So very close to paradise. World class.
A short business trip to Madang saw me booked in for two nights at the Madang Beach Resort. This is the best hotel that I have stayed in PNG and I have stayed at quite a few! This is especially so for provincial PNG where expectations should generally not be as high as in upper end hotels in Port Moresby and certainly overseas.
On arrival our early morning check-in was prompt and efficient. Due to the early arrival we were informed that our rooms would not be ready for another hour. One hour later they were ready. That’s really appreciated as it enabled us to unpack and then continue on with our business during the day knowing our things were in our rooms.
The rooms we reserved were right on the water’s edge. The balcony literally jutted out over the water and overlooked the harbour entrance and surrounding islands. A tropical paradise. The room itself was of a good size, very clean and with a comfortable bed. A large flat screen TV with numerous cable TV channels including CNN (I am a CNN junkie!). Separate bathroom and toilet with coffee/tea making facilities were included.
The resort is set amongst some of the most immaculate tropical gardens I have ever seen with wild birds wandering around, not a leaf seemingly out of place. Just stunning.
I ate all meals in the hotel. The Haus Win restaurant is extremely good with great service and presentation, live background music in the evenings and a really nice tropical resort feel.
The food itself was brilliant. An awesome burger for lunch on the first day. Some of the best barramundi (coconut crusted) I have ever eaten that night. The buffet breakfast included with the room charge was a great way to start the day. Fish patties and chips for lunch on the second day were also really very good. All meals were accompanied by very fresh salad or vegetables.
The only letdown was the dinner on our second day but I would not lower my rating because of it. So many other great things made up for it.
Because of the “State of Origin” Rugby being played that night I believe that a BBQ dinner was utilised in lieu of the usual menu. That was a shame in itself as there were several dishes on the menu that I really wanted to try. Not to worry, a BBQ steak would be fine. The steak was unfortunately very tough to the point of being inedible. A second attempt was not much better and well undercooked. I eat steak medium. The situation was handled well by the duty manager and I am sure this is an aberration on otherwise a very fine restaurant.
In summary it’s a great place to stay, most certainly world class. Usually when I travel around PNG provinces I am happy to leave and go back to my very comfortable Port Moresby apartment. I could have stayed a lot longer here. Looking forward to my next trip to Madang now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Madang Resort is PNG's top rated resort and conference centre. 200 rooms, bungalows, townhouses, apartments & cottages set on 20 acres of landscaped gardens facing Dallman passage and Yamilon Lagoon. All rooms offer ensuite, air con, TV, Radio, Coffee/Tea facilities, 4 pools, gift shop, conference rooms, gymnasium, PADI Dive shop, marina, kayaks, catamarans, tennis, golf, game fishing, tour desk & concierge. The new Kalibobo Haus Kibung provides an air conditioned function room overlooking the pool and harbour and rebuilt Haus Win Restaurant are now both open for business. Located near centre of Madang, 200m from markets, 5kms from airport in a safe gated environment. Complimentary breakfast and transfers between airport and resort. ... more less
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