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Serenity Beaches Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Uoleva Island
Reviewed 30 March 2010

We are 'Nuts' we left voluntarily. We started in Tongatapu then went to Vava'u and on to Ha'apai. We stayed in town for a few days and we experienced real Tongan culture and that was a great experience in itself. We then travel with Fin's N Flukes out to Serenity Beach Resort. Well let's just say the pictures of Ueoleva and Serenity DO NOT do them justice! Patti and her boyfriend have done an incredible job in the middle of nowhere. The people in Ha'apai were awesome and Patti just adds to that. The Fale's we stayed in were just beautiful, the water and island were what the South Pacific are all about and I can only pray that this area never becomes developed. Serenity beats all the other resorts in the area, the rates are worth it and the food was great too. Do Not go there except to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings! Patti has done an awesome job with what she has available, She has a little further to go with some finishing touches but it was an excellent experience and we will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2010

My girlfriend and I had the most amazing holiday at Serenity Beaches in Tonga. We flew from Melbourne via Sydney. A cyclone delayed our flight from mainland Tonga to Ha'Apai. But when we arrived we weren't disappointed. The Island is uninhabited apart from guests of the 3 "hotels" that were there although they aren't hotels, just small clusters of fales, with Serenity Beaches the most appealing. Our hosts were amazing - they made us feel totally at home from the start. We had our own fale and our own private beach. The fale we stayed in was really cool as was the main eating area. We went snorkelling in beautiful coral reefs everyday - even saw a 2 m reef shark one day! There is also a beautiful clean swimming beach with no reef at all. We ate lobster most days and played guitar around the campfire at night. This place has to be the closest thing to paradise on earth - and very affordable if flying from Australia / NZ. Remember to BYO booze though as it is pretty remote (ie no shops once you get there). Probably the best tip is to buy some at the airport or if you have a day in Nuko Alofa buy some there. This place is very quiet and relaxing so don't go expecting nightclubs and loud music!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank damondo
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

This place is amazing. We stayed for only 4 days which wasn't long enough in my opinion. You get to Serenity by boat which is a fun way to see the surrounding Islands. It's a really nice place to relax and unwind as it is so remote and beautiful. You could walk for 1/2 an hour down the beach and not see a single person! The coral and sea life is a lot more pristine than other parts of Tonga so it's great for snorkeling.
The Balinese style rooms are really well designed and open up to let the breeze through on a hot day. The people at Serenity are super friendly and will cook amazing food to suit your dietary requirements.
They have lots of places to hang out and read etc.. and snorkeling gear and kayaks if you feel like exploring.
Patti, Semi & Yoda are great hosts and made us feel very welcome.

Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

I recently spent 4 nights at Serenity in between Christmas and New Years.
We flew into Ha'apai and Patti the owner was there to pick us up and take us to the island of Uoleva, which was a stunning boat trip from ha'apai mainland.

I've never relaxed so fast in a place before. This was just what I was after.
The remoteness and beauty combine to create an oasis of bliss.
It is a beautiful spot to unwind; swim, snorkel, practise yoga, kayak, walk, sleep, hammock time, eat, talk, read and re-group with your soul!
The snorkeling is awesome, with some beautiful coral patches & so much life.

The fales are very spacious, light & comfortable, very clean and the beds are great. We slept really well each night. Too much infact!
The owners looked after us wonderfully, we were treated to breakfast, lunch, dinner & baking! It is such bliss to be cooked for, for each meal.
A way to my heart was the awesome range of herbal teas that were available to help yourself at no cost.
I found the cost of the meals very reasonable and inline with what we expected.
There are many small touches that Serenity have implemented that you only appreciate once you leave and go somewhere else. Such as filling up your water bottles with drinking water, rather then charging you to buy another bottle.
All of what they have achieved on such a remote island is certainly a great feat.

My only consideration about going back to Serenity would be how to stay as long as possible next time.
Fabulous, highly recommended

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank nspenny04
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Reviewed 29 November 2009

Highly recommended for who is looking for a place what is far away from the civilization, in the middle of the nature where you can just relax, calm down and chill on the beach.

Patti, the owner is a very friendly, full with energy, happiness person. Serenity Beaches Resort has five fales right at the beach front. The brand new fales are clean, tidy and nicely furnished. You have your own privacy, your own beach with huge distance between the fales.

The great thing was that we didn’t feel like a guest, it felt rather like staying with a good friend who did her best for you.

The food was awesome! When we arrived Patti asked us what we prefer to eat in the next five days. I am gluten intolerant. Although there is a huge limitation of food resources on this small island they were still able to cater all my special food requirements.

If Patti is in good mood (she always is) she might play on her guitar at the fire right on the beach.

There were two kayaks we could use any time. You will also find beautiful reef in front of the resort, perfect place for snorkeling.

If you are lucky you might easily catch whales from the beach.

We spend there five gorgeous days in September 2009, wish it would have been longer!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank jgabez
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Reviewed 13 November 2009

Simple and gorgeous, this perfect place is set another world away from the dusty and rubbish strewn village life of Tonga. With the attentiveness of bed and breakfast owners, Patti and Semi run an exquisite, unique luxury set of individual fales dotted just inside the jungle along the Uolevu island beach. They are warm, thoughtful, kind and welcoming, fantastic cooks & hosts and take care of your every need.

The Fales are beautifully simple pagodas, built and shipped as modules from Bali and assembled on Uolevu, with spare but thoughtful fitouts (this will be your first time showering in your own private jungle space, with your feet on a path of round stones and a stainless steel showerjet extruding out of a tropical tree).

Being on an uninhabited island, the sheer sense of freedom ensures this beats place the hell out of any other resort on Ha'apai. The reef starts 30 meters snorkle from the front of the beach, there are bonfires on the sand with lime coconuts and star filled sky at night, hammocks under palms on the beach and they now have a bar license. It's one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had and you won't be able to leave when you plan to (I stayed twice as long).

Anyway, you should pretty much book a ticket and go there immediately. It is as close to paradise as I have ever encountered.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank tomdelamore
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Reviewed 24 October 2009

We initally were planning to stay at Serenity but we didn't stay there due to reading a negative review which in our opinion was totally incorrect. We checked out the resort for ourselves and were very impressed with the warm reception, the lovely clean accommodation and the positive comments made by various holiday makers staying there.
My husband, my 15 year old son and I stayed at another place, a short walk from Serenity called the Captain Cook Hideaway. If you are looking for a much less expensive place to stay right on a quiet, prestine,beautiful beach with variety of delicious meals served every day then you can't beat Captain Cook Hideaway. We extended our stay to nine nights and had the most wonderful and relaxing holiday. Soni and Mele are exceptional Tongan couple who really look after their customers.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Ha'apai Island Group | Kingdom of Tonga, Uoleva Island, Tonga
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Region: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Uoleva Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Uoleva Island
Price Range: £98 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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