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“Mele Bay Beauty” 5 of 5 stars
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Benjor Beach Club
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Devils Point Road, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #23 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Mele Bay Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Decided to come to Vanuatu instead of the Cooks this year and did not regret our decision. Short flight from Auckland (only 3 hours) and only 10 minutes to our lovely Mele Bay resort. Benjor is a little out of town but having gone into town a couple of times we certainly did not regret our decision. Most of the resorts we saw in town and town itself were noisy and a bit tired and dirty. Fine for a quick day trip to buy duty free but that was about it. Benjor has great grounds and all the rooms we could see including ours had lovely views of the Mele Bay which also had great snorkelling available and kayaking. We did a number of tours which were helpfully organised by the staff at the front of reception and we also did a "private" tour to the local village with one of the staff which was very interesting and gave us an insite into how the daily lives work. We really felt part of the culture and the atmosphere at Benjor was very relaxed, tropical, pleasent and enjoyable. We would definitely come back again next year.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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English first
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Enjoyed our very relaxing stay here, we had great weather, excellent snorkelling (can hire good clean gear from reception if you don't have your own - which we didn't) and very peaceful. The rooms are well spaced apart in the lovely gardens which are huge so we didn't really feel that there were other people staying unless we went to the restaurant. The staff are very helpful and accommodating. We had very good service and liked the overall laid back ambience of Benjor. We did go to town a couple of times during our stay - not too far about 15-20 mins by bus and the bus trip was actually like a tour in itself as we dropped off the locals at their villages. Good fun even if a bit bumpy at times! This is what an island holiday should be about.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Stayed in three places in Vanuatu - one in Santo and two in Port Vila. They were all quite different and we have written different reviews for each of them. But this was really good. Came from a cold snap in Sydney and the tropical weather and warmth of the people was much appreciated. This Resort is pretty basic but well worth a stay. Good size ocean facing rooms with good views across Mele Bay and well kept grounds were more than we expected for the price we paid. We did a very good escorted kayaking tour which we have also reviewed seperately and visited the beautiful Summit Botanical Gardens which were located conveniently behind the resort only a short steep bus ride. We found the staff helpful and friendly, the amenities were basic but met our needs - jug and fridge in our room were appreciated. This is a very relaxing and low key resort and we definitely unwound from the hustle and bustle of Port vila. Tip - we stayed an extra two nights at their "local" rate which was great. Worth asking if you are travelling around. Restaurant also very nice - plenty of variety and certainly cheaper than Sydney prices. Service was good - occasionally a little forgetful but always smiling.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Tweed Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Had a great four day trip to Vanuatu and really had a good experience overall. the people are simply lovely and always smiling. The Resort was excellent value for the package we paid which included airfares through Flight Center. Ocean front, huge rooms, great staff and probably the best snorkelling we have had the pleasure of doing. What made it great was that everyone was so friendly including the Australian managers and their local staff. Any question we asked was answered and we were given some great recommendations of things to do - like the firedancing at a local pizza bar. The grounds are huge and we spent quite a bit of time on the crazy mini putt course - challenging to say the least but a couple of the local beers really helped co-ordination.... We would definitely come back. thanks Benjor for a lovely relaxing holiday in the tropics.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Had a brilliant holiday here over Easter. The hosts Greg and Miranda were really informative and the local staff could not have been more helpful plus the great smiles really worked in getting us in the holiday vibe. Rooms were large and the grounds enormous. Loveed being by the ocean and the views from the restaurant were great. Snorkelling excellent and we found the nemos - thanks again Miranda for the directions - about 40 meters out from the main steps into the water and hang a right.... We would definitely recommend this place to our friends. Not too far from town and close to lots of great attractions like the Cascade Waterfalls and the firedancing at the Beaches Bar. Ticked our boxes and and our wallets weren't damaged!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Spent 10 days at Benjor and enjoyed our time there. We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to a 2 bedroom Villa which was handy with an 8 month old having a kitchen and extra space. Good quiet location away from Town but only a 15 minute bus trip to Port Villa. Enjoyed the happy hours and daily cocktail of the day :)
Would recommend as a good base for exploring the Island.
Great friendly staff and easy to book tours through reception.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We love snorkelling and diving and indulged heaps in both these activities while in Vanuatu. We stayed at Santos and dived million dollar point and also at Hideaway in Port Vila both excellent and very different from each other.

After the diving we chose to have a chill out for a few days before heading home and stayed at Benjor located about 15 minutes from town in Mele Bay. We had a number of really great snorkells along their reef - strectches about 500mtrs along the resort and you only needed to go out about 25 meters to get among really pretty coral, nemos and other lovely fish. Pretty safe and easy at high tide.

The resort itself is situated on huge very pretty grounds - loads of space and privacy which we liked as just wanted to relax. The restaurant is open all day and serves a good variety of food at what thought were ok prices - good gastro pub. The staff are excellent and although the rooms are of a standard of a normal three star - this is what this resort is and they more than compensated by being really huge and with ocean views.

We would come back and do some more diving in Vanuatu and probably stay again at this charming resort for our R&R.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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happygirlmm, Manager at Benjor Beach Club, responded to this review, April 11, 2014
Thanks for the positive comments...Benjor agrees. Spend some time exploring another island whether it be for diving on Espiritu Santo, land diving on Pentecost or volcano watching on Tanna then chill out with us at Benjor. We like the gastro pub tag and will be doing even more with our food coming up. Lunch will be developed as well as adding a Tapas menu to complement the long awaited wood fired pizza oven which will be here soon.
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Address: Devils Point Road, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Benjor Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely boutique 3.5 star resort located 15 mins from Port Vila and 10 minutes from the International Airport, on 23 acres of absolute oceanfront, all Villas with ocean views, fabulous restaurant and wedding chapel, simply delightful. Attractions within 5 mins from Benjor include kayaking and snorkelling tours, diving, horseriding, zorbing, Firedancing, Jungle Zipline, International Golf Course, Botanical Gardens and the world famous Cascades Waterfalls. ... more   less 
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