Luxurious Stays in Ha’apai
Luxury needs to be seen as being in a breathtaking destination and experiencing the island life, rather than retrofitting a five-star resort in a place where it doesn’t belong. Only a few of the Ha’apai islands are inhabited, making the destination relatively undiscovered. Yet, there are some premium experiences to be had, from private island day trips to swimming with beautiful humpback whales. Only one accommodation here is four-stars, but the rest of the resorts we list in this best luxury accommodation in Ha’apai are well-presented and provide some modern comforts without sacrificing an authentic Pacific Island experience. Check out some of our recommendations in the list below.
On an extra note, Tonga is an ever-evolving country where services provided by accommodations can change with little notice. While we try to keep our accommodation listings up-to-date, feel free to reach out with any updates.
For more inspiration for a luxury getaway, see The Luxury Guide to Ha’apai.
1. Sandy Beach Resort
Ha’apai’s only four-star resort, Sandy Beach Resort is nestled away from the world at the top 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.
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2. Sea Change Eco Retreat
A completely off-the-grid resort on the uninhabited Uoleva Island, Sea Change Eco Retreat is the place to disconnect with the world and reconnect with yourself and nature. The accommodation is known across Ha’apai for its fantastic whale swimming tours, as well as yoga retreats and a few exclusive experiences, such as a private island day and a private beach dinner. As for accommodation, choose either glamping in safari tents with a comfortable double bed or stay 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 kitesurf, the latter if you have your own gear. We also list this accommodation in the 7 Best Family Accommodation in Ha’apai.
3. Whale Discoveries Live-Aboard
For something a little more unique, how about spending your time island-hopping around the Ha’apai islands and swimming with whales every day on a liveaboard sailing yacht? During the whale season, July to October, Whale Discoveries offers eight-day packages, either starting in Tongatapu or Ha’apai and slowly making their way across Tonga, experiencing amazing wildlife encounters. You’ll be staying on the fast sailing catamaran, S.Y. Wildlife, in one of the three roomy double cabins. The vessel has a large saloon and deck area to relax in and enjoy your three meals a day all included. Learn more about Whale Discoveries’ whale experiences in the 5 Best Whale Swim Tours in Ha’apai.
4. Serenity Beaches Resort
Run by an American, Serenity Beaches Resort knows a thing or two about luxurious relaxation retreats. Stay in one of the beachfront fales (bungalows) with twin, double set-ups with shared facilities, or the private ensuite fale. Either way, 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 the 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! We also list this accommodation in the 5 Best Honeymoon Accommodation in Ha’apai.
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5. Matafonua Lodge
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, taking cultural tours to a nearby island village and perhaps sports fishing, 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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6. Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga
As you might have guessed, Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga sure loves its kitesurfing (bring your own gear), offering unforgettable kitesurfing safaris. Nevertheless, there’s so much more this resort 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 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… Or you could simply relax on the beach with a good book…
7. The Lolofutu Beach Barn
An all-inclusive glamping experience in a remote piece of paradise, The Lolofutu Beach Barn is the alternative offering from Whale Discoveries. The eight-day package includes accommodation in a safari tent kitted out with lighting and a comfortable double bed leading out onto a private deck with a rain cover. The off-the-grid experience showcases an alternative sustainable way of life, where bathroom facilities are shared and have cold showers and composting toilets. You’ll get three healthy and sustainably sourced meals per day and spend four days of your time in paradise swimming with whales on the MV Tropic Bird. We also list this in our 10 Best Accommodation in Ha’apai for Foodies.