The Havannah Vanuatu: About

Located in Efate Island, Vanuatu

Captain Cook christened it the New Hebrides when he visited in 1774, but the indigenous people of this South Pacific nation chose to call their home Vanuatu—“our land forever.” The name rings true: once you step onto the sheltered, sandy shores of the archipelago, you might never want to leave. The Havannah Vanuatu claims all the qualities of a remote island sanctuary—private villas overlooking the ocean; exquisite local cuisine served in the setting of your choice; and a wealth of activities for adventure-lovers and tranquility-seekers alike. Yet, Vanuatu’s largest city lies but a short distance away, and traditional Melanesian communities flourish nearby, practicing ancient rituals in the depths of the jungle. Tinged with mystery and rich with tropical treasures, The Havannah Vanuatu is nothing short of paradise.

Highlights

  • Snorkel amid vibrant coral gardens and downed World War II planes, and come face-to-face with dugongs and sea turtles at world-class dive sites.
  • Hear the fascinating legends of Roi Mata, a 13th-century Melanesian chief who united the warring tribes of Central Vanuatu, on an island tour.
  • Stretch out on your daybed under a thatched cabana sipping a cocktail, and watch for pods of migratory whales and dolphins on the sparkling horizon.
  • Savor locally inspired cuisine from daily changing menus at the lodge’s restaurant, or enjoy a candle-lit dinner on the beach.
  • Re-energize with volcanic rock therapy or an acupressure foot massage at the tranquil spa, nestled into the lodge’s lush gardens.

Why We Love this Lodge

Tucked away from the world as it seems, The Havannah Vanuatu forms an integral part of the social and economic fabric of Efate, providing employment to residents of the nearby village of Tanoliu and spearheading island-wide community development projects. During the devastating cyclone of 2015, many of the lodge’s employees lost their homes, and Tanoliu’s infrastructure was badly damaged. The Havannah Vanuatu was forced to close its doors for nearly five months for repairs, but the owners continued to pay their local staff. They also donated funds for emergency food supplies and supported the reconstruction of the village school and medical clinic. Today, guests can make a direct contribution to the lodge’s community efforts through the “Pack for a Purpose” program, bringing along much-needed school supplies in their luggage.

Lodge Features

  • Adults-only boutique lodge with 17 villas, including eight oceanfront rooms with private pools
  • Gourmet restaurant offering locally sourced fusion fare and spectacular views of Havannah Harbour
  • Private dining pavilions on the beach, pier, and in the gardens and villas
  • Two-tiered lagoon pool with sun loungers
  • A fleet of kayaks, paddleboards, and catamarans, as well as bikes and snorkeling gear
  • Tennis and pétanque courts
  • Full-service day spa providing a variety of body treatments and massages
  • Gift shop selling locally made wood carvings, woven baskets, shell jewelry, and other handicrafts
  • Wi-fi in villas and limited public areas

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At The Havannah Vanuatu, guests are invited on a personalized tour of Chief Roi Mata’s Domain, Vanuatu’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn about the life of legendary Roi Mata, the islands’ most influential chief, from one of his descendants. Or, set out on a guided visit to a turtle sanctuary on Moso Island, where conservationists are working to breed and release the critically endangered hawksbill turtle.

Awards and Recognitions

  • World Travel Awards, Vanuatu’s Leading Resort, 2014-2018
  • World Travel Awards, Vanuatu’s Leading Boutique Resort, 2017-2018

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