Iririki Island Resort
Iririiki Island resort is right in the middle of Port Villa. It is my favourite resort in Vanuatu, it has a free ferry that runs 24hrs from the island to Port Villa. The main pool is only new and is very peaceful and excellent staff.
First Class Accommodation
Iririki Resort is situated on it's own 69 acre island literally 3 minutes from the centre of Port Vila. A ferry operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week to ferry guests to and from the main land. I would say that Iririki is the most centrally located resort, but at the same time is secluded because you have a short boat ride to get to it! The resort has 70 bungalows and it is an adults only resort. No children under the age of 12 are permitted on the island which makes it the perfect 'romantic getaway!' Iririki has everything you could need while staying at a resort. If you didn't want to , you wouldn't have to leave the island......and towards the end I think we spent 3 days on the island without leaving!
There is a pool overlooking the harbour which is situated right next to the bar, Bali Hai where you can also order your lunch from. The resort also has it's own health spa where you can treat yourself to a bit of pampering. Named Spa Frangipani, it is the only spa in Port Vila......and the massages are great! From the moment you arrive at the resort with welcome drinks and smiles from all the staff, and the beautiful views you won't want to leave.
Iririki Island Resort - ideal holiday destination
We just got back from Vanuatu and stayed at Iririki Island Resort for 6 nights and loved everything about it.
The resort is only a 3-minute ferry ride away from Port Vila town. The ferry runs 24 hours and is a complimentary service provided by the resort.
We stayed in one of the Harbor view bungalow/fare and it was the best because we had very close water views of port vila harbor. We also had a spacious balcony to relax and enjoy the view. The room also had a ceiling fan and a good aircon - 2 essential options when staying in a tropical place!
All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. From the reception manager who gave us a very good accomodation package, to the porters who helped us with all our transportation and other tour queries everyday, to the fun guys in the watersport place who went with us in the snorkelling.
Plenty of options for the continental breakfast. About 4 diff types of cereals, mix of fresh and processed fruits, various muffins and pastries, bread, fruit juices, etc.
There is also a choice of 3 very good restaurants.
Free use of kayaks, snorkelling gears, small sailing boats. Jet-ski, fishing/power boats you have to rent.
Daily scheduled activities by resort such as snorkel tour, round island kayak, coconut lessons, etc.
The beach infront of the resort is great for swimming & snorkelling (it's not as colorful as Hideaway but there are plenty of fishes to see).
The staff go out of their way in making the guests happy. I ordered a small slice of cake with candle to be delivered to our room as a small surprise for my husband's birthday. To my surprise, 2 staff turned up to our room with the cake on a big plate with chocoate handwriting of 'Happy Birthday' and a candle and the staff also sang to my husband.
We'll definitely come back to this resort and would highly recommend it to friends and family.
Best Resort in Port Vila!
We stayed at Iririki for seven nights, and it was amazing. The views, the island, the resort, I could not fault it in any way...and I've seen a lot of, dodgy and average places around Europe and Australia!
It is a stunning, kids free (!! excellent for couples!) resort- no children under 12 can stay there. Located on Iririki Island just off Port Vila. There's a free ferry accross and it takes three minutes.
We were in a harbourview bungalow, which are right next to the gardenview ones, and it was immaculate. The bungalows have everything you need, comfy bed, huge bathroom, air con, ceiling fans, TV, phone, desk, table and chairs and a lovely balcony. The staff are amazing and soo friendly. There's 130 staff! You will never be ignored. They're extremely helpful from the moment you check in (welcomed by a fruit cocktail) to the moment you check out and they load your bags on the complimentary ferry accross to Port Vila.
We spoke to other couples who were staying in the resort and they all loved it. Also found lots of other tourists who were not staying there hanging around!
The food is great at Michener's and the cocktails are the best in Port Vila that I"ve heard of.
A must for anyone going to Vanuatu! It really is as pretty as the pictures. The resort is immaculate- with wooden floors on the receptions opening up to Michener's restaurant right on the water with incredible views accross Vila, and being surrounded by blue green water! it really is fascinating. Most packages come with breakfast which is highly recommend it. We had a very delicious buffet breakfast every morning. And it was lovely and also a great way to mingle with other guests and staff- or stay on your own table and admire the view if you wish.
The pool area and Cafe/ Bar are great. Again, great views all around. There's entertainment there every nite so you will never be bored, and the cocktails in coconut shells are a must for only $12AU.
Tropical Island Resort
Iririki is every bit as lovely as you might imagine it to be. We stayed at the child-free section (Iririki Resort proper) in a Harbourview Fare.
The Harbourview Fare was a good choice for us, but if you're the type to sit on the balcony for a few hours, a waterfront fare would be better. Even at low tide, there was still water beneath the balcony, and I didn't see any mudflats!
The Fare was gorgeous and looked exactly like the photo on the website. The bed was quite comfortable and quite high off the ground, so there was actually a little wooden step-ladder provided to help you climb in (great for shorties like me!)
The toiletries were Gilbert & Soames, quite nice. Soap, shampoo and conditioner were provided, as well as shower cap and some cotton buds. The champagne upon arrival was Grandin, which was OK. We got Hardy's with our private balcony dinner (see separate tip).
Service in general was probably a bit slow, though. Most things had to be done via the tour desk, reception was concerned only with arrivals and departures. We had a bit of a problem with our water. One morning we had low pressure, but that fixed itself within an hour. One morning we had no water at all, but it was fixed by the time we got back from breakfast. The sliding screen door to the balcony was a bit sticky (but really, who cares, just deal).
There was no ugly! OK, if you don't like children, then avoid the pool at the other end of the resort. Also, they allow non-guests into the Bali Hai pool. The non-guests tended to be young backpacker types who hung out in groups and just drank all day and sunbaked until they turned into lobsters, which conflicted with the romantic couples who were actually staying at the resort for peace and quiet. They scared away at least one guest from the pool area. It's not that they were particularly rowdy, but they definitely stood out and they were somewhat annoying. The grounds were lovely and lush, and we spent most of our time at the Bali Hai. Bali Hai would have to be the highlight. Child-free infinity pool with poolside service and what is probably the best view in Port Vila. The pool and cafe faces north and overlooks the harbour onto Port Vila. It's such a pretty view, beautiful blue water, harbour buildings dotted along the waterfront, and the sunset just to the left. Happy hour was practically euphoria-inducing.
Other facilities were also great. We took advantage of the free kayaks, and strolled around the island, and went to the top to look at the view from the manager's residence. Staff were always friendly and as helpful as they could be. The tour desk was great, although it had moved to Mitchener's restaurant and they hadn't updated the signage so I got lost looking for it.
The ferry service to the mainland operates 24 hours. It takes about 2 minutes for the actual boat trip, but probably about 10 minutes all up if you factor in waiting times. There are resort representatives at both the jetty on Iririki and the wharf on the mainland. They help out with making sure you get on the right tour bus and they call the ferry for you at night. They would probably even provide you with directions if asked. Taxis are often parked at the mainland wharf too.
View of Iririki Island Resort
Waterfront Bungalows , Iririki Island resort
Is there anyone in Port Vila who takes out tourists on reef fishing trips. I am not interested in game fishing but my son and I would like to spend upto four hours on a small boat doing some fishing which didn't cost the earth.
Re: Fishing Trip
Try Ben Johnson he was a Brilliant gamfishing skipper locally born he may be able to point you in the right direction Benjamin Johnson [firstname.lastname@example.org]
PS my son and i fished with him(game fish) and my son now holds 3 junior reords in Vanuatu
good luck Barry
Re: Fishing Trip
If its not to late, just come over and ask one of the local men in there banana boats, probably cost you $30-$50 for a couple of hours and guarenteed you'll catch some good fish. If you need help in finding someone, ask any of my staff. Neptune Tours, we are beside Iririki Landing on the sea wall, central Port Vila. If they cant help, tell them to call me.