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Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu
Ranked #6 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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“Had a lovely time at this beautiful resort.”
Reviewed 8 December 2011

We spent 7 nights at Breakas (26 Nov to 3 Dec 2011) on our honeymoon and loved it. Being a boutique resort, we were close to everything. We enjoyed being right on the beach walking through sand to our villa and romantic dinners with our toes in the sand. The pool is well located between the restaurant and beach and we enjoyed many cocktails around the pool. The food was pretty average, but think it's a Vanuatu thing because we didn't think much of any of the restaurants in Vanuatu. The staff are very friendly and helpful and our villa was well serviced. George (the owner) went out of his way to ensure guests were happy, adding that personal touch doing the rounds at dinner each night to chat.
We would certainly go back to Breakkas.

Room Tip: We stayed in a villa (with balcony and private pool) and I think at the time the decision was due to...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

I was amazed at the beauty of the resort. It is close to town without being surrounded by lots of people. The food was amazing and the accomodation was unforgetable!! We booked a package and I thought the accomodation would be pretty average, but I could not have been more wrong!! The beautiful candlelit dinner on the beach was fantastic, the staff were polite and friendly and the massage with the sound of the actual ocean was sensational. We had a free scuba diving lesson in the pool and ended up becoming certified open water scuba divers. You can also swim out about 15m to snorkel some amazing coral. We saw 2 morey eels and the variety of different fish that close to shore is breathtaking.

I got engaged whilst over there and it could not have been more perfect. We'll definately be going back for our honeymoon!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

We spent 5 nights at Breakas back in October 2010 as our Honeymoon package (I had to select Oct 2011 on the drop down as it doesn't have 2010). To this day we still speak fondly of our stay there. It's secluded, private and, most of all, QUIET! The 'no children under 16' was a very smart move too as it was so peaceful lounging by the beach and pool. We felt we were left alone which is exactly what you want on your honeymoon - I can't stand staff who hassle you. Rooms were cleaned every day and the grounds were very neat and clean. Local staff greeted you with a shy smile and chuckle - typical Vanuatu style. The food was simply amazing - the chilli coconut crab was to die for! You cannot leave without trying it. The Melanesian feast night is well worth the money as they really do put on a FEAST! As for the beach it's a bit hit and miss. We tried snorkelling but found it a bit rough - you're better off spending the day out at Hideaway Island. Also the surf break is very risky - someone actually drowned on our first day there. This is no reflection on the resort though as they can't control the tides but something to be very wary of. All in all though it was the perfect place to just disconnect and majority of the patrons there were pretty keen to do just that. We came back feeling very refreshed indeed :)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

I was a bit sceptical about the resort when we first arrived - Our bus had dropped off people at the Le Lagoon Resort before it dropped us, and Breakas looks unimpressive at the entrance..
But, this was one of the best holidays I've ever had. My partner and I have no complaints whatsoever about the resort. The food, hospitality, pool, beach are all excellent!! I would've rated my experience a 5 star if the bar had stayed open beyond 9:30pm...
There are no children allowed on the resort and that made our holiday simply wonderful. The restaurant staff are very very friendly, housekeeping was extremely friendly and professional and the food was superb! You must try the coconut crab if you visit!!
We would love to go back to this place. Excellent!

Room Tip: The upgrade to a beach front fare is definitely worth the money. There is no microwave or tv in the...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

We spent 10 days at Breakas recently --we found it to be a very high quality resort; like other writers we found the absence of room telephones and computer points to be very relaxing. The restaurant fare is uniformly good and the pool area is great for relaxing --like most of Vanuatu be sure to take your reef walkers for use on the coral. We would recommend it to people who would like to leave the teenagers with someone.

Room Tip: The Deluxe beach front villas where you sleep upstairs are excellent.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

Our short 5 night stay could have been longer!! I was surpised that I actually enjoyed not having a television or clock in my room, but it actually got me sitting out infront of the water for hours just relaxing, and the time went by! Very nice pool and areas to sit around. We had a pool table just in front of our bungalow. Its so cheap and easy to get into town with buses (van's with 'b' on their numberplate) coming past every few seconds. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Would definately love to return one day.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Upon our arrival the staff carried our bags and lead us to room 230 which appeared to be a Hotel Room, but we had booked a Deluxe Ocean Front Pool Villa. The people in the room next to us had just been shown to their room as well and were asking our escorts about the pool behind our rooms and whether they were allowed to use it. They were told, no and that the pool belonged to the upstairs unit. So neither of our rooms could access the pool.

We immediately made our way back to reception to try and sort it out. The staff member at reception acknowledged the mistake and set about finding us another room. We were asked to wait while our room was prepared and the lady at reception offered us a cocktail which we accepted, however we weren't entirely sure whether this was complimentary or not. After waiting at reception for an hour we were eventually escorted to the room above, room 231 (406 on the keyring???). Our luggage had been moved upstairs for us.

Our Deluxe Ocean Front Pool Villa turned out to be the upstairs room of a 3-Bedroom Villa. The two downstairs rooms were simply locked off and classed as Deluxe Ocean Front Hotel Rooms to be hired out to other people. There was no air conditioning. There was no TV & DVD. There was also no phone in the room, so we had to walk all the way back to reception to request a TV. When the very small LCD TV & DVD player were provided the staff had used the coffee table as TV table - so we lost the use of that too!

The first night we found it very difficult to sleep for various reasons, including:
Very loud surf (we expected to hear the soothing sound of the ocean, but the noise of the surf was comparable to having a jet aircraft constantly overhead)
Dogs barking
The smell of smoke and people shouting and laughing (from the nearby village we assumed)
Vehicles driving past, some with loud stereos and tooting their horns.
Our first shower the next morning was luke warm... then the hot water ran out completely. Once again we lodged a complaint at reception. The plumber came to work on it but one day later it was still not fixed.

The Villa's outdoor pool area was tired and unappealing, with severe discolouration of the walls and pool surfaces. There was a hole in ground where pipes had been exposed. We later found out that the pool filtration pump was out of order. We could not use the pool we had paid the extra money especially for!
The final straw came when we started seeing cockroaches in the bathroom and kitchen on the second night.

The next morning we found ourselves at reception once again, complaining for the third day in a row. At this point we were contemplating cutting our stay short and going home, which would have cost us more money, but we felt we were getting nowhere. The staff, although outwardly helpful were not able to communicate effectively and we felt like we were wasting our time. Thankfully we stumbled upon the Food & Beverage Manager (an ex-pat) who listened to all our problems, calmly wrote everything down and explained to us that we were not the only ones with 'issues'. Although it was not his role, he was stepping in to help guests sort out their problems as the locally sourced staff were clearly not up to the task. It seems the resort was full for the first time since Ramada took over and they were simply failing to cope. The resort facilities were not up to Ramada's standard and that work was ongoing to bring it into line.

We later found out that our room was flagged for maintenance and should have never been allocated to us in the first place. He bought us a couple of drinks and told us he would see about moving us to a different room. Another room was prepared for us, however the reception staff failed to notify us. We did not find out until we tracked the F&B mgr down at dinner that evening. He arranged for a bottle of bubbly at to be bought to our table by way of apology, which was thoughtful, however it was the cheapest bottle on the wine list. We heard him give instructions to the reception staff to put another bottle in our room - this also failed to happen.

After dinner we were moved to room 240, which although looking rather tired itself, seemed to be a huge improvement over the previous room. This room had air con, DVD player and a decent sized TV. The outdoor pool area, although nowhere near as attractive as the web site photos, was at least usable.

From the first night in this room however, we experienced power outages. Maintenance staff tried to resolve the problem but it took some time. We only had reliable power for the last two days. We managed to get one day of hot showers before the water once again ran cold. Cockroaches were again seen in bathroom and kitchen at night. We took to leaving the lights on all night to keep them at bay.

The next night the DVD player died on us, resulting in another trek to reception. When a replacement was bought to our room the DVD remote had a flat battery - yet another trek to reception. The reception staff could not lay their hands on a battery (it was a button type) but said they would ask the Duty Manager to check in the safe or get one from the supermarket. No replacement battery was ever seen. Luckily, I was able to use the battery from my own ipod speaker remote.

Despite being called an Ocean Front Villas there is no usable beach in front of these units. The Villas sit atop a high retaining wall so you have to walk back towards the main resort complex to find usable beach area. Having people downstairs from you, who also share a common entrance area makes the Villa style rooms much less private than we expected. At night we could hear TV noise from the rooms below, as well as the sounds made by the guests movements (ie. banging of doors). No doubt they could also hear the same sounds from us above.

We heard dogs barking every night and morning. There was always noise from the local villagers, including shouting and loud stereos. The main road runs directly behind the 'Ocean Front' Villas and is in constant use, so you have to get used to road noise every hour of the day and night. Constant road noise was not something I was expecting on an island resort promoting itself as a "world of tranquility".

Despite being advertised as Adults Only, it seems the "young adults over 15" restriction does not apply to children from the local village. Local children played at the resort every single sunny day from very early in the morning and were very vocal. I appreciate the resort must be sensitive to its local neighbours and I'm sure some guests found the children endearing, but this is not the resort for anyone looking for peace and quiet.

I think we had one hot shower during the entire week of our stay. The ever-present noise from vehicles, dogs, children and the nearby village, coupled with constant intrusions by maintenance staff were nearly as excruciating as the numerous visits we were required to make to reception in order to get things fixed.

In spite of all this Breakas Beach Resort is in a beautiful location and the main pool and beach area is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun, however there is little privacy to be found as the pool area is the focal point for all activity.

The Ramada Breakas web site at the time was very misleading. I'm not sure whether the photos of the Villas and their private plunge pools were photoshopped or taken at some time in the past because they had little resemblance to the worn-out Villas we saw. I see today that the Ramada's site has now been replaced and it appears the resort is changing ownership once again. The Fares and Villa accommodation are being separated into different businesses.

We were eventually able to obtain a refund for two nights accommodation by contacting our travel agent when we got home. However, we will never go back to this resort and my advice to any couple contemplating a stay at Breakas is to avoid the Villa style units. The couples we spoke to who stayed in the Fares seemed to be much more satisfied.

Room Tip: Couples should choose a Fare and avoid the Villas
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu
Address: Pango Bay Road, Port Vila, Efate 00000, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#7 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#11 Family Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amidst swaying palms fringed on it's own private beach, Breakas Beach Resort is an intimate 3.5 Star tropical resort in a 5 star location for adults only welcoming guests over the age of 15 years. Enhanced by individual garden & beachfront Fares (Bungalows), Breakas Beach Resort is the ultimate relaxed "feet in the sand" beach holiday. Slip into a world of tranquility. The Resort features a stunning 22 metre infinity pool which falls into the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of a private cove on the Pango peninsular provides an unrivalled backdrop in Port Vila. Fares (Bungalows) are scattered along the shoreline and throughout manicured tropical gardens ensuring privacy, intimacy and seclusion. With spectacular views to Port Vila's best surfing beach break, the restaurant provides a unique setting for a unique dining experience. The executive chef has created one of the finest menus using fresh, local produce, seafoods and world class Santo beef and we are famous for our beachside dining with stars above and sand underfoot.... It does not get much better than this. ... more   less 
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