My family group have just finished an 11 day holiday at Port Vila, for some of us, it was a 5th visit. Once again we stayed at Lagoon Beach, and as to be expected, the accommodation was immaculate, the staff so very very friendly. It is this friendliness which makes this resort so different and staff have become almost family. Noting is too much trouble, HI! Alice!, the menu, being off season, is limited but good and pretty fairly priced by local standards. Couldnt recommend Lagoon beach higher.
Pt Vila, in general seems to be moving up a little, particularly, the Buses and Taxi were of a lot higher standard than they were 12 months ago,a few nicer shops and bit more paint being splashed around. One problem, and the local council need to wake up and do something, is the piles of garbage waiting pickup. There is no need for this and I remember how Singapore used to be and what a clean up can do for your tourism business. Get with it, Council!
Recognized same pot holes from last year, only bigger and better, altho I believe the Oz Govt is going to build the around island road - seems to be a lot of work going on, so maybe its true.
We ate at Waterfront Bar, Chantillys, Erakor Is, Flaming Bull, Vila Chaumieres, Deli-Cafe (not recommended) Jills, Harbour View, and others and with only one bad memory (Deli-Cafe sat my wife on a chair repaired with a plastic electrical tie, the chair and my wife collapsed on the floor and management didnt help her up, just whisked the chair away!)
The Coongoola Cruise was a great day out, great snorkelling, - BBQ was fine but steak could have been little better and knives being blunt! didnt help. Others in our party had great day horseback riding and thoroughly recommend the excursion.
In general, restaurants are over priced. If Vanuatu wants to encourage more visitors, they should have a look at a little more fresh competition in this area. With brilliant meats at less than 50% of Oz prices, staff wages at probably 10% , very cheap local produce, and rents no where near Gold Coast prices, why the higher prices?
We hope to go back again, love the people and thoroughly recommend Lagoon Beach.