We spent the last week of our three week holiday in Niue at Matavai Resort. We found the staff to be very helpful and friendly and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Our upstairs room was clean and comfortable with a balcony overlooking lovely gardens and the ocean beyond. I guess the resort could do with a bit of TLC but that didn't detract from our stay. The views are magnificent - absolutely amazing panoramic views of the ocean!!
A continental breakfast was included in our deal which we enjoyed daily and was very nice. It was all you need and quite substantial enough. Fresh and tinned fruit and juices were offered - buffet style, and a delicious Niuean "porridge" of tapioca, coconut milk, chopped paw paw and watermelon, sweetened and served cold. Some people weren't so keen but I thought it was delicious and a real change from anything I'd eaten before. There was also toast and spreads and french toast and pancakes if you wanted plus tea or coffee, of course.
As you would expect, generally the meals were more expensive than if you chose to eat at one of the restaurants in town. We ate fish and chips there on a Friday night which was very nice and on Saturday night we had their Island Buffet which we really enjoyed. The food included many traditional dishes and there was certainly plenty of it. Before the meal there was dancing/entertainment by people from the local village and the delightful children, from very young to teenagers, danced and sang. They were lovely to see and couldn't help bring a smile to your face.
If you are keen on scuba diving, the Matavai is next to Niue Dive which is very convenient, particularly if you don't have a car.
There are currently renovations under way for 20 new rooms to be built at the Matavai which will be completed next year and I'm sure many people will be waiting for that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scenic Matavai Resort is Niue's premier accommodation option. Designed to take full advantage of its unique environment, our resort blends into the breathtaking landscape of coral outcrops, coconut palms, rainforest, and tropical flowers. Perched over the Pacific Ocean, the resorts' cliff-top deck provides a vantage point from which to watch the resident turtles surface, spinner dolphins patrol, and humpback whales cruise right past the resort.Matavai Resort has recently undergone a multimillion dollar refurbishment and expansion to bring it's exceptional facilities in line with the very best on offer in the Pacific. The new building blends contemporary comforts and luxury with a classic, timeless style. Guests can enjoy a meal at our highly regarded restaurant, soak up the sun on the expansive cliff top decks, or relax after a long day exploring at the poolside bar. Scenic Matavai Resort Niue is the perfect place to base your Niuean adventure. The resort is 8.5 Km from Alofi Town Centre, and whilst airport transfers are included in your stay there is no public transport or taxi service on Niue so we highly recommend arranging a rental vehicle before you arrive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scenic Matavai Resort Niue Alofi