We spent five days at Heilala and had a great relaxing time there. We travelled as a family - two couples and one toddler (15 months old) - and while the place is not exactly kids friendly (as their website says: "the only suitable area for kids to be kids (where they can let themselves go ;-) is on the beach") our boy also enjoyed being there, spending a lot of time outdoors in the garden, at the beach and watching the chickens and dogs around. :) I have to say, though, that being the only family with a child could be a bit awkward sometimes as all the other guests were couples and I don't think they expected to see a toddler next table at the restaurant area. They also don't have a highchair or other facilities for children, but we are used to travel with him so we had our own travel cot and other stuff.
We only had breakfast at Heilala and most dinners at Vakaloa (about 15 minutes walking down the beach) - both food and service at Vakaloa are espetacular and they not only have highchairs as they also have childrens books. ;)
We got a superior fale with bathroom and fridge and it was great to be able to use the comunal kitchen - make sure you get some groceries at the city though.
Sven and Karolina were great hosts and did their best to accommodate us.
- 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