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“Tongatapu's hidden gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Sunset Island Resort
| Nuku'alofa, Atata Island, Tonga   |  
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Canberra, Australia
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“Tongatapu's hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I went to stay with friends for one night and ended up staying for two. Just what the doctor ordered, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful and one can easily imagine being on a desert island.

Staff are very helpful and dinners excellent, faclities such as snorkellng, kayaking are all part of the accomodation or day package.

Recommended to anyone who wants a bit of paradise just 30 minutes boat ride from Tongatapu.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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58_traveller, Owner at Royal Sunset Island Resort, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thank You for Your Review,

I will pass on your Comments to Keti, Taniela and all Staff.

Malo.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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SF, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We first visited Atata Island on a day trip and enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked a 2 night stay for later that same week. The ferry ride is 20-30 minutes on a small runabout type boat. small boats are required because the reefs surrounding the islands are too shallow for larger vessels to cross. The resort is well managed by Kathy and Daniel and they are wonderful hosts. On the nights we stayed there was only one other couple at the resort. This was just fine with us. We made the 15 minute walk to the village (pop 300) and enjoyed meeting the locals. Even got a lesson on how to pound Tapa. The meals served at the resprt were enjoyable and their is a full bar as well as a pool table and foosball if you need some shore time. We choose to spend much of our time in the warm clear water making use of the kayaks, paddleboards and snorkling gear provided by the resort. We were told that during whale season (July & August) it is possible to swim with the humpback whales. Snorkling here was only aveage except that this was our first time to see Giant Clams. We noticed that renovations were underway on the fales on the eastside of the island. We stayed in a fale on the westside to take advantage of the truly royal sunsets. Our fale was quite spacious for two persons and just a few steps from the water's edge. It was clean with a modern shower and hot /cold water. Our impression was that this place is suprising somewhat undiscovered. So if you are looking for a quiet relaxing experience with warm friendly staff a beautiful beach and stunning sunsets this a a good option. If you visit be sure and take advantage of the darkness of the island nights and take in some amazing star gazing.

Room Tip: Fales (bungalows) on the westside for sunsets.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orange Australia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed here 4 nights and mostly had the island to oursleves which was simply divine.
It really has all the elements of what one wants on a relaxing island holiday a la Tonga.
The accommodation is very comfortable. We were in fale 10 which had a double bed and a single... Roomy bathroom, hot water, lounge chairs, a little verandah and tea and coffee making facilities. A fan above the bed made sleeping easy if the breeze dropped. Pillows were a little on the lumpy side... But if tha tis your biggest issue then get over it! Rooms were serviced daily with fresh towels.
Perhaps a bowl of water to wash sand off ones feet at the door could be a good addition... As the sand gets walked in throughout the fale. We had some empty bottles we'd fill with water to rinse our feet.
Out our front door... 10 steps and you are on the beach and in the water... Warm as.
Not too much fish out the front but we did the snorkel trip each day and were taken to various locations around nearby reefs including an old clam farm. Saw purple star fish and many other colourful fish the corsl is pretty bleached but you do see theodd coloured bits here and there.. The boat drivers were always so helpful and obliging.
Most meals were lovely especially the whole snapper fish i had on the first night while being serenaded by the local island band who contributed to the island magic in sound.
Now the sunsets... Simply spectacular... Can't say any more than that.
The local special via facebook was good value... 150TOP dinner bed and breakfast... So could be worth asking.
We had our own snorkels but borrowed flippers.
Pool was fine except itis really hard to get out of...ie no steps or ladder!
A truly relaxing stay... And everyone couldn't have been more welcoming!
The walk to the village is short and is a good opportunity to get up close and personal with some locals... Good if you know a little Tongan.
Ok it is not the sheraton but when you have beautiful warm water on your doorstep, fabulously hospitable staff to look after you incredibly well... What more do you want!!!
I think it is worth more than a day trip just to experience those sunsets with a cocktail in your hand!

Room Tip: We had vale 10 which was lovely.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

A group of 8 girls we went to Atata Island from Tongatapu Island on April 4th 2013. Beautiful scenery and people. 25mins boat ride from the main island. Atata is a gorgeous small island that caters to a relaxing and picturesque day. We managed to get the day trip deal which included transport from the mainland, complimentary drink, Island buffet meal, access to the pool, kayaks, paddle boards, sun loungers and a snorkelling trip to the reef.

We sunbathed and used the water equipment to explore the island. It was absolutely gorgeous. Clear light blue water and white sandy beaches. We lay with the sun loungers in the shallow water which was amazing, there were a few little fish swimming around and they would come around the loungers as we sunbathed. The lunch was a buffet of local tongan foods, beautiful salads, a mix of seafood, meat, vegetarian and fruit platters, we were definitely not hungry afterwards. The afternoon we went snorkelling out towards the reef where we saw amazing schools of fish only around a 1km off the island. Beautiful coral reefs, very safe, warm water and lots of sea life around.

What made the trip unique for me was that there is a village on the island and the resort is only staffed by people from the village. They were very happy for us to walk through their village, it was a lovely experience to meet some of the children and see the way they live up close. They were very welcoming and accommodating, the children loved having their photos taken.

Perfect when we went, we were the only group on the island. There are huts on both sides of the island, they all have beach access. The island is quite small only maybe 400m at its narrowest point. Not sure how it would be during peak season as it could become crowded and congested. Very rustic huts and setting, if you are looking for a quiet relaxing and 'off the beaten track' sort of resort then this is the place to go. If you prefer more built up and flashier accommodation then this resort would seem simple. The communal areas (dinning area, pool, bar, wharf) are gorgeous. Staffed by genuine and lovely tongans.

We only had the day trip so no idea what it would be like to stay overnight. The huts looked very simple and basic and would be ok if you wanted to experience an authentic tongan holiday, nothing fancy and a little run down. Not sure i would dedicate an entire week here but absolutely amazing for a day or two.

Danielle thank you so much for looking after all of us so well, we had an amazing trip. I would definitely go there again. Only thing I would wish for is that the boat going home was a bit later. The ferry left at 10 from Tongatapu and returned at 4. But still an amazing trip all round

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lower hutt
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

6 of us did the day trip on Wednesday 20 February 2013. We got picked up from wharf, on time in an old shabby boat. Trip across was fine. Island looks lovely as we arrived. On arrival we were treated by friendly staff and a fruit juice. Spent morning swimming and sunbathing. Beach was lovely. Lunch 12.30. Three choices of food. Fish and chips, burger, or toasted sandwich. Ok lunch. Staff extremely helpful and would do anything to make your stay pleasant. Only 1 couple staying on island and were delighted to see other tourist to talk to. Taken out for snorkeling on a boat which was authentic Tongan, and would most likely not be sea worthy anywhere else. Snorkeling was ok. When we got back, we were shown around complex, including accommodation. Thought accommodation was very poor, and not stay there for the price and is in need of renovation. Pool was green, with a crab walking around bottom. So, overall, an enjoyable day with friends, but do not expect the resort to look any where near as good as the brochures.

Room Tip: Rooms not acceptable
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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58_traveller, Shareholder at Royal Sunset Island Resort, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thank You for Your Review,

As I was at the Resort at the same time of your visit and spoke to some of your Party for a while. I am quite surprised by your perception of the resort. Some of your party were quite happy about their experience and shared it with me and Keti & Taniela.

As far as The Boats as mentioned to you I was visiting the resort as I have just purchased to New Outboards to be installed in the Renovated Boat. The 2 boats you have experienced were the Long Boat which is used for the Snorkelling Trip on the Reef and The Transfer Boat which we usually use on AdHoc Basis. I can assure you that our Boats are Safe and comply to Maritime regulations.

The Food - (as Dray Trip - all inclusive price of TOP70 (NZ$49) including Transfers, Welcome Drink, Lunch, Snorkelling trip, etc...) - The Food is of a choice of 5 dishes from Sandwiches to Fish & Chips, Salad... etc... or sometimes we have a BBQ

The Accommodation - as far I recall we showed you Fale 9 and The Family Fale - both have been upgraded and renovated few months ago.

The Pool: I can assure you that It was NOT Green and Water is tested daily.

I have passed on your comments to our Staff.

Thank you for your Invaluable Contribution and Be Assured that We take with My Staff Great Pride to Service our Guests.

Kind Regards.

Royal Sunset Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Beautiful Island, Great People! Unique Experiences.. Cool Breeze Fresh Air.. I went to Royal Sunset with my colleague for Famil Trip.. This was the best trip ever! The island is very nice, Staff are very friendly and are very welcoming you feel like you are at home! They have sandy beach and a cool pool.. For a relaxing Holiday try Royal Sunset, get away from all your stress and work and spend a day at Royal Sunset. Enjoy your time by relaxing at the beach, swim in the pool or take a walk to the village at the back of Royal Sunset and meet the locals.. Very Friendly.. I will definitely would go there again.. Lunch was very yuuuuummmmm! Thank you very much Keti, Tieni and Nela for the warm welcome! I did enjoy my time at Royal Sunset.. Malo ‘Aupito, will definitely gona visit you again.. Malo and keep up the good work.. ‘Ofa Atu

Room Tip: Enjoy the cool Breeze at the Family Fale
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palmerston North
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

My fiancee and I spent four days at the lovely Royal Sunset Island Resort and had a lovely relaxing time. I was a bit worried about getting to the resort but they made it very easy for us, they arranged everything and transfers were punctual, already there waiting for us at both the airport and wharf. When we arrived to the resort we were greeted by Danielle who welcomed us to the Island with a lovely complimentary drink of pineapple. I have stayed at numerous resorts and I have to say that no one has topped Danielle's wonderful hospitality, he is certainly a strong asset to the resort and the experience just wouldn't have been the same without him. He would do absolutely anything for you to make your stay more pleasant and memorable. The fale's are of a reasonable standard, they are clean and have the basic amenities, our fridge leaked a little if you didn't push the door tight shut but other than that the rooms are reasonable for what you are paying. they are serviced daily and the best part is that they are about 10 meters from the water front, just pure bliss.

The water is crystal clear and no additional fees to use snorkel gear, paddle boards, kayaks ect. Each afternoon the boat would take you out to the reef to snorkel if you wished which was a great experience.

Overall we just loved our trip and are looking forward to heading back some point in the new future.

Room Tip: There top fale is an extra 50 Top a night. If i was to go again I would pay the extra 50 as you get...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | Nuku'alofa, Atata Island, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Atata Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Atata Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Sunset Island Resort is located on 'Atata Island. The resort features 18 beachfront fales, Polynesian Style Restaurant and Cocktail Bar with amazing views. It borders a fishing village where guests are welcome to experience the traditional culture. Scuba Diving, Game Fishing, Wind Surfing, Kayaks, Snorkeling boat trips are just some of what the activities the resort has to offer or do absolutely nothing. Come and enjoy the sun in this little bit of paradise. Resort has undergone Renovations with New Management and Service Upgrades. ... more   less 
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