Luxurious Stays in Vava’u
A special place like Vava’u deserves a special place to stay. Whether it’s on the sandy shores of a private island resort or in your own modern apartment on the main island, there’s something to suit a range of discerning travellers in Vava’u. However, there’s no such thing as a five-star resort in Vava’u (or Tonga for that matter), so it’s best you set your expectations right before booking. The real luxury is in the beautiful locations and amazing experiences available. Check out some of the most premium accommodations in the islands in this list of the best luxury accommodation in Vava’u!
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country. Accommodations often change their offerings, so be sure to contact resorts for any essential amenities you may need, even if it’s advertised! Feel free to reach out if you have any updates to our listings.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Luxury Guide to Vava’u.
1. The Beach House (Shell Garden)
Stay in one of exclusively two gorgeous cottages on Fofoa Island at The Beach House. Both accommodations are elevated to provide spectacular views across a lagoon. There’s “The Beach House” sleeping up to four guests across two large bedrooms with super-king beds, a full modern kitchen, and an overwater deck. Alternatively, the “Coral Cottage” is the ideal couples retreat with a private boardwalk entrance over a coral garden. Tonga Beach House offers its own small-group whale swimming tours, as well as fishing tours, island-hopping experiences, as well as a gourmet meal plan. See more accommodations like this in our 10 Best Honeymoon Accommodation in Vava’u.
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2. Mandala Resort
Retreat to the private island Mandala Resort for a getaway with the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. The resort works with Explore Vava’u to offer a huge range of activities, from whale swimming to island and snorkelling tours. Additionally, unwind with a yoga session or island massage also available at the resort. Your stay 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 very own Aquaponics system. See more accommodation like this in our 5 Best Eco Resorts in Vava’u.
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3. Mounu Island Resort
Another fabulous private island experience awaits at the Mounu Island Resort. The island features vivid white coral sands and is surrounded by a coral reef ideal for snorkelling but also creating sheltering the waters for epic kitesurfing. There are four luxurious fales (bungalows) to choose from, each with its own piece of private waterfront. Each fale is made from timber and with a shingle roof to evoke a real island flair. Whale watching, scuba diving and kayaking are also available from the island.
4. Lupetea Apartment
Overlooking a quiet channel of the Port of Refuge yet a short drive from Neiafu, Lupetea Apartment provides a stunning base for families and friends travelling together. The private holiday home apartment provides all the comforts of home, from a modern kitchen, furniture and tiles walk-in shower, as well as a private deck with a pool table, mini-gym and more. Dine from your deck or your private jetty where you’ll also find your kayaking gear.
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5. The Reef Resort
Boasting one of the most contemporary resorts in Vava’u, the Reef Resort offers a luxurious retreat on Kapa Island. Five modern bungalows are scattered across the hill and directly on the beach, providing a tranquil retreat. Get a quiet night’s sleep in your king canopy bed with one and two-bedroom options available. Dining could be argued as the main event here with its contemporary European Polynesian gourmet dishes prepared by international chefs. While relaxing is a spectacular activity at the resort, the team can also organise whale swimming, scuba diving, a range of fishing experiences and more.
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6. Hakula Lodge
Hakula Lodge is more than just about a place to stay, its whole experience revolves around sports fishing and whale swimming! The waterfront accommodation has incredible views of the Port of Refuge Harbour, while also being nestled in tropical gardens. Stay in one of their two well-appointed rooms with full kitchen and bathroom facilities, a master bedroom and a sofa bed ideal if travelling with the kids. Enjoy a barbecue on the balcony and access to a private wharf where your water adventures will depart. We also feature this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Vava’u.
7. Mala Island Resort
Set in 20 acres of a stunning private island, Mala Island Resort is well worth considering for a luxury stay in Vava’u. The island is lined with white sandy beaches with epic snorkelling just 3m (10ft) from the beach. The fales are best described as “rugged luxury” with beautiful tapa-cloth and woven panel walls. They also have ensuite bathrooms with hot water. The resort has an open-air restaurant and offers a range of activities such as cultural experiences, sports fishing, diving, kayaking, sailboat rentals and more.
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8. Treasure Island Eco Resort
Last but certainly not least, Treasure Island Eco Resort offers a real Tongan experience in their eight traditionally thatched fales. The resort on Eueiki Island has 48 acres (19ha) of the private island to itself and its guests, offering an off-the-grid experience in solar-powered fales and rainwater in the resort’s own filtration system. Enjoy unique whale swimming experiences from the resort’s outrigger. Otherwise, guests can enjoy complimentary use of kayaks, snorkelling gear, volleyball equipment on the beach. Spearfishing, kitesurfing and surfing can also be enjoyed from here if you bring your own gear. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.