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Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
Ranked #14 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 12, 2012

My wife and I took a 7 day break at the Holiday Inn. We were pleasantly surprised by the resort. It offered spacious clean quiet rooms. We had a garden room on the second floor. The curtains fully blocked out the morning sun, which was a bonus to sleep in. The air conditioning was quiet, with a ceiling fan if needed. It was too far to walk into Port Villa but taxis were on stanby at the front entrance. It costs $6 into town.
The buffet breakfasts were great and the view from the dining room is fantastic overlooking both the lagoon and pool areas.
There were enough free activities on offer to keep you as active as you wanted to be or lounge chairs and hamocks for those that just wantede to chill. We enjoyed taking the catamarans out each afternoon on the lake system that the resorts lagoon met up with.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Gordon G G
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2012

Good Afternoon Gordon G G

Thank you for the review!

You can't help but relax in Vanuatu and it sounds like that exactly what you did!

Hope to see you back in Vanuatu in the near future.

Tankiu tumas

Thomas

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

To Thomas and all the wonderful Staff, Thank you from all of us!!!! We had an awesome time at the resort and also in Vanuatu. What a beautiful place to visit we thoroughly enjoyed everything and can't wait to return for another visit. The resort was everything that we hoped it would be and the fact that there were only about 30 guests in total was a real bonus, some days we even had the whole pool to ourselves. Food, service, activities, everything was perfect. Thanks again to you all for a fantastic holiday!! and a big hello to Zara and Kirra it was a pleasure to meet you both and we hope we see you again soon from the Wescombe Family xoxox

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Wendy W
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2012

Dear Wescombe Family

Thank you for your very kind review!

We all look forward to welcoming you back to Vanuatu in the future.

Tankiu tumas

Thomas

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

Our experience with Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu was fantastic from the very start. We arrived with 4 kids late at night and immediately felt relieved at being picked up from the airport without needing to worry about cabs or figuring out where we needed to go.

We had perfect weather the whole week and spent loads of time at the pool and other water activities. Despite it being school holidays and quite busy, the hotel and surrounding environment are so spacious, you never felt like you were invading anyone else's space!

The hotel team were great at offering suggestions to explore the island, organizing a dive, seeing the turtles, and other off site activities.

The meals and drinks were great and prices really reasonable. Often when you stay at a resort the prices are inflated, but not the case here. The couple of times we ate out of the resort were actually more expensive.

We had 2 adjoining rooms (unfortunately the family suites weren't available yet) and this was fine for us. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The bathrooms are a decent size with big bath and plenty of bench space.

Kids club was definitely one of the major pluses! We initially felt guilty about booking the kids in when we did our dive, but every day after they asked what time they could go there! They had great activities and got an opportunity to experience the local culture.

Overall a fantastic holiday! Would definitely go back!!

Room Tip: The family suites looked great!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank Jodi P
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2012

Good Afternoon Jodi P

Thank for such a great review!

Sounds like the Resort and destination left a lasting impression. The family suites are on-line and in high demand so book early for your return visit.

The fantastic team in the Kids Club have caused a few broken hearts over the years with many of the Kids sad to go and many wanting to take the team with them.

Look forward to welcoming you all back to Vanuatu in the near future.

Tankiu tumas

Thomas

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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We went in Feb (wet season) and there were 15 guests to the whole resort which has about 300 rooms, this meaning we had everything to ourself!
Rooms were great, staff were friendly and food was awesome. Prices for food were similar to Australia and with Port Vila being quiet small we ate all our meals at the resort. In five nights we spent approx $800AUD on food and drinks which is a lot but we couldn't fault anything.
We went to the day spa twice once for a 30min massage the other for a couples massage package which included 1hr massage each on the balcony of an over water bungalow then a coconut milk spa bath complete with rose petals, champange and chocolate coated bananas. Definately something to do if you want to spend a relaxing day with your loved one!
Overall we rated this holiday experience 10/10 for a relaxing getaway...will definately be going back!

  • Stayed: February 2012
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4  Thank deanna_chambers
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2012

Good Afternoon deanna chambers

What a GREAT review! Thank you.

Looks like you had a nice relaxing time with us and maximised the use of the different spa treatments.

I look forward to welcoming you back to Vanuatu in the near future.

Tankiu tumas

Thomas

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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Where to start!

Upon entering we were greeted with a warm welcome from the staff at the Holiday Inn, one of which was in traditional dress of the land. We were then promptly checked in to our Lagoon View Room. The room itself was small-mid size but was comfortable. The bathroom was adequate, with a good shower, well lit basin and modern finishing’s. The view from the balcony was excellent and the air conditioning worked a treat. A small fridge was supplied but with only a kettle (no toaster or microwave) the chance for any type of cooking in the room was low.

The restaurant was modern with a beautiful view down to the pool and lagoon. The food was priced similarly to Australia and was of a decent quality, although something’s were slightly overcooked. The highlight of the food was the buffet breakfast of which there was everything you could imagine!

The facilities such as the pool were fantastic with 2 pools to choose from both set in beautiful surroundings. You could take out a kayak anytime and paddle around the safe lagoon at your leisure or have a hit of tennis. The only let down was the "gym" facility, which was very limited with only a single rower, bike and elliptical with weight stack up to 10kg. If you like to work out all year round (as I do) this was disappointing.

All in all the Holiday Inn typified what Vanuatu was for me-a relaxing beautiful place filled with many smiling faces. Definitely worth a trip!

P.S. If you go in the wet season be prepared for some rain but it is almost a constant 30 deg so it is never much of a worry!

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Rhys K
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2012

Good Afternoon Rhys K

Thank you for the Review.

Great to see you enjoyed not only the Resort but also the destination!

Appreciate the feedback on the gym and something for us to look to expand on the in the future.

Tankiu tumas

Thomas Tait
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

We have stayed here a number of times in the past and so we have seen the old and the new. The recent renovation has been very successful and we loved our time here. The Family Suite rooms are awesome and our daughter loved her room !!

The whole resort has been lifted to a true international standard and we were very impressed. The food is very good and well priced when you consider that the kids eat free. The service was great and the staff are second to none in terms of friendliness and you are made to feel very welcome and special the whole time.

Special thanks goes to Florence who made our daughter's time there extra special with the little arrangements and special greetings they had for each other etc. And to all the pool bar staff who ensured I was suitably topped up at happy hour !!!

We were in Vila partly for business but mainly for holiday and the resort and all the staff certainly didn't disappoint.

Tank yu tumas blong olgeta long Holiday Inn, ples blong yufala hemi nambawan, lukim yu olgeta bak again long nekis yia !!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank L0vattFamily
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2012

Good Morning LOvattFamily

Tankiu tumas from comment blong yu!

We have certainly made some changes over the past 12 months and may need to build some more family suites!

Mifala ie luk forward blong welkamem yufala bak long Resort nekis yia bakegen!

Tankiu tumas

Thomas

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Reviewed February 10, 2012

We originally looked at another property, but were extremely happy with our choice, has recently has alot of work done it, the staff were very friendly & cheerful. The rooms were clean, and in good repair. Breakfast was very good, lots of things to choose from and staff also cook in front of you which my kids loved.

Overall a great stay

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Claire W
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Thomas T, General Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2012

Good Morning Claire W

Thank you for your AWESOME review!

The team enjoy cooking on the live action station as much as the guests enjoy watching them!

We look forward to welcoming you back to Vanuatu in the near future.

Tankiu tumas

Thomas

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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Address: Tassiriki Park, PO Box 215, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu (Formerly Palms Resort and Casino Vanuatu)
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Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Port Vila
#6 Spa Hotel in Port Vila
#8 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#8 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#12 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range: $191 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu 4*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking the serene waters of the Erakor Lagoon, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is set in vibrant natural surroundings. Meaning “the land that always existed”, Vanuatu is a holiday destination made up of 83 tropical islands located northeast of New Caledonia. Immersed in cultural richness and native splendour, the islands hold crystal blue beaches, coral reefs, hot springs, exotic rainforests, and stunning waterfalls that are some of the most beautiful in the world. The Vanuatu hotel’s Erakor Ballroom and Valea meeting space provides exceptional indoor and outdoor meeting facilities, and the accommodation resort also features a unique Namele Day Spa, two luxurious outdoor holiday swimming pools, and the newly refurbished Palms Casino. The views from the rooms include lush gardens, blue lagoons, and a golf course. The hotel boasts 5 dining areas. Breakfast, buffet and à la carte dinners are served daily. There is an extensive wine list from New Zealand, Australia and France. Get to experience the perfect Vanuatu holiday with island lifestyle at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Hotel Port Vila
Port Vila Le Meridien
Le Meridien Vanuatu
Le Meridian Vanuatu
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Port Vila

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