Qamea Resort & Spa
- Style Trad-rustic beach retreat
- Setting Jungle-lush Qamea Island
With blissful beaches and private huts that are thatched-roof throwbacks, Fiji’s Qamea Resort & Spa hotel looks like it’s all about a Robinson Crusoe return-to-nature escape. But a treetop spa, lagoon-like pool, and loads of luxurious amenities will captivate even the chicest of castaways.
Need to know
- Rooms 17, including the two-bedroom Royal Beach House.
- Rates Double rooms from $550.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates cover Continental breakfast, use of a 12-foot Calypso catamaran, snorkel gear and thrice-weekly guided snorkelling trips, non-motorised watersports and village visits.
- Facilities Jungle Spa, dive shop, watersports, gym, volleyball court, giant outdoor chess set, library, boutique, guest computer, WiFi throughout (FJ$30 a day, or FJ$150 a week, with data limits), gardens. In rooms: minibar, local toiletries, beach bag. Flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player with CDs and DVDs in select upper-tier rooms. Honeymoon Bures and Royal Beach Houses sport outdoor heated plunge pools with decks.
- Poolside Qamea's compact but curvy oval outdoor pool looks like a small lagoon, with a lounger-dotted circular deck beside it for kicking back with a pageturner. The knock-out, white-sand beach and seductive turquoise waves are so tempting though, it's hard for the pool to compete.
- Check–out 10am; check-in, 1pm, but both are flexible subject to availability.
Children Children are only welcome aged 15 or over, as Qamea is more of a romantic couples' escape.
- Eco‐friendly To save on wasteful plastic bottles, all guests are given their own recyclable sports bottle which can be filled up with pure Qamea mountain spring water at the bar. Fruits and vegetables served in the restaurant are mainly organic, with lots of produce grown in the hotel garden, and all seafood caught locally by Qamea's two fishermen. Beef and poultry hails from nearby Australia or New Zealand.
- Also A minimum three-night stay applies. Smoking is allowed outdoors only; pets are not permitted.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For the best access to those wow-worthy waves, we rate the simple yet modern Beachfront Bures, inspired by thatched Fijian village houses, which feature a net-draped doublebed on a platform overlooking the lounge, an outdoor shower and a pair of sunloungers on the front lawn. Just-married duos should bag one of the Honeymoon Bures, perched together at the end of the resort for more privacy. As well as a dining deck out with sea views, they boast a slick dressing area, bigger bathrooms and a jungle-flanked Jacuzzi. If you're travelling with pals, the two-bedroom Royal Beach House has a plunge pool and bigger deck, but its decor is not so quaint.
- Packing tips Rooms come with a beach bag you can keep, two beach towels and portable water bottles, so no need to bring your own. Mosquito repellant is always a good look in Fiji, and a torch may come in handy for spotting the cheeky toads and crabs that flock the tropical grounds at night. Qamea is nothing if not natural!
- Also To scuba dive or to dive into the spa? Dilemmas, dilemmas... PADI-qualified instructors at the dive bure can whisk you out to world-famous sites offshore for serious soft-coral sightings, or you can snorkel right off the beach. Qamea's rustic Jungle Spa roosts at canopy-level amid towering, old-growth trees. Enjoy a free foot bath before your treatment and a soothing lemon tea after. Locally inspired therapies draw on Fijian cane sugar, drift nut oils, coconuts, hibiscus flowers and seashells – and listen out for tropical rainforest sounds mid-massage.
Food and drink at Qamea Resort & Spa
- Hotel restaurant Listen up for the lali, the Fijian drum that heralds your three-course lunch or dinner at Qamea (luckily, there's no drum beat at breakfast, to allow you to snooze in peace). All meals are served in the large, circular Bure Kalau, a dark-wood, traditional space hung with tribal artifacts. South Pacific Rim-style meals tend to be fairly light, healthy and organic, in keeping with the tropical setting, with local fish and seafood making regular cameo appearances. Think vanilla-poached fish on a coconut and lime salad, or lobster coooked in banana leaves. Buy one of the hotel's dining plans or just go à la carte.
- Dress code Casually tropical. Locals aren't shy about donning vibrant florals, and that's just the guys. A frangipani tucked behind the ear won't go amiss (wear it on the right to show you're taken, the left if you're looking!).
- Top table Snaffle one of the airy, lighter tables for two at the sea-view front of the dining space, or request private dining on your bure deck or by the beach. Light those candles...
- Last orders Dinner is dished up at 7.45pm. The bar bubbles along until 10pm, or whenever the last guest stumbles back to their bure.
- Room service Despite the drum-beat meal deadlines, you can choose to eat at any time, so just keep the staff posted. Drinks or snacks can be brought to you by the beach, the pool or in your bure, so just ask.
- Hotel bar Occupying one half of the dining bure, the hotel bar is a sultry, high-roofed space, with trad Fijian styling and a flock of comfy couches and coffeetables for sociable lolling. Free hors d'oeuvres are served with your pre-dinner drinks each evening, and Qamea's Band Boys play every night, except Sundays, when a gratis weekly wine tasting is hosted here. Rush hour, if you can all it that on Fiji Time, is from 5pm until about 7.30pm, when the urge to down cocktails grips even the most sunlounger-inclined. The flamboyant waiters are fab, but they're outshone by Virgile, the life-size, loin-cloth clad tribal figurine greeting guests at the door. And yes, he is pleased to see you...