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“Great holiday” 5 of 5 stars
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Hideaway Island Resort
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 1110, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #14 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Newcastle
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Great holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Hideaway Island was wonderful. Everyone was very friendly and the food was great. The best thing was the diving and snorkelling! The water was 28 degrees right down to 40m and it was like diving in the big Aquarium in Sydney, every dive had different fish and coral and lots of things to see. It was fun having a drink at their beach bar and breakfast watching the amazing view, and swinging on the hammock in the gardens out the back. Rain did not dampen the week, it was still warm and the diving was the same - great visibility and awesome display of God's handiwork. The staff were very helpful and professional in provision of diving experience and service. The underwater post office is unique. Will be going back. Lucy King

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Fantastic place to stay, the staff are so friendly and will do anything to make you stay enjoyable. The dive sites are amazing and the dive team are some of the best you will find. Phil, Antwon robbie, jim are the best "great DIve tram". I will defiantly be going back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

A perfect lay back week, I enjoyed Hideaway, True it is a little primitive, in a lovely way, so sometimes the water doesn't work, but it really doesn't matter, your on holidays, relax and enjoy. The ocean is perfect, amazing fish and coral within meters of the shore, the staff are so lovely and friendly, the food good, Gideon the chef /catering manager takes a real interest in everyone, making sure you enjoy your meal. Phil the Dive instructor and the boys from the dive team took great care of us, taking us to amazing places, showing us all the attractions, and keeping us all safe, they were really good sports, we all had a great time chatting with them.
If you want to go to town, buses wait across the other side. There is a village walk, the children are so happy, You can't help but enjoy this wonderful place, Happy holiday!!!

Room Tip: The bunglows are much nicer then quad share, but your there for the swimming!!!,
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Hideaway is a great place to start or continue a diving adventure. Nothing was a hassle, from the time we landed in Vila to the time we boarded the plane. That hassle free feel continued all the way through the trip. All I had to think about was enjoying the diving... and that was a no brainer.
Phill and the boys running the dive centre made sure every dive had a focus and plan and gave us a fantastic tour of the underwater wonders around the island.

The food and entertainment out of the water was also a great compliment to the trip diving trip. I felt looked after the whole time I was there.

I cannot really bring up any negatives of the island... I had a great trip!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

If you are fussy, do not handle little issues well, and like to pull apart hotels then do not come here.
However if you like a relaxing environment, friendly, happy and helpful staff, some beautiful snorkelling and views then I recommend bringing your \self, partner and/or family here.

We did have some issues such as no water or hot water on separate days, however staff fixed as soon as possible and gave us bottles of water to compensate while water was getting fixed. The bungalows could do with a bit of money to fix up, however our cleaner (and I forget her name which I am sorry as she deserves the credit) went beyond expectations each and everyday.

In fact the staff from Henry in charge of security, Juno our boat driver, Sylvia and Annie our waitresses and the office, maintenance and cooks all made us feel very important during our stay.

The restaurant had some great food especially the curries, my only suggestion would be mozzarella cheese for their pizzas.

The facilities such as pool and pool table area was always clean, and the borrowing of snorkelling and kayaks made us spend most of the time in the water, (unfortunately we did not post a postcard in the underwater post office).
Plenty of deck chairs, glass bottom boat, snorkelling safari's and if interest you can get diving certificates.

A boat ride to the main land and you have The Beach Bar as an option for food, and many friendly bus drivers to take you to town or the close by attractions such as Mele falls, Summit gardens and zipline and zorbing!

We had a fantastic 10 nights, and met people whi are on their 10th trip back to the island and we can see why, as we also plan to get back there one day.
Thanks Hideaway

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I'm not joking when I say you can see the tropical fish swimming around from your beach lounger. The service was amazing all the staff made u feel at home. If was far enough out of town, only been 10 min. But many of the attractions are centered around mele bay. The free village tour was a highlight, beware if the Kava :) the food was a bit dearer than the restraint on mainland, but very yummy.
Highly recommended can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

If you are looking for a unique culinary experience while in Vanuatu, Hideaway Island Food Evenings are a definite must do. Every couple of weeks, Gideon (F&B Manager & International Chef), hosts a fabulous night where you can enjoy a particular dinning theme – last Saturday (Feb 17), I and some friends attended the Indian Cuisine Night and the food was sensational. I have eaten in restaurants all over the world BUT Gideon brings his own unique way of making your evening a night to remember. Not only can you sample a variety of dishes, Gideon will serve you himself and explain what you are trying; which sauces best compliment your food; which drinks go best with the cuisine and then goes to great lengths to ensure you have a meal to remember. If you are travelling to Vanuatu and you love great food at an unbelievably excellent price, you simply must ring Hideaway Island Resort and make a booking at their next culinary event. Lookim you :-)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 1110, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#8 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#13 Family Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hideaway Island Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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Hideaway Island Hotel Port Vila
Hideaway Island Port Vila
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