Updated: July 21, 2018
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – Tropical island paradise, yet oh-so convenient and perfect for families.
The concierge in Melanesian attire bellows from a conch shell upon arrival, and the gracious welcome and tradition continues throughout. Immaculately-raked sandy paths lead through flourishing tropical gardens to some budget rooms and a range of villas – some semi-detached and others with 2 bedrooms. Most villas face the sea, with waves sometimes lapping metres away. Some feature a private plunge pool, with wooden decking, sloping palms and swinging hammocks adding to the tropical vibe, while others have an outdoor spa (which is not that private). Perhaps surprisingly, there is no pool, but the beaches are divine. This is a genuine island getaway, yet only 10 minutes from downtown Port Vila. If not staying, certainly get a day pass.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Location: On the private Erakor Island, about 4 minutes by boat from a terminal on the mainland near Port Vila on the main island of Efate. A total of about 10 minutes by bus/taxi and boat from downtown and 30 minutes from the airport.
- Guests: Caters very well for families, but everyone is welcome.
- Beach: On a private island with 3 beaches given idyllic names: Sunset, Coconut and Calypso. They are small, but serviceable, and the 1 near the reception is exceptionally inviting.
- Views: Most villas face the sea very close by, but not all have perfect views or direct access to a beach. Budget rooms face the gardens.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Available free for all guests throughout the island, although access is not always that good.
- Parking: Ask management about parking at the boat terminal on the mainland. There are no vehicles on the island.
- Phone: (678) 23098
- Email: [email protected]rakorislandresort.com
- Website: http://www.erakorislandresort.com/
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Surprisingly, there is no resort pool for guests.
- Spa: The Essence of Erakor Day Spa is outstanding, with pricey but luxurious packages. Get pampered using local products. The building doesn’t look much from the outside, but is popular among day-trippers from other resorts.
- Fitness Center: None.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas feature a spa bath, while a few have a private plunge pool.
- Activities: Free rental of snorkelling gear, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Also available: beach volleyball, petanque and snooker table.
- For families: Fun stuff includes basket-weaving, sand-drawing and cooking classes. Also, a wooden playground alongside the sea, children’s movies on the beach and bonfires.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Aqua on Erakor Overwater Restaurant – magnificent setting overlooking, and on top of, the lagoon. Pleasingly affordable considering its monopoly. For breakfast, as well as seafood and steak all day. Daily specials, children’s menus, live music and happy hours • Calypso Beach Bar & Café – casual, on the sand, for cocktails, simple lunches (e.g. burgers and wraps), and all sorts of shakes, juices and ice creams.
- Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours, e.g. about 7am to 9pm. Also romantic private dinners available on the beach or in a hut over the water.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden Rooms (with 1 or 2 bedrooms) • Lagoon Villas • Beachfront Deluxe Spa Villas • Honeymoon Pool Villas • Deluxe Honeymoon Pool Villas • Beachfront Family Loft Villas • Sunset 2 Bedroom Loft Villas • 1 Aqua Blue Beach House (with 4 bedrooms and private beach).
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but OK elsewhere.
- Best Room: Other than villas with 2 or 4 bedrooms, the best for couples are the Beachfront Deluxe Spa Villas. Within metres of the lagoon, they are particularly spacious and luxurious, with a spa bath on the patio overlooking the water.
- For families: The 1-bedroom villas can accommodate a family of 4. Others contain 2 or even 4 bedrooms.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
It’s possible anytime of the day or night to get the resort boat to the mainland, and take a taxi (usually unmetered) to Port Vila, but most won’t bother. If keen, however, try these places along the main street in Port Vila:
- Le Café du Village (27789) – idyllic Mediterranean-style bistro alongside the harbour. Coffee, breakfast and tasty snacks. An interesting changeable menu, with daily specials. 7-minute drive.
- Au Péché Mignon – delightful French-style deli, patisserie and café with street-side tables. For ice creams, crêpes and baguettes. 7-minute drive.
- Jill’s Cafe (25125) – popular and casual. Specialising in Tex-Mex, but also wraps, salads and coffee. Great Wi-Fi. 9-minute drive.
- Jungle Café (22428) – bright-green street-side setting, with tasty meals, lunchtime specials and Wi-Fi. 9-minute drive.
- Nambawan Café – pleasingly cheap considering the perfect waterfront spot. Juices, baguettes, pizzas and free moonlight movies. 10-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: A small shop sells basic supplies on the island, but guests are advised to stock up beforehand or head into Port Vila.
The only way on and off the island is by the resort boat, which leaves from a terminal on the mainland near the Warwick Resort. Departing when required 24 hours a day, travel is free for guests. Pre-arrange a pick-up from the mainland at night. Unmetered taxis loiter around the mainland terminal for transfers to Port Vila and anywhere else.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa – The Hotel
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