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Iririki … its island talk for ‘Paradise’

It’s probably one of the most recognisable photos when it comes to Vanuatu resorts, Iririki Island resting in Mele Bay off Port Villa, Vanuatu.

I jumped on a boat that took me just three minutes from Port Vila to land on this unique island retreat. Set amongst a spectacular tropical landscape, Iririki Island Resort gives you that sense of secluded island paradise while still within access of the main town of Port Vila.  The boat driver told me the transfer operates 24 hours a day so I can still make it back to town if I wanted to go out for the night.  However I didn’t feel the need to leave this place those on the island call paradise.

Greeted by a shell blowing man in not much more than a traditional grass skirt, I was quickly lei’ed and taken to the Watermark Restaurant as I arrived late and dinner was waiting.  One of four dining options on the Island, Watermark offers spectacular views of Port Vila Harbour with both indoor and outdoor dining options.  Complementing the view was the menu with a fusion of flavours from the Pacific and a local Tusker beer.

With my appetite satisfied I was eager to check into my room and relax for the evening.  I found myself stepping onto the balcony of the Deluxe Ocean View Room and greeted by sweeping panoramic views of Vanuatu and the Pacific Ocean beyond.  The hot tub on the balcony provided the perfect compliments to such a view.  Catering for up to 4 people, these rooms are furnished for the modern traveller.  Equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities in an open plan layout, there was a sense of inner-city apartment to this luxury island accommodation.

Iririki Island Resort is definitely not short of accommodation options, with over 130 guest rooms and two distinct styles of accommodation.  There is the choice of indulging in a tropical island fare’s (bungalows) or family friendly deluxe rooms and penthouses.

While some of the resort’s fares are nestled amongst the island’s gorgeous gardens, probably the most famous ones are those dotted along the shore. Each fare reflects traditional and cultural Vanuatu experience, mixed with the essential modern day amenities such as a flat screen television, safe, shower, ceiling fan and air-conditioning to name a few.

Perfect for families are the accommodations in the form of apartments, featuring a king-sized bed, double sofa fold-out, a full kitchenette and laundry facilities. These apartments provide a home away from home for families amidst a phenomenal island setting.

The final accommodation choice is the top range penthouse suites. Catering for up to 4 people, these large double story apartments feature the same as the Deluxe Ocean View Room’s features and the views.

Catering for the families there is a playground and games room for children, along with a dedicated swimming pool for families.  Iririki also has a stunning 4-tier cascading pool, one of the largest freshwater pools in the South Pacific, the pefect place to escape the tropical heat.  The sunset pool also features a swim-up bar for those who like to have a drink and relax in the water or simply order some snacks when feeling a little peckish. If you feel a little more energetic there is a tennis court and numerous activities available on the island or explore a little further around Vanuatu.  From live bands to fire dancers, there is something for both guests and visitors to enjoy every night of the week to keep you entertain, or simply relax in the Frangipani Spa for some indulgence.

Kate recommends you book a room with a view, as the sun setting over the bay is a spectacular way to end your afternoon on the island paradise, Iririki.

Iririki Island Resort Vanuatu – www.iririki.com Enquiries: info@iririki.com or phone +61 3 9326 6579

Kate stayed at Iririki Island Resort Vanuatu with Vanuatu Tourism