Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort, Van­u­atu

Out & About with Kids - - WE REVIEW -

Lo­ca­tion

Van­u­atua is just 3.5 hours flight time from Syd­ney, and Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort Van­u­atu is a true trop­i­cal oa­sis lo­cated mere min­utes from the cap­i­tal, Port Vila. Span­ning mag­nif­i­cently over 1.5ha, this South Pa­cific re­sort of­fers exclusive la­goon frontage and un­spoilt land­scapes, as well as a vast ar­ray of in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to suit all ages.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion

The re­sort boasts 148 well-ap­pointed rooms with ei­ther pool or gar­den views, all within strolling dis­tance of the beach. For those look­ing to treat the fam­ily, look no fur­ther than the ter­rific fam­ily suites. With a pri­vate King room for the grown ups and an in­ter­con­nect­ing Banyan tree­house-themed room for kids, these suites are the ul­ti­mate in fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion.

If you’re af­ter some­thing more pri­vate, you can’t beat the seclu­sion of the Re­sort Over­wa­ter Vil­las. With ded­i­cated fam­ily and cou­ples zones, you can en­joy some qual­ity time with the troops, or a ro­man­tic trop­i­cal get­away, with di­rect ac­cess to the la­goon on the re­sort’s pri­vate Erongo Is­land.

Why we stayed there

Bal­ance … Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort Van­u­atu gave us the best of both worlds, with a range of ac­tiv­i­ties at the re­sort, and in town, plus the op­por­tu­nity to lie by the pool or la­goon and just re­lax. Ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly want is at your fin­ger­tips. SPRING 2016

Ac­tiv­i­ties

An abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties will keep the whole fam­ily en­ter­tained at Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort Van­u­atu. Be­fore the lug­gage had even reached our room, mas­ter eight had found his way to the com­pli­men­tary To­tel Kids Club, con­ve­niently lo­cated next door to the day spa! The kids club stays open un­til 9.00pm and pro­vides a range of ac­tiv­i­ties such as arts and craft and games, and gives chil­dren a glimpse into the Van­u­atu cul­ture. The evening disco was also a big hit!

We spent much of our time around the la­goon pool and splash park – a kids’ par­adise. The pool over­looks the pri­vate beach where you can en­joy a wide va­ri­ety of on-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties at your leisure, in­clud­ing kayaks, pad­dle­boards and cata­ma­rans. For novices like us, the ac­tiv­i­ties team were more than happy to help out and teach us the ba­sics. Equally, if you’re look­ing to stay dry, the re­sort crew loves a game of beach soc­cer or vol­ley­ball and if you want a lit­tle grown-up time, there is also a gym over­look­ing the wa­ter as well as a pic­turesque nine-hole golf course. OAWK Tip: The kids dis­cos run a few times a week from 6.30pm, keep­ing the younger set thor­oughly en­ter­tained while you en­joy some quiet time or a ro­man­tic din­ner!

Explore

The re­sort is ide­ally lo­cated just a short drive from town, where you can en­joy a great range of lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ences. A high­light for us was the Reef Cruise, where we ex­plored the stun­ning aquatic life in a glass-sided boat, and en­joyed a se­cluded snorkelling ses­sion in the pris­tine wa­ters. Mas­ter eight also loved

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