2017 is gearing up to be an exciting year for Vanuatu’s tourism industry with a wide range of new accommodation, dining options and activities for visitors to discover. Whether it is an idyllic retreat on a secluded island, luxury resorts overlooking stunning lagoons, rustic coffee shops or Melanesian restaurants, Vanuatu is poised to create memorable experiences.
The Moso Vanuatu
Vanuatu’s newest addition to its already diverse range of accommodation options is The Moso Vanuatu resort on the dreamy and secluded Moso Island in the north of Efate Island. Dedicated on delivering a pure and exclusive boutique experience, The Moso Vanuatu offers five premium villas and a locally-inspired bistro bar that is open to guests and day visitors as well. Surrounded by idyllic scenery such as rustling coconut trees and crystal clear blue waters, this resort offers guests a memorable and romantic experience amidst an oasis of tranquillity. For more information visit www.themosovanuatu.com.
Ramada Resort Port Vila
Nestled on the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon, only minutes from Port Vila, the Ramada Resort Port Vila is a newly built premier resort, due to open in early 2017, catering to couples, families and conference guests. This full-service beachfront retreat will offer 80 self-contained apartments provided with sophisticated facilities including a gym, relaxing day spa, several bars including a sports bar and lounge bar. The rooms will be furnished with all modern-day amenities such as flat screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi and are even outfitted with fully-equipped kitchens. All complemented with panoramic lagoon views and a lagoon style pool, and close to the restaurants, bars and shops in Port Vila. For more information visit www.ramadaresort.com.vu.
Tamanu on the Beach
Re-opening in November 2016, this four-star boutique resort is a resurrection of its predecessor, which was damaged by Cyclone Pam in 2015. However, after a full reconstruction and makeover, Tamanu on the Beach returns looking better than ever. This hidden gem retains its much-beloved sense for romance and privacy, but is expanded with more luxury amenities to cater for the higher-standard traveller. The resort’s original six rooms has now more than doubled to 15 discreet villas with air-conditioning, private balconies, raised stand-alone baths and some with their own pool; now adorn the Tamanu on the Beach property. Tamanu on the Beach’s renowned fine dining restaurant returns as well, showcasing local produce with a Melanesian twist. For more information www.tamanuonthebeach.com.
Mahun on the Lagoon
Situated amidst the Vanuatu bush overlooking a pristine lagoon, Mahun on the Lagoon is a series of authentic bungalows constructed from traditional materials and the first accredited accommodation in the beautiful South West Bay region of Malekula. This eco-friendly bungalow’s décor is a blend of Ni-Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea design and features one bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The restaurant offers simple Melanesian style lunch and dinner and the adjacent balcony is a lovely dining area offering spectacular views. Located only a 10 minute boat ride to the bay and the Wintua airport, this distinctive lodge provides a cast away experience on a slice of paradise. For more information visit www.malekula.travel.
The Deli Kitchen
Renowned local catering service Kandy’s Kitchen, serving a range of gourmet and fine foods for special occasions as well as delivering home-made lunches, has opened up shop as The Deli Kitchen. Located on Mele Road in Port Vila, this small rustic and industrial coffee hub is a collaboration of Kandy’s Kitchen and Vanuatu’s famous and rich-flavoured Tanna Coffee. According to the concept ‘real food, real people and real coffee’ this idyllic store offers a range of delicious deli products including French croissants, fresh fruit smoothies and juices, salads, toasted muesli with yoghurt and of course dark and rich Tanna Coffee variations. For more information visit www.kandys-kitchen.com.
Rarru Rentapao River Tours
The Rentapao River is a tranquil area with a continuously flowing river through the lush Vanuatu landscape on the main island of Efate near Port Vila. The Rentapao River Tours includes many exciting ways to discover this natural scenery up close. Paddle from a viewing platform all the way up the stream until the cascading waterfall and relax on large inflatable tubes indulging in this true Vanuatu sanctuary. Visitors can channel their inner child and plunge into the refreshing waters by swinging rope before swimming among the local fish in the clear-blue waters. For more information visit www.facebook.com/rentapaoriver.
Port Vila Parasailing
There is no sight more magnificent than witnessing the colourful spectacle of green hues and turquoise shades while parasailing over the Port Vila harbour. After thorough safety instructions and a quick motor boat ride into the harbour, participants are gently winched into the sky up to a maximum height of 60 metres. It’s an awe-inspiring adventure with amazing views over Port Vila, Iririki Island, Mele bay and Ifira Island. For more information visit www.portvilaparasailing.com.
For more information on Vanuatu visit the Vanuatu Tourism Office website www.vanuatu.travel.