My husband and I stayed at Eratap for our honeymoon mid January 2010 and were not particularly thrilled with our experience. During particular periods of time this resort does not accept under 18s, due to my profession I was not able to stay during one of those times, I would strongly urge all who are able to schedule their stay during those times to do so.
The bungalows are quite close together, so be prepared to listen to your neighbour's children cry, watch dvds and yes, even clear their throats. Also, we had an issue with a group of neighbours using the space behind our bungalow as a short cut to access the main path around the resort. Our main concern with this was that the bedroom was VERY open and at the back of the bungalow, and considering this was our honeymoon our privacy was invaded a number of times. Compound this with the nature of the resort, a relaxing, quiet place to wind down and primary school aged children with little to 'do,' left to wander around the place, we felt as though we had to lock the place up to make sure our honeymoon 'activities' were discreet.
The resort does run activities, these ranged from the extraordinary snorkelling off an offshore reef to the not-so-extraordinary 'collect wood for the bonfire.' The first activity we decided to do, kayaking, was scheduled to leave at 2:00 pm. We arrived at 1:55, waited around along with another guest but no-one showed up. We then found out, after much chasing around, that the tour had already left. For the next activity we chose to do, snorkelling, we arrived 10 minutes early, only to have to wait around for 25 minutes. Also the activities were quite repetitive, snorkelling was scheduled three times within three days.
The weather was quite warm, which was to be expected. The air conditioners in the room have been placed above the heads of the beds, we were rudely shocked on the first night when we turned the air conditioner on to have it spit water on our faces. This happened every time we turned it on. Relaxing?
I read glowing reviews of the food at the Eratap, however we can only assume that the former chef no longer works there. The menu is limited, and when you stay there for a few nights a limited menu becomes quite tiresome. There is a specials board with different dishes, however we found that the 'specials' were often very similar to items already on the menu. The menu is quite inflexible, one example of this is when my husband ordered the eye-fillet one evening, we were then told that they didn't have any eye fillet, and asked if he would like the fillet mignon instead. He said that it should be fine, we were then told that they would charge us the fillet mignon price and prepare it in the manner stated on the menu. This was not ok, it was considerably more expensive and accompanied by a lot of seafood that he did not want or like.
In short, the resort is placed in a truly idyllic location, albeit off the beaten track (quite literally), however I am uncertain as to whether the location can compensate for the shortcomings, considering the cost. Despite all of the negatives we did enjoy the majority of the time we spent at the Eratap, however if I did it again I would choose to honeymoon elsewhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Eratap Beach Hotel Port Vila
- Eratap Beach Port Vila
- Eratap Beach Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila