We stayed at Fatumaru Lodge for the first week of our holiday. I travelled with a 14 year old and a 3 year old. It was a prfect location as we were close to town. As soon as you walked up the driveaway a bus would be there waiting for the short trip into town. Easy walk to do but with a youngster it would have taken all morning. When we needed supplies we kayaked into town to the supermarket.
We stayed in the 2 bedroom, I think it was named Louganville. It was a great place to stay. The shower was always hot, the room cleaned each day and the pool was great for the kids. Emily was more than helpful, a wonderful lady in the office. The photos on the website are exactly how Fatumaru looks like. I recommend this place to anyone.
A great place to eat next to the fruit markets is as a restaurant called "Chill", overlooking the water. Large schools of big fish constantly entertaining all the diners. Kids meal around $10 AUD. Anything from pizzas to lobsters.
If staying in self contained buy groceries from Supermarket 2, further down the main street, opposite rental cars.
Art and Craft markets great. The ladies will sew a bag there and then if you want made from other material.
Do take precaution against mosquitos as they do bite often. If you take yourself off to the Secret Garden please make sure you have mosquito repellant as they are EVERYWHERE there.
Last thing to do is to visit a church service. Anyone can get up and tell a story, it was wonderful. One lady told her story of being on an escalator in Sydney for the first time. A guy from Mele village translated for us. It was refreshing to listen to. At the end we made a donation and ever single person stood in line and shook our hands after church.
And last but not least the people from Vanuatu are amongst the friendliest in the south Pacific. Take time to say hello and hear the story.
- 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