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“Relaxing, quiet bungalows by the sea”
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Tanna Lodge
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Tanna Island
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Beachside bungalows right next to the black (basalt) rocky beach. Friendly and homely accommodation and fantastic hosts! We stayed for three nights, and a trip out to the amazing Mt Yasur Volcano was included in our accommodation. A must visit remote Pacific Island.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

How awesome this little Villa is. Our hosts were the friendliest we had in a two week honeymoon in Vanuatu. Location is perfect, scenery is amazing with beachside bungalows a five meter walk to the beach! The food was breathtaking for such a remote island, probably the best in Vanuatu after Chills in Port Villa. We HIGHLY recommend Tanna Lodge and our hosts Hugh & Stella & family, ask to see the Waterfall and custom village. You won't be disappointed, we weren't and look forward to our next visit very soon :)
Aaron & Claire
West. Aust.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Aaron S
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Hugh and Stella run a very welcoming place. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and I loved the outdoor garden shower. Given the isolation of Tanna and the lodge, the restaurant offers a great menu of a very high standard with an excellent varying a la carte menu for lunch and dinner Stella is more than happy to organize tours to Mt Yassur (a must do) and Yakel village as well as many others.
Tanna Lodge is a great place to escape

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Probably the best accommodation, facilities and service, you could possibly expect, from a remote Pacific island(Vanuatu's 6th largest island).

Hugh "A kiwi" and Stella are amazing hosts, and have an incredible setup.

They run there own Tours off the Island, we were only there 2 nights, but
I highly recommend the Cultural Tour they run "Where you take a quad bike into the heart of the island and get to see a real-life Island tribe living virtually untouched by the outside world, followed by a swim under a wonderfully refreshing waterfall.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Me and my mum stayed at Tanna Lodge for 3 nights. Although we had a little bit of a mix up with the pick up from the airport which turned into a little adventure in itself, we were greeted by the lovely owners Stella and Hugh who made us feel right at home.

The little bungalow that we stayed in was great, had two separte bedrooms with an outdoor shower and a outdoor area which looked out over the beach and ocean. The rooms were cleaned every morning, although we were never given fresh towels which wasnt a issue as as soon as we asked they gave us new ones.

During the first day we just had a walk around the lodge and chatted to the local people and relaxed. That after noon we went on the Yasur Volcano Tour which Stella organised for us. We boarded our 4X4 and took the bumpy road up the hill to the volcano. Our guides were lovely and the volcano was even more amazing. I recommend taking a shower proof jacket and some warm clothes as it started raining when we were up there. Also take a torch and good walking shoes.

The second day Hugh had organised his son Ned to take us on a tour on the quad bikes. First we went to the Custom Village where one of the locals showed us around and then they did a traditional dance for us. Then onto a waterfall, which is a great walk if you are fit, was a little bit harder for mum. Make sure you have your togs on if you go here as you can climb up a rock face beside the waterfall and then jump into the deep water. From there we walked back up the steep hill and back on the quad bike to the black beach. This beach was great. The water was warm and clear and the sand was amazing. The quad bikes were great fun to travel around the island with.

The food was good but there wasnt a great selection, which was fine for us as we arnt fussy eaters. I recomend taking some snacks with you as you arnt walking distance to the local store.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Tanna Lodge had the ability to be an awesome accommodation but is run down.
The rooms were basic and the sheets were stained . There was old jam and milk left in the fridge. We had to ask for sugar and milk. When I asked for instant coffee as I have black coffee I was told by the owners son that he would go on the quad to get for me but for a price. I walked into town and bought my own.
The lodge is set on the beach and sunset was wonderful.
The food for lunch and dinner was great but breakfast supposedly continental breakfast was a slice from three fruits and toast and jam.There was no choice of food.
I found the owners partner friendly and the staff were great.
It has the potential to be a fantastic accommodation if there was some time and effort to be put into the place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Tanna Lodge for two nights. It was Independence Day when we arrived. The celebrations were evident on the drive to the lodge - especially the soccer tournament. On arrival we were shown to a very comfortable room with a view to the black beach less than 50 metres away. We were surprised that we had 24 hour electricity. The WIFI was another surprise - even though it was something we had no need to use. The lunches and dinners there were really enjoyable - dining with other travelers and our host Hugh.

We took in three trips around the island all organised from Tanna Lodge. First over to spectacular Yasur volcano, then the intriguing Yakel Village and also over to Black Beach for some horse riding (we opted out of the horse riding and ended up finding and eating bush tucker). We traveled in (or on) a twin cab 4wd ute to Yasur for an sunset spectacular - glad to wear a warm jumper and long pants on the back of the 4wd. To go to Yakel and Black Beach we traveled by quad bike hired from Tanna Lodge.

For somewhere so remote it was incredibly comfortable, we didn't expect perfection but found so much more. It was great to slowdown and relax. Next time we travel to Vanuatu we intend to spend less time in Port Vila and more time in gems like Tanna Lodge.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tanna Lodge

Address: Bethel Area, South West, Tanna Island, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Tanna Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Tanna Island
Price Range: $184 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tanna Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the Island of Tanna, only 35 minutes flying time from Port Vila and a little over one hour flying time from Noumea. Within close proximity to the main town and only 20 minutes drive from the airport. We have absolute beach frontage with direct ocean access via our private black sand beach. We are established in a very private sheltered bay amongst extensive gardens and lush tropical foliage, on 4 hectares of interestingly contoured land. The site is unique in its topography, including to the rear heavily vegetated cliffs with large scale caves and tunnels, inaccessible other than from the resort. The resort is nestled in a sheltered private bay and fronts directly onto a large area of sand beach enveloped on both sides by interesting rock formations and coral reefs. ... more   less 
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