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The Top 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 in the South Pacific, that’s kind of the charm of Tonga. It might mean that you get to experience 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 accommodations in The Kingdom that offer modern-day comforts and luxuries. As such, we have compiled them together in this list of luxury accommodations 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 Reef Resort (Vava’u)

Miles ahead of any other accommodation in Tonga when it comes to luxury, The Reef Resort is a top choice for those looking for modern comforts and sensational cuisine. Five bungalows are scattered among the gardens and directly on the beach of Kapa Island in Vava’u, providing a tranquil retreat for guests. Bungalows feature a king canopy bed and an extra single or two bedrooms with a king and a queen. Dining is easily the main event here as European Polynesian cuisine is prepared by decorated German or Swiss chefs. Such dining experiences are welcome, especially after hiking over the island to the breathtaking bay of Port Mourelle or making use of the kayaks, a clear-bottom kayak, SUP boards and a Hobie cat to explore the surrounding waters and nearby Japanese Coral Garden – see the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Vava’u. For more of the island groups’ most upscale stays, check out the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Vava’u.

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2. Sandy Beach Resort (Ha’apai)

Ha’apai’s only four-star resort, Sandy Beach Resort is tucked away from the world at the top of the blissfully sandy shores of Foa Island. Stay in one of the 12 exclusive bungalows, built by a German family and providing the comforts of the Western world with a few Tongan touches. Each bungalow is just a few steps from an unspoiled beach, where views can be enjoyed from your private terrace. The bungalows also have double beds, ensuites with hot high-pressure showers and use solar power. The resort offers an array of activities, from whale swimming to scuba diving, or you could simply enjoy doing nothing at all… See more stays for the discerning traveller in the 5 Best Luxury Resorts in Ha’apai.

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3. Tanoa International Dateline Hotel (Tongatapu)

Tonga’s largest hotel boasts a 4-star offering on the waterfront of Nuku’alofa. High-speed WiFi and TV entertainment are available in each room, as well as an ensuite and the option for a balcony with furniture. While there are a number of room types available, some of the most luxurious offerings include the “Ocean View Suite” and the “Presidential Suite”. Facilities at the hotel include a large outdoor swimming pool and poolside cafe/bar, an on-site gym with gym classes often available, a tour desk, a gift store, airport transfers and check-in and a laundry service. A buffet breakfast with hot and cold options is also included in your stay. For more lavish stays, take a look at the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Tongatapu.

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4. Whale Discoveries (Ha’apai & Tongatapu)

Departing from either Tongatapu or Ha’apai, Whale Discoveries SV Wildlife boat stay and liveaboard experience is the only one of its kind in Tonga. The fast-sailing catamaran will be your base for a seven to eight-day excursion sailing across the islands of Tonga where the main mission is to enjoy multiple whale swims from the yacht during the whale season or harnessing the elements with an emphasis on kitesurfing, windfoiling and paddleboarding between May and July. The experience includes three meals a day and three professional crew to make sure your holiday and whale swimming experiences run smoothly. The yacht has three double cabins available. Note that this sailing charter is only available between May and October. For more like this, check out the 5 Best Liveaboards & Boat Stays in Tonga.

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5. Katea Retreat (Tongatapu)

A boutique beach resort on the southern corner of Tongatapu, Katea Retreat offers a blissful stay for couples and groups of up to four – that is, until it’s Wednesday or Friday night or Sunday afternoon when its restaurant comes to life with cultural dancing and a traditional Tongan umu – see the 10 Best Cultural Shows in Tonga. But back to the accommodation, each of the five contemporary bungalows features a queen bed or two queens, a kitchenette with a gas stove, an ensuite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the breathtaking beach and reef below. The latter you’ll love to explore with its golden sands and arching rock formations – as featured in the 20 Best Beaches in Tonga. Free airport shuttles are available, while cultural medicine walks are also on offer.

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6. Kitesurf Tonga (Ha’apai)

As you might have guessed, Kitesurf Tonga sure loves its kitesurfing, offering unforgettable kitesurfing safaris, instruction and gear rental. However, there’s so much more this resort on Uoleva Island has to offer. You’ll be one of the very few exclusive guests staying in the five traditionally inspired fales set among coconut trees and made with natural timber. You’ll get some luxurious comforts though, sleeping on memory foam mattress beds and having your own very spacious ensuite with hot solar showers. Aside from living the South Pacific life, you can also do snorkelling from the shores, make use of the stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar… Or you could simply relax on the beach with a good book… See more off-grid stays like this in the 10 Best Eco-Resorts in Tonga.

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7. Mandala Resort (Vava’u)

Mandala Resort is exclusively available as a seven-day all-inclusive package through TradeWinds. Either stay on Fetoko Island for the complete seven days or mix it up with a sailing catamaran excursion through Vava’u (see below). Either way, the resort offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, from making use of the water toys available to yoga sessions on the beach. Your stay will be in one of the six hand-crafted fales, including two luxurious treehouses. The resort also offers an upmarket dining experience with all meals and drinks included, including a Tongan cultural feast and entertainment on the neighbouring island. The resort is open from the end of February to the beginning of January. Note that the resort is for 16+ years only unless exclusively hiring. Learn more about adults-only escapes in 5 Best Adults-Only Resorts in Tonga.

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8. TradeWinds (Vava’u)

Experience the joys of sailing among some of the most famous yachting grounds in the South Pacific with TradeWinds. Offering all-inclusive sailing and sailing/resort packages at Mandala Resort among the beautiful islets and snaking inlets of Vava’u, there’s scope to cater the experience to your preference. After boarding your luxury class catamaran in Neiafu – available for shared or private charter, you’ll spend a night anchored in the sheltered bay of Port Mourelle, swim at Swallow’s Cave, explore the vivid Hunga Lagoon, stop at a village on Ofu Island to enjoy a Tongan feast and cultural entertainment, and delight in delectable cuisine and cocktails along the way. Charters are typically seven days with the option to split your time between sailing and stay at the resort, or exclusively sailing.

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9. Tukulolo Grounds & Treehouses (Tongatapu)

If your idea of luxury is something utterly unique, then check out the lodges suspended in the trees at Tukulolo Grounds & Treehouses. This handbuilt wonderland among the forests of Tongatapu‘s eastern side consists of two queen ensuite treehouses and one family treehouse, each distinctive and artistically finished. The property is a joy to explore between the communal lodge, fire pit, carved sculptures and suspended bridges leading to your fairy-light-lit abode. Watch the forest come to life at night with a fire show! While a light breakfast is included in the rate, breakfast and dinner are available to purchase should you not want to venture the 35 minutes it takes to get into Nuku’alofa. Note that there are children and dogs on the property. See more stays like (or more “unlike”) this in the 10 Most Unique Accommodations in Tonga.

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10. Seaview Lodge & Restaurant (Tongatapu)

One of the more upscale boutique hotels in Nuku’alofa, Seaview Lodge boasts an idyllic spot right on the waterfront. The lodge offers a small range of well-appointed rooms, as well as a fabulous restaurant. Stay in colonial-inspired guest rooms with various grades of room, from the luxurious “King Suite” to either a sea or garden view room, with or without a balcony. In a separate house from the main lodge is the “Family Suite” which is a fully self-contained and stylish apartment. A continental breakfast and WiFi are included in the stay, while airport transfers are available for a fee. See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Lodges in Tonga.

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11. Treasure Island Eco Resort (Vava’u)

Treasure Island Eco Resort offers a real island experience in its eight traditionally thatched fales. The resort on Eueiki Island in Vava’u has 48 acres (19 ha) of private island for its guests, offering an off-the-grid experience with solar power and a rainwater filtration system. Enjoy unique whale swimming experiences from the resort’s outrigger or enjoy complimentary use of kayaks, snorkelling gear and volleyball equipment. Meals are available as part of a meal plan at the on-site restaurant, and note that children under 12 are only allowed under special arrangements. The resort is open for the whale season until November. For more options in the same island group, check out Where to Stay in Vava’u: The Best Accommodations.

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12. Little Italy Hotel & Restaurant (Tongatapu)

The Little Italy Hotel & Restaurant brings all of the charms of Italy to the shores of Nuku’alofa, even the luxurious standard of the rooms. “Standard” and “Ocean View Rooms” are available, with the options for a private balcony and interconnecting rooms. Stays include a continental buffet breakfast, while rooms have all of your expected hotel amenities including free WiFi. As for dinner, roll out of bed and go downstairs to the ever-popular Little Italy Restaurant which serves irresistible pizzas. See more like this in the 10 Best Honeymoon Accommodations in Tonga.

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13. Sea Change Eco Retreat (Ha’apai)

A completely off-the-grid resort on the uninhabited Uoleva Island, Sea Change Eco Retreat is the place to disconnect with the world (solar electricity is only available at the bar) and reconnect with yourself and nature. The accommodation is known for its fantastic whale swimming tours, as well as yoga retreats and a few exclusive experiences, such as a private island day and fishing charters. As for accommodation, choose either glamping in safari tents with a comfortable double bed or staying in one of the large wooden bungalows with an outdoor shower. Each accommodation has a private pathway leading straight onto the beach, where you can get straight in for a snorkel or paddle with the watersports equipment provided. Discover more stays nearby in Where to Stay in Ha’apai: The Best Accommodations.

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14. Serenity Beaches Resort (Ha’apai)

Run by an American author who is still rocking this resort in her 80s, Serenity Beaches Resort knows a thing or two about luxurious relaxation retreats. While fales (bungalows) are gorgeously private, each nestled in its own quiet section of tropical forest, note that luxuries like electricity are missed so you’ll need to charge devices in the dining fale. Regardless, you’ll be enjoying your time here doing yoga in the beachfront pavilion, dining on healthy meals made from fresh local ingredients, and making use of kayaks and snorkelling gear to explore the wonderful underwater world straight from the beach. While whale swimming is available from the resort, your most frequent encounter will most likely be seeing them from the beach!

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15. Wolfgramm Beachfront (Vava’u)

The newest kid on the shores of Vava’u, Wolfgramm Beachfront boasts eight contemporary ensuite rooms on the water’s edge on ‘Utungake Island; an island that is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Stay in one of the eight fully tiled double rooms with sliding doors onto a shared deck with immediate ocean views. Guests are treated to complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as free WiFi and kayak rental – the latter you can enjoy straight from the accommodation’s private pier. Some rooms also feature a kitchenette with a stove, fridge, kettle and toaster. See more hotel-style stays in the 10 Best Boutique Hotels in Tonga.

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16. Fale Tonga Guesthouse (Tongatapu)

Holiday homes with a difference, Fale Tonga Guesthouse is a collection of two traditionally inspired fales set on a peaceful plantation just outside of Nuku’alofa. The design is the most impressive feature of these self-contained two-bedroom houses, each with exposed beams and high ceilings yet tastefully furnished with some contemporary touches. Enjoy the ease of a fully equipped kitchen complete with a dishwasher and washing machine, a spacious design-driven bathroom, and each bedroom with a double bed. There’s plenty of room to roam in your fully fenced-off garden with no direct neighbours, yet you’re only a four-minute drive from town. See more stays like this in the 20 Best Holiday Homes in Tonga.

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17. Lupetea Apartment (Vava’u)

Get your own piece of paradise at the Lupetea Apartment overlooking a quiet channel of the Port of Refuge. Still, the holiday home is just a short drive or a 20-minute walk from Neiafu, providing a convenient base for a family or friend get-together. The private holiday home apartment provides all the comforts of home, from a modern kitchen, furniture and a tiled walk-in shower, as well as a private deck with a pool table, outdoor furniture, a mini-gym and more. You’ll also have access to a private jetty where you’ll find your kayaking gear free to use. The apartment has two bedrooms with double beds. See more self-contained stays like this in the 10 Best Apartments in Tonga.

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18. Blue Water Retreat (‘Eua)

The closest thing to a resort on ‘Eua, Blue Water Retreat offers a basic but small selection of ocean-view ensuite bungalows. But for something more “glamourous”, be sure to book one of their glamping tents. These elegant tents are set atop an elevated private deck and kitted out with tasteful furniture, truly setting the scene for a unique getaway. Ferry/airport transfers are included in the accommodation rates, while whale watching, spearfishing and island tours, as well as creative buffet-style meals at the onsite restaurant, can all be organised with the resort for an effortless stay. Intrigued by Tonga’s ancient island? Be sure to check out Where to Stay on ‘Eua: The Best ‘Eua Accommodations.

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19. Matafonua Lodge (Ha’apai)

The sister property of the Sandy Beach Resort (see above), Matafonua Lodge is your three-star option (thanks to their shared bathroom facilities), but guests still get all of the amazing activities available at Sandy Beach. After days swimming with whales, scuba diving, kitesurfing or horse riding, retreat to your attractive elevated wooden fale nestled in beach vegetation. Guests will use facilities like a shared bathroom with rainfall showers and attractive tiling. There is an on-site cafe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while guests can also make use of the complimentary bikes to ride across Foa and Lifuka islands.

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20. Waterfront Lodge (Tongatapu)

An upscale lodge with a no-child policy, Waterfront Lodge is a worthy choice for your city escape to Nuku’alofa. The colonial-style lodge is above a reputable restaurant and directly opposite Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf where many boat tours and the interisland ferries depart. Choose between a sea view or a garden view room, each with a king bed, Fijian mahogany furniture an ensuite and other amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Breakfast is also included in your stay.

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More About Luxury Accommodations in Tonga

That’s it for the best luxury accommodations in Tonga. For more tips to plan a special stay on the islands, take a look at more of our tips:

Finally, see more amazing stays in Where to Stay in Tonga: The Best Accommodations in Tonga. Plus, get even more trip-planning tips in The Luxury Travel Guide to Tonga.


Laura (Lola) S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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