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“Absolute Paradise! Fantastic Honeymoon!”
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Sandy Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Foa Island
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Absolute Paradise! Fantastic Honeymoon!”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We have recently returned from a week at Sandy Beach Resort, and we can truly say that it is the best holiday we have ever had. The setting was absolutely stunning, and we were made to feel like family. On our arrival we were greeted with fresh chilled coconuts which made us feel instantly relaxed and in a tropical hideaway. The owner Jurgen was truly inspirational, and went out of his way to share the island and his knowledge with us, including kayaking, bush walks & a trip to the nearby church to hear the beautiful singing. Hans, Nova, Peta and all of the staff were so helpful and welcoming, and nothing was too much trouble (the booking process via internet was flawless and very efficient). The Fales were spacious and spotless, and you literally walked out of your door and down onto the most stunning stretch of beach (which felt like your own personal stretch of beach). If you are after a relaxing getaway where you can escape from technology & the stress of a busy life, this is the place for you. We spent our days walking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and of course eating :) Jurgen went out of his way to make us feel special, including singing happy birthday over a bottle of champagne, and the staff decorating our Fale with gorgeous flowers for our honeymoon. The flight on the small plane out to the island was also amazing! I would highly recommend Sandy Beach Resort, and would love to go back one day to swim with the Wales :)

Room Tip: All rooms are equally wonderful. There are 12 separate Fales overlooking the beach. All rooms would...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a very remote part of the Pacific, but Juergen has built modern and comfortable accommodation, right on the water.
You could not find a more beautiful beach and the bungalows are right on it.
There are only 12 bungalows and very little other accomodation on the island, so you will have the beach to yourself most of the time.
They supply comfortable bicycles to explore the island and local community and there are kayaks available for exploring the coast and the reef.
The snorkelling is great straight from the beach, at all tides. And the beach is lined with beautiful trees to shelter under when the sun is too strong!

If you like staying somewhere like Denarau, then this is probably too quiet for you. But if, like me, you think Denarau sucks!.... Then Ha'apai is the place!

In spring time, you will see Humpbacks breaching straight out from the beach every day, if you are watching. And if you want to swim with them, there are plenty of great operators who will take you out by boat. We even met a guy with no legs, who had made it his mission to swim out from the beach to meet the whales.

Room Tip: You should call Juergen. He is a great guy and will be more than happy to tell you which room will s...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

My partner and I had a brief but nothing short of perfect stay at this Gem of a Hotel, the individual Bure style rooms with all amenities are brilliant to sleep and catch a sunset and is only 20m form the most pristine white sand coral lined beach and crystal waters. Food is excellent, at breakfast of fresh fruits and eggs any style you are to request your evening meal which is always changing and very good, make sure you request for Lobster if available....the owners and staff are fantastic and always up for a tale or you can be left to your own and get lost within. A must for anybody looking to get away form the norm,. Will definitely be back

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at this little Slice of heaven a few years ago. I was hesitant to write a review on this as I didn't want it to change. By no means a normal resort holiday - this island is remote, and besides the locals and the few foreigners that are on the island - it is untouched! Wonderful! Highly recommended. We will be back

  • Stayed August 2012
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Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Love the place and the services were great. Was there on a business trip but its nothing like coming back from the office to a private bungalow with the best beach in the world. Sandy Beach lives up to it's name cause the sand just goes for miles. Would be my preference for a vacation spot with kids and family.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

It's not often we find a place to stay as nice as this one... the sand, sea, hammocks, soft sea air and delicious menu were the items we dream about. We would love to go back sometime, and found our hosts very helpful. We were especially impressed to enjoy a concert by local families when we were there- very unassuming and delightful. Snorkelling was fun, as was the tour of the bush inland by our host.

Room Tip: depends how far you can walk to the dining room, they all have beach access
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tannum Sands, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is a wonderful true Pacific Ocean island resort. Wonderful welcoming service, fantastic fresh food watch fisherman deliver your lunch each morning. Lovely outdoor bathroom.

You leave relaxed, pampered and wanting to return. Cannot reccomend highly enough.

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Property: Sandy Beach Resort
Address: Absolute Beach Front | Ha'apai, 4711, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Foa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Foa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sandy Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled right on the most beautiful beach, Sandy Beach Resort consists of only 12 absolute beachfront Bungalows, so privacy and solitude is guaranteed. All Bungalows have spacious ensuites with solar powered hot water showers and a furnished private terrace facing the ocean.The beach is just footsteps away from the door. The perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge. No crowds, no queues, no TV, no nightclub … pure island life ! ... more   less 
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Sandy Beach Hotel Ha`Apai Islands
Sandy Beach Resort Tonga/Foa Island

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