Tonga’s Most Luxurious Resorts
If your idea of luxury is connecting with nature and living the island life, then you’ll love Tonga. Although Tonga is no place for five-star resorts, it is a place for boutique stays on private islands, having off-the-grid experiences, and taking part in some incredible activities such as uncrowded scuba diving and unique whale swimming. Below, we’ve listed the four and three-star resorts in Tonga that offer a more up-scale stay – where accommodations have modern comforts, delectable dining and memorable experiences in even more memorable locations.
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
Boasting the most contemporary resort in the islands of Vava’u, The Reef Resort offers a luxurious stay in modern fales (bungalows) in their own quiet corners of Kapa Island. Five fales scatter the hillside and beachfront, where you’ll enjoy a tranquil rest in your king canopy bed. Dining could be argued as the main event here with its menu of European Polynesian gourmet dishes prepared by international chefs. While relaxing is a spectacular activity at the resort, your hosts can also organise whale swimming, scuba diving and a range of fishing experiences, while top attractions like Swallows Cave and the Japanese Coral Gardens are a mere boat trip of kayak-paddle away. Check out more accommodations like this in the area in the 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Vava’u.
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2. Sandy Beach Resort
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 modern bungalows, each just a few steps from an unspoiled beach. Enjoy views from your private terrace and enjoy the modern comforts of double beds, ensuites with hot high-pressure showers using solar power. The resort offers an exciting array of activities, from whale swimming to scuba diving, or you could simply enjoy doing nothing at all… Check out more options nearby in the 7 Best Luxury Accommodation in Ha’apai.
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3. Fafa Island Resort
For your four-star island resort experience in the island group of Tongatapu, choose the Fafa Island Resort. Although just a short boat ride from Nuku’alofa, you’ll feel a world away on this tranquil island with sandy shores and marine reserve. Among the 18 acres (7ha) of palms and sand are 13 attractive fales decorated with a Tongan theme of woven wall panels and cone-shaped roofs. Your fale is kept cool with ceiling fans, while you get to enjoy your own space on your private deck and garden with outdoor furniture. Check out more options nearby in the 9 Best Luxury Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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4. The Beach House (Shell Garden)
Stay in one of only two exclusive cottages on Fofoa Island at The Beach House. Choose from either “The Beach House” sleeping up to four guests across two large bedrooms with super-king beds, a full modern kitchen, and an overwater deck with instant beach access or the “Coral Cottage”, which is ideal for a couple’s retreat in the interior of the island with a private boardwalk entrance over a coral garden. The Beach House offers small-group whale swimming tours, as well as fishing tours, island-hopping experiences, and a gourmet meal plan in the high season.
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5. Ha’atafu Beach Resort
An all-inclusive resort on Tongatapu’s premium beach, Ha’atafu Beach Resort offers a selection of standard, premium and family fales. The Premium Fales is the best choice for the discerning traveller, boasting a beachfront location and super-king beds, 32″ flatscreen TV, overhead fans, a comfortable leather sofa and a private deck. Rates not only include breakfast and a buffet dinner each day but the use of kayaks, table tennis table, snorkelling gear, shuttle to Nuku’alofa (running on the resort’s schedule), Sky TV and more to keep you more than entertained throughout your stay. What’s more, the resort is renowned for its surfing, which you can read more on in The Complete Guide to Surfing in Tonga.
6. Mandala Resort
A private island retreat in the island’s of Vava’u, the Mandala Resort provides a getaway with the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. The resort works with tourism operator Explore Vava’u to offer a huge range of experience, from whale swimming to island-hopping and snorkelling tours. Additionally, unwind with a yoga session or island massage also available at the resort in its very own shala. As for your stay, it will be in one of the six hand-crafted beach bungalows, including two luxurious treehouses. The resort also offers an upmarket dining experience with vegetables and freshwater fish harvested from the island’s Aquaponics system. See more resorts like this in the 10 Best Eco Resorts in Tonga.
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7. Treasure Island Eco Resort
If you’re looking for a real Tongan experience, try the Treasure Island Eco Resort and their eight traditionally thatched fales. The resort on ‘Eueiki Island has 48 acres (19ha) of private island to enjoy, offering an off-the-grid experience in solar-powered fales and rainwater in the resort’s own filtration system. The experience with nature continues with whale swimming available in the whale season from the resort’s outrigger. When you’re not making use of the complimentary kayaks, snorkelling gear, volleyball equipment on the beach, spearfishing, kitesurfing and surfing can be arranged if you bring your own gear.
8. Mounu Island Resort
Another beautiful private island experience awaits at the Mounu Island Resort, which sits on a stunning coral atoll. Rest, eat and play among the vivid white coral sands and its surrounding coral reef ideal for snorkelling, kayaking and kitesurfing. Whale watching, scuba diving and bird-watching tours are also available from the island. When your day’s adventure is done, retreat to one of the four luxurious island-style fales, each with its own piece of private waterfront.
9. Sea Change Eco Retreat
An off-the-grid resort on the uninhabited Uoleva Island in Ha’apai, Sea Change Eco Retreat is the place to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself and nature. The resort is home to one of the top whale swimming operators in the Ha’apai Group but also provides yoga retreats and a few exclusive experiences, such as a private island day and a private beach dinner. The accommodation comes in the form of either glamping tents with a comfortable double bed or large wooden bungalows with an outdoor shower. Each accommodation has a private pathway to the beach, which offers excellent snorkelling.
10. Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga
Another excellent option on Uoleva Island, Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga is a boutique resort with just five timber-constructed eco-friendly fales. Your fale is set among coconut trees for a Robinson Crusoe-like experience but with some luxurious comforts, such as memory foam mattress beds and an 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, drink kava and learn how to weave, and, of course, make use of the incredible kitesurfing terrain the surrounding lagoons have to offer.