We enjoyed 10 days at Aquana in September with an 8 year old and a 5 year old. Greeted on arrival with a shell necklace, the best tropical fruit smoothie you are likely to taste and a guided tour, we knew we were on to a good thing. Bungalows are modern, clean, well maintained and equipped with most “modcons” (bring a hairdryer if you want one to hand as not provided in rooms - yet). Our beach front “home away from home” was perfect for keeping an eye as the kids wandered.
There is much to like about Aquana but the staff and owners would have to be top of the list. We had a 6 star “service with a smile” experience from everyone from housekeeping to restaurant and reception staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Chatting with Hugo had to be one of the highlights of any day. The restaurant food is as good as it gets –often homemade, fresh & good quality and cooked with care. The seafood was beautiful, beef equally so. Delicious! Good Tanna coffee too. Don’t pass up a hot dish at breakfast (included in your room rate).
The nannies at Aquana are worth their weight in gold. Who needs “kids club”?
These special ladies are on hand from early morning til late evening to watch out for and play with the kids. We watched them cradle babies, amuse toddlers, play with preschoolers/school-age kids and hang out with teenagers. Thank you to Priscilla, Florah, Vicky, Nalini and Yazna for making our kids feel special and for teaching them how to weave many interesting things from coconut leaves.
If total relaxation is what you are after you, you can’t beat Aquana. We dragged ourselves away to go on 4 of the tours organised by the resort – village/coconut, Eton Beach/Blue Lagoon, Port Villa/Cascades and Outrigger/snorkelling and can recommend booking tours through Aquana. You will be well looked after, never rushed and well fed. Special thanks to Deliana and Patrick for a memorable Cascades outing and to Suli, Deli, Priscilla and Florah for an equally wonderful Eton Beach trip.
Evening entertainment provided at Aquana included marshmallow toasting, fire dancers, trivia night and string band. Not to mention the Lazy Sunday brunch and chill out live music. All were very enjoyable and an unexpected bonus.
As luck would have it, we needed to seek medical attention while in Vanuatu. The Aquana staff ensured that we received probably the medical care available on Etafe (which, by the way, compared very favourably to home).
As relaxing holidays go, our stay at Aquana was one of our best and most definitely a 5 star experience. Our kids were very sad to leave and we had to promise to go back to Aquana again soon (one of the easier promises we’ve had to make!). An extra special mention goes to Rex who made the holiday all the more memorable for our dog-loving kids. A huge “TankYu Tu Mas” to Hugo, Birgit, Marcel, Fabienne and all the wonderful staff for happy memories of our first, of hopefully many, stays at Aquana.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2012, Aquana Beach Resort has become Vanuatu's leading three and a half star family friendly boutique Resort and this has largely been due to the unique childcare approach it has developed and the quality of the food from it's very popular casual dining restaurant. Located 25 minutes from the International Airport and only 15 minutes from the town centre, Aquana is situated in a large lagoon surrounded by groups of deserted islands and pristine reefs. Aquana has a 150 meter long man-made beach great for children to be able to play free from danger and for adults to relax on and soak up the sun. Aquana consists of 16 bungalows all located within 30 meters of the lagoon front and a hot a la carte and a continental breakfast are both included in the room rate and the resorts idyllic surroundings provides the perfect location for weddings and functions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquana Beach Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila