Hideaway Island Resort2.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
My wife and I and a group of Dive Club buddies (check out InDepth Scuba, Canberra - another gem of an outfit run by Norm and Rowan - but that's another review) recently completed a week of diving at the Hideaway Island Resort. From the moment Jacob met us at the airport we were completely taken care of. We were there primarily for the diving. If you're going there I highly recommend two dives a day (we did the 8:30 and 10:30 dives), which left us the rest of the day after lunch to rest and recover for the following day. Like I said, we were there primarily for the diving but that didn't mean we didn't enjoy the friendly staff at the beach bar, or the excellent food served out of the kitchen. Everything in that department was run by Mama Rose, who even helped organise a picnic lunch for us when we went on a day trip around the main island for our last day (you can't dive within 24 hrs of your flight home). Our accommodation was excellent - don't expect 5 star European resort - this is the South Pacific we're talking here. We experienced both the Villa accommodation as well as the Bungalow accommodation and both were so nice to rest in after a hard day's diving. Temperatures in August were around the mid-to high twenties and the water temp was a steady 26 degrees (so only a 3mm wetsuit needed, although wife did use her 7.5mm semi-dry and enjoyed the warmth after the NSW South Coast experiences in the run up to this trip). The Dive Guides and Boat Master (Brian, Stafford, Kevin, and Wills) were so cruisey but professional, we felt safe and cared for at all times. So many dive sites within a 10 minute punt ride made for interesting diving for the whole week, and a sense that you could return again and again and still find something interesting to see and do out there. The 8:30 dives in particular were glass flat on the water - entry and exit (the big step) was so easy. 10:30 dives were a little bit more swell but still hardly noticeable. We were there as part of a large group (10 divers) of varying backgrounds and experience, from me (novice Open Water with 9 previous dives) to "Old Hands" with hundreds of dives and a wallet FULL of qualifications - and the dives were fabulous for every one of us. We were only ever the one group in the water at any time, which made the whole marine park feel like our private and special playground. This resort and dive team is a DEFINITE MUST for anyone who wants to experience no hassle wonderful diving at any level of experience. My wife and I will definitely be coming back. So many thanks to the folks at Hideaway Resort, to Norm and Rowan the InDepth Scuba guys for making it available, to Bicko2 (our tour Dive Akela), and to Chris and Kerry (our tour social co-ordinators).
We were there as a part of a large group of divers (10) as well as two non divers including a 2 year child. the dive sites were all very close and lots of variety from wrecks to just the easy bimble out the front for a shore dive. the local staff were all very friendly and the quality of food and variety of drinks were above expectations. we stayed in a bungalow #12 which was very spacious and had great views over the bay.
WOW- on the marine park- so snorkelling & diving at the beach literally.. post box underwater mail is cool.. & works !! Best BUREs on beach- views are amazing, clean & open plan. Diving & sports centra are great - would recommened I have stayed here every year I have gone (5 times) love love love it- on its own island, close to main town for shops, dive from the resort - I LOVE THIS PLACE
A 20 minute drive from the airport and a 5 minute ferry trip and you have arrived at your island experience. A delightful island where you can swim from the beach to see a wonderful array of tropical fish.
We loved our stay at Hideaway. We came for diving and the crew there was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Upon our initial visit to the main town of Port Vila, we realised how good we actually had it at Hideaway. The ferry will take you to and from the mainland whenever you want, no set schedule, so it's easy to go out exploring for the day if you want. The actually accommodation was large and clean. It's not 5 star, but they do not claim to be and it was comfortable enough for us. Snorkeling out the front was much better than expected and you can find an abundance of marine life there. I think we will be back.
Hideaway Island is heaven on earth - PARADISE!! It's the most beautiful little island resort, and you really couldn't ask for more. Everything is absolutely perfect, from the views to the rooms, to the food and drinks, the snorkeling, the Melanesian Feast, movie night, the glass bottom boat.... But most of all, the staff!! Every one of the staff at Hideaway Island goes out of their way to make your stay wonderful, with little touches that make you smile!! They make you want to return time and time again, and they keep a little more of your heart each time!! I would recommend Hideaway Island without a second thought...... Hideaway Island is my perfect home away from home!! <3
Having read mixed reviews we decided to do anyway, beach was old coral so no sand castles but there are lots of fish which the kids love and pontoons for those little breaks. Entry was reasonable at about $12AU and we ate lunch there as well. We will definitely go back next time in Vila.
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.
- 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.
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.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
90% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 622 reviews