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Heilala Holiday Lodge

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Palm Avenue Kanokupolu, Tongatapu Island TBU Tonga
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#1 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Tongatapu Island
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Malo e lelei from the Kingdom of Tonga! If you are looking for a relaxed, friendly, homestyle "beach garden getaway" in the Kingdom of Tonga, the Heilala Holiday Lodge on Ha'atafu Beach at Kanokupolu may just be the place you have been looking for. Over 1km of sandy beach, wave surfing, snorkeling, or simply relaxing in your hammock. All the best and we hope to welcome you in our little peace of paradise soon.
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AshM wrote a review Dec 2019
Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
The location was beautiful, the vibe was relaxed (very much island time) and we had most of the beach to ourselves. We also enjoyed the outdoor huts. If this is what you are after in an accomodation, then come here. We were underwhelmed by the service and hospitality. The 'free' breakfast was minimal, the restaurant had a very simple menu and had to be ordered hours in advance and there is no way I would say that Heilala has a bar. The fale was simple and basic. The shower had to be running for around 10min before a small amount of hot water came through. What is indicated in the fale photos, is what you get. Remember that it is Tonga and resources are low. Also a heads up that the roosters will wake you up every morning. A key thing to note is that this accomodation is quite a long way from the town/city and airport. There are other 'resorts' around but there are times when their restaurants are closed too. We were worried at times around where we would get food from next. I would recommend renting one of Heilala's vehicles and going into town to stock up on food and water, then use Heilala's communal kitchen (adequate) to cook. Heilala advertises the use of their kayaks, snorkel gear and bikes (at the time, all free when I booked). We had to have a conversation with the manager to let us use the kayaks because initially he wanted to charge us. Additionally there was no snorkel gear and the bikes were broken. When swimming or kayaking on the beaches of Haʻatafu and Kanokupolu - BE CAREFUL. I suffered a reasonable cut due to a mixture of the coral reef, shallow water and waves. Make sure you pack your own first aid kit to treat these sort of wounds as Heilala had nothing to help me.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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espiea wrote a review Oct 2019
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This is potentially good location but gone down hill. New Chinese owners do not look after their guests. They way they run this business is an insult to the beautiful Tongan people and their values and culture
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Heilala, Manager at Heilala Holiday Lodge
Responded Nov 6, 2019
We are very sorry to receive your racist remarks. The experience in a hotel should not be related to the nationality and race of the hotel owner. Heilala Holiday Lodge's general manager, senior management and customer service staff are Tongans who did their best to serve you. At the same time, contrary to your comments, since the new owner take over the Heialal Holiday Lodge, investment has been increased and a green eco-tourism model was established by cooperating with Tongans, which is also managed by Tongans. In addition, the owner has extensively renovated the environment of the Heilala Holiday Lodge, while retaining the traditional accommodation style while adding many modern facilities. However, if you can't see the positive side, view Heilala instead with colored spectacles, stir up local ethnic antagonism, sorry, we do not welcome a guest with such a racist remarks. We will appeal to Tripadvisor and reserve the right to pursue legal action.
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Jakub K wrote a review Sep 2019
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Heilala holiday lodge is amazing place to spend holiday, it is away from city rush. You have a lot of space around beach about 1 min walk from your bed, there are many fish in a sea even we saw every day from beach Humback Whales !! Thank you so much especially Linda without her it will be 50% less, she helped us a lot. Totaly recomend
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: We have chossen standard category and we get medium for a same price !
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kenmkiwi17 wrote a review Aug 2019
Rotorua, New Zealand9 contributions4 helpful votes
A great location but what was apparently a great value holiday resort is being ruined by the new Chinese leaseholders.They walked past us and our fale several times a day but not once acknowledged us or any of the other few guests. At peak season we were 2 of only 4 guests staying there 1 night! The fales are comfortable although basic but are showing a lack of maintenance. The menu has been changed to largely asian offerings and the breakfasts (included with the rate) are minimal and almost the same each day (on 2 days out of 5 we received a fried egg with the bread and fruit). The advertised BBQ nights didnt take place, of the 4 push bikes available only 2 were useable (the other 2 had punctures). The bar is almost non-existant -when we ordered a cocktail we were advised there was no-one onsite that could make drinks. We ate in for dinner 1 evening and the meal was not enjoyble (fish cooked like a well done steak) -for the other 4 nights we ate at neighbouring resorts. I feel sorry for the few staff left from the previous operator -working under impossible conditions. When we were sitting in the van for our departure transfer, one of the managers leant in through the window -not to thank or farewell us, but to take a photo of the dashboard & speedo -obviously didnt trust his staff member to only use the van for delivering us into town. As mentioned -a lovely location and we had great views (every day) from the beach of whales swimming past. However there are several adjacent resorts that have to be better options.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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korocastle wrote a review Aug 2019
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions4 helpful votes
Overall the Lodge has character but is needing some maintenance. The grounds are nicely maintained and the beach front is a lovely sandy beach with shaded platforms to enjoy the whale watching. We were upgraded to the new accommodation block. We had a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine, a bathroom and a verandah. The unit had a fan and air conditioning. Although the bed was new it had an incredibly thin and rock hard mattress. It was impossible to sleep on. Maybe it is a desired Chinese style of mattress? The Tongan staff did their best to find a bit of extra padding for a more comfortable sleep. The shower outlet was blocked and caused flooding through the bathroom, after 2 attempts this was fixed. We were given new linen every couple of days.This unit is very new but I suspect the kitset building from China will not last the distance in Tonga. We made use of the old rusted bikes which were great to use but take a stick to keep some of the dogs on the road away. Breakfasts were adequate and nicely presented. There was Chinese food available in the evening but this had to be ordered at breakfast time when you didn't know what you felt like eating and if you were even going to be there at meal time. The staff were friendly and did their best to help us enjoy our stay. Although there were some challenges we enjoyed our week.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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PRICE RANGE
$54 - $56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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heilala holiday hotel tongatapu island
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Heilala Holiday Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Heilala Holiday Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Blue Banana Beach Studios (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Heilala Holiday Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Heilala Holiday Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Heilala Holiday Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Heilala Holiday Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Heilala Holiday Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.