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“What a view, what a garden - and the food was a bonus”
Review of The Summit Gardens Vanuatu - CLOSED

The Summit Gardens Vanuatu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The largest tropical gardens in the South Pacific recovering well after Cyclone Pam in March 2015, the panoramic views from The Summit are stunning. Visit THE SUMMIT GARDENS for FREE, view health & body products being made at The Essential Oils Distillery, Cafe and Health & Body Gift Shop, DAY SPA and more... THE SUMMIT GARDENS have been developed to provide maximum pleasure to the visitor. Opened to the public in November 2011, the 11 named gardens, spread over 6 hectares, are all distinctly different, unfolding as a series of surprises as you follow the meandering pathways and steps. At nearly 200m above sea level, the escarpment garden offers the visitor breathtaking views over Mele Bay. Within the gardens are THE ESSENTIAL OILS DISTILLERY - see how oils from sandalwood, Tahitian lime, mandarin, tangelo, ginger, etc, grown at The Summit are extracted and where our range of health and beauty products based on Sandalwood, soaps and candles are made. The Gardens were devastated during Cyclone Pam on Friday 13 March 2015. Since re-opening in August 2015, admission to the gardens is free and must remain so until they recover their former glory and world class status, and we wanted to share this journey with you. However, costs for rehab and garden team wages are ongoing. We believe in Trade not Aid... So if you want to help us going forward, please call into The Summit Gift Shop after your garden stroll and choose your favourite Made in Vanuatu skincare products, 100% Tropical Vanuatu Inspired, 100% Natural & Sandalwood Based. All net proceeds from the shop go to cover the costs of restoring The Summit Gardens. And remember, our products carry a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Come to THE SUMMIT CAFE for refreshments or lunch and take in more of the wonderful views. ALLOW 2-3 hours for your stay - take a leisure walk and lunch or refreshments, or wander around at your leisure for the whole day if you wish! Enjoy a Walk at the Rainforest or Dare the Canyon Ride (Admission Fee applies), or do the Segway Tour (Admission Fee applies) BUT Remember, there's NO ADMISSION FEE to visit and to enjoy The Summit Gardens for now! You can come by bus, by your own car, by your transport. Do come visit-you won't be disappointed! ATTN: Air Vanuatu/ Virgin Blue / Air Caledonia / Fiji Airways / CRUISE SHIP VISITORS & Everyone - To Visit The Summit Gardens is FREE! Explore, Discover, Dine & Shop in the Clouds! If you're feeling adventurous, dare the Canyon Ride or do the Segway tour! ADMISSION FEE APPLIES to both these tours.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What a view, what a garden - and the food was a bonus”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

OMG - this was such a find - we had not heard about this until we were just about to leave Vila so we took the new bus service to the Summit(100Vatu) and spent a couple of hours walking around the beautiful gardens and then enjoyed a coffee and some late lunch - a yummy pizza - before we went into the giftshop to buy some of the lovely oils, soaps and candles that are made on the premises. Well worth a visit

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Margaret N
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Canberra, Australia
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Stunning and tranquil - a great place to visit!”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

We walked from the beach side of Hideaway Island, along the road and up the hill - this made for a great morning's activity! The slopes are steep, so unless you are fit it is probably best you take a bus or taxi; however, once up there it offers magnificent views of Mele Bay and the island on which we stayed. A thoughtful and interesting range of plants, trees, flowers etc - we particularly loved the terraces. The cafe offered a wide range of refreshments and the staff, as usual, were welcoming and helpful.

Visited July 2012
Thank ThisTeacherTravels
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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Summit gardens”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

amazing gardens and great views. Arrived a bit late in the afternoon to get the most out of the gardens
Costs a bit to get in - and not so interesting for non-plant lovers.

Visited July 2012
Thank Fernah P
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great views,beautiful gardens”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Wasn't really sure what to expect from the summit,thought my kids would find walking around gardens boring,how wrong could i be ! Once we got to the top the views out across mele bay were amazing and that was an overcast day. Seeing the distillery was great and I couldn't wait to get to the gift shop to purchase the best smelling candles (Vanuatu smile is my fave) both kids and adults really enjoyed exploring the gardens and seeing the different plants.
Tip: take the mele express bus it leaves the anchor inn every hour costs 1000 vatu and stops at all mele bay attractions (much cheaper than bus or taxi)

Visited July 2012
3 Thank jut1702
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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188 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lovely scenery”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

I was more impressed with the sandlewood factory than the gardens themselves. This was an educational trip.

Visited June 2012
Thank Steve B
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