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“Lovely Peaceful Waterfront Apartments” 4 of 5 stars
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Pango Road, Pango, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu   |  
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“Lovely Peaceful Waterfront Apartments”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

We stayed here with two family groups with small children aged 2-6. We occupied two ground floor side by side which was ideal. The apartments are spacious and well laid out with three good sized bedrooms and a modern kitchen and bathrooms. We enjoyed relaxing on the sun loungers on the front lawn or down at the beach while the kids played in the sand or in the pool (supervised of course) and dining at the outdoor table on the tiled deck.
We took advantage of the offer to stock out pantry prior to arrival and had no trouble catching local buses into Port Vila to go to the supermarket and out for day trips. James organized us a bus to go to Hideaway island and The Cascade Waterfalls but we easily caught buses to take the kids to nearby Erakor island (where there is a sandy beach and relaxed waterfront restaurant) and to Le Lagoon for Lunch.
I would recommend these apartments to anyone wanting a peaceful family holiday with the ability to self cater.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Australia
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

We enjoyed this accom immensly. Large villa's, beautiful seafront views, excellent facilities. Kitchen was amazing and we cooked at least 4 meals here and dined on our beachfront. Bathroom was gorgeous. All for a very reasonable rate, would highly recommend. Buses to town available. Wifi available. Books to swap etc.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tassie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

We recently returned from a trip where we stayed 9 nights at these apartments. They are good value for money and certainly spacious, just as described. The view is pretty with some nice sunsets. A lovely place all in all. There were however a few downfalls. There is no real beach, you need reef shoes to even enter the water. The snorkelling is ok however it is a fair way out to the "good" stuff and as the water is shallow not much fun getting the couple of hundred metres out. Also sea slugs, these are somewhat snake like and are around 1-1.5m in length but totally harmless, just not nice. The pool area is nice but rather small so when you get 5 kids (our total) and a couple of others in the area it is quite noisy and congested. The apartments are right next to a village and this was noisy of a night with barking dogs and crying babies, however the other people in our party in other apartment didnt hear anything. The BBQ area is really nice and a great place to sit for afternoon drinks. The other downside is the bumpy dirt road that you must travel each way to get to the apartments. Apparently the chief doesnt want a lot of traffic so he wont have it fixed! It really is an absolute nightmare when you do it 2-3 times a day. Would have to say that I seriously would have to reconsider staying here again just for this reason.
We did a day trip to Lelepa Island which I would highly recommend, a spectacular spot with a great BBQ lunch and some of the MOST BEAUTIFUL snorkelling I have ever done. Again needed to have reef shoes. This is just the norm for Vanuatu as there is just no sandy beaches as such. If you are looking for a tropical "Beach" getaway I would say that this is probably not what you are looking for.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

We spent 6 incredible days here in mid May
Every positive thing in all the other reviews is only half what you will find - this place is superb - we did not want "crass touristy resort stuff" - if you want that, put on an iPod and get a sun bed down the road - Pandanus way exceeded our expectations - fully self contained, pick up a few groceries on the way thru, at one of several roadside superettes - easier than backtracking maybe 4km to do so - a stunning gas kitchen to cook in.
Fresh veges and Dairy are expensive - as with most imported stuff - but rice, eggs, and beef are value - but, cooking "in" really saves a fortune over restaurants and Resorts, so Pandanus scored big extra points with us just for that alone. Bring yr max Duty Free as liquor prices will utterly cripple you - buy the mixers and juices at the superettes.

And buy a small can of flyspray on the way too - the very occasional moth

We rented a small 4wd - worth every penny as 2wd rental aren't allowed off the seal - and thats not gonna get you seeing Efate - for local tnspt buses are everywhere tho.
The staff were totally first class and refreshingly friendly, as with James & Claudia, the owners.
Peace, quiet, sun loungers, gently lapping waves - ice cold drinks with the in fridge crushed ice maker

Some humour in 2 women also there - their complaint - the freshwater pool wasn't heated...!!!! - True - they were serious !!! - - life must be perfect for some......

But, to really enjoy, respect that you are on the edge of Pango Village - a real village - not a tourist centre - the local Ni-Vanuatu are genuine when they smile and wave, so if very occasionally a wee bit of leaf burning smoke drifted by - so what.......they were most likely the leaves off our lawn they picked up before we woke.

Coral shoes are a must, and if you have the energy to swim, don't expect to dive into 10ft deep off the white sandy beach - we didn't see anywhere on Efate that happens.

We hated leaving - back to 4 deg C and gale forece southerly in Wgtn, NZ - - you can bet, WE'LL BE BACK......... for sure

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

We have recently returned from a 10 night stay at these apartments. They are very new and tastefully decorated. We had a ground floor apartment with a lovely water view. The apartments are serviced daily. They are located on a bumpy stretch of unsealed road about 10 mins walk from Breakas on Pango Rd. It's about a 20 mins walk in the opposite direction to Pango Point where Paradise Cove (resort and snorkelling) is located. Buses do frequent the road out the front of the apartments. The longest we have had to wait (during the day) was about 10 mins for a bus. Some buses from downtown may not want to service this part of unsealed road but we soon learnt that this appeared to be newer-looking buses only (as they didn’t want to wreck their bus on the unsealed road).

You can snorkel at the small beach behind the apartments but there are certainly better places in Vanuatu for seeing colourful coral and fishes. Your ability to swim and snorkel at this small beach is tide-dependent, and is not advisable at low tide due to possibility of coral grazes and cuts. The pool and spa at the apartments were small but were refreshing and clean. There is a large spa tub in the Master bedroom of each apartment which is very nice after an exhausting day of activity. There is also a BBQ and undercover outdoor eating area at the beachfront so you can enjoy the view and fill your tummies.

There is free wireless internet in the apartments but it wasn't working for the majority of the time we were there. We used their office computer at reception instead to check emails. We had a few interruptions to the electrical power in our apartment during our stay but we soon figured out it was the toaster that was the culprit of the power surge.

One annoyance that I think potential visitors should be aware of is that the apartments and the grounds are affected by smoke from the village next door. The smoke tends to be worse in the afternoon and it does seep into the apartments despite having all doors and windows shut and the air-con on.

Overall, we had a great stay and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

We were booked here for a week in May, but dut to medical reasons could not attend.
The Manager Amanda was very accomodating in canceling and refunding our money.
She kept us up top date with constant emails and was very pleasant although we placed her in an unusual situation.
Thanks Amanda.
We hope to see you soon.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, ACT
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

We stayed for 5 nights at these apartments. They are out of town, but worth the extra 10 minute drive. They are very very spacious (the size of a large 3 bedroom house) and all appliances and furniture is new. The unit we stayed at was waterfront and there is some great snorkelling at the front of the apartment. We stayed here with our 7 month old baby and a portacort and high chair was provided. We also use a babysitter while we were there, which was very convenient. We would recommend these apartments to anyone travelling with small children. The only downside was that our apartment didnt have satellite TV, but you can borrow lots of DVDs from the very helpful manager Amanda.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pandanus Bay Waterfront Apartments

Address: Pango Road, Pango, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Port Vila
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique, luxury, and spacious waterfront apartments. Just steps to the beach. Watch the sunset from your patio overlooking the ocean. All apartments absolute waterfront, airconditioned, wireless internet, TV/DVD players. Pool and beach. Quality finishings and furnishings. Fully serviced with on-site management. Surfing, diving and snorkelling. Full kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, icemaker, big fridge but there are also 5 restaurants at nearby resorts if you wish to eat out. ... more   less 
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