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Pacific Lagoon Apartments
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The wife and I stayed at the Pacific Lagoon apartments from 3 - 10 Mar 14. We were initially going to stay elsewhere, then found PLA, noted the great reviews and changed our minds, and I am so glad we did. The apartment was clean and comfortable, with aircon in the main bedroom. When they say close to the water,,,well...too much closer and you would get wet feet eating breakfast. Chris, the manager and staff are friendly and helpful, Anthea in the office will book any activities for you, and having cooking facilities will save some money by not having to eat out for every meal. PLA is not five star, and doesnt pretend to be, so if you want luxury, please go elsewhere. If like us you are looking for comfort, peace and quiet away from the bustle in town and value for money, give Pacific Lagoon a try. So, how much did we really like Pacific Lagoon?...we fully intend going back to Vanuatu next year, and also intend to stay at PLA again, I think thats recommendation enough. PS...you can catch a bus into town from the end of the driveway for 150 vatu pp (thats about $2).

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We recently stayed at Pacific Lagoon Apartments with our daughter, her friend and our son. We did go to one of the very large resorts for cocktails and I can see the appeal but with a million kids running around and an eating schedule, we were very happy to return to the sanctuary of our two bedroom unit right on the lagoon, with kitchen, meaning that we cook and eat on our own schedule or, of course, go out to eat.

With the apartments right on the lagoon our kids enjoyed discovering the amazing sea life while snorkeling, as well as kayaking (kayaks and beach towels supplied by the apartments) and the big kids also enjoyed these delights. The apartments are cleaned every day and have luxuries like nice thick white fluffy towels. The shower is my favorite surrounded by shells and coral so you feel like you are still on the reef out the front.

Our son made friends with a little French boy, proving language is no barrier when it comes to play. The pool and bbq area is lovely and gives you the opportunity to meet other guests or not. Bon Mache 2 (super market) is very short bus ride up the road and the bread and meat is fresh, (steaks and sausages for the bbq) they sell alcohol as well as all your snacks etc. The buses are cheap, you just wave them down, but it also makes you feel like you are experiencing the country a little.

With one forgetful child leaving their phone on the sea wall we were extremely grateful to the night security that found it and returned it to us.

The apartments are well managed and the office has DVDs and board games that you can borrow for free and Chris is friendly and has all advice on where to go.

I also highly recommend the Zip line through the Jungle, scary fun but very safe rigging and the guides are at each point to ensure your safety – I would definitely do that again. We also went to the WW2 museum where one of the guides takes you out in a tinny to snorkel on the wreck of an old plane – it was fantastic and an adventure.

We have great family memories and we loved our time at Pacific Lagoon Apartments our only problem was that we wanted to stay another week.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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6  Thank drippingtap
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

As some one who has worked in the Hotel and Hospitality industry for over 15yrs, we always here about how bad things are.... we never hear the good things
This all about the GOOD THINGS .

The manger Chris that you have working there is a real credit to the place, nothing was to much trouble for him, he was always there when we needed something. He was very approachable and easy to talk to. He knew so much about the country and people, my kids were asking him so many questions.

Reception, house cleaners, gardeners and even security, always there to lend a hand and help us when needed. Roy the gardener even got some coconuts for the kids and opened them for the kids, they thought that was great, they even tried the coconut water.

We will be back and will tell all our friends and family about this special place, it felt like a home away from home.
In a big resort you can get lost and just be a number...but we felt so at home here, the staff knew all our names and we felt very special, when we got back after a big day out trekking, Chris would ask about our day, what we liked the most. Was just nice to have a manager who would and can make the time for guest staying there.

Could you please pass on a big THANK YOU to all the staff, and a big hello to Chris for us and tell him that we will see him again.

Room Tip: The Lagoon Rooms are great as you have an outlook over the lagoon, you can also see your children when they want to go the the jetty and jump off with the local children.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

The apartments are all right on the water so you can grab a kayak (provided) or walk out into the lagoon.

The apartment was serviced everyday so you always came back to a tidy apartment. The place didn't feel like it was overrun with fellow travelers despite it being fully booked.

There are excellent places to hang out by the pool, as well as a great BBQ area.

The location seemed far from town, but the bus system meant that it wasn't a problem. You can catch a bus from the end of the driveway. We never had to wait longer than 2 minutes before a bus came by to take us out to Port Vila or out to an attraction.

Manager that runs the place is super chill and real nice.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank novyng
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We loved this quiet hideaway because of its authentic Island atmosphere, great Lagoon views and Location. PLA are close to many great beaches, a walk or a swim away from other resorts if you feel like exploring and a short minibus ride to the markets in Port Vila.

The apartments are like bungalows surrounded by tropical gardens with a central pool and barbecue area where guests can cook some of the Island produce and just chill out after a busy day of snorkling or beachcombing or island hopping. They supply all the modern conveniences so you can choose if you prefer to eat at home or out at one of the many restaurants nearby.
The main bedrooms have air conditioning which will be pretty useful in the heat of summer, not all resorts have air con. They also have verandahs great for drinking sundowners at the end of the day, some with a view of the lagoon only a couple of metres away.

Pacific Lagoon Apartments are pretty central and transport is very cheap. Mini buses pass by regularly and are the usual form of transport for tourists and locals in Port Vila and on the rest of Efate Island. Nearby restaurants, many of them French offer great locally grown meat and poultry and seafood. This is also a great spot for visiting other islands.

My husband who has travelled extensively for business prefers this low key style of accommodation over the international hotels which are rather big and impersonal and lack originality. We also prefer better value for money. This is our second stay at PLA.

The manager, Chris, is very knowledgable of the region and very helpful. The apartments are spotless and cleaned daily by their delightful staff who are very discreet, the linen is changed often.

Don't miss the Fire dancing opposite on Erakor Island, easily reached by kayak and the snorkling at Hideaway Island.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank fellotraveller
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