Fiji Day 6: Happy Easter from Namale as we celebrated our last morning in paradise

Hi Love Bugs!

The Namale life is still as fresh in our minds as the daily mojitos we enjoyed in SavuSavu during our time there. We can still smell the fresh mint, and taste the refreshing lime as we reminisce on our islandy days in this sunny wonderland. We dream of operating on Namale time, and crave our 3:00pm afternoon nap in the hammock overlooking the ocean. I can feel my eyes slowly closing just thinking about the sound of the waves smashing into the sand. We were so blessed to rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection in true paradise. We enjoyed Easter morning by starting the day with room service. The Namale staff took our breakfast orders, as well as the entire resorts, the night before at dinner. They brought room service to each bure. We were delivered fresh breads in a beautiful hand woven palm frond basket.

Sean and I relaxed in the sun, went paddle boarding, and said goodbye to our favorite parts of the resort! We had such a blast paddle boarding. We laughed the entire time because we kept falling…we don’t know if it was the pitcher of mojitos we drank before or the waves crashing into the boards. All we know is that in the midst of laughing our butts off, we were stranded in the middle of the lagoon for 2 hours laughing hysterically. The hotel staff even took it upon themselves to take the boat out to check on us not only once but twice to see if we wanted a lift back to the resort. I will never forget that Easter morning of laughter. I wish I could go back. The Namale team does an excellent job of making you feel like a true part of their family. Upon leaving, they have you sign a cement brick, and they place the dried bricks around the entire resort enticing you to come back and find it.  We were so sad to leave as they loaded our suitcases into the van and sang us traditional Fijian goodbye song.

Happy Easter! We love our Handmade Palm Frond basket.
Happy Easter! We love our Handmade Palm Frond basket.
Happy Easter! He has risen!
Happy Easter! He has risen!

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Fiji Day 4: Celebrating our 3 year anniversary with Waterfalls, Massages, and Beachy Deliciousness

Hi Love Bugs,

As a quick update, Sean and I are safely back in Florida. We arrived yesterday around 11:00am EST. It was a very long journey with multiple strenuous layovers, but it was all worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Sean and I could not have asked for a better way to end our journey through the South Pacific, than shutting down our vacation in Fiji. In this post, you will see how we spent our fourth day. Although a month early, we celebrated our 3-year anniversary together, and what better way to celebrate it than in paradise! For those of you who do not know Sean and I personally, we do not have a “typical anniversary date.” We met in May of 2011 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina while interning for University Directories. We shortly began hanging out/dating, and the rest was history! Hence, we do not have an actual date as it all just kind of happened

We started off our 4th day in paradise with breakfast in bed, and we then made our way over to the spa where we were given a 105 minute heavenly couples massage while listening to the waves crash against the rocks. After hanging out at the spa, we made our way to a beautiful waterfall, and had a very nice picnic lunch. That night, the Namale staff created a wonderful dinner for Sean and I to enjoy on our own private stretch of the beach. The stars in Fiji are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. You can see each and every little twinkle including the Milky Way! It was unbelievable. I tried to catch it on my camera, but I had some technical difficulties. After our romantic dinner, we went to the Kava Bowl, Namale’s entertainment center. Sean and I have a friendly competitive nature, and I am proud to say I beat him in Air Hockey best 2 out of 3. I guess I cant fail to mention that he beat me in bowling. We had an absolute blast, and even ordered a pitcher of mojitos (our favorite) & chips and salsa late into the night. We also began watching Anchorman 2 in their movie room, but fell asleep. Overall we had an absolutely fantastic day!

We enjoyed amazing breakfast in bed!
Champagne breakfast in bed! Take me back!
Enjoy a close up
Enjoy a close up of our yummy breakfast! We were spoiled by the Namale staff!

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Fiji Day 2: Drinks, Sunshine, Snorkeling, Polynesian Dancers, and Bula Bliss

Hi Love Bugs,

Today was wonderful. I swear I think this place is magical or something. The staff at Namale bends over backwards to make you feel special. The hotel can hold up to 44 people, and has about 105 staff members. They do this purposely to make sure each person has more than enough attention. To top that off, they purposely only book half occupancy so everyone feels more than accommodated for! Sean and I rarely bump into other couples! We went snorkeling with another couple, and the dive staff took us to the most beautiful reef! It definitely gave the Great Barrier Reef a run for its money! We saw vibrant colored coral, a shark, and a turtle. The food here is to die for. The chefs and pastry chefs really know what they are doing. You can order anything you’d like at any time of the day as many times as you’d like, regardless if it is on the menu. Sean and I woke up and had the most delicious oceanfront breakfast. We then relaxed all day! It was heavenly. Namale allows you to eat wherever you want on property. There are several private dine out locations that we have been taking advantage of. We had them set us up with a beautiful private happy hour to watch the sunset, in which they served us cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, and mojitos before dinner. We ended the night watching the Miller Dance Company, a Polynesian children’s dance company. They were sooo cute, and really good!

Breakfast by the water is the only way to have breakfast! We had a great breeze, and the water was beautiful, what more could you ask for?
Breakfast by the water is the only way to have breakfast! We had a great breeze, and the water was beautiful, what more could you ask for?

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Fiji Day 1: BULA! We have made it to paradise!

Hi Love Bugs,

I am watching the sunrise over the water as I type this. Our trip to SavuSavu, Fiji was quite the adventure. Our initial flight leaving Sydney was delayed 2 hours leaving us praying we wouldn’t miss our connection in Nadi. Fijians are so unbelievably nice and helpful. If it weren’t for the gracious staff at the Nadi airport, we would have missed the last flight. They held the plane for us and a family of 3 for 45 minutes! Can you believe that? That would never happen in the US. After we got to Nadi, we figured out exactly WHY they waited….it is quite funny because we made up nearly half the plane (Scroll down to see pictures). The flight from Nadi to SavuSavu was absolutely beautiful–the mountains, the reefs, the vibrant colors of the ocean. It was picturesque to say the least. Once we arrived to Namale, we truly found our hidden paradise. The resort is amazing, and the people are even more wonderful. We settled into our “burre,” tried Kava, and had a delicious dinner! This place is truly great.

Some pictures of our flight into SavuSavu (the reefs from above were just unbelievably gorgeous):

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