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Worawia Holiday Haven
Ranked #44 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Rustic, good value”
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Stayed a couple of nights at Worawia. Handy to Cascades, Mele village, Horse riding. Sadly a bit close to the village and the resident guard dog earned her keep one night scaring away drunken locals. Lovely staff who are happy to help. Fully self contained if you wish to cook. Order meals in advance - they are made in town and brought out to you. Good food at a good price. Was pleasantly surprised to find breakfast (simple continental) and transfers included.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 16, 2010

Worawia is a clean, modest establishment with kitchen facilities, a swimming pool and beautiful garden. It does pretty well, given the challenges of the environment. A short ride from downtown Vila - 160 vatu in a public bus, which are plentiful - and a short walk to Mele Village, good swimming beaches, Hideaway Island (great snorkelling, free ferry and pretty good food) and a beach bar/restaurant with internet. Half an hour away are the Mele Cascades - not to be missed - and the Secret Garden, which gives great insights into Vanuatu's culture and history. Staff are very friendly and airport transfers seamless. The breakfast includes a bountiful variety of fresh fruit, some from the garden.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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North Shore
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 23, 2010

We were lucky enough to spend a week at Worowia mid December - what a gem. This property has three fully self contained bungalows in a garden setting overlooking the pool and another larger one adjacent, as well as a dormitory style bungalow.
Service was A1.Nothing was too much trouble.
We were picked up at the airport as promised.
The locality suited us perfectly - away from the city, but a close bus ride there if we wanted to go, Worowia is set close to Mele village, the largest on the the Island.
Our bungalow was furnished simply, in 'Island' style, in keeping with the surroundings and locality.
The daily tropical breakfast( included in the tariff) was always beautifully presented with a variety of local fruit and complete with a flower on the tray.
Hideaway Island (with the best snorkelling) was a five minute walk to the jetty and five minute ferry ride away.
Mervyn, Janet and Valerie are a great team.It's the small things. What a delight to come back one afternoon to find that a lovely Christmas decoration had been hung on our front door.
If you are looking for value for money, want to enjoy staying somewhere other than a hotel or a big resort then Worawia is the place. It offers so much for so litte cost.
We wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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3 reviews
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Reviewed November 7, 2009

I stayed in Worawia Holiday Haven for 7 days in late October 2009. I enjoyed my stay there. It is located 15 minutes bus ride from town centre, 5 minutes walk to Hideaway Island’s ferry and Mele Beach, and 15 minutes walk to Tana coffee shop (it is a worth visit for coffee lovers). Also, the resort is located very close to Mele Village which is the biggest village in Vanuatu. When I travel overseas, I always like to see how local people live and I had an opportunity to see this by visiting the village with one of the staff from the resort, Valerie who lives there with her family. That was a great experience for me.
Accommodation is basic however it was comfortable and clean. The room was cleaned everyday. The biggest asset of the resort is the staff. They are kind, friendly and helpful. Although I was the only guest, staff arranged a BBQ dinner one night – beautiful Vanuatu food with wonderful French wines (The owner of the resort brought those drops from his restaurant in Town. Thank you). I very much appreciated their gesture. It is a quite and relaxing place to rest and enjoy the holiday.
Thank you for making my holiday enjoyable and memorable. My special thanks to Janet and Valerie. I hope to see you again in the near future.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
Reviewed October 28, 2009

a place where the staff really care for you and do everything to make you a wonderful and unforgetable holiday

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Sydney
2 reviews
Reviewed October 19, 2009

Worawia is a fantastic place to stay!

I found the staff to be friendly and warm which is something you can miss out on in bigger hotels. They have great bungalows for families and friends with your own kitchenette which was useful during our stay. As a woman traveling with long hair i know the importance of a good water pressure and this place had great showers! The room was clean, fresh and comfortable. The Dorm was great as well which is a good option for backpackers as Vanuatu doesn't have that many!

This place is a few minutes out of town (10 min) but it is close to hideaway, nippers restaurant (awesome place to hang out especially on Sundays with wood fired pizza and you can watch the local volleyball tournament), mele cascades (which are amazing) and the secret garden. I think its nice to be out of town because Villa can get pretty noisy at night. If you do want to go into town backpackers may be interested to know it cost us 300vt by bus so cheap! the owner can also arrange transport for you as well at a similar price. all in all one of the best budget options in Vanuatu I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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sydney
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Reviewed September 4, 2009

I have just returned from a relaxing stay at Worawia Resort , which is located at Mele Vanuatu

It has recently re opened after a period of closure due to refurbishment in late 2008 / early 2009

The property is small & very private, it is located close to Hideaway Island & only a 10minute drive to town, there is ample parking on site if you were to hire a car or a bus stop is located right outside the front of the property.

The Bungalows are self contained, very clean & comfortable, spacious with timber floors, ceiling fans & renovated bathrooms - they are set amongst a very tranquil garden & overlook the very inviting swimming pool which also has a swim up bar.

There is a great undercover BBQ area close to the pool & plenty of lovely lawn to laze the days away in the sun while reading a book.

Staff are warm, friendly & very accommodating

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Worawia Holiday Haven
Address: Kumul Hwy, Mele Efate Island | PO Box 1625, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
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Ranked #44 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Number of rooms: 6
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Worawia Holiday Haven Vanuatu/Port Vila

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