We stayed in a Family Loft Villa as a family travelling with two adults and two adult kids.
First thing that impressed us was how friendly the staff were! You come to the island by ferry and are welcomed by a bugle playing, big smiles from the staff and a free mocktail. Great way to start the holiday.
Rooms are clean and nicely but simply decorated, with fresh flowers strewn on the beds upon arrival. The bottom floor of the Family Villa opens out straight onto the ocean, with a beautiful view over the water. Beach is metres from the room. There is a fan on both levels but we did not need this given the mild weather. The bathroom was clean and you are able to enter the shower straight from the beach if you desire, which is a nice touch.
Shutters are not block-out so you may be woken by the sun as it shines in your villa in the mornings (we used sleeping masks). The ocean can also be loud at times but we found this quite pleasant to listen to as we went to bed at night.
As for other aspects of the island - animal lovers will be able to see fish swimming under the jetty and we found a friendly crab outside the room. There are a few mozzies but the flyscreens in the rooms were adequate. You can snorkel in the waters off the island and there are some very nice spots. There are lounges, a kids play set and beach volleyball. The massages looked very appealing but unfortunately were booked out when we got there - so booking ahead is a must.
The ferry runs 24/7 from Erakor to the mainland which is a great feature. You can also hire snorkelling gear and extra towels for free. We were here for a few nights and highly recommend a trip to the Melee Cascades: it's just beautiful there. We went to Hideaway Island but found this a little over-rated considering entrance prices - you realise how spoilt you are by the beautiful views and swimming at Erakor, without all the extra tourists around!
Our only disappointment with our stay at Erakor was the restaurant. Meals were very hit-and-miss. None were terrible, but few stood out - the seafood items seemed to be the better choices. Service was very slow, even when the restaurant was not too busy. Also they serve coconut crab here on the menu - which is an endangered crab which is protected on most parts of the island. Please dont eat this! They will tell you that there is no problem eating this here but one crab takes 15 years to grow full size... there is plenty of other seafood to enjoy on your trip here.
Overall a highly enjoyable stay, definitely recommend. If we were to go again, we would probably make use of the ferry more to eat on the main island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Erakor Island Resort is a beautiful unspoiled island paradise, situated in crystal clear waters on its own private 16 acre island surrounded by white sandy beaches. All bungalows are waterfront with the lagoon just steps away from your private veranda. Enjoy the beauty of staying on a quiet tropical island with easy access to everything off the island, Erakor offers all the facilities of a major resort, but in a relaxed and secluded atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Erakor Island Hotel Port Vila
- Erakor Island Resort And Spa
- Erakor Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu/Port Vila