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Meet Joni, one of our travel experts for Fiji.
Born in the Southwest, raised in the Northwest, I have called the South Pacific home for nearly 25 years. I founded J2 Travels in the late 1990s to share our knowledge with other like minded travelers – remembering always, that the joy is in the journey. I currently live on Maui, I'm endorsed by IATA, and am a member of the Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand Tourism Boards.
Testimonials from Joni's clients:
"I want to say a big THANK YOU!! We had the most amazing time on our trip. Everything was wonderful. We absolutely loved Queenstown. We took the bus out to Milford Sound and then took a helicopter back as you suggested. It was raining the whole way out there but then the rain disappeared so we saw so many waterfalls it was breathtaking! We also went horseback riding in Glenorchy (well, I did – Pete got sick!) and that was amazing. The drive out there was beautiful and the ride itself was really fun. We tried to go skydiving but unfortunately it cancelled twice because of the winds. We also went jetboating,and spent a lot of time in the restaurants and bars in town. We then spent a few hours in Nelson and went out to Bleinhem for a day and did some wine-tasting, which was a lot of fun. When we were in Motueka we spent sometime relaxing and then did an 8 hour kayak/hike through Abel Tasman, which was truly amazing…and tiring! We spent a lot of our time in Rotorua just hanging out at the hotel and relaxing because it was just so beautiful, but we did go to hell’s gate which was really neat. In Auckland we spent a day walking around and then played golf one day. We also went to dinner at the Mudbrick restaurant in Waiheke which was great.
And on to Fiji...it was amazing! We loved Tokoriki. It was a beautiful spot and the Fijian people that worked there were so warm and friendly. The honeymoon bure that we stayed in was absolutely amazing, and we spent a lot of time just hanging out in our plunge pool. We also went snorkeling a few times, which was great. The food was also really good. As for the seaweed, there was definitely a fair bit of seaweed around and a slight smell of it, but it really wasn’t a big problem. After the first day we didn’t even think about it. I would definitely recommend Tokoriki to others, and would love to go back someday.
Thank you again for all of your help. We will definitely let our friends and family know how great you were when they head off to NZ / Fiji!
- Megan & Pete
"We had a fantastic time in Fiji. Qamea was particularly wonderful-rustic, authentic, beautiful, and communal. Staff members were incredibly friendly and always very accommodating. Namale was spectacular and definitely more upscale. Our bure was so elegant and we had a private deck overlooking the ocean that was phenomenal. We appreciated the remoteness and feel of Qamea over Namale, however, so we were delighted to have been there longer. I would certainly recommend Qamea to anyone traveling to that area of the world.
Thanks again for arranging this remarkable trip. It was incredibly unique and one we will remember always. We're both grateful to you.
- Naomi & Matt
"The Four Seasons Maui and your recommendations for the other island resorts we visited were wonderful. The Four Seasons Maui is impeccable, as we also enjoyed the Halekulani on Oahu and the Hyatt at Poipu on Kauai.
Thank you so much for your attention to detail, your availability every step of the way planning our honeymoon and assisting our guests. Your surprise gifts to us and our guests were extra special touches, and I can't rave enough about you. Even through the most stressful times I endured, you always kept your calm and made sure we were taken care of. You went above and beyond for us, going to the Four Seasons to take pictures of the construction before we got there for the wedding so we would be prepared, calling around to local stores to help me find items for gift baskets, giving us the scoop on where to shop, eat, etc.-all in such great detail as well!
You really are a true, experienced travel agent that doesn't just book trips, but travels to and knows the areas and resorts in which you book your clients and you become a trusted friend. It is with the utmost gratitude we write this in appreciation for everything you did to help make our honeymoon dreams come true for us and our guests.
- Michelle & Scott
"We are now home and slowly acclimating to reality. We had the most fabulous time on our holiday and want to thank you for seeing to it that every little detail was well planned, organized, and executed. We feel you really listened to our desires and planned "THE PERFECT" holiday...thank you so very much. We will definitely call you again and have recommended you to several of our friends. It is obvious that you really know both New Zealand and Fiji as I'm sure you know the other locations you book for your clients, I especially liked how you found locations that were less "touristy" and more reflective of the countries we were visiting...just as I requested. Thank you!"
- Randy and Teresa
"Kurstan and I had the most amazing time on our trip to Maui. The wedding went off without a hitch, even though when we arrived at the house that we rented for the occasion there were hurricane strength winds. They died down in just enough time to get the flower circle in a perfect place overlooking the ocean and everything went according to plan. The ceremony was thoughtful and such a happy time for us as well as Kurstan's mom and Jack who seemed pleased with the arrangements as well.
As for the honeymoon, that was a vacation of a lifetime. I have never been as happy as I was on this trip. The hotel was lovely and the service was fantastic. Our room was more spacious than I imagined and the view was breathtaking. The hotel itself was beautiful from the lounges to the restaurants to the pool area to the beach. The beach was the best that we saw on the island.
Also, Joni, you were so helpful in getting everything arranged with us and Kurstan's mom. It was difficult for us not having ever been to Maui figuring out where to stay and what to do, but you were more than helpful in making this a trip that will be remembered throughout our lives. What a way to start a marriage!
And, thank you for the champagne you sent to our room upon our arrival. It was such a great way to start our trip.
Thank you so much for everything, and we'll definitely contact you for any help we need with travel in the future.
- Heather & Kurstan
"Lisa and I had a magical experience at Qamea and everything was wonderful! You prepared us perfectly and all the details were worry free. We had a beautiful sunny day outdoor wedding in Michigan and then whisked away to paradise.
Thank you does not fully communicate our appreciation and we will be sending you referrals at every opportunity. We will be in touch soon and again, sincere thanks and warm regards!
- Scott & Lisa
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Perched majestically on volcanic uplifts with breathtaking views of the Koro Sea; the jewel that is Namale, is Fiji's only luxury boutique 5 star resort offering fully all inclusive rates with no limitations on food and beverage.
For the more discerning guests that appreciates understated luxury and demands this while on holiday, Namale offers 19 well appointed and luxuriously furnished bures and villas spread out over 525 acres of virgin rainforests, a golf course, a private waterfall and so much more.
The #1 spa in Fiji and the South Pacific can also be found at Namale. Offering many points of differences over other 5 star resorts in Fiji and the South Pacific, Namale is more than just a journey to Paradise, It's an experience in itself that you least expect yet will never forget.
Namale Resort & Spa was created with your desires in mind. Your desire for seclusion, for splendor, for authenticity, for an out-of-this-world experience tailored to your every whim.
We like to think of our emerald haven as the escape from the everyday escape. Here, the all-inclusive experience is elevated to a luxurious, highly individualized art form. Our staff of 140 (about three staffers for every one guest) ensures your experience is a seamless one, from the private three-course lunches and five-course dinners—taken anywhere you like, on your sundeck, on the beach, inside a cave—to the gorgeous appointments of your very own Fijian bure or villa overlooking the Koro Sea.
Don't settle for anywhere short of unforgettable. When you join us inside this hidden world of bliss and adventure, your everyday concerns are traded for lasting rejuvenation. A trip to Namale will live with you forever.
Travel Agent Reviews
||June 26, 2014 10:43AM
Recommended for: Honeymoons, Anniversary Celebrations & Romantic Getaways
Pros: From the moment you arrive, the festivities begin with a warm and welcome song by a half dozen of the staff enthusiastically greeting you.
While checking in at their open air lobby with fruit drinks and cool towels the Manager reviews any requests, special needs, celebrations while with them for the week.
You are then whisked away to your bure in one of the golf carts where a bottle of champagne on ice is awaiting you. The friendly Fijian driver will point out the Kava Bowl consisting of a bowling alley, bar, game room, virtual golf simulator.
He will direct you to the Marine Center if you are interested in scuba, snorkeling, stand up paddle boards, fishing just to name a few activities. Of course the horses are nearby if you'd like to organize a horse ride along the beach.
While at Namale the guests feel embraced and cared for yet left alone to discover all of amenities and activities Namale has to offer.
Every meal is a celebration of gourmet delights. There are several selections from which to choose which change on a daily basis. Plan on enjoying a 3 course lunch and 5 course dinner. You also have the option to dine in your bure, at a nearby waterfall, or in a cave just to name a few ideas. Most guests gather around 6pm in the main bure for cocktails and to mingle with other travelers from around the world. Dinner begins at 7pm.
At least 1 visit to the award winning Namale Spa is not to be missed. Scheduling a massage is not your ordinary activity where you walk into a room and someone rubs you for an hour. It begins with several oceanfront soaking tubs filled with lavender, mint, all sorts of tropical herbal combinations to relax you. While laying in your tub of lavender and mint, enjoy a tropical drink and perhaps a snack of prawns and chips. There is also a waterfall massage area, sauna, ice pool and soaking tub. The spa is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean below.
Cons: There are very few negative factors to list about Namale Resort. I suppose if your dream is to have a huge white sand beach where you can walk for miles, Namale does not have it. Their beaches are smaller, more coral and rocks but that also means incredible sea life for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Travel in Feb and March will be very hot and humid so you may want to avoid those months although Namale does offer air conditioning and plenty of indoor activities like their bowling alley, simulated golf center (with bar) and largest spa in Fiji.
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