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The Reef House - Vanuatu's Premier Holiday Home

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Hammocks, what else do you need on holiday
Entertainers Dream
Large dining/living areas

Overview
5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
12 guests
5 nights minimum 
Rental Home
Consistently rated Vanuatu's most luxurious and popular executive holiday home, comfortably sleeping up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms. Rated "Top Vacation Rental - Vanuatu - 2017, 2018 and 2020" by Tripadvisor. The Reef House is an architecturally designed award-winning property located on the ocean shores of Teouma Bay, just fifteen minutes drive from down town Port Vila and 25 mins from the airport. It has amazing fantastic snorkelling and swimming immediately in front of the property along the pristine reef where tropical fish are in abundance.The bay is pristine and sheltered for swimming and perfect for children and adults taking those long refreshing dips with great dug out rockpools and sheltered reef diving less than 10m off the shore. The Reef House has three building elements,...Consistently rated Vanuatu's most luxurious and popular executive holiday home, comfortably sleeping up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms. Rated "Top Vacation Rental - Vanuatu - 2017, 2018 and 2020" by Tripadvisor. The Reef House is an architecturally designed award-winning property located on the ocean shores of Teouma Bay, just fifteen minutes drive from down town Port Vila and 25 mins from the airport. It has amazing fantastic snorkelling and swimming immediately in front of the property along the pristine reef where tropical fish are in abundance.The bay is pristine and sheltered for swimming and perfect for children and adults taking those long refreshing dips with great dug out rockpools and sheltered reef diving less than 10m off the shore. The Reef House has three building elements, cement, timber and stone. Six-meter-high ceilings and louvres combined with long breezeways cool the house in the hotter months. There are numerous "chill areas" so there are plenty of different spots to relax around the tropical grounds or inside the home - even if there are larger groups - whether it be the sunken den by the beach, the beach sundeck and firepit, the loungers under the coconut trees or daybeds along the front of the living areas, there is a spot for everyone.There are hammocks hung between the coconut trees to enjoy the gentle breeze and just enjoy those afternoon siestas. Luxuriously appointed with all modern appliances and fittings you would expect in a home of this class, you will want for nothing during your holidays. There is a separate galley kitchen and prep area for entertaining or cleaning your catch of the day.Cool down with a swim in the fully fenced infinity saltwater pool with toddlers splash pool at the end.The property has free wifi and satellite TV, DVD Library, book library, snorkel equipment and Kayaks. We have eskys and other little items needed to make your holiday complete.There is a large built-in outdoor BBQ and preparation area off the main living area.The property has five large bedrooms, all with ceiling fans and large bifold or sliding timber joinery, master with ensuite, an additional shared bathroom and three outdoor showers to use after a dip in the sea. There is an outdoor couples bath off the master ensuite. This internationally acclaimed house sets the benchmark for architecture in Vanuatu. Designed by Peter Stutchbury, one of Australia's most awarded architects. Perfect for large groups, families, and honeymoons or just that special 5 star tropical holiday.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlySmoking allowed
Bedrooms
1 King4 Queens2 Twins
Bathrooms
3 Full baths

Meet the host
Glen C
Hosting since July 2010
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 73%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsOwners are a phone call away. Housekeepr onsite five days per week for a few hrs for daily serving of the property.

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Reviews (54)
Gina K
Gina K
1 contribution
The best place to stay in Vanuatu!
Wow! What a place! We recently travelled to Vanuatu and stayed at the Reef house and we throughly enjoyed our stay. We were a family of 13 people and the house was perfect for us. We especially loved Asnet, who looked after the house and Glen was extremely accommodating and helpful with anything that we needed. We would absolutely return and couldn’t recommend it enough
Visited July 2022
Written August 4, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mali C
Mali C
Kaiapoi, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing beach-front home
Perfect home for our group of 5 adults and 2 teenagers. Plenty of space for everyone inside and out. The pool got a lot of use. The house had everything you required including books to read. Anna came daily to tend to the house and was very helpful with anything we needed. The Reef House is about 30 minutes from Vila so a rental is recommended if you want to be independent, but transport can be arranged including airport transfers. Tamanu On The Beach Resort is just down the road and can arrange pick-up if wanting to have lunch or dinner there.
Visited October 2019
Written January 3, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Verity M
Verity M
1 contribution
Perfect place to stay for a family get together
Stunning location, tranquil and scenic, enjoying sunset views in the evening. The house offers wonderful communal space with plenty of lounges to relax on; multiple dining areas; well equipped large kitchen with great walk in pantry; huge grassy area for our grand kids to run around on; canoes, snorkelling equipment, reef shoes on offer; hammocks, outdoor lounges, bean bag lounges were well used for relaxation; our adult kids loved the fire pit down by the water and we all loved the outdoor bath. Anna, the lovely housekeeper with a beautiful smile, graciously looked after us and was a delight to have around in the mornings - the kids loved her! The snorkeling out the front of the Reef House was fantastic - better than we experienced at the Barrier Reef recently. We appreciated the architectural design with high ceilings, doors you could roll back for an open vista, cool "industrial" vibe, multiple bathrooms and generous living space. Recommend hiring a car or van to explore. It's an easy trip into Port Vila to stock up on supplies. Our stay at the Reef House exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend. The owner Glen was so helpful and a pleasure to communicate with.
Visited September 2019
Written September 18, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

flyingkiwi79
flyingkiwi79
Christchurch, New Zealand42 contributions
Well deserved relaxation
This was our family's second stay at the Reef house and again it was a magnificent stay. The grounds were immaculate and pool was a refreshing temperature to cool down after a long day of exploring. The location is perfect for any large families to chill out and relax and recharge. We will definitely be looking to stay in the future.
Visited August 2018
Written October 27, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Allarna W
Allarna W
2 contributions
A little disappointing
We stayed at the reef house last week as a group of 10 to celebrate my parents 60th birthday. We had researched the perfect place to stay for months and the reef house seemed to tick all the boxes. One of the main reasons for choosing the reef house was the wifi as my brother and his wife run a business and needed internet access whilst they were away. Unfortunately the wifi did not work the entire time we were there. We advised the staff on the first day it wasn’t working to which nothing was done. We kept trying to log in daily and eventually a message come up that the bill had not been paid! On the very first night we arrived we went to shower after a long day of travelling. Only to find there was no hot water! A few of the boys tried to get it working for at least an hour before deciding there was something wrong with the hot water system and would have to wait until morning to have it fixed. Luckily this was attended to quickly but was a major inconvenience to have that happen on the first night. Following that the TV would only work intermittently with often all channels being lost and having to spend hours trying to retune the tv. Also, most of the DVD’s are pirated copies and don’t work in the DVD player or in laptops. Another inconvenience given the fact that the TV was often not working and we were travelling with young kids. Lastly, on ou second last day we asked the staff if they could arrange a transfer to the airport the next day. They were more than happy to organise this for us and assured us it had been done. We all assembled out the front of the house at the designated pick up time on the day we were leaving. We waited for half an hour for our ride to arrive but no one showed up! Luckily we had a number for another driver we had used a few days beforehand who came to the rescue. We only just made it to the airport on time! The property was lovely but these few issues made the experience a little disappointing considering the money we paid to stay there you would expect everything to be working.
Visited September 2018
Written September 13, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Glen C
Glen C
Hi There, thanks for the review. Unfortunately we do not have 24 hrs technicians on call in the islands so it does take sometimes to the next day. We not only one gas water heater malfunctioned and we have two and showers on the other side of the property were working but not utilised. We were unaware of the issue with the internet. Just let me know next time and Im happy to call the service provider or sometimes its s simple modem reset. The television always works fine for those that want to use it on holiday.Always feel free to contact us if you have any issues. We always like to offer a premium property and when contacted can fix anything asap. Im a little disappointed that Ive never heard from you before nor were you one of the booking group but an outside guest. However we take on board all reviews both good and bad. Hope to see you back in Vanuatu again in the future. regards glen
Written September 17, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Avie67
Avie67
7 contributions
Fantastic Relaxing Luxurious Holiday
I chose this beautiful house to spend 6 days with 6 of my favourite girlfriends to celebrate my 50th birthday and could not have chosen better. The house and grounds were amazing, it lived up to the beautiful pictures and was even lovelier in real life. The house was airy and spacious and every amenity was there. The staff were beautiful and kind and made sure all our needs were met - lifting the kayaks down to the private reef beach, daily massages, cutting the coconuts for us daily to have fresh coconut water and flesh, and even stopping us doing our own washing and insisting on doing it for us !!!!! We have all come back totally relaxed and refreshed. The information given by Glen prior to and on arrival was much appreciated and should be heeded - e.g. hire a car as this gives you the flexibility and freedom if you want to leave the house (which you really don't want to much at all!!!) 10 out of 10 experience in every way. I can't wait to go back one day.
Visited October 2017
Written October 31, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

LarissaS6027
LarissaS6027
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
Fantastic place to stay
We spent 5days at the Reef House, Vanuatu at end of May and had a fantastic time. It is one of those places that upon arrival you realise the the photos on the website don’t do justice to the real experience. Such a delight.There were on the four of us (2 couples) so many of the bedrooms lay idle. The house is spacious and extremely well equipped , It is so comfortable and the relaxed island decor blends beautifully with the direct beachfront setting. Big comfy lounges, expansive dining tables, a library of books and dvds to choose from. The Wifi is excellent. There are plenty of areas to find that perfect spot to relax and read or suntan (or both)! There is the hammock , outdoor bath (big enough for 2), sun lounges, grassy lawn or beach to choose from. The outdoor barbecue is a dream and perfect for cooking local beef or seafood (or fish was caught whilst out fishing). The beachside fireplace made a fantastic bonfire on our last night of celebrations! The evening sunsets are glorious. Go there and visit the nearby stunning white sandy beach of Eton and famous Blue lagoon swimming hole. There are fabulous restaurants nearby including Tamanu sands and Eratap Resorts -fantastic fresh modern cuisine using local produce.
Visited May 2017
Written June 14, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Janet P
Janet P
Gold Coast, Australia16 contributions
Relaxing holiday
Close to Port Vila yet far enough away to be secluded, tranquil, relaxing. The only sounds were heard apart from our own voices, were birds and the waves. Spacious property with all conveniences. Nice swimming pool and if the tides are right you can venture into the bay for swimming and snorkling. We self catered buying supplies at Bon Marche supermarket in Port Vila but you could eat at nearby restaurants. The staff supplied lots of fresh fruit - pawpaw, bananas, grapefruit, limes for our use. Pantry was well stocked with staples but we took meat, vegetables and copious amounts of wine for our stay. Go to the markets for lots of the freshest vegetables and salad requirements - beware some things are very expensive eg Lettuce $12 !! The house came with books, dvds, tv and games. The staff kept everywhere clean and tidy for us yet remained in the background. The outdoor bath was a bonus - lots of hot water and we added bath salts and fresh flowers - very decadent ! Came home feeling very very relaxed.
Visited May 2017
Written June 1, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Steph H
Steph H
2 contributions
Mr and Mrs
Our first stay at the Reef House was everything we expected it too be and more ! The location , views , accomodation and grounds were spectacular. Our stay here was very enjoyable with our two children . Asnet and Wendy looked after us very well and made sure we had everything we needed . The building perfectly compliments its surroundings with its huge shutter doors opening up to the sea . We will never forget our stay here . 5 Star .
Visited January 2017
Written February 1, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

dbx9034
dbx9034
1 contribution
Beautiful weekend away with friends
The Reef House is quite simply the best Villa in Vanuatu! It's a pleasure to stay here amidst the amazing architecture, surrounded by stunning views and tranquil setting. The house is immaculate and your every need is catered to. If you're looking for a wonderful luxurious escape from reality this place has it all including some special touches such as the fabulous outdoor bath and fire pit by the sea. Plenty of space to relax and chill out and share this special place with friends. John the manager was very helpful with seamless checkin and Stanley the gardner is lovely and on hand to help out if needed. All in all cannot recommend this place enough. Can't wait to go back some day!!
Visited November 2016
Written November 16, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD player
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Boat available
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Garage
  • Internet access
  • Linens provided
  • Microwave
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Cable television
  • Stereo system
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Television
  • Washer
  • Waterfront views
  • Waterfront location
  • Beachfront/Lakeside

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About the neighborhood
Teouma Bay is on the South Coast of the island of Efate. Efate is the island on which the capital of Vanuatu Port Vila is built. Situated on one of the worlds great Harbours, Port Vila is a bustling seaside town that boasts a population of some 30000 people of which around 5000 are expatriate Australians, New Zealanders, French and other nationalities. The south coast of the Island has somne glorious coastlines often rugged with some long beaches to walk upon as well. The Reef House is in in a sheltered and secluded bay which is perfect for swimming snorkelling or Kayaking
Access
Car not needed
How to get there
We can arrange airport transfers for you or recommend excellent rental cal companies

Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount


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