We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 43 Port Vila hotels

Tamanu on the Beach

4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Whitesands Road, Port Vila, Efate 678, Vanuatu
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Special Price
Save Saved
You added Tamanu on the Beach to your Saves list
Tamanu on the Beach
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Ranked #7 of 43 hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014
Nele50 Auckland, New Zealand
  • Overview
  • Reviews (134)
  • Photos (216)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (34)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

134 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (34)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We didn't stay at Tamanu but had one of the best lunches in Vanuatu. The Service was excellent and the food delicious.The Restaurant has an open air /alfresco feeling to it and a beautiful view over the white sandy beach towards the sea. It is a bit out of time but well worth the effort.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I cannot recommend Tamanu highly enough. My wife and I were looking for something special to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and this is definitely a place for something special. Virginia, the manager, was extremely helpful with ideas and we elected for limo transfer from Port Vila, Moet on route, dinner on the beach with our own waitress's and wish... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this review

Celebrating your 10th wedding anniversary at Tamanu with all the trimmings was a delight for the team as well. We are thrilled to enjoyed it so much and that you loved our little slice of paradise right on the beach of the south Pacific Ocean. May we see you again on your next anniversary. More

Port Vila, Vanuatu
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I recently got married at Tamanu on the beach as it has everything you could possibly want in a wedding venue and more. The villa's in which we and a few of our guests stayed in are beautiful. Virginia and her team made the day absolutely perfect, we didn't have to worry about a thing. We had... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this review

We are delighted that your wedding was such a success. Virginia and the team love doing weddings and glean great satisfaction in making the day extra special for the bride and groom. Hope to see you back at Tamanu on your first wedding anniversary. Best wishes. More

Buderim, Australia
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
44 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were diving for a week on the wreck of SS President Coolidge and arranged to return to Brisbane by way of Port Vila so we could have lunch at Tamanu on the Beach. The reviews had been too good to miss in our short lives. Arriving at the airport we were astonished to find that the published rate for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this review

We are truly thrilled that you made such an effort to visit Tamanu and weren't disappointed. It is always heartening to hear that our guests receive the outstanding service we promise and that our kitchen team consistently provide delicious meals. Thank you also for your recommendation to use our transfer service as it is easier, more reliable and less expensive... More

Port Vila, Vanuatu
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
53 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Tamanu is beautiful. Located on a wide stretch of white sand, Tamanu is far enough from Vila that you feel as if youve gotten away from all, but not so far that you feel isolated. The comfortable villas come in various shapes and sizes, and are uniquely decorated. The decks and outdoor showers are great! Service is friendly, food is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a bit belated, however, I returned to Tamanu On The Beach in August, 2013. As expected, nothing had changed. Thank goodness. Well, bar a couple of small ones. Firstly, Virginia Shore, previously admin manager, and whom I'd met on my previous visit, was now the Resort Manager. No problem there as, like everyone at Tamanu, you're still made... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We first discovered this piece of paradise in April 2012 and returned for another five night visit in August 2013. The location is amazing. Right on the beach away from the hustle and bustle of Port Vila. It is approximately 25 minutes drive from Port Vila. The cottage was very comfortable and falling asleep to the waves each evening was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this review

On behalf of the Tamanu Team, we are thrilled to having returning guests. Your loyalty and encouragement is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you sometime in 2014. Happy New Year! More

Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We stayed at Tamanu on the Beach for 5 nights and absolutely loved it! The resort is beautiful and one of the most peaceful and quiet places you will ever find! It is impossible not to relax when you are there! The staff go above and beyond, they are very accommodating, kind and friendly. Their level of service is impeccable!... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you Kristie for your review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. At the moment we have some great deals on through until March 2014. See you soon. Merry Christmas from the Tamanu Team. More

Mullumbimby, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We ate at Tamanu several times during our 2 week trip (breakfast, lunch & dinner) & we all agreed that it was he best food we had. The service was fantastic & the location, truly beautiful. The atmosphere was great & the food & presentation was top notch. We even ordered several takeaway platters, as we were staying down the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing appraisal of our resort and especially our new menu. Virginia, Cameron and the team work so hard to provide outstanding food and service it is always a pleasure to receive such great feedback. We do hope to see you in the near future. Happy Travels. More

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

This place is exactly what we were looking for. It is ideal if you want to do nothing in beautiful surroundings. The service is great and the food is excellent. The sea breeze makes it very pleasant by easing the tropical humidity. We can now return to our hectic lives rejuvenated and reminded of the fact it's ok to do... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Tamanu on the Beach, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Tamanu on the Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tamanu on the Beach

Address: Whitesands Road, Port Vila, Efate 678, Vanuatu
Phone Number:
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tamanu on the Beach 4*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Tingo, Orbitz, BookingOdigeoWL and Venere so you can book your Tamanu on the Beach reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Tamanu On The Beach Hotel Port Vila
Tamanu On The Beach Vanuatu/Port Vila

216 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (129)
Room/suite (23)
Dining (19)
Pool/beach area (25)
Hotel & grounds (9)
Bathroom (7)
Videos (1)
View from room (13)
Other (32)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (88)
Room/suite (11)
Pool/beach area (6)
Hotel & grounds (4)
Dining (5)
View from room (7)
Business center/function rooms (24)
Bathroom (2)
Other (29)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Port Vila with
any amenities


Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style
#1 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila #5 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila #6 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila #6 Business Hotel in Port Vila #7 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Tamanu on the Beach is a one of a kind destination offering the discerning traveller an authentic, private and romantic South Pacific experience.....where sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Tamanu on the Beach is truly the right antidote for today's busy world and as such makes it the ideal place for couples, weddings, honeymoons and special events with friends. Our six French provincial style coral cottages, which have recently been refurbished in bright beach themes provide you with the creature comforts you expect and deserve. All have open air bathrooms and are situated only metres from Tamanu's sprawling, unspoiled, white sand beach. Our fine dining restaurant, which is considered to be the best in Vanuatu is renowned for its pavilion styled open-air restaurant and has earned a highly respected international reputation for delivering the most distinctive fine dining cuisine, featuring local organic meat, indigenous produce and the freshest of seafood. Staying at Tamanu on the Beach is one of life's simplest pleasures. There is a magic here. There are few pristine places left in the world that can truly be described as Special.... Tamanu is one of them ... more   less 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tamanu on the Beach staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer