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“Excellent place to stay in Luganville”
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Beachfront Resort
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Luganville
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Hobart
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43 reviews
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“Excellent place to stay in Luganville”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

I phoned and booked two rooms with 24 hours notice as we were struggling in the rain at Lonnoc. Dave Cross took my call, offered me two rooms ( we were a family of 5) and when we arrived mid morning the next day we were greeted as long lost friends and shown straight to one of the rooms. We were also offred a late checkout on both rooms till 5pm the next day at no extra charge. The rooms were clean and tidy and air conditioned. We had masses of dirty washing - and were amazed to hand this over at 12pm and receive it all back just 90 minutes later - all washed, dried and folded.. Great pool area and grounds, restaurant service a little slow ( even allowing for Island time). A great base in Luganville and Dave and his staff are fantastic and highly recommended

Room Tip: Near to the Lagoon - much nicer outlook
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

I was provided this accommodation through Vanuatu Tourism as part of a media visit and allocated Bungalow 5 which is a beach facing room.

During this trip I had the opportunity to sample several different styles and types of accommodation in Vanuatu and found the Beachfront Resort one of the best from those offered. Mr Dave Cross has substantial local knowledge and visitors should not hesitate to consult him for tips on tours and attractions.

My room was clean and delightfully airy and bright without too much sacrifice for privacy. Weather was cool, overcast and windy during my stay hence no a/c was required, so cannot say what would be like in normally hot conditions. Think you can rely on a regular evening breeze in any case.

The only thing I missed in my room was an inside chair and table to sit and do a little computer work. At a pinch I could rustle up the outside chair. There is no TV (so what?) which would impose on comfort of neighbours. Complimentary Wi-Fi for guests is a welcome provision, but still suffers from poor speed and reliability as most places in Vanuatu.

I didn’t test the kitchen’s limits with meals, sticking to simple fare like hamburger and fish which I found perfectly satisfactory. Most dining is in the outside covered area with a few tables inside near the bar. Overall I would rate the property above average, generally clean and efficiently run and would recommend as appropriate for the price range.

Room Tip: The beachfront bungalows are certainly the pick
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

I travel regularly to Vanuatu, First time to Santo, Booked a room here for one night, arrived early as our flight arrived at 8.20am.
No worries at all, Staff were wonderful and welcomed us to the resort.
Our room was awesome was a good size, very clean had air con and a celing fan which was heaven as is was very humid 31, Bathroom was great, good size with powerful shower with plenty of hot water, good comfortable bed.
We had dinner in the restaurant which had a good selection to choose from, had dinner while watching the sunset over the water.
Walk down the path to the beach, We even had a friend join us, the managers dog Trudi she was so cute would follow us to the beach.
I could go on but find out for yourself you will not be disapointed. Truly a fantastic place with fantastic staff.
Thankyou to all the Staff wilol be back :)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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West Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Our family of 4 stayed for 2 nights in a family unit. Luckily we paid extra for air conditioning as the unit looked out to the carpark & at the back of the complex so no cooling breezes. The unit had 2 rooms, one as a bedroom containing a double bed & a single, whilst the other room had another single bed & small kitchenette with 2 chairs. Off this was a small bathroom with plenty of hot water & good pressure. It was clean but the small beds didn't add to the comfort! It was adequate for 2 nights.

The swimming pool proved a real bonus as the beach out the front of the resort wasn't that appealing. We had hoped to take the Zego's across to Aore Island but unfortunately the motorbike that tows them down to the water had a flat battery!

All meals were eaten pool side but protect yourself from mosquitoes, there's plenty. The cool breeze coming across the water & through to the meals area is beautiful & a great place to watch the sunset. Breakfast was basic but we brought our own cereal to help add to the variety. Pizza's were good & meals were enjoyable. Service was also good & plenty of ideas available on things to do from Dave. He was only too willing to organise drivers to take us to points of interest.

The resort is out of the main area of Luganville. You could walk into town to the markets but not while we were there in January, very hot & humid. Taxis are plentiful & easy to catch from the main road, 50m from the resort enterance. A good base from which to enjoy the sights of Luganville & surrounding areas.

Room Tip: In the warmer months, pay the extra to have air-conditioning.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at this resort. The rooms were lovely, the setting beautiful particularly at sunset. The food was really nice and close enough to town to walk in if you wanted to. All the tours we did from there were well run and of all of them I would recommend the Millenium Cave Tour - truly superb place.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

So lucky to find this place. I didn't book a hotel in advance, but just book in a place for a couple of days to get the look of the island then move around. Looked up at a sign in the airport and gave them a ring on spec. the girl on reception spoke wonderful english explained where they were and had a room ready for when I turned up.

The resort is a 10 min walk from town (with taxis passing every 2 min if you wish to pay only $2). I prefered the walk down by the beach to town which takes a little longer but lets you meet and the natives fishing and the kids swimming all waving at you and saying hello.

The room was great with it's own bathroom with shower, fan and the use of a shared fully equiped kitchen with fridge & freezer. The room looked new and clean and serviced every day.
The pool is amazing, new and not far from the bar(with cold beer). Or if you wish the beach is great for a dip with the resorts own beach.
If you need anything sorted just see David in the office, an Australian englishman with great knowledge of the area for trips, advice and even to where to book a flight from.
Great place to stay, and a place I'd love to visit again
(But if your after a five star hotel your on the wrong island, but if your after good comfort at a great price.. this is a good place to start)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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bangkok
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

2 types of bungalows.
Cheaper one (8800 VUV = 93 AUD - Dec.2011 ) line up one side of the parking lot with view on it and the back of the restaurant building. Oops ... !
Bungalows are clean and have a kitchenette; furniture is OK. But terrible surroundings for people expecting dream holidays!!!

Most expensive bungalows ( 13,000 VUV = 140 AUD ) sit on a large land planted with grass and only 2 or 3 coconut trees ( don't expect any shadow ! ). They have sea view, a tiny terrace with 2 aluminum chairs ( no cushions) and a small round table. Not really what people expect in matter of comfort for lazy tropical beach holidays..
Bungalow are OK but oddly, the double bed was very narrow (1,30 meter only ) even for the 2 slim persons we are. It was so uncomfortable that we decided to sleep separate, one using the extra-single bed and the second using the double bed ... Oops !

Before booking, we've read nice reviews about the"oh-so-friendly-owner". Even in Lonely Planet. Those were written mainly by Australian people.
Unfortunately, with non native English-speaking ( or non-Australian ?? ) Mr Dave Cross is polite,distant and not really concern in sharing anything.
Then, if you're not Australian ... don't look for conviviality, sharing tips or warm human atmosphere ...

Room Tip: If you care about the view, don't book cheaper bungalows (view on the parking lot ). Experience...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Management259, Owner at Beachfront Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2012
Since 2008 Beachfront Resort has provided over 14,000 room nights to people from all over the world with very few complaints. I would like to correct some of the inaccuracies contained in this review.

Our double beds are supplied by Sealy Posturepedic, a well respected manufacturer of quality mattresses and bed bases. The double bed measurements are 138cm x 190cm and are specially made for the hospitality industry. They are not 130cms wide as written in this review.

The rooms near the car park are similar to many motels. They are extremely popular with visiting business people, layover pilots, divers and families who require 2 room family units. They are handy for guests with hire cars and are close to the restaurant, bar and swimming pool. At Beachfront Resort we cater for a range of guests needs and that includes budget rooms of excellent quality. Guests who want the tropical ambience of water views normally book the more expensive front bungalows.

The manager of the resort Dave Cross is renowned for his enthusiasm and eagerness to help guests with his knowledge of diving, tours, must do things in Santo, history of the island and just about anything else they need. Communication can be a problem at times when there are language difficulties however there is absolutely no discrimination as this review implies.

The view from our waterfront bungalows feature a beautiful grass park like area with 28 coconut trees swaying in the breeze and plenty of shade trees of various species, not just 2 or 3 coconut trees and no shade as written in this review. The greenspace area extends to the high water mark and many local Ni Vanuatu families and tourists enjoy this area sitting under shade trees, swimming, fishing,sunbaking or playing soccer.

There are other inaccuracies in this review but I can live with those.
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Property: Beachfront Resort
Address: PO Box 398, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Luganville
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Luganville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Beachfront Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tropical seashore setting for Luganville’s only true beachfront resort located just 1.3 kms from town and only 10 minutes from the international airport. Beachfront Resort offers excellent accommodation, 25 rooms in all. Our deluxe bungalows overlook the sheltered waters of Segond Channel and Aore Island. All our bungalows are self-contained, air conditioned and/or fan cooled including en-suite, refrigerator, a kitchenette, insect screens plus toaster and tea/coffee making facilities. Our new lodge is the answer to the budget conscious traveller visiting Espiritu Santo and includes a TV room,fully equipped kitchen, all rooms have their own bathroom and a large undercover outdoor area to lounge around.Beachfront Resort has an excellent bar and restaurant with three dining areas including an indoor restaurant, an under cover outdoor dining area and on the pool deck under the shade of a market umbrella.A newly completed swimming pool is the jewel in the crown and extremely popular with guests. The resort has plenty of open space with coconut and shade trees in a large greenspace area which extends to the high water mark. Plenty of room for a volley ball game or a game of soccer. ... more   less 
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