Because we have been to some off-the-beaten track islands (particularly in the South Pacific), and because on some of those places we paid enormous amounts of money and got back great value for that, maybe we expected more from Royal Sunset (particularly since they have such a sophisticated website) than Royal Sunset was able to deliver.
That being said, we can certainly report that it is incredibly inexpensive as these South Pacific island resorts go. Of course one gets what one pays for.
I really have mixed feelings about our experience there. My husband says it reminds him of the Caribbean 30 years ago----and I don't think he means that as a compliment.
We had in particular heard great things about the staff at Royal Sunset, and perhaps it was because we were there off-season (November) but we found some (not all) of the staff to be totally unhelpful and difficult to deal with.
Our fale was fine. It was (very!) spacious, and very clean, and fairly comfortable.
In the afternoon we arrived at the bar for what we were told was "Happy Hour", but were told by the barman that we'd arrived 5 minutes too late and he would not serve us Happy Hour Drinks. Whatever that meant. It was 6:00 p.m. and we were the ONLY people staying at the hotel!!!!
So we ordered two beers and the guy disappeared. Until dinner time. Egad.
The food was surprisingly good. Very good, actually. But it would have been nice to get a bottle of wine to go with it. Which was mysteriously unavailable, even though the barman poured us glasses throughout dinner from a few different bottles. Go figure.
I would also add that swimming is difficult on the island after mid-tide (towards low tide). We were disappointed in the snorkeling.
Probably what they show on their website is true during high season, but our experience in November was mediocre at best. I was surprised, now that I have returned home, to see my mastercard bill there exceeded U.S.$500. While my husband and I gladly pay more than that PER DAY just for a room at other islands in the South Pacific, I cannot in good faith recommend this particular "resort".
- Also Known As:
- Royal Sunset Island Hotel Tongatapu Island
- Royal Sunset Island Hotel
- Royal Sunset Island Tongatapu
- 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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