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“A little island with a BIG Heart”
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Fafa Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fafa Island
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A little island with a BIG Heart”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

From the moment that we set foot on the boat to Fafa Island I knew this was an experience that I was going to remember for the rest of my life. The beaches are white sand and perfect, the food is fresh and beautifully prepared. My villa was elegant, architecturally graceful and well maintained. I can honestly say that it is the staff who made my stay memorable. Kind, attentive, fun and caring. I am looking forward to bringing my husband and family here for a holiday when I next travel to Tonga.
Come to Fafa - you will be blown away by the experience!

Room Tip: All of the villas (Fale's) are close to the beach and are perfect for your holiday.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

There were 16 of us who stayed at the Resort for a few days and only left there yesterday .. the staff and facilities were fabulous .. if you want a great place to stay .. this is the place - awesome!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Darwin
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

This place is divine. From the moment you are transported by boat & arrive at the island the service from the staff is outstanding. We were lucky enough to be there for New Years Eve & thoroughly enjoyed the night. We stayed in one of the fales (Tongan house) which are set in amongst foliage to keep them private. We enjoyed lying on our sunbed’s with uninterrupted ocean views. The fale we stayed in had a big main area with bed, table, fridge & lounge bed. There is a second room with safe & single bed. The lovely bathroom is semi-outdoor with solar hot water with a booster. If you want to have a drink or meal on the verandah of your fale you can walk to the bar & order & it will be delivered. The food is really good & there is a choice of up to 3 options for lunch & dinner. You can walk around the island at low tide & through the island on the bush trail. We spent 5 nights & thoroughly enjoyed & would absolutely stay at Fafa again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2013

Fafa Island is a great place to come and chill out and do as little as possible. All the fales are a short stroll from the beach and surrounded by swaying palms and tropical foliage. The fales strike the right balance between comfort and tropical fantasy. The design and sea side location means theres no need for air con and all the fales are TV free so it's good to disconnect from the outside world. The hammocks, sun chairs and 2 balconies give you plenty of options to relax while you take in the sea view. Pack a few good books and your swimmers and you are set for a great relaxing week.

One thing that is lacking is a pool. Apart from absolute high tide the sea is often a bit shallow for swimming and can be a bit rough if its windy. An infinity pool near the bar would be my suggestion for improvement.

Room Tip: All the fales are well located. The more expensive ones are best if traveling as a family or as a gr...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013

We stayed at Fafa for three nights in the Kaute Fale. The staff had very kindly upgraded us when i asked them to find something close to the restaurant due to me not being able to walk to far.

The good things about Fafa:
- friendliness of both the German hostesses and the Tongan cooks.
- fantastic menu's - the food was excellent
- beautiful dinner setting, next to the water etc
- beautiful fale - had everything we could want except air conditioning
- library
- lovely surroundings
- free access to the snorkeling and kayak gear
- the bird life
- the open air but very private bathroom - very invigorating
- Hot water and a lantern delivered to your room each day
- The boat trips over and back - the staff accompanying us on the boat were friendly, helpful and really lovely. (Skipper, boat hands, cooks etc)
- Great fun snorkeling. Make sure you snorkel around the south part of the island, facing Tongatapu as the water is calmer there and their is good fish life everywhere.

The things the need improvement with Fafa:
- the unfriendliness of the bar and restaurant staff - but they warmed to us after a day or so.
In the beginning we felt very unwelcome, almost like they didn't want us to be there.
Tule was an exception. :-)
- the bar staff watered down every non-alcoholic drink I had (unless it was in a bottle). I thought that seen as we were paying over NZ$1000 for three nights, that they could at least give us real fruit juice that wasn't watered down. I did try to say something (nicely) about it, but I wasn't listened to.
- no air conditioning, but having said that, the Fale's couldn't have air con installed as they are thatched, which I loved. So we tried to rely in the fan but the generator shuts down at night, so no fan. Thank goodness for lots of wind while we were there, otherwise it would have been awful.

Overall, we had a wonderful time, and definitely would go there again. We loved, loved, loved the Fale we were in and felt very spoilt. Our most memorable thing was the outdoor bathroom! :-)

Room Tip: Our Fale, the Kaute, seemed to be one of the best from what we could see: It had two rooms, so we co...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Masterton, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

My husband and I had a week at Fafa in September 2012 and we loved it! The perfect holiday for a complete relaxing break....we wanted a rest from work, to do nothing but lie on the beach or under a tree reading, swimming, snorkeling etc and got exactly that! Wonderful. The resort is a lovely clean Eco- friendly facility, the fales gorgeous, outdoor bathrooms fabulous (nothing like having a shower outside amongst tropical plants), and the staff so friendly and welcoming...felt like old friends. The food was great too. Basically we couldn't have picked a nicer place for a relaxing break, and we have been to quite a few Pacific Islands. Loved it and would definitely go back!

Room Tip: Fales on mainland side of island face beach on sheltered side, away from prevailing winds
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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58 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

I agree with most of the other reviews on here. There are certain things that people find more important and I think that is reflected in the ratings.

We are a couple in our 20s so not rolling in cash like the other couples that stayed here, who were all very nice I must say. Therefore, the cost of things, and value for money, was a significant issue for us. We wanted to indulge ourselves for the last night of our trip and this was a great place to do that. The night's accommodation was about $NZ450 which for the beautiful room and private area we had was definitely worth it; an amazing place to just sit back and relax. The buildings are ageing a little bit; we wondered whether they might be waiting for a cyclone to claim insurance to reclad the fales.

The cost of airport transfers was exorbitant however. It cost nearly $200 for return transfers for the 2 of us, and the ferry trip part of it is unavoidable so should really be built into the cost I think.

The meals were expensive, and variable, and obviously there is a captive audience. The components to our dinner were reasonable, but very poorly matched. The cream of lobster soup entree looked like dish water and didn't taste much better unfortunately.

As someone else has mentioned, some of the staff were very disinterested and didn't make you feel particularly welcome.

Overall a great, relaxing place to stay and spend some time away from it all, but only if money is not an issue.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fafa Island Resort
Address: | PO Box 1444, Fafa Island, Tonga
Region: Tonga > Fafa Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fafa Island
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Hotel Class:4 star — Fafa Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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