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Resort & Marine Sanctuary

Mele Bay, Port Vila, Vanuatu

OUR Thoughts on Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary    
Rated 3½ Star (a rating with which we fully agree) Hideaway Island is a real gem of a place with a surprising array of well-maintained accommodation types and really good services and facilities.  We’ve visited Hideaway Island over many years and have been impressed as it has morphed from a rustic haunt of yachties and day-trippers to a fully-fledged resort with good quality mid-range accommodation and facilities which include a very good restaurant right on the beach, a fresh-water swimming pool and whole array of guest services.  Sure, the day-trippers still come to enjoy the fantastic snorkelling, diving and marine environment as well as the great lunches produced at the restaurant on the beach. Day-trippers add a welcome active vibe to the place, but after they leave, Hideaway shows its real face – guests gathering for sunset cocktails or relaxing on their veranda to watch the magical sunsets, followed by a sensational meal and pleasant conversation into the evening.

Hideaway Island is a place that really tugs at your heart-strings the longer you stay, so do yourself a favour and stay for at least week to really unwind and enjoy this great little island.  For staying at Hideaway Island for 4 nights or more you receive the fifth night free which is a welcome additional incentive to stay a little longer.  For those who prefer to split their holidays between resorts, Hideaway Island is a perfect location to pair with any mainland resort for a few nights at each place.    

Like various other islands around Port Vila, Hideaway Island is only a short distance from the mainland and a complimentary ferry runs you to and from the mainland beach whenever you need it. There’s even a stand-alone restaurant/bar just a short distance along the mainland beach and you can enjoy this alternative dining whenever you feel like a change - staying at Hideaway Island you always have access to the mainland.  The shops, cafés and restaurants of Port Vila are only 15 minutes away by taxi or taxi bus, the Port Vila Golf & Country Club is located between Hideaway Island and Port Vila and the Mele Cascades waterfall attraction is only minutes away too; so staying at Hideaway Island is a very central place to base yourself to enjoy all that the island of Efate has to offer a visitor.

The island vegetation is like a tropical garden, the new resort swimming pool is a welcome addition, the reefs immediately off the beach are teeming with tropical marine life and don't forget to mail a letter at their world-famous Underwater Post Office! 

Hideaway Island is a sand-between-the-toes sort of place, although the beach sand has always been quite “corally”, so pack a pair of rubber-soled shoes that you don’t mind getting wet in the sea for walks on the beach.   

This is a perfect spot for singles, couples of all ages and families.  It’s perfect for honeymoons, they do an excellent Island Wedding and everyone really enjoys the marine environment and the friendly informality of the place.

Included in the tariff at Hideaway Island for All Guests
Daily Continental Breakfast
Cultural Walk & Kava Tasting in Mele Village
    (Friday afternoons only at Manager's discretion)
Use of snorkel gear, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
Snorkel safari to Coral Gardens any day at noon
Additional Inclusions when staying a minimum of 4 nights
One Glass-bottom boat ride
Free Discover Scuba Session in resort pool
    (subject to minimum numbers and availabilty) 

Annual Island Buy-out
Hideaway Island is not available for individual bookings between19 November and 03 December 2019

What Hideaway Island Say About Themselves:
Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is a small coral atoll that's about as close as you'll get to an unspoiled island paradise. 

Surrounded by clear turquoise water, coral reefs and thousands of fish, this tropical island resort is custodian of a protected marine sanctuary. Accommodation on Hideaway Island has been built in an ecologically friendly manner; situated amongst the original tropical trees & foliage. The bungalows and Villas are situated on low-bank oceanfront. 

The accommodation ranges from a luxurious Villa with private swimming pool, 2 One Bedroom Villas, One Bedroom Bungalows, Semi-attached One Bedroom Bungalows and Twin & Quad Share rooms with shared facilities. 

The Coral reef surrounding the island is ideal for snorkeling or scuba diving right from the shore. Our experienced PADI Instructor and Dive Masters will ensure you see the best of every site whether you're a first time or an experienced diver. 

There is also plenty for the non-diver to do. A day on the island can be as busy or as quiet as you choose. As well as snorkeling and scuba diving, you can try sailing and beach volleyball, or use us as a base for a myriad of other tours and activities such as game fishing, a visit to the Cascade Waterfalls or playing a round of golf. If you prefer a more relaxing holiday, you can relax on the beach or poolside and enjoy the view of beautiful Mele Bay.

Note re Vanuatu Tourism Levy
In order to assist the development of tourism in Vanuatu, there is a Tourism Levy of 0.05% added to all nightly room charges.  This charge may either be added to the tariff and included in the prepaid accommodation cost, or in some cases, collected direct from guests at checkout.  The actual amount payable depends on room tariffs and ranges from around NZ$1.00 per night per room to around $5.00 per night per room for the more expensive properties. The Tourism Levy is included in the nightly tariff at Hideaway Island Resort and prepaid along with accommodation charges.

Our Specials
Bullet Year-Round Special
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 4
Stay a minimum 5 nights and the fifth night is free.
 - Valid for stays year-round except stays which include:
    19 November to 03 December 2019
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation categories
   except Quad Share Rooms
 - Normal tariff inclusions apply
 - Offer may not be combined with any other offer or special
   apart from the Honeymoon Special.
 - Maximum number of free nights is 1 night.

Bullet Special For Kiwi Travellers
Bullet Stay 4/Pay 3
● Stay a minimum 4 nights and only pay for 3 nights
Bullet Stay 7/Pay 5
● Stay a minimum 4 nights and only pay for 5 nights
 - Valid for stays:
    01 April to 12 April 2019
    29 April to 05 July 2019
    22 July to 27 September 2019
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation categories
   except Quad Share Rooms
 - Normal tariff inclusions apply
 - Offer may be multiplied:
    Stay 8/Pay 6 etc
    Stay 14/Pay 10 etc
 - Offer may not be combined with any other offer or special 
 - Cutoff date for bookings is 15 September 2019

Bullet Honeymoon Special
With compliments of Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary, honeymooners staying a minimum of 4 nights in Villas or Bungalows receive; 
A bottle of sparkling wine
 - Honeymoon status to be established at time of booking
 - Valid for stays year round in Villas and Bungalows only.

Your Accommodation Options
Hideaway just about has every accommodation option covered, from dormitory-style rooms for sharing, to a superb 1 Bedroom Villa with a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi bath.  As you approach Hideaway Island on their short ferry ride from the mainland beach the 2 dominant building ahead of you on the beach and to the left of the jetty are the Melanesian-Colonial style buildings housing the Twin Share Rooms and the Quad Share Rooms. The stand-alone Bungalows and Villas are on slightly raised land above (the so-called low-bank waterfront) and they all blend in with the natural tropical growth on this lovely little island.  The Bungalows and Villas have spectacular ocean views – some face inward towards Mele Bay and Mele Beach and others face more towards Port Vila.  No matter which way they face, they all provide a terrific outlook for guests. 

All of the Villas are air-conditioned - the Bungalows and “Share Rooms” are fan-cooled.  The vaulted ceilings, the surrounding tropical foliage and the flow-through ventilation of the Bungalows provides good natural cooling.   

Room Categories (In descending order of tariff)
Bullet The 
One Bedroom Oceanfront Villa with Private Pool:
This low-bank waterfront Villa offers magnificent ocean views. The Villa features a combined living, dining & kitchen area and TV with DVD/CD player. The ensuite features separate toilet/vanity area with a corner Jacuzzi bath overlooking the ocean. French doors open to a tiled patio and the private swimming pool, the lawn and patio area. Private beach stairs lead to a sandy beach sitting area. The upstairs bedroom has a canopy four poster bed and French doors that open to an outdoor deck with an expansive view overlooking the pool and ocean. The Villa is air-conditioned and the tariff includes free internet services. Perfect for singles or couples. Families and groups of friends travelling together often also book the adjoining One Bedroom Oceanfront Villa as this, in combination with the One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool provides a unique holiday experience in a private estate-style setting.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 adults.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet One Bedroom Oceanfront Villas:
These 2 units were originally built by owners as private residences. They were designed to take full advantage of their oceanfront location. One, a more open-plan Villa, features a wall of glass doors that completely opens to the outside deck from the living and bedroom areas. The other Villa features a large skylight attached to a uniquely carved tree in the centre of the Villa and a large deck built out over the beach. Both have vaulted ceilings and tasteful furniture which all contribute to the feeling of island style and elegance. Other amenities include a kitchen, wireless internet, air conditioning, TV with DVD/CD player and outside patios. Both are located on low-bank waterfront with ocean views. Perfect for singles or couples.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests, minimum age 10 years
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated.

Bullet One Bedroom Oceanfront Bungalows:
The 10 One Bedroom Oceanfront Bungalows are on low-bank waterfront with spectacular views of Mele Bay. The units have vaulted ceilings and are tastefully decorated in a tropical & colourful theme. They are very spacious at 60m2 and also feature a covered porch with a double hammock and a table with 2 chairs. Amenities include a bar fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests of any age
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed, 1 single divan bed and a set of bunks.
Additional Bedding: A cot for a baby may be added.

Bullet Semi-Attached One Bedroom Oceanfront Bungalows:
The 2 Semi-Attached One-Bedroom Bungalows both share one common wall with a home on the island. Both bungalows feature the same amenities found in all Hideaway Oceanfront bungalows and are situated on a private low-bank waterfront setting. Bungalow size is 60m2.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests of any age.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed, 1 single divan bed and a set of bunks.
Additional Bedding: A cot for a baby may be added.

Bullet Twin Share Rooms: (Shared Bathrooms)
The 6 Twin-Share beach units are situated on the beach and are ideal for the budget conscious couple or single traveller. The building housing these 6 rooms has a wide wrap-around veranda which is furnished with tables and chairs. Each fan-cooled room has a bar fridge, clothes cupboard and a hand basin. Separate shower and toilet facilities are adjacent and connected by a covered walkway.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Standard Double Bed or 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Quad Share Rooms (Dormitory-style):
The 6 quad-share rooms are housed in a large building with a central lounge area and communal toilet and shower facilities.  Each fan-cooled room has two bunk beds with individual bunk lights, power outlet and locker. The facility has a separate male & female changing room each with two showers, three toilets and two wash basins. A large recreation room is located upstairs and includes lounge furniture, computer with internet connection, cable TV, a variety of games for guests’ enjoyment and a large balcony with views of Mele Bay.
Maximum Occupancy per Room: 4 adults
Existing Bedding: 2 sets of bunks.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary
Hideaway Island is located only 15 from Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport and a similar distance from Port Vila Town.  We will provide return airport transfers between the airport and Mele Beach in your package arrangements as required/agreed.  From Mele Beach to Hideaway Island it is only a 500 metre ride on the resort’s complimentary ferry which runs on demand and which will drop you at the resort’s jetty – the fun starts there!

The local “taxi-buses” call constantly at Mele Beach opposite Hideaway Resort so getting to and from Port Vila itself is easy and inexpensive.   Taxis can be arranged to pick-up/drop-off at Mele Beach.

Kids Policy
Bullet Kids Stay Free
● Children aged under 16 years stay free in any Bungalow
    when sharing accommodation with at least 1 adult and
    utilising existing bedding.
● Children aged under 10 years are not accommodated in
    One Bedroom Villas.
● Children of any age are not accommodated in the
    One Bedroom Villa with Pool.
● Cots for infants may be added to Bungalows and Villas
    (subject to availability).
● Children are only permitted in Twin Share Rooms or
    Quad Share Rooms if the whole building is booked out
    and paid for on a children’s group booking basis.

Exclusively for Adults:
Adult guests only are accommodated in:
   - The One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
   - Twin Share Rooms
   - Quad Share Rooms.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel standard check-in and check-out times are:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 11:00am
To guarantee accommodation will be ready for occupation prior to 2:00pm the hotel recommends booking and paying for accommodation for the night prior to scheduled arrival.

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations made between 4 and 7 days of scheduled
      arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of
      staying 1 night at the accommodation rate booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 4 days of scheduled
      arrival  incur a cancellation fee equal to
      50% of the cost of the accommodation booked
Bullet Guests failing to show on scheduled arival date 
     incur a cancelation fee equal to 100% of the
     cost of the accommodion booked

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 24 March 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities:
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Restaurant/Bar on the Beach
Bullet PADI Dive Operation
Bullet Dive Courses
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Snorkelling Safari daily
Bullet Glass-Bottom Boat
Bullet Paddleboards
Bullet Catamaran Sailing
Bullet Sunset Cruise
Bullet Underwater Post Office
Bullet High-Value Meal Plan
Bullet Ferry to and from mainland beach on demand
Bullet Weddings
Bullet Wifi

Room Facilities:
Air-conditioned Villas
Fan-cooled Bungalows and Share Rooms

Bullet Share Rooms have communal Bathrooms
Bullet One Villa has a private swimming pool
Bullet Villas have a Kitchen, TV and CD/DVD Player
All accommodation includes:
Bullet Bar Fridge
Bullet Furnished Veranda/Patio
Bullet Tea/Coffee Facility