We stayed at Mounun for a week and were the only guests on the island. This is one of those places that you dream about - an idyllic tropical island with beautiful beaches and nothing to disturb you but the sounds of nature. If you're looking for somewhere where you can be totally alone on your own lovely private beach, this is the place.
However, the resort itself leaves a lot to be desired.
There are just four little cottages on the island (which is only 6 1/2 acres), all well separated. One is called a honeymoon bure and we were very glad to stay there as although it was basic it was fairly modern and of a decent size. We would NOT recommend the other three as they were tiny, looked old and dirty and for the prices they charge not really acceptable.
And I guess that sums up our feeling about Mounu - it simply isn't worth the money. We found the attitude of the owners quite strange, as if they actually would rather we weren't there. For US$75 per person per day the food was a ripoff - meals were small, repetitive, basic and bland and there was never any offer of any extra snacks during the day. When we arrived early afternoon there was no offer of lunch or afternoon tea. We were often hungry and certainly didn't feel pampered which is what you would expect for the prices.
It felt to us the owners had created their own piece of paradise but were not keen on going to extra mile to make it special for their guests. Indeed it felt they would really rather not be bothered. The tired, basic faciltiies, poor food and indifference of the owners let down badly what could be a sensational place.
This IS Tonga, and we aware that it is difficult to provide superior amenities and food. But frankly the owners didn't really put in much effort and the prices simply aren't justified.
If you're looking for somewhere to truly get away from people and spend all day naked on your own private beach with not a soul in sight, this is a great place. But expect to pay over the top for it, make sure you take extra food, and be prepared for poor and indifferent service from the owners (the other staff were lovely, by the way). Oh, and make sure you book the honeymoon bure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mounu Island Resort is a small Eco Resort situated on a 6.5 acre private Island. Owned and Managed by the Bowe Family who also pioneered swimming with the whales in the Kingdom of Tonga. Accommodation consists of 4 fales (accommodation units) all spread around the Island with your own piece of private beach. Fales include ensuites with califonts for hot shower water, minimal flush composting toilets, sun lounges, mosquito nets and fans and comfortable kingsize beds. High Season is July - Oct when the Humpback Whales are here. Other months are perfect for Kiteboarding, SUP boarding, Fishing, Diving, Snorkeling and Bird watching. Local organic food is prepared in our kitchen and we specialize in local seafood. Perfect for Honeymooners, Adventure seekers, Family and Friend getaways, Private Parties or those wanting to escape the hum ding of day to day life. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mounu Island Hotel Mounu Island