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Now, before you tell me. Yes I know this is not a camping destination. But look at it this way; if you like camping for the laid back, easy come easy go lifestyle, and you want an overseas holiday to answer that yearning, then read on. You won’t go far wrong with Sandy Beach Resort.
Sandy Beach Resort is an exclusive hideaway on Foa island in Ha’apai, part of the Tongan islands group. It boasts just 12 fales, or beach bungalows – each fitted out to provide the comforts of home for two adults. Our flight there from Nuku’alofa was by an aging but well maintained DC3 (real flying), that passed over a multitude of turquoise reefs and sand fringed islands. You are picked up promptly at the airport and driven to the resort through authentic Tongan villages. Your bags are whisked off to your fale while Boris, who owns the place, briefs you on what is available to you during your stay.
The fales are well built and take advantage of the welcome sea breezes. They are also all facing the sunset. You can opt for two singles or a king bed and you have your own private bathroom fed from solar water heating panels on the roof. A convenient covered balcony offers just the spot for lunch or relaxation as you listen to the music of the sea. Step off your balcony and you are toe deep in soft safe sand. The walk to the beach is maybe all of 25 metres, and then you are in the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Just another 25 metres and you are snorkeling amongst tropical fish and coral.
So what’s to do here? Re-e-elax, read, bush walk, cycle (free hire of bikes from Boris), kayak or sail the sea (free of charge also), bareback horse riding; diving or snorkeling, whale watching, and really whatever turns you on. Boris will help you out with whatever your needs may be. While we were there he ran us down to the island capital one day and church in the local village on Sunday to listen to the service – lots of harmonious singing. We also visited the local primary school and donated some writing materials.
Back at the resort there is an extensive library of books and games so you will never be bored – even without television, radio and newspapers, though you are welcome to hook into the free wireless internet provided.
And did I mention the food? Dinner is usually locally caught. We were there for eight nights and had various lobster recipes for four of them. Ever had Parrot Fish fillets? They are so tender! You get plenty of fruit for breakfast, eggs, ham and cheese; and if there is anything left you are invited to have it wrapped for lunch. The bar is open all day and snacks are available on request. Boris keeps a tab for you during your stay so you never have to dip into your pocket until you leave.
When you want a change from camping but still want something not necessarily mainstream but definitely quality, then you can’t fail with Sandy Beach Resort.
PS. I am not being paid nor offered any favours for this report, my wife and I just felt we had to let the world know about this place. Check it out at Sandy Beach Resort
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