We have just come back from Vanuatu and our second stay at Fatumaru Lodge. Once again it was a very enjoyable stay, too brief though. Probably the best review anyone can give for holiday accommodation is to recommend the place to others and we can do this for Fatumaru Lodge without hesitation.
Our kids have grown up so we travel as a couple and we have never been bothered by noise or children playing while staying there. The location is great, right on the main road but down off the road far enough that road noise is not a problem, and right on the water. Walking straight out of our room and into the bay for a swim is fantastic. Another reviewer made mention of the walk into town as "getting a bit much", one of the fantastic things about Port Vila is the buses. Any vehicle with a red B at the start of the number plate is a bus. It costs 150 Vatu per person to go anywhere in town, and all you need do at Fatumaru is walk up the driveway to the main road and stand there, you will get a bus in seconds, so if you don't feel like a walk spend $1.60 and meet some locals!
Another big plus for Fatumaru is the kitchenette, there are some great places to eat in Port Vila but you have to shop at the markets and cook some of the local produce for yourself at least once, or do it as often as you like! The BBQ next to the pool is really handy, the beef in Vanuatu tastes like meat should taste like, try a BBQ'd huge banana with it.(skin on to cook)
The rooms at Fatumaru are really tastefully decorated, each named after a different Island from Vanuatu, with a little history of that Island on the wall, they are clean, roomy and the aircon, while not a necessity, can come in handy especially on a humid night. The huge sliding french doors open up to give you a fantastic view.
We spent our short stay there swimming, kayacking , reading, having the odd beer or wine by the bay and relaxing, with a couple of trips out to Hideaway Island (330vt pp in a bus) to snorkel, and a couple of dinners in town, very very nice.
Fatumaru Lodge is a good place to holiday, it is value for money, well located, the staff are very friendly and very helpful and we will back again for our 4th trip to Vanuatu next year.
- 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 family and couple. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fatumaru Hotel Port Vila
- Fatumaru Lodge Vanuatu/Port Vila