Updated: July 24, 2018
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – Magnificent and massive tropical island escape – yet almost in downtown.
This is truly unique: a 69-acre resort on a private island only 3 minutes from the capital. A variety of recently-renovated accommodation is sprinkled among vast landscaped gardens, ranging from traditionally-designed farés (bungalows) – some adults-only and above-the-water – to self-contained apartments in blocks that are more contemporary, but still stylish. Most accommodation faces the sea or exquisite gardens. The other amenities are extraordinary: numerous pools; tennis courts; daily activities; a free kids’ club; and, tucked away, a casino. If not fortunate enough to stay, a reasonably-priced day-pass provides access to everything, including free rental of snorkelling gear, bicycles and kayaks.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – The Basics
- Location: On Iririki Island, 3 minutes by boat from central Port Vila, and then another 15 minutes to the airport.
- Guests: Caters for everyone, but most guests are families and couples, probably younger.
- Beach: There are several glorious beaches. The main one is around the jetty area; another at Snorkelers Cove on the island is also ideal for underwater exploration.
- Views: Most rooms, bungalows and apartments face the ocean; some perched above the water or only 10m away. Others face the garden paths.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Usually free, but may depend on how the room is booked; check with the hotel.
- Parking: There are no vehicles on the island. Ask about parking on the mainland when booking.
- Phone: (678) 35060
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.iririki.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.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – Amenities
- Pools: 2 main pools. 1 has 4 tiers, with water cascading between each level. The Sunset Pool is more for adults, with a swim-up bar.
- Spa: As expected, Iririki Spa is considerably better than most. Located at the highest point of the island, it provides luxurious treatments and delightful views.
- Fitness Center: Excellent gym, with all the latest equipment.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None of the accommodation has private pools, but some do feature a Jacuzzi or spa bath on the balcony/veranda.
- For families: Nightly buffets and live entertainment; tennis courts; a 4-tiered pool (with a children’s splash area); and games room. Also, free rental of kayaks, catamarans, snorkelling gear and bicycles.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Azure Restaurant – very romantic, with intimate tables and gorgeous views (especially at night). Try the seafood platters and locally-raised beef with vegetables from the island’s organic garden. Regular live entertainment and buffets • Infinity Bar & Café – casual, alongside the main pool. Relax with a cocktail, light meal (mainly burgers, pizzas and salads) and live entertainment at night • Sunset Pool, Bar & Grill – with a swim-up bar. Also, salads, burgers, baguettes and pasta.
- Bars: Jewel Lounge & Bar – caters for high-rollers at the casino. Limited menu focuses on Asian cuisine and tasty grills • Snorkelers Cove – at the second beach, for sunset cocktails, lounge chairs and light meals.
- Breakfast: A magnificent buffet breakfast is included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – Rooms
- Room Types: Island Farés (bungalows) • Premium Overwater Farés • Premium Waterfront Farés • Deluxe Pool View Rooms • Deluxe Ocean View Rooms • Deluxe Family Farés • Deluxe Villas • Penthouse Suites • Tri-level Penthouses
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in any rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
- Best Room: Although not as traditionally-designed as others, the Tri-level Penthouses are sublime: spread across 3 levels, with broad views from maximum floor-to-ceiling windows, a kitchenette, laundry and even a Jacuzzi on the balcony. It can easily accommodate up to 8.
- For families: A wide range of options: standard farés can add in 1 extra single; rooms (really apartments), with a kitchen and laundry, accommodate a family of 4; and the Deluxe Family Farés are designed for a group of 5 (but, oddly, have no kitchen or laundry).
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These places are within an easy walk along the main street from the boat terminal in Port Vila:
- Chill (22578) – upstairs at the market, almost next to the boat terminal. Pricey, with more affordable lunchtime specials. Popular and family-friendly for pizzas, pasta and steaks. Children’s menu available. 1-minute walk.
- Le Café du Village (27789) – idyllic Mediterranean-style bistro alongside the harbour. Coffee, tasty meals and an interesting changeable menu, with daily specials. About 300m south. 1-minute walk.
- Jill’s Cafe (25125) – popular casual café. Specialises in Mexican food, but also wraps, salads and coffee. Great Wi-Fi. 200m north. 4-minute walk.
- Nambawan Café – pleasingly cheap considering the perfect waterfront position. For juices, baguettes, pizzas, homemade pies and moonlight movies. 8-minute walk.
- The Rossi Restaurant (29661) – elegant bistro with Italian food, garden setting, sea views and tiny playground. About 750m north. 9-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: The main street in Port Villa is dotted with general stores and minimarts. The terminal for boats to the island is alongside the produce market.
The only way on and off the island is by the resort boat, which is free and leaves when required, 24 hours a day. The trip takes about 3 minutes. Boats leave from a tiny jetty next the produce market in the centre of Port Vila. Plenty of minibuses head in both directions along the main street in Port Vila for exploration of the island.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu – The Hotel
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