Advice on Choosing Family-Friendly Stays in Niue
Niue might be a small country but it has a dizzying array of choices when it comes to family-friendly accommodations. But how do you choose between a resort or a private holiday home? We give you advice on how to pick the right family-friendly accommodation in Niue for you in the guide below.
4 Things You Need to Know About Family Accommodation in Niue
- According to Niuean law, you need to have your accommodation booked before you arrive on the island – see The Best Way to Book Accommodation in Niue for advice
- Niue has a wide variety of family accommodations. The number of family rooms, however, is quite limited so book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment
- Amenities like portacots are often available, but make sure to ask if needed
- Make sure your accommodation choice has plenty of entertainment for the kids, whether it’s a swimming pool, a snorkelling spot nearby or at least a TV.
What Types of Family Accommodations are Available in Niue?
Families have ample choice when it comes to accommodation in Niue, from a luxurious stay at the island’s resort to an easy home-away-from-home in one of the holiday homes. Choosing the right type of accommodation ensures you have the space and facilities that your family needs, as well as help stick to the right budget you’ve set for the holiday.
Niue has one resort, the Scenic Matavai Resort, which has interconnecting rooms suitable for families. Although not one of the most affordable choices for families, the resort has the benefit of endless entertainment at the resort’s pool, activities around the pool in the evening, as well as an on-site restaurant. For accommodations that are most like a resort, take a look at the 20 Best Resorts & Hotels in Niue.
Apartments, Villas and Units
For families seeking a well-appointed space with self-catering facilities, there are apartment and villa complexes on the island. Apartments and cottages at Namukulu Cottages and Taloa Heights have a swimming pool, while self-contained units at the Anaiki Motel and Damiana’s Holiday Motel, for instance, allow you to have your own private space with self-catering facilities on a budget. A range of these accommodations is listed in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Niue.
For families on a budget, guesthouses in Niue tend to offer private family rooms sleeping three to four guests with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Some guesthouses are also able to be hired in their entirety like a holiday home. See some examples in the 10 Best Guesthouses in Niue.
Finally, holiday homes provide families with their own space and all of the home-away-from-home essentials to make a family holiday easier. There’s often space for the kids and parents to have their own bedrooms, a kitchen to prepare family meals, a bathroom, a lounge with a TV and more. Compare some of the holiday homes in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue.
Anything to help a family holiday go smoother is a welcome addition. Make sure that you always compare the inclusions, facilities and services of Niue’s accommodation to make sure they have everything you need.
The good news is that almost all of Niue’s accommodations have self-catering facilities, except the main Scenic Matavai Resort (they have a self-catering apartment complex 1.5 km/0.9 mi away). Facilities like a stovetop, a toaster, a kettle, cooking utensils, equipment and crockery are standard. Only some accommodations will have additional facilities like an oven or a barbecue.
Typically Included Facilities
These are the facilities that are almost always included in Niue’s family accommodation, so you can generally assume you will have the following:
- Car parking
- Hot water (usually solar-heated)
- Fans and/or air conditioning
- Insect screens
Additional Services and Facilities
Some, but not all, of Niue’s family accommodations have the following services. If you need any of the following, be sure to enquire with the accommodations you have decided to compare:
- Swimming pool
- Ensuite bathroom
- Bar and restaurant
- Whale watching deck
- Car rental
- Bike rental
- Airport transfers
- Washing machine/laundry service
- In-room safes
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- Breakfast starter pack
- Binoculars for whale watching
- In-house tours or cultural activities for guests.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
Finally, you might want to consider the location of your family accommodation. Although we recommend renting a car to make getting around with kids easier, being close to the services of Alofi or nearby some family-friendly swimming spots might just be a deciding factor.
Where are Niue Family Accommodations Located?
Niue is a small country where nothing is too far away by car. However, if you’re opting out of having a car, you might want to consider staying close to Alofi where there are plenty of things to do, as well as shops, restaurants and other services. Family accommodation is located in Alofi and other villages scattered across the island. See A Guide to the Villages in Niue and Where to Stay in Niue to learn where each village is and what there is to do there.
How to Get to Your Accommodation
Knowing how to get to your accommodation is critical, especially as the island has no public transport. If you’re not hiring a car from the airport, choose accommodation that offers airport transfers. Some accommodations even offer car rental included in the nightly rate, which makes them well worth considering. Learn more about getting around the island in our Niue Transport Guide: 11 Ways to Get Around Niue.
The “less travel the better” tends to be the key to a smooth family holiday, so anything you can access nearby your accommodation is a good thing. Look out for accommodation with swimming spots or sea tracks nearby (see the 8 Best Sea Tracks & Places to Swim in Niue for Kids). Again, being close to Alofi means that you’ll have activities close by, as well as shops, services and restaurants.
More About Family-Friendly Accommodation in Niue
That’s it for how to pick the right family-friendly accommodation in Niue. More tips for experiencing a fun and smooth getaway to the island can be found in the guides below:
Finally, check out The 30 Best Accommodations in Niue so you can compare places to stay.