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Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu
Ranked #7 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Overall we enjoyed our stay but there were a few small issues.........Firstly we had no problems with getting a taxi from the airport.....3000 vatu and arranged with Charlie (taxi driver) to pick us up at 5am a few days later for our return flight.
On arrival we were met at reception by a smiling David, who gave us a bead necklace and arranged for us to have a refreshing fruit cocktail and cold face towel while we delt with the admission paper work.
Our fare......# 13 was I think the best one there.....far enough away from the restaurant and bar for privacy and quiet....but still easy to get to. I also think it was slightly larger than most others with a beautiful outlook onto the beach. We sat on our porch one rainy afternoon and read and watched the rain sparkleing through the palm leaves and the waves gently crashing on the sand.....gorgeous ! Another bonus with our fare was the geckos and thier delightful chirping.
We ate nearly all our meals at Breakas and the food was well presented and an average price. I found some of the cocktails tasted a bit watery but others were fine and the price reasonable. I would recomend seeing a cooking demonstration.....you get to try the results....Yumm.
There were some things we found a bit substandard though. On our first night we were seated near the kitchen. They had a Custom dancers show that we couldn't see or hear but we could hear someone ( food manager maybe?) yelling at the staff about the food preperation....very off putting.
Also Freda the tour desk operator did a great orientation the first morning we were there, which was very helpfull but I got the feeling that she was over run with trying to organise tours for everyone at a busy time of year. We tried to get onto a few different tours but they were all booked out but we didn't mind as we were happy just to relax. Others that we met had problems with having thier bookings changed with little or in one case no notice. We did do a tour to Hideaway Island and 3 girls were put onto our bus that were on a different tour. Things seemed to be very disorganised.
Our last night there we got to sit at a table on the beach....the rain had stopped...the tide was in....it was a beautiful night and the Polenesian show with fire dancers was fabulous. So our stay ended on a high.

Room Tip: Beach front for the view if raining.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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BreakasVanuatu, Guest Relations Manager at Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Dear Jen, thanks so much for the lovely review of the resort. We are very glad you enjoyed the relaxing nature of the resort. our goal is to have all of our guests leave relaxed and feeling like they had had the perfect experience. We are sorry you had a few issues with the transfer and tour operators. This time of the year is very busy and sometimes they get a little disorganised but overall we find all of our operators are very good. Thanks again and we hope to see you back again. Salote- Breakas Beach Resort

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Reviewed January 4, 2014

There's a tonne of reviews for Breakas which are great, they pretty much point out every possible thing that is good and maybe a couple of the little odd things about venues in Vanuatu.

So I will save the time and give you the best bits.

- No kids . . so you can go to the pool and the bar without dodging screaming toddlers and frustrated parents bombing and peeing in the pool.

- No pressure or hassling. Seriously. Often the number on thing that worries travellers. You wont get hassled at the airport, bars, streets, beach etc etc to buy things, go on tours or carry bags. You wont have people screaming "braid your hair" in your face in the street. You can leave the hotel if you want to and get onto a bus or taxi, go into the city and hang out all day without one person chasing you down to buy things.

Im serious . . you never get hassled to do anything.

- There are no wandering groups of teenage schoolies gangs. There are few teenagers at all and certainly not groups of beer swilling school kids and "douchebro's" . . Nearly all the people that come here get away from that. Think the opposite of Bali. There are no strip clubs, "adult" tours or "lucky lucky". You can hang out with the locals and have a beer, in a hut, or a Kava venue without dealing with idiots.

- It's safe. I dont mean "stay in the hotel and it's safe" I mean "It's safe to get into a bus with 3 huge local's and go to a Kava hut and talk about the world" . . It's safe to walk the dead dark streets and the people are ALL nice to you, will help you find things and get around. Culturally they are shy, peaceful and caring.

- Prices are very good and deceptive. OK - you've heard on TA that the prices are pretty much on par with Australia . but that's not entirely right for food . . the servings are twice the size and that includes seafood platters (seriously, there is a review where someone whining about the price of the platters, they are 2/3rd the prices of Sydney and twice the size AND with real seafood. Not 2 prawns and chips . . and they complained? Get a grip)

- The food is all fresh, when you get home you will realise you havent eaten any processed junk food all week. All meals have likely been caught in the local area, there is no crazy grading and colouring . . no refining etc . . it's all non processed and caught locally.

- Great staff - they get to know you personally and after a few days they know your favourite cocktail, food and always greet you with a smile.

Things you may find odd but are interesting. . .

- Occasionally you might find a crab in your room . . this is a good thing. I mean the little ones and hermit crabs. It's a real sand in your feet experience. You wont find spiders . . you find gecko's. The beach is on your doorstep.

- Lots of Gecko's. They chirp . . we called them "Jub Jub"

- You can make a lot of things with Coconut and they are everywhere. In the city you can buy 15 coconuts for about $2 . . they are everywhere. They are used for everything. Dont feel guilty drinking a whole coconut. Especially in a cocktail.

- Fruit is everywhere and cheap. See above, insert "Mango" and "Pawpaw"

- Water and food is safe. I mean, dont go drinking out of a drain, but in general everything is very good quality. You rarely hear of people getting sick.

- Cruise ships are common. Passengers are fun! the locals give them special attention. Especially the ones with huge lanyards around their necks that say "cruise ship". They get special prices. Veeeery special prices.

- Most bars everywhere dont know what a measured glass is and all of them over pour . . so those aussie prices? halve it.

- It's hot. Get used to it. There is no air conditioning. Carry water.

- Be nice to the staff and the managers. You will be surprised how far that will get you anywhere (that's kind of a tip for life in general really). If you are nice to staff they are nice back . . if you are a whiny complainer that finds fault with everything or yell out "oi get me a brewski" to the waiters . . you wont get anywhere. Don't complain that the sand is sandy, water is wet and the rooms have floors. It happens.If there is a massive storm, there may be some water on the floor. If your food takes 5 minutes longer to arrive, get a drink. It's not Sydney, you arent god and the food is better here anyway.

(in fact, dont say "brewski" . . just stop)

- Pack earplugs. Not because of Breakas, but because it takes a long time to get use to silence and the occasional lizard sound. People actually complained that there was one or two noises at night instead of the drone of cars and trains. If you cant handle silence and the odd dog bark, wear earplugs.

The staff are wonderful at the resort, we singled out Lu, Frida, Becka, Annie, and many others.

I could bang on for ages, these are a few of the good things to consider. All in I absolutely recommend breakas, stay there you wont regret it.

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms are awesome, dont get one too close the bar as the music is a little repetitive...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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17  Thank ChairmanMeow2014
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BreakasVanuatu, Guest Relations Manager at Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Dear Chairmanmeow, wow what an informative review of Vanuatu, thank you so much. With all of our upgrades and additions at the resort it has being a very nice few months for us and our guests. We do hope to see you back at Breakas again and we have passed your review onto the team you mentioned, lots of smiles all around :-)

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We have been staying at Breakas for the last the 5 years, the last couple years we have stayed for a month.....We cant not fault anything about Breakas..Everyone is so friendly and we are made to feel party of the Breakas family....Flora I miss my daily cuddle, David I miss the 5am runs on the beach and Maragret thank you for maintaining our Fare you did such a wonderful job everyday nothing was ever a problem for you. To all those people who want to leave a not so nice review about Breakas I suggest that you holiday elsewhere. We cannot wait to visit again in September.
Wishing all the Breakas staff a wonderful new year and don't let the negative people get you down...Pam keep up the good work...see you all in September. Cheers Dianne & Rob Fare 25

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Stayed at Breakas Beach Resort for our honeymoon and have been raving about it since. The locals and the staff are so very friendly and extremely generous. One of the staff even took us for a tour though the local village and we were humbled by our surroundings. This helped to put things into perspective when service was a little slow but to be honest you should go there expecting Island time. The facilities were fine

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Seriously, anyone who complains about this place is just petty. It's a great resort with excellent service, the beach on your doorstep and healthy island food.

Same prices for food and drinks as any outer sydney restaurant and a manager who goes out of the way to make you happy.

I've got three more days here and don't want to leave.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BreakasVanuatu, Guest Relations Manager at Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2013

Dear Innerwest, thanks for a wonderful review and so glad you are enjoying your stay. We are constantly striving to deliver an excellent product for an affordable price and like to think our dining experiences are amongst the best n Vanuatu. We get a lot of local resident diners which is always a good sign of a quality restaurant. We do hope to see you back!
Tropical regards
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in late November and had a very relaxing stay. The service was great, good food (although a bit pricey the breakfast is included and was very good). The beach and pool are both great, with free snorkel and fin hire from reception you can swim out to the reef. The rooms are nice and spacious, with excellent showers. The only downsides were the lack of airconditioning - but the fan is pretty good so kept us cool enough - and the loud lizards that make strange bird-like sounds in the middle of the night. They keep the mozzies away though (which is just as well because the mosquito net doesn't fit the bed).

The wifi is pretty good, although the signal was not strong in the room (ours was back from the water, presume those closer to the water had better signal). I'd recommend getting the TelstaBroadband deal, not the hotel one. The TelSat was $40 for 1GB, vs the other one which was based on time - you can also use it on multiple devices.

We had a very nice massage on site and the tour of the village was worthwhile. Overall is was a great place to stay. Would also recommend a trip to the Cascade Falls.

Room Tip: We were in room 38, which was back from the beach, but nice and private. Some of the rooms near the...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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BreakasVanuatu, Guest Relations Manager at Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2013

Dear Ra F, thanks for the wonderful review. We are very glad you had an excellent time and got to experience many of the sites including Cascades Waterfalls ( very popular). Our WIFI charge is $35 for unlimited use for 7 days which compared to most resorts is incredibly cheap ( $19.95 a day in a Sydney Hotel) We are very glad you enjoyed the food. Being on the beach and with our award winning pitched roof fares (bungalows) we find the cooling breezes are perfect to keep you cool year round. We so hope you come back next year and see us again.
Tropical Regards
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

A couple of weeks ago my family of four stayed at Surfside Villas (self-catering), about 100 metres down from Breakas. There is a happy arrangement between the two establishments which means that those staying at Surfside can have free access to the facilities of Breakas, including bar, restaurant, pool, non-motorised water equipment and so on.

Overall, we were delighted with Breakas. The meals we had there were really good (particularly the dinner on our last night - that Poulet Fish was to die for!), the staff were unfailingly friendly and polite, and the areas we used, such as the bar and the pool, were always clean and tidy. It was a real pleasure to be there. Sometimes our sons (16 and 18) went on their own and that was fine, too. We were never once made to feel that we were "just visiting from the Villas".

If there is a point or two to be made for improvement, it would be these. Firstly, on our last night we had dinner in the downstairs section of the restaurant and the food was fantastic, our waiter very attentive. There were 4 sets of couples who had tables for two set up on the sand just a little in front of us; the evening was lovely and it all looked very romantic. We were enjoying the music coming from the bar area which was just loud enough for everyone to enjoy without being intrusive. Then, we became aware that a DIFFERENT sound track was being played in the restaurant section where we were. Thinking it was a mistake, we asked our waiter to turn it off as it clashed terribly with the other music we were enjoying from the bar. He said that he couldn't as the manager was adamant that there was to be different music played in the restaurant. What? That just seemed plain silly! It was so discordant and very distracting. It didn't ruin our evening, but it was just downright weird and off-putting. It would stop every now and then, and then start up again. We would have been happy with either selection of music but just not both at once because it meant we couldn't enjoy either! Anyway, as I say, it's a small thing, but it should be brought to someone's attention and sorted out.

Secondly, before we had finished our meal, (which, I might add, was not at all late in the evening), the waiters were already bringing in the tables from the 'honeymoon diners" out on the beach who had by now left. So as we were trying to enjoy our dessert, tables and chairs and dirty tablecloths were being stacked around us. I know that things like this need to be done, but couldn't it have waited until AFTER we'd finished? It did just make us feel a little that we should hurry up and finish as they wanted to get on and close the restaurant up. We hadn't asked to sit in that section; that was where we were put, so perhaps they should have seated us somewhere else to begin with? Again, not a deal-breaker, and it didn't detract from the delicious food, but it could have been done better.

We spent a happy time on the volcano tour to Tanna and, on our trip, was Tony, the father-in-law of Glen, who is in some way connected with improving Breakas Resort. Although we have no experience of how Breakas was before, we were certainly impressed with whatever Glen is currently doing to improve the customer experience overall. Keep it up! We'd love to visit again!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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BreakasVanuatu, Guest Relations Manager at Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2014

Thank you so much for dining with us during your stay next door at Surfside. Im so glad you enjoyed your meals. We pride ourselves on our fresh produce produced by some of Vanuatu's's best chefs. I have passed on your suggestions to the Food and Beverage Manager about the music Thanks again and please come back and see us again. Salote and The Breakas Beach Resort Team

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Additional Information about 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:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#7 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#7 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range: $102 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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