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Troppo Mystique
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Annie came to collect us from our resort, Aquana, where we stayed for the first part of our trip. We all bundled into her four wheel drive and took off to Port Vila, where she stopped at the market, supermarket and butchery (be sure to get some of the veal eye fillet) so we could stock up, playing tour guide and pointing out nice things to do and places to go.
Chez Troppo is not far from town, I'd say less than 10 mins. You will need a 4WD to get down the "driveway" which is full of cavernous potholes. That said, once you at Chez Troppo it does not matter. The bungalows are very comfortable, tidy and spacious. No aircon, but plenty of fans. It also has a large covered porch with barbeque and hammock. This is also your dining room and looks out over the lagoon. The setting is lovely, right on the water in a lovely shaded garden. I thought the gardens were great and all the shade made it nice for the kids to play outside without getting burned to a crisp. The kitchen has a gas stovetop and oven, a nice big sink with plenty of hot water and a full size fridge with freezer compartment. Crockery and cutlery aplenty. I loved the bathroom, it had a huge walk in shower and plenty of space to put stuff. The two bedrooms are large and have full wardrobes. You can really settle in and start relaxing. Snorkelling is at your doorstep. Just walk into the water and start snorkelling. We saw lots of clownfish not even 10 m from the shore. Chez troppo has 2 kayaks you can use and some reef shoes, flippers and boogie boards. Bring your own mask and snorkel. You will need reef shoes to be safe as there is coral and lots of sea life right up to the edge of the lagoon. The Erakor Island resort barge can be waved down or you can call them to come and get you. Visiting the island is a great family day out. You can also swim or kayak across, it really only is a stone's throw away.
Things to note: You are staying in Erakor village so the occasional village dog may hang around your bungalow. They shoo away pretty easily. Be prepared for the cockerels that seem to think day break is at 4am. This is a feature all over Port Vila I believe.

We had a great time at Chez Troppo and would go there again in a heartbeat. Annie is a thoughtful, considerate and resourceful host and she loves everything about Vanuatu. She always happy to provide advice and pointed us to a couple of nice spots that made our holiday very memorable. Thanks Annie and love to Craylene.

Room Tip: There are only two vacation bungalows, the rest are rented out to people staying longer. The two vac...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Chez Troppo isn't easy to find. The road isn't the best and people in the nearby Erakor Village don't even seem to know it exists... but once you find it, you're happy you did. It is a little hidden gem very close to Port Vila (about 15min away from the centre of town, I'd say) but it feels a lot more remote and secluded. Ideal if you want to relax without wanting to be too far away from everything else.

Annie is a delightful host and made us feel very welcome. The houses are beautifully decorated and have everything you need. We loved the little touches like the fresh coconut water on arrival... It is so well equipped we only wish we had stayed longer and made the most out of the bbq outside and all the amenities.

The beach, only a few steps away from your room, is beautiful (we miss the sunset there already...) and you get free use of the kayaks too. A free ferry takes you across to Erakor island whenever you want (you just have to ask Annie and she arranges for the ferry to pick you within minutes). We went over to Erakor and spent a great afternoon on the beach there. We feel like we had everything the people staying on Erakor island had, and then some more, for less money.

Chez Troppo was a great choice and we would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

We stayed at Chez Troppo for several days leaving on New Year's Day 2012. It was paradise, meeting wonderful Annie and her great team of Sarah and her husband. Not forgetting her faithful canine friends Coconut and Troppo. We appreciated the little touches, like fruit and flowers, the impeccable suites, the local paintings on the walls, advice about what to do and see.

We listened to the quiet sounds of life, from pre-dawn distant roosters in the village, with added dawn chorus, later with the happy sounds of children enjoying themselves. In our week on the island we did not ever hear a Melanesian child cry - a measure of a happy community.

The sunsets were sublime, the lagoon was warm, the swimming was great, the kayaks fun, the weather fabulous, the scenery stunning, the colours vibrant, the growth luxuriant, the experience fantastic. One morning Annie asked me what we were going to do that day. I answered - nothing.

On Annie's advice we went to the Friday night Ekasup Melanesian evening with full audience participation, including dancing, music, kava and a meal. This is organised by the Chief of Ekasup village, one of Annie's neighbours. Quite an experience, and well worth it. We also spent part of a day on Erakor Island wandering through the resort and sampling the fruit drinks and icecream as well as a massage.

On our last evening at Chez Troppo we gathered together, Annie and her guests, for a combined meal and small party, and we had a grandstand view of several resorts' fireworks 400 m away. The resorts seemed to compete with each other to produce the best New Year's Eve displays, so the total effect was as good as or better that any major city in the world.

The downside? Well very little. Insecticide is necessary anywhere in Vanuatu and many Pacific Islands - mosquitoes. And take coral shoes when swimming, as a scratch may take months to heal. The greatest danger is being felled by falling coconuts, so take care. The sound of even a small fruit falling on an iron roof from a great height is quite dramatic.

The downside particularly relating to Chez Troppo? There is none. Unless you crave a golf course, a chlorinated swimming pool, a noisy air conditioner, a bar and a resident band or canned music - in which case go to a resort.

If you are looking for solitude, a relaxing time, in a word - a holiday, and also value for money, then Chez Troppo is the place for you.

George and Ruth, Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

I traveled to Port Vila, Vanuatu in the 2nd week of December. Since my friends were all working I decided to go alone. I was lucky enough to get a villa at Chez Troppo. From the very beginning Annie made me feel welcome and safe. All my requirement were met. Chez Troppo is in a great location in Port Vila and this beautiful waterfront property allows the prefect place to unwind, enjoy the scenery, kayak and snorkel at your leisure. Annie is very knowledgeable about Vanuatu and set me in the right direction for touring, meeting with locals and great restaurants. I will defiantly return to Chez Troppo for the prefect opportunity to rest and relax.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We went to Chez Troppo in September this year with our 2 young girls. Annie and the crew were fantastic. It is ideally located to give you the best of both worlds, travelling via the local transport to the big smoke (Port Vila) for supplies whilst kayaking around the idyllic bay to visit the upmarket resorts and tropical islands a short distance away.
My girls made instant besties with Kraylene (hi, they miss you) and she even managed to teach them a bit of pidgin!
Couldnt have asked for more, and the accomodation itself is better than you'd get in the resort over the bay for 1/4 the price (I'm guessing here)
Kids activities included beachcombing, hermit crabs (damned they loved those little critters) Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and if you went to the resorts you could sneak them into the kids program (I'd reckon)
A great way to get a taste of island life without missing some of the home comforts, and you could feel like you did it on your own and go home all smug!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

After much research to find the idealic place to stay for some R&R and also to celebrate my friends milestone birthday we came across "Chez Troppo" and both agreed that this is the place for us. It was 'Perfect' and met all of our requirements and more..... a special piece of paradise made even more special by Annie , the 'hostess with the mostess' who made us feel most welcome from the time we arrived and throughout our stay. 7days just wasnt long enough......... we'll be back for more ..... for sure.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

The three of of us absolutely loved Chez Troppo. Its a beautiful location, the hosts are fantastic and it's a taste of the real Vanuatu. Stay away from the cheesy resorts and spend some time at Chez Troppo. My wife, 3 year old son and I were well looked after by Annie and Archie and the local kids. The accommodation is brilliant and Annie and Archie are great hosts. Look no further.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Port Vila
Price Range: $147 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Troppo Mystique 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine waking up to this ?? A picture postcard! Swim ....snorkle....kayak....or just kick back! Three recently built,boutique styled residential, waterfront villas. Stylishly, fully furnished, with expansive self-catering kitchen. Spectacular sunsets, gentle ocean breezes with exceptional island views."Troppo Mystique's" friendly boutique styled,private short & long term residential accommodation, is nestled on a sensational aquamarine lagoon, amidst picturesque tropical gardens.Only 10 mins from Port Villa. A gorgeous slice of paradise - doesn't get better than this! ... more   less 
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