We organised a 5 night romantic holiday for two with Heilala Holiday Resort based on the Trip Advisor feed back and we were not disappointed.
The hotel pick-up was waiting for us on arrival with a lei each, a wonderful touch. We were driven about 40mins to the lodge and shown to our rooms by Aleki who explained the room to us well.
We stayed in a Superior Fale, and it was well worth it for the fridge.
The room has netting on all of the windows and we never really found mosquitos to be a problem in the room though Im thankful I bought a can of repellant for outside. There is a fan that kept us cool and slat windows that we kept open all night for the breeze.
The bathroom is very adaquet, very clean, and I liked that the towels and linen were changed every other day to save water.
The lodge is had a wonderful feel, quiet and relaxing, there were no kids during our stay there. There has been a real effort made to keep the garden looking nice and all the tropical plants are named for your knowledge.
The beach is a short walk from the fale as is the restaurant.
The restaurant serves one dish a night, with a vegetarian option, we had one lunch and one dinner at Heilala and both were delicious!!
As you can see on a map, Heilala is quite a distance from Nukualofa ($35-$40 taxi) which is about the only drawback. For dinners, we visited the resorts down the beach (to the left) Vakaloa Resort and Likualofa Resort for more dining options.We found Vakaloa to be the better (and closer).
We enjoyed the daily breakfast consisting of a yummy plate of fruit and some toast with jam, a great start to the day.
We had heard supermarkets weren't really a thing in Tonga, and variety is limited, so we took with us some cheese and crackers, relish and salami.
This was perfect for snacking at our leisure, as we found snacks arent really a thing you can easily source in tonga either. Though the hotel has a range of drinks for purchase, dont be afraid of drinking the rain water the resort collects, it is SO delicious!
The beach has a lot of washed up coral and reef shoes come in really handy. The sand is quite coarse which means you sink into it up to your ankles when walking, which gives you a work out :)
The ocean is best for swimming at high tide, other times youll find yourself shin deep walking about on coral.
We found there are heaps of activities to do when you are in Tonga, we took the free-for-all bikes from Heilala and went for a ride to Able Tasmans landing spot near by, and the 'dairy' down the street too.
We took the charge by the hour kayaks for a burn at high tide.
Snorkling equiptment was slim pickings, so I would highly recommned bringing your own, though we made use of the free beachtowel lending from the office.
The resort organised a day tour for us with Vai, a local tour driver, which was amazing and I highly recommend it!
Also, after a recommendation, we took a day trip to the Royal Sunset Resort at Atata Island which was the highlight of our tour! Organised by Friends cafe in Nuku'alofa, we took a local bus from Heilala at 8am and then a taxi to the wharf where the boat was waiting to take us on a 40 minute boat ride to the most gorgeous little pacific island where all the water sports activities are free, unlike other islands, and it includes a lunch where you can pick anything from their menu. We one of 3 couples at the resort that day, luxury!
Plus they take you snorkling to a beautiful reef to see an abundance of sealife.
Also, we HIGHLY recommend the Oholei Resort dinner and show, which we booked through Heilala, the food was amazing, and the show was very fun!
So overall, a wonderfully memorable holiday!
Thank you, Heilala team!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Malo e lelei from the Kingdom of Tonga! If you are looking for a relaxed, friendly, homestyle "beach garden getaway" in the Kingdom of Tonga, the Heilala Holiday Lodge on Ha'atafu Beach at Kanokupolu may just be the place you have been looking for. Over 1km of sandy beach, wave surfing, snorkeling, or simply relaxing in your hammock. All the best and we hope to welcome you in our little peace of paradise soon. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Heilala Holiday Hotel Tongatapu Island
- Heilala Holiday Lodge Tonga/Tongatapu Island