We stayed here with our family of three and had a lovely holiday.
The pool was lovely and, being such a small hotel, we were the only ones in it for the whole time we were there. It is not particularly child friendly (eg no shallow areas) and it can get quite sunny there for a few hours in the middle of the day.
The local staff were very friendly and helpful. The French speaking owners/managers were also very friendly to us (but, as with most non-locals, they were not particularly respectful of the local staff).
Being right on the water is lovely. The beach area is fairly small and we didn't swim there but some of the other guests seemed to enjoy swimming there. We look at kayak out a couple of times which was nice.
While the hotel is only a 25min walk to town, it is not a particularly easy walk. The sidewalks are quite dodgy and it can be hard to cross the road in busy times. The walk takes you through a non-touristed part of town and, while it did not feel dangerous to us, we were not keen to do the walk at night. People will tell you to take a local bus to and from town but we found that it was difficult to get a bus that the locals are using - an empty bus will often stop for you but they do charge you more because you're the only ones.
We had a two bedroom apartment. Unforunately the two bedroom apartments are not on the waterfront (while our view was not a nice it was probably a good thing for young children). The two bedroom apartment is more of a one bedroom apartment with a bed in the main room. It has a bedroom at the back with two single beds. The main room has a television, a queen sized bed and the kitchen. The dining table is on the large deck outside. There is no lounge room as such. The problem with the dining area being outside is that you can be at the mercy of mosquitoes in the evening and it can get a bit hot and you're outside of the reach of the air conditioner.
The kitchen was adequate for a holiday apartment. It had most things we needed for simple meals but you can't do anything too complicated. We picked up food from the local Carrefour (next to the local markets). The product range is quite limited and anything imported is expensive (ie about 2-3 times the same price you would pay for the exact same product in Australia) but the local food is reasonably priced. The local beef is amazingly good and the local fruit and vegies from the market are excellent (and so cheap!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waterfront boutique hotel offering spacious and comfortable self-contained apartments with a panoramic view on Port-Vila Bay. Decorated with Melanesian craft each room is different. Swimming pool, Jaccuzzi, private beach and air conditioning. Close to town center. Ideal for family and couple. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fatumaru Hotel Port Vila
- Fatumaru Lodge Vanuatu/Port Vila