We completely agree with all the rave reviews of Eratap resort and that is one of the main reasons we went there for my 50th birthday. We would like to add to all the great reviews in a different way by adding on all of the finer details that often get overlooked.
A not so bumpy ride into the resort from our Port Villa motel. Robert knows all the bumps and avoided them well. If anything the main highway in and around Port Villa was the more 'pot holed' road! An extremely warm welcome from Pascalle (Manager) as well as a Walter's special fruit cocktail (wish you well in your new job Walter) when we arrived. All activities and info about the resort explained to us in full. Even photos showing the best spots to swim out from and snorkel.
Eratap is intimate to the extreme with only 12 villas available and children there only through the school holidays. Most times you have the facilities to yourselves. Restaurant, kayaks (single or double and plenty of them), stand up paddle boards, pool, billiards, surfing, snorkeling, petanque, motor boats to outer islands (usually had the islands to yourself too). The option to do as much or as little as you want. Free activities to be enjoyed every single day- thanks Tony for the walk to Black Sands Beach, and also thanks to Mac for the privilege of seeing your Village. Thanks also to Ben for looking after us on Castaway Island. The fire night by Vanua Fire (outstanding to say the least). The Cultural dancing and music night.
The villas are HUGE, beautifully cleaned and made up everyday (thanks cleaning ladies!). The bathroom products in the bathroom for our use were devine. The linen on the bed - such a fine thread count and heavenly to sleep under. The lovely flowers in the villa also, the arrangements done freshly every few days.
The linen also on the restaurant tables - also the best quality.
The convenience of a phone call from our villa or the pool for food and/or drinks to be delivered there- what an indulgence. Who needs a swim up bar?
The gardens surrounding the villas and all through the rest of the resort were beautiful and kept tidy. The thought taken in making sure there were main trees left when the resort was built. Also planting a couple of trees or pandanus palms between each villa's cabanas so you have more privacy.
The restaurant!!!! Chef Kandy (has worked in London's Michelin starred restaurants) your food was exceptional. We needed to spend at least a month at Eratap to try everything available. Pity we didn't even get halfway through the menu, especially with a new muffin flavour every morning, two specials with the lunch menu and two with the dinner menu everyday. Your homemade muesli, banana pancakes, homemade crumpets, poulet fish, fillet steak, I could go on all day. But the best of all - your mum's chocolate mousse, worth going back to Eratap just for that, although I think I need to diet for a while yet!
Andre - yes you make the best coffee-happy now?? Our main man very happy to look after us whenever he was on shift. Of yes, the Resort uses Vanuatu coffee, Tanna-the best - YUM
Tony and Louisa we are sorry we didn't get to meet either of you and Russ would have enjoyed a surf with you. Maybe next time. We have to congratulate you on the wonderful job you have done with your resort. And to commend you on your choice of staff, they are the best. We have had a great holiday and any holiday in the future will be hard pressed to reach the bar that has been set so high by your Eratap Resort.
Memories - Pascalle-nothing too much trouble, Robert-expert driver, Ben-snorkel director, Wendy-directions and help to our Villa, Andre-best coffee, Mac-great tour guide, Tony-boat man and tour guide, Walter-cocktails and coffee,Yvonne-your smile,Jenny-what a whistle, Sharon-the best waitress,Georgina-what a giggle. I know I've missed plenty of the staff as we didn't get all of your names but you were all outstanding.
I have been to the Maldives and seriously why go that far from Australia when you have such a wonderful place only 4 hours away?
We look forward to one day returning...
- Also Known As:
- Eratap Beach Hotel Port Vila
- Eratap Beach Port Vila
- Eratap Beach Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila