TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION GUIDE
ERAKOR ISLAND RESORT
To stay on Erakor Island Resort is to succumb to the relaxation of island taste, well away from telephones, faxes, television and the rest of the world. Only minutes from the mainland and five minutes from Port Vila, you may as well be light years away from the bustle and hustle of the western world at Erakor Island Resort. The resort, which was a missionary retreat, is small and friendly and it nestled on Erakor lagoon. Accommodation is 18 bungalows with absolute waterfront views.
Take a stroll through the sixteen acres of lush tropical jungle and gardens which surround the resort. You can watch the resort staff row home in their canoes, and arrange to visit their village if you wish. The more energetic, none motorised water sports are available. Snorkelling around the island is spectacular and safe and the white sand beach is the perfect place to relax. The over water restaurant prides itself on its famous garlic coconut crab and will even serve guests on the beach if the short walk is beyond contemplation. Continental breakfast is included in the tariff.
Erakor Island Resort is ideal for families, honeymooners and stressed out business executives seeking a change of pace. For those who can't relax for too long, Port Vila, is only minutes away, offers the excitement of duty free shopping, bars and restaurant.
LE LAGON PARK ROYAL
If you dream about a tropical hideaway holiday, the Le Lagon Park Royal in Vanuatu has all the ingredients. Located on 75 acres of the exotic tropical gardens, beside the crystal water of Erakor Lagoon, each suite is built so that it juts into the lagoon which means you can virtually catch your fish from your front door. Or you may prefer to choose a charming thatched roof bungalow with garden or lagoon view.
The 141 guest rooms range from standard bungalows to suites and each room has a furnished balcony, air-conditioning, fans, mini bar, coffee/tea facilities, refrigerators, IDD telephone, television with satellite channels and inhouse videos.
Guests who want to pursue water activities can choose to take trips on the catamaran, ride the surf skis, wind surfers and outrigger canoes or borrow the snorkelling equipment to view the tropical fish that swim in the sparkling warm blue surrounding waters.
There's also a 12 hole golf course, swimming pool and spa, games room and activity centre. For those who like to explore, you can discover Efate Island and visit Port Vila, the country's capital three kilometres away. A final compliment to a perfect holiday is the selection of drinks, cocktails, snacks, pizza and light meals available at the resort's own Tam Tam cafe and recreation centre. Whatever you choose to do, Le Lagon Park Royal offers the opportunity to experience first hand the timeless spirit of Melanesia.
IRIRIKI ISLAND RESORT
Located on a private 69 acre island in picturesque Port Vila Bay, Iririki Island Resort offers tropical seclusion only three minutes by free 24 hour water taxi from Port Vila township. From the shaded balconies of the 70 air-conditioned fares which are elevated on stilts and dot the hillside and waterfront, guests will delight in the magnificent harbour and garden view. All fares have queen size beds.
The harbour view bungalows feature an antique four poster bed draped with thai silk swag, and the water front fares have a traditional South Pacific theme with authentic furnishings and artwork from the Pacific and Asia.
The influence of British and French culture is reflected in the inspired a la carte menu of Michener's Restaurant which overlooks the bay from its elevated terrace beside the pool. Complimentary resort activities include snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and catamarans. Water skiing, fishing trips, diving and yacht charters can be arranged.
Full professional diving facilities are available at the Nautilus Dive Centre. Iririki Island Resort is ideally suited for the adult market as children under fourteen are not permitted. The resort also provides the ideal setting for a memorable wedding, which includes catering to special requests. And of course, what better place to honeymoon than at romantic Iririki Island Resort with one of its exclusive range of packages for honeymooners.
KAIVITI VILLAGE MOTEL
Kaiviti Village Motel offers a range of spacious studios and apartments with facilities for self catering. A home away from home, the atmosphere is casual, happy and family like. Kaiviti is the ideal base from which to start your holiday adventures. It is a short walk to diving facilities and water sports, a variety of restaurants and to town.
Most people are glad there are no TV in the rooms, as it makes for better conversation and more socialising around the swimming pool and in the bar area where casual singing and guitar playing often happens. Advice and help with appointments, tours, restaurants, hire cars and other activities or services is given, including complete itineraries if requested. Buses pick up guests for boat trips, traditional village and round island tours, swimming in the waterfalls, nature walks, Melanesian feasts and cultural activities.
Budget prices apply in all areas of the motel including food and drink, telephone and fax charges, and in the souvenir's shops which sells mostly local carvings, the most popular being pigs.
WHITE SANDS RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB
Just 20 minutes from Port Vila adjacent to the beautiful white sand beach, White Sands Resort and Country Club is a true haven for those wishing to escape the main stream for a complete wind down and recharge. There are no telephones, televisions or radios, however these facilities are available at receptions should you need to contact the rest of the world. A courtesy bus is available to and from Port Vila and the airport at regular at intervals for shopping and other excursions.
The resort features an 18-hole GP rated golf course which is reputed to be one of the best in the South Pacific. A fully equipped Pro Shop, a large 18 metre swimming pool complete sith a sumptuous barbeque every Sunday, along with croquet lawns, a cricket pitch, beach and lawn volleyball, jogging tracks, a tennis court and a lawn bowl green provides all the activities you need.
Accommodation is provided by 12 bungalows set amongst a coconut plantation, nine 2 bedroom, 2 one bedroom and one executive suite. All feature living rooms, large bathrooms with sunken tubs, climate control fans, refrigerator, and tea/coffee making facilities.
WHITE SANDS RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB
TANNA BEACH RESORT
Nestled on the shores of palm-fringed Embul Bay on the spectacular Tanna Island, Tanna Beach Resort is the epitome of a South Pacific Island.
The resort bungalows are set amid lush tropical gardens of coconut palms and exotic vegetation, lending the simple delights of nature with all the creature comforts.
A licensed restaurant, bar, and swimming pool provide in-house activity, while the splendour of the South Pacific and all its tropical attractions are nature's irresistible contribution.
One of Tanna's islands' greatest assets is Mount Yasur, an active volcano. Tours take brave adventurers to the rim of the bubbling inferno where they come face to face with the mighty earth and its most volatile.
Less audacious souls can feel content to simply relax around the pool, snorkel for lobsters, ride horses, or visit local villages and get to know the local people who maintain traditional lifestyles and live in complete harmony with nature. Tours are also available to the coffee plantation, to see the wild horses on Tanna and to various beaches around the island.
The managers of the resort work hard to ensure all guests feel well attended and comfortable, and are always ready to assist in planning activities during your stay.
Of course, for some, the perfect South Pacific holiday does not involve too much activity at all, and that Tanna Beach Resort, you can simply lie back and take in the scents, sounds, colours, and atmosphere of the quintessential South Pacific Island.
BOKISSA ECO ISLAND
Bokissa Eco Island has been extensively upgraded to create an original castaway coral island atmosphere. There is a maximum of 45 guests on the island at any one time. The island's 175 acres are full of variety of interesting walks through the rain forest. If you enjoy beachcombing, it is possible to explore the island by walking around the palm-fringed sandy swimming beaches.
A Fast Way To Slow Down
Set low amongst the tree line each air-conditioned private fare has been individually positioned for optimum harmony and privacy. You will enjoy all the trappings of home and more as you watch the sunrise from a beach front hammock or just walk out from your room, across the private beach and go snorkelling right out front.
A casual atmosphere pervades the dining room and bar while the resident Bokissa Eco chef works tirelessly to delight the pallets of expected guests. Making of the most of its pristine location, bio-organic food is grown to remind you of the way fruit and vegetables should taste.
If your are seeking the company of others, then you will spend time around the 25 metre resort swimming pool and the adjacent pool bar. Adventurers can explore the coastline in one of our ocean kayaks or try the authentic island dugout canoe. Dugongs frequent the bay and can be spotted browsing amongst the seagrass from one of the sunset cruises.
Being so close to the world famous SS President Coolidge, USS Tucker and MV Henry Bonneaud wrecks, the island boasts its own resident PADI scuba dive training centre where you can train from the safety of the resort's pool all the way up to instructor level.
Guests can take a scenic flight in a Bokissa Eco Island helicopter to survey the WWII sites on Santo from above, or book a deep-sea fishing trip on one of the three resort boats.
Weddings in the traditional theme can be arranged at the historic island church. A nanny service allows those with young families to explore Bokissa with peace of mind.
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Aore Resort, located on Aore Island, just three kilometres across the water from Espiritu Santo, is an extraordinary holiday destination and an ideal base for holiday adventures, or to simply relax and enjoy.
Set on the waterfront against a picturesque backdrop comprising 900 acres of coconut palms, cocoa, beef cattle and lush tropical jungle, Aore Resort is designed to harmonise with the local flora as well as cater to your every holiday indulgence.
There are ten double/twin and eight quad share/family bungalows, all large balconies overlooking the beach and the ocean. All feature private bathrooms, refrigerators, electric fans and tea/coffee making facilities.
The big Nakamal open-air restaurant and bar is right on the beach with panoramic bay views that enhance its romantic ambience.
Romance and Adventure
The experienced staff at Aore Resort can take fishing enthusiasts - game, sport, reef salt water fly fishing - to where it is all happening. Divers can experience all the great dive sites from the SS President Coolidge to the famous shark feed with local dive operators, and certified cave divers can find incredible fresh water cave diving.
Snorkelling gear, kayaks and mountain bikes are available at the resort and there is also a Champagne Sunset Cruise on Aore Magic.
Walk from Aore Resort through the plantation into jungles strewn with WWII relics, or enjoy a a romantic picnic lunch on Turtle Island. The friendly staff can arrange tours of Santos, Champagne Beach, Blue Holes, Custom Villages, and the National Park.
Fast becoming popular for weddings and honeymooners Aore Resort has something for everyone - old, young or simply young at heart. If you are seeking a stress free holiday, experience the magic at Aore Resort.
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