A beautiful location - a piece of your own paradise that you don't have to share with anyone. However, this property is severely neglected and in much need of some TLC!! The doors need a good coat of varnish to stop them from falling apart....the main house is not airconditioned and the lounge suite is mouldy. Being the tropics the mould is obvious throughout the smaller villas and can be smelt in the mattresses. There are two refrigerators in the main house but you are lucky if either one of them works. The house comes with a car but it too is desperately neglected.....you may be lucky to pick it up without a flat tyre but it won't go over 80km an hour unless you are going downhill.
The cooktop is a lovely 6 burner....however you are lucky if 2 of the gas burners work. You will also be treated to all the left over remnants of previous guests - and I'm not complaining about left over wine or beer, however left over shampoo, conditioner and soap used by others in the showers is not something I find endearing.
Transfers are not included so brace yourself for a 6,000 vatu transfer fee. Water in the cooler is also not included so bring your own bottled water. The bore water is safe to drink however isn't that palatable.
The main house is lovely and cool even in the most humid weather but if you open the doors/windows to take advantage of that lovely sea breeze you will be carried away by mosquitos and bugs (as is the norm for the tropics). You can also not turn on a lot of lights and the oven at night - it will result in power failure and a trek out to the shed to restore power to the house.....make sure you wear shoes as there are a few crabs that will be in your path!!
All in all it is a lovely property and with a good management team it will become an awesome 5 star home away from home. Just be ready to clean the crabs out of the pool every morning before you go swimming!! Also, let the management team know if you are allergic to cats - the house comes with a cat that isn't that friendly - it bit and scratched my son during our stay. Valerie works hard to make your stay comfortable and you will come home to find all your clothes unpacked and stored in cupboards.
If you aren't expecting 5 star luxury then you won't be disappointed.......this is a 3 star property with 5 star potential........ peace and quiet is ensured and the location is spectacular. The house looks majestic on your initial approach.....it's just once you are inside that you realise that looks can be deceiving. In saying all this though, I would stay here again as this seems to be the norm for Vanuautu.
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