VANUATU - A Slice of Heaven on a South Pacific Horizon

The trip from the cold winter of Auckland to the lush emerald-coloured islands of Vanuatu took me a little over three hours, which lands on the most populated island, Efate. While Vanuatu’s population is relatively small, its long migratory history makes it one of the richest cultures in the world today.

Most people live in Port Vila, the capital, but within minutes of the town centre I was being driven through verdant farmlands and cocoa plantations below thick, jungle-like hillsides.  

The trip from the cold winter of Auckland to the lush emerald-coloured islands of Vanuatu took me a little over three hours on an Air Vanuatu flight, which lands on the most populated island, Efate, also known as IIe Vate. While Vanuatu’s population is relatively small, with around 240,00 people, its long migratory history makes it one of the richest cultures in the world today.

From the comfort of my luxurious villa I made my way out to the front entrance of the Havannah Resort. I picked up a flat walking track that snaked its way through a thick coastal canopy of trees until it emerged out onto a paved highway. I could now hear chickens scurrying in the undergrowth.  As I approached Tanoliu a dog barked from one of the many small huts along the roadside as a young teenager pushed a wheelbarrow over a single lane bridge, a group of children in green uniforms all said hello with a big smile – this was my welcome to a typical Vanuatu village    

The Havannah combines a breathtaking beachfront location with luxurious comfort to create a romantic and exclusive resort experience for the ultimate Vanuatu holiday. With a maximum of 34 guests, the Havannah is an oasis of relaxation, cultural experiences and soft adventure. Whether it’s for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or special occasion, The Havannah offers intimacy and seclusion and that is a very attractive proposition. About 60 percent of their guests arrive from Australia, and roughly 30 percent are made up of Kiwis with the other 10 percent dropping in to stay from around the world.

The Havannah is set on one of the best beaches of Efate, with crystal clear waters it’s perfect as a secluded retreat yet close enough to all the sights Efate has to offer, including cascading waterfalls, bush walks, fishing charters, day cruises, and dive sites as well as scooter and cycle hire in the hubhub of Port Vila. Your stay at the Havannah includes complementary transfers to Port Vila twice daily. The resort can also organize airport transfers by car; however for something extra special some guests prefer to arrive by helicopter with a scenic tour along the coastline of Efate. 

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