Tonga’s Most Unique Stays
Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a glamping tent on an uninhabited island, in a treehouse among the coconut palms, or even in a simple beach hut on an island all to yourself?! Well, you can certainly have these experiences thanks to this list of unique accommodation in Tonga.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country with some services that accommodations provide changing with little notice. While we try to keep our accommodation listings up-to-date, know that some services may have changed. If you have an update, feel free to reach out.
1. The Beach House (Shell Garden)
Elevated on the coral cliffs of Fofoa Island, The Beach House has two unique properties, both with their own boardwalk or staircase with direct access to the beach and lagoon. “The Beach House” is the largest holiday home on this island in Vava’u, elevated over the lapping turquoise waters and housing up to four guests. “The Coral Cottage” is an octagonal beach house with exposed walls of coral rock extending the theme of the coral garden surroundings. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.
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2. Serenity Beaches Resort
On the uninhabited island of Uoleva, Serenity Beaches Resort is a small selection of octagonal half-wall fales (bungalows) that allow you to embrace nature effortlessly throughout your stay. Your timber octagonal fale is one-of-a-kind in Ha’apai and Tonga with its large open walls so you can take in the coastal forest. Nature continues even when showering in your open-air garden shower. If you are looking for more privacy, however, they do have full-walled concrete fales too. See more resorts in Ha’apai here.
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3. Sea Change Eco Retreat
Sea Change Eco Retreat offers two unique types of accommodation in Ha’apai, their timber eco-friendly fales and their glamping tents. Stay in your own quiet corner of Uoleva Island’s forest in one of the safari tents complete with full bedroom furniture and a private deck or in one of the wooden beach huts with a private bathroom using solar-heated rainwater and a compost toilet. It’s certainly a low-impact stay on the stunning islands of Ha’apai. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Eco Resorts in Tonga.
4. Treasure Island Eco Resort
Not only is Treasure Island Eco Resort a fully self-sustainable resort on one of Vava’u’s remote islands, but it presents some pretty unique Tongan fales. Fales are traditionally thatched with woven panels and everything to look like you could have built it yourself from the outside. On the inside, well, things a looking a little more luxurious with your tiled floors and ensuite bathroom. The uniqueness of the resort even extends to the resort’s outrigger boat, in which Treasure Island Eco Resort takes guests out whale swimming.
5. Luahoko Island
A tiny palm-filled island fringed with sand, Luahoko Island is all yours. Get the real Robinson Crusoe experience as you are left here for up to 10 days staying in a minimalistic beach hut to enjoy the simple life – well, it usually helps if you’re on a paradise island. You have a unique elevated Tongan-style cabana on the beachfront to relax in and enjoy the view. Your hosts at Matafonua Lodge on Foa Island will bring you over supplies now and then. Otherwise, enjoy the blissfulness of being completely away from civilisation.
6. Mandala Resort
The “Tree Houses” at the Mandala Resort in Vava’u have to be the most unique accommodation at this resort of octagonal beach huts and other rooms that blends in the private island surroundings. Elevated in the trees and made from local timbers, the Tree Houses are hand-constructed and feature a staircase and balcony among the trees for a unique perspective of the forest.
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7. Taiana’s Resort
The only traditional Tongan fales in Ha’apai, Taiana’s Resort is a locally-run budget resort featuring traditionally thatched rooves and woven-panelled walls. They are simply furnished with mattresses on the floor and decorated with Tongan tapa paintings for a true island experience. You won’t have access to electricity, just a kerosene lantern, while days are spent here relaxing on the white sandy beach, snorkelling, kayaking and trying delicious Tongan food from your hosts.
8. Ovava Tree Lodge
The most unique accommodation on the nature lover’s paradise of ‘Eua, Ovava Tree Lodge really embraces what the island is all about with its guest rooms and connecting boardwalk elevated in the trees. The whole lodge construction is polished timber, inside and out, to complement your surroundings. Each room has a double bed and is close to the shores so you can hear the ocean lapping onto the rocks below. Check out more accommodation here in the 6 Best Resorts in ‘Eua.
9. Lolofutu Beach Barn
Exclusively open in the whale season, the Lolofutu Beach Barn is run by Whale Discoveries to give you an off-the-grid holiday combined with plenty of whale swimming. Your accommodation is one of their glamping tents on a pristine island in Ha’apai where you’ll be interacting with the local village, snorkelling and swimming with Humpback Whales. Each tent is elevated on a private deck with a sun/rain cover and outdoor furniture.
10. Blue Lagoon Resort
Boasting Tonga’s “only overwater fales”, the Blue Lagoon Resort in Vava’u offers five individually unique accommodations on their island. Fales have porches that open up to the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean, which lap upon the rock beneath your accommodation. On the beach or teetering over the edge of a cliff, fales are in their own stunning sections of the island where it’s possible to watch whales from shore during the whale season.
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