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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Port Vila, Efate

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EdwardJ33...
Mount Annan, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Fantastic house, Fantastic Views”
Reviewed 20 December 2016 for a stay in April 2016
3
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Firstly, as stated by others, I wouldn't recommend this house if you have toddlers as it has many stairs - the house is built over many levels. If your children are swimmers expect them to live in the pool - while you sit on the deck and sip whatever you sip. The view is probably the best in Vila. If you can, try and get up early and take a cup of coffee and your camera on the deck to watch the cruise ships arrive - and depart in the evening. The road from the town to the wharf is below the deck level and is accessible by stairs (probably the only house with this street access - a huge plus) After a couple of uses i, an arthritic 75 year old codger, managed it with relative ease. Practically every other vehicle going past this "back gate" is a mini van bus which will take you anywhere for under two dollars (150 vatu) You certainly wont wait for more than 5 minutes...If the stairs are a problem when you come back - EVERY driver that we got back from town willingly delivered us to the front door - they will require directions as this is reached by a private dirt road which is in poor condition. Another great feature of this rental is that you will be picked up and returned to the airport by a very pleasant young man named Allan - you may even be able to arrange a 'tour' with him for a fee. Transport in Vila is like no other town that I have been to and ANY of these bus drivers will negotiate a price to take you around the island (usually 10 thousand vatu but that is only about $120) for example.
The house is well cared for and is cleaned twice a week. The nice garden and pool is looked after daily by a friendly caretaker named Carl and a professional pool cleaning company maintains the pool. When you come down those stairs the cruieship wharf is within walking distance to the left and it is nice to go and look at all the tourists excited to be there for a day, knowing that you are a "local". To the right towards town and easily walked to is the "Warhorse Saloon" , cold beer and great burgers and other food reasonably priced...very relaxed. There are also other good restaurants nearby. Almost next door is a great market and you should go there early in your stay and enquire about duty free prices etc to compare - I personally found it cheaper than in town. If you buy liquor they will deliver it to the airport.
So to sum up - it may not be the cheapest rental property but there is many that is more expensive with a lot less to offer- the ease of getting around, the great view, the great location, the well maintained house, garden and pool, and the owner Glenn, who answered my many questions by email promptly and with great courtesy - five stars!!!

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dunemanns...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Big house at a great location and magnificent views.”
Reviewed 29 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016
2
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Large house with plenty of bedrooms in a fantastic part of Port Vila overlooking the harbour and Irikki island. Swimming pool was great. House is well stocked with utensils, towels etc, all you need to be comfortable. Easy walk into town or catch a bus at the doorstep. Allan and Karl assisted us to and from the airport and were friendly to have nearby. Overall we had a great stay and it's a great holiday rental.

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Liked best: The position in Port Vila
Liked least: Multi level
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Hinemoa_5...
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous family holiday rental”
Reviewed 25 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
3
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We escaped the Wellington winter to Port Vila, and it was wonderful. We travelled as a family of 5 - my partner and I, 14 & 7yr old boys, and 5yr old girl. Our trip was probably the best family holiday experience I, (as a mum), have had. We were picked up from the airport by the local house manager, (recommend this) and after a short 10 minute drive through the main town centre we arrived at our rented holiday home.

It was a glorious view on a beautiful day (just like the pictures online). We were met by the housekeeper (Rose), who showed us around the house. The house cascades down the slope of the hill over 5 levels. We loved it, the children were amazed, and loved the basement porthole cabin bedroom. (It was also nice and handy to the pool).

The outdoor garden, and poolside living area is fabulous, for both children and adults. The children spent all day every day in the pool, and were so happy, that the adults got to truly relax either in the sun, or in the shade reading, or resting/enjoying the view. It was gorgeous to see the children enjoying themselves so much (and not needing anything). The pool is half shallow (chest on 5year old), and half deep, ( could only just touch the bottom) There were a selection of pool toys (floaties, beach feet, snorkelling stuff etc) including a childs lifejacket, which our little ones took turns with to jump into the deep end again and again.

The house was really well equipped, aircon, fans, kitchen/dining, laundry, towels, bedding etc. We were very comfortable. The temps were 24C to 28C during our stay. The best supermarket in the area is only a few minutes away by bus (loved the bus system), so getting supplies is really easy. With the house being so well located, and the ease with which one can hail a bus or cab, we didn't feel the need to rend a car. (Although there is an impressive secure double garage available).

We also enjoyed the local restaurants (the Stone Grill), being our favourite. This was only a few minutes walk up the road from our house, and there was also a handy ATM machine at the same location.

Rose came through and cleaned the house halfway through our stay, and Carl was regularly tending to the garden and pool (very considerate, helpful and easy to talk to).

Things to consider, that might not suit you:
- the location of the house is very central and perched on the side of a hill, thus there is a gas works across the road, and a bit of port noise, (outside is noticeable, inside not really),
- I couldn't find any dishpowder in the house or at the supermarket, so had to wash by hand
- all the floors are hard, and there is a sweeping open-sided staircase, so if your children are prone to tripping, or not looking at where they are going, they may come unstuck
- we had no issues with safety around the pool, but each parent needs to consider the risk to their child. If they can open the door, they can get in over their head, and you need to be close by. Running on the hard surface with wet feet can also be tricky.

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Gretchen...
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“We had an incredibly relaxing stay.”
Reviewed 6 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
3
people found this review helpful

The house was very easy to locate. The property was immaculately clean, comfortable and had every kitchen and grilling connivence we desired. Property staff was very friendly and easy to get ahold of. We had minor issues but they were handled quickly by the staff and owner. Our older kids lived in the pool which was exactly what we rented this property for. We loved our stay in this home, and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor patio and pool.

My only caution would be to families with toddlers. This home has many many sets of stairs one of which you can clearly see in the photos as having no wall on one side. Don't use this property if this worries you. We had to watch our 2 year old like a hawk while staying in this property. However, I would highly recommend this lovely home to any with older children. It was a fantastic stay!

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Liked best: Outdoor dining and pool
Liked least: stairs
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Natasha W
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Too close was a comfort”
Reviewed 27 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
2
people found this review helpful

A fantastic location in terms of proximity to restuarants, activities and Au Bon Marche (super market). The configuration was ideal for family with teenage kids - lots of spaces to spread out. Great view across the harbour too.

Travelling group: Teenagers
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Owen F
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed 25 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015
4
people found this review helpful

This my fourth trip to Vanuatu and second house rental. As you can see in the photographs what you see is what you get. Large house and pool with fabulous views overlooking Iriiriki and Vila. This is the hottest part of the year so the house was quite warm even with all the windows and doors open although the airconditioning in the bedrooms was most welcomed. We were met by Alan in downtown Vila, took us to the house and spent a good time showing us the light switches, doors, oops etc and was on call at anytime. Even bringing us an iron early one morning. The cleaning staff are very friendly and hospitable, even bringing in our washing when it rained while we were away. The owner of the property is very good to deal with and very prompt in replying to emails etc. highly recommended.

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Liked best: Easy access if required (Access at both front and rear of property) and views and pool lol
Liked least: Downstairs air conditioner did not work
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
5 Mar 2015
Thank you very much Jane and Owen we appreciate the positive feedback and delighted you enjoyed your stay. We have always tried to over-deliver so all guests feel they have exceptional value for money when staying at the house. Hope to hear from you again on your next trip.
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michelejj
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Brilliant house, sparkling pool, magic views, all just a walk from town”
Reviewed 29 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We were picked up from the airport by the caretaker's father and driven to a gorgeous house overlooking Port Vila harbour. The house was much larger than we were expecting, over 3 levels, so a lot of stairs. The 2 main bedrooms were spacious, one with an ensuite. The third bedroom was a small twin, but big enough for 2. Large kitchen and living area which opened up to the inground pool area. The walk to town was only about 25 minutes, but buses and taxis went by regularly if we didn't feel like a walk.

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Liked best: Pool overlooking the harbour
Liked least: scummy shower in one bathroom
Travelling group: Extended Family
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