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Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“The best of all worlds - couldn't get more perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

We've just returned from a brilliant two weeks staying at the Beachfront Apartments. We stayed in the 2 bedroomed aptm which looks out on the pool and then onto the soft and sandy beach. The aptm was spacious, very comfortable and new and was equipped with everything that we needed. The location is ideal as it is close to most of Vanuatu's main/best attractions - and a nice distance out of the main township that it doesn't get over crowded at any time. The beach is perfect for swimming and only a few minutes away there is fabulous snorkelling. Michelle, Damien, their two children, Chris and staff were extremely hospitable - always available and happy to help. This would be one of the best places we've stayed at any where in the world (and there have been a few!).

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know all of your family and we are very pleased that you enjoyed yourself during your stay. We are very proud of our location close to attractions as its a great asset to us and very beneficial for anyone staying here. I hope you had a safe and enjoyable return home and would love to see you back here in the future.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

We had 5 days of bliss at the Beachfront Apartments with our three grown daughters. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet of Mele Beach and we were close enough to make the most of down-town Vila with the wonderful market and delicious restaurants (5 minutes or so drive). The hospitality of Michelle and Damien was fantastic. We were picked up from the airport and taken to the shop to get a few supplies before being taken to our lovely new two bedroom apartment. This is family operated accommodation where Damien and Michelle are able to offer hands on personal, very friendly and helpful service.
Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments are just as said, literally only a few metres from the water, with Hideaway Island right on our doorstep - just BEAUTIFUL
With less than a one minute walk along the beach we were able visit Mele Market and also to enjoy Friday night's fire display by enthusiastic locals - fantastic.
We used Beachfront Apartments as a base and were able to visit some of the local sites (Mele village and Cascade Waterfall) and also do a day trip of Efate and do a trimaran sailing trip starting from Havana Bay where we were able to snorkel and see the most amazing coral and fish. On our one down day we just relaxed around the pool and ate from the very nice evening menu.
What an awesome place to stay. We could not recommend more highly. Thank you so much again we had such an amazing and much needed holiday. I hope that we will get the opportunity to come to Vanuatu again and if so we will definitely be staying at Beachfront Apartments.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write this comprehensive review. We are very glad you enjoyed your holiday and we thank you for taking the time to tell others of your experience. It was a delight to meet your family and spend personal time getting to know you. We could see that you were soaking up the atmosphere that Vanuatu has to offer but were also out and about constantly seeing all the attractions as well. We wish you all the best for 2014 and thank you for choosing to stay with us. It would be great to see you back here in the future.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

This was by fair the nicest accommodation we stayed in. The rooms were very clean and modern, they had all cooking utensil available for us to use in the rooms. The managers Damien and Michelle were very helpful and did as much as they could to help us out. The atmosphere was second to none and they made us feel like we were friends visiting them rather than tourists just staying at their apartments. They had plenty of amenities for us to use and hire It is located on the beachfront on Mele Bay and just 10 minutes from the main town of Port Vila directly opposite hideaway island. In all couldn't of hoped for a better place, a better stay, or better hosts. Anyone coming to Port Vila should really consider staying here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It was a real pleasure meeting you both and we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. The personal touch you mention is what we strive for. Getting to know our guests is a rewarding experience and lets us maximise everyone's holiday experience. Meeting genuine down to earth people like yourselves is one of the greatest things about our apartments. Have a great New Years.
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Robina, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Our family of 5 stayed at the Beachfront Apartments for 6 days. We stayed in the beachfront 2 bedroom. The hospitality and excellent customer service started from when we were picked up at the airport by Damien. Damien and Michelle provide an excellent service that you cannot put a price on. They were there for advice (I asked about 100 questions - sorry Damien!), guidance and even loaned me stuff when I run out!

The apartments are right on the water, you can walk to the door of your room and watch the beautiful sunsets. The building is quite new so its very clean and decorated in a contemporary style. It has everything you need for cooking, washing your clothes etc. The beds were comfy, the kids loved the pool and being able to walk straight out onto the beach.

The staff were really friendly and Bulla (?spelling) even went to find fresh coconuts for the kids as well as taking us to Mele Village for a walking tour which we loved.

So glad we chose to stay here instead of somewhere else and even though this accommodation is not in Port Vila, you will have no issues getting around or accessing any of the activities as they are very close by.

A big thanks to Damien, Michelle and the team at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to post a review. It was an absolute please having you with us. No need to apologise for all the questions, its what we are here for; to make sure you have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Vanuatu. Your kind words make it all worth while. As you can see from your stay, the team here put their heart and soul into everyday to make it great. Have a terrific Christmas and New Years Eve.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Right opposite to the Hideaway Island - the most well known fish and coral haven on Efate, this beautiful apartment complex is situated on the coast of Mele Bay only minutes away from the major attractions including the famous Cascade Waterfall, the Summit tropical garden plus others tourist attractions and under 10 mins to the CBD of Port Vila. Boat ride to the Hideaway Island was free and only took 3 mins. A fee was paid for entering the island resort after we landed.

My family arrived at the apartment just before sunset and was immediate captivated by the beautiful scenery at dusk of the bay, looking from the deck of a new pool where one can comfortably spend time at the pool side and relax. The lush green landscaped garden was carefully constructed and maintained, in which hibiscus and flowering gingers added liveliness with their striking colours while heavily laden banana, papaw, and pineapple plants gave testimony to the fertile soil underneath. Also the Pikinini is a smart retreat for most kids to hang around. The banded iguanas were such a curious creature that I can bet most travellers would find them amazing.

The apartment was a recently built duplex of very solid construction. It has gloss floor tiles which gave a sense of cleanliness as we entered. The kitchen is fully fitted with appliances and basic utensils that were adequate for our need. The local produce was one of our favourites in this trip - our hired car was always full of tropical fruits bought from Port Vila as well as road side stalls on our way returning to the apartment. The meats in Vanuatu are organically grown so is a must try. Everyone in my family is now addicted to the local BBQ chicken and beef. For those who are curious about seafood, should also try out the Vatu crabs which is sold in a tied cluster for a few dollars. We found the crabs very tasty but remember to get a pair of pliers next to you in order to open the hard shell of the claws. The apartment was fully serviced and everyday when we returned we found the mess we created was cleared and the place looked brand new again.

Damien and Michelle were very caring and helpful throughout our stay. Being Australian themselves, they knew exactly what our needs were and gave us their precious advices. The gardener is a local who lives in the nearby Mele village. He is always welcoming and friendly. He even invited us to his village for a walk one morning and introduced us to his fellow villagers and relatives. We really appreciated this experience as it brought us a great sense of warmth and friendship with the local people.

We had the most wonderful trip this time, and we believe we will be back before long.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad that your family had a relaxing break here. It was great to see you family soaking up the culture and taking the time to speak to the locals on the beach and in the village. There is so much to see and do in Vanuatu and although you only had a short time here, its great that your family got out and explored Vanuatu. As you mentioned, the hire car gave you extra freedom to go where you want when you wanted to. I hope everyone returned back home relaxed and look forward to seeing you back here in the future.
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Marcoola, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

What an amazing place to stay, great rooms lovely staff, The owners well you couldn't ask for better host's Michelle & Damien were fantastic. We have already started planning out next stay.

If your a couple or a family looking for a safe fun relaxed holiday with great service we couldn't recommend a better place to stay

Wayne & Nicole ( Sunshine Coast Qld)

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thanks for your kind comments. We had a great time when you were here and many great memories were made. It's always a pleasure to meet genuine people who have such a love of life. Looking forward to seeing you back here real soon for some more great times.
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

What a fantastic stay in Vanuatu!! Very happy to have made the decision to stay only a short 5 minute drive out of Port Vila. The apartment was amazing! Could not fault it in any way whatsoever. Modern and luxurious would be the prefect way to describe our room. It was immaculately clean and serviced daily. The kitchen was well equipped providing us with the option to cook a few meals ourselves. The food at Oceans Cafe was brilliant and very well priced. Service was very quick and always with a smile. The cocktails were cheaper at the bar than anywhere else in Vanuatu that we tried.
Our 18 month old was entertained from sun up til sun down; beach, pool, fully fenced sand area, kids club, on demand kids shows (by the hundreds!!) and playing with the local kids.
Damien and Michelle were great with any request that we made and helped us to plan our activities and sight seeing during our 9 nine day stay in Vanuatu. Their hospitality is second to none! True professionals and very experienced.
We would definately stay here again and would highly recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Vanuatu.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Damien I, Owner at Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. It is great to see our guests enjoying themselves when they are here. It makes all the hard work worth it. It was an absolute pleasure having you here and the time we spent with your little one was a joy. We are glad you got the time out you needed and got back home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We would love to see you back here sometime in the very near future.
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Property: Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments
Address: Lot 6 Mele Cove, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vanuatu Beachfront Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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6 self-contained apartments built into a beach-front resort complex with onsite pool/bar and cafe. Kids club onsite with volleyball court and daily activities including water sports and jet ski hire. Port Vila, Vanuatu ... more   less 
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