Vanuatu Travel Guides for Backpackers

Bellevue Ecolodge: Your very own slice of Paradise.

Who am I? Where is it? What can you expect? Through my job as a professional sailor, I have had the chance to travel to a lot of great places. I have been to the Caribbean’s, explored the coasts of the Mediterranean, and voyaged across the South Pacific. While visiting this latest, I came to a country that stole my heart: The archipelago of Vanuatu! Vanuatu is a string of islands half-way between Fiji and New-Caledonia that are not as well-known and thus less crowded with tourists. The locals, called Ni-Vanuatu, are always smiling and are a warm and welcoming people. The tropical vibe is always present with flowers blooming everywhere,  and with the smells of the ocean breeze, sunshine, and hot sand. Port-vila its capital and port of entry is situated on a central island called Efate. As I vacationed there with my girlfriend, we used the Bellevue Ecolodge as a base from which we could go on discovering the country, and could come back to after such joyous days. The place is composed of three villas, and a guest house built in the colonial style, set in the most luxurious garden I have ever set my eyes upon.  The buildings are seamlessly integrated within the scenery, and are surrounded by fruit-bearing trees that are so easy to pick! It’s wonderful! The sumptuous guest house holding two double bedrooms and catered by Gérard’s exceptional culinary skills. The stunning volume of the terrace. Where you learn about logistics, the lovely managers, and the marvelous surroundings. Arriving at the airport we were greeted right there and then by the owners who arranged a car to come pick us up and our luggage. They are a charming couple who will do anything they can and then some more to arrange for your stay. Our wonderful hosts and adoptive family as we stayed in Vanuatu. If you know where you want to go next they will advise you on good deals, put you in contact with the appropriate people and share with you all their experience and love for that country. If you’re going at it a bit more freestyle, they’ll help you plan your trip so as to not miss any opportunities and will guide you through it all to make it effortless. When we reached the lodges, we were blown away by the beauty of their property. The ground is gently sloping down at the top of an overlooking cliff just ten minutes outside downtown Port-Vila and has a breath-taking view of the green outback. The little road that snakes towards the parking spot at the bottom passes along a meditation area, a garden filled with fresh produce, 3 cascading swimming pools, and a barbecue and games area. Part of the beautiful panorama of green waiting for you. Needless to say, we jumped straight away into things by splashing in the swimming pools. The water was at the perfect temperature, clear and refreshing. We ended up staying in all afternoon and […]
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