I made the mistake of not researching Vanuatu much before I left for 5 nights at Aquana. Vanuatu is a beautiful place but very third world. Port Vila is run down and expensive. Just about everything in Vanuatu is imported and not always of the best quality. Don't expect Vanuatu to be like Fiji - Fiji is decades ahead of Vanuatu. Now, having said all that, Aquana was an excellent choice. The location is beautiful (when the weather is good) and the food is excellent. Expect to pay Australian restaurant prices but nothing is cheap in Vila. The difference is the quality of the food. The chef Marcel will come around to your table at dinner to talk about any specials or dietary requirements. I am sure if I went to another resort, the chef would not fully understand what it means to prepare a gluten free meal. Although no gluten free bread was on offer (they have had it before but the supermarket was out which means a wait for the next boat), every meal I had was gluten free and delicious.
The resort is small, with 12 bungalows and 2 more being constructed. The family who run the business are hampered at times by the constraints of operating a business in Vanuatu. However, they will do what they can to remedy any concerns. I was very impressed with this. The staff, as other reviewers have pointed out, are very friendly. The resort suits families and couples and has lots of family friendly extras.
In terms of price, the nightly rate is less than half of the rate of Eratap Beach Resort which is a couple of kilometres away. The bungalows are clean and spacious and sufficient. If you want ultra luxury, go somewhere else and pay a lot more.
The resort offers a few tours and I found the village tour very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2012, Aquana Beach Resort has become Vanuatu's leading three and a half star family friendly boutique Resort and this has largely been due to the unique childcare approach it has developed and the quality of the food from it's very popular casual dining restaurant. Located 25 minutes from the International Airport and only 15 minutes from the town centre, Aquana is situated in a large lagoon surrounded by groups of deserted islands and pristine reefs. Aquana has a 150 meter long man-made beach great for children to be able to play free from danger and for adults to relax on and soak up the sun. Aquana consists of 16 bungalows all located within 30 meters of the lagoon front and a hot a la carte and a continental breakfast are both included in the room rate and the resorts idyllic surroundings provides the perfect location for weddings and functions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquana Beach Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila