Advice on Choosing Adult-Only Accommodation in Tonga
The only way to top a dreamy island getaway full of sun, sea and sand is an island getaway full of sun, sea and sand without kids! Tonga can certainly provide this experience with its fantastic albeit limited range of adult-only resorts, or even an alternative adult-only holiday staying in an adult-only lodge, apartment or homestay in the “Big Smoke”, Nuku’alofa. We’ll help you choose your adult-only accommodation in Tonga in the guide below.
Quick Things You Need to Know About Staying in Adult-Only Accommodation in Tonga
- There is only one resort with an adult-only policy for guests being over the age of 16. All other accommodations in Tonga that have a similar child policy have a low age threshold of either 10 or 12 years old
- The type of adult-only accommodation in Tonga isn’t just resorts (of which there are only two adult-only resorts), other adult-only accommodation includes apartments, a lodge and a homestay
- Although the Sandy Beach Resort in Ha’apai is not exclusively an adult-only resort (families have to request to stay there), almost all guests are adults
- If you’re looking for alternative places to stay for an adult-only getaway, consider a holiday home in Tonga
- For examples of adult-only accommodation, see the 5 Best Adult-Only Accommodation in Tonga.
Types of Adult-Only Accommodation in Tonga
Tonga not only has adult-only resorts, but it has a couple of adult-only apartments and a lodge in Nuku’alofa, as well as an adult-only homestay. Here’s more about your options:
- Dream Island Resort, ages 16+, ‘Euakafa Island in Vava’u
- Mandala Resort, ages 12+, Fetoko Island in Vava’u
Tonga has two adult-only resorts in the island group of Tongatapu. Both offer a range of activities both in-house and organised with external operators, as well as provide meals at their on-site restaurants. Accommodation is in fales (beach bungalows) with a bed and ensuite bathroom.
- Waterfront Lodge, ages 10+, Nuku’alofa in Tongatapu
The Waterfront Lodge is a boutique hotel with guest rooms for couples featuring ensuite bathrooms and balconies/patios. The site also has a restaurant.
- Villa Apartments, ages 12+, Nuku’alofa in Tongatapu
The Villa Apartments has an apartment complex on the west side of Nuku’alofa, as well as another apartment on the east side. All some with self-catering and bathroom facilities.
- Puipuikihetoa Homestay, ages 12+, Nuku’alofa in Tongatapu
The Puipuikihetoa Homestay consists of two double rooms in a family home where you’ll be staying with your hosts. Guest share bathroom facilities and a kitchen.
Learn more about these accommodations in the 5 Best Adult-Only Accommodation in Tonga.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
You only have a choice of two destinations in Tonga when it comes to adult-only accommodation: Nuku’alofa in Tongatapu and the islands of Vava’u. Each provides a dramatically different experience.
Nuku’alofa is the capital of Tonga, which is located on the main island and the arrival island for most travellers, Tongatapu. It is the easiest and therefore the cheapest island to get to in Tonga, so is often a preferred choice if on a budget. Most of Tonga’s top activities can be done from here, like whale swimming, fishing, snorkelling/scuba diving, etc. while the island is home to famous attractions like the Ha’amonga a’ Maui. Learn more in The Adult-Only Guide to Tongatapu.
Vava’u’s adult-only resorts are located on either private or otherwise uninhabited islands, sandy landmasses amidst the archipelago. Activities like whale swimming, snorkelling and fishing can be done from these resorts but you will be far from any other service or civilisation. Learn more in The Adult-Only Guide to Vava’u.
Price and Inclusions
Inclusions at your adult-only accommodation can make the difference between simply a bed for the night and a complete holiday experience. Of course, a remote resort that provides all of the entertainment and meals is more expensive than a lodge in the capital of Tonga, so all of this needs to be weighed up when determining the value of accommodation.
How Much Does Adult-Only Accommodation Cost?
The nightly rates of adult-only accommodation vary depending on what type of accommodation it is, its location and its inclusions.
An adult-only resort in Vava’u costs between TOP$520 and $630 for a couple per night for a fale – not including the meal plan, which is an additional TOP$150-$160 for full-board.
A lodge or apartment in Nuku’alofa costs between TOP$160 and TOP$190 for a couple per night.
Any savvy traveller knows that you can’t just go off price alone when considering your budget. You need to also consider the inclusions. A few inclusions to compare are:
- Airport transfers
- Car parking if on an island with roads
- Self-catering facilities
- Breakfast included
- Tea/coffee-making facilities
- Complimentary activities like kayaking, snorkelling, etc.
- Can other activities be arranged?
- Washing machine or laundry service
- Free WiFi
- Fan or air-conditioning.