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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heaven. Loved every minute of my stay. The food served up is delicious. Make sure you are there on the Saturday night when they serve up the fresh lobster caught by the locals.....the most delicious thing I've ever had. The lagoon protected by coral is fantastic for snorkelling and I spent hours finding new creatures. The resorts facilities were lovely....

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Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed January 12, 2017

What a wonderful experience this place was!!!! Originally we arranged to be at Matafonua for only 3 days - just enough to bracket a kayaking/camping trip we had planned. When our kayaking trip (with a different company) went sour, we reappeared at Matafonua and were welcomed back with open arms and big smiles even though we were not expected and...

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Singapore
Reviewed January 6, 2017

When we chose Matafonua we mainly did so based on the many excellent reviews here. Our experience is definitely less positive. We found the accommodation uncomfortable, not particularly clean and infested with mosquitoes and insects. We often felt the resort (in particular the dining area) was an extension of the owner's living room. This created an atmosphere where it's difficult...

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NinaRice, Owner at Matafonua Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review. We are sorry your stay with us did not live up to your expectations. Usually we do not respond to reviews but felt that on this occasion it was important as you omitted some key factors. It rained for you entire stay here. Additionally while usually we are on the breezy side of the...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed January 5, 2017

My partner and I had very romantic 5 magical days at Matafonua Lodge. The snorkelling, kayaking, golden beaches were all excellent and safe. The warm hospitality shown by Nina and Darren are second to no other place in the pacific. The friendly 'United Nations' guests from all over the world, also made our 5 days extra special and the wonderful...

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Reviewed January 4, 2017

My family and I spent a magical week at Matafonua Lodge. Darren and Nina made us feel so welcome and a part of their family. Our two boys got on really well with their kids, and JJ was especially kind to our boys, taking them fishing and playing with them. Hopefully their friendship continues for years to come. The location...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 14, 2016

Had a wonderful time with my partner at matafonua! Darren, Nina and all the staff were so lovely and welcoming and always keen to help, give trip advice or just have a nice chat, the food was absolute magic, the beach the property is on is the best beach on the island, lots of free hire, fales were super nice...

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Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

This place was amazing!! We had beautiful Fale's that were a stones throw from the waters edge, pristine beaches for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and exploring. Darren and Nina (plus the kids) were fantastic hosts- the food was delicious beyond words with a great atmosphere and deck to soak up the serenity. I cannot recommend this place enough! We are already...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed November 27, 2016

Simple traditional Fale's style accomodation and a stunning swimming beach and local surrounds makes this lodge the ultimate wind down and relax location. The food is excellent and the local people and staff are helpful and friendly. The water is the clearest I have ever seen perfect for snorkelling and scuba. Cheers Matafonua, we will be back. M & G

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Matafonua, Darren/Nina/ Liv / kids +Ollie ( guard/companion dog) were all recommended by Assault Kitesurf, with whom we have had many trips to other islands.... however trip surpassed our expectations... wind wasn't quite in our favour for the kites , but more than made up for by whales ( highlight, can't be many places around the globe with similiar experience);...

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Reviewed November 6, 2016

My partner and I spent 11 amazing days at Matafonua Lodge. Has to be the best accommodation on Ha'Apai, in fact probably the whole of Tonga. Darren, Nina and family were amazing hosts and very down to earth. Our fale accommodation was so fitting for the beautiful location situated right on the waterfront. We met some awesome people from around...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A Pacific-style resort located on the spectacular Northern tip of Foa Island. Pristine white-sand beach, safe swimming and exceptional snorkeling. Thatched-wall beach-front fales with very comfortable King sized beds. Excellent restaurant/bar with great variety of meals and drinks.On site scuba diving school and seasonal whale watching and swimming excursions. Good library and games available for guest use. Friendly, easy-going owner/managers live on-site. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Matafonua Lodge

Address: Foa Road | Faleloa, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Foa Island
Price Range: $104 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Matafonua Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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Matafonua Hotel Ha`Apai Islands
Matafonua Lodge Tonga/Foa Island
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“bring your own mosquito spray!”
 of 5 bubbles Wilkham17, Jan 5, 2017 | Read review
“All Fales similar. Some larger than others.”
 of 5 bubbles 36robins, Nov 2, 2016 | Read review
“Most fales are on the beach - try to get one of them for a lovely cool breeze most nights”
 of 5 bubbles alisonconnolly67, Oct 21, 2016 | Read review
“Every Fale is in a prime location, Fales are traditional and each a stones throw to the toilet block & all with sea views”
 of 5 bubbles glendamarkthetford, Sep 29, 2016 | Read review
“Fale 1 to 7 are beach-front”
 of 5 bubbles margynicholas, Sep 25, 2016 | Read review
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