Scenic Matavai Resort Niue3.0 out of 5.0
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We stayed in the Matavai Motel - the self contained serviced apartments about 1.3km away from the Matavai Resort. So make sure you hire a car. We had two adjoining apartments - each woody, spacious, and we equipped for full self-catering. Very comfortable, well lit, and serviced daily with fresh towels. Screened porch out the front with sea views of the swells pounding the reef. There was A/C, though not really needed, and 3 TV channels, though not really used. Each room has a ceiling fan, but this was not working in one room and was not fixed even during our 10 day stay. This hints at a minor issue - apartment dwellers are poor cousins to guest at the Resport, even though Resort facilities are available to every one. There was a sense of isolation and some issues finding someone who could address the inevitable minor issues that arise. Also - if you are booking tours via the Resort - either double and triple check, or work directly through the tour operators as we were badly let down when a booking was not made by desk staff.
We stayed at the apartments, 1.5 km away from the resort. Very spacious, clean and tidy, comfortable beds. Great views from the balcony. A car is definitely required as there is no public transport on the island. Apartments were paired side by side and you can hear quite a lot of what the ones next door are up to. Possibly ideal for two couples traveling together or a family that are getting up at the same time etc. Bring earplugs if you're likely to wake to roosters crowing at 4am!! We ended up opening the ranch slider so the sound of the sea would drown them out! The resort staff are lovely and the food was delicious!
Niue is truly a unique and wonderful island to go to and staying at the Matavai just makes it truly special. A great accommodation with lovely staff who have a great smile and make you feel completely at home. They are also more than happy to book restaurants for you or anything else you might want to do. Most nights at the Matavai there is something happening either in the restaurant or pool bar. The flyer that is left at your door every morning is great and full of all the information you need i.e. weather, tides, whats happening at the matavai etc. It is a great place to stay !!!
Wow Everything you want in a holiday. We were a group of 9 travelling together. My main reason was a getaway for my birthday and friends tagged along as none of us had been to Niue before. From the lovely, easy and efficient welcome at the airport by the Matavai Resort staff, to the welcome drink on arrival. Simon the General Manager checked with us several times during our week to make sure we were all happy and even organised a surprise birthday cake and staff singing for me, which was a superb touch. All our rooms were really comfortable, all grouped together in the same block and with views overlooking the resort, pool and out to sea, just stunning. Every day there was always a pod of dolphins swimming by and playing in the bay. We all wanted to explore the island so hired a van and visited as many coves and chasms as we could during our week. It did not disappoint. I have been to other pacific islands but Niue is by far the best for water clarity, snorkelling was fantastic. Several in our group did fishing charters and had great half days catching Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna which the resort cooked some for our lunch. The staff at Matavai Resort were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They had fantastic theme nights with the local school kids performing, fire dancing, great local musicians and buffets. During our visit they were busy making improvements to the buildings and any disruptions were minimal - plus we were out most of the day to avoid most of it. Can't wait to go back and see the final upgrade results and visit during the whale migration season.
We stayed at the Scenic Matavai Resort Studio Apartments (serviced) about 1.5km up the road from main Resort. We never felt isolated as a free shuttle was always available to collect us and drop us off. The apartments are duplexes with connecting rooms (we were four adults). STUDIO APARTMENTS - were very roomy, great view of waves breaking on coastline, clean, well appointed with cooking facilities (although we had to chase up a fry pan - which arrived within 5 minutes!), clean modern bathroom (included hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, washing powder, linen), king sized bed, airconditioning, wardrobe, sofa, dining table, outdoor chairs on deck. There is an insect screen on ranchslider out on to the deck, so you are able to leave the door open at night to listen to the waves :-) The only thing missing was a safe in the room. No problems with security though. FACILITIES - nice pool area - umbrella and sun loungers; very quiet and peaceful place to relax. The pool looked fairly new and was clean and well maintained. Pool is deep with ladder access, so not really for small children. RECEPTION - lovely, friendly staff, phone access and a few small supplies if required. Free Wifi available should you need to connect to outside world - a little intermittent, though (Go on, I dare you to switch your phone off !) RENTAL CAR - is essential on Niue! Book before you go. It's not a very big island, but the coastline is a MUST to visit chasms and rock pools, and just generally driving around to see the villages and visit cafes. It takes a little while to get around the island .. not due to the distance, but due to the pot holes you have to avoid!!! Be very aware when driving - you may find someone else on your side of the road avoiding the same! Not much to see from the car as island is flat and road tree-lined both sides, so driving down side roads to points of interest and coast is required. TOWN CENTRE - is very quiet. A very friendly, welcoming Yacht Club and a couple of cafes and restaurants that are well worth eating at. Not many shops at all, so don't bank on hitting the town to boost your wardrobe! FOOD - We took some of our own food from NZ so we didn't have to eat out all the time, and the supermarket and petrol station are well stocked and priced very well for the other food we needed. DUTY FREE - Take advantage of the Bond store in town (take your boarding pass - single use only) to get some duty free liquor. GREAT CAFE/BAR - Washaway Cafe (honesty cafe) is a great place to go - especially at sunset. Literally a book on the bar to write your purchases down, you then help yourself to your drinks from behind the bar, tally up and pay at the end of your visit! Great food and atmosphere. SNORKELLING - is great - don't be afraid of the sea snakes - they're more afraid of you! They look like they may be swimming towards you, but they're only coming up for air - they'll shoot off down to the bottom again once they've taken a breath! FISHING - you only need to go about 200m offshore to catch great fish with local charter boats. Although the boat keeps most of the fish, we were given two of our fish to keep and the Resort cooked them for us, with a salad and fries - beautiful and great price! Wear rock hopper shoes (beach shoes) as the rocks are quite sharp in some places when walking to chasms and rock pools. Most of the sights have good paths and stairs. NOTE - TAKE HEAPS OF MOSQUITO REPELLENT!!! They are very prevalent and there have been a few cases of dengue fever. Don't expect a bustling island - it's just very laid back and peaceful. Enjoy
The Matavai is about 6km from Alofi, so a rental car is recommended to get around. The hotel is set on the edge of the island with a fabulous view over the sea. The rooms are comfortable and have all yo need for a pleasant stay. Food and drink is available from the restaurant and the poolside bar. Most evenings the hotel has a theme in the restaurant area with entertainment. The staff are always ready to help with a friendly smile. There is plenty to do on this small island.
The facilities were in the middle of a face lift, the location is awesome, views out to the ocean. However, you can see that the buildings are showing signs of salt damage, rusty hinges, rusty nail stains down the timber etc. We were there when the resort was getting a face lift, loads of painting, general repairs and the construction of the convention centre plus additional rooms were constructed. The pool area and decking was of a good standard. Overall a 7/10 but with some simple improvements it would make it equal to the majestic views.
The Scenic Matavai is a great place to stay while on holiday in Niue. The rooms were very comfortable, spacious and clean - and the showers were fantastic. The views from the pool and deck are pretty special too. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful - and also very quick & efficient, which can be a rarity in the islands.
We stayed at the Matavai for 10 days during May, and its a perfect place to relax. The room was spotless, on the second floor and it was wonderful. So close to the sea and the roar of the waves. The bed was SO comfortable - the room was always cleaned so beautifully by lovely staff. Shower was great. The weather wasn't always good - so a good book is a must. However it's just a lovely place for R & R which is why we went. Loved th hotel cats - so friendly! Loved the hen and her chicks and the roosters. We had a car for two days and went round the island - and also hired bikes - which was great fun. Some lovely spots to visit. The renovations are going on - but doesn't impact very much - and they are nice guys to! The wine is expensive out of happy hour - food was very nice - loved the fish and my husband said the steak was fantastic!! Just a lovely stay!!
My husband and I visited the the beautiful Niue for our 'Babymoon' along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who we invited along. From the initial enquiry to our departure, our experience with the staff and the resort itself was nothing short of amazing. The resort is located on the best part of the island - sheltered, cliff top, stunning sunsets, close to the main town and close to the airport. The welcome cocktail and welcome orientation was a very nice touch and provided very useful information about the resort and things to see and do on the island. The staff were always happy and helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The bar food and drinks were great and the happy hour was perfect for grabbing a drink and watching the sunset. The pools were also great to cool off in and added to the appeal of the resort. Our rooms were next to each other which was ideal and the room itself was great - spacious, clean, comfortable, good air con, modern bathroom. We especially found the foldable clothes line on our outdoor area very handy. One thing we found very handy was having our rental car delivered to the resort and being able to leave it at the aiport upon our departure. This meant we had full use of the car from the time we arrived, right up until our departure. It was great to be able to go for one last swim at one of the caves in the morning before our afternoon departure. It would be great if there were loungers around the pool for those who wish to relax at the resort. After many hours exploring the island, this would have been nice to come back to and the reason we came to Niue was to relax and doing nothing for a majority of the time. The buffet cultural dinner was good, and we loved the entertainment. However, the food was not worth the amount we paid. I think Niue's definition of "buffett' differs to ours. These elements did not hinder our stay at all and are only minor improvements that could be made. Overall, our stay was amazing and our expectations were hugely exceeded in regards to both the resort and the island. We all had the best holiday!
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Free airport shuttle
- 2 outdoor pools
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue is located within a 15-minute drive of Peniamini's Grave and Togo Chasm. This 55-room, 3-star resort welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and free self parking. On the beach, the resort is also within a 15-minute drive of Niue High School Oval and Anapala Chasm.
Explore the resort and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.
The 55 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including balconies, iPod docks, and safes. For entertainment, guests can expect to find TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones are also standard.
Guests of Scenic Matavai Resort Niue enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools, a conference center, and a library. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle at scheduled times. Front-desk staff can assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.
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92% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 446 reviews