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“Great garden” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Summit Gardens Vanuatu

The Summit Gardens Vanuatu
Devil's Point Road, 20 mins from downtown | PO Box 1401, Port Vila, Vanuatu, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
+678 566 0713
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Port Vila
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific. Tour THE SUMMIT GARDENS, visit The Essential Oils Distillery, Cafe and Health & Body Shop and more. THE SUMMIT GARDENS have been developed to provide maximum pleasure to the visitor. Opened to the public in November 2011, the 11 named gardens, spread over 6 hectares, are all distinctly different, unfolding as a series of surprises as you follow the meandering pathways and steps. At nearly 200m above sea level, the escarpment garden offers the visitor breathtaking views over Mele Bay. Within the gardens are THE ESSENTIAL OILS DISTILLERY - see how oils from sandalwood, Tahitian lime, mandarin, tangelo, ginger, etc, grown at The Summit are extracted and where our range of health and beauty products, soaps and candles are made. Come to THE SUMMIT HEALTH & BODY SHOP for our products MADE IN VANUATU and to THE SUMMIT CAFE for refreshments or lunch and take in more of the wonderful views. ALLOW 2-3 hours for your stay - take a guided tour and lunch or refreshments, or wander around at your leisure for the whole day if you wish. An ADMISSION FEE applies to The Summit Gardens. Your Admission ticket is then valid for up to 14 days. The Summit Gardens Tour transfers from Port Vila hotel/resort, OR take a taxi, bus or hire car. Do come visit-you won't be disappointed! ATTN: CRUISE SHIP VISITORS - The Summit Gardens are sold on P&O ships only, for all other cruise ships you can pre-book through our website, alternatively take a taxi/bus to The Summit Gardens. You will be very pleased you came to visit!
Wagga Wagga, Australia
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“Great garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The mature garden is well set out with a good pathway. I had Wendy as my guide. She was well informed and gave interesting comments in the 20 minutes it takes to get around. Ben, at the distillery gave a good account of the development from a sandalwood plantation to the present time. The restaurant has good value pizza. The gift shop has an excellent range of products made from its own sources.

Visited September 2012
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The Summit G, Head of Tours at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Doug012,
Thank you for your lovely comment on your visit to The Summit. Wendy is a great tour guide and enjoys her job very much explaining how the different plants are used locally. Ben is always very passionate about sandalwood and enjoys sharing his knowledge with visitors. The Café makes good pizza especially in the wood fired oven - delicious, and the shop ladies are excellent with their product knowledge. I hope you bought some products for yourself and as gifts. Please do come back and visit us again.
Regards, Katrina Sali
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Absolutely Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

While I'm not a gardener, I was still very impressed with the gardens & the amount of work the owners & staff have put in. The distillery tour is brief but informative (this is where they make the perfumes, moisturisers etc. There are some spectacular specimens of plants here & SO many colours, you'll be taking lots of photos. The cafe & toilets are lovely & the little shop is just gorgeous - you'll be hard pressed not to buy something. And the view from up there looking back over to Port Vila is awesome. Enjoy!! Denise from NZ, September 2012

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Windsor NSW Australia
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“Exceptional gardens and informative tour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Take the guided tour which is included in your ticket price. You glean so much information from the lovely guides. The flora in the gardens is exceptional and the views across the ocean were spectacular. I do not normally go in for gardens but this should not be missed.

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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This isn't to be missed - a relatively cheap taxi ride from a driver recommended by helpful staff at Mangoes Resort (where we stayed - awesome accommodation) up a rather steep road. Make sure the bus/taxi/tour van is able to negotiate the journey, but once there the gardens definitely didn't disappoint - recommend it. Little cafe and gift shop onsite too.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

The gardens are superb, so many beautiful specimens of plants that I need to nurture and protect at home and hope for a flower. There wasn't a location throughout the gardens were something wasn't in flower. Our guide Roy was fantastic, he explained the names and uses for so many plants and flowers. Don't rush around the garden take your time to see everything - the plants, the sculptures, the walls and the view. The distillery and the garden where the plants are harvested for oils are a great addition to experience. To be able to purchase products from their very own gift shop that contain these oils adds even more to the experience. we didn't stay for lunch as we had other plans but it looked and smelt nice. Allow plenty of time, take your camera and enjoy.

You can take the bus to the Summit Gardens but we hired a taxi for the day - good value considering our driver took us where ever we wanted, waited for us and was also able to answer any questions we had. Also the money goes straight to the driver.

Visited September 2012
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The Summit G, Head of Tours at The Summit Gardens Vanuatu, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Dear LeahShannon
Many thanks for your detailed review & feedback - you may be our 1st visitors from Zambia! Very pleased you were able to appreciate all those extras little things like the mosaics and some quirky sculpures as well as the beautiful gardens. I hope you & your husband found The Distillery where the products are made interesting, it sounds like you found the Gift Shop! With the spring weather there is so much in bloom and to enjoy. We are very fortunate to have Roy & all of our tour guides who love to showcase our beautiful gardens.and to talk about life in Vanuatu. Please do come back to Vanuatu and The Summit again!
Regards
Katrina Sali
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