Advice on Choosing a Holiday Home in Tonga
Staying in a holiday home in Tonga ensures ultimate privacy and the ability to enjoy your holiday on your own terms. We go over some advice on picking a holiday home in Tonga in the guide below.
Quick Things You Need to Know About Staying in a Holiday Home in Niue
- In the whale season (June-October), which is the high season in Tonga, book your holiday home as soon as possible as holiday homes are limited and get booked up quickly
- Many of the holiday homes in Vava’u and Tongatapu are located out-of-town so consider hiring a vehicle for your stay
- All of Tonga’s holiday homes have some sort of self-catering facilities (but don’t expect any food or teas/coffees to be left in the house for you)
- Holiday homes have a set rate for the night, so the more people you travel with the cheaper the accommodation will be per person (assuming you split the cost).
How Many Does the Holiday Home Sleep and What is the Cost?
Tonga’s holiday homes are a mix of apartment and family home-style accommodation in that they have bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. Some holiday homes have private decks, walkways and a dock with access to the beach/water. However, one of the major differences is how many people the holiday home sleeps, as well as the price.
How Many People Holiday Homes Sleep in Tonga
In Tonga, holiday homes range from one to four bedrooms, making them suitable for couples up to a couple of families holidaying together. While choosing a holiday home that sleeps the number of people you’re travelling with, make sure that everyone gets as much space as they desire. For instance, some holiday homes will sleep four people but there may be only one bedroom and two single beds in the lounge. If you want more space, stay in a holiday home with more bedrooms.
What is the Price of the Holiday Home in Tonga?
The pricing for holiday homes in Tonga is generally a standard price for renting out the entire house per night. This means that the more people you have staying there, the more you split the cost (except for, you know, families who have to pay for everyone regardless).
A factor that determines the price tends to be the number of rooms the property has, as well as the overall “standard” of the holiday home. For example, hosts of a holiday home that is stylishly furnished and decorated with love will probably charge more than a holiday home kitted out with the basics.
Another factor that determines the price is the location. Holiday homes in Vava’u have an average price that is higher than in Tongatapu.
Prices for holiday homes range from TOP$100 to $560 in Tongatapu and from TOP$130 to $660 in Vava’u.
Where is it Located and How to Get There?
Holiday homes are only found in Tongatapu and Vava’u, as well as currently one option in ‘Eua. Of course, you will want to find a holiday home in the island group that appeals the most to you, so compare island groups in The Best Islands to Visit in Tonga or the following guides:
Once you have decided which island group you want to visit, you need to then consider the location of the holiday home, what’s nearby and how you are going to get there.
While there are some holiday home a short walk from stores and restaurants in Nuku’alofa (Tongatapu) and Neiafu (Vava’u), most are a short drive away from essential shops, services and attractions that you might want to visit, so a car rental is likely to be essential to explore the island – see The Guide to Renting a Car in Tonga for advice.
What’s Included in Your Stay?
Some holiday homes in Tonga offer more than just a roof over your head. From the type of self-catering facilities available to tours provided by the host, there are many things that make holiday homes quite different from each other in Tonga.
Every holiday home in Tonga have some sort of self-catering facilities. However, not all of them have a full kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven! With that in mind, be sure to check what the kitchen facilities include, especially if you intend to cook your own meals each night.
Typically Included Facilities
These are the facilities that are almost always included in your holiday home in Tonga:
- Car parking (if on an island with roads)
- Hot water (usually solar-heated)
- Insect screens on the windows or mosquito nets
- Basic kitchen
- Beds with linen provided
- Bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink
- Fully furnished lounge and dining area
Additional Services and Facilities
Some, but not all, of Tonga’s holiday homes include additional services. Take a look at the services and facilities below and pick the ones you require to keep in mind when comparing holiday homes:
- Ocean views or a lookout
- Air conditioning
- Outside deck or verandah
- Tea and coffee
- Washing machine
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- In-house tours or cultural activities for guests
- Car rental (for a fee)
- Airport transfers.