Cham­pagne We all like a bit of pampe ring and hav­ing a hol­i­day in a ‘pala­tial home’ is, well, nice. In Van­u­atu, this is not only pos­si­ble but af­ford­able to those wit hout a 6-fig­ure salary.

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Built by English cou­ple Bryan and Tracy Blake and man­aged by Van­u­atu Lux­ury Hol­i­day Homes, Villa Cham­pagne has it all, in­clud­ing a grand stair­case and a pi­ano. Lo­cated in White Sands beach, the three-acre prop­erty has a 100 me­tres of white sand beach, a four-bed­room 750m2 main res­i­dence and two self­con­tained two-bed­room ca­banas. A grand feel­ing of space is the theme through­out this lovely prop­erty; the liv­ing room area has huge en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing spa­ces, high ceil­ings, and French doors that open onto the mas­sive swimming pool and ocean be­yond. The Villa comes with all mod-cons, in­clud­ing satel­lite TV, DVD li­brary, WIFI, big BBQ and out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas, ten­nis court, two full-time house keep­ers and even your own ve­hi­cle; a Hyundai 12 seater peo­ple mover is in­cluded in the tar­iff. The main res­i­dence has four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms. The over­sized master bed­room is lo­cated up­stairs in the west wing and has a huge en-suite and large French doors that open com­pletely onto a big, wide ve­randa with amaz­ing views of the ocean. The east wing has three sep­a­rate bed­rooms and two bath­rooms, all uniquely dec­o­rated and with ve­ran­das fac­ing the ocean. The two ca­banas, one on each side of the main res­i­dence, fac­ing the cen­tral swimming pool, are nicely ap­pointed with a func­tional kitchen and liv­ing space, two bed­rooms and a shared bath­room each. The prop­erty has been re­cently up­graded, in­clud­ing re­fur­bish­ing of the bed­rooms and new ap­pli­ances in the kitchen to make sure that you re­ally have ev­ery­thing that you could pos­si­bly need. The lux­ury hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence starts as

soon as the plane touches down in Van­u­atu. Upon ar­rival, guests are met at the air­port by their trans­fer driver, welcome kit and bot­tle of cham­pagne in hand, and driven to Villa Cham­pagne, with a gro­cery stop in town to get all needed sup­plies for that per­fect stay. Van­u­atu Lux­ury Hol­i­day Homes have truly thought of ev­ery­thing - those ar­riv­ing af­ter-hours can put in their shop­ping list ahead of their ar­rival and VLHH will do the shop­ping for you. If cook­ing dur­ing your hol­i­day is not on the list, fear not, Villa Cham­pagne is a short stroll from lovely Tamanu Re­sort and Res­tau­rant and a short drive away from Rip­ples res­tau­rant (tip: Rip­ples’ Sri Lanka curry is a must-try, truly de­li­cious!). A 15 minute drive will take you to world-class Eratap Re­sort and fam­ily-friendly Aquana Re­sort and town is only a 20 min­utes drive away, close enough but far enough for you to en­joy the pris­tine seclu­sion and beauty of trop­i­cal Van­u­atu. Villa Cham­pagne can also or­ga­nize for you to have your own pri­vate chef; yes, ab­so­lutely no short­age of lux­ury here! And if you thought that this is lav­ish­ness you can’t af­ford, think again, rates start at AU$850 per night for the main villa, for a max­i­mum of 8 peo­ple with each ca­bana be­ing AU$250 ex­tra per night and cater­ing for another 4 peo­ple. Book­ing the whole prop­erty will sleep a max­i­mum of 16 guests.

Per­fect for groups of ex­tended fam­ily and friends, wed­ding par­ties, birthdays and other cel­e­bra­tions, it is pos­si­ble to rent only the main villa or the main villa and one or the two ca­banas. But re­gard­less, guests will have ex­clu­sive use of the prop­erty dur­ing their stay. For larger groups, Van­u­atu Lux­ury Hol­i­day Homes has another two prop­er­ties nearby, able to ac­com­mo­date the ex­tra friends and fam­ily. Spe­cial­is­ing in the hol­i­day home mar­ket for five years and with 13 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the Van­u­atu tourism mar­ket, Van­u­atu Lux­ury Hol­i­day Homes have 34 list­ings as part of their web­site port­fo­lio. From two bed­room cot­tages to grand man­sions such as Villa Cham­pagne, and with lo­ca­tions all around Efate, they have a hol­i­day prop­erty for ev­ery taste and need. Villa Cham­pagne has a min­i­mum of five nights book­ing pol­icy but, ex­cep­tions can be made to fit in with flight sched­ules and dur­ing low sea­son. Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March, look out for their low sea­son spe­cials and lo­cal spe­cial rates. Rates in­clude ve­hi­cle. Air­port trans­fers and stock­ing the pantry with de­lec­ta­ble items carry an ex­tra charge.

Check Van­u­atu Lux­ury Hol­i­day Homes web­site to book your per­fect trip van­u­at­u­lux­u­ry­hol­i­day­

Swarovski Jew­ellery has ar­rived at Ely­sium!

Ely­sium – a brand new lux­u­ri­ous store lo­cated on the main shop­ping street in Port Vila - is where you will find the latest col­lec­tion of Swarovski Jew­ellery. All beau­ti­fully cre­ated and pre­sented and hard to re­sist! Add some sparkle to your life and cap­ture that spe­cial hol­i­day mem­ory with a beau­ti­ful piece of Swarovski Jew­ellery - All can be pur­chased duty free! Lo­cated in Port Vila op­po­site the Bred Bank.

Ph:28028, ely­[email protected]­fic­re­tail­ Spice In­dian gets sweeter

De­li­cious Gu­lab Ja­mun, a tra­di­tional In­dian sweet of home­made pa­neer cheese fla­vored with car­damom and soaked in rose-scented syrup and cho­co­late Burfi, the In­dian ver­sion of cho­co­late fudge, are now part of Spice’s menu. Mmm which to choose? Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March, you don’t have to. Spice is of­fer­ing a ‘buy one dessert and get another one free’ spe­cial! Morn­ing cof­fee is now also served with ‘cake of the day’; spiced banana cake, Is­land vanilla and cho­co­late mar­ble cake, lime and co­conut or car­damom rose cake. All healthy and gluten free, made with man­ioc flour. Lunchtime spe­cials keep get­ting bet­ter with three de­li­cious curry dishes to choose from, chang­ing daily and In­dian/western fu­sion dishes such as Bom­bay omelet, steak Mal­abari and Tan­doori Chicken, mar­i­nated overnight for that ex­cep­tional fla­vor. Great value for lunch, with air­con, free WIFI and speedy friendly ser­vice! Ph: 24406.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Van­u­atu new Ad­ven­ture Fun Park!

Brace your­self for the most unique ex­pe­ri­ence of your life… Roll down the pic­turesque Mele hills in­side a 2.5m gi­ant in­flat­able Hy­dro ball. They sim­ply add wa­ter, and you slip and slide your way down the hill in­side the best wa­ter­slide ever! Now, you can have even more fun with the ex­cit­ing latest ad­di­tions. A new Zorb track is open, steeper, faster, longer and great fun!! The 90m gi­ant slip­pery slide is fully op­er­a­tional and ev­ery child’s dream! And for those want­ing to fly a lit­tle, the Hu­man Sling­shot is on! All per­fectly safe, in­cred­i­bly fun, in a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion and with­out the crowds! Your chil­dren will love it and you will love it, don’t miss it!

Check their face­book page www.face­book. com/wet­nwild­van­u­atu, ph +678 5564 353, wet­nwild­van­u­[email protected] The Taxi & Bus Am­bas­sador Pro­gram is go­ing strong

On De­cem­ber 15th, 125 taxi and bus op­er­a­tors grad­u­ated from the Tourism Am­bas- sador Pro­gram. The taxi and bus op­er­a­tors re­ceived train­ing through a num­ber of work­shops fa­cil­i­tated by tourism in­dus­try ex­perts. From cus­tomer ser­vice, to trans­port leg­is­la­tion and cash man­age­ment, the aim of the work­shops and the pro­gram is to im­prove the qual­ity of public trans­port and fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter visi­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ences. The ma­mas’ mar­ket am­bas­sador pro­gram is well un­der­way af­ter the 140 ma­mas that reg­is­tered for the pro­gram grad­u­ated early De­cem­ber. The pro­gram com­prised work­shops that cov­ered top­ics such as prod­uct dis­play, cus­tomer ser­vice, buy­ing lo­cal, biose­cu­rity reg­u­la­tions and ba­sic book keep­ing. Funded by New Zealand Aid Pro­gramme, the Tourism Am­bas­sador pro­gram has signed a MOU with West­pac Bank to pro­vide fur­ther fi­nan­cial literary work­shops and to help them set up busi­ness ac­counts for their mi­cro busi­nesses. One of the pro­gram’s goals is to in­crease the sale of lo­cally made hand­i­crafts; un­til now, 90% of the items sold by the ma­mas were im­ported goods. The pro­gram has been work­ing with lo­cal pro­duc­ers and ven­dors to im­prove the links be­tween lo­cal pro­duc­ers in the outer is­lands and mar­ket ven­dors. Work­shops were held in the prov­inces of Malampa, Sanma, Tafea and Torba and the pro­gram is work­ing

in part­ner­ship with AC­TIV as­so­ci­a­tion to fa­cil­i­tate links be­tween pro­duc­ers in the is­lands and Port Vila mama’s mar­ket ven­dors. A to­tal of 140 ma­mas have signed con­tracts with The Van­u­atu Hand­i­craft Mar­ket, the first hand­i­craft mar­ket of its kind, lo­cated at the wharf road. The mar­ket has a full up­stairs mez­za­nine ded­i­cated to mar­ket stalls as well as sev­eral shops in the down­stairs and out­door ar­eas, and has pro­vided a suit­able space for mar­ket ven­dors to con­duct their busi­nesses and a great hub for visi­tors and lo­cals alike to find and have ac­cess to many dif­fer­ent prod­ucts all un­der the one roof. Fur­ther coach­ing will be of­fered to the ma­mas this year to keep build­ing their knowl­edge and help them grow their busi­nesses.

The War Horse Saloon new pool ta­bles

Much more than a bar or a res­tau­rant, the War Horse Saloon wants to en­ter­tain you. With great live mu­sic, fan­tas­tic raf­fles and as­sorted shenani­gans, the guys are ‘up­ping the ante’ with their latest ad­di­tion: pro­fes­sional pool ta­bles. All the way from New Zealand, the ta­bles have landed and pool tour­na­ments are un­der­way to the de­light of lo­cals and visi­tors alike. Come for a pool game, great mu­sic, de­li­cious food –in­clud­ing their fa­mous BBQ Pork and

Swarovski Jew­ellery at Ely­sium

Beef Ribs, a must try! – and lots of fun.

Lo­cated on Wharf Road, open 7 days from 11.30am. Ph: 26670. NBV Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy pro­gram em­pow­er­ing ru­ral de­vel­op­ment

Van­u­atu’s own bank “NBV” pro­vides a wide range of fi­nan­cial and sup­port ser­vices cov­er­ing all the ma­jor is­lands in Van­u­atu. It has ex­tended ser­vices in­volv­ing a net­work of 30 branches and agen­cies, four­teen equipped with V-SAT com­mu­ni­ca­tion and re­new­able power. Since its re­struc­ture in 1998, the bank had recog­nised the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion to the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion so they can be­come ac­tive play­ers in the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. Since the com­mence­ment of the Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Pro­gram in 2012, a to­tal of 18,000 peo­ple have at­tended over 400 work­shops re­sult­ing in 22,000 new ac­counts. The out­comes achieved from this pro­gram are re­flected in the steady in­crease in mi­crolend­ing to both new and ex­ist­ing cus­tomers. Dur­ing this pe­riod, 900 new mi­croen­ter­prises were es­tab­lished and 2,000 new jobs cre­ated. The Bank’s Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Pro­gram is quite com­pre­hen­sive and cov­ers the ba­sic el­e­ments as­so­ci­ated with build­ing fi­nan­cial knowl­edge. Work­shops are held regularly in dif­fer­ent vil­lages around the coun­try and three dif­fer­ent man­u­als are given to par­tic­i­pants ex­plain­ing how to bet­ter man­age fi­nances, sav­ings, bor­row­ing prin­ci­ples, ba­sic book keep­ing and small busi­ness fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. The book­lets are set out in sim­ple terms with clear laid­out ex­am­ples to as­sist ru­ral peo­ple un­der­stand its con­cepts. An in­creas­ing num­ber of suc­cess sto­ries have emerged across the coun­try as peo­ple build the knowl­edge and con­fi­dence to start their own busi­ness.

Au Fare new rock­ing Satur­day Nights !

Pop into Au Fare res­tau­rant ev­ery Satur­day for a great night of en­ter­tain­ment. Port Vila’s own ‘Prince Philip’ band will get you danc­ing from 8pm on­wards and at 9.30 watch the Wan Smol­bag Troupe per­form their out­stand­ing fire show. En­joy some de­li­cious French/trop­i­cal fu­sion cui­sine and pick your fresh lob­ster straight from the tank! Beau­ti­ful views of the har­bour, daily lunch and din­ner spe­cials and now also the ad­di­tion of two tra­di­tional ca­noes for the free use of the res­tau­rant’s pa­trons! Take your­self for a pad­dle in the har­bour and come back to a de­li­cious lunch or sunset cock­tail be­fore din­ner! Ph: 25580.

1{ By Brett Wright, from

Power House Per­for­mance.


Pri­mary mus­cles in­volved in the bench press are the pec­toralis ma­jor. Sec­ondary mus­cle groups are tri­ceps and an­te­rior del­toid. Ly­ing flat on a bench, grip the bar slightly wider than shoul­der width. At mod­er­ate tempo, lower the bar to­wards the cen­ter chest line whilst in­hal­ing un­til the el­bows are slightly past 90 de­grees. Pause, drive your hips into the bench and push the bar back to start­ing po­si­tion whilst ex­hal­ing un­til the arms are straight but not locked out at the el­bow. Re­peat.

4PUL UP (Over­hand wide grip).

Pri­mary mus­cles in­volved are the latis­simus dorsi, heav­ily as­sisted by the brachialis, bra­chio­ra­di­alis, bi­cep brachii, tri­cep, teres ma­jor, rhom­boid, trapez­ius, le­va­tor scapu­lae, del­toid, transver­sus ab­domi­nus, rec­tus ab­domi­nus, ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal obliques, pelvic floor and fore­arm. (For strict form Pull up) Grip bar wider than shoul­der width. Fully ex­tend arms start­ing with a to­tal dead weight. Re­tract­ing the shoul­ders and shoul­der blades, ex­hale as you pull the body in an up­ward mo­tion un­til the nip­ple is in line with the bar. Pause, and slowly lower the body whilst in­hal­ing un­til you re­turn to the start­ing po­si­tion of to­tal dead weight. Re­peat.

There you go guys. Four of the best, most ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient ex­er­cises you can smash in the gym and ev­ery one of them on the big hyper­tro­phy hit list. Don’t be scared of the weight room… high mus­cle den­sity… low body fat… in­creased strength and power… En­joy the lift.

and her­itage in the world. Over 80,000 peo­ple at­tended the event in 2014 and in 2015 it cel­e­brates its 32nd birth­day. Dur­ing the Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val, Western Springs Park is trans­formed into 11 Pa­cific Is­land vil­lages. 1000 per­form­ers show­case the best of Pa­cific Is­land mu­sic, dance and cul­ture and the bustling Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val mar­kets sell tra­di­tional food and crafts.

www.auck­­fika. Prince Kuhio Cel­e­bra­tion, Kauai, Hawaii, 22nd March.

This fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the Hawai­ian Prince Jonah Kuhio Kala­ni­anoale Pi­ikoi ahead of the Prince Kuhio Day on March 26th. Visi­tors to the fes­ti­val will ob­serve an open­ing cer­e­mony hon­our­ing Prince Kuhio, fol­lowed by Traiko drum­ming and a day of cul­tural and craft demon­stra­tions. Learn about many na­tive Hawai­ian cul­tural and art prac­tices, in­clud­ing weav­ing, work­ing with kalo (taro), stone-carv­ing, Hawai­ian weapons, drum mak­ing, tapa ( kapa), cre­ation of kupe`e ( bracelets) and par­tic­i­pate in hula kahiko (an­cient hula) lessons. En­joy out­stand­ing crafts and lo­cal art on dis­play dur­ing the craft fair. There will also be a silent auc­tion and the an­nual HLTA Char­ity Walk to ben­e­fit Pa Hula Na Kane O Keoneloa.

kauaifes­ti­­ti­vals/ Ocea­nian In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val (FIFO) 2015, Papeete, Tahiti, 31st Jan­uary – 8th Fe­bru­ary.

The 13th An­nual Ocea­nian In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val (FIFO) presents the best film­mak­ers and their films show­cas­ing all as­pects of Ocea­nia and the Pa­cific Is­lands – so­cial, eco­nomic, cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal. The fes­ti­val will bring to­gether film and tele­vi­sion pro­fes­sion­als from the re­gion to foster the de­vel­op­ment of col­lab­o­ra­tive projects and in­for­ma­tion ex­change on cur­rent is­sues as well as cre­ate a mar­ket be­tween Pa­cific doc­u­men­tary pro­duc­ers and world buy­ers. A num­ber of prizes are awarded to films sub­mit­ted to the com­pe­ti­tion that vary in length from 15 – 60 min­utes. Ad­di­tion­ally, the fes­ti­val com­pe­ti­tion is also open to short ‘Ocea­nian Fic­tion’. John Frum Day, La­makara Vil­lage, Tanna Is­land, Van­u­atu, 15th Fe­bru­ary.

One of the most cu­ri­ous cargo cults in Van­u­atu, the John Frum move­ment has been alive for over five decades. John Frum is thought to have been an Amer­i­can ser­vice­man dur­ing World War II. His cult fol­low­ers be­lieve that one day he will re­turn, bring­ing pros­per­ity and wealth to the peo­ple of Tanna. Each year the “Tanna Army”, a non-vi­o­lent rit­u­al­is­tic or­ga­ni­za­tion, holds a pa­rade to hon­our and com­mem­o­rate the John Frum cult in ex­pec­ta­tion of his re­turn. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Van­u­atu Tourism Of­fice, lo­cated on the main streets of Port Vila in Efate and Lu­ganville in Espir­itu Santo.

In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, Port Vila, Van­u­atu, 8th March .

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions to com­mem­o­rate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, Al­liance Fran­caise will be host­ing a se­ries of events.­

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