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Comments from guests

Beautiful place to stay, will definitely recommend to all our friends.  It was so nice to have a plact to stay so close to town and lovely people so friendly!  We are coming back for sure.  (Kendra Bernyk & friends, Canada, 9/9/17)
Beautiful gardens and lovely friendly staff.  Thank you for your hospitality!.  (Serena Findlay & Alana, Danielle, Sarah, Australia, 7/9/17)
Thank you.  (Emiline Smith, UK, 2/9/17)
Thanks a million to an amazing team from Papiloa, Fiona & staff being so helpful and kind and did everything in their power to make our stay as relaxing and trouble free as it could be.  We couldn't ask for more. We'll be back.  (Eoin & Siobhan O'Brien, Cork, Ireland, 22/8/17) 
What a lovely place, thank you.  Only here for a week and so wish we had longer.  Came all the way from England (it took slightly less time than Captain Cook!) and hope to visit again in the future.  We thank you for a fantastic stay and all your assistance.  (Lucy & David Pattison, UK, 19/8/17)
Thank you so much Papiloa & team.  This was the perfect place to hang out as a family and relax.  Mum & Dad had a beautiful relaxing wedding anniversary and I really enjoyed showing them around.  (Malo 'aupito, 'Ofa atu from Erin, Helen & Sam Beamish, Australia, 18/8/17)
Thanks for your help and hospitality.  (Rivas family, NZ, 14/8/17)
Fascinating stay and special thanks to Papiloa for making Ingrid's birthday so special.  (Neil & Ingrid Rendle, NZ, 9/8/17) 

To all staff at the Friendly Islander.  Tonga is very nice and warm.  Thank you for taking us to many great places and teaching us how to husk coconuts.  We gonna be back here someday.  (Malo Ayana & Yuka, Japan, 8/8/17)

Aunty Papiloa, thank you for your wonderful hospitality & for showing me the wonderful sites of Tonga.  You truly made my birthday complete and I am honoured to know such a kind, giving and loving lady.  You are the ambassador of Tonga and I will return soon.  (Fa'afatai tele lava, Alofa atu, Sefa Enari, NZ, 2/8/17)

Thank you for the lovely welcome, we stayed 1 night on our way to 'Ataata.  We really appreciate your kindness and all the help you gave.  (Thank you & love from Jill, David, Oliver & Emily, NZ, 3/8/17)

Awesome stay, thank you very much again Aunty for your support & help.  ('Ofa lahi atu, Vea Bloomfield, Pio Wilson, Dyrall Wilson, Auckalnd, NZ, 2/8/17)

What a great holiday I have had.  So much laughter and fun with a wonderful lady Papiloa.  It has been a pleasure to have come to Tonga and share things with her.  Hope I will be able to come back again soon. Wonderful girls and a great treat to meet them also.  God bless you all. Heaps of love, Shirley Pickering, Tauranga, NZ, 31/7/17

Malo e lelei.  Thanks a lot for the superb attention we've received at Papiloa's.  We have felt like being at home.  We are a group of 17 from Spain and Fiji.  Papiloa and staff have given to us all the information and help we would need.  It has been a great pleasure to listen to Papiloa telling us really interesting stories from her ancestors, one of them originally from Spain (Morei).  Malo 'aupito from our hearts and sure we'll share more moments together.  (Pedro & Mai Pacific, 26/7/17) 

Lovely and quiet.  Super snorkelling on islands & near Nuku'alofa.  (Broni family, NZ, 21/7/17)

Andy, Belle, Connor and Dylan would like to thank Papiloa from the bottom of our hearts for a holiday that we will never forget. Her help to us with all of her staff has been invaluable.  Her advice, her friendship, her trust, her knowledge and her willingness to help has made our holiday so so memorable.  (Thank you with all our love, Endersby family, NZ, 19/7/17)

Enjoyed my stay here in Tonga 12-14/7.   Malo everyone, especially Papiloa.  (God bless, Patrick Hallis, NZ)

Thanks for your great hospitality and helpfulness. (Many thanks, Piotr, Diane, Alicia Bourn, NZ, 12/7/17)

Dear Papiloa & Fiona, thank you once again, 7 times in 21 years being your friends & guests.  We had a lovely time again UNFORGETABLE!  (Thank you, Henk & Elizabeth, Netherlands, 5/7/17) 

A wonderful  introduction to the warmth and hospitality of the Tongan people.  Thank you Papiloa for including us in unique experiences that gave us some insight into authentic Tongan culture.  A great place to stay, nothing was a problem or too much trouble.  A fabulous beginning to our Tongan holiday - here at last after 11 years.  (Much love Sue & Stephen Dodd, Congo, Australia, Congo, Australia, 3/7/17)

Dear Papiloa, thank you for a lovely stay.  We have absolutely fallen in love with Tonga.  Thank you so much for your hospitality. Tonga and the Friendly Islander have touched a special place in our heart.  We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience so much of the culture, meet so many unique and wonderful people and to witness the beauty of  Tonga.  So much love.  (Soph & Harriet, NZ, 3/7/17)

Such a wonderful stay at Papiloa's.  Kia ora for your exceptional hospitality!  Get in touch when you are in New Zealand. Arohanui. (Dianne Sharma-Winter, Whakatane, New Zealand, 9/6/17) 

Spent 9 nights and we had a great time here!  Love the people of Tonga, we came to be the hands & feet of Jesus to be his vessels to pour out his love!  We are definitely going to miss this beautiful island!  We pray we will be back soon!  Jesus bless this business!  Thank you so much for your hospitality!!  (Zeal Bible College, New Zealand, 24/5/17).

Had a great two nights here in transit to Ha'apai.  What wonderful owners & staff.  Nothing was a problem, so helpful.  Highly recommended.  (Phillip Hunt, Tauranga, NZ, 17/5/17) & I agree!  (Tony Lucas, Whangamata, NZ, 17/5/17).

This is a fabulous place!  Quiet, convenient, helpful.  We came as tourists and feel like we are leaving as family!  Thanks so much to Fiona, Papiloa & all.  (Peter & Jane, Adelaide, Summertown, South Australia, 15/5/17).

This was my first time in Tonga and I am so happy I stayed here!  Everyone was so lovely.  They took such great care of me and made sure I was always safe and happy.  I would recommend it to everyone and anyone.  Thank you so much.  Love from Ella, Cambridge, NZ, 1/5/17)

Thank you for a lovely stay!!! (Eli & Ian, Sydney, Australia 17/4/17)

Papiloa's Place is a wonderful and peaceful place in Tongatapu.  We enjoyed with our young children the stay here.  Maybe we see you again.  (Christin & family from Germany, 13/4/17)

Dear Papiloa & all the wonderful staff, thank you for a real walm welcome & a wonderful stay also showing us around Nuku'alofa. We enjoyed staying in the nice comfortable fales & the staff are friendly, nothing too much trouble.  The only regret that I have is not staying longer at the Friendly Islander.  It was too short & I will be back.  (Del, Queensland, Australia, 5/4/17)

There has been many changes since I first visited Tonga in the winter of 1949 while serving on board HMNZS Bellona.  That wonderful warm welcome we received then, has only improved over the years. My late wife and I spent a number of visits during the mid 80's and early 90's, staying each time at the Friendly Islander.  This time I brought my companion Del with me, to give her an experience of the Tongan way of life.  We have both been extremely impressed with the wonderful kindness shown to us, not only by dear Papiloa, but all the staff members.  It is with a heavy heart that I leave this all behind  when we leave tomorrow.  God bless you all (Doug Reynolds, Rochedale Sth, Queensland, Australia, 5/4/17)

had a very very happy time at Friendly Islander ERI; Thank you very much, enjoyed  my time Tonga is nice JAPANESE KAZU; I enjoyed Tonga Thank you (Wakasa family, Japan, 30/3/17)

Thank you very much for the wonderful stay @ Friendly Islander.  Will surely be back.  Meitaki Maata for everything.  God bless, Ka Kite!! (Vavia Tangatataia, Cook Islands, 25/2/17)

Thank you for the wonderful care you took of us & our 5 kids.  The kids absolutely loved staying here.  Wonderful hospitality & service by all who work here - you REALLY ARE The Friendly Islander Hotel!!!  We especially appreciated the New Years gift bag - that was a very delightful surprise.  We will always come back to stay here whenever we come to Tonga.  Thank you so much & God bless.  (Sione, Esther, Talamasina, Siuti, Mata, Sione Jnr & Tofua'ipangai Vea, Sydney, Australia, 10/1/17)

The place reminisce memories of our father's workplace.  It was a very hospitable stay & friendly staff who were willing to help in every which way.  We hope to return to stay in one of Tonga's pioneer accommodation business.  We will recommend to  others your hospitality & service.  Sincerely (Siasau family, Pagopago, American Samoa, 7/1/17)

I have stayed here many times at the Friendly Islander, plus others in Nuku'alofa.  The Friendly Islander is the best value and friendliest safest accommodation!  I fully recommend Papiloa and Fiona as great hosts, they look after me!!  (Pete Southern, Christchurch, NZ, 15/12/16)

Thank you for the past month.  Great views, nice pool, friendly & helpful staff.  We'll see you soon again hopefully.  (Sharon & Rick Valentine, Queensland, Australia, 14/12/16))

Enjoyed the stay at Papiloa. (Nauru Ridge to Reef Wrestline Team, 25/11/16).

Blessed 1st November 2016, Malo e lelei, Glory to God and thank you Papiloa Bloomfield Foliaki.  We of the Christian Greek Orthodox Church (NZ, Tonga, Fiji & Samoa) share our appreciation for accommodating us for last few months at your Friendly Islander Hotel.  Thank you for your love and care and your awesome christian care to our people.  Your hotel is very safe and peaceful and thanks to your staff for being so honest and trustworthy.  We shall have you in our hearts and continue to pray for your hotel business may it always flourish.  God bless and thank you.  (Father George Pillay - on behalf of our Archbishop, Fathers Melelios, Paul, Savva, Arseni, Sister Kryiki, Irini and Nikolaas)

Greetings and thank you from 2 Germans.  Hope the weather turns better.  Es war ein sehr schoner shefenthalt hier bet Papiloa.  (Hans Martin & Gunter Koehler, Germany & Uganda, 20/10/16)

Thank you for the nice stay in the Fales!.  (Elisabeth T. Kennedy & Erwin Bauernadfer, Sydney, Australia, 13/10/16)

What a wonderful place, a quiet and green oasis, with trees and flowers and the birds singing.  Thank you so much Fiona and Papiloa and your great team for a lovely stay here.  You were so lend and helpful and made me feel very welcome.  I very much hope that one day I will be able to come and stay at the Friendly Islander again.  Wishing you a very happy end to 2016 and a very happy new year.  Malo, a very big thank you.  (Sophie Van Der Meeren, Cornwall - England, 3/10/16)

To Fiona, Papiloa & family, Malo to the ofa and faifatongia, it was very pleasant and relaxing stay in your Friendly Islander abode.  What more can be said about the old world charm of a bygone Tonga.  Much ofa to you all.  (Taliu Aloua & Donal Ducie, Australia, 30/9/16)

Dear Papiloa & Fiona, Thank you so much for the kind hospitality at your accommodation.  I always find the place nice, tidy, quiet and secure.  I would recommend the place to other travellers that come into Tonga.  I look forward to returning in the near future.  Thank you so much and I wish you all the best.  (Andrew Tukana, Fiji, 28/8/16)

Thank you so very much for the hospitality!  Our 2nd year here, 17 days this time.  Very nice staff and accommodation.  Thank you to Temalita for introducing us to the "Friendly Islander" Hotel.  Thank you for everything.  (Sione Sitake & Teresa Madden, USA, 24/8/16)

It is just a wonderful opportunity to stay in this lovely paradise of Tonga especially the hospitality of the pioneer of Friendly Islander Papiloa.  We are so grateful and thank you so much for your love and kindness for us.  You have shown us the true love as a mother to her child  the way you treat us during our stay at your place.  We cherish and will never forget what you have done for us especially the sharing of your success and experience.  The advice you told us will add bonus to our life and surely empower ourselves throughout this challenging life.  As we depart Tonga today we pray that the good Lord pours heap of blessing on you Papiloa in your endeavours.  God bless you.  (Kapuafe Lifuka and friends, Tuvalu, 6/8/16)

Praise the Lord for opening the door for me to come to this wonderful place owned by Papiloa.  Lord I thank you for tihs wonderful blessing that I met in Tonga.  I pray that God will extend your territory and continue to shower his blessing upon your life, as you continue to bless others as you exalted him in whatever you are doing.  Thank you Papiloa for the advice and sharing we had.  It is really indeed a blessing.  May God bless you Papiloa.  Love you always in Christ.  (Your sister in Christ, Freda Katepu, Tuvalu, 6/8/16)

Papiloa's Place is very nice and cosy. We really like the service here.  Everyone one is so good and helpful.  Thank you guys for the best service.  This place deserves the highest rating.  (With love, Petra & Martin, Czech Republic, 1/8/16)

Another excellent stay at Papiloa,  Very relaxing.  Thank you (Howard Taylor, Brisbane, Australia, 26/7/16)

Myself and my wife enjoyed our stay.  Privacy was a highlight and security at Papiloa.  (Sam Uasi, Auckland, NZ, 26/7/16)

Always love coming back to Papiloa's.  See you next year.  (Rhys, Auckland, NZ, 26/7/16)

Nga Mihi Ki a Koe Papiloa, Thank you for making our stay warm and welcoming.  Our whanau are grateful to you and staff for your guidance and Aroha throughout the duration of our stay.  "He aha te mea nui o tenei Ao?  He tangata he tangata he tangata."  What is the most important thing in this world?  It is people, it is people, it is people."  (Lindsay Tamihana & Shirley Raukawa, NZ, 23/7/16)

Papiloa, We have been coming to Tonga, as you know, for about 15 years (lost count!) and each time we have stayed at your Friendly Islander.  As always, thank you for your friendship, service, and taking care of us, providing anything that we need.  Thank you, and we will return and stay here again.  (Ray, Maureen & family, Sydney, Australia, 30/6/16)

Papiloa, Thank you so much for giving us a great & memorable experience.  Your generosity & helpfulness is truly legendary, & the legend lives up to its name.  Many thanks (Bill Frengley, Catherine Quin & family, NZ, 27/6/16)

Papiloa, Thank you for your very kind service.  Our stay was very comfortable, will come back again!. Ofa atu (Bronwyn Finau & Loretta, Ha'apai & Queensland, Australia, 21/6/16)

Papiloa, Thank you for having us TONGA 7's team here.  We've enjoyed our stay!!  Great staff, Great food, Great facility!  Malo. (Cooper Vuna, National 7's team vice captain, Australia, 12/6/16)

Papiloa, This is a good place for rugby camp, good facilities and friendly staff.  Malo.  (Taholo Anitoni, Tonga, National 7's team coach, 11/6/16)

Papiloa, Thank you for your generous spirit and the amazing work you do to make Tonga, and the world, more safe, respectful, and inclusive of all, across the gender spectrum.  (Joe Wilson, Halewa, Hawaii, 8/6/16)

Papiloa, This is the place to find the TRUE TONGA!  And also the only hotel in Nuku'alofa with a swimming pool.  We love it here!  (Dean Hamer, USA, 8/6/16)

 Dear Papiloa, Thank you so much for the warm welcoming and making us feel comfortable. We loved to stay at Friendly Islander Hotel.  Thank you for your time and availability.  (Serena & Frderico, Italy, 19/5/16)

Dear Staff at the Friendly Islander Hotel, thank you so much for your lovely hospitality during our stay with you. Hope to see you again soon! Ofa lahi atu.   (Rebecca & Lucas, NZ, 19/3/16)

Nice to be back (after 25 years) to say hello and see how you are getting on. Still working hard I see and the business has grown. God bless.  (Jeff Daniels, Australia, 16/2/16)