After extensive researching on the internet for a great beach resort to celebrate my husband's 50th, I was delighted to find White Sands Beach resort. With a 9 & 7 year old we wanted a beach, comfortable accommodation and some friendly service with more than a touch of Tongan culture. White Sands has all of that, plus an incredibly charming team running the resort.
On arrival in the middle of the night we were shown to a very spacious room (more like a motel room by New Zealand standards) with a tiled bathroom with a fabulous beach view from the verandah.
The next four days and nights we were treated with wonderful food, incredible service and plenty of hospitality from Gloria, Ian and family, and the super-fabulous Priscilla and Dominica who do so much to keep the resort clean and comfortable. Priscilla deserves special words. She is Tongan and speaks really good English and laughs all day long while working and entertaining guests. She babysat one night for us and was wonderful. Gloria let us take Priscilla on a tour of the island when we hired a rental car. She showed us the sights, knew everyone on the streets, kept us entertained and made our stay completely memorable.
White Sands has a few secret weapons that you may or may not notice on the website. It is run by a New Zealand family, so they understand the expectations of travellers from our part of the world. They are very family focussed, so if you have kids travelling, they are treated wonderfully. The resort is very small so you receive individual service. We were in fact the only guests staying during our 4 days, but I know they were expecting more guests the day we left. The food is delicious and it makes for a special way to end the day. There is also the world's cutest bar with beach views! We sat with the family one night (along with a Tongan friend who came over to visit) and drank and ate in paradise. It is also one of the few resorts in Tonga with a swimming pool plus a private beach.
The resort is still a work in progress as they have rebuilt a previously overgrown and forgotten spot, but they have created something special. If you are looking for comfort, value, personalised service and an authentic Tongan beach resort experience, then White Sands Beach Resort is most definitely the place.
It met and exceeded expectations and I give it top marks for giving our family a great time.
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- Also Known As:
- White Sands Beach Hotel
- White Sands Beach Resort Tonga/Foui