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How to Pick the Best Villa in Tonga for You

How to Pick the Best Villa in Tonga for You

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Are there Villas in Tonga?

When looking for idyllic holiday accommodation, we all have our usual go-to: resorts, apartments, hotels or villas. But are there villas in Tonga? If you’re from New Zealand or Australia, you might expect a villa to be a large colonial building, while those from Europe might be more looking for a private holiday home with a pool. We’ll help you choose the right one for you with this guide to finding a villa in Tonga.

Quick Tips for Staying in a Villa in Tonga

  • A “villa” in Tonga refers to accommodation in a colonial-style building, most of which can be found on the shores of Nuku’alofa
  • The closest thing to a private holiday home villa is the holiday homes that we list in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Tonga
  • Accommodations in Tonga are known to change services and facilities without updating their listings on websites and brochures. If there are any essential amenities you require, it’s best to inquire first to avoid disappointment
  • See examples of villas in Tonga in our 5 Fabulous Villas in Tonga.
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What are Villas in Tonga?

Large colonial-style buildings are usually what the term “villa” refers to in Tonga. Most of which can be found on the waterfront of the nation’s capital, Nuku’alofa.

The tourist villas found in Nuku’alofa have been modernly renovated into guest houses or separate self-contained apartments. The former includes individual guest rooms, some with shared bathrooms and some with ensuites, as well as communal areas such as a lounge and kitchen. Examples of this are the Tonga Holiday Villa and Villa Ishadora. The latter refers to the Villa Apartments, which is a complex of modern apartments within a large villa.

If you’re looking for the type of villa with its own swimming pool in Tonga then you are out of luck, apart from the Oceansong House on Airbnb which features a private plunge pool. Don’t forget your free $50 Airbnb credit here.

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Location, What is Nearby and How to Get There?

So far, the only villas found in Tonga are in Nuku’alofa (Tongatapu) and Vava’u. First, we recommend deciding on which of the two island groups appeals to you the most by comparing them with the following guides:

Another consideration is how to get to these destinations, which we go over in:

Finally, you should also consider the location of the villa within Nuku’alofa or Vava’u. Some villas are a long walk from town, while you may also want to see if there are grocery stores, restaurants or tours nearby that you would like to make use of.

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Prices and What is Included in Your Stay?

Choosing a villa in Tonga also means picking the right villa with the best value for you, both in terms of price and in terms of facilities.

The costs of villas in Nuku’alofa range from TOP$150 to $250 per night, while a private villa in Vava’u costs around TOP$230 per night.

As for inclusions, some of the facilities and services to compare include:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfers
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Gardens
  • In-house activities and tours
  • Watersports gear rental
  • Car parking
  • Vehicle hire
  • TV
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Balcony/patio.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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