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“Exceptional Hospitality in Paradise”

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Serenity Beaches Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Uoleva Island
Wanganui
Level 3 Contributor
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“Exceptional Hospitality in Paradise”
Reviewed 23 August 2010

An absolute gem in a fantastic location. Patti and the staff couldn't have made us more welcome. The girls made us the most amazingly delicious meals, and were so intent in seeing we were happy and well catered for. They were the nicest, friendliest people you could ever wish to meet. The Fale was spotlessly clean, comfortable and very private, we just loved it. The staff entertained us with their singing around the camp fire, their beautiful harmonies were delightful.
The snorkeling was amazing, at the edge of the reef straight off the beach. So many colourful varieties of little fish. Further along was best beach you'd find anywhere, sparkling clear water, and clean white sand, just a magic location.
No electricity added to the appeal and charm, with solar lamps to see our way back along the paths at night. Patti and her staff have worked so hard to create something a little different to anywhere else, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, just wish it had been longer. Will certainly recommend it to anyone going to Tonga, can't wait to come back. Best Wishes Patti and thanks so much for a great time.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

We stayed at Serenity for four days and it wasn't nearly long enough. We were already planning our return trip before we got back to the US. This is a very special place. It's not a high end resort with a lot of luxuries. There is no electricity in the rooms nor is there hot water. But that is partly what is makes it so special here. Serenity is the only resort on this end of Uoleva and nearly the only establishment on the entire island. The employees are friendly and helpful and felt more like our friends by the end of our stay. Snorkeling is amazing right off the beach in front of the hotel.

Not many hotels like exist in the world. Go now!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

Serenity Beaches on Uoleva is a beautiful location. Serenity beaches is the best accommodation on the island. The island itself has very little infrastructure and the whole experience is best approached with a spirit of adventure. Great location for snorkeling and relaxing. Can also be used as a base for a whale watching trip.

The staff looked after us very well, particularly the bond the Tongan staff formed with our elder daughter, and the efforts they went to to look after her.

Bring your snorkeling gear - you can wade right in through clear blue water to the reef 50m offshore. Wetsuits are good in winter to help you enjoy it longer.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Auckland
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Reviewed 23 May 2010

For anyone who is looking at accommodation in the Ha’apais, drop all the names and forget about them... Serenity Beach is where you need to be. You will not be disappointed. Me and my partner Fili stayed at Serenity for 7 nights. The beach the weather, was divine, Patti is one of those people that you don’t come across often, She has such an ore about her, and it shows in her resort. Pati is such a hard working woman, friendly and a great companion and a host. We enjoyed the most our talks after sunset over delicious dinner that has been Cooked up by Sami (he is the best cook in Tonga)! Playing cards till we couldn’t keep our eyes open anymore, is something that me and Fili always look back at and laugh about. The service that was given to us on our stay cannot compare to any 5 star hotel... It Was BETTER! a service that came from the heart and love, no request was too small and was always acknowledged! Rooms are very clean and comfortable, The location is the best part... Its away From EVERYTHING! We were the only guests in the resort and we had the beach all to ourselves! Absolutely the best resort we have ever stayed in!

Patti and Sami
Thank you sooo much for hosting us and helping us with our flights, your hospitality and personality we will never forget and your friendship that we made we will always cherish.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 April 2010

Serenity Beaches provides just that; Serenity, both above and below the water. We went to Haapi specifically to dive (Fins and Flukes) and the resort was the icing on the cake. Patti and her partner Semi have built a remarkable recluse on an island far off the beaten path. The fales are peaceful, beatiful massages are recommended, the food was tasty and, considering the difficulty of getting fresh fruit/vegi's we had to rough it on fresh lobster and fish every day. Yep, we roughed it.
What do you need to bring? Books if you don't want to use the fairly well stocked library, the wish to fully relax, snorkel gear (Patti does offer hers, we happened to have our own) so that you can spend hours exploring 10 metres off shore, your own booze, plenty of bug dope, We hadn't planned on booking all meals but decided upon arrival to add lunch to our breakfast/dinner package and it made life even easier. Getting to the main island is not an easy task, so if you want snacks or to prepare your own meals you need to plan ahead.
Leave the party clothes at home, this is one laid back place. Its swimwear and shorts, with a dress up being throwing on a pair of shorts. The fales don't have electricity, dinner is by candelight (a generator runs the absolute essentials)
If you have the opportunity to dive, swim with the whales or snorkel from a boat we recommend Fins and Flukes. They are well qualified as an instructor and dive master and also share the strong education and knowledge as marine biologists.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 April 2010

We spent 7 nights at Serenity Beaches ... I had not seen a place like this since the 70's. A chick campsite... where life is slow and it feels like time stands still.
If you do not like insects this is not a place for you, there are spiders, flying cockroaches, mosquitos... but if that does not really bother you, this place has so much to give... Snorkeling is absolutely out of this world with an abundance of coral formations and marine life, turquoise beach, long walks in every direction of the island, amazing views of volcanoes at a distance, boat trips and a completely undisturbed night sky.
Food is good but you have very little choice since the owner, has to bring absolutely everything from the other islands.
People here are nice and will do everything to make your stay pleasant...
Bring loads of mosquito repellent and coil...
If you are looking for something beyond resorts, swimming pools, cafes and shopping I would dare say this place is a must see .

  • Stayed April 2010
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USA
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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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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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