Ok, best to start this by heloping you choose if Hideaway is for your or not. Hideaway is not 4 or 5 star, It does not provide TV, Phone, radio or hairdryer in the rooms, it does not have room service, does not have a swim up bar and a nightclub, its is not a big flashy resort. So, if you are a high maintenance traveller who needs everything, then read no further.
What it is, is a perfect holiday destination. Our bungalow (which was the newest of the bunch, Number 6 if you get to choose) was LOVELY. Very clean and well fitted out, its was an extremely comfortable room for our holiday. You could sit on the deck and have a drink and watch the sun set and just sit and look over the bay about 5 metres away. The snorkelling is great, the pool clean (if not a little small), you can kayak and sail a boat as well as dive. There is a glass bottom boat and snorkelling safarai whcih you can go on every day without cost if you want. The ferry between the becah and the island is 24 hours and is safe and easy to use. Transport from the beach into town or whereevery you want is also avaialble regularly at the beach. The staff great and the surroundings absolutely lovely. The food was very nice, but if you were there for more than a week you might want to eat off the island once or twice as its a set menu of 6-7 things which were all very nicet (especially the coconut curry) but you might not want to double up on the same meals. Breakfast was fresh every day, we just had the continential and as much as I love a cooked breakfast I never felt the need, there was plenty of variety including frsh fruit. Drink prices were very reasonable and the 90 minute happy hour each night made it fairly economical. We took our own snorkelling stuff as we often snorkeled before the dive shop opened and it was great to be in the water by ourselves. Reef shoes are a MUST as the coral is hard on your fee and getting to the water's edge without them can be an interesting process, I would recomend going into Port Villa and buyiong them there as they are half the price that they are here and do the job just fine.
They go to lengths to have different activities at night and we were able to enjoy a movie on the big screen on the beach (it was an awful movies, but a charming experience) with beer or cocktail in hand and popcorn being served, a small thing but really very nice. The melanesian feast was good and plenty of food. We did a night snorkelling trip which was different and exciting.
The staff were very pleasant and friendly and took the time to remember our names which was really nice.
I cannot rate this place highly enough especially if you want/need a quiet getaway. Great for family or just a couple and its a very relaxed environment which works with its natural setting to create a lovely little Hideaway. Its far enough away from port Vila to be quiet (takes about 15 minutes ina Bus and about 300vt pp) yet close enough to make it a simple and safe trip in there to shop or eat.
Duty Free in Port villa was VERY Cheap, a 1.125 lt bottle of Bundaberg Run, $18, same for Absolute Vodka adn Jonny Walker Red label $14 for a litre, so much cheaper then Sydney on you retrun. The Duty free shop closest to the island in Port Villa seemed the best value.
A couple of activity tips, we REALLY enjoyed the Zip Lining. Even if you don't like heights this is a must, face your fear and you will have a ball, its not overly cheap but a great experience and certainly cheaper than doing it here. Its new and run by an expat Aussie and all the gear is new, clean and safe. The Mele cascade waterfalls is a good trip, its about 15-20 minutes walk from the island (or 2000vt for a bus), but don't go the day a cruise ship is in town. The Summit Gardens are a lovely location and they give a supurb view of the area and worth the trip and lunch at the cafe is very nice.
All in all, Hideaway Island was a great choice IF you are going there for the right reasons, we will be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Island Hotel Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila