We visited & stayed for 7 nights at the end of May 2012.
A good place to stay. Staff are a bit reserved/shy/quiet, but if you happen to start chatting whilst on the beach or at dinner they really start to brighten up and appreciate your interest in their beautiful Country.
George the owner works hard, is happy to chat but looks a little stressed! Alfred the concierge is happy to help with anything and can organise private vans/drivers/guides to take you wherever you want for a reasonable fee (to us - a lot of money to them!).
Al la carte menu was good (if a little expensive), seafood buffet was below average, the included breakfast was average. Cocktails are tasty - pineapple daiquiri was perfect! Don't ask for a cappuccino (anywhere) as there is no fresh milk on the island.
Our beach front bungalow had great views and was quiet & private. Needed some maintenance though. Simple but cute is the best way to describe it. Other beach front rooms had a lot of guest & staff traffic around them so make sure you get a room as far away from the main building and busy road as possible. Garden bungalows away from the road & main buildings could be good choices if you want a cheaper option.
Good surf breaks for the keen surfer but not much of a swimming beach, good snorkelling at high tide, especially on the ocean side of the reef if the ocean is flat and you are a confident ocean swimmer/diver - watch out for the strong current that pushes along the reef.
We also visited The Havana for lunch & spa treatment. Beautiful place. Staff great, food excellent, lovely beach. Day spa is rubbish though - don't bother. Looked to us like some janitors offices behind the toilets done up to be a day spa.
Best resort we visited was Eratap beach resort. Hidden away on a remote beach & lagoon, beautiful setting, superb food, great day spa. Excellent place to hide for a few days. Bit of a rough trip into town is the only negative.
The Grand Casino was the best surprise. Excellent food at good prices, great views over the port, top floor lounge bar is good value, Casino is fun too on a busy night. Pool & Rooms looked good but we did not stay there. Could be a good choice for travellers who like to get out & about during the day.
Warrick le lagon is a large Fiji-style family resort. Very nice if you like that sort of thing. Staff very helpful, food good value. No beach though. Big pool, great for kids. Try the catamarans on the lagoon, very nice if there is a breeze blowing you can get one.
Vila itself is a bit run-down & dirty, not a good place for walking around. We did start to get a bit more of a feel to it after a few days and found it less threatening than when we first arrived. People however were all friendly & not once did we get hassled to buy anything. The vibe gets a bit harsh when the big cruise ships come in, but once they are gone the whole town seems to chill out.
Kava bars everywhere, especially on the outskirts of town. Tastes horrible but it has to be experienced with a few locals. A pleasant experience to chat with the locals in their comfort zone.
The summit gardens are beautiful, so are the Cascades if there are no big groups or cruise ships in town - make sure you wear reef shoes! Get a van/driver/guide and get out of town for the day or a few days. See some of the quieter places, beaches, lagoons etc. Go scuba diving (Big Blue looked after me very well), very good reefs & wrecks.
There is a lot to like and a lot of potential in Vanuatu. We enjoyed it. Hope you do too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amidst swaying palms fringed on it's own private beach, Breakas Beach Resort is an intimate 3.5 Star tropical resort in a 5 star location for adults only welcoming guests over the age of 15 years. Enhanced by individual garden & beachfront Fares (Bungalows), Breakas Beach Resort is the ultimate relaxed "feet in the sand" beach holiday. Slip into a world of tranquility. The Resort features a stunning 22 metre infinity pool which falls into the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of a private cove on the Pango peninsular provides an unrivalled backdrop in Port Vila. Fares (Bungalows) are scattered along the shoreline and throughout manicured tropical gardens ensuring privacy, intimacy and seclusion. With spectacular views to Port Vila's best surfing beach break, the restaurant provides a unique setting for a unique dining experience. The executive chef has created one of the finest menus using fresh, local produce, seafoods and world class Santo beef and we are famous for our beachside dining with stars above and sand underfoot.... It does not get much better than this. ... more less
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