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Eratap Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 November 2010

Just back from 8 days in Vanuatu, the last 4 at Eratap. As there was limited availability in the 10 ocean front villa's, decided to hang the expense and stay in honeymoon villa # 11... best decision ever!!!

It was an amazing villa, right on the penisula with its own private beach, plunge pool and under cover day bed. One night we had dinner there (no extra cost), just the two of us in the most amazing location as the sun set.

The villa's had both outdoor and indoor shower options, I only used the indoor one once!

We took advantage of the free kayaks and headed over to Castaway Is. Awesome snorkelling. We also snorkelled straight out from our own private beach... saw heaps of Nemo's and the greatest vareity of starfish ever!

Food was awesome, fresh, tasty, great variety, no need to go anywhere else to eat. Service was brilliant from all the staff.

Only negative was I did get attacked by mozzies on the first night.... watch out for them sneaking into your villa.

In terms of tours, we stayed at other cheaper places earlier in our stay on Santo & Tanna Islands and enjoyed adventurous tours. While at Eratap we stayed put and enjoyed the place and its surrounds and came home so relaxed...

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

Eratap Beach Resort is an amazing place to stay. My husband and i returned from our honeymoon yesterday from our trip and i just had to get on here to let everyone know that it is the best place i have ever stayed.

It was relaxing, the staff will go out of their way to do anything for you. We had car hire problems and the manager Tony rang the car hire place and soughted out our issues. Staff are friendly and there is no "Island time" here in relation to service.

Food was exquisite. We regret not getting a meal plan for dinner. Included breakfast was awesome always fresh and hot.

Rooms were serviced beautifully everyday, no items were stolen from our room. The rooms thereselfs were modern well maintained but very traditional in style. The villa was literally 15 steps to the beach.

Truely an amazing experienced and well worth the money,=. Would go back in a heart beat.

Thanks Eratap :)

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

We have just returned from our eight night honeymoon at Eratap Beach resort. After having a bad start in Sydney with our flight etc we were so happy to be greeted at Port Villa Airport by Robert our bus driver. He handed us a icy cold bottle of water each and we started on our journey to Ertap. After reading many reports on Trip adviser about the bumpy road into the resort we were well prepared for the 7kms of bumps. Yes it was bumpy but the bus is air-conditioned and Robert was full on knowledge and answered all our questions. I actually think the bumpy road is a good thing as it may prevent other tourists calling into the restaurant and beach's.

After being greeted by Pascal and a cold drink we were escorted to our honeymoon Villa. We were given a run down on the resort and what services were available. We were advised of where to snorkel, swim, Kayak the local private islands etc.

Everyday the resort offers free activities which the local Villagers run. One day we did a guided walk to the black sand beach, another day we were taken into the local village, it was a great experience to see how the locals live and meet the kids.

There was a couple of days where we decided to do organised "professional" tours, Wendy and Mary at reception were fantastic at organising our tours and transfers into town. During our stay my husband and I did discuss how if we were to recommend a friend to come stay at Eratap that we would suggest staying a couple of nights in town during your stay as the transfers on a daily basis worked out at about $35 return. That way you could do all your tours while staying in town and take advantage of the free pick ups. On the last night of our trip we did stay in town as there was a delay in our flights and we were required to stay an extra night. After experiencing our one night in Port Villa and speaking to many other tourists on our tours, I would be more than happy to stay at Eratap and pay the $35 return transfer.

My husband is a chef at one of the best restaurants in Melbourne and he was genuinely impressed with the food at Eratap Resort. The staff were amazing and we had a lot of fun with Andre and Clifford. The price's were fair and one of the great features is every morning at breakfast you get a running total of the day before food and beverages, no nasty surprises at the end of your stay.

The free shuttle boat to the resorts small private island is highly recommended. We had a packed picnic lunch, swam in the bluest water and laid on the whitest sand. It was so amazing we did it again the next day.

The only criticism we have of Eratap would be the massages we received at the resorts spa were preformed by staff who in our opinion require better training. We found them to be very rough, it was very annoying how the spa phone kept ringing and listening to the ladies whispering to each other was quite frustrating.

I would highly recommend staying at Eratap and were looking forward to going back for our 5 year anniversary.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

We decided to go overseas for our honeymoon and the lovely wife somehow found this place called Eratap Beach Resort. After a good read of some of the trip advisor reports we went ahead and booked our 8 day honeymoon there. On arrival we were greeted by Robert the shuttle bus driver, Robert treated us like family from the first sight, he was very talkative and answered our many questions on the way and questions I am sure he gets every airport pickup with great enthusiasm! Eratap is around 25 minutes from town and 7km down a bumpy track through villages. Once there you are at one of the best locations in Port Vila. How can we say this? Well we drove around the island and had a look at some of the other resorts.

Tony (owner with Louisa) and Wendy (receptionist) were at the steps to welcome us. After a brief rundown on the facilities, and complementary cocktails, we went to our villa where our cases had been delivered. As soon as we changed we were of to the lagoon for a paddle in one of the villa’s plastic kayaks to awe in the great visibility. After the sun went down we headed of to the restaurant. Now here lies the problem… We decided we would head into town some nights to sample the other restaurants, but the food was so damn good we did not want to miss the great specials and the local beef on offer! The wife is pretty much a vegetarian and she did not go hungry, maybe a bit more variety for these fussy eaters may be welcomed, but saying that she enjoyed every meal that she asked them to change. Andre, Clifford, Rehab and the rest of the restaurant staff were very friendly and we never had to wait long for meals.

The snorkeling outside our villa and in the lagoon was sensational, if you have ever been to see one of the setup aquariums, then that is what it was like, every day! .Wwe went on one of the many daily organized tours and even went for our own trek to find the Black Sands beach, much to say we only found it when a local who we met in the middle of the bush showed us the way. This is a fine example of the Vanuatu people; they would give you the shirt of their backs.

We brought our own mask and snorkel along as we wanted to make sure we had a good fit. The fins and booties (reef shoes) we borrowed. No TV (was satellite TV in pool area), no phone coverage (my own phone), no internet (only in the restaurant), wow! A great relaxing place to unwind.

We are glad we stayed out of town as it was quite and relaxing. We did have an issue with the aircon but Tony had that solved right away. This is the place to go to unwind, you get to sample the beauty of Vanuatu and experience the great people that live there, we did not find one person who would not smile and say hello. Tony has done a great job in creating this place, great location, great staff and great accommodation. We will be back.

Jamie & Kara

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We decided to stay at this resort after reading all of the great reviews on here, and we were not disappointed! We stayed for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon in a 1 bedroom villa and I only wish that we stayed for longer.
The resort is approximately 20-25 minutes drive from Port Vila, but they have a mini bus that goes in to town daily (Robert the bus driver was one of the nicest people we met during our stay in Vanuatu!).
The villa was lovely and modern with a large bedroom & bathroom and a lounge room.
The food was amazing - they have a great selection of meals, and the service at the restaurant was very good.
I definitely recommend the private picnic on one of the deserted islands, we got a nice packed lunch and got to spend the afternoon swimming and snorkelling on a pretty island all to ourselves.
We will definitely be returning to Eratap Beach Resort some time in the near future, I can not recommend it enough.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

Stopped over for a lunch at this top class restaurant. Good selection of NZ, Australian and French wines. Specials board had locally caught fish and organic beef. Standard lunch menu had great variety. Beautiful scenery and location and some of the best coral gardens for an after lunch snorkel. Viewed the honeymoon suit and wished I was 30 years younger...private punge pool and privacy. Other villas are same layout and great views (you may not want to look lovingly at your partner all the time).
Great place, beautiful decor and location, location, location.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 October 2010

We just got home from our 10 day honeymoon at Eratap and I cannot say enough about it. We loved every moment. The beautiful warm days, the beach just inches away and sensational food and service. This place really knows how to make a couple happy. We had one of the honeymoon villas and it was really peaceful. Our favourite thing to do was head up for an amazing breakfast (LOVE the homemade crumpets) and then grab a few DVD's and relax in our villa with all the doors open to let the breeze in. We often ordered cocktails down to our room (which they are more than happy to do whenever you want) and lazed around our cabana or sun-chairs, watching the sea. Sometimes we went into town on the courtesy mini-bus, just to break up the day and by the time we got back we would play a game of scrabble or cards before getting excited about what was going to be on the specials board that night. If I didn't say it before, the food is unbelievably good quality.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: PO Box 3037, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#1 Spa Hotel in Port Vila
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#2 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#3 Family Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range: £317 - £416 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Eratap Beach Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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