I enjoyed 8 days at'Dreamers' in November 2019, on my Pacific adventure of a lifetime. Breakfasts and dinners on the veranda with its breathtaking view were wonderful. Richard and Beta are very accommodating hosts. Richard answered my many questions on Tarawa geography, history and culture, and invited me along on a food-shopping trip from one end of South Tarawa to the other, even indulging my request to stop and examine the geologically fascinating 'beachrock'! Unforgettable. Thank you Richard.
Dreamers' hosts are very welcoming and a great source for information on Kiribati (Richard's stories about the Tarawa of his youth are most interesting as is his information about Kiribati today). Located in the village of Ambo on South Tarawa, halfway between Bonriki and Betio means that everything between these places is less than a half-hour bus ride away. The small ocean-side lagoon, only metres from the guest rooms, is beautiful and well worth being next to for both sunrise and sunset. If you're planning your first trip to Kiribati, then this is the place to start.
We stayed here in April with our 3 year old. Was really nice, our kid got sick and richard drove us to the hospital in the middle of the night. Rooms are basic, food is good and the location is beautiful. There are 3 rooms and they were all booked. So make sure you have a booking.
Richard: the fount of all knowledge on Kiribati and an absolute gentleman of the highest order. I could sit listening to his stories and experiences for days. Beta, Attaiana and the team: culinary delight awaits at Dreamers. Lovely people and generous hosts. Location: the most beautiful spot on an otherwise bustling South Tarawa. This location is ripe for development so I selfishly hope it stays as it is.
First and foremost, the hosts are top class. Didn't get to meet Richard but he was very accommodating via e-mail and Beta and her family and Ata as cook and driver were really lovely to deal with. The food was particularly wholesome and of quality as well as being extremely good value. Rooms are spacious and fine without being spectacular. They are very good value especially when the airport pick-up and drop-off are factored in. Be aware that there are few rooms. Wi-fi is included as is breakfast. The location is good - on the water and easy bus access in all directions though accessing places away from South Tarawa can be tricky especially with regarding to obtaining information about so doing. I was very happy to have been able to stay at Dreamers and only flight changes stopped me from staying longer.…
Don’t expect the Meridien or even the Holiday Inn, be prepared for pretty basic facilities like no hot water for showers. Uncertain electricity and wi-fi. But the compensation is the friendliness of everyone working there and their readiness to do all they can to help. When my travel plans to see north Tarawa fell through Beta immediately suggested that Ata, the busy cook, should act as my guide. He was brilliant! The Guest House is in a peaceful lagoonside position, so much quieter than being in the main town but quite accessible to it - and the airport ( shuttle provided by the Guesthouse st no extra cost) Just be prepared for the need to go with the flow in staying at the Dreamers..
This review is for the restaurant. This is a lovely guesthouse with very good food. It might be a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation as everything is cooked to order. We were a group of six and our lunch was arranged by our travel company. We were pleased it contained so many greens and vegetables - something we had been missing during 27 days of travel in the western Pacific.
Intimate and peaceful stay in this small and cosy guest house. Very local, but still amazingly international. Being a Finn, it was a big surprise to find an artwork at bedroom wall about Same people, Scandinavian natives. In the bookshelf there were naturally rare editions of local history, but also The Complete Works of Shakespeare! We had the best dinners here during our Polynesian tournee. A must is a few day stay in North Tarawa, preferably in a home stay. WE found out this too late.
This must be the best place to stay in Tarawa, Richard and his wife are great hosts, it is such a laid back place, breakfast on the veranda is wonderful. Also another wonderful place to stay is on north tarawa, santa faustina homestay but there is no tripadvisor page for it. Thanks Lee and Sara Martin
This place is amazingly located. Right on the beach with a stunning view. The food was wonderful, as was the family atmosphere. Host Richard would do anything for you. Richard is an amazing human being. So interesting, helpful and humble. I did not have the honor of spending time with his wife, but she is an accomplished and well-known figure on the island. The room has its charm but really needs updating, a good scrub and a paint job. There is no air conditioning. I do think it is the best place in Kiribati. Richard arranged a wonderful tour for us. It is a memorable experience.