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ROYAL SUNSET ISLAND RESORT
Our Resort Report

OUR Thoughts on Royal Sunset Island Resort
Atata Island, Nuku’alofa Lagoon, Tongatapu
This unique little island lies within a large lagoon just 20-minutes off Nuku’alofa.  What makes it unique is that the resort shares the island with a local village, most of the resort staff are from this village and they are very happy to share their village with resort guests.  The resort is located on a flat land spit which juts out into the lagoon.  The resort’s restaurant, bar and swimming pool are located on the far end of the sand spit and from there, the accommodation fales are scattered along both coastlines of the sand spit.   

Waterborne activities are a feature of optional offers which can be enjoyed at Royal Sunset Island Resort.  These are generally brought in from off-site, but the activities themselves are all found well within range of the resort.  Such things as:
● Scuba Diving
● Fishing
● Surfing
● Whale Watching (in season)

Indeed, the villagers of Atata Village have been fishing for tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi and marlin from open boats for well over 100 years.

In our opinion, the great attraction of Royal Sunset Island Resort is the genuine Tongan experience to be had here while enjoying a pleasant, welcoming tropical holiday – it’s the way the Atata Village people interact with guests which results in a totally different travel experience from that found in any other South Pacific Island destination.

If you are seeking a Pacific Island holiday away from major resorts in a genuine, friendly atmosphere, you’ll find that in Tonga and at the Royal Sunset Island Resort in particular.

Included in the Tariff at Royal Sunset Island Resort
● Welcome Drink
● Daily Continental Breakfast
● Use of Snorkel Equipment
● Use of Kayaks/Canoes

What Royal Sunset Island Resort Say About Themselves

"The Royal Sunset Island Resort is a Small Boutique Resort on an Outer Island off the main island of Tongatapu where the capital Nuku'alofa is located. Set in 8 acres on the 100 acres’ island of 'Atata Island, Tongatapu - 12km, 20 minutes by boat from Nuku'alofa - capital of Tonga. The resort occupies the southern tip of 'Atata Island, there is Fisherman Village with 150 inhabitants (2 Churches & Primary School) the rest of the island is village plantations. Resort is rated as a 3.5 Star Facilities (Official Government Tongan Hotel Mark).

The Company - Island Pacific Resorts Ltd is a Tongan Company - Incorporated and manages the Resort. The resort is self-sufficient for Energy, Water, and Sewage.

The surrounding sea, inside two coral barrier reefs and the effects of trade winds allow guests to enjoy an exceptional climate and give the opportunity for great windsurfing, more expert watersport enthusiasts can windsurf, kitesurf or surf the nearby spots (equipment not supplied). From August to October humpback whales migrates from cold south to warmer Tonga’s water. During this period they don’t feed, they come here to calf and mate. The singing males can be clearly heard from underwater and whales encountered on their migration path here at Atata.

The peculiar shape of the island makes this place unique. The long tiny land extending from the main island body, hosting a fishing village and plantation, is the location of the resort. This sharing of Atata gives Royal Sunset a cultural aspect rarely found in other tourist destinations. The friendly villagers let guests enjoy local entertainment, kava parties, and many aspects of the relaxed ’Fakatonga’, the Tongan way.

Our Specials
Bullet Stay/Pay Specials
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4
Stay 5 nights and the 5th night is free of charge
Bullet Stay 7/Pay 5
Stay 7 nights and the 6th and 7th nights are free of charge
Conditions:
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation categories

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymooners receive the following with the compliments of Royal Sunset Island Resort:
● A Welcome drink
● Fresh tropical flowers
● A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
● An upgrade to a superior fale if available
Conditions:
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation categories
 - Honeymoon status to be established at the time
    of booking accommodation.
 - Any upgrade of accommodation is subject to 
    availability of a higher grade for the entire stay
    at the time of arrival at the resort.

Your Accommodation Options
Royal Sunset Island Resort is built on a flat sand spit which is attached to the main part of Atata Island.  The accommodation fales are located on both sides of the spit (The Eastern Side and The Western Side).  Fales are naturally cooled by flow-through ventilation via screened louvres.  

Room Categories
(In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Budget/Economy Fales:
Located on both eastern and western sides of the resort, Budget/Economy Fales are the older accommodation type at Royal Sunset.  30m2 in size, these open plan fales have the queen bed at one end of the room and the 2 Single Beds at the other end of the room. 
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Western Fales – Standard:
The 30m2 Standard Fales are a step up in quality from the Budget Fales with hardwood or parquet floors and basic outdoor furniture.  Like the Budget Fales, the Queen Bed and the 2 Single Beds are located at opposite ends of the room.  In the Standard Fales there are 2 lounge chairs and a coffee table in the area containing the Single Beds and, when a couple only take this accommodation type, this area becomes a pleasant lounge area with the 2 Single Beds converting to day beds.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Western Fales – Superior:
The Superior Fales have hardwood or parquet flooring and differ from Standard Fales in that the lounge area is a little more defined, there is a bigger fridge, a kitchenette and a Queen four-poster screened bed.  Outside the furniture usually comprises a hammock down one of the covered deck and couple of very comfortable sun-loungers at the opposite end of the deck. There is a pleasant leafy view of the beach and ocean.
Kitchenette
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults (plus 1 Child on request)
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed
Additional Bedding: A Single Bed for a child may be added

Bullet The Mini Suite – Atata Fale:
The 30m2 Atata Fale has separate sleeping and lounge areas, although in order to aid air circulation, the dividing walls do not reach the ceiling.
The ensuite bathroom has a shower
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults (plus 1 Child on request)
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed
Additional Bedding: A Single Bed for a child may be added

Bullet The Mini Suite – 2 Bedroom:
100m2 Two separate bedrooms, a defined lounge area and a large deck.
Ensuite bathroom with shower and a second toilet
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:

Bullet The 2 Bedroom Family Fale:
Located on the eastern side, the 100m2 2 Bedroom Family Fale has 2 bedrooms and a separate lounge area with large deck. Basic kitchenette.
Ensuite bathroom with shower and a second toilet.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 Adults or 2 Adults and 4 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 3 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: A 4th Single Bed may be added for a 4th Child

Getting to and from Royal Sunset Island Resort
Royal Sunset Island Resort is located 7 nautical miles off Nuku’alofa.  The transfer by open resort long boat from the main wharf at Nuku’alofa takes approximately 20 minutes. 
Transfers between the airport and/or mainland Tongatapu accommodation properties will be prearranged and included in holiday package costs as agreed/required.
 
Kids Policy
Royal Sunset Island Resort is a family-friendly resort and the staff love looking after children.
Bullet Kids Stay Free
Children aged under 12 years stay free when sharing a room with paying adults and utilising existing bedding.
Bullet Kids 50% Meal Discount
Children aged 1 to 11 years inclusive enjoy a 50% discount off restaurant meals
Infants aged under 2 years eat free.
Conditions:
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation classes.

Babysitting
Babysitting (charged) is easily arranged.

Check-in/Check Out
Official check-in and checkout times are:
Check-in: 11:00am
Check-out: 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Subject to availability of accommodation, an early check-in from 6:00am and a late check-out to 6:00pm is charged at 50% of the 1 night tariff of the accommodation occupied. 

Resort Cancellation Policy
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All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the full
     cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made between 8 and 14 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the full
     cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 7 days of scheduled arrival
     and no-shows incur a cancellation fee equal to 100%
     of the services booked.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance.

The information on this page is correct as at 05 August 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2021.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities:
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Restaurant

Bullet Bar
Bullet Resort Deck
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Massage
Bullet Library
Bullet Gift Shop
Bullet Clam Farm Visit
Bullet Snorkel Equipment
Bullet Kayaks/Canoes
Bullet Babysitting
Bullet Scuba Diving
Bullet Game Fishing
Bullet Petanque
Bullet Live Entertainment
Bullet Surfing Boat Trips
Bullet Village Tour
Bullet Volleyball
Bullet Games
Bullet Transfers to/from Nuku’alofa
Bullet Resort is self-sufficient for energy
Bullet Wifi in lobby lounge
Bullet Whale Watching (seasonal)
Bullet Walks

Room Facilities:
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Deck

Bullet Fridge
Bullet Screened Windows
Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Tea & Coffee making facility
Bullet Bathroom with shower