My partner and I stayed at Hideaway Island Resort in June of 2013 for 5 nights. We had an amazing time there and really loved the snorkeling, which is the best I've experienced to date. However if you are looking for a 5 star, secluded experience with perfect sandy beaches, this is not the place for you.
For starters the beach is a coral beach so you'll need footwear or tough feet to handle that. I have noticed that this place is now listed as being for adults only. I am not sure if this was the case back in June, however the point is moot because there is a huge influx of day-trippers every single day, most of which is loud families with little to no respect for the coral. On several occasions we saw adults and children alike standing on top of the coral. Lunch service often took a while because there were so many people visiting each day.
Once all of the annoying children and day trippers left for the day, it was a much nicer atmosphere. They did movie nights and bonfire nights and other such things if people chose to get involved.
The room quality and service is probably equivalent to 2.5-3 star. For us we didn't mind how the room looked, as long as the water service worked properly and the bed was comfortable. The cleaning staff were very good and left us a very sweet handwritten note on our last day, thanking us for staying.
The food and beverage service could have been better, however it wasn't terrible either. The food was nothing to write home about, but it was still perfectly fine. Whatever you do though, avoid the wine. We had some on our last night and it tasted awful. Stick to the beer/cocktails or BYO drinks.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay as our main objectives were relaxation and snorkeling, which we certainly did plenty of. I recommend going sooner rather than later to snorkel as the high influx of day-trippers is absolutely ruining the coral. Some locals told us that the snorkeling was even more amazing 12 months prior to us arriving. I can imagine it is only going to get worse as long as there are morons standing on the coral and carelessly coming into contact with it.
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- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Island Hotel Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila