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Serenity Beaches Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Uoleva Island
Wellington, New Zealand
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“It's all about people”
Reviewed 15 October 2012

Just got back after spending 10 days in Tonga and my visit to Uoleva was the highlight. Vava'u was good too and you should definitely go there if you want to experience a bit of Tongan life. Neiafu is also a bit of a frontier as a lot of people sailing the oceans pass through here on their way south for the summer, so theres plenty of opportunities to hear some good stories and pick up some do's and don'ts. I went to Vavau mainly cause I heard that this is Whale swimming capital... Well it is and it isn't. Early october is not the season. Peak is generally august/september and we had to look hard to find them. Would recommend Dolphin Pacific before Whales in the wild. I definitely got a more professional impression from them. My best whale experience however was in Ouleva with Whaledisoveries.com. I had three really good swims. They also offered a discount rate if we didn't get to swim which was nice and not something that any of the others offered.
Like Tris and Dave at Whaledisoveries, Patti and everyone at Serenity is really kind, attentive and caring. There's an attention to detail that comes effortless and this shows in everything from breakfast to campfire.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 September 2012 via mobile

We spent two nights in the ensuite fales and loved every minute. We've got nothing bad to say at all as we had such a blast. Patti and sammy are so welcoming and have everything you could possibly need. Would definitely recommend the unsuited fales which are so peaceful and private. Would also recommend booking in for a day trip with Dave and trist who run whale discoveries next door - fantastic!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Mangawhai
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

Serenity Beach resort would have to rate as one of the most beautiful places on earth. We stayed there for 9 days and loved every day. It is clean, unpopulated, quite and has everything there you need to enjoy yourself, whether it be relaxing or keeping yourself busy. Patti, Semi and all the staff work hard to make their guests feel at home and are approachable at all times. The highlights of Serenity for us the friendliness of Patti, Semi and all of the staff, the food was always nicely presented, tasted great and for the bigger eaters more food was always offered, the night fires with Semi and the guys singing for us and sitting in the lounge area early in the morning watching whales breaching on the horizon.
There are lots of things I haven’t mentioned here that stood out but the list is so big 200 words aren’t enough to mention everything. My advice is go stay at Serenity, enjoy the hospitality and location and I am sure you too will have fantastic holiday just like we did. We will be back with our family for my 50th in 2014 because to me it is the best place on earth.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

If you are after a place to relax, this places is THE PLACE to visit. Fantastic quiet place with a little number of guests on a decent piece of land. Stunning beaches with no people! Patty, the owner of the resort is very nice and helpful. A great bonus is the local staff! They are extremely friendly and more than happy to disclose aspects of the local life in Tonga... Try different types of coconuts, learn how to climb coconut trees... We really enjoyed evenings with guitar and kava. If you are lucky (we were) you might see whales right from the resort beach. This place was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Highly RECOMMENDED!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

We stayed for three nights in January 2012. Loved everything about it even before we got off the boat. Patti and Semi are so much fun and wonderful hosts. The island itself has to be seen to be believed. We have never stayed somewhere so private, you can walk all day and not bump into another soul. Having a beach on both sides gives you great protection from the wind, regardless of which way it is blowing. Good snorkelling on the reef, great cooking, and heaps of cold beer! Fales are totally cute - you'd be pressed to find a better spot in Tonga. Just book it.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

If you are visiting Tonga and are in need of total relaxation, a trip to Ha'apai to stay at Serenity Beaches Resort is an absolute must! Tucked away on the gorgeous robinson crusoe style island of Uoleva, Serenity Beaches provides a wonderful place to chill out, reconnect with your loved ones and yourself. The balinese style fales are really lovely and it's so peaceful lying under your mosquito net at night listening to the sound of the crashing waves...Patti, Semi and Malakai are wonderful hosts and the meals were excellent...Patti (who is a qualified massage therapist) also gives an amazing lomi lomi massage! my husband and I took our best friends (visit from nz) up to Serenity for 3 nights but it felt like we were there for a week....we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

My sister and I stayed here for 2 nights - we decided to split 2 nights at a cheaper more basic accommodation and splurged on 2 nights at Serenity.

Serenity was beautiful, every aspect of it - the wooden teak (?) houses (which Patti had bought from Bali, disassembled and reassembled on the island!), the wooden furnishings, the solar powered guide lights at night, the gorgeous white stretch of beach and clear waters (there aren't too many tourists on the island - perfect for quiet strolls and cool morning/evening swims), the coconut trees around the resort (when we were there, you could get coconuts for free! just tell the ladies at the bar in the restaurant and one of the strong young men would get a coconut for you!), the staff.. the Tongan ladies and young men, Patti and Semi.. were all very very friendly.

We were the first to stay in the Tongan style hut - it was decorated with Tongan decorated bark, leaves as a roof, very cooling and comfortable. It had mosquito netting too, keeping you safe from Tongan mozzies!

The restaurant is located at the front, facing the beach - where you can hang out in the mornings, play board games (they have several books and games - EXCELLENT for rainy days!)... or.. SPOT hump WHALES while having breakfast! that's what I did! Well.. we were in Tonga in Sept - best time for whales!

Food was good - quite pricey and portions were medium size (excellent for us as we were not big eaters.. but you might need seconds for dinner if you went out diving all day!). For breakfast we got a choice of french toast or eggs.. with supply of Tongan coffee (very good!), a selection of teas and chopped fruits! They do serve a bit of Tongan menu for dinner.. but its mostly Western food.

There are wooden huts with lazy chairs.. if you have the wooden houses facing the other side of the island.. its more quiet and each house has its own hammock. Perfect for relaxing. We got to use the snorkelling gear for free.. can get them from the restaurant, or ask Patti.

Our hut didn't have its own shower - it was for 2 - we used the shared shower which was very interesting! it was a open roofed hut - with a spiral entrance (you won't be able to see who was showering from the outside).... very natural feel - it had a rain shower! feels like you're showering in the forest... I really liked that!

one of the nights.. the resort had a campfire! all the guests sat around the fire.. underneath the beautiful Tongan stars (I recommend sleeping under the stars if you get the chance to) - and each person had to sing a song from their own country! it was lovely.. the Tongan ladies and guys at the resort also treated us to their traditional songs.. beautiful. Did you know almost all Tongans could sing really well?

In a nutshell - Serenity Beaches is a great place for relaxing.. if you have the budget! It's not too expensive (can't remember how much we paid per night but something around NZD 180 per night i think!)... but its probably the most expensive option on Uoleva Island. Price includes breakfast.

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  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Serenity Beaches Resort
Address: Ha'apai Island Group | Kingdom of Tonga, Uoleva Island, Tonga
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Region: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Uoleva Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Uoleva Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a deserted Island in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, this resort is totally surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and many exquisite coral reefs. Rooms are all beachfront and far from each other so they offer ultimate privacy. Use of kayaks and snorkel equipment is FREE. Meals are made from fresh local ingredients, and accommodation is made for special needs. ... more   less 
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