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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

I took the day tour to this island on a Sunday as almost everywhere was closed.

It was a great way to spend the day!

Started with a great 30 min boat ride to the island. We received a complimentary drink upon arrival.

Once our free lunch order was placed, we were free to roam the resort and village at our leisure.

The resort was kept in very today condition. I did not go inside the villas. However, they liked basic but clean from the outside. The gardens and pathways were liked after with care.

I wandered thought the village. It was quiet as everyone except the pigs and dogs had gone to church.

It was interesting to see the lifestyle the Islanders live in. Also the solar panels and water tanks at each house.

I did not go pay the village, but being is where they have so their crops.

I came back via the beach. Just in time to catch the boat for a free snorkeling experience.

Lunch was great!

Spent the remainder of my time relaxing of swimming in the beach or pool.

Overall, highly recommended as long as you are happy to just experience simple island life!

Stayed: October 2018, travelled solo
Thank DaveP3379
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

We wanted to get away from work. Royal Sunset Island Resort (RSIR) definitely fit the bit. This is not a expensive resort with all the mod cons. In fact they market themselves as an Eco Resort.

If you want a luxurious fale with wifi RSIR is not the place for you. The fale is basic (bed, lounge and bathroom); this is its charm. It's a couple steps from the beach, has a hammock that you can lie in, read your book while listening to the ocean. The electricity goes off after midnight and comes back on before 6 am. I found that we loved this. It made us slow down, and appreciate little things - being together, reading our books and just being.

The food was beautiful. the staff were friendly and willing to help. In fact my only complaint would be that it would be too easy to put weight on. Happy hour was from 6 pm to 7 pm. This was a sociable hour where the guests mingled and enjoyed each others company; also the cocktails were great. Loved the cocktail of the day. Each night a couple of the local guys would sing and play their ukeles during dinner. They had beautiful voices, I loved that you heard local music. If you are a musician you could join in. We were fortunate to have a couple ot guest who played the guitar and sang while we were there.

Each day you could go snorkeling. RSIR would take a boat out to the reef. There are kayaks and paddle board. RSIR has masks and flippers available; if you have your own take them. There is a swimming pool by the bar if you want a change from swimming in the ocean.

The ferry leaves from the wharf at Nuku'Alofa in the morning (approximately) 10.00 am and arrives at RSIR half an hour later. There are day trips to Atata Island and we meet quite a few day trippers who wished that they had booked to stay at RSIR. If you wanted to go back to the main island for a day, go whale watching or sightseeing the staff will arrange it for you.

We will definitely go back when we need to recharge our batteries.

Stayed: August 2018
Thank Mekerei
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

This was our first Pacific island getaway and were unsure of what to expect. We were picked up from the Airport by a driver who then transported us to the Port, via a sightseeing trip around Tongatapu. We paid extra for this as we were early. The trip to Atata Island was on a fast wooden boat with a noisy outboard. Basic and getting on a bit.Like me! We arrived at Atata and disembarked onto the wharf and were greeted by the islanders with a fruit cocktail and then shown to our beachfront fale. We had paid for the premium room, which in other parts of the world would be pretty luxurious, this room was anything but.
The week was spent dodging the cool winds which blew constantly onto our beach for 4 days so we found shelter on the other side of the island. There were free kayaks available which we used on a less windy day, circumnavigating the island and looking at some of the lovely corals in the lagoon. Also at 2.30 every day a boat would take you out to snorkel among in the lagoon. this was actually pretty good, as there were plenty of reef fish to see amongst the coral.
We prepaid for a food package,and this wasn't a bad option as it left you with no nasty surprises at the end of the week when it came to pay the leaving bill. The food was what you would expect of a tropical island, with seafood and pork and locally grown vegetables, being the main staples. Saturday night was treat night, as we were treated to an island feast followed by some very good quality and unique entertainment from the island villagers.
A highlight of the week was a boat trip, swimming with whales, but that is a subject for another review.

Room Tip: Go for beachfront fale either close to the restaurant or furthest away
  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

If you plan on visiting this island I would try and secure one of the honeymoon rooms, they are right on the beachfront with a balcony and chairs and appear to be a bit newer. There also seem to be some Fale's that have some deck chairs at the front though many don't, I would suggest you ask for this, otherwise you get 2 hard wooden chairs and a small balcony. Whilst we were comfortable enough in our Fale (that faced the beach though you had the peak through the trees) it was very tired and dated. There was a spot on the shower floor that we were concerned would collapse and you could see damage under the Fale when you walked past.
Others have mentioned the pool being dirty though it was clean when we were there though we didn't use it, it's a great option though kind of like a backyard pool, we prefer to swim in the ocean. there are four chairs by the pool which we used due to the lack of chairs at our Fale.
There is also a good supply of complimentary paddle boards and kayaks.
Let's talk food, the restaurant and public area is also a little tired. It is stocked quite well though depends what comes in the boat, I was after Diet Coke but there was none though there was a great choice of NZ wine. We were greeted very well when we got of the somewhat dubious boat transfer with a fresh juice. Breakfast was included though existed of rice bubbles and warm milk, some fruit and white toast (there were some lovely local donuts). One morning we asked for 2 fried eggs each and were charged a total of $28 (Tongan) for 4 eggs.....
Dinner was a hit and miss and also quite expensive.
There is a resort dog who does sit in the restaurant and try her luck for food, we get the same at home so it didn't faze us though some might not like it.
The resort grounds themselves were quite lovely, there is a village on the island and you can tell where it starts when you walk down the beach, it becomes a little dirty.
We stayed on FaFa island also and worked out it was $50US a night more, the difference was immense.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Schess
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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

The part that really killed this hotels rating is that they turn the power of at 1am - 6/7am in the morning. Meaning you have no lights, the fan turns off and anything charges stopped. It woke both my wife and I up every single night especially because of the heat.
Such a great location in a beautiful place. The hotel wouldn’t take much to bring this island resort up a star of two starting with the power issue. To the French man that owns this, It was very expensive to stay here and lacked those nice touches that normal $300+ a night resorts have. The resort itself needed a bit of fixing up, pool was cracking and tiles fading, shower felt like it was going to fall through the floor and the sink was rusty. The pool towels were from someone’s house and had names written on them with faded pictures of transformers and things like they were 20years old. The bathroom towels you could tell had been used for a fair few years and not replaced, they were thin pilled and worn. The rooms lacked anything electronic like a TV or wifi which was ok cause it’s Tonga and we did want an authentic experience but to turn off the power every night really effected our stay. I would visit this island for a day trip rather then stay on the island again.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank DanEames
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