Meals and Food
Enjoy Fijian Food.
At Namosi Eco Retreat the menu is all Fijian food (traditional and modern favourites). For example, breakfast may be coconut lolo, babakau and draunimoli tea while dinner may include root crops, rou rou balls and vakalolo.
Your booking is inclusive of all meals.
Food is inclusive in the price of your Bure booking (inclusive of meals, accommodation and activities).
The meal package includes tea in the morning and afternoon, breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning and afternoon tea.
The meals we provide are mainly vegetarian and are made from locally grown produce from the Retreat's farm.
What may be on the menu?
Breakfast may be lolo bun (freshly baked bun soaked with coconut milk), pancakes, babakau and parile, with boiled eggs and fruit of the day or scones and pudding. Draunimoli tea (lemon tea) is always served at breakfast and throughout the day.
Lunch may include local vegetables, spinach, salads and root crops, rou rou balls and vakalolo. Dinner may then be a mix of traditional and modern, with vegetables in the mix with curries, stew or soup and roti or stir fry (both extremely popular at modern-day Fijian dinner tables) coupled with cassava (boiled and/or fried cassava chips), taro or rice, eggplant (eggplant with light tempura batter topped with fresh coconut milk and sautéed onions), or local vegetable soup! You can let us know as well if you’re vegetarian or a meat lover.
For large groups, we plan a complimentary Itinerary including Meal Planner in collaboration with our guests before their arrival, to ensure everything they require is ready for their stay.
Please note, we provide Draunimoli pure lemon tea, using leaves freshly picked that morning (we do not provide coffee, tea bags, butter or jam, so please BYO if you want).
Vegans love Namosi Eco Retreat – many traditional Fijian foods are meat and dairy free.
Menu adjustments can be easily made for vegetarians, vegan, people with gluten and other allergies – we can even adjust meals for fussy eaters! Just let us know in advance of any dietary requirements or meal amendment requests (e.g. some parents ask that we include rice and other simple foods for children).
Did you know?
Agritourism is a largely untapped, significant business opportunity for Fiji Tourism that is a key focus of the guest's experience at the new Namosi Eco Retreat. Food is the number one consideration when choosing a holiday destination for four in every ten travellers in Asia-Pacific, with only five percent of tourists saying food is not important, according to a 2014 Hilton  survey. "A top highlight for our guests is having the opportuntiy to eat authentic Fijian food - modern and traditional," said Namosi Eco Retreat ownder, Daniel Jason. "We use as many local foods as possible, and encourage local farmers to grow more of what we need - we're working together to maximise the farming benefits to the local community and at the same time give our guests the local food that they want to eat." Up to 80 percent of food required by the Fiji Tourism Sector is imported, partly because hotels and airlines need reliable supplies of good quality products that can be difficult for many Fijian small-holder farmers to deliver on a daily basis, according to insights from the 2015 Pacific Community Agritourism Week.
To address issues such as reliability and quality the Namosi Eco Retreat, along with a growing number of Pacific Tourist Destinations, is working directly with their local Community to directly purchase crops and to encourage planting of more variets needed for the Retreat's Authentic Fijian Menu. "There is an opportuntiy for farmers to capitalise more on the local tourism industry and, in turn, for more tourism players to put Fijian foods at the top of the Menu - to promote our amazing Fijian Cuisine, whether it's authentic Fijian meals or a contemporary fusion of modern and traditional Fijian foods." "All travellers eat and drink, and food from refreshments can give tourists a more memorable experience nad longer lasting memories than any other kind of tourism experience," Mr. Jason said.  A survey of leisure travellers in the Asia Pacific by Hilton Worldwide in 2014 found that over a third (36 percent) voted food and drink as the critical determining factor in their choice of destination. Only 5 percent of respondents said that food was not a consideration. Respondents from 9 countried in the Asia-Pacific Region: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore And Thailand.