Mi­fala -

The lux­ury Story by Pa­tri­cia Gil VAN­U­ATU home away from

Island Life - - Island Shopping -

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!

Check Oys­ter Is­land Face­book page www.face­book.com/oys­ter­is­land. Ph 7782773. Open 7 days a week.

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.

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