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Liku'alofa Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kanokupolu
Reviewed April 19, 2009

As a whole the resort was nice and had clean and tidy fales .

The staff were happy and smiley,but so is the whole of Tonga!!
It is in the middle of nowhere and is let down hugely by the food. It was terrible!! over cooked, cold meals etc. The fruit was nice (as it is all throurgh Tonga).

The buffets however were nice and plentyful(and hotish!!! ).We looked in the kitchen and the meats including fish/lobster were frozen. The steak which they charge $45 T was top side beef.(frozen)

If you want to go somewhere that has nice accommodation and is relaxing, then this is not so bad. If you want to enjoy foods and honesty from your host and hostess this is not the place to go!!!

Upon questioning our bill which was quoted at $2850 T less 10% they charged us $2968 T . They said it was because of the exchange!!! They abused my Mother calling her a crazy drunk. If the consumption of 1 and a half bottles of wine(between 3) and trying to have fun makes you a crazy drunk then I think as a respectable HUMAN and proprietor insulting your clients is not the way business is done.

I enjoyed a few of their staffs company and offered our house for them and their family's to visit if in NZ and without them and the weather being fantastic(as it was in the whole of Tonga)this trip would have been a nightmere.

Tonga itself is fanastic!! Friends cafe in Town was premo and had lovely well price food.If you do decide to stay here I recommend you get transport included in the price as all the other places we eat were a long way away and get the quote in Panga dollars so the prices don't change.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2009

we arrived in the small hours to find out promised single beds to be two doubles and no fridge, a roll away was privided for our child, we were given another room the next day which was much appreciated, but did seperate our family.
The food on the Tongan nights was lovely, but that was it, breakfast was stone cold eggs, we were advised that the omlett was inclued in our breakfast but were charged for them, the managment became abusive when we said we were misinformed, all other menu choices were over priced and cold.
Being so far from town made it hard to get a decent meal, we were reduced to hiring a car so we could go into town to eat.
The salt water pool is only swimable at high tide and is surrounded by tatty broken sand bags, there was only one deck chair, so lazing in the sun was not an easy option.
The general location is pretty and the rooms modern, although broken toilet roll holders sticking doors and mice running across the patio are a put off.
Some of the staff were excellent and were visibly embarrassed by the poor quality of food and the way we were treated when we challenged our account.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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4  Thank jenny074
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Reviewed April 7, 2009

We arrived in Tonga with nowhere to stay & were taken to Liku'alofa by our shuttle driver (who got paid commission for taking us there, if you want to stay someplace else, you need to be forceful & ignore drivers telling you some resorts are closed so they can lead you to the ones that pay them commission). We were able to bargain the prices slightly due to being low season (we were the only people there), so got the 7th night free, and the 2nd room at half price which was reasonable.

A 'continental breakfast' was supposed to be included - for the first 4 days it consisted of coldish eggs/toast, then changed to 2 banana pancakes and on the last day nothing came. The TVs didn't work in either room. The rooms (dbl bed & ensuite) were clean & tidy, and if you put the 'make room' sign up you could have the floor swept & bed made. The veranda area has chairs/seats and is great for sitting out at night time, overlooking the resort & water. The ocean-pool is handy as there is no swimming beach and the sea floor is quite corally, but as it is just a square of sea water blocked by walls it is subject to tides & is only swimmable at higher tides. If you take your own snorkelling gear, there are amazing reefs/coral to snorkel round.

Being a long way out of town makes it difficult to be independent, taxi's are maybe $30 into town. However, Liku'alofa rents out a 4WD car for T$50/day which is great for looking around the island. There is no communal kitchen/cooking facilities (apart from tea/coffee in the fales), and the menu is limited, expensive and nothing fancy at all (>T$50 for crayfish/steaks). I am hoping the poor quality of the couple of meals we ordered was due to it being low season, and us being the only ones there (dinner arrived at 4pm one day as the staff wanted to go home early). In saying that, the buffet night (Wed/Fri) food and entertainment was great, (T$40/head) and highly recommended.

A couple of events that were beyond Liku'alofas control occured, the first being a power outage which meant we were left with no power (no lights/fans/electricity) for the last 4 days of our stay. This was slightly frustrating (ie. no fan, but very muggy) especially as Liku'alofa apparently had a generator but would only supply an outside light for us for the last 2 nights. However the staff in general were extremely helpful and friendly, and offered 20% off for the days without power. On one of our last nights, after a few drinks, we decided to have a late night swim and left the fales unlocked (as you do when the only other person/guest/staff member around is the security guard -who we said Hi to as we went down to the pool). The next morning, one of our party realised $300 had gone from his wallet, the only time he did not have it on him was when we went for the swim. When management were informed they were extremely apolegtic, saying they would fire the security guard, and refunded him $100. While I don't want this incident to reflect badly on Liku'alofa (as otherwise they were very gracious and oblidging to deal with), it is another reminder to lock up, even when you're only leaving your fale to go for a swim 50m away.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

If you stay here you need a vehicle to get around the island as there is not much do at the resort as they only have a beach side pool which is only good when the tide is in. No kayaks or snorkling gear available, suggest you take your own. Menu very limited and very very expensive for what was on offer. The redeeming factor was that the staff were very friendly and welcoming. We did not get to see the show as timing wrong. Suggest if accommodation quoted in $AUS pay in Aust $. It appears the grounds are being cleaned up but not very tidy when we were there, rubbish everywhere.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2009

Clean, nice fales right by a wonderful beach. Bring snorkeling gear because when the tide is right you can see an amazing array of fish right close to shore. The food is good and the show is the best at their Wednesday and Friday night traditional Tongan feast with dance performance. But the best thing here is the people - Tongan owned, the owners are great, and the staff go way out of their way to make you happy and comfortable.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2009

I've just returned from staying at Liku'Alofa. It has lodges with adjoining rooms, double bed, ensuites. It was quiet except for the music when friday night pacific islander buffet is on, but you would probably be attending the show anyway as the buffet was good,a nd the show excellent and entertaining. The people are friendly, room service can be ordered and eaten at your fale or breakfast at the waterside bar which is pleasant in the mornings. It has a pool with a sea wall for those unsure of the waves, a sandy beach (small one as the beaches on Nuku'Alofa can be corally). Rooms can be hot, but there is a ceiling fan, and if you leave the back door open (2 doors), you can have a wind flow through the room (during the day, not at night - mosquitoes) . Rooms were not dusted down, but generally it is clean with good water, toileteries included. The TV was not working, (no aerial wire) but with the Tonga show on Fridays, the quietness of the place when we there, and watching the local Tongans swim, the place was peaceful. The verandah is handy if you need to clean your swim suits, shoes etc. We had a hired car, so its location was good as we could see the remote side of the island, villages, and yet travel to the other end, and back in a matter of 4 hours return. Mosquito coils and insect repellent is a must.

Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed February 8, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled with family
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Address: Kanokupolu, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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Location: Tonga > Tongatapu Island > Kanokupolu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kanokupolu
Price Range: $67 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Liku'alofa Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the west coast of Tongatapu, Liku'alofa Beach Resort lines the beach front with 11 fales (bungalows) five single and five duplex fales (15 rooms), a tree top bar & restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week which is overlooking the ocean, very convenient for whale-watching or simply gazing at the sunset with your favorite cocktail. We also have a tidal swimming pool, camping grounds, a business center, free wifi. We can host private functions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and many more. From the minute we pick you up from the airport to the time we bid you farewell, your stay will be enriched with unique Tongan experience of its history, culture, tradition, and why we're called "the friendly islands." ... more   less 
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