The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET | VANUATU -

Maybe you vis­ited on a cruise or your par­ents hol­i­dayed there, but chances are you’ve pegged Van­u­atu as a flopand-drop des­ti­na­tion with­out know­ing all it has to of­fer.

And if your an­nual leave bal­ance is reach­ing HR-alert lev­els but you can’t con­ceiv­ably take a long break, the 3.5 hour flight from Syd­ney – only 2.5 hours from Bris­bane – means you can touch down and wind down fast.

“In­creas­ingly, Aus­tralians are look­ing for that quick get­away,” Van­u­atu Tourism Of­fice rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ge­or­gia Gregerson says.

“We’re not tak­ing as much leave and we want to have some­thing that’s re­ally easy.”

Post-Cy­clone Pam (which hit the ar­chi­pel­ago in 2015), re­sorts have been re­fur­bished, new ones have opened and vis­i­ta­tion is up 26 per cent.

“It def­i­nitely is for honey­moon­ers who want to go to a beau­ti­ful re­sort but then also be able to get out and do things to­gether … but in gen­eral, Van­u­atu is just re­ally amaz­ing for peo­ple trav­el­ling in pairs be­cause it does have a lot of bou­tique cou­plesonly re­sorts,” Gregerson says. CELESTE MITCHELL

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