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Madang Resort Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Madang
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Fine Dining in a casual, relaxed tropical paradise”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Superb accommodation in a well laid-out 'townhouse format' available, especially the waterfront bungalows which overlook a beautiful harbour and have large balconies with dining tables and chairs

But the quantity and quality of the dining is a standout. I would not hesitate to recommend the Madang Resort to any intending visitor to PNG.

Room Tip: Book a waterfront 'upstairs' unit - well worth the extra
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Thank you for taking time to write such a positive review of your stay at the Madang Resort. Over the past 5 years we have trained a very young person from Kuduaga Village in the Trobriand Islands who showed amazing enthusiasm to learn to cook, initially he was a galley hand aboard our Kalibobo Spirit and learned very quickly, within 12 months he took over as Chef and produced some of the finest meals I have ever enjoyed, so did many of our guests all of which were amazed at his culinary talents. We then took him to Australia where he gained valuable exposure at the Cairns Sheridan Hotel, at first the Chef did not take him serious but after the first day, his enthusiasm captured the imagination of the Chef who took a personal interest in developing his skills in the kitchen, since then he has worked and trained in Cairns and upon his return wsa appointed Head Chef at the Madang Resort where he heads a team of 30 fantastic staff in our kitchens, some of which are twice his age of 24 and all work with him due to his nature, his ability and genuine concern to satisfy our guests.
The story is a little longer, but I thought you may be interested in knowing the process we take in training staff, in this case Abraham Molekewa.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to a return visit in the near future.
Kind regards
Sir Peter Barter
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

I stayed at the Madang Resort for 4 nights and loved every one of them. The staff were great and extremely helpful and the diving was also excellent! The town is clean and safe during the day, but the resort and view was a highlight. The food was also great - except for the Sunday night BBQ which is overpriced and not very nice.

I would definitely reccomend the Madang Resort, beautiful, relaxing, great helpful staff and a generally excellent stay! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Room Tip: The Executive rooms are definitely in the best location! Right on the water, clean and very spacious...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thank you for sending a review of your stay at the Madang Resort, we are pleased you enjoyed the Resort and facilities and the superb location. I have noted your concern on costs of Sunday Sizzler cost and feel that you may not be aware the cost is inclusive of 3 courses including buffet salad. The cost on the blackboard includes, soup, the main course you select and dessert for around K65 which converts to $AUD25 - I doubt if any hotel in Australia or anywhere else would provide a dinner at less cost. In PNG the costs of food has increased by around 50% over the past couple of years, this has resulted from the demand by Mining Companies who continue to compete at markets against other consumers, it is one of the downsides of resource development.
Look forward to seeing you in the future.
Sir Peter Barter
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

AN excellent performance by the hotel and the staff and the dancers. A short stop with from our cruise but I Highly recommend it. A great flavor or folklore in a superb environment. The dive shop is professional and to be recommended. I will make another review for that separately.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Thank you for the review. We enjoyed the visit of the Silver Whisper and pleased to read that the cultural show was a highlight. Such a show takes a lot of effort by my staff, assisted by students of the Divine Word University in Madang . The Balengut canoe was a first, it is now back at Bilbil Village. We all wish you Bon voyage and look forward to you returning with thousands of your friends.
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Sir Peter Barter
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Lae, Papua New Guinea
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

This resort hotel is the most Beautiful place Ive been too and is sooo tropical.
Its so clean and set out in the most beautiful spot were we all would just enjoy the view..
Madang is resort is the most colorful place that has lovely plants that attracts alot of view and also the local people selling Carvings and lovely PNG made crafts.
cool place to walk around in the afternoon and its really safe there coz there's always smiling faces around to greet you.
Also this lovely big KALIBOBO BOAT that takes us for a cruz or for scuba diving along the reefs ,sooo magneficient!! Enjoying the clear glass shallow of the beach which yuo can always see the sea creatures aswell is the deep blue sea...
I'd always prefer Madang resort for my next visit with family...

Room Tip: chose the rooms that faces the sea coz in the night its soo quiet but you could hear the sound of th...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Thank you for taking time to review the Madang Resort. A great deal of effort goes into maintaining such a property in PNG, I am grateful to our hard working staff in all divisions most of whom have all been trained by the Company, some of the staff have been with us for over 30 years and 2nd and 3rd generations are now working for the Resort.
Each year we take on a specific project, this year we will build a state of art Gymnasium and 12 additional 1 bed apartments.
In addition to this work we have just completed a sea wall for the Krangket Fish Market which had been damaged and will continue to maintain grounds outside to resort to keep Madang Beautiful.
Tomorrow, the Silver Whisper arrives and a mini cultural show will be held at our Sageng Aben Park, next week the Amsterdam and later in the year a further 12 cruise ships which indicates Madang is moving ahead with tourism.
Again thank you for your review, we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
Sir Peter
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

As a long term resident of Madang we have frequent visitors and without exception place all our visitors at the Madang Resort for its proximity to the town and for the overall service our visitors receive.

We regularly use the restaurants and other facilities ourselves, and without exception we have always experienced warm friendly service from the staff, excellent meals in the Haus Win and Haus Kibung Restaurants, (they can even cater for gluten intolerant people, which can be somewhat challenging in PNG). Our visitors constantly tell us of the superb accommodation available, specially the waterfront bungalows which overlook the beautiful harbour.

We would not hesitate to recommend the Madang Resort to any intending visitor to PNG.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Many thanks for your review, we are pleased you continue to be pleased with the service and facilities offered at the Madang Resort.
This week we have again upgraded new bedding in all rooms which will provide a very modern look to the guest rooms - new linen, coverlets, valances, pillows, cushions provide a very attractive appearance and already we have received compliments from our guests.
Other improvements include new equipment in the Haus Win kitchen which will enable our team of Chefs and staff to provide the best meals in town.
For divers, you will be pleased to learn that Yosuke our Japanese Dive Instructor is back from Japan. Pedro has arranged dive courses over the Christmas period.
Finally, tonight we will light up the 40 foot Xmas tree in Forum Park (Sageng Aben) in readiness for the Carols by Candlelight being sponsored by the Madang Resort as a community project.
We will post pictures of the new look rooms and the Xmas tree in due course.
We wish you a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2014
Peter Barter
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Again it is a business trip with my mate... we came back for the excellent safety, nice and huge landscape, gardens, friendly staffs, proper coach bus... but this time we did not even have time to spend in the fresh water pool beside the beach... dinner is no crowded but must rush coz its end fast... do not expect too much on room service... .... before night comes, it is very normal only some tweet noise from hundreds of bat on trees will welcome night.. very rare , .but its an every afternoon "ritual" that we will have... ..then enjoy your sleep...... breakfast is always great...... I was lucky to know Winona (Nona) in Madang Resort who was introduced by her husband, Mario (Phillipino), a good friend of mine...because they are such a so great host..with their 20 years of experience living in Madang...they insist to introduce me to their own beach tour... hope some day I will joint their hospitality....
Yes, snorkeling and diving accommodations are available, good for small group otherwise must wait.... I went for snorkeling on previous visit......

Room Tip: feel free to check several types of room...bargain or ask the price.. remember your budget..
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, November 30, 2013
Thank you for your review, I am pleased you continue to enjoy staying at the Madang Resort. Yes the Fruit Bats make some noise and we are doing our best to have them relocated, to some they are an attraction to me they are a nuisance making noise and creating a mess, but that is life in the tropics.
You chose to book a budget room, these rooms are quite basic but compared to other budget rooms in Madang they provide much better value, they all have air conditioning, TV, bathroom, verandah. Other hotels and lodges are more than double the cost of our Budget rooms and they do not have private bath, balconies, TV nor do they provide complimentary breakfasts - I point this out as it important to compare horses with courses, you pay for what you get and in the case of the Budget Rooms at the Madang Resort they represent excellent value.
Obviously our de-luxe, executive, waterfront rooms are larger, better located but you pay considerably more.
We are always keen to provide what the Travelling Public demand and in our case, we do our best to meet the budget of most in clean affordable accommodation in a safe environment.
We look forward to your visit again in the near future, be sure you will receive a warm welcome.
Regards
Sir Peter Barter
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Something different from any other place on earth.
The hotel Resort is set in beautiful gardens. It is a safe haven with friendly staff.
After 9 days I still had not seen everything there was to see in the resort itself. With a couple of swimming pools, Dive Centre, 2 restaurants, Orchid garden, a small zoo, Fish pool. The breakfast was a delight with as much as you could eat including gorgeous tropical fruit. What can I say about the staff,? I feel that I know each one personally. Pedro made me a movie of our boat trip and presented it to me night before we left. I will never forget my experience in Madang and will carry it in my heart.

Room Tip: Executive suite over the water is unforgetable.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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explorerCairns, Owner at Madang Resort Hotel, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Currently I am in Cairns so you can understand my delight in reading positive comments from our guests. Such comments written by visitors also assist in overcoming fears of safety which are exaggerated beyond belief.
I am pleased you enjoyed the diving, the staff and memories, please come back soon.
Peter. Barter
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Property: Madang Resort Hotel
Address: Coastwatchers Ave | P.O. Box 707, Madang 511, Papua New Guinea
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Location: Papua New Guinea > Momase Region > Madang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Madang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Madang Resort Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Madang Resort is PNG's top rated resort and conference centre. 200 rooms, bungalows, townhouses, apartments & cottages set on 20 acres of landscaped gardens facing Dallman passage and Yamilon Lagoon. All ensuite, air con, TV, Radio, Coffee/Tea facilities, 4 pools, gift shop, conference rooms, gymnasium,PADI Dive shop, Marina, Kayak, canoe, Cat sail, tennis, golf, Game Fishing, tour desk & concierge A The new Kalibobo Haus Kibung provides an air conditioned function room overlooking the pool and harbour and rebuilt Haus Win Restaurant are now both open for business.Located near centre of Madang, 200m from markets, 5kms from airport in a safe gated environment. Complimentary breakfast and transfers between airport and resort. ... more   less 
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