sorry, Sunseeker, that would be my kids that were roaming around. My apology for your interrupted vacation.
mind you it was a rainy day (19-23oct). and the kids were bored to pieces.
nevertheless we were determined to have fun by going places.
Mele Cascade, Iririki resort , market etc.. etc..
and Fatumaru, without doubt is the BEST place to live to get an easy transportation. 200vatu to mele cascade by bus (1000vt entry fee). or anywhere around port vila really.
much easier to get around than Le Lagon (unless you prefer the expensive taxi).
don't forget to ask the bus driver to turn up at a a certain time to pick u up!
I think Sunseeker were right that the place is small, and best for family.
But i rarely can hear the neighbour babies from our apartment (who should have been crying) unless i get very close to their window.
and Fatumaru is easy for transportation to hop beaches, easy way to lose yourself somewhere else around the island by bus.
and u could grab the Canoe anytime of the day in Fatumaru, without the hassle of asking permission, booking etc..
even in the middle of night or dawn. (just make sure u inform your partner/or anyone else before going, for safety reason).
we have to wait for the Canoe hut to open in Le Lagon (7am-5pm) and running in Vanuatu time !
we were staying at the beachfront apartment in Fatumaru. and it was the BEST.
When it's hightide the water reach under our Balcony and Viola ! it turned to be overwater bungalow without paying a fortune !
at low tide, my sons were so happy to play with starfishes 1 m away from my balcony, i don't have to worry about them drowning while i'm cooking breakfast, cause i could watch them less than 10 metre away from inside my lodge.
the balcony door opened from wall to wall. giving u an instant million dollar view.
it's a great feeling in the morning, while you're lying in bed and absorbing the view.
the place is definitely boutique being decorated from local furniture and arts artifacts. there are several wall framed pictures and info of the history about Vanuatu, arts.. etc..
it definitely gives u a feeling that you ARE on Vanuatu, not somekind of franchise 5 star hotel which look the same everywhere (such as Sebel, Le lagon etc..)
Microwave and hotplate is so handy if u have a little baby.
you could sterilse the baby bottle etc..
and to save money (from eating expensive cafe/restaurant food), u could buy rice and chicken/beef/fish from the back of market (where the dinning tables are), and bring it back to heat it up in microwave until piping hot, and have dinner for less than 300 vatu ($3.30).
next to le peche mignon there's a little ally where there's a chinese takeaway, and u could buy rice and soya chicken for 350vatu.
we tried to keep the kitchen tidy as we could. (which is hard during holiday).
but if your kitchen is disarray when u left it in the morning for your day tour, the cleaners would wash your dishes etc.. and when u come back it was all clean !! amazing.. ! :)
laundry is 1000vatu ($10) perbag. only when the weather permits.
a bit hassle when it's not, as u have to go to city to find a dryer.
when our room key was lost ( i dropped it on the way to city), the host didn't make a big deal out of it. I was worried sick to look for it. Emily and JP were great in making sure we were stress free.
They're great !
When our tap broke down, Patricia was trying her best to fix it at the earliest possible. Sunday is hard to find anything open, morever a plumber. Pascal was away, and she was worried sick that i would be annoyed by it. I was just worried of her waterbill actually.
but she was great in making sure that you are all comfortable. I know some previous bad review was made, and i was ready for some 'reserveness' (i had a few french teahcers before) but Patricia was great. She gave me some suggestions about travel places etc. I think ppl just misunderstood her, She wasn't pretentious that's all.
The hotel help me with keeping my pram that i left before leaving for Tanna island.
and i pick it up after i came back with no sweat.
they welcome any articles for safe keeping if u want to visit other island.
and some suggestion if u visit other island, bring some stationery or primary school reading books. as their resources are very limited, especially after Cyclone IVY in 2004.
we visited Lemkael Primary school in Tanna island.
and the library was bared.
the last time the government printed a reading book for them is in 1993.
I talked to a teacher from Erramangou island and she said the same about her school there.
if u could help, that'll be great. even send it by mail to the school once we're in australia.
so.. we wold recommend this hotel, and definitely comeback.
Le lagon was great too.. but i'd say less a personal touch than Fatumaru.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waterfront boutique hotel offering spacious and comfortable self-contained apartments with a panoramic view on Port-Vila Bay. Decorated with Melanesian craft, each room is different. Swimming pool, Jaccuzzi, private beach and air conditioning. Close to town center. Ideal for families and couples. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fatumaru Hotel Port Vila
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