The Top Holiday Resorts in Vava’u
Are you ready to be taken to paradise? Vava’u’s 61 islands are a dream destination for many, secluded and pristine with whales seen breaching from the shores. What’s more, you needn’t worry about things feeling too “busy”, as all of the resorts in Vava’u are ultra-boutique with only two to eight fales (bungalows) per resort! However, don’t expect luxury and all of the modern comforts like free WiFi or sometimes even power in your room. The resorts in Vava’u are places to disconnect from the world and enjoy an authentic Pacific island experience.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country with services and accommodations upgrading and changing often. While we try to keep our listings up to date, feel free to reach out if you find anything that needs changing.
1. Treasure Island Eco Resort
Get the real island experience at Treasure Island Eco Resort and its eight traditionally thatched fales. The resort on Eueiki Island 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. Learn more about this resort in the 5 Best Eco-Resorts in Vava’u.
2. The Reef Resort
Boasting one of the most contemporary and upmarket resorts in Vava’u (and the whole of Tonga), The Reef Resort on Kapa Island is an ample choice for travellers who prefer modern comforts. Five bungalows are scattered among the gardens and directly on the beach, 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 Hobie cat to explore the surrounding waters and nearby Japanese Coral Garden – see the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Vava’u to learn more.
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3. Mala Island Resort
Set on 20 acres (8 ha) of a stunning private island, Mala Island Resort provides an idyllic stay in Vava’u. You’ll have access to a white sandy beach with fantastic snorkelling just 3 m (10 ft) from the shore. The eight fales are decorated with beautiful tapa-cloth and woven panel walls with bed layouts of either two queens or one king bed. The ensuite bathrooms have hot water, while outside is your private deck boasting amazing island and ocean views. Relax in the open-air restaurant with an a la carte menu and free WiFi. There are also kayaks and SUP boards to make use of, while tours with outside operators can also be arranged from the resort. What’s more, Mala Island is one of the closest to the main island, with airport transfers taking approximately one hour.
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4. Mystic Sands
A boutique resort on the waterfront of ‘Utungake Island, which is connected to the main island by a causeway, Mystic Sands is easy to get to from Neiafu yet provides a tranquil retreat. Stay in one of the modernly-furnished double or family rooms with ocean views and the beach just steps away. Each room has kitchenette facilities for self-catering (including a coffee plunger – woohoo!) but you might just feel that the included breakfast is enough, while you may also want to take the opportunity to order the meals available or even try an umu. The hosts can also organise a number of activities around the island for you or you can just make do with the complimentary use of the kayaks, swimming pool and beach games. See more family-friendly stays in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Vava’u.
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5. Tongan Beach Resort
Another resort easy to access from Neiafu, Tongan Beach Resort is also on ‘Utungake Island with its own stretch of sandy paradise and a private jetty. Relax in the open-air restaurant with an a la carte menu and a wealth of cocktails, or lounge in the day beds soaking in the Tongan sun. There’s an amazing snorkelling spot just off the beach where you might meet the resident turtle, while complimentary use of kayaks is also available. The Tongan Beach Resort caters to couples, families and groups with double and family rooms available – all metres away from the water’s edge.
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6. Mounu Island Resort
Get the private island experience at the Mounu Island Resort. The island features vivid white coral sands and is surrounded by a coral reef ideal for snorkelling, kayaking and kitesurfing. There are exclusively four fales to choose from, each with its own piece of private waterfront. Each fale is made from timber and with a shingle roof to be in harmony with the natural environment. Whale watching is also available from the island through the island’s own operation, Whale Watch Vava’u. Learn more in the 10 Best Whale Swim Tours in Vava’u.
7. Blue Lagoon Resort
Stay in one of the four overwater beach huts at the Blue Lagoon Resort. Each beach hut is unique being either a bungalow or split-level and most have a private deck. Whatever you choose, your simplistic yet quirky abode is fully powered by solar and wind energy. The resort caters to couples, families and groups, where time can be shared swimming with whales on their own reputable whale-watching tour, watching whales from the beach, kayaking and snorkelling. Food is served as part of a meal plan at the on-site restaurant. Note that the resort is only open from July to October (the whale season).
8. Dream Island Resort
An adults-only castaway experience in Vava’u, the Dream Island Resort is exclusively for guests over the age of 16. There’s a choice of three beach bungalows and one garden bungalow all very spacious with queen beds, an outside ensuite and a private verandah. Your time on the (almost) uninhabited Euakafa Island is a relaxing one with some strong Robinson Crusoe vibes. You can spend your time hiking, watching whales from the beach, snorkelling in the island’s coral reef, and watching birds and flying foxes. Needless to say, this is not the place to be if you’re not into providing your own entertainment. Meal plans are advised, which include breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner in the dining fale that, admittedly, is in need of some repair after cyclone damage. Learn more about adults-only holidays in The Adults-Only Guide to Vava’u.
9. Mandala Resort
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. 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. See more resorts like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Vava’u.
10. Makafeke Resort
On the beachfront of an island village, Makafeke Resort is more of a homestay than a resort. Nevertheless, if you want an authentic Tongan experience in a small village, then this is for you. After a boat transfer to Matamaka village on Nuapapu Island, you’ll be guided to your guesthouse, which consists of a light-filled double room and a room with four single beds. The communal beach garden is pleasingly decorated with buoys, coconuts, shells, hammocks and an undercover diving area, as well as direct access to the beach. They also have kayaks to explore the surrounding waters. For more homestay-style stays, check out the 10 Best Guesthouses in Vava’u.
More About Resorts in Vava’u
That’s it for our list of the best resorts in Vava’u. For more tips to help plan the perfect trip, check out the following:
- 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u
- 10 Ways to Get to (& Around) Vava’u
- The Food Guide to Vava’u: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect place to stay, start from scratch with Where to Stay in Vava’u: The BEST Accommodations.