Resorts with Restaurants and Self-Catering Accommodation in Tongatapu
How we prefer to experience food while we’re away is different for every foodie. While some of us like to spruce up our own meals using local ingredients, the rest of us wish to eat out each evening, because, well, it’s a holiday! Both options are available when it comes to accommodation in Tongatapu for foodies. While this list focuses on the accommodations around the island of Tongatapu, be sure to check out the 10 Best Accommodation in Nuku’alofa for Foodies for places to stay in Tonga’s capital. You might also be interested in The Foodie Guide to Tongatapu.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country where sometimes not accommodation services advertised are available (while some extra surprises might also be available). If you have any updates to these listings, feel free to reach out.
1. Holty’s Hideaway
Holty’s Hideaway on the stunning Ha’atafu Beach just about has it all for foodies. Not only can travellers spruce up their own meals in the self-contained Garden Fales (bungalows) with a kitchen or the Poolside Fales for families with a kitchenette, but the accommodation also has its own restaurant. Stay in a stand-alone fale with an open-plan studio-style layout featuring a queen bed, single bed, kitchen, lounge, TV and dining table. The Hideaway Licensed Cafe is a popular go-to for visitors and locals alike, especially for the burgers and fresh fish & chips.
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2. The Royal Sunset Island Resort
Escape to a glorious off-shore island, a 20-minute boat ride north of Nuku’alofa, to The Royal Sunset Island Resort. Being a resort that only shares the island with a small village, the food offerings here are not varied. Nevertheless, you will get to try a touch of Tongan and Polynesian cuisine, as well as international favourites, at the resort’s open-air Polynesian Restaurant. As for accommodation, stay in one of the island’s three-star bungalows, with budget options to larger multi-bedroom options for families.
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3. Fafa Island Resort
A four-star resort with an excellent restaurant, Fafa Island Resort is well worth considering for the foodie who wants a piece of island paradise. On-site is an open-air restaurant and cocktail bar overlooking the beach. The restaurant specialises in Pacific European gourmet cuisine, especially seafood and using fresh produce from local markets. The resort offers a range of fales, all decorated with traditional woven panels and the high coned-roof that is a staple of Tongan architecture. See more like this in the 9 Best Luxury Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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4. Teukava Beach Oasis
Three beachside cottages are available at Teukava Beach Oasis on Ha’atafu Beach. The cottages are distinctive with their timber-lined exterior, each featuring a private deck that leads down to the sand. The studio-style accommodation features a kitchen for self-catering, as well as either a queen/king and a single bed or a queen, a double and two single sofa beds for groups. The facilities and decor are simple – better if you are not too fussy – but you can’t beat the location.
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5. Vakaloa Beach Resort
The main foodie experiences of the Vakaloa Beach Resort are the Wednesday and Friday night Tongan buffets and cultural shows, allowing visitors to sample a wide range of Tongan dishes! But even when it’s not the entertainment nights, the beach resort has a popular restaurant serving Tongan and international food. Accommodation is in hotel-style rooms with amenities, such as a fridge, ironing facilities, work desk, ensuite and a queen and single bed layout.
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6. Heilala Holiday Lodge
Self-catering and eating out both are options here at the Heilala Holiday Lodge on Ha’atafu Beach. Stay in traditionally decorated fales set amidst tropical gardens or in the main lodge where there are self-contained apartments with private kitchens or guest rooms with access to communal facilities. All in all, there is accommodation here to suit any budget and need. Also on-site is the Heilala Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – Friday being their famous barbecue night!
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7. Blue Banana Beach House
Set in tropical beach gardens that lead out to the idyllic Kanonupolu Beach, Blue Banana Beach House offers four seaside bungalows with self-catering facilities. Make use of your private kitchen, open-plan bungalow with a tiled ensuite and your own outside deck. When you walk out of your accommodation, your feet are straight in the sand, where you can walk to a central viewing deck to look out for whales (between July and October). What’s more, there’s a communal barbecue area with ocean views to enjoy. On-site is also an art studio and gift shop, as well as a maritime museum.
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8. Pangaimotu Island Resort
For an island stay at a budget price, head to Pangaimotu Island Resort. A popular destination for day trips, the resort also offers affordable fales with traditional woven panels for a true Tongan experience with very basic amenities. Food is available from Big Mama’s Yacht Club, which serves a mix of Tongan and international foods. Pay as you go or purchase the resort’s good-value meal plan. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation on Tongatapu.
9. Oceanside Guest House
Stay on the eastern side of Tongatapu, near the Captain Cook Landing Place and the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon, at the Oceanside Guest House. There are a small number of well-priced guest rooms available, some with shared bathrooms and one with an ensuite. Enjoy ocean views from one of the two guest lounges and cook up your own meals from purchases made from the nearby fruit and vegetable stalls in the communal kitchen. Note there is a small fee for using the kitchen.
10. Liku’alofa Beach Resort
A down-to-earth resort with a bar and restaurant, Liku’alofa Beach Resort offers a relaxing beach retreat for the non-fussy. They have a varied choice of cottages, from ocean-view twin rooms to garden-view double rooms, from family cottages to honeymoon fales. Enjoy western dishes at the Sunset Bar and Restaurant with elevated views across the beach. Wednesday and Friday nights are their cultural nights where you’ll be able to sample Tongan cuisine complete with a suckling pig. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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