Paradise in Vanuatu: the Holiday Inn Resort
When you're away from home for two weeks, you're hoping for the best of the best in terms of accommodation, right? What if I tell you that the best of the best isn't enough to describe what the Holiday Inn resort in Vanuatu has to offer? Sounds incredible? Stick around, I'll tell you why it's true.
First of all you need to know that The Holiday Inn Resort in Port Vila was voted #1 family resort in the South Pacific by ‘Holidays With Kids’ readers. And it's in particular popular amongst the Australians. Probably because it's only a few hours of flying from Brisbane or Sydney airport and its nature and vibe is completely different from Australia.
Nature and views of the beach and the lagoon
The resort is located in ‘Tassiriki’, a suburb of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila at the edge of a lagoon. That alone creates a particularly beautiful setting.
What struck me most when I arrived at the resort was how turquoise and vivid the water was. It looked like there was a continuous instagram filter on top of it.
During my stay I brought along 360° guy Peter from Litteplanet and he made some spectacular images during our trip, which I would like to show you in this article. Because a picture says more than a thousand words, doesn't it?
As you can see the resort is divided in two parts: the main part of the resort and a more private beach with overwater bungalow villas. These are almost like small apartments. Each bungalow has a small living space, a bedroom with a queensize bed, a bathroom with bath tub and shower and the best part: a private terrace with a view over the lagoon.
Generous and fresh breakfast
Just like the resort, the breakfast buffet is remarkably extensive. You'll find everything from fresh fruit, cereals and coffee cakes to hot dishes and cold meats. At the buffet a member of the HI team is ready every morning to prepare you a tasty omelette or fresh pancakes.
In the middle of the buffet you'll find a pile of fresh coconuts every morning, coming straight from the garden of the resort. You can't get any fresher than that!
My first fresh coconut was when I was on vacation in Jamaica with my best friend Cindy. Ever since I always ask for fresh coconuts in the morning whenever I'm in a country where they have them. I just love it so much. It has nothing to do with the coconut water you can buy in a shop.
Sports and entertainment
At Holiday Inn Vanuatu you'll find two swimming pools, an idyllic beach, paddle boards and catamarans. There's plenty of fun in the water for those who like to take a refreshing dip or spend an afternoon playing with the kids.
By the way, if you have a PADI certificate (diving certificate), don't hesitate to talk to Sophia. She often goes with a group of experienced divers on excursions in the morning or in the afternoon. Without a doubt she likes to take you on an adventure. You can easily rent diving equipment at Big Blue. They are located in the city centre, about 10 mins driving from the resort. They have snorkling gear for rent too.
If you prefer to stay out of the water with both feet on the ground, you can opt for a game of tennis or golf. I played a set of tennis with Ruxandra, a Belgian based blogger who was part of The Ambassadors trip to Vanuatu. They have an immense golf course on the other side of the resort. You can ask the reception for equipment, so you don't have to bring your own. Feel like doing nothing at all? There are plenty of hammocks where you can lie down and enjoy the sun and the peace and quiet. Or stop by the outdoor bar for a refreshing cocktail.
When I'm on vacation I really like doing nothing from time to time and just go for walks by the water or sit down and enjoy the view.
That's about it in terms of my enumeration of why I call the Holiday Inn resort a paradise on earth. Are you convinced?
Want to know more or have questions about the resort? Feel free to leave a message or send me a message via @angeloveroofficial.
This post was made in collaboration with the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, but was in no way influenced by them. Everything written down are my personal thoughts about the resort and are the result of my personal experience throughout the two weeks I've been there.