We stayed at Chez Troppo for several days leaving on New Year's Day 2012. It was paradise, meeting wonderful Annie and her great team of Sarah and her husband. Not forgetting her faithful canine friends Coconut and Troppo. We appreciated the little touches, like fruit and flowers, the impeccable suites, the local paintings on the walls, advice about what to do and see.
We listened to the quiet sounds of life, from pre-dawn distant roosters in the village, with added dawn chorus, later with the happy sounds of children enjoying themselves. In our week on the island we did not ever hear a Melanesian child cry - a measure of a happy community.
The sunsets were sublime, the lagoon was warm, the swimming was great, the kayaks fun, the weather fabulous, the scenery stunning, the colours vibrant, the growth luxuriant, the experience fantastic. One morning Annie asked me what we were going to do that day. I answered - nothing.
On Annie's advice we went to the Friday night Ekasup Melanesian evening with full audience participation, including dancing, music, kava and a meal. This is organised by the Chief of Ekasup village, one of Annie's neighbours. Quite an experience, and well worth it. We also spent part of a day on Erakor Island wandering through the resort and sampling the fruit drinks and icecream as well as a massage.
On our last evening at Chez Troppo we gathered together, Annie and her guests, for a combined meal and small party, and we had a grandstand view of several resorts' fireworks 400 m away. The resorts seemed to compete with each other to produce the best New Year's Eve displays, so the total effect was as good as or better that any major city in the world.
The downside? Well very little. Insecticide is necessary anywhere in Vanuatu and many Pacific Islands - mosquitoes. And take coral shoes when swimming, as a scratch may take months to heal. The greatest danger is being felled by falling coconuts, so take care. The sound of even a small fruit falling on an iron roof from a great height is quite dramatic.
The downside particularly relating to Chez Troppo? There is none. Unless you crave a golf course, a chlorinated swimming pool, a noisy air conditioner, a bar and a resident band or canned music - in which case go to a resort.
If you are looking for solitude, a relaxing time, in a word - a holiday, and also value for money, then Chez Troppo is the place for you.
George and Ruth, Wellington, New Zealand.
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