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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We spent 5 nights at Keleti in October 2017. We had spent a few nights there 5 years prior. Vini still owns it and is still such a gentleman who will do anything for you. Anna is still there and gorgeous and helpful as ever and is a great cook. Some new faces who are also lovely people. This review might end up long but I want to explain that Keleti might not be everyone's cup of tea but for us it is perfect.

Keleti is about 15-20 minutes drive from town where you can hire a car for $30AUD/day (not flash but has working air con). It is out of the way, quiet and uncrowded. I can sit and watch the water all day as it pounds away at the reef and then inside that is a nice little beach. The fales are very clean with a bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Hot water systems are new and working ie. much of the pacific has the same, small, in room hot water things but they run hot and cold and hot and cold. These don't. The restaurant is large and overlooks the water, you can sit inside or out. The beach is sandy and has snorkeling although not a huge amount. Whales swim right in front if you are there at the right time (we were a bit late but still got to see some a long way off).

The staff are so great. Vini, again, took us to town to get us a car and stayed to make sure we got good value and got one. He also picked us up when we returned it. Vini's great for a chat but doesn't intrude and will assist you with anything. Anna knew we were keen to see the whales again and ran out of the kitchen to come get us upon our return from a jaunt so we didn't miss out. Her cooking is amazing, the food is well priced as is the beer. Anna also drove us to meet other transport to go to a feast night on her way home from work!

Despite a 5 year gap it almost felt like coming home to be back at Keleti. We met some more like minded travelers which adds to the holiday. Sunday is Tonga's day of rest so we were asked if we would like breakfast or the alternative was to pick bananas off the tree outside the kitchen. We chose the latter which really made us feel even more at home, coffee and very fresh bananas for breakfast.

This is no 5 star resort. If you are after a night life and lots of luxury this is not the place for you. If you are after peace and quiet, feeling the culture, making friends or staying alone, Keleti is where you want to be.

Oh, and wifi is much cheaper and more reliable (in the restaurant area only).
Vini - if you are reading this I hope you are all ok after the cyclone and that the damage was minimal.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank miskairal
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Very basic accommodation but amazing views. Best beach I saw in Tongatapu was right in front of the resort, which had a small rockpool with good snorkeling. We saw whales 2 out of 3 mornings from in front of our room. Good, reasonably priced food.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Stacey T
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for a week with 7 other people. The fales we stayed in were clean but basic. The food took a while to come out but was good once it arrived. The staff were very nice and friendly and made the stay. The beaches and view from here are stunning and we saw whales most days. Would come back here if I was going back to Tonga.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank R1876FYpetras
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We had a cottage/fale with two rooms and a bathroom. Plenty of room for two adults and a child. It was basic but clean and comfortable and matches what you pay for it. We only stayed a night and it was absolutely fine for that. It had a little and clean beach and blow holes nearby. Great for kids to explore. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They arranged transport pick up and drop off. It's about a 15-20 min trip. There isn't much around the area. Town is another 15-20 mins. They do have a kitchen serving food which helps.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank lu_rvs
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Best month to visit Tonga. Weather is cooler but water is still warm...so you can still go for a relaxing swim at the private Keleti beach. Its whale watching time from July to October...what better place to sit and eat a meal and watch the whales swim by. Then you have your block parties...numerous night clubs..and the street parade for Miss Tonga event.
Keleti Resort is only about 10minutes by vehicle out of town. The cost of the rooms plus hiring a car = the same cost if you had accomodation in town...so what a plus. Then after you finish partyung hard at the niteclubs..you can return to Keleti for a peacefull sleep. If you have trouble walking back to vale...dont worry the security is there ready to help you back.
On your sundays you can attend church or take a visit to one of the outer islands for the day.
The vales itself are quite comfortable...with a kettle and fridge.
If you do come to Tonga..give Keleti a try...the views are breath taking and the service by the Tongans is great.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
2  Thank tonga1o60
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