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Hideaway Island Resort

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hideaway island is a very relaxing place with wonderful staff and some very nice diving. I note quite a few R&M items mentioned in previous reviews have not been attended to and for the cost of an efficient handyman for a day or 2 the place would be much more comfortable. Our group stayed in the twin share rooms which had 2 bathrooms. Every tap, shower & toilet constantly leaked which made the bathroom floors wet & smelly. (not to mention the wasted water) The lovely staff were terrific in their efforts to clean but fighting an ever losing battle.

We've stayed at this place a number of times. The rooms and the staff are still as good as we remember them. The restaurant isn't as good as it has been on previous stays and the cocktails have gone up a lot and are half the size. Things seem a little too profit driven. When you are on a tropical island and you order a fish meal you expect a nice piece of fresh fish not fish bits on sticks.

stayed for 5 days and enjoyed the place a lot. only the eestaurant staff is a bit funny with opening hours, sometime shut down at 8:30 eventhough its open until 9pm. dive center offers great dives, everybody helps you organising your tours etc.

Opie, the taxi driver that we hired for the day during our cruise ship stop at Port Vila, Vanuatu, dropped us off at the dock where the ferry to Hideaway Island makes regular round trip journeys. After a short ferry ride, we rented snorkels and fins and scoped out a couple of secluded chairs shaded by mangrove trees for our home base while on the island. We snorkeled for just under an hour admiring the many species of fish, clams and coral as we made our way to the underwater post office for which the island is famous. After snorkeling, we enjoyed sipping soft drinks while relaxing on our lounge chairs until it was time to return via ferry to meet up with Opie again. We traveled from the US to Australia, several of the Pacific Islands and around New Zealand, and Hideaway Island had the best snorkeling of the 4 places that we snorkeled (or considered snorkeling).

Hideaway resort deserves five stars for its wonderful setting, amazing snorkelling, friendly staff, delicious food, good service , the great free activities for guests, the enjoyable and scrumptious Melanesian Feast. But if you add the amazingly caring staff, five stars are just not enough. My husband fell ill while we were guests from a longstanding health issue. The staff did so much to help us I was constantly astounded and of course comforted. The manager was exemplary in the assistance he gave us....suggesting a good clinic, arranging an appointment and transport and then on our last day rising at 4 am to help my husband off the island. I could never thank him and his lovely caring staff enough. I so hope we can return to Hideaway again one day. The staff from this island should be training Australians in good service. It couldn't be done any better anywhere in the world.

We stayed as a family of 4 with 2 little kids. It’s a great little island surrounded by Corals so don’t expect soft dry sand and bring good water shoes or have you feet destroyed. Gear hire free for guests and great view in the water. The accommodation was primitive as expected for an eco-styled resort, it was reasonably clean and tidy, very spacious. There were armies of ants and unwelcomed mosquitos but all expected and didn’t really bothered us. Breakfast was great with a view, lunch (curry) was probably one of the best meal we had in our trip. Like everywhere else in Vanuatu, the staff there were just SO GOOD with kids! In sum, as long as you are not expecting 5star luxury resort (not their aim either), and you are happy with the basics, you’ll have a great time there.

Visited today for a quick snorkel before flying home - great spot to relax & some really nice coral formations. Heaps of fish - don't forget to bring some bread or fruit! Easy swimming - very family friendly. Can see why Hideaway is a success. 1250VT for day entry and a short bus ride from town. We also did Pele Island but out of the two, I would suggest spending your time here for snorkeling (Pele more for isolation).

STUNNING. Simply stunning. If snorkeling and scuba diving are your idea of a holiday you must come here. Very clear seas to see all the ocean has to offer. It even has a underwater post office where you can send your postcards from !

Thank you for the amazing stay Samantha and her staff and amazing and I will be back to stay most definitely.. Our room was so nice and clean and welcoming, only thing I can say is please add more lighting to the path, it was scary walking back to our bungalow alone in the dark lol Tangyu tumas lukim yu

Almost a year ago i visited and loved every second! Just the relaxing paradise i needed after fifo work! Hope to get back there soon! Definitely recommend booking the private spa villa and juat completely loose yourself in relaxing with ocean views. Even with some minor construction work nearby it was still an amazing break!

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 32-room resort welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a private beach, and an outdoor pool. On the waterfront, the resort is also close to The Summit Garden.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, 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 32 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, minibars, and ceiling fans. For entertainment, guests can expect to find cable TV. Safes are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at Hideaway Island Resort enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. 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 computer station, an arcade/game room, and a library.

Room options

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, Oceanfront

Queen 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 5

Shared Dormitory (4 Beds)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom

Queen 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 5

One Bedroom Oceanfront Villa with Private Pool

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 614 reviews