The Hilltop Hotel offers spectacular views of Neiafu and the harbor. On the eight double rooms with bath, only the air-conditioned seaview rooms have verandahs with a view. Cooking facilities are not provided but the Sunset Restaurant and Pizzeria is based here.
The Paradise International Hotel on a hill overlooking Port of Refuge Harbor near Neiafu was Vava'u's premier hotel since its construction in 1976. Unfortunately, a 2008 fire destroyed the reception area and restaurant and the owners have been reluctant to rebuild due to problems with their land lease.
The 48 rooms with private bath are still available with increasing rates for economy, standard, garden view, and harbor view rooms, all plus 15 percent tax. The fan-cooled economy rooms have older furnishings and cold showers only while the air-conditioned deluxe rooms are among Tonga's best (though tiny ants in the coffee-maker can be a nuisance). We've heard complaints about confirmed reservations not being honored here at peak periods and of billing mix-ups.
The hotel has a large though poorly maintained swimming pool and there's good ocean swimming off their wharf. One-person sit-on-top kayaks are for rent. Airport transfers are free for guests.
Twin Views Motel, on a breezy hilltop above the Vava'u Guest House, has four garden view rooms and two larger ocean view rooms. All have cooking facilities and discounts are available for stays over a week. Scooters are for rent to guests only. It's a good value.
Vava'u Villa, three kilometers south of Neiafu, has four rooms with shared bath in a two-story Tongan-style villa overlooking the sea. It's a quiet, quaint, and spacious with fantastic views from the colonial-style decks. A tropical fresh fruit breakfast is included and kitchenette facilities are provided. Wireless internet is freely available. It's a great place for small groups.