For those travellers who want to experience luxury built around nature, the Fafa Island Resort in Tonga is an exemplary destination.
One of the 12 islands north of Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa, the only way to describe Fafa is gorgeous and pristine. Due to its stretches of coral reefs and bountiful marine life, the island and the lagoon has been deemed a special protected zone by the government. Once travellers land in Nuku’alofa, they are taken to the nearby wharf at Faua. From there, it’s a half-an-hour sail to the island of Fafa and all the beauty that surrounds it.
18 acres of sun-kissed palm trees and tropical forests cover the island, with the resort nestling on the western edge. There are only 13 bungalows or ‘fales’ on the island, giving guests oodles of privacy and long stretches of secluded white sand beaches. Each of the spacious bungalows are built on the philosophy of ‘being close to nature’ and incorporate solar power, energy consumption schedules and natural ventilation. From the Superior Fales to the Honeymoon Fale, guests are treated to traditional high-vaulted thatched roofs, matted leaf partitions and attached bathrooms with tropical outside shower stalls.
There is plenty to do on the island. Travellers can go swimming and snorkelling off the pristine lagoon, exploring the nooks and crannies of underwater coral gardens in its myriad colours. Our South Pacific Specialists can also arrange for snorkelling and diving expeditions around nearby islands. Tonga’s spectacular diving potential is waiting to be discovered, as enthusiasts will find for themselves. For a more leisurely time, guests can go kayaking around Fafa Island, discovering coves and beaches only found by the more adventurous! Snorkelling gear as well as kayaks are readily available free of charge from the resort. Taking a walk along the numerous bush-trails and hiking paths is also a good way to see Tonga’s beautiful diversity of flora and fauna. And of course, taking a snooze on the hammock outside each fale is always a great idea! From July to October is the best time to visit – travellers won’t have to wait very long on the beach to see gigantic humpback whales playing around the island’s waters – it’s a spectacle that you’ll never get bored of seeing.
The Fafa Island Resort prides itself on the quality of its drinks and dining options. The open-air bar, as well as the restaurant, are located on the beach, providing surreal views of the Pacific Ocean. The seafood is always fresh and the menu, a mix of Pacific European gourmet fare, changes daily.
A visit to the Fafa Island Resort provides a new perspective on what a traveller might need to make a holiday unforgettable. Does WiFi make a difference when you’re given a pristine white sand beach all to yourself? Or a TV when all you have to do is look upwards for a blanket of twinkling stars? And of course, with just 13 bungalows, this is as exclusive as it gets. We recommend getting in touch with our South Pacific Specialists to know more about the resort and booking reservations.