- Reviews: 24
Pacific Lagoon Apartments: Affordable, Comfortable, Accessible
If you are on a tight budget, but want a holiday suitable for a mature couple who need their comforts, or a family - consider this quiet, friendly patch of self-contained villas.
You need to have your own kitchen to keep the costs down on eating out - Vanuatu is a terrific place, but food is expensive from restaurant eating to supermarket.
Vanuatu's capital Port Villa is a five minute bus ride, which you hail down outside the door. The staff will tell you how to get around efficiently. There are public phones to arrange taxi's or day trips etc.
This was our first adventure as empty-nester couple in 2006, so it was terrific to find that our accommodation was at the mouth of the Erakor Lagoon, opposite the Erakor Island Resort.
They are very generous providing non-residents free use of their five minute ferry ride over to their sandy beach, where you can get a cold drink from the bar, or go over for a meal.
The best was being able to use their kayak/canoes (which I had never done before).
- Reviews: 13
Josedith Bailey memorial Bungalow: Accomodation in Loh Island, Torres
There are two accomodation sites at the moment in Torres: one is Josedith Bailey Memorial bungalow (the one we stayed at), the other being 'Kamilisa memorial Guesthouse'.
Kamilisa is on Linua Island, 3 minutes walk from the airstrip: it has concrete floor bungalows, and they do serve food, which they receive from the weekly flight freight. It is then far more expensive than Josedith: 2900 VT per person per night. If you've been anywhere in the tropics, you know that concrete is not that clean and wonderful thing, anyway (it isn't anywhere, but it gets quickly dark and rotten at these latitudes, because of the humidity).
We optioned Josedith: Joseph, the owner, will catch you at the airstrip, lead you through the path in the bush (it is a jungle, for our standards) and paddle you and your stuff on the other side of the reef lagoon, where a beautiful white beach is waiting for you.
Your accomodation for a week will be a palm-leaves shack on the beach: the sand is your floor. You will be allowed to use the kitchen (a campfire and some pots) and the water (not drinkable: drinkable rainwater comes from the water tank in the village).
Joseph will be happy of NOT serving you food since the cargo boat comes there once a year (maybe once every two years) and they survive on the fish they catch and their garden vegetables (which he will give you anyway, under request). You are expected to bring your food: you can buy anything in Santo, on your way there.
this is why you will be paying only 1500 Vt per person per night.
The place is astounding, and you will be on your own for great part of the day; you will be busy in cooking, eating coconuts and pawpaw (papaya) that Joseph will occasionally bring to you. You will probably be gifted at leas once with a coconut crab and some fish if they get any.
On Sunday you will be expected to attend the service (Anglican, in Bislama, with sensational choirs).
The rest of the time you will be absolutely lazy: swimming, laying on the white beach (all for you), and maybe reading.
Bring books, crosswords or sudoku, playing cards.
Also bring candles, torches and spare batteries, teabags, sugar, coffee, medicines and pills...anything.
No need to say, there is NO electricity, never, because they have no fuel for generators.
6 pm: it gets dark. You have to organise your dinner.
Joseph and his family will be grateful for any help: spare batteries for their diving torches (and maybe you will have MORE fish the day after), phonecards (there is a public phone in the village, almost always working), sugar, rice, clothes, etc. Remember that there is shortage of almost everything in Torres.
- Reviews: 11
Tara Beach Resort Vanuatu: Palm Trees Sand and Service
Tara Beach resort is a new resort opened in Vanuatu in the last month - it is situated about 25mins from Port Vila and about 15mins from the Airport. Situated on 14 acres of beach front land in beautiful Mele Bay. The owners Lei and Sala Vatoko certainly make you welcome but before you meet them I'm sure you will be greeted by Carl who will put you instantly at ease and tell you everything you need to know about beautiful Tara. This property is absolute beach front you can view the ocean from your bed and its a few metres walk to the ocean. Tara has great snorkeling either off the beach or off the end of the jetty. The bungalows are spacious with two bedrooms, a modern bathroom and small kitchenette for making tea and coffee. You can purchase a lovely meal from thier beach Nakamal or when booking choose and all inclusive package with meals included. Sala will be glad to talk about his paradise and if you are really lucky you may get to hear him sing. I would recomend this resort to anyone who is looking to unwind relax and have some serious beach time.
Ni-Vanuatu owned and operated this unique resort is close to Mele Village, Vanuatu's largest village. It is also close to the beautiful Mele Cascade Waterfalls and secret gardens. Tours with Sala give you a locals perspective on village life and he is only to happy to share his local knowledge with you. The resort is a family affair with wife Lei and sons Eric and Thomas you will enjoy your time as part of thier extended Vanuatu family. You are welcome for day visits as well.
- Reviews: 4
Erakor island: Island on an Island hotel
Stayed on a small island that is about 200 metres from the mainland, there is a ferry back and forth a few times an hour. You stay in small huts on the island, very cool.
- Reviews: 20
Irrikki: Vanuatu for couples
If you are a couple and want to spent time in a tropical resort with extremely friendly and helpful staff then Irrikki Resort is the one for you.
This place is a small island inside the Vanuatu harbour.
Rooms are individual bungalows for two only.
24/7 free boat transfer to the mainland where the local market is a great place to spend time.
Loved everything about Vanuatu and the trips and sights are fantastic.
Highlight of the stay was every afternoon after a day of exploring or shopping you come back to the resort and sit around the pool, have a drink and a bowl of nibbles and talk with your new found friend. Also watch the locals return to their islands via the crystal clear water as the sun sets.
- Reviews: 9
Le Meridien Resort: Traditional style resort with all the luxuries
People are going to be calling me biased any second, but i love this hotel. Its not the cheapest, but quite frankly if you are going overseas, you might as well splurge and truely enjoy it. However, the hotel is within reasonable pricing range.
The free activities that the hotel provides its guests, and the outstanding deals that it has, makes this hotel well worth the money. It is traditional and very cultural, but has the luxuries that you'd want on a holiday. 2 pools, a private beach, a 9 hole golf course, a restaurant with theme nights, a bar, the country's best casino (i didnt make it up!!!) and the world's most friendly people you can find. The staff go well out of their way to help. ask me more about that if you want to know just how far!
The people, the people, the people! I'll keep saying till the day I die! Plus theres the beautiful views, your own private beach and all that other stuff i already mentioned.
- Reviews: 215
Whitesands Resort: Spacious bungalows
This is inside the bungalow...they are very spacious and all were 2 bedrooms. The resort is about 25 minutes from Vila and they run a shuttle van 3 times a day but nothing at night so you have to find your own transport back if you go into the township after 5pm. There's a nice restaurant onsite and also a golf course for the energetic!!!!!!!!!!
- Reviews: 49
Iririki Resort: 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.
- Reviews: 290
There is no visitor...
There is no visitor accommodation in South Pentecost so one must either fly in on a day trip or, rarely, there is an opportunity to stay overnight on a charter boat in a secluded bay.
- Reviews: 50
Traverlers Motel: budget motel
Travelers motel is in Port Villa with a 10 minute walk to the centre. Its great cheap motel with very friendly staff and also has a security guard at night. The staff are really good and you can enjoy fresh coconut juice and fresh fruit in your fridge every day.
- Reviews: 50
Iririki Island Resort: 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.
- Reviews: 50
Le Meridien: Le Meridien
Le Meridien is probably the most popular resort in Vanuatu. Its very popular for familys with children as there is alot of activities to keep everyone occupied. It has a casino and golf course that sits on a lagoon. Its a 5 minute taxi ride from the centre of town.
- Reviews: 5
The Wild Pig Hotel: Best Value and atmosphere
Facilities for those on a budget or private rooms with television and A/C.
The owners and staff are friendly and helpful.
The hotel is about 6-7 minutes walk from town, if you choose to go out anywhere else!
It has a large pool, great bar and share kitchen facilities.
- Reviews: 14
The Melanesian was where we...
The Melanesian was where we stayed, and for its price, was pretty good. We toured various resorts and found them to be generally excellent, but you pay the mana for it.
Centrally located and nice staff.
- Reviews: 35
I stayed in this nice little...
I stayed in this nice little 'resort' hut on Tanna. Very nice to sleep while listening to the rumble of the volcanoe not far away...boem boem, sleep soft my boy...
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