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Chantilly's on the Bay
Ranked #26 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 April 2012

We split our visit to Vanuatu between three nights at Breaka's and three nights at Chantilly's - two totally different styles of accommodation and both equally good in their different ways. Chantilly's is a well located and stylish hotel with a nice pool and jetty to stroll out over the bay. The terrace outside the restaurant is nicely cooled by the breezes and a good place to watch the ships come and go from the harbour. The restaurant is amoung the best in Port Vila (read our separate review).
Chantilly's would be ideal if you want a spacious room and to be able to do some cooking for yourself. The kitchen is well equipped and doing your own cooking would be a great way to make the most of the delicious local products from the markets and road-side stalls.
Our only complaint was that the room (No 1) was rather noisy being close to the aircon/compressors/kitchen or something like this. Sitting on the balcony was not exactly peaceful and opening the door to get out there was a bit of a challenge!
It was quieter at night though and our sleep was fine. I would recommend trying to get one of the central and perhaps higher level rooms, which look across the pool area and should be quieter.

Room Tip: Avoid room 1. Try for a central and perhaps middle level one for a quieter location and better view.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

A small team from NZ were conducting business in Port Vila for five days and stayed at Chantillys. We found that the service was first class and every request for assistance was action-ed immediately and with courtesy. No request seemed too difficult. Rob and Sarah manage the facility and were outstanding in support. The proximity to the CBD made access to all eateries and shopping a joy. Rooms were superb, as was the restaurant and bar. A very professionally run hotel with courteosu and helpful staff.

Room Tip: Frankly, all the rooms appear to be equally good as they are sea facing and have superb views
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

We got a good deal on hotelclub for 8 nights here in a standard studio room. We found it clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. It's in an excellent location. Staff are friendly and helpful, the receptionists were always happy to answer questions and book tours etc for us. The kitchenette in the room was well equipped with a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, 2 ceramic hotplates, utensils, small frypan, pot, plates, etc. The room was a good size with a beautiful view from the third floor. We had one of the quietest rooms (we requested this) but there is still a little bit of road noise most of the time. Air conditioning was good. Some reviews say the beds are no good, but our bed was excellent - very comfortable. No mosquitoes, even though we were there in early Feb. The famous restaurant was a bit out of our price range, but they still brought us glasses of iced water when we sat in the lobby using the free wifi! Moorings is right next door with a more affordable (but not as classy) restaurant. We loved the pool which was a good size, clean and deep, and also enjoyed the jetty. We were considering other accommodation options (Moorings or Fatumaru) but we were glad we chose here, as it's much closer to town than Fatumaru and Moorings lacked the kitchen facilities we wanted. This is a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room near the centre of the building.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We were on the move and needed a night in town before we flew to Tanna to see the volcano - which was really amazing, by the way. We'd had a meal here when we visited "town" whilst we were staying a long way up the road, and thought it would be worth a try on the commuting leg of our holidays ... immaculate spacious room, aircon, view across the lagoon - perfect weather, genial staff - what are the folks on to make them so happy - I want some too!!! - and only a short stroll to the centre (being the Anchorage - iconic in its own way) The shopping in Port Vila is a tad disappointing - it would seem next to nothing is locally made, and the town is awash with stores flogging rip-off garbage made in China.
I don't know that I would stay at Chantilly's for too many consecutive nights however - most of Vanuatu is very beautiful and whilst this is a very well maintained and immaculate hotel, it would be a pity not to take in the sights at other locations. Good food and excellent coffee ... and they were happy for us to leave our luggage when we went across to Tanna and return the next night.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Frequent visitor to Port Vila and our first stay at this hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by the level of accomodation, comfort and overall ambience of this lovely spot. Proximity to town is great and the staff were pleasant - lovely restaurant and the pool is nice although why you would bother with a pool when you can drop in off the end of the private jetty I don't really know!

Room Tip: Room 14 is lovely - but the views from all of the rooms have to great as they all have a sea view
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We chose Chantilly's for location & restaurant reviews:- we weren't disappointed in either!!!
A very clean hotel, with great staff & THE most amazing restaurant "Tilly's". We stayed for a week & every meal there was perfect. And we are hard markers....
The hotel was very close to the Port, with lots of options available for shopping & entertainment (none of that stuck in a resort stuff - grrrr).
Recommend Chantilly's any time & we'll be going back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 December 2011

I know quite a few locals in Vila, and Chantilly’s is a well-respected hotel in the area. The suite that I stayed in here was spotlessly clean and bright with nice views over the lagoon from the bedroom and lounge. The en-suite was a little dark, with dim lighting and only a small high level window vent with a gap just big enough to allow young geckos through (at least this keeps the insects at bay!)

Not the best location if you are expecting a tropical island with a beach on your doorstep; but the pool is refreshing, and a stroll along the small jetty will keep you entertained if you are keen on seeing some aquatic life.

You should eat at the restaurant, the food was excellent, I am sure you will not be disappointed with the quality – both at dinner (great seafood and steak) and at breakfast, where the property boasts the best breakfast in town ( after eating there I would not dispute the claim, certainly not the “in town” bit anyway!)

If you are on a honeymoon style holiday, then you may find something more romantic on the island (see other reviews), after all Port Vila is a Port town; but for a short break, on business, transit on a RTW trip or when connecting to/from the outlying islands then Chantilly’s is a good quality and value option.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Chantilly's on the Bay

Address: Lini Highway | Fatumaru Bay, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Port Vila
#11 Spa Hotel in Port Vila
#16 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range: £90 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Chantilly's on the Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located overlooking the bay. All the rooms have spectacular views across the harbour. Only a 5 minute walk to town and a 15 minute drive to the international airport. Also available: tour desk, beauty spa, outside pool, guest laundry, Tilly's restaurant, room service, air conditioning and kitchenettes. ... more   less 
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