Scenic Matavai Resort Niue3.0 out of 5.0
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I stayed here in June 2017 and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. We had a Superior Cliff Top which included unobstructed Ocean Views. We would spend our afternoon sitting on the deck over looking the Ocean and listening to it crash against the reef below. Our room was very spacious and clean. The Aircon was awesome to have but we would turn it off at night time as it was a bit chilly. Beds were SUPER comfy and the bathroom was always clean and tidy. The Superior Cliff Top rooms are in a block of 4 but we couldnt tell whether we had people in the rooms next to us as they were super quite - must have very good sound proofing etc. The Restaurant and Bar area was amazing. Breakfast was always delicious and set us up well so we could go out and explore the Island - we werent told off for grabbing a few extra muffins etc hehe so that was nice (they knew that exploring was hard work haha) Heaps of car parking for the rental cars and visitors etc. Overall - Stunning location. Stunning rooms. Stunning food and most importantly STUNNING PEOPLE :)
Lovely place to stay on this small island. Rooms are spacious, beds comfy and the facilities good. Fabulous views from the rooms and a lovely pool. Lots of choice for a continental breakfast with fruit, cereal, yoghurt, lots of nuts and seeds and pastires. I did order an omelette one morning but waited over 40mins. Couple of challenges. Dinner was very average on the night we ate at the resort, what was supposed to be seared blackened tuna came out as a white solid brick on the plate and so dry it was inedible, food was very average for the price, It felt like the chef may have been off sick that night as the menu did not match the plate. On one night cocktails included on our room rate made in the upstairs bar were devoid of alcohol, one of our party got a large glass of soda water the other a huge glass of coke, and a piña colada without coconut! As it happens we also had 2 of the same cocktails made at the pool bar for our party so had a direct comparison. Luckily the pool barman was very understanding and made excellent replacement ones. Also frustrating to have these turn up on the checkout bill along with being charged for complimentary drinks (wine/beer) from the managers introduction talk. Apart from those niggles, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the staff were helpful and very friendly, it was quiet, relaxing, very laid back and we would definitely return.
This was our first holiday to Niue and it exceeded our expectations. We stayed in a Deluxe Clifftop Room overlooking the sea. Spacious room with everything you required. I was a bit worried about the heat but with both an overhead fan and air conditioning I slept with out a problem. We ate most of our meals at the resort. Breakfast was included which was great. Went to both the buffet nights which had a wide variety of foods. Staff were always friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They even made sure hubby could watch the All Black game :) We are already planning to return hopefully sometime next year.
If you like staying in resorts, this is the place for you, as it is the only resort on the island. Stayed in an Ocean View Room - Room had Air Conditioning and bed was ridiculously comfortable and bigger than a king. Food was of a good standard and pricing was in-line with the rest of the island, if not extremely slow. Having said this, many food places were very slow in Niue - however may have thought service would have been of a higher standard in a resort given the room price. Pool looks nice, but over chlorinated and why would you bother with all the amazing water around. Went to the Buffet night, mainly to see the fire dance show, so was disappointed when the fire dance was cancelled due to rain. Breakfast was included, however consisted of cereal, fruit, toast, muffins, pancake. So if you want eggs etc - you still need to pay for this. Overall the Matavai is very good. Self serve laundry was available. It has amazing views and is situated right on the cliff edge. Gardens are lovely. However, as a rule we are not a fan of resorts, and Matavai did nothing to change our opinion. Missy did a great job interacting with guests, super efficient and always smiling and making sure everyone was happy. Thanks for making our stay comfortable. One tip, a folder in the room with all the island activities and in resort menu would be good. (We spent 2 weeks in Niue, staying at 4 different accommodations - spending 3 nights at the Matavai.)
this is just the most amazing location. you sit on a deck overlooking the ocean for breakfast lunch and dinner, we only saw the dolphins out front but I am told you do see whales. make sure you have insect repellent, one of the ladies at reception was a bit frosty but on the whole the staff were great, bear in mind there is an old and new part to this hotel. sometimes what is on the menu is not available but they are minor niggles
Room was amazing, we had a clifftop Superior Room. Service and staff were very helpful and polite. Food and entertainment was FANTASTIC. The wait for drinks at the pool bar was a little long and the Barman was a little grumpy at times. Wifi was good at times and useless at most but other than that I would absolutely highly recommend Matavai Resort.
We opted for an apartment which is 2kms away from the main resort. We loved the quiet and tranquility this brought. The balcony overlooked the ocean and the sound of the waves sent us to sleep each night. The pool was a welcome splash when hot. We were able to enjoy the facilities at the main resort. It was no trouble for them to pick us up in their shuttle. They took us to the supermarket and waited while we shopped to get food. The ferried us to and from the resort as we needed and we enjoyed some afternoons on their truly luxurious loungers by their superior pools. The staff were welcoming and accommodating. We fell in love with Niue - it is so unspoilt. The apartment gave us flexibility and if you are on a budget is a good way to go as you can self-cater. Our TV (apartment 9) was peculiar colours - but we watched things on a laptop anyway. Internet was slow but free. It was nice not to be a slave to the internet for a week. I did think cockerels crowed at dawn - but they apparently crow at all hours of the night. They are everywhere around the apartments - you get used to their noise. If they wake you up - there is plenty of time to snooze in the lazy days of relaxation. Would highly recommend this resort.
Nuie is sublimely beautiful. It is, not for the faint hearted when it comes to the caves and chasms which require sure footed tactics and for some a real fitness to access.If you prefer to lounge about at a resort then this one will tick boxes for a 4 star resort, Cliff top villas have the best views and our studio quite spacious. For a remote island satellite TV Internet etc all work relatively well. We did have two negatives housekeeping came daily but every time left us without something and on one occasion failed to clean the bathroom. We had overcooked tuna and the coconut crab we had been hanging out for was overcooked and dry. We have eaten it on other island holidays and it is a favourite. We were really upset and it was a pricey meal too. Overall more positives than negatives. With new Managers just started we know these details will be addressed.
Great service and attitude from the staff. Facilities are good and prices aren’t too expensive. An extra blender is needed at the pool bar as we often waited 15/20 minutes for our cocktails. Also the wireless access points at the Apartments need upgrading as they’re a very old 802.11B type which is very slow. Those two things are minor, we really enjoyed out stay.
We generally don't have the highest expectations of resorts who cater for larger numbers of guests but the staff at Matavai were almost always friendly and helpful which was great, including very accessible management staff. The standard of the restaurant was excellent overall, with some really good local food such as uga (coconut crab) or tuna, although the standard of the service seemed to dip noticeably on the night the restaurant manager was on a day off. The evening entertainment was generally enjoyable too. The room was a good size and had a good view of the sea although there were a couple of minor things which the hotel encouraged you to let them know about, so no issues. The only distraction when it came to sleep was local wild roosters providing a wake up call from 4am onwards, and geckos calling...but where else in the world can you get that kind of charm? :-) The hotel had snorkel gear and bikes available for hire; we made use of the bikes but had our own snorkel gear and reef shoes which are essential for getting about on the reef. There is a sea track to access the reef within the resort (after Room 34), and a visit at low tide is a must to see all the fish in the small pools. There is also a pool in a cave that is large enough to snorkel in. We were also lucky enough to see various other sea life (such as eels, sea snakes, mantis shrimps, crabs) on our reef walks.
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92% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 482 reviews