We arrived in Port Vila quite late in the evening. Even later by the time our baggage was sighted. We found our way to the taxi rank and boarded two taxis for the short journey to The Terraces. The taxis cost AUS$25.00 each and the chaps were very friendly and helpful and offered to pick us up the next morning for our transfer to Espiritu Santo. Sorted!
When we arrived at The Terraces it was almost midnight and there were two chaps waiting for us who helped haul our luggage up to our allocated apartment. And I do mean ‘haul’ as there were several flights of stairs to negotiate.
Walking in to the apartment was like walking into an oasis. These are stunning apartments that are new, clean, and beautifully furnished. I don’t have many interior images to show you as obviously it was dark by the time we arrived and then we instantly mucked them up by liberally scattering our luggage.
Each apartment has it’s own infinity plunge pool and as we were hot and exhausted, the first thing we did was scratch through our luggage and try to find our swimsuits so we could hop into that pool as quickly as possible. It was very relaxing and therapeutic to have a midnight swim.
One criticism I do have of these apartments is that we opened the door of the fridge and it was bare. Not a jug of water nor even a tray of ice. I realise that in apartments you do have to provide everything yourself however, when you have travelers arriving at midnight, long after the local shops have shut, some refreshments would be more than a little welcoming. In those instances I’m quite happy to raid a mini-bar.
I did find the manager the next morning and told him I thought some items in the fridge either complimentary or available to purchase would be nice and he advised there should have been some water in the fridge and definitely some cubes of ice. He appreciated my thoughts on providing some sort of a mini-bar so perhaps this might be something they introduce in the months ahead.
The main bedroom is up a flight of wooden stairs and is spacious with a tremendous easterly view over the lagoon at Port Vila. It’s very separate from the second bedroom and comes with its own balcony. The bathroom is very generously proportioned and I loved the bath and walk-in shower.
Meanwhile, an extra bed had been rolled into the second bedroom so the little guy didn’t have to sleep standing up. Even with three king-single sized beds, the room was still spacious. Everyone in that room had a great sleep except Arabella who was coming down with tonsilitis – to be continued…
We had a very comfortable night sleeping in the king-sized bed. Not wishing to miss our early morning flight, I didn’t black-out the room and instead slept with the blinds open. It’s just I didn’t realise the sun would begin to rise just after 4.30am.
What has staggered me about Vanuatu is how it is on the same time-zone as Sydney (during daylight saving). It is in the same latitudinal position (pretty much), as New Zealand that is two hours ahead of us yet Vanuatu is two-hours behind New Zealand. That explains the early sunsets and the early sunrises.
Up at 5am we had plenty of time to explore the resort and found it to be a very contemporary, private and peaceful place to stay. The wet-edge infinity pool overlooks the most incredible view of Port Vila and with just 16 apartments in the complex, you are always going to have tranquility and peace. And the opportunity to lie on that sunbed by the pool without having to worry that thousands of others might have the exact same idea.
My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer. I wouldn’t really recommend The Terraces if you’re having a fleeting stay like we did. This apartment complex is very luxurious and very unique and to fully appreciate the experience including the swimming pool, gymnasium and tennis court, you need to stay for at least a couple of nights.
The Terraces Boutique Apartments, Port Vila, Vanuatu: Rue De Wales, PO Box 862, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Ph: +678 24923