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Fatumaru Lodge
Ranked #8 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Lived up to reputation !”
Reviewed 1 September 2008

We have just got back from spending 10 nights at the Fatumaru lodge in Port Vila, Vanuatu. We had a fantastic stay, Our room , "Epi" a beachfront studio ,was perfect for us. (two adults , one child) The kitchen was small but all we needed, as we used the bbq area poolside too. The mix of eating out as well as making meals at the resort made our trip economical . Our room was very comfortable and cleaned every day , which included fresh towels ! We found the resort beautiful and the decor amazing with huge tamtams everywhere . The owners and staff at the lodge were very friendly and nothing was a problem whatsoever . The beach ,pool and the grounds were always spotless thanks to Isack the gardner and Emily the manager made our stay ,not only easy but enjoyable . Thank you Pascal and Patricia for setting up and running such a great holiday haven .

  • Liked — comfy beds ,great furniture,right on the beach
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Jindabyne, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 June 2008

What a fantastic place to stay in Port Vila. The apartment - Luganville - was perfect. The extra space (a quiet 2nd bedroom) was much appreciated... Our 13 month old baby slept for at least 12 hours each night!! The staff - Emily and Nettie in particular - were gorgeous; very helpful and friendly. Pool - great. Jetty and little beach - lots of fun... especially for a the young one. Would highly recommend Fatumaru to anyone.

  • Liked — Staff/Apartment/Views
  • Disliked — Some cleanliness issues.. but only very minor
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Christchurch NZ
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2008

Thanks to Patricia and Pascal, we had our best holiday ever..We stayed 3 nights at Fatumaru on our arrival, and we loved every minute of it. The kids loved the pool, the bedrooms were very spacious and clean, breakfast by the pool simple but spot on.
OK, just to be fussy 1 thing that could have make it even better....a barman on duty by the pool...
Thanks to Pascal for the tips on where to go when in Vanuatu. He knows the Island and don't hesitate to follow his advices. Will be back in 2 years (have to save our pennies first).

  • Liked — very confy and clean beds
  • Disliked — we hated saying good bye!
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Dunedin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 May 2008

We stayed at Fatumaru in 2006 and returned 2008, we had previously stayed at Poppy's 2002 and 2003 but we felt the complex there was getting too big. We love the privacy at Fatumaru, we, like many people these days have very busy working lives so the chance to stay somewhere small, quiet and private is a top priority to us! We always ensure we don't go in the school holidays (though we love kids, we love quiet too!). We like the upstairs room Emao( sp?) though it does have the coconut palms that block the view a little, they are very beautiful and shady. It is an easy walk into town ( take a torch for the evening, the footpaths are interesting!). We emailed and asked Pascal to have some Tuskers waiting in the fridge for us for when we arrived. The cooking facilities are basic but ok, we preferred to go into town for our meals. A wonderful place to stay to relax, we swam in the waterfront before breakfast each morning and in the pool in the afternoon when we returned from our latest adventure.
The apartments are well presented and we enjoyed the new addition of a DVD/CD player.....take some music with you, relax and enjoy, Fatumaru is a special place.

  • Liked — Privacy and quietness
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Comerong Island, NSW
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2008

This was our second stay at Fatamaru. It's brilliantly located - a short walk to downtown Port Vila's bars, restaurants and shops yet away from the bustle and noise. With a generous-size absolute waterfront room looking directly onto Fatamaru Bay, we were able to seamlessly combine our business activities with leisure. Believe us, sitting on your deck with a Pina Colada watching the sun setting over the Bay is really something special.
There are limited cooking facilities in the room, but if you're creative you can prepare a meal or two yourself with local produce.
Pascal & Patrica, the owners, are relaxed and friendly and unhesitatingly offer guidance and their local contacts. They will ensure you get the best of local knowledge, and can arrange anything you need.
Fatamaru Lodge is NOT a noisy, crowded resort - it's an exclusive little hideway. Suitable for kids 12-and-up, in our opinion.

  • Liked — absolute waterfront
  • Disliked — small kitchenette
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled on business
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Adelaide Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2008

Fatumaru was just perfect for our stay in Vanuatu - the staff were excellent - nothing too much trouble - and friendly too!

Pascal and Patricia were the perfect hosts - even going to the trouble of obtaining tall glasses for our gin and tonics and installing a new wireless system so I could use my laptop in our room.

Pascal also suggested various wedding planners for our daughters forthcoming wedding!. and that was after we returned home.

We saw reviews about the drive - must be some unfit people around - we found it no trouble at all - in fact the Lodge was ideal for people who wan't to get away from the plasticised resorts that always look the same wherever you are. The decor was Melanesian - the large folding doors on the balcony were brilliant and the views to die for.

Even the odd thunderstorm was great (havn't had much rain in Adelaide)

We certainly will be going again.

  • Liked — The Comfort and View
  • Disliked — chunky mugs
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2008

Stayed at the Fatumaru Lodge for 9 nights with my partner, son and his friend, who are both 11. The owners and staff are fantastic and could not do more to ensure are stay was awesome.
We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment, which was beautiful and cleaned everyday (even the washing up was done for us)! Tea, coffee and sugar were filled up too.
Advise was readily given on what to do and see and the best way to do it along with great places to eat. The local chinese was good and even delivered!
The pool was great and fishing from the jetty was superb for the children. Immense fun was had in the Kayaks in the lagoon and the sunsets beautiful.
All in all the staff added value to a wonderful holiday in a beautiful location. Thank you Fatumaru.

  • Liked — Great staff and ideal location
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Fatumaru Lodge
Address: Walter Lini Hwy | PO Box 1359, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#9 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#10 Family Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Fatumaru Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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