The luxury Story by Patricia Gil VANUATU home away from
Not many of us can afford to live like a dotcom magnate. And if you are on a budget, chances are that the accommodation you will be booking while abroad will be far less luxurious than your own home. Well, in Vanuatu, not only can you enjoy the exuberance of the tropical dream that the islands provide, but there are also many options to enjoy the luxury of a grand tropical home at a very reasonable price. ‘Mifala’ is one such property. Located on 3,500sqm of gorgeous oceanfront land, on Port Vila’s second lagoon, you can have seclusion, ocean, tropical gardens and a luxury house which even has its own tennis court, and all of this only ten minutes from town. Facing northwest, Mifala has wonderful sunsets and enjoys the cooling touch of the prevailing trade winds. The lagoon waters are calm all year around and perfect for kayaking, a spot of fishing, or a scenic water cruise along its course towards the open ocean. With one master bedroom with king bed, its own en suite and air con, three double bedrooms with king or queen beds and two shared en suites and a fifth bedroom/media room with a lounge bed, the main house takes a maximum of nine guests. If there are more than nine of you, the caretaker’s house is also available, catering for a maximum of three guests. The expansive, open living room, lounge and kitchen facing the ocean, beckon the spectacular views right into your living quarters and wide hardwood and glass doors open fully to let it all in. The house is well-appointed, with tasteful décor, quality finishing, WIFI , Satellite TV, daily housekeeping, media room, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, bikes, ping pong table and BBQ. The owners know how to make sure your needs are covered. Complete the picture with a large swimming pool, championship tennis court, private jetty, 3.8m aluminum dinghy, and a croquet lawn. Now that you are here, all settled in your private tropical kingdom, what should you do with your time, besides of course, resting and enjoying a drink with your companions? Taking the kayaks or SUP boards for a cruise around the lagoon is always pleasant and fun. You can build up an appetite and stop on the way at Tropicana’s or Vila Chaumiers’ restaurant for a bite to eat before heading back. Or if you have plenty of energy, you can keep going, all the way to Le Lagon Resort, and the open sea. Don’t feel like kayaking? Well, how about taking the boat? The non-slip quick drying, tennis court will be enjoyed by those with a love of tennis and the non-players and players alike may also enjoy a game of PingPong or relaxed game of croquet, G&T in hand, as you watch the sun go down. Fishing is possible straight from the jetty, or take the dinghy out for something more adventurous. Once you are ready to leave the house, Club Hippique is only 1km down the road, offering horse trails for all ages and experience levels. When you are set to explore further, private buses are available by making a phone call or you can arrange a rental car, ready for you to collect at the airport. A fantastic holiday awaits you!
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The ‘Cool’ factor: The casual and authentic beach restaurant feel and the welcoming staff. Most wanted: Santo’s aged 100% Organic Eye Fillet with Chef Marcel’s Vanuatu Green Peppercorn Sauce. Great for: From families, to friends or romantic dinners for two, anybody who wants to experience the idyllic picture of the South Pacific. Best seller: Slow Braised Santo Beef Short Ribs in Chocolate Sauce. They are ‘all the rage’ on Trip Advisor. So very special: The Island. Pocket damage: Affordable.