This resort is located on the island of Uoleva which is a sparsely populated island. Other accommodation located on the island includes Captain Cooks Hideaway and Taiana’s (Diana’s) Beach Resort. All accommodation is located on the water. Details can be found on http://www.haapai.to/accommodation.html. Apart from that the island appears largely unpopulated. It is a 45 min boat transfer from the main town (that's if you don't have to wait for supplies).
We stayed in an ensuite room on the southern side of the island. There are only three well spaced fales on this side of the island. The southern side of the island receives most of the weather and was usually windy/breezy but on the up side this meant that there were very few mosquitoes unlike the main area of the resort including the dining area where they were in large numbers.
The room is an open walled fale with an open to nature but private bathroom. While advertised as ensuite, it is limited. It has a western style toilet but the shower is cold with low pressure and the hot water consists of a solar bag (think camping style) they are placed on the beach to warm during the day. This results in a very limited warmish shower at around 4-5 pm only. Don’t think you will get up to a hot shower.
The Good –
Lovely isolated location to fully relax.
Rooms are a nice change and it is peaceful and rejuvenating going to sleep and waking to the sounds of the waves.
Staff are wonderful and helpful, including the cultural shows.
The Bad –
Its location (also a positive) but it means you will waste time with transfers and also limited services offered such as service providers for diving etc.
Drinking water. Drinking water is provided in old empty alcohol bottles (often with green stuff growing at the bottom). Bad if you want to take water with you on a long walk due to the extra weight. My highest recommendation would be if you are going to the island take a large plastic water bottle that you can fill and is clean!
The cost, when compared to other accommodation in the island group.
The internet is free but only available at limited times and in the main area.
No power means some limitations. After a few days we didn’t want to see fried bread again. But I must say they did an exceptional job considering the restrictions.
I enjoyed my time at Serenity but after a few days I was looking for things to do. If that’s the type of holiday you are after then this is the place for you. I am glad we stayed at Serenity but grateful we only stayed a few days and moved on. We don’t like sitting still for too long.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Serenity Beaches Resort Tonga/Uoleva Island