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 stayed at Quest apartments for a nice relaxing 12 days. Alan, Maggie and the staff team all made us so welcome, providing us with a clean comfortable room, a generous daily breakfast, recommending activities and were a great source of local information. With their help we were able to settle in quickly and have the basics to get around, Good quality meals were available with theme night each evening. The staff always had a wide smile ready to greet you each morning, and nothing is too much trouble. The buses (minibuses) around Port Vila are inexpensive and frequent. Vanuatu people are gentle natured people and are at no time intrusive, as can be the case in many places. We can recommend the Cascades falls. Walk right to the top one, swim over to the waterfall and get a powerful tingling massage from the water! Also snorkelling at Hideaway Island. It's the best we found.
Whilst on the subject: If you head that way, take great care snorkelling off Breakas resort, in fact DO NOT go out to the reef at high tide. 2 of our party of 4 -both strong swimmers- were swept off the reef by dangerous offshore currents just as we got near the surf break and were VERY lucky to get back in. (If this happens swim parallel with the beach until you are out of the rip. Don't try to fight it as the water is stronger than you and you will quickly get fatigued) Beyond believe that beach isn't patriolled!
We will definitely be heading back to Quest Apartments. Warm thanks to you all :)
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
"Wonderful Two Weeks Relaxing by the Second Lagoon"
We really enjoyed our stay at Poppys on the Lagoon. The rooms and the grounds were comfortable and well maintained, the restaurant served a good variety of well cooked food, from 7:30am though to 7:30pm, but best of all, the staff were amazing friendly and cheerful and nothing was too much trouble for them. The tour desk was very helpful in organising local tours and also a trip to Tanna to see Mount Yasur. When our bag was stolen while out on a day tour around Efate, everyone at Poppys was just amazingly helpful to make sure it didn't ruin our holiday. I would gladly stay at Poppys again next time I visit Vanuatu.
I had the appartment on the ground floor completely renovated with a little garden area at the front. The appartment is 15 min walk from town so very good, beautiful view in the morning. The owner is a nice lady too. We havent tried the pool as it was filled up few days before the end of our holiday. Room cleaning is average. I had to clean my floor a few time & i felt it wasnt clean. The only inconvenient is the cooking set. It is very limited for cooking & the saucepan were too small even for 2 people, plus no drainer for pasta or rice. Overall, i enjoyed my stay.
Impressed received a personal welcome from manager and staff. Owner did not hesitate to move me to a quieter bungalow where I was delighted to have access to nearby pool and had own cooking facilities. A beautiful quiet location so was able to get the rest I needed and was also able to complete the study I planned to do during my stay. Great variety of tours available and the restaurant is top class, with warm and friendly staff who couldn't do enough for me. Thomas, the restaurant manager, is to be especially commended for his professionalism and helpfulness.
"Lovely location under New Management 1st Sept 2014"
The new manager of 2 weeks met us on arrival and apologised & explained there was a lot of upgrading & refurbishing taking place as new owners had just taken over on 1st Sept 2014. This was evident during the 3 days we stayed there with servicemen going about their business which didn't hinder us at all.
We booked a Harbour View room which was well worth the extra money although they could do with more outdoor furniture. This will probably arrive under new owners. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of this small hotel and to be able to enjoy a drink or a meal out over the water and watch cruise ships going in & out the harbour was a real bonus... Very pretty at night. The restaurant service was slow but I'm sure that will improve in time. We used the swimming pool a lot rather than the sea but that was choice.
Possibly a bit cramped for families but OK for couples.
We enjoyed being so close to town.... 5 minutes walk along the waterfront took us to the centre of Port Vila.
Thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend.
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