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“2nd Honeymoon” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu

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Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate 00000, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“2nd Honeymoon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Stay away from any rooms near reception/kitchen & main road. Most beach front rooms are not very...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The fale's are lovely and comfortable and look authentic with thatched rooves. They were spacious, had a small fridge, tea and coffee facilities and comfortable beds. The bathrooms were spacious and had a lovely outdoor shower. There was a small outdoor area which had 2 outdoor chairs and was a lovely place to read and have a coffee.

The staff are superbly friendly and helpful to all of our needs. They were smily and were keen to help in any way they could. There was a person who came around to organise trips, give advice and help.

The food was the only let down. We were both disappointed with the food at the hotel, but it is very easy and cheap to get into town to try the different restaurants there.

The pool was lovely with lounge chairs around the pool and beach. There were many hammocks too. We were there during about 80% capacity and we never felt surrounded by other people as the resort is spacious and many places for people to relax.

It was a lovely holiday and I would recommend this spot to other travelers.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank kiwi_kiwi_07
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Gold Coast
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

My husband and I have just come back from 8 amazing days at Breakas Beach Resort. We were looking for a place to relax and unwind, without being too far from the action of Port Vila. The other pre-requisite was to find a spot where my husband could have a surf - Breakas met all our expectations and more!

We booked a garden fare. Nestled in amongst the beautiful gardens, these huts provided comfortable beds, hot showers, and ample room to live comfortably for a week. If you are looking for something like the 5 star resorts you would find in Australia, then these huts are probably not the place for you, but I would definitely give Breakas the big thumbs up for luxury accomodation 'island style'.

All the staff at Breakas are gorgeous and upon arrival, we were given a very warm welcome. The staff were more than happy to assist with our enquiries and provide help/advice when needed.

We had planned on eating out in Port Vila a lot more, but come dinner time, we were happy just to stay and eat at the resort. The food there wasn't cheap, but was similar to prices you would pay in restaurants in Australia (you could have a good feed for around $30 in the evening, and lunches ranged from about $12 onwards). Our package included a continental breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, toast, pancakes and pastries. Some days we filled up so much, that we didn't really need to have lunch. Drinks were a bit on the expensive side ($6 for a Tusker beer).

Our favourite thing about Breakas is that it is right beside the lovely Pango village - have a walk through and see how the Ni-vans really live. Everyone gives you a friendly wave as you walk through, and many will stroll over for a chat. Stepping into a traditional village is like stepping into another world - it was a real eye opener. Ask one of the English speaking villagers how to get to the beautiful and secluded Honeymoon Beach. It was an easy 30 minute walk from Breakas. Take a bag of wrapped lollies or Australian souvenirs for the little pikininis (children) and see their faces light up in appreciation as you hand them out. The children there are so happy!

If you want to go into Port Vila, the local buses will pick you up from right out the front of Breakas for a fee of 150 vatu per person.Just flag one down, they come along every minute or so, and it's no problem getting back, no matter what the time of night.

My hubby had heard mixed reports on whether or not there are actually waves in Vanuatu, but his eyes lit up as soon as he saw Pango Point! The first few days the surf was a bit windblown, but after that he got some amazing waves. There were only about four other guys out there with him. Just watch out though, as the reef is right beneath you and can get very shallow, even on high tide wear booties and a springsuit just for extra protection.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Breakas and will definitely be going back. The only two negative things were that the village dogs barked nearly all night (but I wear earplugs, so that's okay) and perhaps the prices of drinks. Apart from that we fell in love with Breakas and highly recommend it for adults looking to base themselves at a relaxing place, without being too far from the action in and around Port Vila.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Jodie D
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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Friendly relaxed resort that caters to those who just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Staff were friendly and always on hand. Get the package with the continental breakfast which was always awesome. Great location - handy to town and other tourist attractions.
It was WONDERFUL MID-WINTER BREAK!!! Highlights being the friendly welcoming locals and it was also great to have George the resort owner chatting to the vacationers - would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Get a room that's close to the bar/restaurants/reception but not tooooo close. We had rooms 20...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Easter M
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

My friend and I stayed there for a week and were generally impressed by the resort. It's not a huge resort but I lot of clever thought has gone in to the layout of the place and it showed. Very easy to get into town, I think every Islander that has a combi van has his Bus license and the most we waited was 30 seconds, cost NZ$2.00 for a 5 minute ride. I am very particular when it comes to cleanliness and I thought our garden bure(52) was spotless, and was kept that way by the cleaning ladies, who serviced our unit daily. The hot water ran out but the gas cylinder was replaced by the time we returned to our unit. The meals in the restaurant were priced about the same as in New Zealand and were tasty and plentiful, however we felt the continential breakfast were too expensive at $2000.00 Vatu each (aound $28.00) and if it hadn't been complimentary we wouldn't have had them. (plenty of places to breakfast in town). The beach in front of the resort is tidal and when the tide is in it is a lovely place to swim but sea shoes are a good idea. When the tide is out no swimming is possible but there are interesting tidal pools to wonder around. Now the 'couple of things' ! The bures are definitely dark (I needed a torch to sort out my clothes) and near impossible for reading, you need to ask at reception for a lamp but we were only able to get one, so without my Ipad I would have been stuck!! We found the staff in the restaurant and bar not friendly and any requests such as salt & pepper shakers were responded too in a very slow way (near end of meal) and the bar staff during the morning/early afternoon shifts not well trained in cocktail ingredients....Recommendations: 1. No hairdryer in bures so take your own. 2/ The villiages dogs do bark a bit at night sometimes so if you are a light sleeper, take some ear plugs! 3/ Visit the Villa Chaumere restaurant for A+ dinning on the lagoon, lovely restaurant over the water, fine food and wine, great dinning experience!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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5 Thank Aucklander9
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We recently visited Vanuatu and stayed at Breakas Beach Resort. We had the most awsome holiday thanks to the very friendly staff at Breakas. They are a bit shy to start off, but after a few days, felt like family!

The accommodation was amazing - we stayed in a Garden Fare and it was very clean and comfortable. The room was cleaned daily and fresh flowers were left on our bed and outside our Fare. We asked our Travel Agent if we should upgrade to the Beachfront Fare, but were advised the Garden Fares were more private. Glad we decided to stick with the Garden Fare!

Thanks for an amazing holiday! Special mention to Alfred who was awesome at arranging tours and making us feel right at home!

Room Tip: Garden fares are more private. The beachfront fares have a lot of foot-traffic walking to and from...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank holidaylovers12
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Perth, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We found this hotel very disappointing. The beach is full off exposed rock, not what i would call an ideal swimming beach. The bungalows were dirty and shabby (there was grime in the bathroom). its full of 55+, the food is average and way overpriced. breakfast was 2000VT (this doesn't include hot food!) The people that rate this resort so highly have obviously not seen the other beach resorts around Vanuatu.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu
Address: Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate 00000, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#6 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#11 Family Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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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