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Exclusive Hideaways: Bure-d Treasure

Jordan Morris

There are no roads, cars, or airports on Qamea. The island—the 12th largest in the heavily trafficked Fiji archipelago—comprises just a handful of rustic villages. Anchored along the northern perimeter of the 330-island nation—and accessible only by boat—it is void of solicitors, day-trippers, and, with one exception, resorts. 

The Qamea Resort and Spa, the only lodging option on the island, is a casual South Pacific retreat set on a mile-long white-sand beach. The resort accommodates just 24 guests in 12 traditional bures, thatched-roof bungalows with covered verandas, mahogany hardwood floors, and, in a slight departure from the authentic, European-style bathrooms with river rock, open-air showers.

The staff at Qamea, hailing from three local villages, assists guests in selecting from the array of activities—from hiking and scuba diving to spa treatments at the jungle-enshrouded pool. And the lack of commercial influence on the island does not preclude a fulfilling nightlife. Extended, multicourse dinners precede the Meke at the Bure Kalau, a seminightly showcase of Fijian dancing and song.

Qamea’s ceremonies and staff impart a true taste of Fiji’s culture and welcoming spirit. The final dose of island hospitality, however, is bittersweet: As departing guests board the boat for the Taveuni airport, the resort staff serenades with the Fijian farewell song, “Isa Lei.” 

Qamea Resort and Spa

Location
Situated along a mile-long beach on the northern Fijian island of Qamea. 

Accommodations
12 luxury bures (traditional Fijian bungalows).

Recreation
Guided hikes and bird-watching, sea kayaking, hand-line fishing, snorkeling through coral reefs, Lairo crab hunting, and visits to surrounding villages.  

Dining
Traditional Fijian island cuisine, including seafood dishes unique to Qamea, complete with a wide selection of wines and generous servings of kava. 

Worthy Diversion
The Qamea Resort has its own dive team, which offers complete instruction minutes away from the resort grounds. More experienced divers can spend a day on the neighboring island of Taveuni to explore the world-famous Somosomo Strait.

Rates
From $590.

Contact
866.867.2632
www.qamea.com

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