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Vila Chaumieres
Ranked #30 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Darwin, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic - its the whole package :}”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

A small boutique type resort with 6 separate bungalows, each with there own ensuite and air con and tasteful decor. The complimentary breakfast was lovely with a cooked breakfast available if you want more.
Each bungalow is separated by a path which is completely surrounded by lush tropical gardens which are just gorgeous and attended to daily by Ian and Jeff.
The onsite restaurant is amazing.
All the staff are very friendly and warm.
The location is very convenient and short bus ride to town.
The owners are onsite and always available to provide suggestions for tours and activities.
The bar area looks out onto the lagoon and just perfect for afternoon drinks and pate :}
Do yourself a favour and try this place.

The only thing I missed was a TV and phone but I think this says more about me than the resort. Mind you from what I saw no TV and phone seems typical of other resorts in Vanuatu.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

We didn't stay here, but we ate at restaurant twice, and it really has to be one of the best we have ever been to, anywhere ever! The coconut crab is to die for! Along with the coconut ice cream! The view is incredibly gorgeous, romantic and quiet. Truly special and memorable.
The staff are never far away and the service is fast.
The only disappointment is that we're now home and can't eat there again any time soon!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

My wife and I went to Vanuatu for our honeymoon last month from the 7th -18th December and we could not have been happier. Vila Chaumieres is just far enough away from town that it is quiet and feels like you're own private area, but close enough that it still only costs 150 vatu by bus to get to town. We stayed for 11 nights in garden Bungalow #3 and thought it was perfect!

Ursula and Richard were very accommodating and were very pleasant to talk to and regularly recommended places for us to go that were just perfect. The resort itself was just beautiful with plants everywhere and the walk from the road down to the rooms just amazing. The room was spacious and just perfect for what we needed, and had air conditioning which was great because it was just so hot!

The staff at Vila Chaumieres were friendly and accommodating as there was always someone around when we needed them and the in room service was great too. We were so shocked by the complimentary breakfast because there was just so much food. There was a large fruit platter between the two of us as well as croissants and bread with butter and jam as well as juice, tea, and coffee.

The restaurant was set on the lagoon and is the perfect way to wake up and spend breakfast overlooking the water and ridiculous number of starfish that just look amazing.

The pool was terrific and we went spent so much time out there either in the pool and lazing around in the hammock. It felt as if it was our own private pool!

There was also kayaks available for use as well as reef shoes and snorkelling equipment supplied for us which we took full advantage of.

The perfect escape for our honeymoon but would recommend it to anyone!
We drove past the resorts closer to town and can honestly say that we were so happy to be that bit further out of town, it was just that much nicer.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

My daughter & I stayed at Vila Chaumieres for ten days and would recommend it highly for those seeking a small boutique hotel. The owners, Ursula & Richard were great hosts and have the local knowledge and contacts to recommend the best tours and give other handy local hints. We enjoyed the tours they recommended which included the Melanesian Tours Efate eco tour and the Melanesian feast (with spectacular fire dancing) on Erakor Island.

The thatched rood restaurant was overlooking the lagoon - the pictures don't lie! The food was very good - it is an upmarket restaurant and we were budget travellers so only ate there for a main meal on Christmas Eve, which was excellent - seafood entrée, coconut crab ( a bit fiddly) and lobster (delicious) and tasty desserts. We mostly had the complementary breakfast of a fresh fruit platter, coffee and toast & croissants or pastries which was more than adequate to start the day.

The cabins are very comfortable and the main double bed had a very comfortable mattress, the sofa bed for my daughter less so, although she shared my bed on occasion.

The tropical gardens are beautiful and to sit at night over a cocktail watching the sunset over the lagoon is memorable. My daughter enjoyed kayaking on the lagoon & I enjoyed watching her while sipping a cocktail & reading a book.

Nothing was too much trouble for Ursula and Richard and the staff. You only had to ask. We hated leaving and are looking forward to our next trip.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stayed for 8 nights at the end of October this year and, while it wasn't what we were expecting (mind you, Vanuatu itself was not what we were expecting), we had a fabulous time and the hosts, Richard and Ursula were lovely. The restaurant was great, a little expensive and just about Australian prices, but this was pretty much the norm for most other restaurants as well. We had the lobster, chicken curry, vegetarian curry, Tahitian fish salad and, my absolute fave, the beef Wellington. It was amazing. The desserts are also fabulous - can't say enough good things about the coconut ice cream. The restaurant itself is over the water at the lagoon's edge so is outdoors, ie DEET up before you arrive of an evening. There weren't too many mozzies about although that could just just been as we were bathing in insect spray.
I just read another review complaining about not getting fresh fruit for breakfast. Maybe something happened on that day as for our entire stay we had a great selection of really fresh fruit, bananas, grapefruit (Vanuatu has the best tasting pamplemousse - French for grapefruit - I've ever tasted) coconut, papaya, and raspberries, etc served up each morning with a basket of with either toasted bread, baguettes and croissants with a yummy jam served wIth good coffee and an orange juice (this tasted like a concentrate).
The room - a garden one near the pool - has everything you'd need, including a small fridge (with a welcome drink in there on arrival) coffee and tea making facilities, separate bathroom and air conditioner (half of a gecko spat out of ours the first time we turned it on but hey, it's the tropics and it worked afterwards. The second bed (a sofa bed) was not very comfortable but Ursula arranged for a regular mattress and that was much better.
It's really easy to get to port Vila which is about 3km away via the fantastic bus system (stand on the street and wait for a mini van/people mover with a "B" on the licence plate to go buy, signal them, ask to go the the centre and agree a price - approx 300 vatu each. You get to see a bit of the area, it's really cheap and quick and you don't have to worry about driving on the wrong side of the road).
All up, it was a great spot with only 6 rooms, so you're not surrounded by people but there's enough to not feel isolated. And free wifi only in the public areas.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Mitchells Island, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We had two nights at the end of our holiday from Espiritu Santo. We stayed in the rooms above the kitchen & reception and it was extremely noisy to attempt to sleep in. we heard every pot bang and person pass underneath. The shower pressure was intermittent and temperature would range from warm to absolute cold. When we informed Richard he may wish to look into this he replied "I like cold showers" (Good to know but not helpful). The rooms themselves were very basic and could do with modernisation, however were clean.Our room looked over the gardens leading out to the pretty restaurant area, with views over the lagoon.
The restaurant was very nice for dinner - food was great and prompt service. They even had vegetarian options. However for breakfast (included in stay) this was poor service (waiting waiting) by a waitress who clearly had no interest in being there. The breakfast was toast or chocolate bread roll with fruit (not fresh) with a luke warm coffee or tea. Dinner to breakfast was poles apart. I did not have lunch.
Richard and Ursula were pleasant, but I just felt they were not really "into their guests". I complimented Richard on the dinner on our first evening, who really didn't notice and hardly acknowledged a guest compliment. A little off putting. Twice I went to Ursula for something who twice passed this off to Richard to deal with later.
There is no beach to swim at - the site photos show the neighbours access. There is a decking out to the lagoon that you can take out Kayaks. However this water isn't especially inviting to swim in - currents noted.
It would best be suited to short, budget stay - close to Port Villa. Not really a relaxing resort.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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