Vanuatu Tradewinds Villas

Updated: July 28, 2018

Tradewinds Villas – Friendly, self-contained and budget-priced, with a tropical feel in the ‘burbs.

Along a suburban street only 20 minutes on foot from central Port Vila, the handful of unfussy but comfortable bungalows face some pleasant gardens. All bungalows are spacious, with an extra single bed and room for another. Featuring a decent kitchen, they’re also handy for families, especially those on a budget. And, perhaps surprisingly, there’s a pool, which guests may have to themselves. It is managed by the delightful Seachange Lodge, just down the road, where guests have free access to kayaks for exploration of the lagoon (which looks more like a river).

Tradewinds Villas – The Basics

  • Location: Along Captain Cook Avenue in the suburb known as Seaside, on the other (eastern) side of the peninsula from Port Vila on the main island of Efate. About 1.5km from the town centre, and 20 minutes from the airport. There is no lobby, so check-in at the Seachange Lodge, about 400m down the road.
  • Guests: Appeals to expat workers and anyone on a budget, especially families.
  • Beach: There is no public beach along this part of the peninsula. Walk to Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort, just down the laneway from Tradewinds and use their beach. Or catch a minibus to the beaches near the Breakas Beach Resort, about 5km south along the peninsula.
  • Views: All bungalows face inwards and overlook the gardens. From the gardens, some glimpses are possible of Erakor Lagoon.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Provided free to all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking just outside the reception area.
  • Phone: (678) 772 7018
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.tradewinds.com.vu/
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Tradewinds Villas – Amenities

  • Pool: A decent size, with some shade. Guests can use the barbeque, which is alongside and under a roof.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Tradewinds Villas – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: With only 6 bungalows, a restaurant/bar is not warranted.
  • Breakfast: Provisions for a do-it-yourself continental breakfast are provided for the first night. Then, guests are expected to cater for themselves using their kitchen.
  • Room Service: Not provided.

Tradewinds Villas – Rooms

  • Room Types: Only Garden Bungalows.
  • Smoking Rooms: Not allowed in the bungalows, but OK on the verandas and in the gardens.
  • Best Room: All the same, but bungalows furthest from the pool are more likely to be the quietest.

Tradewinds Villas – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Retreat Seaside Resort – popular expat hangout, with pub meals, daily specials and happy hours. About 250m down Captain Cook Avenue.
  • Leaf Restaurant – all-day dining. Great for trying traditional food. At Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort, 300m down the access road to Tradewinds.
  • Mangoes Restaurant – enchanting colonial layout. Popular for breakfast, organic ingredients and the changing menu. Hard to ignore the seafood platter or prawn curry. At Mangoes Resort, 400m up Captain Cook Avenue.
  • Navara Restaurant – wide range of meals, including steak, lobster and pasta. Try the Vanuatu Tapas. In the Coconut Palms Resort, about 400m west up Rue Cornwell street.
  • Market or Grocery: Nothing nearby, so head into Port Vila.

Local Transport

    Public minibuses career along Captain Cook Avenue every few seconds for Port Vila.

Tradewinds Villas – The Hotel

The hotel is easy to find in the Seaside suburb.

Tradewinds is easy to find in the Port Vila suburb of Seaside.

The hotel is located in a quiet suburban area.

Located along Captain Cook Avenue, the villas are in a quiet suburban area of the capital.

The hotel is in a residential suburb.

The side-streets off Captain Cook Avenue are home to many local families.

The pool is larger than expected.

The pool is a good size considering that only a few guests may be staying there.

The bungalows are set amongst large tropical gardens.

There are substantial tropical gardens around the handful of bungalows.

Bungalows offer privacy due to the thick palms everywhere.

Bungalows are secluded behind thick pockets of palms.

The spacious bungalows are well-equipped.

Bungalows are spacious and self-contained.

The apartment decor is colourful and appealing.

The décor is colourful, with high ceilings.

Bungalows have well-equipped kitchens.

The kitchens in the bungalows are extensive and well-equipped.

Bungalows contain an extra bed and space for another.

Each bungalow contains an extra single bed, with space for a second.

Retreat Seaside Resort's bar serves good pizzas and burgers.

The pub-style bar at the Retreat Seaside Resort serves burgers and pizzas.

Retreat Seaside Resort offers views of Erakor Lagoon.

Views from the Retreat Seaside Resort extend across Erakor Lagoon.

Mangoes Restaurant nearby is very classy.

About 400m up Captain Cook Avenue, the Mangoes Restaurant is classy.

Mangoes restaurant offers wooden seating among tropical plants.

Mangoes Restaurant includes wooden decking surrounded by tropical plants.

Leaf Restaurant nearby is very popular with locals.

Very close to the Tradewinds, the Leaf Restaurant at Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort is well-known among locals.

Navara Restaurant at the Coconut Palms Resort is nearby.

The Navara Restaurant at the Coconut Palms Resort, about 400m up Rue Cornwell street, serves steak, lobster and pasta.

Wild Pig Bar is popular for cocktails.

If visiting the Navarra Restaurant, also enjoy a drink at the Wild Pig Bar.

Port Vila is only 1.5km away.

About 1.5km away, along the other side of the peninsula, is Port Vila.

The capital is situated right on the harbour.

The capital is nicely located alongside the harbour.

The town centre is has a pleasing seaside path.

Much of the town centre is lined with a seaside path.

Port Vila offers excellent and relaxing views of the harbour.

Parts of Port Vila offer shade and views across the harbour.

The town park is a good area for souvenir shopping.

Near the town park are a collection of stalls selling souvenirs.

The Port Vila produce market is a must-visit.

The produce market in central Port Vila is worth visiting.

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