The Fatumaru Lodge wasn't on our vacation list, nor was the island of Efate. We had reservations on the island of Espirito Santo for almost a month but due to COVID-19, after less than two weeks into our vacation, we needed to relocate to Efate in case a flight became available for my husband and myself to get back to the United States. As Vanuatu announced a state of emergency and all countries we would need to transit through closed their borders, we found ourselves stranded on Efate Island. Long story short, we found Fatumaru Lodge and spent the remainder of our time staying there. We can't say enough about the excellent service and warm welcome we received from Rae, the manager...Julie and Nettie! (sorry if I misspelled any names). We also would like to express our gratitude to the owner(s) as through the owner(s) and Rae, they negotiated us a very reasonable rate for our unexpected stay. The lodge and grounds itself are beautiful, very well kept, serene and you couldn't find more welcoming staff. My husband and I enjoyed our daily walks into town where there are many shops and restaurants. The walk along the sea is beautiful! We would highly recommend staying at The Fatumaru Lodge if planning a vacation to the island of Efate in Vanuatu or if even if you happen to find yourself stranded there. We are so appreciative of our time there, the staff and all the people in general in Vanuatu....they are some of the most welcoming and gracious people we've come across in our travels. Once again...thank you Rae, Julie, Nettie and the owner(s)! Kathy & Tony Rosling…
My husband and I just spent a night at Fatumaru during an overnight in Port Vila. The staff was super helpful in arranging an airport transfer, quickly checking us in and orienting us to downtown Port Vila. Our room was super spacious, luxurious and clean, had a small deck that extended over the water and A/C (a rarity - at least in our experience - in Vanuatu!). It's a quick (~15 min)/easy walk from the lodge to Port Vila's main drag (lots of restaurants/bars/shops plus a couple of cool local markets). Our only regret is that we weren't able to spend more time/take advantage of some of their cool sounding adventure tours. HIGHLY recommend staying with these guys!
Great location - an easy walk into town. Lovely, clean facilities - comfortable beds. Good breakfast option by the pool every morning. Friendly, welcoming staff. We would definitely stay again. You won't be disappointed!
A wonderful place to rest and enjoy the lovely island of Efate. This boutique style hotel is quiet and peaceful and the rooms are well appointed and comfortable. The pool area is lovely and there are kayaks and SUP boards available for free use on the lagoon that the hotel sits beside. The staff are extremely friendly and treat you as if you are a family member, always ready to give advice or a helping hand. It is a short walk to town and surrounding eateries and bars. A good choice in Port Vila.
Great location. Room were well set up. Staff were super helpful and friendly. The breakfast was great, we enjoyed sitting by the pool every morning. The kayaking was fantastic even in the rain. Would recommend. I travel that pacific islands 10-20 per year and this is one of my favourate places to stay