We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A slice of paradise”
Review of Troppo Mystique

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Troppo Mystique
Reviewed July 31, 2010

Chez Troppo: We came for the location and price - we’ll come back for the warmth, generosity and friendliness.

We’re a family of four, two kids aged three and five, with our third child to arrive in (hopefully) five weeks. Mum wanted what she likes to call a ‘baby-moon’ - a little holiday before the new baby (and contingent sleepless-nights/dirty nappies) arrives. We had pretty strict criterion for our holiday choice re: price (relatively cheap); location (relatively warm and by a beach); and comfort (nice place to relax). Chez Troppo fit all of these needs, but we also were interested in it because we wanted to get away from the typical ‘resort’ experience – where the only locals you meet are serving you at the bar or changing your bedsheets, and the only experiences one has is in a tour bus.

Chez Troppo is located in Erakor Village, a bit out of town (Port Vila), along a thin strip of pot-holed road frequented by speeding minivans (the island’s main form of public transport). Erakor Village is, in itself, home to the genuinely friendliest people we’ve ever met. We were a bit wary at first of the locals, but they soon put us at ease by waving, smiling, and greeting us with ‘yo!’ and ‘hallo!’. They went out of their way to help us on several occasions, and by the end of our trip they were greeting our kids on a first-name basis.

Port Vila was good fun, a short bumpy/smoky roundabout trip into town by bus (minivan), shopping for fruit and chicken/rice cooked in banana leaf at the fruit market (man, we loved the fruit), a bit of shopping for French wines and pastries/terrines at the Au Bon Marche in Nambatu, people-watching on the main strip. Other things to do: Mele Cascades were great; Hideaway island was a bit ‘meh’ for us (not really suited for our age kids); spent a day hanging out at a resort pool (free to go into other resorts and use their pools etc). We actually liked Erakor island a lot. An island resort, it has a couple of sandy beaches for the kids to enjoy, a nice 10 min walk down to the other end of the island, passing by a few missionary graves and a small outdoor wedding chapel. It also has quite a good restaurant. Erakor Island is right across the water from Chez Troppo – probably the first thing you see when you look out over the lagoon from your accommodation – and they will send a boat over to pick you up, so long as i) the tide is in and ii) you buy your lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Actually, now that I remember, Mum also got a boat to pick her up and take her to Erakor island for a 90 minute massage.

Back to Chez Troppo, the accommodation really is excellent compared to what we saw at other resorts (and what we’ve experienced around the world). Annie and Archie (owners) have really made sure that people who come to stay will be comfortable and relaxed in their very well-equipped villas. There is all you need to cook/clean/wash-clothes/dry-clothes etc. A bbq out the front, and a hammock next to it, completes this heavenly picture. Sarah (local housekeeper) would come through discretely during the day (usually while we were out), and clean up, remake beds etc. If there was ever a problem, Annie was on top of it quicksmart. Annie, in fact, was always keen to make our holiday experience the best it could be – too many examples to be able to cite them all! Archie was our local guide, for kava sessions or walks thru Erakor village. On top of that, our kids became very good friends with the local kids (including Sarah’s little girl Krayleen) and would play down by the beach – playing games and eating coconuts etc. To us the warmth we found in our holiday at Chez Troppo, through the hospitality of both Annie and Archie, and the friendliness of everyone we met in Vanuatu, has genuinely made an impression on us – we’ll definitely be back! Tangkyu!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank maitaina
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (70)
There are newer reviews for Troppo Mystique
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

59 - 65 of 70 reviews

Reviewed May 27, 2010

When booking over the internet it always feels like a gamble but from the minute Archie met us at the airport and took a for a tour through Vila we knew we had hit the jackpot. Chez Troppo is perched on the edge of Erakor Lagoon and the view, accommodation and snorkelling is absolutely fantastic. The accommodation is serviced every day but Saturday by Sarah who leaves fresh flowers around the room. Unfortunately we were caught out with our passports and did not get to spend the full time of our booking but the service provided by Archie and Annie was exceptional. Thank you so much guys. The location is truly unique and out does any large resort. Troppo and Coconut (dogs) also make it a home away from home. We look forward to our next visit which we are already planning. Warning to those heading to Vanuatu make sure you have at least 6months left on passport. The people of Vanuatu are wonderful and truly the happiest place on earth.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank LovingVanuatu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 2, 2010

Chez Troppo is the sort of place that makes you wonder why you ever bothered with one of the big resorts in the first place.

My husband and 20 month old son recently had the pleasure of staying for a week in the “Sunset Bungalow” and, having previously spent a week ‘Resorting’ across the lagoon, our experience at Chez Troppo exceeded every expectation.

Firstly, the accommodation is bordered on either side by Erakor Village and Erakor Lagoon …. it really is an experience in itself to be surrounded by a beautiful village full of friendly locals on one side and to have the panorama of Erakor Island / Lagoon right at your doorstep on the other. As Chez Troppo is situated on the very fringe of the village itself, you get to experience first hand how the locals harness every aspect of the lagoon’s features for their way of life – whether it be fishing, outrigging, or just the local children playing on the shoreline or spearing crabs and fish with their home made spear guns.

Owner and ‘host with the most’, Archie, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Not only did he pick us up from our previous accommodation and run us into town for groceries, he dropped us off at the airport on departure. Archie has a wealth of information to share about Vanuatu, the people and their way of life and was happy to stop by for an unobtrusive chat. He also took time out to give us a bit of a tour ‘around town and beyond’, including an adventurous drive through to a picture post card bay. If you do stay at Chez Troppo, ask Archie to let you in on Vila’s “best kept secret”!

Erakor Island is a short boat ride away (a few times we begged a ride on the worker’s tinny), or you can paddle across on one of the canoes that is available free of charge from Chez Troppo. From there you can ferry across to the ‘mainland’ and it’s just a 150 vatu bus ride into town. The easiest option to get into town though is to walk straight into the village and catch one of the many buses, again for 150 vatu. They are a fun way to get around town and beyond – cheap, cheerful and charming.

As for the accommodation itself, our Sunset Bunglaow was more than comfortable, with all mod cons – washing machine – dvd player and supply of movies, full size fridge, utensils, cutlery, BBQ, even a little library for you to kick back and read on your balcony or lounger by the shoreline. The décor is modern and tasteful and has a real “island” feel to it. Because you have a fully equipped kitchen you can save heaps of $$ by doing your own cooking. Supermarkets are well stocked with everything you need (meat in Vanuatu is especially good), and the “Mother Hubbard” Market is a fun way to buy your fruit and veg. Our rooms were serviced pretty much daily by the lovely housegirl, Sarah. She would put fresh flowers in our bungalow every day, which was delightful … one day we counted 26 hibiscus!

All in all, our time at Chez Troppo was a fabulous experience. We had a bit of bad luck with the weather, but we still got out and about to the Cascades, Hideaway Island, etc (all accessible by bus – you just stand on the side of the road and hail one until you get one that is heading your way!). We will certainly be back to Vanuatu one day and Chez Troppo is where we will be!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank BeanbagFraser
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 5, 2010

Chez Troppo is for you if:
you prefer peace and tranquillity to a busy resort,you would rather mix with the local people than other travellers, enjoy fully self contained rather than a hotel room. We spent a wonderful 7 days at Annie and Archies special retreat set in the village of Erakor.Its relatively undiscovered, most locals dont know it exists! They have built 3 modern units on the waterfront but only one is currently available for short stays, the other two being occupied by permanent residents, so the property is always peaceful. Apart from the laughter of the local children in the neighbouring village houses.

On arrival you are welcomed by a transfer and then a cool coconut milk drink.They thoughfully provide a range of basic food in the fridge and pantry, but the transfer driver will willingly stop at the supermarket on the way from the airport so you ca stock up for the week. The units are comfortably furnished with very good beds and excellent enormous shower. A range of books and DVDs to while away holiday time are in the lounge. A BBQ on the deck overlooking the lagoon makes dining a pleasure. The kitchen has every untensil you could ever need and a coffee plunger for the excellent Tanna coffee. Ceiling fans for cooling, much better than aircon which stop you from acclimatising to the temperature. Sarah the housekeeper comes every day to keep the unit spotless and if you happen to be lazy one day she even does the dishes.

Set in a lovely garden with beautiful views over Erakor lagoon you can gaze at the resorts across the water and muse on the fact that they are paying twice the nightly rate for a similar view.

The property is approximately 15 minutes drive from town and we opted to hire a car from World rentals (Best rate, tru).There is the novel local bus service if you prefer, an interesting way to meet the people and see places you might not otherwise visit.

The fabulous extra with Chez Troppo is the owners. They are there if you need them but unobtrusive otherwise. A mine of information,personable and passionate about their property and location. Thanks Archie for making our stay memorable, the beers on the deck were fun and the village kava walk is a must do.

If you crave nightlife,restaurants, casino and shopping they are just a short drive away,then you can return to peace and tranqullity.

We had a well priced, relaxed, fabulous holiday at a memorable location.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank JagmanV8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 30, 2010

Chez Troppo is the perfect holiday destination, to relax, enjoy and soak up the beautiful surroundings. It's run by the ever so friendly and helpful Archie and Annie, not to mention the dogs are a lovely addition (hi Troppo & Coconut!)
The self contained villas are great for everyone, couples families and friends getting away, they are modern, very clean and excellent value for money.
We'll be sure to go back and recommend them to anyone wanting a little piece of paradise!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank QSBSydney
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 25, 2009

As is typical for me I'd jumped on the plane in Auckland having done very little research into where I was going, where I was staying and what to expect... admittedly I felt a slight trepidation on the transfer from the airport to Chez Troppo as we were leaving behind Port Villa town and all the big, commercial resorts and heading into "real village life", although within 10mins we were pulling into the driveway of a beautifully landscaped garden on the edge of the lagoon and any concerns I had were forgotten (also the driver kindly pointed out where we could catch a bus into town from so no worries there). The moment we jumped out of the bus we'd known we'd chosen the pick of the bunch - this place was amazing - literally a little slice of paradise!! We were welcomed by Annie & Archie - the perfect hosts (and as I'm looking out the window on this rainy day am very jealous of). Everything you need is supplied so really all you need to do is sit back and relax!! I could go on about the fabulous food avialable on the Island and the extremely friendly locals, the snorkelling, the great culture, the markets in town, the kava, the diversity of the island and the French wines... but really you should go and discover for yourself. Have fun and say Hi to Troppo & Coconut.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank MJD2009
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 3, 2009

We had an amazing romantic getaway in Vanuatu - Chez Troppo. This was exactly the type of accommodation we were looking for. Self contained, in the middle of nice garden, with beautiful views, no busy resort, just a quiet peaceful environment. This is unique location as Chez Troppo is located in a local village and you cannot experience it anywhere else. Location is amazing with Erakor Island just opposite to the vila where you can go for a drink or meal any time you want. The water is beautiful and warm so you can go for a swim or paddle on kayak any time you want. There are few nice snorkeling spots just around the island but we would recommend to go to the Hideaway Island for better snorkeling.
If you are looking for a quiet holiday this is the right place to go. Just buy all you need in the Port Vila and start relaxing at the lagoon or on the nice veranda at the vila.

The owners of Chez Troppo (Annie, Archie, Coconut & Troppo) are the best you can imagine. They told us everything about the Vanuatu and locals and gave us useful tips what is worth to see on the island.
If you are planing to go try to go for longer than six nights as it was for us too short time. Yeah, holidays are always too short.
The transport on the Island is good and easy as you have only one main road which is good to go for a day trip around. We have tried the local transport which are vans with nine seats, single trip costs 150 Vatu per person. It is good to have exact change while you are using local transport as you are paying when you are getting off and the drivers might try to get some more money from you :-) (especially if you are going to a tourist destination-eg. Mele Cascades). Buses have B on the plates and taxis T - where for a taxi you will pay much more.

We have hired a car for one day to do the round island trip and it was very nice. We have seen the picturesque landscape, more local villages, secluded beaches and breathtaking views. Also it is good to have some change as you are paying for some beaches to get in as the locals are taking care of the surround. The roads are terrible :-) but if you hire a small Four Wheel Drive you will be fine. Don't forget to drive on the right side of the road. It is easy as there are no traffic lights around. We have hired the car from BUGGY FUN RENTAL and the owner is French (next to the AVIS and BUDGET rentals). One day is enough for the whole island if you manage to leave early morning. The prices are not that cheap and the fuel as well. But the island is only 160km around.
All other prices are as in Sydney. Food is perfect and the market in Port Vila offers fresh local produce of organic fruit and vegetables. Make sure you will try some of the great beef, which you can prepare on the BBQ at the vila.

We will try to come back to Chez Troppo for more in the future.

It was like waking up from an amazing dream, when we were coming back to Sydney.

We would definitely recommend Chez Troppo to anyone who likes to cook during holiday and doesn't want to lay at the pool the whole time.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank lb_babe_travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Port Vila hotels
0.0 mi away
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
#13 of 47 in Port Vila
1,504 reviews
0.0 mi away
CoCo Beach Resort
CoCo Beach Resort
#23 of 47 in Port Vila
205 reviews
0.0 mi away
Nasama Resort
Nasama Resort
#7 of 47 in Port Vila
496 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 mi away
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
0.0 mi away
Paradise Cove Resort
Paradise Cove Resort
#1 of 47 in Port Vila
561 reviews
0.0 mi away
Ramada Resort Port Vila
Ramada Resort Port Vila
#18 of 47 in Port Vila
73 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Troppo Mystique? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Troppo Mystique

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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com so you can book your Troppo Mystique reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Chez Troppo Hotel Port Vila
Troppo Mystique Vanuatu/Port Vila

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing