The Havannah, Vanuatu
With just six rooms, the Havannah, opened in July 2009, makes you feel like you’re part of the Vanuatu community, but with much more pampering. Staying here, on the northwest part of Éfaté island, also gives you the opportunity to experience real Melanesian village life through excursions the resort will organize for you. Meet the locals of nearby Tanoliu Village who invite you into their homes for laplap, tuluk and coconut milk. Men can even go into nakamal (men’s houses) for kava tastings and to communicate with ancestral spirits through magic stones. Be sure to go on a bushwalk of Moso Island, visit Chief Roi Mata’s Domain and snorkel off Lelepa island, searching for dugongs, cousin to the manatee. But Vanuatu calls on all your senses. Listen for more than 100 local languages and dialects and breathe in the wafts of cocoa. After a fulfilling and exhausting day of Vanuatu adventure, retreat back to the Havannah for a dinner of local fish on the jetty. It’s the luxurious yet authentic way to visit Vanuatu.