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Hideaway Island Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It was a lovely welcome, they could not do enough , our villa was lovely , little old , run down, and needs a little tlc, food was nice, staff, could just bring them all home with me, pool was nice, drinks variety was limited, going into town was easy , won’t go back again as price does not reflect units , but enjoyed our time

We stay for four nights at Hideaway, the rooms need upgrading as ours had saw dust all over the beds from termites. management did change the sheet at our request and did try and find us another room. but none were 'available' (not sure why as the resort was not busy at all during our stay). The pool was not maintained very well as it had started to turn green on a couple of occasions The reef has been battered from recent cyclones,but still would be the best snorkelling close to Pt Vila. The staff were very friendly and treat us well and management seem to be keen to restore the resort back to great standard, but this will take time.

This was our 2nd day trip visit to this little Island as it came highly recommended. We visited the Island after getting off the P&O Pacific Dawn like we did our previous visit. This time we brought along the entire clan - and we thoroughly enjoyed the snorkeling. Amazing colors and coral fishes everywhere - the kids were amazed... it was the highlight of our Island Hopping adventure. You get to see more if you head further out past the floating pontoons. We didn't stay overnight as we had to get back to our ship by 4:30PM.

The resort is very casual and relaxed with a great range of accommodation from dormitories to private villas. We stayed in a bungalow which was great; lots of room; we had 4 friends join us for dinner and had plenty of space. Our bungalow had a separate master bedroom and can be fitted with 4 bunk beds to accommodate a total of 6. It had a separate lounge area, bathroom, a small dining area, a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. The bungalow has its own verandah with views of Mele bay and clothes lines to dry towels and swimming costumes. We had our own private stairs down to the bay. The restaurant/bar was good with a good selection of food if you include the lunch menu, which is also available at dinner time. The breakfast which was included in the price was fine; more than enough to eat and a reasonable selection. The snorkelling was fantastic. We visited the reef adjacent to the resort many times and always found new things to see. I did two scuba dives with the excellent dive masters on the island. Prices for scuba dives were what I normally pay in Fiji. We will definitely go back, probably for a week and then visit some of the other islands

We had a fabulous stay on Hideaway Island. Accommodation - We stayed in one of the villas which had glass doors that opened up onto a deck with fabulous ocean views. There was ample room for the four of us and a lovely space to come back to after our daily activities. Diving- My husband and daughter did their open water dive course, I dive so I bought a package of dives and our son completed an introductory dive and snorkeled. The staff in the dive shop were really good. Jacob, the dive shop manager was superb, nothing was too much trouble and his dive shop staff were all great. My husband and daughter really enjoyed their course and found the instructors excellent. Restaurant- Breakfast was included which was a simple buffet each morning, which was ample. We ate most of our other meals (lunch and dinner) here as we were quite happy just to chill out and relax. All meals were very nice and the staff in the restaurant are excellent. Staff- The staff were all excellent, always so friendly and helpful.My husband hurt is foot while we were there and the staff could do enough for him. They organised for me to take him to the doctor and looked after him for the rest of our stay. The resort itself is an older style resort, so if you're expecting luxury this is not for you. However we found the style of the resort is more akin to nature and the relaxed vibe really lets you relax. We would happily stay there again.

We recently spent 6 nights at hideaway island, and would have to say we were a bit nervous before arriving, due to some reviews, but we couldn’t. be more happy with our stay, we stayed in the pool villa, and found it very comfortable, and well equipped. The snorkeling has to rate with the best snorkeling we have ever done, and we have covered Fiji, outer islands of Fiji, numerous other locations and islands in Vanuatu, and even the Great Barrier Reef . The island is a coral island so all you have to do is wear thongs ,or reef shoes, and your good to go. We found the managers ,Stan and Cherie, extreamly accomadating, they couldn’t do enough for you and we’re around every night in case you needed them, which on one occasion we did , the shower head broke and Stan fixed it straight away , no problems. We enjoyed all our food ,the buffet breakfast, had plenty of cereal , fresh fruit , toast, and assorted muffins. Dinner was very simple , good choices, reasonably priced, and we were very happy with all the staff on the island ,all very happy to help .The accomadtion, is in need of an update, but I think Stan is on top of that, he has only just started, please remember you are not paying top dollar, and we went for nothing, plenty of fresh towels, even down to tissues etc, never had to ask for more , they were just always there, and we did love our towel art on the bed when we returned from our snorkel. Overall we would like to thank Stan and Cherie , and there staff very much for making our holiday, extremely enjoyable, happy, and comfortable with no fuss.

Gangbuster holiday!! With three teenage daughters sending us all mental, an activity filled break in January was just what we needed. We all SCUBA dive and so were keen to investigate Hideway Island and Marine sanctuary. We were a bit put off by the advertised cheap rates to be honest as we thought it would be filled with backpackers, but as we only booked 3 days before going. we didn't have much choice. Our fears were unwarranted.. and I can't help but think whoever is in charge of marketing might be doing the island a disservice, by advertising the cheapest possible boarding house singles price. In fact pretty much everyone who stays on the island SCUBA dives or snorkels and we met lots of delightful mature single travellers there for the marine experience we were dreaming about. We also met some divine families!! The PADI dive master Richard was not only knowledgable but fun, engaging and seriously patient with our mad family and three talkative girls. (as luck would have it, his girlfriend Meg was there for a week and became a firm favourite on our daily dives). In fact we were so impressed with his professionalism we all completed our advanced open water courses which allowed us to night dive, and wreck dive. None of the dive sites were more than 10 minutes from shore and a few times we just walked off the beach. The snorkeling around the island was safe and easy... straight off the beach. There was a huge array of different corals and fish were abundant and varied. Everything from sea snakes to clown fish and also a massive moray eel. It was SO awesome to be able to wake up and decide if we felt like diving as opposed to other holidays where we had to book in and were confronted with bad weather or rough seas and long boat rides on the day of our booking. Other trip advisor comments I think unfairly bagged the island and it's newly deposited managers Cherie and Stan. The Hawaiian natives and their sausage dogs (trained assistance dogs) were always visible and happy to oblige. We missed our own dogs at home terribly, so they received extra cuddles from us, plus they kept the birds away from our food. They were warm and engaging were really keen to make our stay everything we wanted it to be. Our safe broke on the first day but it was fixed quickly. My soft poached eggs were a bit hard .. they were replaced instantly. My cocktail was empty, and then suddenly full. ha! We found the food to be really high quality, reasonably priced and the wines especially the chardonnay again very reasonable and delicious. They were the first to admit the kitchen had a few issues a few months back but they have worked hard to overcome them and we really couldn't fault the food. The breakfast included was basic but adequate and there was always the option of ordering a hot breakfast if you wished. Actually better for our family as we were struggling to wake teenagers up in time to eat. Our room "bungalow 3" was technically a one bedroom bungalow but EASILY accommodated our family of five, with room to spare, and while there was no a/c the sea breeze made it 100% not necessary. On the other side of the island where there isn't the breeze, I understand they have a/c. It's the first time we haven't all got colds on a holiday and I attribute that to the fresh air. In addition we zip-lined and highly recommend it. We went horse riding for a few hours with Club Hippique and were delighted when we took the saddles off at the end of the ride and went swimming with the horses. Simply magical. The blue lagoon is also incredible. High ropes swinging into aquamarine waters with locals and tourists laughing and cheering everyone on. The island staff organised everything and also suggested some locals who would happily drive us around for the day sightseeing which were enjoyed enormously. We also saw the fire show on the mainland which is 2 minutes from the resort. The boat operates 24 /7 so no danger of getting stuck on the wharf. Do take reef slippers, as the last big cyclone has washed lots of sharp coral onto the beach!! Because it's such a small island, once the handful of day-trippers left each day it was just the guests and the divine, funny, helpful staff and we had loads and loads of laughs around the bar, which unusual for us because we are mostly quite up ourselves and anti-social! The common interest in diving had everyone eagerly swapping stories about must see spots. We loved Hideaway SO much were are bringing our mad lot and another noisy family too, hopefully in September. As a holiday experience it was a 10/10. That's not to say it's a 5 star resort. It's not, and it doesn't pretend to be. Like many resorts by the ocean, wind and salty air can make paintwork deteriorate faster. Sure it could use a lick of paint, and I think that's about to happen. But if it's diving, relaxing, eating and family bonding you are after, then this is the place. enjoy Cheryl and Simon

Coral is dead. Some pretty fish. Island is tired and needs a rest from tourists! Resort looks basic and run down. Not especially friendly or accommodating staff. No sand - all broken coral on shoreline. Bring your reef shoes!!

We had the most amazing week at Hideaway Island Resort. A perfect little island setting, with spectacular sunsets. All the staff were very friendly and made us feel so welcome. What interested us about this resort when looking for accommodation was the marine sanctuary, and it did not disappoint. Our diving and snorkelling experiences were magical. Such a huge variety of marine life on our doorstep. The resort is a little rustic but clean and comfortable. Food was excellent and drinks were always cold. Everyone should experience this HIDDEN TREASURE.

a spent a few days on Hideaway Island which was enjoyable and very pleasant. The staff are professional and are very helpful and proud of where they work. The food could have been a bit better but it certainly wasn't a turn off. Obviously the snorkeling and marine life are the major attraction which is great, overall a great couple of days.

Mele Bay Hideaway Island Hideaway Island

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach

Located 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Mele Cascades, Hideaway Island Resort is within a 15-minute drive of other popular attractions like Port Vila Market. This 27-room, 3-star resort has free breakfast along with conveniences like a private beach and an outdoor pool. On the waterfront, the resort is also close to The Summit Garden and Port Vila Golf Country Club.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Explore the resort and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


All of Hideaway Island Resort's 27 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, ceiling fans, and safes.

Property features

Guests staying at Hideaway Island Resort enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Transportation is made easy with a free ferry terminal shuttle. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a library, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 655 reviews