Tonga Villa Apartments (Westside)

Updated: July 13, 2018

Villa Apartments (Westside) – Better than a hotel: modern, spacious and ideal for longer stays and families.

Not to be confused with the dreary ‘eastside’ version, this stands tall along the western esplanade about 1.2km from downtown. It looks charmless from the outside, with nothing remotely Tongan, but it serves a purpose, and does it well: studios with a kitchenette, and 1- and 2-bedroom self-contained apartments designed for longer stays (but available for short trips, too). Bedrooms in the apartments are sparsely-furnished and fairly bland, but the lounge rooms are bright and airy. All kitchens are well-equipped, some with proper ovens, while all have microwaves, and the bathroom is substantial enough for a chair. Apartments with 2 bedrooms also feature a balcony facing the ocean, while others to the side on the ground floor open out to a delightful patio area.

Villa Apartments (Westside) – The Basics

  • Location: Along the western end of Vuna Road, the esplanade, in the capital, Nuku’alofa, on the main island. About 1.2km from the town centre and 40 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: Mostly for long-term stays, whether business people or families.
  • Beach: It faces the sea but there is no beach anywhere in or around Nuku’alofa. The closest serviceable beach is at Ha’atafu, on the far western tip, about 21km away.
  • Views: Apartments facing the ocean have good sea views; others face the lawn.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available throughout for free.
  • Parking: Plenty of onsite parking.
  • Phone: (676) 25720
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://tongavilla.com/villa-apartments/
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Villa Apartments (Westside) – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this sort of apartment complex in Tonga.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Villa Apartments (Westside) – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Not expected or provided.
  • Breakfast: Not provided as guests are expected to make their own using the kitchen(ette).
  • Room Service: Not provided or expected.

Villa Apartments (Westside) – Rooms

  • Room Types: Apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms • Studio Apartments
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms, but allowed on the balcony/veranda and in the gardens.
  • Best Room: The 2 Bedroom Apartment on the second floor offers superior views from a private balcony packed with outdoor furniture. It also features a wonderful kitchen.

Villa Apartments (Westside) – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Little Italy Restaurant – understandably popular for all sorts of Italian food, steaks and seafood. Also, an extensive wine list and exquisite desserts. The closest to the apartments, about 300m further along the esplanade from town. 3-minute walk.
  • Seaview Lodge Restaurant and Deck (23709) – for sea views, romantic settings and haute cuisine with a Polynesian flare. Also, open for breakfast, and reservations recommended in the evenings. About 500m along the esplanade towards town. 5-minute walk.
  • Friends Café – very popular, if only for the free Wi-Fi. Claims to have the ‘best coffee in town’, but also delicious meals. Easy to find along the main street, Taufa’ahau Road. 15-minute walk.
  • Reload Bar Tonga (862 2383) – virtually the only bar in town, along the main street, Taufa’ahau Road. Happy hours, locally-brewed beers, DJs and adequate meals. 16-minute walk.
  • Enjoy Café (887 8098) – friendly, with street-side tables, coffee, cakes, all-day breakfast and substantial meals. On Railway Road, one block south of the main street, Taufa’ahau Road.
  • Market or Grocery: There is nothing close, so walk (1.2km) to the town centre, where there are supermarkets, a produce market and two handicraft markets.

Local Transport

    Shared ‘taxis’ (actually minibuses) pick up passengers along the esplanade for a negotiable fare.

Villa Apartments (Westside) – What’s Nearby?

The hotel is located on the eastern esplanade.

The apartments are in a fairly nondescript building along the eastern esplanade of the capital.

The apartments have a beautiful European-style design.

The apartments feature a European-style design and layout.

Beach is patchy and unsuitable for walking or swimming.

The beach over the road is no good for swimming or even walking – just like the rest of the area.

Seaside walkway spans between the town centre and western suburbs.

A seaside walkway passes the villas, joining the town centre with the western suburbs.

Ground floor apartments have patios by the gardens.

Apartments on the ground floor don’t offer sea views, instead opening out to a patio alongside the gardens.

1- and 2-bedroom apartments are on 2 floors.

The apartments are on two floors, and contain one or two bedrooms.

Bedrooms are spacious but bland.

The bedrooms are spacious but the décor is fairly bland.

Colourful lounge rooms are bright and airy.

More appealing are the bright and airy lounge rooms, which have splashes of colour.

Stylish lounge rooms have smallish windows.

The lounge rooms are stylish, although some lack natural light because of the smallish windows.

All apartments have full kitchens.

Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen.

Ground floor apartments have spacious tiled patios.

All ground-floor apartments open out to a tiled patio of outdoor furniture.

Pigs roam freely on the esplanade.

The esplanade is sometimes shared with a pig or two.

Little Italy restaurant is popular for its extensive wine and dessert choices.

The closest place to eat and drink is the Little Italy Restaurant and Bar, about 300m up the esplanade. It also offers an extensive wine list and tasty desserts.

Little Italy restaurant has a vibrant decor.

The décor in the Little Italy Restaurant is a little garish but interesting.

Enjoy Cafe near the hotel serves excellent meals.

Probably the best place to eat in the town centre is the Enjoy Café, one block from the main street. It serves coffee, light lunches and substantial meals throughout the day and evening.

Colonial-era setting of the pleasant Friends Café.

Very popular is the Friends Café, set inside a colonial-era building along the main street.

Friends Café is popular for its free Wi-Fi and meals.

Friends Café is always busy for the free Wi-Fi as much as the tasty array of meals.

Reload Bar is the best in town.

While the sign says it’s ‘probably the best bar in Tonga’, Reload is certainly the best in town.

Tourist love hanging out at Reload Bar.

Along the main street opposite the Friends Café, Reload is always popular with tourists and expats.

Nuku’alofa city centre is within walking distance of the hotel.

The hotel is about 1.2km from the centre of Nuku’alofa, the surprisingly low-key capital of Tonga.

Langafonua Handicraft Centre offers good souvenir shopping options.

Alongside the Friends Café, the Langafonua Handicraft Centre offers an impressive range of carvings and other souvenirs.

Talamahu Market has decent options for souvenir shopping.

Between the eastern esplanade and main street, the Talamahu Market has a small collection of souvenir stalls.

Talamahu Market is also popular for fresh produce.

The Talamahu Market is better known for the fresh produce on sale.

Nuku’alofa is the capital yet it is very small.

The capital, Nuku’alofa, is surprisingly small – barely a few streets.

Tonga businesses are well-prepared for cyclones.

Many businesses in the town centre are well-prepared for possible damage during a cyclone warning.

City centre has the best eateries.

The best range of places to eat and drink is in the centre of the town.

Largest church in the capital is Basilica of Saint Antony of Padua.

Along the main street the Basilica of Saint Antony of Padua is the largest of several religious buildings in the capital.

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