My family (incl wife, children, 3 &1, and elderly mother-in-law) had a great time in Port Vila and really enjoyed our stay at Fatumaru Lodge. It was quiet and peaceful, with only 10 villas, so we felt relaxed staying there all day when we wanted, playing on the small beach and swimming in the pool. Other guests came and went, and we never felt on top of each other.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and Fatumaru is in an excellent location - close to town for supplies and restaurants; facing west for the afternoon sun; and with views across the bay and out to sea; which meant the water is nice and clean.
The only thing which let it down was the cleanliness of the villas - some dripping taps/pipes under the sink & basin left unpleasant smells; the showers were a bit grotty and need a good scrub; the mozzie nets (although not needed) are grey with dust; and we saw the odd cockroach & centipede inside, plus a rat snooping around outside.
The villas were swept daily, beds made, towels changed, etc. which was great, but they really need a good spring clean, and a bit of maintenance here and there.
We will go back to Port Vila one day and probably stay at Fatumaru Lodge again (assuming that they address these relatively minor issues).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waterfront boutique hotel offering spacious and comfortable self-contained apartments with a panoramic view on Port-Vila Bay. Decorated with Melanesian craft each room is different. Swimming pool, Jaccuzzi, private beach and air conditioning. Close to town center. Ideal for family and couple. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fatumaru Hotel Port Vila
- Fatumaru Lodge Vanuatu/Port Vila