Stayed at Hideaway to have a relaxing holiday and do a lot of snorkelling. We had one of the better accommodation available on this tiny island in one of the villas. On the surface it was really beautiful; spacious with a balcony that over looked the sea. The furniture was comfortable and tasteful, though only very sheer curtains on the floor to ceiling windows, fine as it was very private (unless the security guard decides to “check things are safe” as he peered in our windows and spied our siestas). Also the sun comes up around 5 am, little chance for a sleep in. There were broken door knobs, some missing all together, peeling paint work, a constantly flushing toilet (though that was eventually fixed), and a flat screen TV that wasn’t connected. We didn’t care about the TV but all the other things really became annoying. I have travelled a fair bit and am pretty relaxed about things, it comes with travel but when you pay more you expect your shower to have an intact tap.
Another couple who were staying in one of the bungalows had rats running around their room eating their soap and leaving little presents all over their stuff. They were moved but the excuse was it was mango season so there were a lot of rats around…it is an island the size of a large oval…I am sure an eradication program would be successful.
The snorkelling was good, though they note they are a marine sanctuary they are doing little to prevent or educate people not to stand on the coral. Loads of people from the cruise ships came every second day to enjoy the area but I felt it will be loved to death as evidence of people standing and breaking the delicate coral was very evident.
The food was fine, though became a bit monotonous (the Beach Bar across the bay had a far more interesting menu), and be sure to order a drink (other than beer) before you get thirsty.
One of the best things was the staff, as they were great and very friendly.
I did enjoy my time there and achieved some relaxation and snorkelling but the place is tired and needs a bit of maintenance, though the most important thing is that the reef needs far more protection.
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- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Island Hotel Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila