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Matafonua Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Foa Island
Certificate of Excellence
Turin, Italy
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5 reviews
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“unforgettable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2010

the location is so romantic, you can see the sunrise and the moonlight both together because the lodge is on the hedge of Foa Island. the colours of the sea are unique.
Dave and Sally are very kind and excellent chef :-)

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2010

The amenities were simple, practicable and relaxing. What I liked best was the cool breeze that blew in the evening to keep the mossies away and the temperature down. Our rooms were tidy and basic. Two minutes walk to a spectacular beach.
I found my stay beautifully relaxing.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2010

Do not go here if your expect animation to take care of the kids, a pool and night life. Do go if you want beaches for yourself, very nice food, very small groups of tourists whereever you go, amazing snorkelling on your doorstep and good hospitality from Dave and Sally.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2010

Just returned from 8 days of rest and relaxation, in an excellent location with amazing hosts. Sally and David, you really made our trip very special with all the care and attention you gave to making each and every day a memorable one for all members of the family. The food was amazing especially when you consider how little produce is available on the island and that all the food arrives via boat from the mainland. Nothing was too much trouble for Sally who accommodated one very limited and fussy eater and others with very discerning palates! No mean feat and each day there were several specials on the menu to tempt us all. The staff were friendly and helpful and made the children feel very comfortable and relaxed and nothing was too much trouble for them, and every request was made and executed with a genuine smile. The resort is perfectly positioned in what is really an untouched piece of paradise. We were blown away with the natural, simplistic beauty of the island and the easy access to some excellent snorkelling right on your door step. By the end of 8 days we were so happy and relaxed that we were very sad to leave, and couldn’t actually believe that the time had passed so quickly and peacefully and if it hadn’t been for the fact that our 10 year old had kept a journal of each day’s activities we would all have sworn we’d maybe been on “island time” for 4 days. Thank you to everyone at Matafonua for such a wonderful holiday that will stay with us a marvellous memory.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Wellington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2010

Had a fabulous time here. Fales by the beach, two beaches to choose from, one a little rocky and the other a typical stunning tropical island beach. Fales clean, shared toilet/shower block clean, food great, Dave and Sally will ensure your stay is what you want it to be - fantastic kiwi hosts. If you are diving, it will tick the boxes, whale watching was great - saw whales every day. Snorkelling is wonderful - straight our off the beach. If you are looking for value for money without a resort style flavour, then this is the place for you. You really feel like you are on a tropical island at Matafonua. Loved it!

  • Stayed August 2010
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Wanganui
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

Fantastic location on idyllic tropical Island. Beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, great snorkeling straight off the beach, and fabulous kayaking out to the edge of the reef over the most beautiful corals imagineable. Sally and Dave were wonderful, friendly hosts, providing great meals, and organising anything we needed, such as kayaks, whale watching trips, transport to and from the airport. The traditional Fales were cosy and comfortable and right on the beach. We had a wonderful time and would love to come again sometime. Highly recommended to anyone considering a trip to Tonga. Thanks Sally and Dave.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Nelson Bay, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2010

We spent one week at Matafonua Lodge in July. We left a New Zealand winter and came to a perfect temperature, comfortable with low humidity.
Matafonua Lodge is low key and relaxing. The fales are very comfortable, right on the water's edge and the facilities are clean.
The lodge is family friendly but also suitable for couples or a single person. .
We read books, went snorkling and kayaking, slept a lot and ate amazing food. Everyone was very friendly and the staff were very helpful. My husband came hoping to kite board and did manage one good ride before the wind died for the rest of the week. But the area was suitable for this sport.
We having been mentioning the lodge to everyone we can, and we defintely recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Matafonua Lodge
Address: Foa Road | Faleloa, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Foa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Foa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Matafonua Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Matafonua Hotel Ha`Apai Islands
Matafonua Lodge Tonga/Foa Island

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