This is a secluded island that is certainly off the grid. The beach is gorgeous and the snorkeling fabulous as well. One of my very favorite things about it is that it’s an eco resort run primarily on sunlight and candlelight! You really start to live by the natural rhythms of day and night again. I had the best sleep! There are wonderful solar lit paths through the coconut palms at night—another favorite thing that I found magical. When you stay on the island, you have the option of beaches on both sides. If one side was windy and wavy, we just went to the other. My kids adored the snorkeling and hiking around the island. We also enjoyed the campfires and special show the staff put on one night.
Speaking about the staff. They are amazing. Everyone is so kind and helpful. The food is fantastic—great portions—very healthy. Another unique thing about the resort that I especially loved was that the meals were served in a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the ocean where you sit with other world travelers and have the most amazing conversations. I felt so connected and content with these great friendships made over food, wine, and yummy homemade chocolate coconut macaroons made from the coconuts on the island. They were often overly generous with the food and I was trying to not overeat. Everyone else seemed to love it though.
We loved the eco resort style of candlelight and walls that open to the private ocean views and tropical greenery. The fales are lovely, private, and have their own ocean views. We had the opportunity to stay on both sides of the island and liked them equally as well. Although it was easier with my kids to have them stay in the fales with the loft space above.
While the whale viewing was great, and I understand that is a real highlight for most people visiting, but I think I would just as well go when it is off season. For me, one of the things I loved most is that I didn’t feel compelled to run around and make sure I “did” everything. I was able to relax, take time to myself, read, rest, and regenerate. By the time I returned home I was on a completely different speed and I have been able to retain a more mindful way of living—the best souvenir I’ve ever brought home with me. I think this is due to the size, simplicity, and true serenity of this one-of-a kind resort. I will definitely go back—hopefully soon. Wish it was closer!
One of the things I would love to do is to go on a retreat there. I wish they would provide some in the future. The massage was also the best I’ve ever had. Patti, the owner, used to do massages at the famous Four Seasons in Hawaii. I highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a deserted Island in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, this resort is totally surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and many exquisite coral reefs. Rooms are all beachfront and far from each other so they offer ultimate privacy. Use of kayaks and snorkel equipment is FREE. Meals are made from fresh local ingredients, and accommodation is made for special needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Serenity Beaches Resort Tonga/Uoleva Island