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“Delightful low key paradise”
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Zipolo Habu Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lola Island
Perth, Australia
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156 reviews
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“Delightful low key paradise”
Reviewed 24 July 2011

What a lovely setting and beautiful island. We were picked up by Taska and AJ who we became buddys with in a short time. Both are friendly, warm characters. During our visit AJ the bar manager was a great source of information and gave fantastic service in both the bar & restaurant and pretty much every where else. AJ was always "on the ball". The resort itself has 6 bungalows and we stayed in the deluxe ocean front bungalow which could sleep 5 in 2 bedrooms. The bungalow is delightful and has a lovely open rainwater shower. The grounds are spacious and very well kept with tree orchids and local flowers in abundance. The restaurant and bar are informal and very friendly and we met some lovely people during our stay. The food is a tad expensive and does not vary much from day to day. We loved the resort but as a couple found the fishing tours very expensive (A$50 per hour plus petrol which equated to $550 for one day for us) but would be less so for a group. The fishing guide Taska is great and knows his stuff. Disappointingly our room was only serviced once during our 3 night stay and other guests confirmed the same. This does need to be addressed, as clean towels and toilet paper should be mandatory for the rates charged. Despite this, due to the lovely AJ and Taska and surrounding beauty, we had a great time.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 20 March 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Deluxe Bungalow which has private bathroom, can sleep up to a family of 5 and faces the ocean. It also had a fridge, and small kitchen, but the food is very cheap and very good so no need to use the kitchen.
Other bungalows on the resort used communal toilets and showers.
The resort is like a tropical paradise and kept clean. It's the kind of place where you can truly relax. The fans worked 24 hours a day in our bungalow which is great because even at night you need the fans on.
The resort has friendly staff.
Located about 20 minutes boat ride from Munda.
Suggestions:
Take one of the canoes and paddle around the island (Lola Island)
Visit skull island (only 10 minutes boat ride away)
Go on a fishing trip and experience "bottom fishing" for fish 500 metres down. Afterwards, you can taste your catch as the kitchen staff will make a beautiful meal out of it.
Go on a snorkelling trip as nearby is the most amazing snorkelling.
Diving is also fantastic.
Surf breaks are close to the resort.
I highly recommend to stay here.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 December 2010

Zipolo Habu is in a beautiful location on Lola island, close to Munda and in the midst of the beautiful Vona Vona lagoon. The bungalows are nicely made and set in beautifully maintained gardens. We found the place great, but service was variable and the bill quickly adds up with the high cost of food and activities. Food is good quality but we found the kitchen unreliable. Several times they weren't there when they should have been open and twice the dessert wasn't made, once because they said the owners were using the kitchen to cook their family dinner and subsequently the chef didn't have time to make dessert. We thought more care would be taken given the prices being charged. Overall a beautiful spot but not necessarily the best value available.

  • Stayed December 2010
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2 Thank shaunanthony
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SYDNEY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2009

I booked Zipolo Habu direct the week before I left Sols. We got a better rate direct. On arrival at Munda we were the only 2 people off the plane. There was no one there 2 meet us as at the airport but when we walked 200 or so meters through the town a man came and introduced himself as Taska and he was 2 take us over to Lola Island.

The Island is 25 minutes or so from Munda in a beautiful lagoon dotted with hundreds of tiny islands. The resort faces a massive volcano like looking island and has a perfect aspect to the prevailing south east trade winds that blow in the winter.

The leafhaus accommodation is very spacious and I believe that you can sleep up to 4-5 people per hut for the same rate. I believe there was electricity for a few hours a day in the rooms for charging batteries and such. The beds are big and we slept like babies. We even had our new friends MuMu the cat and the resort dog sleep on our verandah and keep an eye out for us. There are 4 or 5 Leafhaus huts and 1 bigger one that has its own bathroom. One big plus is that they supplied big buckets of fresh sweet rain water for drinking, no buying 50 bottles of water a day.

Lola Island itself is quite large round and flat. It is very heavily forested and took us about 40 minutes to walk around (might have been not that far as we did it during a massive storm) and 10 minutes to walk to the other side using the "Lola Bush Track". Small surf pounds the open side of the island and while there is no beach on this side there is a fair amount of coral to explore. The resort has beautiful gardens, orchids grow out of every thing and the jetty and main bar/meals area is just picture post card perfect.

Every day we ate fresh fruit for breakfast , snapper and chips for lunch, fresh caught spanish mackerel sashimi or kokoda for drinks and Crayfish or mud crab for dinner. How bloody good is that. You could have a meal plan and have soup and dessert and hot bfast etc but we just picked and chose.

The resort is sort of like a pub and lots of expats who live in the area all meet up on boats for lunch here. While you might have be the only guests on the island some tuna fisho's from Noro or a party of guests from Sanbis or Fatboys in Gizo will come up for lunch and a drink. You can drink your duty free at the bar as well.

They have a few boats for fishing with duel gas guzzling 2 stroke engines.
We would go exploring on the boats for a few hours every afternoon trolling, exploring ect. They offer a few trips, we went to skull island which was pretty cool and just went fishing. A really great place that I would like to explore more is around the back of Skull Island. There is a small lagoon open to the swell, massive plate corals, coral trout, very nice looking water. Skull Island also has a surf break. We saw one wave breaking one day and it was heavy. It is only 10 minutes to the surf from Zipolo Habu.

All in all we were very happy with Zipolo Habu. While the resort had a slightly run down feel (doesn't every thing in the Solomons) the food was superb, the beer cold and the hospitality genuine and welcoming. The fishing could have been better but the trade winds prevented any reel offshore adventures and when we had the chance we too other options any way. Please note that the tide was out the whole time that we stayed on Lola, it only came in at night and made swimming no where near as nice. This (neap tide cycle) is a common thing in the tropics and you should find out as best you can when it occurs as it may spoil your whole holiday. No one likes to go to the beach at low tide.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Mililani Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2006

I spent 15 years working and living in the South Pacific, but until I spent a week at Lola, I had not found paradise. The perfect blend of natural beauty and convenience. The simple but elegant accomodations, bar, and restaurant were just right. I felt like I was on a beautiful tropical island, but I knew a cold beer was not too far away and could be enjoyed with a breath taking view of the lagoon and surrounding islands. Joe and his wife Lisa were fantastic hosts and the staff were always ready to serve. I cannot end my review without saying how good the fishing was, but more than anything I was completly content with just handing around and enjoying the island lifestyle and beauty.

  • Stayed June 2005
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11 Thank G7520IZrichardp
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Property: Zipolo Habu Resort
Address: Lola Island, Lola Island, Solomon Islands
Region: Solomon Islands > Lola Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lola Island
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zipolo Habu Resort is located on Lola Island in the beautiful Vona Vona Lagoon and are accessible by a 20 minute scenic boat ride from Munda Airport. We are proud to be one of the leading and most respected family run resorts in the Solomon Islands. We offer a range of accommodation from our Traditional Bungalows, built to reflect an authentic island living experience, through to our Semi-Deluxe and Deluxe Bungalow range, each with progressing levels of attention to detail. All of our bungalows have basic kitchenettes to allow for the preparation of meals, tea and coffee making facilities and fresh drinking water.All bungalows are fitted with 240 volt power from 11am-11pm and our Semi-Deluxe and Deluxe range have back up power which allows for the use of fans and lighting 24 hours a day.Our two Deluxe Bungalows both have ensuite bathrooms, whilst our Traditional and Semi-Deluxe utilise shared facilities conveniently located behind the bungalows amongst flowering orchids and frangipani.Not only are we known as the Solomon Islands premier fishing resort due to our numerous custom fishing boats and onsite tackle shop, we also offer supurb diving (PADI) and surfing (albeit seasonal). We have a wide variety of local day-trips on offer to ensure guests get the opportunity to explore all that the region has to offer. We can tailor experiences to suit your interests - be it visiting local villages or spending the day relaxing on the beach on your own uninhabited island. We also provide picnic baskets and can even organise a bottle of wine - it's up to you. From the resort we offer bushwalking, beach volleyball, snorkeling, jetty fishing and kyaking. For the less adventurous we have karaoke and satellite TV as well as plenty of hammocks to lounge in. At the end of the day, enjoy a cold drink from our fully lisenced bar and a sumptuous meal from our resturant where we speciallise in fresh locally caught seafood. We can arrange transfers to and from other accommodation in the area at competitive prices. ... more   less 
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