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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chez Troppo Hotel Port Vila
- Troppo Mystique Vanuatu/Port Vila