Our trip to Vanuatu was the first time we had ever walked into a travel agent and asked them to find us somewhere to get away! Being totally new to resort holidays we weren't sure what to expect. When they suggested Breakas I checked them out on the web, here and elsewhere, to try to get a bit of a sense of what sort of place it is. My feeling was that it was a little shabby around the edges but genuinely engaged with the locals and a pleasant place to stay. I was pretty right, but I will give some more details.
My main fear with Breakas was its distance from Port Vila and that we might feel isolated out there and not able to do some of the things we wanted, like visiting the Mele Maat Cascades, Hideaway and the north more generally. We had no idea how easy it would be to get about on the local transport, but we should not have feared - the local buses are cheap, come every ten seconds and very convenient. They take you virtually wherever you ask, picking up people and dropping them off along the way. They are mini-buses and their shabbiness and lack or not of aircon (which I hate incidentally) is luck of the draw. But their rattliness is reflective of the state of the roads and it would be rather sad if you were a shiny new bus and had to live there.
Whatever you do, don't try to walk to Port Vila - its far, the road is so rough and there are few pavements to walk on on the sides, and lots of traffic to dodge, not to mention immense puddles if it is the wet season. Our agent tried to tell us it was walking distance to Port Vila but I wasn't fooled luckily. Check it out on Google Maps (satellite view).
Back to the resort itself - as I mentioned, I hate aircon so the lack of it at Breaka's was an attraction to me. We stayed in a garden Fare, and it was neat and pretty if a little grotty around the edges. The hot water system blew up on our first night. I could hear it rushing as we lay down to sleep (we'd arrived at middinght) so I had to clamber through the garden to turn it off. The staff tinkered with it for two days and it worked again briefly on our third evening then gave up again. The lack of hot water was a bit of a drag but it is so warm there even I could cope with the cold showers. In the management's favour, they did tinker long, and it was Easter Sunday and Monday that it was broken, so sourcing spare parts or a new system would have been difficult.
Being in Fare number 1 we were closest to the road and the noise and lights were not too bad but not too welcome since at home our house is utterly dark and quiet at night (in rural Australia). Being woken at 5am on Easter morning by the loud music of the outdoor village church across the road was not so welcome either, but its an important part of village life and to be respected. It was Easter after all!
The reef-side location of Breakas was one of the more pleasant I saw around Port Vila. Not pristine but pleasant and interesting. When the tide is out it is not so pretty to look at the exposed reef, but interesting to explore and see all the villagers picking over out at the edge. Obviously this means it is not in the most pristine condition, but nevertheless there is plenty of interest. When the tide is high that is the time to go for a snorkel and launch yourself from what is then a pretty little beach. The surf break is out at the edge of the reef so there is a wide expanse of quiet water where you can swim or snorkel before this.
The beachside seats and pavilion around the bar are comfortable and pleasant places to while-away the time with a cocktail or fruity mocktail. The food served was all decent if not terribly exciting. The staff were sometimes a bit distant and/or elusive, not as engaging as some we met in other places, but respectful and polite. The ladies who do the massages are big, strong women and their massages were just what I needed to unlock my computer damaged back! Unfortunately we didn't have time to do any of the guided walks (reef or village) that were included in our package, though I would have liked to. We were sorry to leave Breaka's after three days but not being sure what to expect, we had, in the end, split our trip into three days there and three at Chantilly's which is quite a different genre of place...
Fares 1 and 2 are more exposed to street noise. The beach side ones will be quieter. Make sure the h...
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