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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Vila Chaumieres

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Vila Chaumieres
Ranked #30 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
“Battery Recharge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

What a great place to recharge your batteries. Richard and Ursula were very helpful with which tours to go on and we weren't disappointed. The beef and cocont crab in the restaurant were delicious. Feeding the fish while waiting for dinner is fun as well. Our Lagoon View room was great and we could sit on our verandah and drink coffee, relax and enjoy the view. The gardens are gorgeous and the staff are very friendly. I would recommend staying here. It's only a few kms from Port Vila and riding the B bus is a great experience and only costs 150 vatu

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

What a wonderful place for a gel-out holiday. After 9 weeks touring around Europe (He) decided to take me to Vanuatu for my birthday and we chose Vila Chaumieres as the one. The resort consists of bungalows set in beautiful gardens. The owners Ursula and Richard were really nice and very hospitable, nothing was too much trouble for them. The staff were equally attentive - Elece in the front and also Alick who was the restaurant host. Food was exceptional as was the wine list. We were fairly late getting down to breakfast every morning but no worries - the tropical breakfast with fruit and croissants/toast were great and included in the price. We hope of course to return, but in the meantime will recommend to friends and relatives. The coconut crab is the signature of Samson the chef - fantastic - huge - a definite share.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We booked for a meal- what a beautiful place- nice romantic, we had table 4, best table for overlooking the water. The meal was amazing- I have never had such a choice as a vegetarian and the presentation- vegetable coconut curry in the coconut! My husband enjoyed his steak too, presentation and taste of the food the best we had on our trip- even the little touches, warm bread and butter, cold water. The only comment would be th e clash of noise from the romantic music to the noise filtering down from the next resort of what sounded like a local dancing night. It is a bit of of a way out of the centre of town so my tip would be to catch one of the local buses down negotiate your fare first we paid 500 vats for two and then we negotiated for him to come back and pick us up at a set time too at the same rate as there is not a lot of traffic around the area.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

Myself and my cousin just spent 5 nights at Vila Chaumieres and loved every minute of our stay. The comfy, roomy bungalows set in beautifully maintained gardens and the restaurant extending over the lagoon made an idyllic base for our island stay.

The owners Richard and Ursula went out of their way to make us feel welcome. As neither of us are swimmers, snorkeling wasn't an option, but Richard and Ursula gave us lots of ideas for alternative activities and recommended and booked some awesome trips for us. They also gave is lots of helpful tips for navigating the island.

The food at the restaurant was beautiful and their complimentary breakfasts are a great inclusion. The restaurant accommodated us with a late lunch when we arrived at 3pm, and the meals we ate there were the best we experienced on our trip.

We loved coming back to this private oasis at the end of the day, and enjoying a hot chocolate before bed on their garden terrace. The resort has a peaceful yet friendly and laid back atmosphere, and we enjoyed chats with other travellers staying at the resort or visiting the restaurant in the evening.

Local buses passing regularly outside made it very easy to get into town cheaply and quickly. I would highly recommend this resort as a base to anyone going to Port Vila on holidays, and as an adults only resort it would be highly appealing to those seeking a kid-free getaway.

Thanks Richard and Ursula, hope to see you again someday! :)

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

Just spent five very relaxing days here in a lagoon view room. WONDERFUL ....adult only...tick.....lovely food...tick....lovely room...tick...wonderful owners and staff...tick....I have recommended this place to friends and work colleagues and you MUST try the Seafood Platter for Two

  • Stayed October 2013
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

I have just returned from a fabulous relaxing week at Vila Chaumieres. Ursula and Richard were so helpful, even joining me (a single person) on an excursion. The view, relaxing surrounds, art in the garden (clever Ursula), staff service and meals were the best one ever. Coconut crab and seafood crepes highly recommended! Watching the sealife in the lagoon below the restaurant as one eats is a pleasure as is kayaking the waters early in the morning - magic! I will return, see you next year Ursula and Richard and a million thanks for the best distressing holiday ever.

Room Tip: Both lagoon rooms and bungalows spacious and beautifully presented with original art
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

After reading fantastic reviews only, we booked three nights at Vila Chaumieres for a stay in September. Our rooms were nice and clean, but if you're after al tropical lazy holiday, this is not the right place to stay. The small lagoon beach displayed on their website actually belongs to the neighbours (private) and not accessible by guests. There's a small but slightly grotty pool with a couple of chairs, so there isn't really a place to kick back and relax, which is what we were after. The lagoon isn't very inviting to swim in we thought.
The restaurant is very nice but expensive. Richard and his wife were very nice and friendly but we experienced other staff to be disinterested and sometimes a bit rude. Overall, the hotel is good value for money but probably better suited to those who want a base for island activities.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vila Chaumieres

Property: Vila Chaumieres
Address: 2nd Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vila Chaumieres 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vila Chaumieres is a child-free Resort set in a lovely tropical garden on the banks of Erakor Lagoon. Renowned for its excellent restaurant, and situated just 4 km from the centre of Port Vila, it offers a peaceful retreat to the discerning traveller seeking an alternative to the large tourist resort, but still within easy reach of all facilities and holiday amenities. ... more   less 
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