I have now stayed solo twice on Hideaway. First in April to May 2009 for nearly 1 month, then late May to June 2009. I do not have a bad word to say about the staff, location, or diving, but the owners behaviours' was and is unbecoming!!!
Although i would nave have thought twice about recommending Hideaway Island Resort as an ideal spot to holiday with family, friends or solo previously - NOW i would offer a warning.
On my first trip I fell in love the truly welcoming and friendly staff who took the time to get to know me and made me feel at home. In fact I loved it so much I hardly left the island because most of my needs were met there. I found that you could truly hide-away at Hideaway. The basic, but cosy accommodation more then met my needs and the restaurant and bar staff and food/beverages exceeded my fussy taste buds. Further the island is divers dream. With varied dive sites and staff that cater to all levels – if you just snorkel, you will be wowed!
On my second trip after having been warmly welcomed back by the staff with hugs and kisses, I found that the darker side of Hideaway Island Resort are the owners. Not only did I notice a change in the staff’s domineer when all owners are present on the island, but I also personally found myself being targeted. The first incident involved one of the owners inappropriately questioning all male staff on the island about my personal life. It should be noted that the island is very small and word does eventually get back to the topic of conversation. I thought I had dealt with the owners interfering in personal life – well kept away from the island & their business, when I confronted the owner. However upon my return to Sydney I received a phone call from my family who live on Efate (the capital island of Vanuatu) to inform me that another of the owners was spreading untrue and personally nasty rumours about me to anyone who would listen.
All I have to say is that the owners behaviour is not only inappropriate, but tasteless!!
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- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Island Hotel Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Port Vila
- Hideaway Island Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila