First the really important stuff - the villas are impeccably clean due to the attention of the staff; the rooms and plunge pool are cleaned daily and the beach outside your room is raked every day. The bed is wonderfully comfortable, the towels are good quality and there is ample storage in the villas so you can unpack everything and make it your little home. The double shower is clean, hot and has good water pressure. The breakfasts are fantastic and most mornings included a home-cooked item of local cuisine as well as a range of tropical fruit, yoghurts and baguettes, croissants or pastries. I miss them already !
The fact that there are ony around 10 villas is also a bonus as you are really given personal attention compared to larger resorts. The manager, Joy, would even ring us if she was going into town to see if we would like a lift. Transfers and transactions were managed efficiently. Being given the use of a mobile phone for the duration of the stay was also a useful extra.
Minor shortcoming were the fact that there is no microwave or banana lounges. For some reason also the kettle is not electric and takes a long time to boil on the gas stove. The lights in the villa also worked/didn't work/flashed on and off erratically. This didn't cause any major problems but made us think that the wiring was probably more to Vanuatu standards than western standards.
The only major problem was the location, which was both a blessing and a curse. It is very peaceful and scenic being so far out of Port Vila and taking the local buses to town just adds to the adventure. However, when it rains (and remember this is the tropics, so it rains heavily and often) the many huge potholes in the road become large ponds and are impassable on foot. Even in the days after the rain it takes a while for them to dry out. Some of the buses will still come through when the road is in this condition during the day but be careful not to get caught out at night as you may well get stuck getting back. This road is the only way in and out from Vale Vale (the beach in front of the villas only extends a few hundred metres and is inaccessible at high tide anyway). This means you can be a bit "trapped" which both limits your tourist activities and even means you can't go for a simple jog or walk. For me this left me feeling a bit stir crazy for a couple of days. Unless you are travelling in the middle of the dry season (June/July) I would recommend you hire a 4WD or SUV if you are going to stay here.
- Also Known As:
- Vale Vale Beachfront Villas Vanuatu/Port Vila
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed by Award winning architect Pierre de Toit, Vale Vale Beachfront Villas are designed to combine outdoor and living; each villa is a secluded haven that opens itself to large exterior living space, only five steps onto the sand beach and lapping water, amidst the canopy of sheltering trees.Perfect for a private and intimate getaway, Vale Vale Beachfront Villas encourage you to escape the outside world entirely: ◦Private plunge pool and landscaped courtyard ◦King size bed with quality linens & air conditioning ◦Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, oven, four burner stove ◦Flat screen TV, DVD player and i-pod dock ◦Daily maid service ◦Generous parking & private storage. And for those you need to stay connected, our accommodation also features: ◦Australian satellite television ◦ADSL wireless broadband Internet ◦Cell phone coverage & local or roaming service with GSM operations. ... more less