Vanuatu is a beautiful South Pacific island nation, located just a few hours from the east coast of Australia. The Ni-Vanuatu people are ranked amongst the happiest in the world, and it certainly shows with their smiles and eagerness to help make your trip a memorable one.
If you're planning a tropical Vanuatu holiday with your family, here are 4 great family accommodation options that have been tried and tested by BellyBelly's creator, Kelly Winder.
1. Iririki Island Resort
Iririki Island Resort is independently located on it's own island, just 3 minutes away from Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila. You can access Iririki via a free 24-hour ferry, which is only a minutes' ride across stunning turquoise blue water, which is home to an array of colourful fish of all sizes.
A complimentary kids club is available for children from 3-13 years old, which is open from 10am to 6pm daily. Your children can enjoy a range of activities, including hermit crab hunting, painting, nature walks, outdoors games and more.
Iririki is conveniently located close to a local supermarket, an undercover fresh food market and a range of places to dine. However, you'll love the delicious Iririki menus and nightly entertainment on offer.
2. Warwick Le Lagon
With an impressive 75 hectares of beautifully curated grounds full of lush, green vegetation, Warwick Le Lagon will delight your eyes and soothe your senses.
Parents and children alike will enjoy spotting a vast array of fish, starfish and other sea life which can easily be seen in the surrounding stunning clear waters of Erakor Lagoon.
The Warwick's “Funtastic Blong Kids Club” is complimentary for guests 3-12 years of age, and offers both indoor and outdoor activities including, fish feeding, scavenger hunts, grass skirt making and more. Children can get their wriggles out in the kids club's large outdoor climbing enclosure. It's a favourite for children both young and old.
* Unable to accommodate guests until 1 May 2015 due to cyclone Pam.
3. Poppy's on the Lagoon
Set peacefully upon Vanuatu's beautiful Erakor Lagoon, Poppy's is a tranquil getaway for families. It feels like a home away from home… only, you're in tropical Vanuatu!
Offering freestanding 2 and 3 bedroom townhouse apartments, Poppy's on the Lagoon offers families plenty of space and room to move. Ideal for larger families or groups, the accommodation can cater for up to 10 people. Save money and share a townhouse with friends or family!
In just 10 minutes, you can walk into town or the local Bon March supermarket. Because Poppy's townhouses come complete with kitchens, you can stock up with snacks and drinks in your room.
Three pools, including one upstairs with a beautiful view, will keep you cool all day long. Kids will love the playhouse and lots of beach toys on the shore of the lagoon's soft, white sand.
4. Surfside Vanuatu
Surfside Vanuatu offer cleverly constructed, self contained villas for families. Each villa can interconnected to make a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom villa, which is perfect for big families or groups.
All of Surfside Vanuatu's villas have absolute beachfront views, so you can enjoy watching the waves roll in from your villa's balcony or doorstep, day or night.
While there aren't any onsite eateries, it's just a 5-10 minute walk to Vanuatu'a #1 rated restaurant on Trip Advisor, the Stonegrill restaurant, which has beautiful views. You can also catch a taxi into town for meals for just 150 vatu per adult ($1.85 AUD) and 75 vatu for children.
At Surfside, it's easy to save money on your holiday by cooking your own meals in their fully equipped kitchen. Or you can fire up a BBQ while the kids swim in your own private pool!
For accommodation rates or for more information, visit the Surfside website.