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Reviewed April 27, 2012

This was our second post Christmas break at Tara - in 2011 we got cheap flights with friends and then booked our accommodation at Tara Beach on Wotif based on previous reviews (close enough for 4 of us to share a bungalow). We thought we had died and gone to Heaven after waking on the first morning after a late night arrival. Such a fantastic time was had that we decided to return to celebrate my 50th with family and friends New Years 2012. The best time was had by all - total relaxation and totally looked after by staff, Eric, Sala, Lulu and Chrisitne treated us like returning family and nothing was too hard for them - we had a magical New Years Eve dinner on the new jetty - we christened it - and dined here most nights. The cake organised for my birthday was to die for! Meals were great - as was the cold Tusker - and we relaxed totally, snorkelled all day and Eric was more than happy to organise tours for the younger generations in our group. My daughter fell ill one day - Christine looked after her "princess Stephanie" - bringing her water and stroking her face ! Tara Beach is not 5 star resort - it is the perfect holiday spot for us as we aren't bothered by no locks, no screens ( so a few bugs) and no air con or pool ! What we love about this place is the people and the setting (right on the water) and we will be returning to our slice of Heaven again for our now regular break at the end of this year!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

When we arrived at Port Villa we were greeted by LuLu and Thomas was our driver they carried our bags in and invited us to the restaurant for a welcome drink.LuLu sang us 2 welcome songs and we began a magical stay. we had a view to die for.fresh flowers everywhere in our room.the chef is great catered for vegetarian and vegan easily. anything we asked.for we got. we met Christine at breakfast and she took us on the best tour we could have gone on.not only all the popular tourist spots, but what meant the most to us was seeing all the villages and meeting the kids, things you don't get to do on the commercial tours and lunch and refreshments are provided. Eric the manager was great not only does he mix a mean cocktail, no request was too much trouble for him. Thomas drove us back and forth into town and has the patience of an angel we even dragged him out nightclubbing till 4am he just drove us around and minded our bags. LuLu put on a greatshow with the kids and local music and dancers on feast night. When we left we felt like we were leaving family. This is not 5 star resort. go to the usa if you want that. but if you want the real deal run by locals, lots of laughs and genuine warmth then this is the place to go.we will definitely be back. Angela Della and Sandyxx

  • Stayed: January 2012
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4  Thank angbrito
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We choose to spend the last three days of our two week holiday at Tara Beach as the location, bungalows and snorkeling looked great. We were not dispapointed, you just walk a few feet from your bungalow (all of which are beachfront) straight out to the sea. We were so well looked after especially given it was over Christmas and snorkeled every day just off the jetty, sometimes using the canoes as well. Dolphins came swimming past two mornings while we had breakfast which was an added bonus. Tara Beach is owned by locals and you get to have a look around the local village as part of staying here. The rooms were really well set out for a family of 5 which is often hard to find and if you needed anything you just had to ask. We would certainly stay here again and loved the meals outside on the sand on a table covered with white cloth and surrounded by beautiful flowers.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Brins
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

This was our 2nd visit to Tara Beach Bungalows Resort, and this time it was our honeymoon. We were welcomed back like family. Our Bungalow number 1, was 'Number 1' as Christine will tell you about everything there. The new resort Manager, Eric (the owner's son) is very switched on and if you had a problem with the hot water (which we didn't) he would be onto it in a flash, which may catch you off guard a bit in Vanuatu, because nothing much happens fast in that lovely slow paced culture, unless it's a lightening strike. The owner, Sala, will still pull up a chair to your table at the restaurant, and sing with his guitar. So will Lu Lu. Our room had been specially prepared with loads of flowers, new curtains and lovely soap. Nothing 'grotty' at all about our bungalow and we spent quite a bit of time with the two girls from Norway in bungalow 2 and they loved their rooms. The fish we had come to love the year before were ready to swarm all over us as we dropped into the warm water off the jetty. See attached photos. The jetty is in the process of being turned into an over water dining area as part of the restaurant. That will be amazing when it is finished soon. A scuba diving facility is also opening at Tara early next year. We will probably be back to participate in that. We had a lovely stay. As I've said in a previous review.....if you want 5 or even 4 star....don't go to Tara. If you want to relax in a lovely locally run resort where you can eat light lunch from locally bought supermarket stock in your room, or at their restaurant for dinner, or even other nearby resort restaurants if you like....someone will drive you there and pick you up later...then this is the place for you. If you don't like to sleep with the sound of the ocean in your ears all night, bring ear plugs.

Room Tip: Tell them you are related to me or something......
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank DrewboySydney
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We had a similar story to many others. We only stayed one night as were only awaiting an early morning flight. We arranged pick up at the airport and no one turned up.
The Hot water didn't work, although the bathroom was pretty grotty anyway so not sure i would have used the shower in any case. The whole room smelt disgusting despite opening the doors to air. The bed linen was grim to say the least.
We also ate lunch there and the staff sat down at the table and made awkward conversation while we tried to make it obvious we wanted to eat alone.
The staff were friendly and tried to be helpful however overall the poor quality and cleanliness made it an uncomfortable stay.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank hotchippies
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