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Bliss at Benjor Beach Club!!
My husband and I have just returned from a week of total bliss at Benjor Beach Club in Vanuatu. It began the moment we stepped out of the airport to find David (one of the Managers) waiting for us. David made us feel instantly at ease and explained about getting around the island by local bus, told us about the villages as we passed through them and pointed out the best snorkelling sites and things to do. He propped us up at the bar with refreshements while some (unlucky) person lugged out extensive luggage to our room.
The restaurant was a delight, each meal seemed to better than the last (if that's possible) and the menu is extensive, we had dinner at the Benjor restaurant for 6 nights and neither of us had the same thing twice! We are still arguing over who had the best meal during our stay.
The staff at Benjor are absolutely awesome, Fred a ni-vanuatu is a wealth of information and I loved his storys about his garden at home. Mosman, with his large cherry smile, Sandrine and all the other staff went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.
Jane and David the managers were fabulous, even down to finding ways to help us wrap our (many) market purchases to get them back to New Zealand. The villa was in a great position overlooking the beach, yet peaceful enough for an afternoon nap. Beautifully cleaned each day by the wonderful staff and fresh flowers appearing all over the place!
The two Benjor dogs also provided hours of fun, as they sunbathed on our decks, went on walks with us, and patrolled the beach front while we snorkelled. They would also escort us back to our villa in the evenings after dinner.
I can't wait to take my daughters with us and go back to both Vanuatu and Benjor. If you have the opportunity to go - grab it!!
Black sandy beach in remote locale
About 15 mintues out of Port Vila after Hideaway Island is a road which takes you out to Devil's Point. The Point is at the end of the road, along the way there is a Restaurant call Benjor Beach Club. I've never eaten here but have heard it's not bad. Along this road to the point is incredible black sandy beaches. We pulled to the side of the road and gathered some of the most unusual shells that I used to make necklaces for my friends.
Fabulous Old Fashioned Service
We have recently returned from an amazing trip to Vanuatu. We stayed at the small (in amount of villas) but HUGE in the terms of service -resort Benjor Beach Club. This resort was recommended to us by friends and it totally lived up to its reputation. Located on about 20 acres of beachfront land with only 12 or so Villas - it is private
and spacious. The views from our Villa were fabulous - imagine waking
up every morning to endless blue ocean. While we were there the tides
were very low so it was a little rocky to get out to the deeper water
- but well worth the small effort - with the rocks and coral comes the most amazing snorkeling and very close to shore (perfect for me as I was a little nervous). The food in the restaurant was great - not pretenious, extremely tasty and reasonably priced. The resort had
two weddings while we were there - great to watch and made me wish I was getting married again. Anway the main thing we wanted to comment on was the service. It was unbelievable - we have stayed at many so called 4 and 5 star resorts around the world and while their facilities maybe more sophisticated than Benjor the service could not
be compared. Thanks to Miranda who handled our bookings and answered all our questions with endless patience, David and Jane the managers and of course the staff - what super people. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank tu mas - we will be back.
I’m a little surprised by some of the recent reviews of Benjor. Guess it depends on what you want from a holiday. If it’s exceptional service, fabulous food and pristine surroundings, then Benjor is perfect.
We stayed 6 nights in a 1 bedroom villa with a magnificent view over the water from the sundeck. The villa was made up everyday and adorned with fresh flowers. The villa was comfortable enough but we really didn’t spend much time inside during the day.
We were too busy snorkelling off the beach in the crystal clear water, wading in the Mele Cascades, snorkelling with the clown fish at Hideaway Island or just relaxing by the pool while admiring the lush surroundings. Reef shoes may be useful if you are planning on snorkelling or exploring the rock pools at low tide.
The Mele Cascades and Hideaway Island are must do activities and both are within 10 minutes drive of Benjor. There were plenty of minibuses available when we were there and if you don’t like the fare quoted, just wait for the next bus.
The meals at Benjor were just divine and the eye fillet with mushroom or pepper sauce is highly recommended as well as the wok fried reef fish. And you can’t go past the chocolate soufflé for dessert or steak baguette with special tomato sauce for lunch.
David and Jane made us feel very welcome and we were impressed by the level of service we consistently received. Our stay was a couple of days too short but very memorable and we hope to return to Benjor in the not too distant future.
Benjor Beach Resort, Vanuatu
I realised i need to write a review b/c it has been three weeks already since our holiday and I am still in a state of 'tropical loveliness.' - unusal as often i find even the most fantastic holiday can disappear within days of getting back into mundane living!
My mother shouted us a surprise trip to Benjor Beach Resort on Efate Is, Vanuatu. We headed off completely ignorant of where we were going and discovered the perfect paradise.
30 min from Port Vila, set on 23 acres of beach front landscaped gardens, private, all and every amenity, incredible staff and hospitality. We were surrounded and consumed by a delicious tropical paradise.
Vanuatu is every bit tropical and in being so, i believe is suited more for the travellor looking to step out of their stressful structured lives and dissolve into "island time". Island time really does exist and tuning into it is the secret to really chilling out.
Please if you go, make sure you are loving and kind to the ni-vanuatu people, they are amazingly gentle and loving. I would hate to think that our hardened, selfish material ways may take such precious qualities for granted.
When you get to Benjor Beach Resort, say hi to Jane and David from me, they are wonderful, generous hosts!
This place was fantastic. A short bus journey from Port Vila, it was close enough to the action but out of town enough to really know you were on a tropical island! Also very close to the AMAZING Cascades which are a must-see. The snorkelling at the resort was great, and the beach was only about 50m from our door. Very friendly staff who could organise anything and a yummy restaurant overlooking the water for the nights we didn't want to go anywhere. If you're after accommodation that is beautiful and relaxing but without the contrived feel most resorts have, this is perfect.
Little Slice of Paradise
If you are looking for the following : peace & quiet......beautiful grounds....great food.......friendly staff.......snorkeling......and comfortable accomodations than look no further than Benjor. We just returned from a weeks holiday and loved this resort. Jane and David, the managers, made us feel like old friends only after a few hours of arriving. Our room was exactly as seen on the website for Benjour and the privacy while on the deck was welcoming. If you like to snorkel this is the place to be. Just check the tide chart posted in the lobby daily to find out the best times to go. As far as the restaurant......well....as all the reviews posted said.......the food was wonderful. The menu has much to choose from making breakfast/lunch and dinner there a delight. My favourite being the breaded veal on mashed. They also host a small mini golf course, driving range and the pool is perfect for an afternoon dip. Getting into Port Villa was very easy. Just let them know and a bus will be called to pick you up...costing around 300 vatu per person each way.
Let's not forget the staff. They could not be more helpful and friendly. Fred the restaurant manager was wonderful along with the rest of the wait staff. So if you are thinking of spending time in Efate we highly recommend this resort.......its worth the travel time especially if coming from the US ( east coast) as we did.
If you are after a quiet relaxing getaway then Benjor is the place to go. We have just spent 5 wonderful nights staying in "The Retreat". This is a stand alone cabin nestled away in the gardens overlooking the beach with pure privacy. The outside private spa is fantastic. There is a plasma tv to watch dvd's, no tv reception, and cd player. The room was decorated with flowers and cleaned everyday. If you can the retreat is definatley the way to go.
If you want to totally relax and get away from it all then this is the place to go.
It takes about 15 mins by local bus to get into the centre of Port Vila with a cost of 300vt per person. The staff can organise a bus for you to get into town. We found no hassles getting a bus back. You just stand on the side of the road and wave one down. If they can they will stop. Some might not take you as they are not going in that direction, but there are plenty of buses around. Only 1 driver charged us 400vt each. The people are very friendly and accomodating to fit you into the bus. It's a great way to see some of the villages.
The food and the service in the restaurant was fantastic with lots of choices. The food is definatley fresh. Fred showed us this huge coconut crab that they had caught that morning, it tasted great that evening! If you like spice then the kick [--] curry is a must.
All the staff are wonderful, thoughtful and made our stay more enjoyable.
The 23 acres of property certainly creates the feeling of space. Great for walking and exploring. You will need shoes to walk along the beaches as they are covered in coral and shells and hundreds of hermit crabs. It was quite windy with some rain whilst we were there. We didn't use the pool area(looks like it needs a bit of work on it).
On our last day they had the internet connected, minimum 200vt for 10 mins.
Overall it was the holiday that we needed made more enjoyable by the staff. Thank you all so much. Now it is back to reality.
A quiet and relaxed place!
We recently stayed at the Benjor Beach Resort with our two small kids and stayed in one of the great villas. Every day the villa was cleaned and beds were made up, such a treat! We had our own tropical garden and even a very own private beach to enjoy, so what else could you wish for?! The kids loved swimming in the pool, preferred the pool to the somewhat rougher sea, and me and my husband enjoyed snorkelling at the resort along the coastline. The restaurant was great, friendly staff and lovely food, especially the fresh local fish; take your time there, because everything operates in the relaxed Vanuatu tempo and you enjoy it much more when you're in the same tempo! Benjor Beach is situated about 20 min out of Port Vila, and the staff organizes taxi or transfers for you e.g. to go to the airport or into town, if you wish. When travelling wih kids It's actually great to be away from the busy town, so you can do your groceries or go on a daytrip, and go back and relax at the resort.
And last but not least, we loved the two dogs on the property, Zac and Frenchy, both very well behaved and always in for a cuddle!
It was a beautiful experience and I could recommend it to everybody who wants a relaxed and quiet holiday!
Couldn't Ask for More!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Benjor! We have just come back from a much needed break and boy are we relaxed. Friends recommended Benjor as a quiet but gorgeous place to stay in Vanuatu and they weren't wrong. We stayed in a very large one bedroom ocean facing Villa which had a lovely clean tropical feel about it and great views. Snorkelling is brilliant - only a short distance off the beach and great live coral with loads of fish. We did go to town a couple of times but were very releived to get back to the cool breezes and friendly staff (particularly Morsen - great smile!). the food is very good and lives up to its reputation and the hosts David and Jane make our stay by being so welcoming - almost like family. We will return (hopefully not in the too distant future).
Vila view from sea plane.
Native Village Tour
Native Village Tour
Main street of Port Vila
Also wondering if anyone has stayed at Poppy's? Or Benjor Beach Club? There are six of us, my husband and me, my daughter and her fiance and our two sons so ideally we want a three room bungalow and these are the only two I've been able to find.
I haven't stayed at Poppy's but did stay at Benjor in early January this year. We thought it was pretty good, about a 20 min taxi to Port Vila, but theres plenty of space and the rooms were clean and fairly modern by Vanuatu standards. They have recently built some new bungalows which would be worth trying to get. Good restaurant/bar and the small coral beach has some reasonable snorkeling out the front. Close to Hideaway Island too, which is a very good day trip. I'd recomend it. Good luck.
HONEYMOONING ADVISE NEEDED
Does anyone out there have any special recommendations for a couple of beachloving adventurous honeymooners???
we are goin in the end of april next year and we are thinking vanuatu, just sounds so beautiful.
we are looking for some good accomadation (on beach?), snorkling, great stuff to do, mixing with locals, secluded but not too far away from town
any reply is appreciated
RE: HONEYMOONING ADVISE NEEDED
Hi, I stayed in Hideaway Island for about a week ...several years ago...dormitory for me but there is bungalo accomadation...great snorkling..coral atol..and there was a boat going back to the main land regularly where you could get a taxi into port Vila. i also went to Espirito Santo and stayed in Lonnoc..a resort run by the village..on the beach.very isolated however..and miles to town. However champagne beach was close and a beautiful spot..lovely people.
RE: HONEYMOONING ADVISE NEEDED
thanks nelly, ill check them out
RE: HONEYMOONING ADVISE NEEDED
Check out the Benjor Beach Club - number 1 on the popularity index and only 10 minutes from Vila - depends on your budget!!! Iririki Island is nice with a continuous shuttle across to it...only takes 3 minutes, and we were talking to some people when we were there 2 years ago who stayed at Breaka's and they loved it...it had just opened and the bungalows were right on the beach...hope this helps...
RE: RE: HONEYMOONING ADVISE NEEDED
ohh i really lrecommend Iririki, especially for your honeymoon!! you can get great deals on bestflights.com.au and the place is gorgeous..it is full of people on honeymoons too. Vanuatu is very relaxing and there is lots to do if you want a bit of adventure. the beaches are gorgeous. check out my page and CandS's pages on Vanuatu!