Simply superb! My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon in March 2012 for 3 nights and it was absolutely perfect. Because we went in the off peak season we had the place almost entirely to ourselves. We splashed out and got the Waterfront Villa - which was gorgeous! The bathtub was huge and we had our own private deck complete with a day bed and plunge pool (just in case we got tired of swimming in the pristine turquoise ocean just a few meters from our deck). There was also a lovely swimming pool perfect for lazy afternoons in the sun. If you want to go into town the hotel provides a free shuttle bus service, but remember the shops are closed for lunch during the middle of the day so plan your activities carefully. I didn't get a chance to use the spa facilities, but if they're anything like the rest of the hotel I'm sure they'll be top class.
The restaurant was beautiful. Words cannot describe how delicious the food was. It was better than anything I've eaten in Australia and there was a great range to choose from. We got the full board package which includes all your meals, but it's worth noting that this package does have restrictions. Things like garlic bread, dessert and certain dishes aren't included. Our travel agent failed to explain this to us when we bought the package, but the owner Tish was extremely understanding and went out of her way to fix it. Having said that, you do get a LOT of food for your money so it's excellent value. And even though it's not included in the full board package you HAVE to try the souffle at least once, although I should warn you it's very addictive. The view from the restaurant was nothing short of spectacular - we saw some amazing sunsets and the bay is frequented by dolphins and turtles. You can choose to sit inside the restaurant itself, on the manicured lawn, on the beach, or for special occasions you can book the private pontoon which has a glass floor so you can see the fish swimming underneath you. Very romantic!
Now, for the staff. The front desk staff were very welcoming and helped us book taxis, activities etc in a fast and professional manner. The waiters gave us five star treatment the whole time we were there. They were friendly, attentive and efficient, going out of their way to provide excellent service. The chefs were beyond amazing. The food was always cooked to perfection, beautifully presented, and served in a timely manner. I never saw the staff who did the cleaning and laundry, but the room was always spotless and we never had to use a wet towel or sleep on an unmade bed. They tidy everything while you have breakfast and turn down your room while you have dinner. The turn down staff also made cute little animals out of the beach towels, which was adorable. Whoever looks after the gardens, pools etc also does an incredible job. I swear it's like they vacuum the grass because there's hardly ever a leaf out of place. And lastly, the owner Tish was a joy to deal with. She was so friendly and knowledgable about the area. It's obvious she takes great pride in her hotel and customer satisfaction is her number one priority. The staff at The Havannah were the best of all the places we stayed at!
I don't really have anything negative to say about our stay at The Havannah. It's hard to improve on perfection! The only itsy bitsy thing was the snorkelling gear provided could've been better quality. The flippers were just flimsy plastic and the snorkel leaked so I ended up with a mouthful of water every time I inhaled. The staff were very helpful and gave us a different set to use, but the second set was pretty much the same. Apart from that one tiny detail everything else was perfect! If you're looking for "the perfect honeymoon accomodation" this is it. My husband and I have the most treasured memories of our stay at The Havannah and hopefully we'll be able to visit again sometime soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Havannah is Vanuatu's adult only luxury retreat for couples. Located just 30 minutes drive from the International Airport the Havannah overlooks the pristine waters of Havannah Harbour on the northern side of the main island of Efate. The tranquility of the resort makes it an ideal place to unwind and rediscover yourself and each other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Havannah Hotel Port Vila
- The Havannah, Vanuatu Port Vila