We stayed at Villa Chaumieres for three nights and had a relaxing and enjoyable time. Nothing was a problem for Ursula and Richard, who were always close at hand to ensure our stay was going to plan and we were being looked after. Our garden villa was tidy and cool, although we appreciated having the air conditioning on the warmer evenings. The swimming pool was a favorite spot for us, when not in the pool itself, we lounged in the recliner chairs reading and snoozing.
The restaurant is the true highlight though, situated along the lagoons edge, the setting is magical and we watched beautiful skies, fish and other marine life play in the water, and life drift past us as we ate fantastic food. The seafood was a specialty, and we would thoroughly recommend the fishermans feast, a selection of mouth watering fish, shell fish, lobster and crab - shared between two. The steak was also outstanding.
The location is good for exploring, it's a very easy trip to town on the local "B" number plated mini vans. At 150 Vatu, it's very cheap and it can be a good way to see Vila as you weave in and out of side streets dropping people off. There are a couple of good supermarkets close by, both stock a useful (and interesting) range of products.
We made use of the complimentary kayaks and explored the surprisingly large lagoon. While I didn't swim in the lagoon myself, it would be quite possible and the water quality looked quite ok.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vila Chaumieres is a child-free Resort set in a lovely tropical garden on the banks of Erakor Lagoon. Renowned for its excellent restaurant, and situated just 4 km from the centre of Port Vila, it offers a peaceful retreat to the discerning traveller seeking an alternative to the large tourist resort, but still within easy reach of all facilities and holiday amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Chaumieres Hotel Port Vila
- Vila Chaumieres Port
- Vila Chaumieres Vanuatu/Port Vila