- Reviews: 116
Pacific Lagoon Apartments: Right on the water
The complex is located 4.5 kilometers from the heart of Port Vila, on the waters edge, at the mouth of picturesque Erakor Lagoon. Surrounded by a mature garden in a peaceful and quiet setting a little out of town, it is only a 5 minute ride by bus or taxi to the main shopping centre and supermarkets. Just walk to the end of the drive way and wait a few seconds and some one will pick you up, it may be a ute, truck mini bus or small car, it dosen't matter which one you take, all thought if its a taxi ask for the price first.
The International 'Le Lagon' ParkRoyal, is a convenient 300 metres walk along the beach. This resort offers bars and restaurants. We found this place to be very frindly and dont mind you having a swim in there pool or useing there resturant or bar.
Erakor Island Resort is 5 minutes away by free ferry across the lagoon. This resort also has bar and restaurant facilities. Nice place to go for a meal and a swim.
Erakor Lagoon is a great place for swimming and snorkelling.
The apartments are modern and fully self-contained with two separate bedrooms, bathroom, separate toilet, loungeroom/dining room/kitchen, & outside verandah. Comfortably appointed, they include items such as full gas stove, microwave, refrigerator with freezer, clock radio, television, crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils, linen and ceiling fans in every room. All you need to get some food from the supermarket up the road and use the BBQ to cook your steaks.
There is a fully equipped laundry with token-operated automatic washing machines and dryer. A service wash is also available. Housemaids service all apartments Monday to Saturday. Babysitting services can also be arranged.
International Telephone and facsimile services are available at the Office during office hours, and there is a 'local calls only' telephone available to guests outside of office hours.
Location is right on the lagoon, any closer and you would be in the water, well priced per unit, its not a resort its more like renting a two bedroom furnished flat, but the location more then makes up for it not being a resort.
- Reviews: 288
I stayed at Backpackers Budget...
I stayed at Backpackers Budget Accomodation.....quite cheap for the country.
The building lookded not so good and you are quite far from city center (15 minutes walk if I remember well). But if you're on a tight budget...that's life
- Reviews: 1
Le Meridian Resort & Casino: A fantastic piece of paradise
Fantastic cultural shows
the tourist rush hasn't hit just yet
The staff are polite and cheery, they strive to be professional and are happy to do all they can for you
- Reviews: 206
Now known as Crowne Plaza Vanuatu Resort.: Used to be known as Le Lagon Parkroyal.
We stayed at the Lagon Parkroyal, which has since been renamed. This hotel was beautiful, and the staff were most helpful. This resort is set on Erakor lagoon, which is gorgeous. You can use the catamarans, and kyaks free of charge, but the motorised water sports equipment has to be hired with payment.
Because this resort is in a beautiful position there are many weddings set in the beach alongside the lagoon. Anyone can gather to watch the ceremony, and since I'm a sucker for weddings I did just that.
Its a bit of a hike from the downtown area, and unless your a keen walker I wouldnt recommend it. They have shuttle services that you can use instead. This place really is gorgeous, and the rooms were lovely.
- Reviews: 2
Great accommodation in Port Vila
If you are looking for nice and peaceful accommodation in Vila with good value for money, check Whispering Coral. It offers B & B accommodation only a short walk from the city center. Me and my wife spent a memorable week there in March 2001 and I am not absolutely sure if Whispering Coral is still around. Anyway, you can still find it in the latest Lonely Planet guide. The room rata was about the average but the standard was much higher than with others in the same price category. The place is run by a Korean guy who is the friendliest and most helpful person. Breakfast is served on verandah overlooking the lagoon while some light classical music was played on the stereos. And the house itself is a fine old wooden building that the owner has renovated. So, if you want peace and quietness and do not care about the luxury hotels, this is the definitive place according to my memory.
- Reviews: 1
La Lagon Parkroyal: A great resort
Had the chance to stay here through my work at cost it is a realy great resort all the things you expect from a luxury resort.
Luxury helpfullness and staff willing to go the extra mile.
They took me out to the nakamal to go drinking with them after hours.
Organised my PADI openwater dive course at a discount.
Sorted me a doctor when I became ill. (dont eat more than two fresh coconuts at a sitting untill you have the correct digestive enzymes)
taught me to climb coconut trees and open coconuts with a machete.
guided me to all the great things to see on the island.
- Reviews: 2
Paradise View Bungalows: Tanna, Vanuatu: a truly special place to stay
Very recommended for the more adventurous travelers- those who like to get to know the locals and have an authentic cultural experience. The staff are simply lovely- extremely attentive and friendly. For example, on arrival we were presented with flower necklaces and coconut drinks, and dinner was accompanied by the local boys' string band!! The bungalows are in beautiful spot where there is a fantastic view of the volcano- at night the lava is lit up! And i defiantly recommend you give the volcano a visit- it was fantastic.
accommodation is basic but very clean and new, consisting of locally made bungalows with no flush toilets and the shower is from a bucket, but i think it makes the experience more genuine. There is also a restaurant, and the locals can catch lobster for your dinner!!
the website is: http://www.vanuatutourism.com/vanuatu/export/sites/VTO/en/operators/paradiseview.html
however, the phone number on the website was recently disconnected, it should be back soon, but call the village Lounasunan on (678) 68075
ask for Jeremiah, the manager, in regards to the bungalows, and the villages will know what you mean.
just be sure to arrange your stay at least a few days prior to arriving so airport pick up can be arranged.
This bungalow is owned and run entirely by local people, rather than ex-pats so the money directly benefits the villages.
Also, most of the Islands attractions are located on the eastern side of Tanna, where 'Paradise View' is, and petrol is extremely expensive, so it is in a good spot.
The bungalows are located right next to owner's village- people are so friendly and happy to show you their traditional way of life.
many tours can be arranged including a walk to the nearby hot springs! they are very reasonably priced and cheaper than many other places that charge extra for the guide.
also there is a special offer: stay 3 nights, 4th night free!!
- Reviews: 5
Find accommodation when you arrive.
Flying to Vanuatu is easy and accommodation can be reasonable. Package deals are good, but over priced. If you are adventurous, I would just fly into Port Villa and then go in search of accommodation. It's easy and the mini-bus taxis are so inexpensive.
- Reviews: 170
Budget: Room with a View
If you are looking for budget accommodation in Port Vila, not too far away from amenities, I'd recommend 'Room with a view'.
Clean, spacious rooms, with breakfast included. Friendly family run, and small kitchen so you can keep and cook your own food if you wish (which great if you are on a budget in Vanuatu!)
- Reviews: 5
Hideaway Island: Hideaway Island
They have bungalows (a bit expensive), but they also have dormitory beds for about A$28 per night.
Hideaway was a really laid back place, they've got a bar/restaurant on the beach and watersports. They don't have pool but that's made for because the island is surrounded by coral reef, perfect for snorkelling off the beach.
- Reviews: 5
Nagar Bungalows: Nagar Bungalows
About A$80 for a two bedroom bungalow.
Set on the water front a row of about 10 or 12 bungalows about 10 meteres from the water. The beach wasn't great and the bungalows a bit run down but it's definitley very quite and friendly. For the two nights we stayed there we only saw one other family of tourists. They offer boat rides out the closer islands for swimming or scuba diving.
- Reviews: 13
Wongras Bungalow: Accomodations in Gaua
Wongras is indeed the easiest option in Gaua: it is on the Internet, with several liks from Vanuatu Tourism site, positiveearth website, and many others. It has a phone working, so it is easy to contact them. It is close to the airstrip, making it easier to get your flight in case it's earlier, or to take a rest while waiting because of a delay (second option is the most common one).
Wongras provides no electricity (you will be given kerosene lamps), very poor toilet service (especially the shower: a few drops per minute and that's it), and the hatch is very dark, even during the day and quite old (the plastic cover on the roof will keep you awake because of the wind at night). Never mind the concrete rooms: they are an oven during the day, hot as hell!!
Food, provided by Mrs Angela, wife of Charles Bice, the owner, is great!
They will also organize your excursions with John Atchkins, the guide (1000 Vt per person to rech Lake Lete, plus 1500 access fee).
This is the situation. Price: 2500 Vt per person per night full board.
The fact is, that THERE are generators on the island. Only, you will not have power at Wongras.
As an alternative:
We met Colette, owner of 'Seaside view bungalows'. Apparently, they provide electricity with their generator; they have a fridge with fresh drinks; the bungalows are recently built. They are down the coast and they are going to pick you up at the airstrip and drive you down to the bungalow with a boat (15 minutes). The bungalows - says Colette - are close to Siri Waterfall, so it's easier and shorter to reach it from there, compared to Wongras.
These are the pros WHICH I DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHECK.
The fact is that, so far, Colette is not on the internet, and it is not easy to contact them.
I guess one might try to phone to airport public phone (+678-38514) and ask to whoever is answering to contact them for an airport pickup.
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