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“An idyllic and genuine Vanuatu experience”

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Tara Beach Bungalows
Ranked #2 of 22 Port Vila B&B and Inns
Adelaide
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15 reviews
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“An idyllic and genuine Vanuatu experience”
Reviewed May 25, 2009

My family and brother's family stayed at Tara Beach for 10 nights and found the experience to be a wonderful and unique time with the Vanuatuan people. This is the beauty of Tara Beach, it is run by a Vanuatuan family and the natives working there are mostly all from the near-by village of Mele. This gave a feeling that we were really guests of the native people rather than staying at a Hotel or Resort run by ex-pats. They did all they possibly could to ensure we were well looked after, nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious, the bungalows were kept spotless and the atmosphere was peaceful and beautiful. The snorkelling in the bay was superb, I noticed tourists staying at other resorts would sometimes come to Tara Beach and they commented that this was much better than where they were staying. Bring reef shoes or you will be buying them in town. If you get a coral cut ask Carl or Christine to get you their own native remedy, it works much better than Betadine or anything else.
If you are going there, I would recommend plug-in mossie zappers and bring extra coils with your own matches (Port Vila matches are thin, tiny and break often) as there are no screens on the windows. The fans work very well and were running constantly as there is no air-conditioning. (it is hot and humid, don't bother with T shirts, just bring singlets and shorts, and something nicer to wear to dinner.)The bungalows are spacious and have a stunning lookout to the bay with the waves lapping close to the verandah. We hired a car after a couple of days to explore and have the freedom to come and go without asking for a ride on the resort's bus. Check the car very carefully before you leave the rental place. Go to the supermarket early in your stay to buy sandwich gear, drinks and anything you can make into an evening meal without cooking facilities, this will save a bit of money if staying longer than a couple of days. The Melanesian feast night is worth going to with lovely food and sensational singing from Sala on his guitar, he is amazing. It is a truly unique place to stay and an experience we will look back on always with a smile.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 3, 2009

Tara beach is very quaint. I really liked the location away from the town but it is a 20 min bus ride and we had to rely on the resort staff and had to pay more than if we were closer to town and able to use the cheap minibuses. The resort staff were exellent however with getting us to wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted. We used to ring Moses in the evening and 20 mins later he would appear with gorgous wife and kids in tow.
Rooms are spacious and nice but definately not 5 star. Negatives- no fly screens and could do with some hanging space. The bedding did smell a bit damp but it is so difficult to dry things properly in the wet season. No swimming pool. Positives- right on the beach, you can hear the waves lapping. Great fan, kept us cool. we were able to eat on our verandah or in the restaurant. Rooms were made every day. Can snorkell right off the end of the pier.
Resort staff were great, especially liked Sala and his guitar.
Food was nice and tasty. Although we ate out most nights.
Lots of mossies- I have to wear repellent day and night.
Looked at other resorts whilst we were in Villa (Iririki, Le lagon, Breakas, Erakor and Hideaway) and definately preferred Tara beach
Would def go back. Oh forgot to say, we were the only people there when we stayed....great for our 10th anniversary.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed March 29, 2009

Sala, Erik and all the staff at Tara Beach did all they could that we had a wonderful time on our honeymoon stay. Its a lovely spot, with the bungalows right on the beach. Four Star luxury its not but the rooms are clean and comfortable (except for having no aircon!) and the outlook is superb. Feed the fish, snorkle, kayak or lay by the beach its up to you. Or there are plenty of things to do outside the resort and the staff are very helpful in organising this. The village walking tour was especially enjoyable, we had the chance to see the 'Real' Vanuatu.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

Tara beach is one of those magical places that you hear about all the time but never know where it is or how to get to it, much like an underated movie your not sure about until you watch it and then you end up watching it everynight for a month becuase you were just so taken with it. I didn't want to leave!
Tara Beach Resort is an amazingly beautiful place is every sense. The location and views take you into another world, facilitated by anamazing staff and manager that in my opinion are the best pick on the island!
Being on the beach you don't realise at first what your overlooking...Go Snorkling!!! It blew my mind, I thought you had to go to the barrier reef to be that wowed!!
The rooms are private and spacious and all have a dreamy view you can get lost in all day sitting out on the verhanda.
I much prefered staying at Tara Beach Resort compared to places like the Sebel and Lagoon beach res.
Tara Beach is something else!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2009

Had a wonderful week with husband and friends. Staff fantastic, do anything for you. Abit out of town but that is what we wanted. Will go again.

  • Stayed January 2009
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Reviewed February 13, 2009

Four of us [middle aged and active] shared a bungalow 20m from the waters edge and amazing coral reef snorkling. For six days were entranced by the views from our large patio across Mele Bay, day and night and enjoyed the spacious grounds and freedom to move about. The staff went out of their way to ensure that we had access to everything we needed and wanted to do - they are amazing people and tears were shed by all on our departure. The accommodation was new, clean, roomy and well priced and we all agreed that we would return there without hesitation on our next visit . Visitors who had stayed at other resorts in Villa couldn,t believe the paradise that we had at our fingertips. 'How did you get onto this?' and 'Wish we'd known about this sooner' was a common reaction to the set-up and fantastic, safe and accessible swimming, paddling and fish viewing.

  • Liked — open and great outlook
  • Disliked — no cooking facilities
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
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Victoria
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Reviewed February 2, 2009

Tara Beach is one of the prettiest places we've seen on Vanuatu. The activities were all fun, everyone is friendly, the location is fantastic and we were well looked after, you couldn't ask for a better holiday!! Fafitai Poulaba!!! We're love to come back one day.

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  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tara Beach Bungalows
Address: Devil's Point Road | Mele Bay, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Tara Beach Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tara Beach is absolute beach front situated on 12 lush acres fronting picturesque Mele Bay, Efate, Vanuatu. With crystal clear, safe waters at your doorstep, we are the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and getting away from it all for a while. We also have a chilled out open air bar / cafe known as the Beach Hut that is also open to day visitors and locals. Located about 15 mins from town & 10 mins to the airport, we provide free airport transfers for guests. All bungalows have tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge, with ocean views a few metres from your door included as standard. ... more   less 
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