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Foa Island, Ha’apai, Tonga

OUR Thoughts on Sandy Beach Resort Ha’apai
Sandy Beach Resort is one of only two resort properties which meet our criteria to offer in the Ha’apai Group in Tonga.  

Sandy Beach Resort is located on the north-western point of Fo’a Island just 10km north of Ha’apai’s airport on a beautiful white-sand beach facing spectacular sunsets. The resort comprises 12 fales which are all similar in size and layout and one two-room Family Bungalow, each one set a few footsteps back from the beach amongst the palm trees and each one with a lovely big covered veranda with sea views. The main resort building, which houses the restaurant and bar and the hotel Reception, is at the southern end of the property and all the fales spread north along the beach from there. Sandy Beach Resort is a sister property to Matafonua Lodge which is located a 10-minute walk away on the opposite side of the sandy peninsular at the top of Fo'a Island and both properties work in together to provide guests with a delightful Ha'apai holiday experience. 

There is an excellent restaurant with a French chef at Sandy Beach which opens for breakfast and dinner – the food quality is exceptionally good for such a remote location. Guests are welcome to take extra food from breakfast back to their fales for lunch if they wish (every fale has a fridge). Like the fales, the restaurant features a modern take on the traditional Tongan Fale rounded ceiling and there is a very special wooden carving of a humpback whale swinging from the restaurant ceiling. A Meal PLan is available for guests wishing to pre-pay breakfast and dinner during the low season.

Whale Watching & Swimming with the Humpback Whales.
The Sandy Beach Swim with the Humpback Whales Day Tour operates between July and October.  

We recommend you pre-book your “Swim with the Whales” experience at time you book accommodation with us.  Sandy Beach accept day tour bookings from guests staying at other accommodation places on Ha’apai and tours are usually booked out well in advance.

Included in the Nightly Tariff at Sandy Beach Resort:
Use of Snorkel/masks
Use of Bicycles
Use of Kayaks
Use of Sailing Kayaks
Use of Stand-up Paddle Boards
Guided Bush and Village Walks
Guided Kayak Tours to Nearby Islands
Shuttle to Pangai for Church Service and Sightseeing
Tongan Culture Show
     (dependent on availability of the Villagers)
English and German Library
Laundry service
Unlimited supply of coffee, tea, milk, sugar and safe
     drinking water in rooms.

At a small additional cost, Sandy Beach Resort arranges Scuba Diving, Kiteboarding/windsurfing instruction and rentals, Day Trips by boat to other Islands, horseback riding (guided, with the horses from nearby Village) and Whale Watch and Swim-with-the-Whales trips when the whales are nearby from July to October.

What Sandy Beach Resort Say About Themselves:
“The 12 fale at Sandy Beach Resort are situated in a tropical garden setting right on the best beach in Tonga. The comfortably furnished rooms have tiled floors and each fale has a private terrace with a view of the crystal clear Pacific Ocean. 

Furnishings inside the fale include coffee table and chairs, coffee and tea making facilities, a ceiling fan, fridge, built-in wardrobe and a clock radio. Rooms may be set up with two twin beds or one king-sized bed.

Spacious ensuite bathrooms have a large washbasin, WC and a large, fully tiled shower.  There is plenty of solar-powered hot water with good pressure. Each fale has a furnished deck with a small table and chairs and sun loungers, which can be taken down to the beach if you wish.

The main building incorporates the reception/office, restaurant and bar. What could be nicer than making new friends over a sundowner at the bar? Enjoy a coconut cocktail while watching the sunset behind the outer islands before making your way into the restaurant for a candlelight dinner. On the way back to your fale, marvel at the countless brilliant stars. Heaven has never felt so close!

Tonga is well known for its abundance of seafood. Lobster and fish are caught daily and are delivered to the resort straight from the boat by local fisherman. If you don’t eat fish, we also offer top-quality meat from New Zealand and can also prepare vegetarian dishes on request.

“Sustainability” is a concept we don’t take lightly. The resort is built to be as environmentally friendly as possible and good relationships with our local villagers are a top priority. We allow them to share the benefits of good tourism by providing them with jobs and supporting their children’s education.

Bullet Tariff Seasons
Sandy Beach Resort has 2 distinct tariff seasons which coincide with the whale season. The room tariff is the same all year, but during the whale season, a compulsory Half-Board (breakfast and dinner) is charged.  During the non-whale season the tariff reverts to room only, but we are happy to add the cost of the Half Board meals in your package price if you prefer to have meals pre-paid during the non-whale season. 

Bullet Whale Season Dates:
      (Breakfast and Dinner included in tariff)
       - 15 July to 15 October
Bullet Non-Whale Season Dates: (Room-only tariff)
       - 01 April to 14 July
       - 16 October to 31 March 

Your Accommodation Options
Bullet Fales:
All 12 Fales (Bungalows) face the ocean from their position a few paces back from the beach on the fringe of the coconut palms in the centre of the island. Each is solidly constructed with concrete walls and ceramic tiled floor and a nice, wide roofed veranda which is where you will spend a great deal of your time if you are here mainly for relaxation. A cool drink and pre-dinner snack go well while lounging on the veranda and taking in the sunset views. Fales are modern, spacious (36m2) and airy. Each has an ensuite bathroom. The windows are all insect-screened and a ceiling fan aids the natural cooling from the sea breezes. There is free Wifi access in each Fale. 
Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults.
Existing Bedding: either 1 Super King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  A fold-out bed and/or a Port-a-Cot may be added for a child/infant

Bullet The Family Bungalow:
The Family Bungalow consists of 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom, hence perfect for families and friends.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: Either 2 Super King Beds either or both of which may be split to make up to 4 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  A fold-out bed and/or a Port-a-Cot may be added for a child/infant

Getting To and From Sandy Beach Resort Ha’apai
A domestic flight is required between Nuku’alofa and Ha’apai. The flight time between Nuku’alofa and Ha’apai is 40 minutes.  Flights normally operate twice daily in each direction. No services operate on Sundays. Return airport transfers to and from Sandy Beach Resort and Ha'apai Airport will be included in package arrangements as agreed/required.

The proprietors and staff of Sandy Beach Resort regularly make the trip into Pangai (the main town on Ha'apai) for supplies and guests are welcome to hitch a ride, free of charge, at any time.  A complimentary shuttle is also provided to Pangai to enable guests to enjoy church services.

Kids’ Policy
The resort is not really designed for children aged under 14 years and the acceptance of bookings which include children aged under 14 years is on request only.

Check-In and Check-Out Policy
Official check-in time:  1:00pm
Official check-out time: 10:00am

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations made between 15 and 60 days prior to
      scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50%
      of the cost of all accommodation and services booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 15 nights of scheduled arrival
      incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the cost of
      accommodation and 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 28 March 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities Complimentary
Bullet Library
Bullet Wifi
Bullet Snorkel & Mask
Bullet Bicycles
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Guided Bush- and Reef Walks
Bullet Guided Kayak Tours to nearby Islands
Bullet Shuttle to Pangai for Church Service and Sightseeing
Bullet Tongan Culture Show (dependent on availability of the Villagers)
Bullet Private Laundry

Resort Facilities (Charges Apply)
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Scuba Diving,
Bullet Day Trips by Boat to other Islands,
Bullet Horseback Riding (guided)
Bullet Whale Watch/Swim Trips from July to October.

Room Facilities
Bullet Wifi
Bullet Padio
Bullet Small Outdoor Table with 2 Chairs
Bullet Two Indoor Lounge Chairs
Bullet Separate Bathroom
Bullet Mini Fridge
Bullet Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Unlimited supply of Coffee, Tea, Milk, Sugar and safe Drinking Water in rooms