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Scenic Matavai Resort Niue
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Alofi
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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75 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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“Million Dollar Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

Matavai is comfortable, immaculate, and has wonderful pools and views. Best of all, the very warm and helpful staff. We loved our week's stay.

Room Tip: Our upstairs room had fan and excellent air conditioning, and was pleasingly decorated, and kept imm...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

Matavai is like many of the independent resort-style properties scattered throughout the Pacific. Clean, comfortable, adequate if somewhat unspectacular in terms of facilities, but compensated for with stunning locations.

I stayed in room 23 and had no major complaints. I could imagine the thin walls could be a problem with noisy neighbours, so I was thankful for quiet ones. I had to crane for an ocean glimpse, but I knew it wasn't far away as the crashing waves soothed me to sleep each night.

The resort is usually full or near-full and you can expect guests of all types from retirees to young families. Parents with toddlers should be alert (like anywhere) as the resort is in a high position and there are spots where little kids could have a fall.

Be careful not to parade around inside your room in "birthday" attire unless you want to arouse the other guests as it is possible to see clearly inside other rooms lit from inside at night. The rooms have a/c, but if you can go without, do. Power on Niue is expensive and I never turned my a/c on at all and was completely comfortable. There's a stocked minibar at familiar prices and a flatscreen satellite TV with a few major channels only.

Staff are efficient and cheerful and my housekeeping crew were particularly on-the-ball. (Thank you ladies) Restaurant is okay, but mix it up at other places around town for some variation. The deck bar is a top spot for an evening drink and has magnificent view. Dolphins and whales (in season) frequently appear just off the shore.

Internet cost me NZ$50 for the week, but Wi-fi is difficult to get in the rooms, so I had to cart my laptop to and from the lounge/bar/dining room for decent signal. They have a good antenna, but it needs better placement.

Renovations and extensions are being planned, so work will soon begin on an additional 20 rooms. Even though this is not a brand new resort, cleanliness was not an issue and indeed Niue as a whole is a very tidy place compared to many of the other islands.

Room Tip: Best value with a pre-paid package
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

This was my first visit to Matavai and Niue; the resort was kept neat and tidy, albeit being overdue for some TLC in places. Staff were friendly and helpful. Room was basic but suited our needs, it also had air con and a pleasant view. If you like a firm bed and enjoy the sound of the sea, this place is fine. As advertised, the view from the dining area is excellent, we saw dolphins cruising past - would have loved to see the whales however it was a bit early for them. There are some menu options for vegetarians, prices are on the high side for food, but within the range of most places on the island - one must remember that a lot of food needs to be imported and this makes it more expensive. Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2011

Stayed at the Matavai for one week. Staff are very helpful and friendly. We were put in one room at first that had a musty/mouldy smell. The bed even felt damp. After we complained, we were upgraded and given free drinks at the bar. The next room was great - they mentioned our first room had not been used for a long time. The humid weather must make it hard to keep shut up rooms completely dry etc.

all in all, the resort is fine, but a little dated and tired. the staff really make the place. the view is amazing! we did walk the track from the resort from the reef. it is hidden and a bit dodgy - make sure it is low tide, also. there is a little, deep and beautiful hidden hole under a cave just by there - perfect for some private swimming!

Niue is the most amazing place, and we will go again and again. do look online for package deals, they do some that include breakfast and accomodation at the matavai.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thanks for your review, you will be glad to hear that the resort has now been fully renovated.
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2011

Stayed for a week, nice grounds and excellent views of the ocean and coastline. The resort is pretty decent but meals are expensive and menu is fairly boring.
Rooms are a good size well appointed and clean. If you like the sound of thunderous surf crashing over the reef while you nod off at night, you are in for a treat! I would not recommend the resort to families with young children.
Pleasant stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Teeroy08
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2011

We have stayed at Matavai several times over the last few years, and booked again later 2011.
The hotel is consistently good. The rooms are good size, always clean and have views to die for.
The food is always good and interesting, particularly the local food. Make the effort to try other places on the island, they all need support.
Staff are amazing, can sometimes be shy to begin with, but when they get to know you are wonderful.
Everyone on the island is genuinely helpful, the Alofi car hire, police, customs, honey factory( make sure you buy some). Everyone waves when you are driving, cycling or walking.
The walks on the island are great, relatively easy and great scenery.
Snorkelling in the rock pools and chasm is warm and great.
Getting in and out of Niue is so easy, charming airport, nice change from mega airports with queues and beauracracy.
Our main reason for choosing Nuie for one of our holidays each year is Niue Dive. Ian and Annie run a fantastic operation, small dive groups, great dive sites, safe and fun.
Can't recommend Matavai, Niue Dive and everything else about Niue highly enough.

Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Scenic Matavai Resort Niue
Address: Tapeu-Porritt Road | Tamakautoga, Alofi, Niue
Location: Niue > Alofi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Alofi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Scenic Matavai Resort Niue 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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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