Fiji: Jess Berlin’s Qamea
In Jess Berlin’s final installment on our Fiji series, she uncovers the beautiful place called Qamea. This is the island that conjures up lush and exotic island fantasies, miles of pristine beaches, and a resort called Qamea Island Resort. Jess breaks down her favorites for us. Here’s what she had to say about this jewel in the northern islands of Fiji.
The food at Qamea is outstanding, particularly the seafood dishes. I enjoyed every meal and found the menu choices to be interesting and refined. The presentation is beautiful. Guests feel like they are eating at a five-star restaurant for every meal. Some of my favorite dishes included epicurean delights such as the Mud Crab Raviolis for dinner and the Salmon Bruschetta offered at breakfast.
While you do have pay for excursions and diving at Qamea, there are several activities on the resort grounds. I enjoyed the life-size chess set, kayaking, the Kokoda cooking demonstration. Also offered is the weekly wine tasting session with choices from around the world to satiate every palate.
The Bouma Waterfall
The Bouma Waterfall trip ($85 FJ per person) is a huge highlight on the island. It’s a short trip to the first beautiful fall followed by a 40 minute hike up the mountain to the second of the two falls. Seeing the waterfall is well worth the trip. Adventurers can also climb the nearby rocks and swim underneath the spectacular waterfall.
The Jungle Spa at Qamea
The Jungle Spa is literally in the jungle – it’s a beautiful setting amongst the trees. Massages are wonderful and guests are pampered from the moment they arrive. Don’t miss the 60 or 90 minute Qamea Spa Signature Massage giving extra attention to tense neck, back and shoulders.
Just a head’s up! The spa is popular amoung guests and books up fast. On your first day, make sure you book your so make appointment to ensure that little slice of heaven!
The Meke Show
A meke is a traditional Fijian dance. The local village comes to the Qamea Resort some evenings and performs a wonderful meke show. Don’t be shy, this is when guests get to show off their moves and are invited to dance along for the show. The Meke is a fun entertainment option and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Fiji.
Qamea had my favorite beach. Their pristine white sand beach stretches the entire length of the resort. It’s a great place to spend the day just relaxing. My last night, the resort set up a private dinner table for me and my travel partner right on the beach. We enjoyed dinner under the stars while serenaded by their house musicians. A perfect way to end an amazing trip.
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While all three of the resorts –Namale, Matangi and Qamea were very different and unique, the one thing they each had in common was the people. From the first day of one’s trip to Fiji, guests will feel as though the members of the staff are friends.
Each of my stays were so personable because of the staff. They make it a point to know each guests name and are always warm and welcoming.
And… everything is done with a smile and a “bula”.
How to get to Fiji:
Air Pacific offers non-stop flights from LAX to Nadi, Fiji.
To Namale: From Nadi you can fly to Savusavu on Pacific Sun
To Matangi: From Taveuni Airport it’s a short drive to the dock and then a 20 minute boat ride
To Qamea: From Taveuni Airport it’s a short drive to the dock and a 10 minute boat ride.
While tipping is not encouraged in Fiji, most resorts have a Christmas Fund you can contribute to that is divided up amongst all staff at the end of the year.
For more information on Fiji visit: http://fijime.com