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Reviewed 15 November 2009

we stayed at this hotel in july 2009 we found the hosts to be excellent and on a number of occasions they dropped us into town and would pick us up whenever we wanted. not always on time but they did the best they could even took my husband out fishing and didnt charge. there is nothing to do at resort except relax and read. they took us to beach one day but not much of a beach. when we were there was when the king of tonga died
so everything was closed for quite a long time. we did go for some nice walks around the area and met some of the locals children alike. iff you like eggs are very hard to get as only so many chickens be careful where you buy. them. didnt buy meat .iff looking for
souvenirs no souvenirs as such did manage to find a souvenir beach towel eventually. we
ate out thre eor 4 times at night and the food was always excellent. one place we dined at
the bar staff gave us a hug when we left which was a nice touch.there are no buses on sundays as this is holy day. we took a lot of food over with us as we stayed for 10days
and only ate meat or chicken when out. was our wedding anniversary went to restaurant
said crayfish was on menu we were going to dine somewhere else as didnt have any so they somehow managed to get me one from somewhere and it was superb. restaurant had only opened that day. we were waiting at bus stop one day about 5 when were told buses dont go to village where youre staying after 5.we had some pretty amazing experiences in tonga but found the people to be the most amazing and helpful people weve had the pleasure of meeting. we are a couple in our 50s and can stay at 5 star or the most basic. must be same hosts as had the dogs barking lots when we were there. we were invited to one of the locals daughters graduation which was heldat resort. so i cant speak highly enough of the resort hosts. yes its like the previous people said. we took pastas rices noodles bbeans spaghetti. about 20 mins to town.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Thank maggie00Goldcoast
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Reviewed 5 January 2008

My husband, adult daughter and I have just returned to Australia after spending 2 weeks at Matangi Male. This "resort" is located approx. 20 mins by car from Nuku'alofa on very rough and busy roads. We found a car essential for this area as it is remote and located within a very simple village.
We had expected basic accommodation but we did not expect that we would need to provide basic provisions including washing up liquid, drinking water, tea, coffee and milk. Some things we also found was the tap water was unreliable as the 'town' water is only available between 7.30 am - 7.30pm with a pump providing back-up when someone remembered to turn it on. No cleaning products were available - including a broom.
We became very blase about dead cockroaches, roosters crowing at all hours and cat and dog fights. The geckoes were noisy but very friendly!
The room service did not include changing sheets - BUT we did get new towels every 3 days.
As we stayed over Christmas/new year we were entertained each night by fire works - some at very close range and on New Year's Eve they started at around 1am.
Our stay would have been better if we had been properly informed about a party which was held on our last night - it was extremely loud - it felt as if the lead vocalist was in our bedroom- and finished after the 3rd power failure at 1:30am.
Would we go again to Tonga? On the whole our host did try hard to please us but we will probably stay closer to Nuku'alofa or go to Eua or Vava'u next time.
Please note - We took our Tonga/Samoa Lonely Planet book (2007 edition) - it was often unreliable as it was out-of-date as it was written prior to the 2006 riots and some of the directions to the major places of interest were misleading.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Thank Stocktonites
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