This is not a review for the accommodation, but the Wednesday Night 'Melanesian Feast.'
This was by far the worst 'activity' we had while staying in Vanuatu. We were staying at another hotel but paid our 5000VT for a 'cultural night.'
The night includes a buffet style traditional meal, with cultural dances, kava ceremony, then string band.
The meal was average after having tried other 'authentic' Vanuatan meals on other tours. We didn't realise drinks weren't included and didn't bring any other money with us, so we just ordered waters. 15 minutes later, our water arrived.
When the cultural display came out with the dances etc, the Taylor Swift soundtrack was still playing over our heads so ruined the whole atmosphere and we couldn't hear anything. When the staff finally turned it off, we could still barely hear a thing from the main dancer. They seemed to be performing more to one side of the courtyard so we couldn't hear what he was talking about.
Then when the string band came, they came with a few token authentic instruments, but also a couple of guitars, bongo drum and plastic tambourine. Hmmmmm. Musically they were ok, but the whole thing felt very contrived, fake and put on for the tourists. We left after 3 songs.
Lowlight of the trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 10min walk from the heart of Port Vila town. Reasonable rates with quiet and comfortable atmosphere. A welcoming smile, friendly hospitality and good service are part of the culture at The Melanesian. Offering a number of guest room styles which satisfies everyone's needs. Our culture entertainment night with "All You Can Eat BBQ" at our Oasis Pool side is a must see! ... more less
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