Tempted by the tropical vibes of Vanuatu? Just a three-hour flight from Brisbane, its welcoming smiles and wild, luxuriant beauty certainly make for a memorable South Pacific escape. But when it comes to venues, which palm-fringed beauty to choose? If location means sun-kissed scenery and convenience to you, check out Iririki Island Resort & Spa — just a five-minute ferry ride from the vibrant rhythms of capital Port Vila.
An island playground for romantics and adventurers, Iririki Island Resort & Spa offers the complete holiday experience. Positioned just across the vivid turquoise waters of Mele Bay, you can ease into island time literally minutes after leaving Vanuatu’s international airport! Step off the ferry and you’re immersed in 69 lush acres: an island paradise inviting you to enjoy a stress-free holiday (or holiday wedding). Couples will love the position-perfect accommodation, bars and restaurants, generous inclusions and host of resort-based activities and off-island adventures.
Sea views & sunsets – from your balcony!
Want a sea view? Done! The resort’s range of newly renovated accommodation styles all boast private balconies and sea vistas. Choose a touch of tradition with a thatched-roof faré (bungalow) or go modern with a self-contained Deluxe Apartments. Stay right on the water in a Premium Overwater Faré or soak up an iconic Vanuatu sunset from your private balcony Jacuzzi in a Deluxe Ocean View Apartment or Penthouse Suite. Your stay also comes with daily breakfast, ferry transfers and more.
Romantic island dining
You’ll find Vanuatu’s “most romantic restaurant” just a stroll away at Iririki Island Resort & Spa. Azure Restaurant showcases organic local produce, including superb Santo beef, fresh seafood, and delights from the resort’s own market garden, with views over the bay to local island life in Port Vila. Keep things cosy with a private candlelight dinner on the beach or your balcony (and) or indulge with classic Italian cuisine at Little Italy restaurant, fully air-conditioned and designed as an adults-only dining experience. For a relaxed lunch, grab a poolside bit at Sunset Pool, Bar & Grill.
Celebrate “I do” with a view
Barefoot romance is the order of the day when you choose Iririki Island Resort & Spa for your destination wedding. Whether you’re planning an intimate occasion or bringing a crowd, you’ll love the million-dollar views over Mele Bay at View Point Pavilion and the warm, professional service from Iririki Island Resort & Spa events team. Pledge your love with a sweeping backdrop of blue and a traditional Melanesian serenade before celebrating a beachfront or poolside soirée. Vanuatu’s delicious local cuisine is showcased to perfection (think world-class Santo beef and super-fresh seafood) while Iririki Island Resort & Spa signature dessert of French croquembouche is always a reception highlight.
Start the Champagne flowing right on the sand at Snorkelers Cove, an intimate private beach nestled below the Island Plateau. For a little more space, try beautiful Casino Beach where a marquee can host up to 300 guests while still embracing the beach party mood. Poolside more your style? The Sunset Pool Deck and Infinity Pool Deck capture a glamorous cocktail party feel while the open-plan Azure Restaurant offers a slightly more formal ambience while taking in stunning views of the bay and coastal shores. If you’re looking to really bring a crowd, the expansive Harbour View Marquee can set the scene for a grand event of up to 500 guests.
Okay, so let’s talk honeymoon. The good news is, no need to pack and unpack because you’re already in paradise! The resort itself offers a range of bars and restaurants, water and beach sports, and endless activities on and off the island including horse riding, snorkelling, off-road ‘buggy’ tours, and scuba diving. It’s perfect for treating your guests or just enjoying some quality time as newlyweds. How does a Sunset Cruise sound? Or a ‘Splash Tour’ with lunch, visiting Mele Cascades Waterfall, Eaton Beach, and the fabled Blue Lagoon?
Just across the water on the main island of Efate, Port Vila offers shopping and dining while a cultural village or coffee plantation tour will give you a taste of traditional Vanuatu. Looking for a unique souvenir? Snorkellers and divers can send their waterproof postcards in Vanuatu’s official Underwater Post Office, located in a marine sanctuary just off Efate. Or simply hire a car and take off on a leisurely self-guided island tour (you can’t get lost!).
Back at the resort, if you’re not sipping cocktails by the expansive Infinity Pool or enjoying pampering for two at the perfectly positioned Iririki Day Spa, head out to Snorkeler’s Cove and explore the mesmerising seascape or unpack a Champagne picnic on the beach.
It’s the Pacific Island idyll… and it’s closer than you think!
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