Luxury Stays in Tonga
The archipelago of Tonga with its turquoise waters, stunning islands and a variety of adventure experiences is a special place worth saving for a special occasion. While these islands might be less developed than others, that’s kind of the charm of Tonga. It might mean that you get to experience some pristine islands, interact with incredible wildlife like humpback whales and scuba dive in crystal clear waters, but admittedly, Tonga is not a place for five-star accommodations and services. Nevertheless, you can still find accommodation in The Kingdom that offers modern-day comforts and luxuries, which we have compiled together in this list of luxury accommodation in Tonga.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country, especially when it comes to accommodation. With that in mind, some of the services accommodations provide are known to change without notice. If there is any information needing an update in the listings below, feel free to reach out!
1. The Beach House (Shell Garden)
An elevated beach house on the coral cliffs of Fofoa Island or a private cottage nestled in the island’s interior: choose your luxurious abode at The Beach House! Stay in one of the two exclusive accommodations at this island in Vava’u where you are served gourmet meals each evening, have the space to prepare your own treats in your fully self-contained accommodation, and have a smorgasbord of activities to indulge in, whether it’s swimming with humpback whales or indulging in an island massage. Check out more accommodations like The Beach House in the 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Vava’u.
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2. Fafa Island Resort
For a fly-and-flop getaway just a short boat ride from Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu, Fafa Island Resort provides effortless luxury at its private island resort. Stay in one of the stunning Tongan-style fales (bungalows) with timber construction, towering cone ceilings and a private shower amidst your own private tropical garden. Enjoy snorkelling at the island’s marine reserve and get picked up for Tongatapu’s boating activities, like whale swimming and scuba diving, straight from the island. There is a restaurant on-site serving delectable Pacific cuisine, which also hosts a fabulous Polynesian entertainment night for your cultural fix. Check out more luxurious resorts with our 10 Best Luxury Resorts in Tonga.
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3. Sandy Beach Resort
Looking for luxury in the breathtaking and less-visited islands of Ha’apai? The Sandy Beach Resort is the island group’s only four-star resort, offering just 12 modern fales complete with ensuites, hot water and a private terrace with direct access to the beach. Dine at their fine dining terrace as you watch the waves roll into shore, waves you probably kayaked, SUPped or snorkelled nearby at the resort’s very own marine reserve. Whale swimming, fishing, scuba diving and island village tours are all on the activity menu to make your stay a memorable one. Check out more accommodation like this in the 7 Best Luxury Accommodation in Ha’apai.
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4. Tanoa International Dateline Hotel
Tonga’s largest hotel is well worth considering is seeking something familiar in the islands of Tonga. The Tanoa International Dateline Hotel has a number of room types available, with the most luxurious offerings being the Ocean View Suite and the Presidential Suite. Enjoy high-speed WiFi, TV entertainment and a balcony with furniture to enjoy the views of the Nuku’alofa waterfront. Facilities at the hotel include a large outdoor swimming pool, poolside restaurant/bar, an on-site gym, a tour desk, a gift store, airport transfers and a laundry service. Your day will get off to a great start with a buffet breakfast with hot and cold options is served each morning. Check out more options nearby in the 7 Best Luxury Accommodation in Nuku’alofa.
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5. Seaview Lodge & Restaurant
If you don’t like the idea of large hotels, then swap it for a luxurious boutique lodge with sea views at the aptly named Seaview Lodge & Restaurant. Stay in well-appointed guest rooms with colonial-inspired decor and either a balcony or a ground floor room with a garden view. The most lavish of options is the Seaview Suite featuring two separate bedrooms and a central living and dining area offering a real home away from home. A continental breakfast and free WiFi are included, while dining at one of the capital’s most revered eateries is available at the restaurant just downstairs.
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6. Mandala Resort
Another fabulous option for those seeking an island getaway, the Mandala Resort offers just that with its choice of beach bungalows and treehouses on a private island in Vava’u. Throughout your stay, you’ll have access to whale swimming tours, snorkelling excursions, island-hopping adventures and much more, while when you come back from an active day you’ll be treated to an indulgent dining experience where much of the ingredients have been grown on the island through the resort’s Aquaponics system. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Eco Resorts in Tonga.
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7. The Reef Resort
A boutique resort boasting contemporary comforts on Kapa Island in Vava’u, The Reef Resort has just five modern fales nestled in their own quiet corner of the hillside and beachfront. Each fale has elegant timber furniture including a king canopy bed, as well as private manicured gardens and views of the island’s lagoon. The resort has plenty of ways for you to make the most of the turquoise waters, whether it’s kayaking to the nearby Swallows Cave or snorkelling at the famous Japanese Coral Gardens. Dining is an event here too, offering European Pacific cuisine on impeccably presented plates.
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8. Whale Discoveries Liveaboard
For something a little different, how about spending your time island-hopping around the Ha’apai islands and swimming with whales each day on a liveaboard sailing yacht? During the whale season, Whale Discoveries offers eight-day packages on their catamaran sailing charter, either starting in Tongatapu or Ha’apai. You’ll sail across Tonga, experiencing amazing wildlife encounters in between relaxing in one of the three roomy double cabins.
9. Tropical Yacht Holidays
Another way to experience the islands as part of your accommodation is on a luxury sailing yacht with Tropical Yacht Holidays. Departing from the Neiafu Harbour in Vava’u, you’ll experience one of the South Pacific’s most renowned sailing grounds, exploring the labyrinth of inlets and compacted islands on the 46ft catamaran, SV ALIZÉ. The all-inclusive sailing experience offers a range of watersports equipment, three meals a day from the yacht’s chef and your choice of experiences around the islands. Check out more yacht charter options in the 5 Best Sailing Charters in Tonga.
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10. Mounu Island Resort
Last but certainly not least, Mounu Island Resort is a private coral atoll island with just four fabulous fales. Each fale, constructed from coconut trees with towering ceilings, has its own beach access for a true island holiday. Dine at the elevate restaurant on the beach, stargaze with the resort’s telescope, take boat trips to bird sanctuaries, kitesurf and kayaking in the lagoon, and, of course, take part in the “must-dos” like whale swimming and scuba diving. It’s all possible at this stunning island in the Vava’u Group.