Second stay in three months. It is just the right distance from the city centre and the staff are exceptional. Better coffe (and much cheaper) than anywhere else in Vanuatu and 99% of Sydney. I can't imagine staying anywhere else.
Staff very helpful and cheerful. Easy to walk to town each day. Close to great restaurant that had live music and dancing as well as great food. We watched the ships sail through the heads from our room which was spectacular.
We loved our stay at the Holiday Inn resort Vanuatu. The resort had everything we could have possibly wanted. The food was great, the service was great and our overwater vila was amazing. We would definitely go back and spend more time in the resort utilising the facilities - there are so many activities available including kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and golfing (to name a few).
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The staff were lovely, always cheerful and helpful. The location is ideal, right on the beach and only a few minutes taxi/ bus to Port Vila. (Also easy walking distance as we chose one day) . We made good use of the kayaks and hobie cats freely available as well as the pools which are set in great surroundings. We intend going back.
Our flight was from Melb to Port Villa at “stupid’o’clock” (2:05am arrival) as some have commented on tripadvisor. We booked the transfer from the airport to Iririki and I am glad we did. My eyes nearly popped when I was getting in the wrong side of the van and we were driving on the wrong side of the road. I won’t go into detail of what when thru my head when we approached the 1st roundabout at 2:20am (Tis a lot different than rat race traffic of Melb.). From that moment, we knew that this was going to be the BEST Holiday and suprises everywhere we go.
At 2:30 am, our transfer had arrived at the Iririki dock. 2 Security staff and approx. 4 locals underneath a hut roof were in sight standing around. We were wondering what’s going on? We get out of the Transfer vehicle and security come over…. “ Hull-O… Welcome to Vanuatu. Are you staying on Iririki? (Enters the biggest smile) The Ferry is on the other side, it should not be too long”. He looks across the waterway, then back at us with a big smile, takes 2 steps away from us, wolf whistles across the waterway and calls the ferry in Bislama. We look across and couldn’t see anything. Then a yell back from the ferry man in Bislama, echoing across the water. Security and locals give a giggle as he tells us that the ferry won’t be too long at all and he must have fell asleep. This scene of our welcome is PRICELESS!
We felt SAFE everywhere. Will go back in a heartbeat!
M&M from Melb.Australia
This resort is a 2-minute ferry from Port Vila on Iririki Island; the National Museum and local markets are within 1 km (1 …More
We have just returned from the most wonderful time in Vanuatu, and a big part of that is thanks to the incredible stay we had at Aquana Beach Resort! A bit out of town, but easily accessed by their free daily shuttle, it had catered for our every need.
They seem to have the balance of activities, friendliness and help just right. The food was fantastic and free full service breakfast was great (definitely try the eggs benedict!) The nannies were unobtrusive and just loved to play with the children so that we could enjoy our meal (or cocktails!) while the kids were jumping on the trampoline, weaving baskets, having their faces painted, or playing with any number of toys provided for them.
Our room was clean and suited our needs well, and cleaned everyday by lovely and friendly staff. And we were offered free use of the kayaks and snorkeling equipment (not offered at all resorts!).
They entertained us with activities most evenings including local musician, custom dances, trivia night, and marshmallow roasting for the children!
There are so many other great things about the resort, but the staff were really exceptional and treated us like a part of an extended family. We felt the place had a real sense of community and we were more than happy to just spend time at the resort with other guests we met there. Cannot wait to go back there next year!
Ended up extending my stay here. A good budget resort for travellers looking for comfort without spending big bucks. I took the single room which is basic but still nice at the same time. Staff are fantastic! Very helpful and friendly
Arrived early and were able to leave luggage whilst room prepared. Stayed 2 nights at start of holiday so we saw town and hired car- chose of 4 hire companies close-by. Atm machine at nearby supermarkets. Great views from the balcony. Felt secure with security man at entrance. Lovely breakfast next to pool. Spent last night at motel before flight home. Breakfast brought to our room. Large unit for 4 - comfortable beds and spotlessly clean. Excellent value.
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