Advice on Choosing a Villa in Niue
Treat yourself, your loved ones or your holiday group to their own private space in Niue that’s a little more lavish than the average. Niue, admittedly, only has a small selection of villas to indulge in but even choosing between the ones with diverse locations and facilities can give you a sore head. Take a look at this guide on how to pick the best villa in Niue for some advice.
Quick Tips for Staying in a Villa in Niue
- For entering Niue you need to have your accommodation booked prior to arrival – see How to Book Accommodation in Niue for advice
- A villa in Niue tends to refer to a more upmarket self-catering accommodation/holiday home
- Villas in Niue sleep two to five people, so may not be suitable for larger groups
- Some villas have car rental included in the rate, so check this out before booking transport.
What is a Villa?
In the tourist accommodation world, “villa” doesn’t really tell you much about an accommodation. Just to set the record straight, a villa in Niue tends to refer to a more upmarket holiday home, something with self-catering facilities, at least one separate bedroom and a separate bathroom. There are villas available in resort complexes, such as the Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa and Taloa Heights, while other villas might be just one or two villas on the property, such is the case with Lau’s Getaway, Stone Villas and the Lalopine Rockhouse.
For examples of villas in Niue, take a look at the 5 Fabulous Villas in Niue for Your Next Island Getaway.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
Once you know that a villa is the right choice of accommodation for you, a good way to decide on a villa is on its location. Admittedly, if you have a car for the duration of your stay, you won’t have trouble getting around the island thanks to the short driving times. However, for those of you who prefer to not have to drive everywhere, you might want to consider a villa that is close to conveniences or at least close to things to do. On the flip side, you might enjoy the tranquillity of some of Niue’s more remote villas.
Where is the Villa Located and What is Nearby?
Some of Niue’s villas are conveniently located a short walk from Alofi, which provide convenience for using the shops, services and restaurants. Others are in Niue’s smaller villages where there is not much in the way of shops but there is at least often something to do, such as a sea track to explore or a snorkelling spot. See Understanding the Niue Villages to see where each village is and what there is to do there.
How to Get There
If you don’t have a car rental organised, then you’re going to have trouble getting anywhere on the island. If needed, choose a villa that has airport transfers included. Some villas even offer complimentary car rental for guests, which often provides good value!
What’s Included in Your Stay?
Choosing a villa isn’t just about finding a roof over your head, but it’s usually an experience where the little additions can make a good holiday and a great holiday. Make sure you compare facilities and services offered to have everything you need (and want) for your stay.
Self-catering facilities are included in a villa in Niue. You can at least expect basic cooking facilities, such as a stovetop, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils and crockery, a toaster and a kettle. Only some accommodations have ovens and additional kitchen appliances like a rice cooker, espresso machine, grill and/or a barbecue.
Typically Included Facilities
These are the facilities that are almost always included in your villa in Niue:
- Car parking
- Hot water (usually solar-heated)
- Insect screens on the windows
- Kitchen or kitchenette
- Lounge and dining furniture
- Beds with linen provided
Additional Services and Facilities
Some, but not all, of Niue’s villas include additional services. Take a look at the services and facilities below and pick the ones you require to keep in mind when comparing villas.
- Swimming pool
- Ocean views
- Washing machine
- Air conditioning
- Outside deck, verandah or balcony
- Tea and coffee
- In-room safes
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- In-house tours or cultural activities for guests
- Breakfast pack
- Bottle of wine
- Car rental
- Airport transfers.