The Ha­van­nah

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Island Life - - Happenings -

Lo­cated in one of the most beau­ti­ful bays in Van­u­atu, the Ha­van­nah Re­sort is pure class. The 18-villa lux­ury bou­tique re­sort sits in a stun­ning lo­ca­tion in com­plete har­mony with its sur­round­ings. No mon­strous con­crete struc­tures and high-rise, high­den­sity build­ings here. Look­ing across from the wa­ter, you would hardly know it is there. Mak­ing the most of what a trop­i­cal is­land is all about, the Ha­van­nah ex­pe­ri­ence starts as you wan­der down the lovely drive­way. The gor­geous gar­dens have been well thought-out and de­signed to pro­vide a serene at­mos­phere, softly blend­ing the grounds, build­ings and the ocean be­yond. Go­ing through the tall, wide doors and pass­ing the el­e­gant lobby, you en­ter ‘ The Point’ res­tau­rant with its su­per-high natan­gora roof, which, be­sides be­ing an ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece, is also a work of art. Look up and marvel at the cav­ernous di­men­sions of its pitch or look across the vast ex­panse of the res­tau­rant and bar, to the 270 de­gree views over the turquoise wa­ters of Ha­van­nah Har­bour. The Point Res­tau­rant is one of Ha­van­nah’s as­sets and as ev­ery­thing else, its fo­cus is on qual­ity and lux­ury, of­fer­ing an out­stand­ing din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in mag­nif­i­cent sur­round­ings. The Ha­van­nah cares, and with a team of 65 staff, you can be sure that you will be well looked-af­ter. It is man­aged by in­dus­try vet­er­ans Fred­er­ick and Vic­to­ria Ma­clean. Fred­er­ick has opened many large and lux­ury prop­er­ties dur­ing his 30 year ca­reer, in­clud­ing a 545 room ho­tel in Shang­hai and a myr­iad of lux­ury prop­er­ties in ex­otic lo­ca­tions. The 18 vil­las cater for the medium to high bud­get and are all el­e­gantly ap­pointed, com­plete with the small de­tails that turn ‘fine’ into ex­cep­tional. The five Wa­ter­front Vil­las, lo­cated by the ocean with di­rect ac­cess to the beach, come with their own plunge pool and pri­vate deck while the La­goon Front Vil­las sit along the edge of the mag­nif­i­cent la­goon pool. Mod­ern with a trop­i­cal twist, there is ex­ten­sive use of lo­cal hard woods, spa­cious bath­rooms, and of course, all mods-cons; air con, ceil­ing fans, mini

bar, bath, ipod docks, TV and DVD play­ers. The latest ad­di­tion to the Ha­van­nah is two Deluxe Wa­ter­front Vil­las. Built in 2014, the su­per-spa­cious vil­las each have their very own 4x7 me­tre in­fin­ity pool, a large out­door deck and din­ing pav­il­ion with BBQ fa­cil­i­ties where you can have your meal cooked by one of the Ha­van­nah chefs, a very pri­vate large out­door bath, a glo­ri­ous sus­pended day bed and a sun deck with its own beach ac­cess. The vil­las are a split-level de­sign to en­joy the ocean views no mat­ter where you are, with French slid­ing doors open­ing the front of the vil­las com­pletely onto the ocean. It is the lit­tle de­tails that el­e­vate the Ha­van­nah from earthly to di­vine. Lo­cal art pop­u­lates the walls with works by renowned artists So­phie de Garam and Anne Smith; the bath­rooms are stocked with all or­ganic prod­ucts from Van­u­atu’s own Vol­canic Earth; can­dles and es­sen­tial oil burn­ers are strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned around the bath tub. Ro­man­tic? Ab­so­lutely. Clearly, the Ha­van­nah has not for­got­ten any­thing and since the Deluxe Wa­ter­front vil­las opened in July last year, their oc­cu­pancy has been a whop­ping 96%. The ac­tiv­i­ties at the Ha­van­nah are just as amaz­ing. Out­stand­ing snor­kel­ing and div­ing, safe swimming and kayak­ing, great fish­ing or a day of sail­ing are all at your fin­ger tips in the crys­tal-clear, azure wa­ters of the bay. And for a lit­tle pam­per­ing, don’t for­get that lus­cious spa treat­ment in­clud­ing hot stone mas­sage, Dead Sea mud body wrap and Arom’essence sig­na­ture fa­cials. The only prob­lem with stay­ing at the Ha­van­nah is that even­tu­ally, you may have to leave.

The Ha­van­nah also caters for wed­dings and spe­cial events. Stan­dard rates are AU$500 per night for a Gar­den Villa, AU$620 for La­goon Pool Villa, AU$760 per night for a Wa­ter­front Villa and AU$1180 for a Deluxe Wa­ter­front Villa per night. Lo­cal rates avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.the­ha­van­nah.com.

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