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White Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Foui
Wollongong, Australia
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“A family friendly place to relax away from it all in paradise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2010

We spent 3 weeks in Tonga and Whitesands was the first place we stayed for 4 nights. Gloria and Ian and their family were so friendly and helpful and Priscilla who is on the staff looked after us so well. Nothing was too much trouble. She cooked us pancakes for breakfast some days or brought us cereal and bread to do our own in our room. She also made sandwiches for lunch and dinners if we needed at night which were all very tasty and fresh.
The kids were very at home here as they had a lovely pool which they lived in and the trampoline was great too. They loved playing with Gloria and Ian's grandson who was a similar age and their youngest daughter was amazing with our kids... babysitting for us one night and spending loads of time with them giving us a break.
Priscilla arranged for us to go to an island feast and floorshow at another nearby resort which was worthwhile.
The rooms although basic were large enough for our family and they did have a cot for our youngest.
The location is beautifully peaceful and right on the ocean front of an amazing beach with very white sand and lots of coral and beautiful shells. They keep the beach immaculately clean too. We saw humpback whales just about everyday swimming past!
We felt that Whitesands was very friendly and like being part of the family there so we would recommend this to others.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

This was our last place to visit on our stay in Tonga and we were pleasantly surprised by the spacious, clean and tiled rooms. After visting other resorts the fridge and fans were a welcoming sight!!
Priscilla is such a lovely host and made us feel so welcome as did the owners Gloria and Ian and their beautiful children.
We were so appreciative of them transporting us around and offering to take us to attractions, such as the blowholes.
The pool was an awesome retreat from the heat and my 12 y.o son enjoyed this immensely especially as the beach was not suitable for swimming.
We would recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing getaway and for those travelling with children.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2010

At the last moment, we decided we needed to get away from the NZ winter and we lucked out. We wanted sun, water and quiet and found them all. The location and service were outstanding. There isn't a restaurant, but lunch (sandwiches) and dinner (varied and excellent) arrived when we asked for them. We did not use the kitchen to cook for ourselves, though that was also possible. We were treated like visiting family - Gloria and Priscilla arranged a snorkelling trip (Ben's Tonga charters is excellent) and a trip to a coffee plantation as well as booking for us at a local Island night. The location is remote (which delighted us) but that may not suit everyone. We hope to return.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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noumea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2010

We spent one week at White Sands Beach and really enjoyed our stay.
Quiet, friendly staff (Priscilla is always smiling & very efficient), the owners
are nice persons. The place is clean, safe with a wonderful view on the beach.
Kitchen facilities are OK. Recommended !
Nadine and Olivier

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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wellington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2010

We spent five days with Gloria and Ian and family at White Sands in one of their six rooms. They are very friendly and easy going kiwis. Our three year old daughter enjoyed spending time with the family and Priscilla (a lovely funny very bubbly Tongan woman) is great with children. Though we didn't use her babysitting, it was on offer and we would have been happy to had we stayed longer
The rooms are spacious, though perhaps not quite as nice as we would have liked in terms of amenities. The pillows were slightly mildewy. The food adequate to sub-par, overpriced for what you get, and served in room only. The location is rather isolated (30 minutes drive to town) so meal planning can be a challenge with limited convenient options.

The beach is simply marvelous and perfect white sand with a nice reef. The swimming pool an immense luxury (after a hot day) - brand new and beautifully maintained.

We would have loved a packet or brochure/folder on activities and things to do. None were provided and information was a bit difficult to gather.

Overall, a very friendly and relaxed experience - very intimate - if a bit lacking on overall polish.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2009

We took our 3 yr old and 1 yr old with us on a much needed break from the NZ winter. White Sands was excellent and we would highly recommend it it all. We stayed for 14 nights and spent a lot of time at the resort but did go into town occassionally. Priscilla was fantastic with the children and was able to babysit one evening so my husband and I could go out without them. Gloria and Ian were fantastic hosts, they catered for everything we needed, were very friendly and helpful at all times. The beach was wonderful, children loved playing in the rock pools and collecting shells and coral. Also there is a trampoline there for the kids to play on and a few kids toys which belong to the owners grandson - but he loves to share them - and welcomes new people to play with. Not to mention the fun we had on the hammock!!
Parts of the resort are still being finished, but the rooms are lovely and clean with tiled bathrooms, flushing toilets, tiled showers,couches, tea and coffee facilities and a fridge. Tthe pool area is looking gorgeous, I'm sure within the next few months it will be fully completed. Also the new bar area is going to have a "spa / massage" area attached at the rear in the future. That will be awesome once its complete. The meals were okay, not great, but healthy and convenient - with the exception of the pancake breakfasts - they were awesome. If you are looking for a friendly, clean, quiet location, where you are not bombarded with tourist merchandise and expensive tourist prices - this is the place for you. We loved our stay and intend to go back again next winter. Thank you so much Gloria, Ian, Priscilla and Domy for giving us such a lovely holiday.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2009

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.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Property: White Sands Beach Resort
Address: 'Utukehe Beach | Fo'ui, Foui, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Tongatapu Island > Foui
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Beach Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Foui
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Hotel Class:3 star — White Sands Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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