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Breakas Beach Resort
We stayed at Breakas during June 2007 for our annual holiday. We have been to Fiji and Rarotonga, along with Australia.
Breakas resort does not allow children, so the guests are mainly couples, so it makes for a nice relaxing atmosphere, with the bar area being a good place to meet and make new friends.
George, the owner is very friendly and makes himself known to all guests. The staff are also very warm and friendly.
We stayed in a beachfront room and when the tide is in it's very nice to sit on your "porch" and watch the view, sipping a cold drink! However, when the tide goes out it goes way out. Neither my husband or I swam in the sea, as there is so much coral, but the pool is lovely and right next to the bar.
As mentioned in a few other reviews, the noise of dogs and roasters can be disturbing at times at night, but you get used to it.
Overall, we had a lovely relaxing time and I recommend for couples. We visited Iririki Island and Meridan which we not to keen on, however Le Legon would be good for families or if you want a bit more "noise and activity".
We will return to Brekas.
Did Not Want To Leave This Paradise Resort
Date: August 14, 2007
Reviewer: A TripAdvisor Member, Solihull UK
My now Fiancé and I have just returned from the Breakas Beach Resort. Where do I start ............... Totally amazing holiday, The accommodation, staff and restaurant were all excellent. We were welcomed in reception with welcome drinks and lots of friendly smiles from the resort staff. We were then taken to our room, we booked a garden fare settled amongst tropical trees and singing birds. I loved the Garden fare as you were away from the bar and restaurant. The fare was decorated in brown and creams very clean and modern. We didn’t see one un invited creature the room was cleaned to a high standard daily with fresh linen and towels everyday. The noise of Dogs and roosters did keep us awake one evening but after reading a previous review, we went prepared and took earplugs. Therefore we had no problems getting back to sleep from there we had 7 nights of UN interrupted sleep (do take ear plugs). The staff are very friendly happy to help and point you in the right direction for trips and local places to visit. The staff were always suggesting cheaper ways to see the island without paying though the nose on organised tours, giving you inside information on local trips. The island is so safe and you feel totally happy when leaving the resort to venture into town on the buses day or night. My partner proposed to me on the Saturday night. The staff at the Breakas organised a table on the beach under the palm tree to be set up for the special occasion, we had the most romantic evening sipping champagne and eating outstanding food on our own secluded beach. The following evening the owner George came and found us in the poolside bar to congratulate us on our engagement, which I felt was a very nice and friendly touch. The resort is great for couples looking to relax and enjoy each others company, snorkelling was wonderful lots of tropical fish to swim with the waters are shallow so you always feel safe. When the sea goes out the coral is exposed but this is for about 2 hours a day not a problem at all. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for lots of rest and relaxation. We ate at the Le Meridian and Le Lagon, which proved to be very average compared to food at the Breakas. Breakfast was good, fresh pastries, fruit platter, selection of breads and cereals. We loved Vanuatu and would defiantly return to the Breakas Beach Resort.
There is good and bad about Breaka's. The good is the location is out of the way enough that you can have a lovely quiet experience, right on the beach with excellent restaurant. The food is very very good and the service overall very good. Dinner here is a must. Breakfast is OK but the a la carte items are good. Staff are very helpful and rooms are clean and tidy.
The not so good.....the howling dogs and chickens are seriously loud. At 2am the roosters start crowing and the dogs really bark and fight. I did not have one good night sleep during my stay and would not stay here again because of this. Not very relaxing.
The bathrooms are not up to scratch for the price the hotel charges. There is no shower screen to section it from the rest of the bathroom so water goes everywhere and also floods the entire floor as the drain seems too small to deal with a quick shower. Lighting in the bathroom is poor. Because of the open air aspect, bugs and mosquitoes do get in so you need to always keep the bathroom door closed.
A suggestion would also be to have a pathway to walk to the beachfront rooms as you have to always walk across teh coarse sand which means gettings sand in your shoes even at night if you are going out.
We have also stayed at Le Meridien and did prefer that property but Breaka's is nice without children running riot in the pool and restaurant.
Good for a short Breaka
We have just come back from 9 days in Vanuatu staying at Breaka's Beach Resort..
The overall feel of the resort is nice and quiet and because no-one under 16 is allowed at the resort it is great for couples seeking some short-term peace and intimacy.
The Fare we stayed in (# 20) was simple in design and decor, offering a Queen Bed, a day Bed, small writing desk and fridge. A bathroom with shower and toilet was also attached. The layout of the room was spartan and in keeping with Breaka's philosophy of keeping things nice and simple.
The beach is usefull only to the sun-seekers as the tide exposes rock and coral for several 100 metres every day making swimming in the ocean uninviting. The vista can be attractive as there is only the occasional flight overhead and hardly ever any ships to spoil your view of the horizon. Turqouise waters and mostly white sands round it off nicely though.
The restaurant is simply some outdoor furniture around the pool (but renovations were being carried out whilst we were there to improve it) The food was delicious but the menu was not very extensive and the daily specials board is a welcome option.
Breaka's is only 5-10 (depending on the Bus driver) minutes from Port Vila itself and there are quite a few eateries to choose from there, although if you are looking for genuine Polynesian fare then there is not a lot on offer at all.
As far as activities are concerned at Breaka's, there aren't any. Oh sure, you can go in to the village next door, or book a tour or whatever. But that is it. Snorkeling, maybe. Kayaking, not really. Anything else, book a tour. There is a pool table that guests can use and a small library of books to choose from too.
The staff are very friendly and willing to assist with almost anything. (i had organised a surprise birthday cake, flowers and a massage for my partner)
Now for the negative.
Breaka's is a great stay for 4-5 days of pure chilling out or a quick break with a couple of tours thrown in. Staying longer will send you round the bend if you can't find something to do. We read through half a dozen books, went on several tours, and spent way too much time in the restaurant. There were moments when you wished for a tv in your room just to watch CNN for a change. Don't get us wrong, we really enjoy each others company and like to chill out too, but when there is nothing to do and you'd like a bit of a change a tour is your only real option.
Bugs. There are hundreds. Sure, it's the tropics and you expect them, but in your room! There are flyscreens on all the windows but a major gap between the room and the unprotected bathroom. You need a mosquito coil burning all night as well as very liberal doses of repellant just to be able to sleep and not wake up anaemic.
Port Vila is a very small capital, nothing more than a main street on the edge of the harbour. It has quite a few eateries mainly run by various expats, several tour organisors as well as a couple of supermarkets and lots of local shops geared towards tourists. The prices are nothing to write home about, not as cheap as Bangkok or Bali, and sometimes more expensive than what you would pay back home.
If you are looking for a long weekend away and some peace and quiet then Breaka's could be a good choice. Vanuatau is only 3 hours flying from Sydney and the climate is tropical.
Perfect for couples!!
We have just returned from our second visit to Breakas. The number one reason why we chose this boutique resort is because there are no kids. On each visit to Vanuatu we make a habit of visiting the other resorts to check them out, or have a drink or dinner, and some are really really lovely, but the kids really put us off. Dont' get us wrong! - we love kids, but not when we're wanting a romantic adults-only holiday.
Just in response to some of the negative reviews about this resort - If you want lots of activities, room service and all the extras, go and stay in one of the large impersonal resorts! Iririki, Erakor, Le Meridien and Le Lagon are very different to Breaka's - and when we visited these places you have to tolerate all the poorly disciplined aussie kids running riot.
Breaka's is made up of approximately 20 fares, some are garden setting, and some are right on the beach front. On both occasions we have stayed on the beach front, but the garden ones are beautifully tucked away, and I would probably choose the garden ones next time, and save a bit of extra money (the beach ones are more expensive). Personal preference I guess.
The food in the restaurant this time round was FAR better than last time (2 years ago). I think they have a new chef (an aussie) and the food really is excellent. I'd recommend the lobster, and any of the daily specials. The presentation of the meals and attention to detail are far superior to other restaurants in port villa.
Breakas now has a little health spa - quite quaint and not the flash style we're used to here in the 5 star resorts in Aust, BUT you have to remember this is Vanuatu - a developing country, and these wonderful people really do have a great attitude to life. The spa offers mainly massages and coconut oil treatments etc.
We hired a car for four days out of the 7 so we weren't restricted in any way. This meant we could visit other restaurants at night and have the freedom of finding out of the way beaches (secluded and completely idyllic)
My husband was sick on the last day after contracting a tummy bug (NO not from this resort) and the staff were wonderful, delivering dry toast and bottled water to the fare, offering to drive him in to a doctor etc. The owner is a great guy who takes time to meet guests and ensure everyone is happy. He bent over backwards to make sure my husband was ok and arranged a late checkout for us so he could sleep before our flight departed.
I would highly recommend this resort, especially if you're looking for a romantic child-free getaway to escape our western culture and immerse yourself in melanesia.
Noisy but nice
There are mosquito net 'windows' rather than glass which meant noise from the bar, animals and guests in the bungalows built close together, didn't make for peaceful sleeping.
Staff significantly outnumber guests and weren't discreet - it felt like you didn't have a lot of privacy whether sitting by the pool or outside your bungalow.
Great pool and beach compared to what we saw in Port Vila.
Breakfast yummy & restaurant good.
Would be ideal for groups, but the 'no under 15 year olds' is misleading - it's not necessarily a romantic couples resort.
Beautiful mellow place with loads of character -
My husband and I just got back from our first trip to Vanuatu, and it did not disappoint. We stayed at Breaka's Beach Resort for five nights from 25-30 May 2007. Upon check-in, we discovered that we were not booked to arrive until the next night, thus our beachfront fare was not available that night. However, they did put us in a lovely garden fare for the first night and made up for the error by providing us with free full body massages. (Not a bad deal!)
The resort itself is beautiful. The beaches are course white sand, the lagoon in front of the resort makes for some nice snorkelling, and the infinity pool was great. The fares are quite simple, consisting of a queen or king sized bed, a wardrobe, and a bathroom with an open shower.
I'll start with the Con's:
1) The "windows" of the fare are made up of large wooden shutters and fly screens, so there's nothing keeping the noise out. If you stay in a garden fare, you'll get the noise from passing cars and perhaps the village dogs. If you opt for a beachfront fare, you'll get the noise from the ocean and perhaps the bar. Regardless to where you stay, you'll get the noise coming from any of the surrounding fares. We stayed in Fare 8, which was a few fares away from the bar on the beachfront. However, we were able to sleep in just fine. (I can't imagine the folks in Fare 5 could say the same, though.)
2) There is no barrier between the shower and the rest of the bathroom, so expect to get everything on the bathroom floor completely soaked. (And be careful of slipping, as it does not dry out quickly!) Also, be prepared to smell a rather unpleasant odour coming from the rocks when they get wet.
3) The only part of the fare that wasn't protected by a fly screen was the bathroom, so we had to keep the bathroom door closed at all times in order to keep the bugs out. We didn't visit during the mosquito season, but I don't think just having the door closed would be enough for that time of year. Bring bug spray and perhaps some mosquito coils, and make good use of the mosquito net if you stay outside of May to July.
4) The bathroom walls are made up of coral rock, and there are little crabs that live in them. This isn't necessarily a con since they scurry back into the rocks when you enter the bathroom, but it can catch you off guard if you're not expecting to see them.
5) I know you're supposed to be on "island time" in Vanuatu, but the amount of time it took to get any activities booked or any issues resolved was ridiculous. I'm actually still trying to get our final bill fully resolved, as they are slow to do their banking. (Perhaps it would be best to pay your final bill in cash!) And don't expect to be able to get a message from reception. My mother-in-law tried to leave a message for my husband's birthday, and they claimed that we weren't on the guest list! Bring a mobile phone for emergencies.
6) The spa was nice, but VERY small. You could just barely fit two massage beds in there. It's also right next to reception and has the same type of "windows" the fares have, so it's very noisy.
Now for the Pro's:
1) The location is excellent! It's about 5-10 minutes bus ride away from Port Vila, so it's nice and quiet. The gardens on the grounds are gorgeous, and the beach is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the views.
2) The rooms are beautiful and have a lot more character than what I've seen of the bigger resorts on the island. You definitely feel like you're in a special place.
3) The resort is blissfully child-free!
4) The staff and the locals are very nice and always happy to chat.
5) Public transport is incredibly easy and cheap to use. There's really no need to be afraid to venture out into Port Vila after dark because you can always find a bus to get you home safely. In fact, I recommend venturing out because there are some great restaurants in the city! (The Flaming Bull Steakhouse is awesome!)
6) The food at the resort itself was EXCELLENT! The menu didn't change the entire time we were there, but we weren't too concerned about this. The food was simply divine. You would spend triple what we paid at the resort if you got that quality of food anywhere else. And the continental breakfast was great every single morning.
All in all, we loved Breaka's. If you're looking for pure luxury or a family-friendly environment, stay somewhere else. But if you're looking for a mellow place to relax with a bit of rustic charm, you'll love Breaka's Beach Resort.
We spent the last 3 days of our 2 week holiday at Breakas and we were impressed. We were promptly greeted with a welcome drink on arrival and looked out on the fantastic infinity pool. Our "Fare" was the closest one to the point on the corner of the beach with a hammock on our doorstep. While others have complained about the noise at this resort we had no problems and had uninterupted sleep all 3 nights. The rooms are well appointed, new, and in keeping with the location making nice use of thatch roof and coral on the walls. We were very impressed with the shower which is half outdoor yet still totally private. Only problem with the bathroom, the wife found the lighting very dim. We ate at the restaraunt on two nights and on both occassions the food was excellent. On the first night the service was good however on the second night it was really bad, I think there was a change of staff over the 2 nights? There is no problems walking straight out the front of the resort onto the street and catching a bus to town, they pass by every few minutes for 100 VAT. While there is probably not much to do if you are looking for a resort full of activites it is a great place to base yourself while exploring efate and to come back to at the end of a day and relax with a cocktail by the pool. Overall a great place, the owner made himself known to us and the staff were all very friendly, we would stay here again.
So good...and then not so good...
We spent 7 nights at Breakas and it was our first trip to Vanuatu.
Let me just say that we were overjoyed that we stayed at Breakas. We saw many of the other resorts that are regularly advertised but they didn't appear anything like their sparkly marketing campaigns. Breakas was exactly as it had appeared on it's website and brochure- except for the beach...please read on.
The staff were exceptional, catered to your every need wherever possible. The location was picturesque and it was definitely waterfront. The rooms were simple with a touch of style. The landscaping and ambience of the whole resort was amazing. It was very easy to get around and a 10 minute bus ride to town. Very relaxing place to spend a few days. We were grateful that it was small and intimate and not full of kids/teenagers. The pool/bar area was as comfortable as being in your own back yard.
The food....No matter how many meals we tried...all were tasteless and boring. The chef regularly foamed at the mouth sprouting his accoloades yet depsite a yummy sounding menu- it failed to impress. All of the guests we spoke with agreed. The food lacked taste and spark, hence the need to leave the resort to seek finer fare. In their defence...we didn't have a good meal really at any restaurant the whole time we were in Vanautu. We wouldn't have minded so much if we weren't paying upwards of $30AUD for a main meal. Even the coffee was awful. They use the local Tanna coffee to support the community...just not good enough. Perhaps if I had of been able to have a good cup of coffee the food would have seemed better!
The Beach....whilst I recognise that the beach conditions are changeable and outside of the control of any person, it was not a good place for a swim. It is very shallow initially and full of rocks and coral. Hence, when we attempted to snorkel outside our room (as was purported in their advertising) we got torn to shreds. As we chose Breakas because of the ability to swim in the ocean outside our room...it took me a few days to get over the disappointment. It meant we had to leave the hotel and go on day trips to find a beach.
Our mattress left a lot to be desired which amazed me as it is such a simple thing. I would have expected more than a cheap innerspring. The only night we slept well was after drinking the kava!
Overall...We had a great time. It was certainly the pick of places to stay on Efate. I would recommend it and possibly stay there again. It is definitely only 3 stars despite the beautiful landscaping and waterfront. A hint for your trip...take a pair of thongs to wear outside your room as there is only sand between your front door and everywhere else in the resort.
Great stay at Breakas
We spent two nights and three days at Breakas, and loved every minute. We arrived mid afternoon to be welcomed with a cool drink and friendly service. Our bungalow was spacious and nicely decorated. As has been mentioned before, the external bathroom wall is made of rocks and there were a number of crabs that live in them. They do hide and run away if they hear you, and are of no concern. The bathroom itself was large, plenty of hot water, and modern.
The bungalow sits right on the beach, with a beautiful garden to the rear for some shade. The beach is mostly broken coral and you may want to wear reef shoes or thongs. Unfortunately we didn’t swim out the front but it looked shallow and lovely. As there was construction of some new bungalows, Breakas gave us a free dinner and trip to Hideaway island (which was fantastic!). The works is being done along the beach and we never heard any noise. So this was a great bonus.
The pool area is just amazing – exactly as the brochures show – with swim up bar, shade and long enough to do some laps (if you’re feeling energetic). Perfect!
The restaurant overlooks the pool and the staff are very attentive and helpful. We had a sprinkle of rain one evening when the tables were out on the lawn, and they all just came running to relocate our tables under cover and dry them off. The breakfast is simple, but enough for most. Dinner was good (though we had better elsewhere) and the service was excellent!
Though a bit out of town, there are plenty of buses going past to go to town. Tip: do not be tempted to get a taxi back to Breakas after dinner in town. Taxis hang around restaurants to try to get a fare – we did one night and paid 1000VT – compared to 100Vt each for a bus!
The best part for us was that there are no children allowed. So the peace was complete. For a couple’s getaway, Breakas is just paradise.
Hi can anyone please advise the best time to travel to Port Villa, weather wise as we like the beach.Looking at the breakas beach resort if anyone can reccomend.
Re: Oct weather
Hello,It seems as tho' help is a bit sparse about Vanuatu.I too have not been to Vanuatu but intend on going there next August 2009.The only thing I can suggest is that I searched thru the Breakas site as well and altho' it is in a very good location on the beach,it is also quite expensive.I have spent the last 5 years travelling to Phuket and we pay around AUS$40/night for a 4 star twin room.So,Breakas @ around $200/night was just not in the equation.If you are interested I have found budget accomodation quite close to Breakas which also has a beach front location.It is called Blue Pango and they cost around AUS$36/night for a twin room for 2 people.($18 each)It is situated 20 meters in front of the beach,with a pool beachside.A fully equipped kitchen,mozzie nets...I am a boardrider looking to stay as close to the reef breaks as possible,so Blue Pango has won me in every regard.There have been rave reviews about Blue Pango as well.So,if you decide to stay there,please let me know what it is like.Oh..it is classed @ maybe 2 star,but reviews have stated that it is more than comfortable for their needs.Have fun....!!...Cliff