Flight arrival and departure times in and out of Tonga’s Fuaʻamotu International Airport can be at awkward hours, so you need a good transit hotel.

The airport is located on the main island, Tongatapu and is a good 20 km from the capital of Tonga, Nukuʻalofa. This is what makes Scenic Hotel Tonga the ideal choice for your stay in Tongatapu.

Scenic Hotel Tonga is located at Fua’amotu just moments from the airport, close to the island’s secluded eastern beaches and is a gateway to the Kingdom of Tonga.


Scenic Hotel Tonga was previously known as the Royal Tonga International Hotel. Situated on approximately 16 acres of beautiful Tongan countryside and surrounded by native flowers and trees to create a relaxing atmosphere, the hotel doesn’t feel like it is so close to the airport.

The Scenic Hotel Tonga is ideal for all travellers; business travellers, families, couples and solo travellers. The property boasts 70 rooms, a fully licensed restaurant and separate cocktail bar, and features an extensive outdoor presence with an Olympic size swimming, mini golf and driving range, and an adventure playground for the children.

Nearby, there is lots to explore, such as sandy beaches, limestone caves, dramatic cliff walks, the Mapu ‘a Vaea Ocean Blow Holes and to the north of the hotel is the site of Captain Cooks landing. The picturesque drive to the capital, Nuku’alofa, takes about half an hour.

A part of the Scenic Hotel Group, Scenic Hotel Tonga is also committed to responsible and sustainable tourism, with practices to minimise any detrimental impact on the environment.

With the cooperation of guests, staff, business partners and the wider community, Scenic Hotel Tonga has a number of sustainable practices in place. These can be found here.


There are two types of rooms available at the Scenic Hotel Tonga. Superior Rooms (which come in king or twin Bedding configuration) are spacious and have a desk, TV, bar fridge, tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning and ironing facilities. One Bedroom Suites offer more space again, with a separate bedroom featuring a King bed, lounge or sitting area and separate bathroom. A great concept in the rooms are the toiletries, which come with a small eco-friendly bag to take home and continue using your half-used toiletries.


Dining at Scenic Hotel Tonga is available at Heilala Kitchen and Bar. The atmosphere here is relaxed, with the option for indoor or outdoor dining. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 6.30am until 10.30am offering both continental buffet and a la carte options. Dinner is available from 6.00pm until late offering an exquisite a la carte menu which combines flavours of the Pacific with European cuisine. The bar is open from 10.00am until late, so guests can enjoy a drink in the courtyard area that contains ornamental water features.


Address: 1 Airport Road, Fua’amotu, Tongatapu, Tonga

Phone: +67 635 678

Email: tonga@scenichotels.co.nz

To Book: You can book online here or email tonga@scenichotels.co.nz

Kate Webster stayed as a guest at InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel. All words and opinions are her own and not edited or changed.


Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.