Tonga Mamta Villa

Updated: July 12, 2018

Mamta Villa – Likeable and quiet, ideal for long stays, but remote.

This understated collection of rooms and villas faces the sea about 2.5km from the main street in Nuku’alofa. The rooms are in an unexciting motel-style block, but the modern layout and décor is better than the outside suggests. Views can be minimal, however, with most windows staring into another building, so get a room on the second floor facing the front. Better is the handful of separated and self-contained villas at the back facing a lily pond. The pool is surprisingly sizeable, and the Little India restaurant facing the pond is excellent. But it’s the serene setting that’s the key: with parks and a creek alongside, and a seaside walking path across the road leading into town. The isolation is a drawback, however, so it’s better for those with their own vehicles, because public transport rarely comes past.

Mamta Villa – The Basics

  • Location: Along Vuna Road, the western esplanade, in the capital, Nuku’alofa on the main island. About 2.5km from downtown and 40 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters for budget-minded travellers, especially those with their own transport, while the villas cater for anyone on longer stays.
  • Beach: The beach across the road is unusable for swimming or even walking. The closest serviceable beach is at Ha’atafu, on the far western tip, about 19km away.
  • Views: Villas face the pond, while only a few rooms overlook the sea about 100m away. But most have no noteworthy views at all.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests. But maybe for only 1 hour every day, so check with management.
  • Parking: Plenty of free secure parking available.
  • Phone: (676) 22 181
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: n/a
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Mamta Villa – Amenities

  • Pool: Yes. Unexpected at this standard of place, and a substantial size.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this low-key hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Mamta Villa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Little India restaurant (22181) boasts a delightful setting overlooking the pond and alongside the pool. With plenty of seating inside and out, it offers all sorts of meals, not just curries. The open-air bar attached has a snooker table.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided in this sort of low-key hotel.

Mamta Villa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Queen Rooms • Deluxe King Rooms • Self-Contained Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted in the gardens.
  • Best Room: The spacious Self-Contained Villas facing the pond are separated, offering more privacy and seclusion.

Mamta Villa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Black Pearl Restaurant (28393) – claims to have the ‘best steaks in Tonga’. The colonial-style setting is pleasant, and the balcony ideal for breezes and views. Only 150m further up the esplanade. 2-minute walk.
  • Little Italy Restaurant – understandably popular for pasta, steaks and seafood, as well as the extensive wine list and delicious desserts. In the hotel of the same name, about 1.2km along the esplanade towards town. 15-minute walk.
  • Otherwise, walk (but not at night), or get a taxi, into downtown (2.5km) and try:
  • Friends Café – very popular for scrumptious meals and excellent Wi-Fi. Claims to have the ‘best coffee in town’. Easy to find at a corner on the main street, Taufa’ahau Road. 5-minute drive.
  • Marco’s Pizza Pasta (22144) – also for fish, grills, salads and tasty desserts. Relaxed garden setting and live music on weekends. Hard to find in a side-street (Unga Road) 2 blocks back from (southeast of) Friends. 6-minute drive.
  • Enjoy Cafe (887 8098) – congenial, with cakes, coffee, all-day breakfast and substantial meals. In the backstreets on Railway Road, 1 block south of the main street, Taufa’ahau Road.
  • Market or Grocery: Nothing within walking distance, so head into town.

Local Transport

    Very infrequently, ‘taxis’ (actually shared minibuses) travel this far up the esplanade. Otherwise, order a private (unmetered) taxi from the hotel.

Mamta Villa – The Hotel

Extended park stands between the hotel and the sea.

The hotel is opposite a park alongside the sea, so any possible ocean views are a little more distant than others.

Hotel is currently under renovation.

Renovations were underway during 2018.

One can walk to the town centre using the beachside path.

A beachside path leads 2.5km into the town centre.

Little India restaurant is onsite.

One attraction is the excellent Little India restaurant attached to the hotel.

Little India has excellent indoor and outdoor seating by a lily pond.

The Little India restaurant provides a lovely setting inside and out.

Little India restaurant offers a good variety of dishes.

Facing a lily pond, the Little India restaurant offers far more than just curries.

Open-air bar even has a snooker table.

The open-air bar attached to the hotel restaurant has a snooker table.

The simple Standard Rooms are comfortable.

The Standard Rooms are simple but comfortable.

Front-facing Standard Rooms on the second floor offer sea views.

Views from the Standard Rooms are minimal, although far better on the second floor in rooms facing the sea at the front.

Hotel has a few villas by the lily pond.

A handful of self-contained villas overlook the lily pond.

The secluded villas offer privacy.

The villas are separated, offering some seclusion and privacy.

Black Pearl restaurant nearby serves good steaks.

The only restaurant close by is in the Black Pearl Hotel. It specialises in steaks and has an ornate setting.

Little Italy restaurant is within walking distance.

A pleasant 1.2km walk back along the esplanade leads to the atmospheric Little Italy Restaurant.

Enjoy Café downtown serve good meals and drinks.

In downtown, the friendly Enjoy Café offers a wonderful selection of tasty meals and drinks.

Charming Friends Café is extremely popular.

One of the most popular eateries in the town centre, the Friends Café is located inside a charming colonial-era building.

Nuku’alofa is a small and low-key capital.

The capital, Nuku’alofa, is surprisingly small and low-key.

The town centre has very few eateries with most closed on Sundays.

There are a few (but not many) places to eat and drink in the town centre – and most are closed on Sundays.

Capital city of Nuku’alofa has a lot of churches.

Several churches are in and around Nuku’alofa, the capital of this religious country.

Langafonua Handicrafts Centre is next to the Friends Cafe.

Alongside the Friends Café, the Langafonua Handicrafts Centre is worth a look.

Authentic souvenirs can be found at the Handicrafts Centre.

The Handicrafts Centre is an ideal place to check out and buy authentic souvenirs.

Talamahu Market is popular for souvenir shopping.

Another place to buy mementoes is the Talamahu Market, between the eastern esplanade and main street in the town centre.

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