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OUR Thoughts on The Havannah, North Efate
Thirty minutes on an excellent road from Port Vila, The Havannah, which is located on a superb little sandy point on the North-west coast of Efate Island, is a very special place indeed. Havannah Harbour, from which the resort takes its name, is a huge, deep, clear water harbour formed on one side by the north of Efate Island and on the other by several other sizeable islands which make up the outer loop and shelter the harbour from the north. The atmosphere up here on the north coast of Efate is so clear, clean and calm; you can almost hear the tranquillity.

Self-rated 4½ Star, The Havannah is something like the sort of small, up-market exclusive resort you might expect to find on an idyllic, far-flung, remote outer island which is only accessed after hours in a small boat. In the case of The Havannah, you get it all except the remoteness. Here you can take a taxi to town anytime the mood takes you. You can easily wander off by car for a day on a personal discovery trip right around Efate Island from here (it really takes a whole day to do justice to a circle trip around Efate), before returning to the exclusivity of this amazing location.

The Havannah is full of delightful surprises. Sure, it has an excellent restaurant which overlooks the sandy point, a wonderful Spa, swimming pools, swim-up bar, exceptional staff and 17 perfect, individual bungalows, but it’s the many little additional features which make a holiday here so inviting. For starters, The Havannah is an adults-only resort – they don’t take guests aged under 16 years, so it’s never a problem finding availability of the resort’s complimentary kayaks and sail-boats and it’s never a problem finding a sun-lounger or personal space in the resort pools. The Havannah has provided many other thoughtful features too, like the outdoor lounge area in front of and slightly below “The Point Restaurant” which is partially shaded by the restaurant roof and which contains a wide semi-circle of fat-cushioned sun couches and occasional tables – a great spot to catch up on reading while enjoying a drink. Then there is the pier that juts out over the harbour from beside the restaurant with its 2 sun-loungers at the end. The main feature of the pier is a covered area just a few metres back from the end which has a thatched roof and a large glass panel in the floor over which a table and 2 chairs is placed for romantic dinners over the water (book it early, it’s very popular). While on the subject of dining, we love it when the restaurant is set up on the point beach for dinner – catch the sunset and enjoy a meal out under the stars while the fire-pit beach braziers glow beside you. How good does it sound enjoying a sunset cocktail while relaxing in a bean bag chair under the trees being bathed by a glorious tropical sunset?

The swimming pools at The Havannah offer other delightful features. Firstly, all 8 Waterfront Villas have a personal horizon plunge pool which overlooks the beach, the magnificent harbour and the picturesque islands which form the outer ring of the harbour, but it is the main pool complex that we find so enjoyable. There are 2 levels. The top level is bordered by the 5 Lagoon Pool Villas, each of which has private access to this horizon-style pool. Around 2 metres immediately below this pool, the main resort pool forms a semi-circle with the swim-up bar at one end. There is a grass lawn between the pool and the beach. Arranged at the back of this pool and in the pool, there are 3 wooden-decked “islands” each with a thatched shade roof. The 2 “outer islands” house 2 sun-loungers and the “central island” a double, swinging day bed. From every part of the pool complex there are stunning views of the harbour.

See what we mean about “thoughtful features”?

All Meals are Included
The Nightly Tariff at The Havannah includes
Full English Breakfast (a la carte)
● 2-course lunch
● 3-course dinner
● Complimentary afternoon tea -3:30 to 4:30pm
● Return Airport transfers by road
Daily Port Vila Shuttle
     (time subject to change, but usually twice per day
     10:00am and 3:00pm).
Nightly turn-down service
Welcome Drink on arrival
Complimentary use of non-motorised
     water sports equipment.
     Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddle Boards,
     Hobie Catamarans, Snorkelling Equipment
Complimentary Wifi in limited public areas
Complimentary Wifi in all villas
Complimentary local flowers in the room on arrival
Complimentary Sunset Cruise each evening
● An invitiation to the weekly Management
      Cocktail Party
● A gift of a Havannah Sarong and Beach Bag
● Complimentary bottled water in Villa
      replenished daily
● Daily Havannah special amenities.

Early Advice of Temporary Resort Closure February 2021
The Havannah will be closed for maintenance
26 January to 24 February 2021
During this time annual maintenence and refresh will be carried out at the resort.

What The Havannah, Vanuatu Say About Themselves
Welcome to The Havannah, Vanuatu your superbly appointed boutique retreat just 30 minutes from Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Havannah combines a breath-taking beachfront location with luxurious comfort to create a romantic and luxury resort experience for the ultimate Vanuatu holiday.

With a maximum of 34 guests the Havannah is an oasis of relaxation, cultural experiences and soft adventure. Whether it be for your wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or special occasion you will not be disappointed.

Pamper yourself in one of 17 luxurious, air-conditioned Villas offering an enticing combination of style and comfort. All Villas feature king-size beds, flat screen TV, DVD, iPod docking stations (in the Waterfront Vilas and Deluxe Waterfront Villas) and outside day beds. Rooms range from those with private plunge pools to others with direct access to the split level lagoon pool or private gardens. All rooms have a nightly turndown service.

Our exclusive Day Spa, Arome d'Essence, is the perfect way to relax during your stay. Pamper yourself with one of our treatments.

There is a wide choice of activities at The Havannah, Vanuatu, from total relaxation to adventure sports. No matter what your ideal Vanuatu holiday entails, you will find it. From sunbathing on our shimmering white sand beach or on a daybed suspended over the lagoon pool, to the exhilarating rush of big game fishing on the famous Marlin Highway, the Havannah has it all.

Enjoy a leisurely kayak, sailing or snorkelling in the crystal clear water, or if you're a dive enthusiast explore the live coral and abundant fish varieties of Havannah harbour. For the more active perhaps a game of tennis or bush walk, or enjoy the thrill of zipping along the water on a sea biscuit or water ski.

For a cultural experience, there are tours of Chief Roimata's Domain, the South Pacific's most recently listed World Heritage site. The area was also a base for American Catalina flying boats during the War in the Pacific…plenty of relics to fossick for! A visit to The Cascades Waterfalls is an experience not to be missed, or why not take a day trip to a live active volcano on the island of Tanna. .....the resort also offers a daily shuttle service to Port Vila town.

We invite you to come and discover what matters at The Havannah, Vanuatu"

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.

Our Specials
Bullet Year-Round Special
Bullet For Stays of 4 nights
Stay a minimum of 4 consecutive nights at the resort and, with the complments of The Havannah, receive:
● One free 30-minute massage per person per stay
One Romantic Picnic Lunch for 2 on a remote beach. 
The Romantic Picnic includes:
Return transfers to a secluded beach
Picnic lunch comprising sandwiches, tropical fruit,
     chocolate brownies, bottled water
Bottle of sparkling, red or white wine
Use of snorkelling gear.
 - Guests receive 1 picnic per room per stay
 - This special may not be combined with any other special
 - Available for stays in all accommodation types
 - Available for stays all year with the exception of stays:
   17 December 2019 to 17 January 2020
 - The actual date of the Romantic Picnic may be booked
   with the resort by guests on arrival.

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
With the compliments of The Havannah, honeymooners staying a minimum 3 nights receive:
2 complimentary cocktails on one evening of their stay.
A romantic bed turn-down on their first night.
 - Honeymoon status to established at the time of
   booking accommodation.
 - Subject to a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights.
 - Valid for 2 guests sharing a Villa.

Your Accommodation Options
The Resort comprises 17 villas.  The Waterfront Villas, (2 of which are Deluxe Waterfront Villas and 6 are Waterfront Villas), are scattered around the front of the resort and are so placed that none of them impinge on the beach views from other areas of the resort. There are 5 Lagoon Pool Villas front the Lagoon Pool and the 4 Garden Villas are handily located, approximately one row back behind the Lagoon Pool Villas. All villas are air-conditioned and have a ceiling fan plus extra touches such as flat screen TV, iron and ironing board and in-room safe. Full a-la-carte English breakfast is included in the nightly tariff and complimentary internet access is provided throughout the property including the Villas. Villas are contemporary Melanesian in style with thatched roof, ceramic tiled floor, high ceiling and light modern décor.

Minimum Stay Policy
There is a minimum stay policy of 2 consecutive nights at The Havannah which we fully agree with as 1 night would never be enough at this remarkable place.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden Villas:
The 4 Garden Villas are located furthest back from the beach, but still very handy to all facilities. Each features a private garden area. There is a nice big, thatched patio which houses a double-size day bed.
Maximum Occupancy:  2 Adults
Existing bedding: 1 King Bed (does not split into single beds).
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Lagoon Pool Villas:
Located 5 to 6 metres from the upper pool, with each Villa having private access to the pool via a private sand beach area. The Villas have big double doors opening wide to a covered, paved patio which houses a huge double day bed. The patio runs straight out to a sand area on which there are 2 wooden sun-loungers and an occasional table.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing bedding: 1 King Bed (does not split into single beds).
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Waterfront Villas:
These are big open-plan Villas located on both sides of the restaurant complex in an absolute beachfront position. The bedroom and bathroom area is raised up 3 steps above the lounge area which results in impressive views from the bed. The lounge features a double day bed as well as lounge furniture and an iPod docking station. Each Villa opens to a large veranda/patio which contains a private horizon plunge pool. Every Waterfront Villa has private direct beach access.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults.
Existing bedding: 1 King Bed. In one Waterfront Villa, the King Bed splits into 2 Single Beds, in the second Waterfront Villa the King Bed does not split. 
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Deluxe Waterfront Villas:
These big open-plan Villas face north to capture all-day sun as well as the sunrise.  The most recent additions to The Havannah, the 2 Deluxe Waterfront Villas are privately located in an absolute beachfront position, but also handy to the central complex. Similar in size and layout to the Waterfront Villas, the bedroom and bathroom area is raised up 2 steps above the lounge area resulting in superb views from throughout the room.  Each Deluxe Waterfront Villa has a nice big private horizon plunge pool half of which is shallow enough to hold a couple of sun-loungers standing in the water with only the wheels and legs being submerged.  The shallow end of the 4m x 7m pool ensures the pool water in this area is quickly warmed. The deeper end may be heated if required. There is a private walled courtyard (which contains a stand-alone bath and a lovely courtyard shower) off the modern double-vanity bathroom with walk-in shower.  The courtyard bath is under a thatched roofed structure which provides a person enjoying the bath a unique outdoor/indoor feeling while bathing. Guests in Deluxe Waterfront Villas enjoy an in-room iPod docking station.

There is extensive decking attached to Deluxe Waterfront Villas.  The outer waterfront deck, which is down 6 steps from the private pool cantilevers out and gives a feeling of floating above the harbour and the view.  From this waterfront deck, there is access to the beach below down 11-14 easy steps.  On the decking and in the gardens around the Villa and Pool there are two separate thatched roof gazebos, one of which provides shelter for an outdoor dining and lounging area with a BBQ so guests can enjoy a private meal cooked on the BBQ by a resort chef. The second thatch-roofed area, which is immediately behind the private pool, contains the signature Havannah swinging Day Bed.  There is a superb view over the Horizon Pool out to Havannah Harbour and its distant islands from the swinging day bed.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults.
Existing bedding: 1 King Bed (does not split into single beds).
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting To and From The Havannah
Return airport transfers by road are included in the tariff at The Havannah.  Guests arriving at Bauerfield Airport Efate will be met on arrival after clearing customs and immigration by The Havannah's own staff, provided a chilled towel and a chilled bottle of water, then transferred in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle directly to the resort. 

The Havannah provides 2 complimentary trips into Port Vila each day by Resort Shuttle Bus; the operation times may vary, but they are normally 10.00am and 3.00pm and these times are ideal for connections to the resort for guests staying in Port Vila before and/or after a stay at The Havannah.

Kids’ Policy
Only guests aged 16 years and older are accepted at The Havannah.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times are:
Check-In Time: 2:00pm
Check-Out Time: 11:00am
Early check-ins will only be accommodated if the
night previous to scheduled arrival date is booked
and paid for.
Late check-outs up to 6:00pm are subject to
availability on the day of departure and are charged at
50% of staying 1 night in the room category occupied.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days prior to
      scheduled arrival date incur a fee equal to 50% of
      the cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made within 14 days of scheduled arrival
      date and no shows incur a fee equal to 100% of the
      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 11 February 2020 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 (charges may apply)
Bullet Adults Only Resort
Bullet Swimming Pool

Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Day Spa
Bullet Kayak
Bullet Sailing
Bullet Snorkelling
Bullet Tennis
Bullet Bushwalks
Bullet Petanque
Bullet Fishing
Bullet Complimentary Twice Daily Resort Shuttle to Port Vila
Bullet Complimentary Internet Access in Public Areas

Villa Facilities
Bullet Air-conditioning

Bullet Flat screen TV
Bullet DVD player
Bullet iPod docking station
      (Waterfront and Deluxe Waterfront Villas)
Bullet Private Pool
      (Waterfront and Deluxe Waterfront Villas)