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White Sands Road, South Coast Efate, Vanuatu

OUR Thoughts on Tamanu On The Beach
With only 15 well-appointed villas and a highly-regarded restaurant, Tamanu On The Beach is a very special little 4-Star beachfront property.  Holiday accommodation on Vanuatu’s Efate Island is generally centred around the capital – Port Vila, but there are more and more developments now appearing on spectacular locations previously a little off the beaten track.  However, with the sealing and reformatting of the circle island road around Efate, these beautiful resorts have been made more readily accessible.  Tamanu On The Beach is located off the main circle island road approximately 7km down an unsealed gravel road, but access has definitely improved with the sealing of the circle island road.   

Many years ago the beautiful beach on which Tamanu On The Beach is now located was a place for day trips for Port Vila residents and a small French-inspired restaurant was built to cater for the weekend trade. Later a few simple cottages were added to enable guests to stay over and this proved so popular that over time, additional villas were added.  Most recently, major improvements have been made, include the building of new villas (several with private plunge pools,) an expanded restaurant, a stand-alone Wedding Chapel and a general upgrade of all facilities to a premium 4-Star standard.

Along with the spacious living space, the bathrooms are a true feature of the villas at Tamanu. Every villa bathroom is a natural work of bathroom art and include a roofed, walled courtyard.  The coral-lined walls of the courtyard are designed to have a gap between the top of the wall and the roof to enable air flow through to clear steam etc. Bathrooms have a step-up walk-in shower with rain head and most recently built villas feature a couples-sized, raised bath – so designed that guests bathing may enjoy a view through the interior of the villa to the ocean from the bath. It’s all very romantic taking a bath with a glass of bubbles in hand while enjoying the stunning beach views.

Tamanu On The Beach offers a full resort experience for guests.  To complement the restaurant, bar and lounge area there is a swimming pool, a spa facility and an ocean pool set within the natural rocks where the inner ocean reef meets the land. Guest services include complimentary wifi, full a la carte breakfast (included in the room tariff), a Tour Desk, guest laundry, DVD/book/games library and room and pool service meals.  All guests receive a welcome fruit cocktail and there is a shuttle service into Port Vila on weekdays. Until 31 March 2019, Tamanu On The Beach is an adults-only resort, however, children were always catered for during Australasian School Holidays. Following representations from guests, and the experienced gained  by having children stay during school holidays, Tamanu has decided to accept children aged 3 years and over year-round from 01 April 2019.

With its terrific natural beachfront location and the benefit of being only 20 minutes away from Port Vila Town, this is an ideal option for both shorter and longer get-away-from-it-all breaks in the sun.

Tamanu On The Beach is a perfect location to spend an entire holiday or to pair with a few days at another property within the Port Vila environs.

What Tamanu On The Beach Say About Themselves
"Tamanu on the Beach is located on its own private white sand beach on the south east side of Efate.  Where can you feel a million miles away from reality but in actual fact just 20 minutes from town centre.

Tamanu just lets you take a breath and unwind with the sand between your toes and the waves at your doorstep.  Tamanu is perfect for romance and weddings or just to do nothing and relax in our modern Caribbean style villas that offer every luxury you need.  You have the choice of two bedrooms, dual bathroom villas and plunge pool villas all metres from the beach.

Your Accommodation Options
Three of the four original villas at Tamanu on the Beach are located to the left of the restaurant and reception as you arrive at the resort.  All the other units are spread out along the beach to the right of the central facility as you face the ocean.  The original villas set the tone for the whole resort with their Caribbean/Plantation style and this has been continued in the more recent additions.  The Plantation/Caribbean style includes a nice little furnished veranda leading to an open-plan interior with high ceiling and exposed white-painted roof trusses, banks of glass louvres and an open-air walled courtyard bathroom off the bed/living room - the effect is light and fresh and very relaxing. The original villas are known as Beachview Villas. Each one, while being set back a little from the beach to give privacy from the resort’s open air dining terrace, has a pleasant lawn and a sea view from the veranda. 

Some of the more recently added villas can be described as being “absolute beachfront”, while others enjoy beach and sea views (framed by the beachfront villas) from their positions one row back. No matter which accommodation, every villa offers a beach/sea view from the veranda. All accommodation offered is air-conditoned complimented by ceiling fans and flow-through louvred windows.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Beachview Villas:
The Beachview Villas look quite small from the outside, but, inside offer good space for a couple. The sense of space is enhanced by the height of the ceiling and the numerous louvered windows.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Chldren aged 3 years and over
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 Single Beds and 2 Day Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Coral Beachfront Villas:
Coral Beachfront Villas are very spacious open-plan units with a major lounge room space.  These villas were actually built from bleached coral stones which had washed up on the beach and the effect, in conjunction with the plantation building style is pleasing. Coral Beachfront Villas are all handily located to the restaurant and lobby.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children aged 3 years and over
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 Single Beds and 2 Day Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Beachfront Villas:
Exceptional, spacious, light and airy open-plan villas right on the beach frontage.
Ensuite bathroom with double shower and couples bath.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Chldren aged 3 years and over
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 Single Beds and 2 Day Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Beachfront Plunge Pool Villas:
The 3 Beachfront Plunge Pool Villas offer the same layout and facilities as the “Beachfront Villas” but with the addition of a private plunge pool.  Beachfront Plunge Pool Villas could easily be described as “Honeymoon Villas” as each one would be an ideal location for a honeymoon. These Villas are sited furthest along the beach from the restaurant and almost right on the sand! 
Ensuite bathroom with double shower and couples bath.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children aged 3 years and over
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 Single Beds and 2 Day Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet 2 Bedroom Plunge Pool Villas:
The three 2 Bedroom Plunge Pool Villas are simply superb.  Located one row back from the beach but with a good view of the beach and the ocean between the Beachfront Villas. Each features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a lounge area and a nice veranda and a patio containing the private plunge pool.  These villas are ideal accommodation for 2 couples sharing or a bigger family.
Ensuite bathrooms with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 6 Adults or 2 Adults and 4 Children aged 3 years and over
Existing Bedding: 2 King Beds, either or both of which may be split into 2 Single Beds and 2 Day Beds.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Tamanu On The Beach
We will include arrival and departure airport transfers in package arrangements as required/agreed. Tamanu on the Beach is located approximately 30-minutes’ drive from Port Vila Airport and around 20 minutes from the centre of Port Vila Town. The room tariff includes daily weekday return shuttle services to and from town. 

The Port Vila “Taxi-Buses” do operate out as far at Tamanu, but finding one passing by at a time to suit can be a bit hit-and-miss.  Renting a car for a day or two is a good way to get to see the rest of Efate Island and a car can either be prearranged and included in your package price or organised direct with the resort once you arrive.  At the moment there is a 7km drive along what can be a fairly rough road, (especially after a period of rain) to join the sealed main road around Efate.  

Families and Children
From 01 April 2019, Children aged 3 years and over are accommodated year-round at Tamanu on the Beach.
Up to 31 March 2019, the resort is restricted to adults only.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and checkout times are:
Check-in: from 3:00pm
Check-out: 11:00am
Early check-in can be arranged if unit to be occupied is available
Complimentary late check-out is granted when available
For a day at the beach, a unit may be booked, (when available) for a stay up to 4:00pm at a cost of 50% of an overnight stay.

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations made between 30 & 60 days of scheduled
      arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of
      staying 1 night in the accommodation type booked.
Bullet Cancellations made between 15 & 30 days of scheduled
      arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the total
      cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to scheduled
      arrival and guests who fail to show on the scheduled date
      of arrival are charged 100% of the cost of the
      accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 01 February 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:
Full a la carte breakfast included in all room rates

Bullet Welcome fruit cocktail on arrival
Bullet Daily return resort shuttle service to CBD
Bullet Free wifi
Bullet Onsite beachfront restaurant/bar
Bullet Spa facilities
Bullet Swimming pool
Bullet Ocean pool
Bullet Free secure parking
Bullet Guest laundry
Bullet DVD library
Bullet Book/games library
Bullet Tour desk
Bullet Room & pool service available
Bullet Stand-alone Wedding Chapel

Room Facilities:
Bullet Air conditioning

Bullet Flatscreen TV
Bullet Free wireless internet
Bullet Inhouse movies/
Bullet Telephone
Bullet Cable/satellite TV
Bullet Tea/coffee making facilities
Bullet Bar fridge
Bullet Hairdryer Bathrobes
Bullet Ceiling fans
Bullet DVD player
Bullet iPod sound dock
Bullet Iron/ironing board
Bullet Room service
Bullet Mosquito nets
Bullet Organically produced bathroom products
Bullet Safe
Bullet Fully stocked mini bar on request
Bullet Daily room service