We booked not expecting too much as we had taken the budget option (where else can you stay on the beach at that price?), but even so the state of the amenities could have been a lot better.
The beach was awesome and there was a pool table, ping pong table, volleyball net, basketball net, but the beach chairs need repairing - the protruding rusty nails were dangerous for children.
Dan, the owner, was very obliging when we asked for something specific, but it felt like we inhabited a bit of a ghost resort. We didn’t really see anyone else the entire time we were there – staff or other guests.
The friends with whom we were travelling stayed in the apartment (two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and hot and cold running water), which was a good option as we were self-catering but the oven did not work and everything needed a good clean.
Our superior room (one main room, bathroom, cold water only, no kitchen) had obviously been shut up for a while and took a while for the musty smell to clear. The lino was ripped and the shower was in dire need of a clean. We did bring our own sheets and towels.so that helped.. The cold showers didn't worry us but one night there was no water at all.
The apartment was only available for half our stay so in the end we decamped to another resort, as it would have been too difficult to self-cater without the apartment.
The resort did have a restraint/bar and the prices seemed reasonable. We ordered a couple drinks but we didn’t order any food because we were self catering.
Overall, being disappointed it is a shame, as the location is fantastic and the resort has such potential if given a bit of an overhaul and some enthusiastic staff. Best suited to backpackers, it was tricky with small children.
It’s easy to get from there to Nuku’alofa on the bus and there several are other resorts just a short walk down the beach – the Vakaloa has a really decent cultural dinner show on Friday so definitely do that. None of the other resorts on that beach offer the option for self-catering except the Ha'atafu Guest House.
P.S. Tutu the dog was healthy and happy.
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- Otuhaka Beach Hotel Tongatapu Island
- Hotel Otuhaka Beach
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