Scenic Matavai Resort Niue3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
(Star rating is purely based on views). Such beautiful views at Matavai Resort. The best thing about Matavai is coming around 5pm for the happy hour pool bar deals and simply enjoying the views on offer. However, what prompted me to write this review was the absolute unfriendly and unwelcoming service my family and I continued to receive here at the resort. The staff don't know how to smile and be welcoming! It sucks because it is such a let down of such a beautiful resort. On many occasions I was overcharged for my food and had to inform the waitress to which she returned a nasty look. One day the fries are $8, the next they are $10. Then they're $8.5 a week later. I just don't know what to think of that. We came for dinner a couple of nights and the service was super slow. Then I hear from an Australian couple that they only had one chef working the poor thing! Disappointed that there wasn't much Niuean cuisine on offer. The only nice people working was a lovely Maori lady (I believe she was the manager), another European manager who had an injured foot, and the receptionist, Brooke. They also ran out of internet vouchers a lot which sucked. Other than that, the staff ruined my love for Matavai resort. Hopefully the staff will learn to serve with love and grace.
The view here is amazing. Beautiful turquoise water, dolphins swimming by and from the balcony you can see fish in the reef below. We were welcomed with cold fresh coconuts to drink and juices. Service was a little slow and the pool bars hours were never as advertised. If they were, they would have made a lot more money from us. Rooms were nice except our toilet hadn’t been cleaned when we arrived. Rooms are serviced daily and relatively early which is great for people who get out and about in the morning and want to relax in the afternoon. We had a lovely view of the pool and ocean. Rooms have aircon as well as ceiling fans. On our first day the manager offered to take us into ‘town’ so we could get some supplies. Staff were friendly and the view at breakfast was amazing. You get used to helping yourself to breakfast and sometimes other things that you would normally be given like cutlery. It’s very relaxed and you have to remember that you are in Niue. The two pools are great. Small areas for small kids to play in as well as deep enough for adults and you can swim up to the bar. Insect repellent is a must anywhere you go in Niue.
Was lovely place to stay. Was welcomed in a warm manner with cold drinks and information about Nuie. We stayed in Apartments which were 1 1/2 km away from main resort. Needed car but relaxed first 2 days around resort before hiring one. Managers Matt and Missy were wonderful.
We were staying elsewhere on the island but visited for their buffet and traditional fire dancing show. The buffet was delicious and huge variety. Given they were fully booked and very busy, the whole dining experience was well run and orderly. The show was very disappointing - only about 15mins but that was enough. Nowhere near as good as we have seen in the likes of Rarotonga. Good crowd involvement, but lacking in class and experience by comparison.
Great resort in a beautiful location. As soon as we arrived we felt welcome, the resort looked stunning and the staff we very friendly. During our stay we ate at the restaurant everyday either for breakfast or dinner. The menu was fine but could have a bit more choice, after seven days it got a bit boring. The staff were lovely and always polite, some lacked training as they did not understand some basic requests. The lsland is wonderful and we had a great time exploring and meeting the beautiful people of Nuie. The rooms were beautiful, we stayed in room 41 which was lovely. Staff training for consistent service could be improved,our room was not serviced one day and the restaurant staff should have been more aware of restaurant etiquett. You will need a car to get round the Island, as it’s just too hot to walk around. Lots of water activities swimming, snorkeling, fishing etc.
Depending what time of the year you go, there is a possibility of seeing whales swimming past the resort while you're eating a meal on the deck. Dolphins swim past regularly. The food is fine, and the staff are friendly. I've been twice, and may go again. The snorkeling on the island is amazing.
Nuie is a wonderful place to visit if you want a quiet, beautiful get-away, of the non-touristy kind. However, for the price I paid for my accommodation I expected more of the Scenic Matavai - my room was lovely but the dining room lacked ambience (it looked a little like a small school hall) and the pool area was tired. The menus at the hotel could have done with a few more healthy options. I also found myself having to hunt around a few too many times to find Staff in order to get service. I liked the friendly staff working there (and loved the people of Nuie generally). I hope the hotel can up its game a bit under what I understand is new management.
Stayed in the newer part of the resort - nice rooms and designed for privacy. Good facilities at the resort and a great base to explore the island. Staff friendly and helpful without being pushy. Food was good.
My mother and I stayed at the motel part of the Scenic Matavai Resort in Niue for about four nights in June. We combined our stay here with a much longer holiday at the awesome Niue Backpackers (two weeks) in Alofi. The Matavai motel was a pleasant place to stay for our last four days on the island, and there is quite a lot to do between Tamakautoga and Avatele in terms of restaurants, cafes, bars, eateries and beaches. The motel was great. Very quiet, tranquil and peaceful. The beds were a king that were split into two singles and I found them a bit too small for me. The motel has excellent complimentary laundry facilities. You can also use all of the services of the main resort and we had some delicious dinners and lunches there, including a memorable 'surf and turf' barbecue buffet night! We had a rental car and a bike. It was idyllic being able to cycle down to Avatele beach and go for a swim at sunset. Do note that there are strong rips and currents at Avatele that can sweep unsuspecting swimmers out over the reef into the open ocean. At low tide the boat entrance area is quite good, but you have to watch out for boat traffic and it's probably best to avoid that part of the beach. This is a good motel, although I felt it was a bit expensive for what we got. We stayed in far better accommodation in Bora Bora (Sunset Lodge, which unfortunately I ran out of time to write about within the year long review period that TripAdvisor offers, but I would have given it 5 stars) last year for about 40% cheaper than what we paid here (approximately NZD 160 per night, which is approximately USD 110 per night, compared to NZD 100/USD 70 a night in Bora Bora). Then there is Malaysia, where I also go frequently, and it was about twice to three times the cost of equivalent accommodation. Indeed for the cost of the Matavai motel you could probably stay in the Hilton in Malaysia, or could when I was last there. It's only really the backpackers and a few of the other guest houses and small motels around Niue (would definitely also consider Peleni's and Kololi's for future holidays in Niue) that offer prices competitive with South East Asia.
We stayed elsewhere on the island, but were curious to see what the largest accommodation establishment was like, so we drove in one afternoon and walked in the main door, greeted by a nice young lady employee, who said it was OK to have a look around, pointed us in the right direction and told us about the evenings up and coming event. The place was quite empty due to it being the off season which gave us the feeling of having the place to ourselves. Headed to the pool bar and ordered a couple of drinks, then sat on the comfy seats overlooking the reef, nice views. Everywhere looked nice and clean and would be a nice place to stay with air conditioned rooms etc. After about 30 minutes we left with good feelings about the resort.
- 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. Start your day off with breakfast, 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 (available 24 hours). 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.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
92% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 495 reviews