling of peace and tranquility.  

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Although it rained a little on the first night, we were thoroughly impressed by the romantic accommodations.  Chilled champagne and netting atop the bed reminded us of the exclusiveness of the location nestled in the midst of a rain forest.  We absolutely loved the beauty of the garden villa.  On the second day, we were relocated to an exquisite villa overlooking the ocean; filled with every amenity you could imagine such as a private pool and spa which we were more than happy to use daily.  My husband continues to rave about the sheer deliciousness of the food and of course how impressed he was with the customer service.  My favorite part of the trip was the opportunity to do as little or as much as you wanted.

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In the midst of a soothing vacation, Namale provided the opportunity to experience local entertainment on site as well as a guided adventure to the local villages.  We were both amazed by the views as went horseback riding through the coconut plantation.  Our stopover at the spa was absolutely incredible and relaxing; the waterfall massage is one of the most natural and rewarding parts of the experience.  I really loved how the resort infused recycling and natural surroundings into a five star experience.

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Our memories of the kind gentle people of Namale Fiji and the unbelievable serenity will be with us for a life time.

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Thank you so much for providing an unforgettable holiday!

Deborah & Jonathan

 

Namale Resort & Spa Ultimate Love Story Contest Winner Announced

In celebration of Valentine’s Day this year we decided that Namale Resort & Spa would host an Ultimate Love Story Contest and we could not have been more thrilled with the response and positive feedback! At the close of the love story entry period we received over 100 love story submissions from across the nation, each with their own unique & beautiful story.

Our panel of judges reviewed each story, judging them on creativity, originality, romance & emotion to narrow down the entries to the Top 15 love stories. These top 15 stories were then posted for the public to vote on, and after thousands of votes were casted we are excited to announce the winner of the Ultimate Love Story Contest…

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Congratulations to Aaron and Mindy Evans , pictured here with their beautiful family, who submitted their love story which was creative, fun, unique & most of all…romantic!

 

 

 

Roses are red

Violet are blue
Here’s a love story
I’ll tell it to you

It all began
As a simple Blind Date
Who would have guessed?
It must have been fate!

He was so handsome!
She, a bit shy
He swept her right off her feet
What a guy!

In not time at all
They were engaged right away
Then came the wedding
What a beautiful day!

Life was perfect it seemed
They were newlywed’s soon
But with college and bills
There was no honeymoon.

“We will go on one next year’
They said with a tease
But life can get busy
If you know what I mean!

One year turned to two
Then came a sweet little son.
“When he’s a bit older
We’ll go somewhere fun!”

Well, you know what came next?
A wonderful brother!
Then a sister so sweet
Then a boy, YES ANOTHER!

Wow! Life couldn’t get
Much better than this
Four beautiful children
To hug and to kiss!

And just when we thought
Life would start to slow down
Heaven sent us one more
Little girl to have around!

And so, here we are
Almost 20 years later
With 5 beautiful children
Life couldn’t be greater!

He still rocks her world
After all of these years
Through the good and the sad
Through the laughter and tears

But it sure would be nice
Even later than sooner
To finally be……
A real “Honeymooner”!

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