Composed of over eighty islands, serene and picturesque Vanuatu promises its luxury travel visitors a different experience on every one. Long white beaches, warm blue waters, dormant volcanoes and green rainforests await your company in the balmy Vanuatu weather (it rarely dips beneath 20 degrees Celsius).
Some islands feature rugged rocks for bushwalks and climbing, whereas others stretch quiet and flat, ideal for sunbathing or a leisurely stroll with a loved one. Still others are covered in the growth of tropical forests, perfect for exploration.
Wherever you go in this beautiful land, the local people who greet you are friendly and fun, possessed of the joie de vivre that affects all who come to this English/French speaking archipelago. With over 115 different cultures spread out across its many islands, Vanuatu promises you a place of cultural diversity and new experiences at every stop.
Arriving from the airport, travellers can alight one of the many available taxis or ferries to their chosen accommodation. For nothing but the best in quality hospitality, try the Iririki Snorkelers Cove on the “Island of Romance”, a premium 5 star resort that offers the very best in care and attention, with no children allowed, ensuring extra tranquillity and “me” time for couples and singles. After lounging by the largest salt water pool in the South Pacific, you can retreat inside to your choice of a quality room or penthouse, knowing that you are enjoying one of the finest Vanuatu luxury holidays on offer.
If you choose to stay closer to the capital, Port Vila, you will have an array of indulgent resorts to choose from. The Erakor Island Resort offers seclusion just a mere few kilometres from Port Vila, and contains waterfront bungalows where guests can fall asleep to the gentle lapping of island waves on sandy shores.
Alternatively there is the Bokissa Eco Island Resort nearby, where the more adventurous can experience snorkelling, diving or game fishing, whilst enjoying environmentally friendly facilities which boast the modern luxuries that no vacationer should do without.
When you feel like venturing away from your Port Vila 5 star hotels, why not sample the fresh delicacies at one of the fine local restaurants? Restaurants such as Vila Chaumières will impress you as much by their attentive service as they will with their gourmet dining. For a delicious meal there are Vanuatu’s famed steaks – tasty and tender, thanks to the local farmers who raise their beef on the lush grass and grains of the region.
A little further out, about fifteen minutes from Port Vila, there is the little known Officer’s Club – so called because it has been constructed where the WW2 U.S.A. Officer’s Club originally stood. A long favourite with the locals, the fresh produce on offer will tantalise the tastebuds and the ambience will have you lingering well after the meal is over.
When the fine dining and lazy days become a tad sedate, there is an array of activities calling for your sense of adventure. Horse riding, swimming with dolphins, diving, fishing, parasailing and golf are some of the attractions that will promise to keep you enthralled and alive, whilst surrounded by the tranquillity of the islands.
Lelepa Island offers the adventures of bush walking, right up to secluded caves. There is also Mele Cascades, a place that boasts beautiful waterfalls and a rainforest trail for a stroll. Once you tire from the physical attractions and if you want to discover more of the culture of Vanuatu, the Museum and Cultural Centre will reveal past secrets and events that have shaped the archipelago’s identity over the years. To end a perfect day, try one of the many luxury cruises available throughout the islands, sipping champagne as you watch a perfect sunset.
Whether you come to explore the islands in solitude, or if you choose to be guided through luxury tours from friendly locals, you will be swept up in the joyful atmosphere of Vanuatu. With a name meaning “Land Eternal”, you will find that Vanuatu is a place you never want to leave.
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