This place was the perfect family resort. There were heaps of activities for the kids balanced with a suitable environment for the 'adults' to enjoy themselves too.
Most of the reports on here are accurate.
A quick summary:
- the food ranged from just ok to pretty good. The highlights were definitely the breakfasts and the themed buffets. The luncheon menu was really average and they didn't seem capable of tailoring the order at all. For example, one day we asked for a plain cheese sandwich for our four year old and got a cheese sandwich doused in mayonnaise. Also, while the tapas menu was pretty good, one of the items was called 'chorizo balls...' but in fact did not contain any chorizo and was full of potato. The staff were good enough to take the dish back and not charge us.
- The pool and sand area were the highlights. The kids just went nuts for this and the set up was very good for adults too. A+++
- The staff generally tried hard to accommodate. In particular, kudos to Clarence in the restaurant who really went the extra mile to engage with the customers and talk about local customs and life. She should be strongly commended for this.
- the kids club was fantastic too. The set up there was superb and the activities were a major hit with the kids.
- the service in the spa retreat was very good but the amenities are just 'good' and perhaps lack a little bit of the class of a top resort.
I recommend you go outside school holidays. The resort was pretty quiet and I felt like we had the run of the place for the week. I would highly recommend this resort.
One final thing, don't bother leaving the resort. There is really nothing to see on the main island except the scuba diving (which was superb - see Big Blue diving). We hired a car and drove around the island. The turtle farm was very average (and the food was worse) and the hot springs up north is a complete waste of time and money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the serene waters of the Erakor Lagoon, Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu is set in vibrant natural surroundings. Meaning “the land that always existed”, Vanuatu is a holiday destination made up of 83 tropical islands located northeast of New Caledonia. Immersed in cultural richness and native splendour, the islands hold crystal blue beaches, coral reefs, hot springs, exotic rainforests, and stunning waterfalls that are some of the most beautiful in the world. The Vanuatu hotel’s Erakor Ballroom and Valea meeting space provides exceptional indoor and outdoor meeting facilities, and the accommodation resort also features a unique Namele Day Spa, two luxurious outdoor holiday swimming pools, and the newly refurbished Palms Casino. The views from the rooms include lush gardens, blue lagoons, and a golf course. The hotel boasts 5 dining areas. Breakfast, buffet and à la carte dinners are served daily. There is an extensive wine list from New Zealand, Australia and France. Get to experience the perfect Vanuatu holiday with island lifestyle at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Hotel Port Vila
- Port Vila Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Vanuatu
- Le Meridian Vanuatu
- Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Port Vila