I really, really loved my 2 nights at Tranquility. The two managers Steff and Mitch made me feel very welcome and had great conversations with them. I had my own fare (room) on my own secluded beach area which was just so peaceful and a beautiful setting!
The rooms are very open to outside elements so it’s a unique experience hearing the sea right by you and waking up within the and seeing the forest around you. The meals were tasty and I liked the family style meal times with other guests as a solo traveller. There a some walks to beaches in the other side of the island which for me was the heel of the Island. I had Fred’s Beach to myself for the two days I walked there which had great snorkelling and I was lucky to see and snorkel with wild dolphins! Also the snorkelling from infront if your room is stunning also and I saw a Dugong!
The only thing I would say is the rooms are quite pricey for what you get, but if you know what you are going to and the whole experience of the island then it’s ok.
This is a special place. It won't be for everyone, if you're looking for something really flash and expect a TV in your room. If you're after something unique, staying in traditional style huts, with every one having its own private beach, with solar polar, and using rain water, this is the place for you. I was after a few days of relaxing away from Sydney and it was perfect. The food was yummy and healthy and the nature of the dining area meant I quickly got to know the other people staying, so didn't feel like I was travelling alone. Diving was great. There were beautiful corals and we saw a white tipped shark. There are two types of accommodation to suit your budget. (more substantial bungalow with ensuite, or with a separate private bathroom). There's also a turtle rehab centre there too. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Son and Jo were running it whilst I was there, and Patrick was the fabulous cook. Definitely worth a trip! (remember to bring mosquito spray. )
We recently spent a week in the resort and loved it! (If wasn't for the patch of bad weather which happened to coincide with our visit, it would have been our top holiday ever!)
It's a perfect place to "escape it all", by retreating to basics and contemplating the beautiful environment.
The accommodation - we stayed in fare 6 - is basic but comfortable. All of the cabins are very private, i.e. a good distance from each other, each with its own access to the beach. To start swimming or snorkelling you simply walk thirty steps from the doorstep and immerse. Or hop in a (free) kayak and paddle to a different, equally spectacular, spot. Tired of swimming on one side of the island? You can bush-walk to the other side of the island.
Our fare had comfortable beds with mosquito nets and a basic ensuite. A table and two chairs on the verandah made a good shaded outdoor sitting. There's also a hammock and a washing line. (Some extra hooks inside the cabin would have been useful for drying our stuff on rainy days.)
As part of room service, resort staff assemble dry firewood in a small outdoor fireplace in front of each cabin so you can enjoy an open fire near the beach in the evening - very nice touch. Matches are provided in the kit available in the room.
The cabins have solar panels which generate sufficient lighting for moving around the cabin after dark but, if you wish to read in the evening, bring a headlight or an ebook reader.
The power generator runs twice a day - long enough to charge your devices.
There's one designated wifi hotspot in the resort and we really liked the fact that there was no wifi in the cabin - perfect excuse to stay away from email and news - very liberating!
There are no shops on the island but the only extras you may need to pay for are alcoholic drinks to accompany your meals. And perhaps diving tours or lessons but can't really comment on that as we didn't dive.
Meals are served in a common area - on beautiful tables made by local artisans - a few minutes walk from the cabin. Torch is essential in the evenings!
Thanks to Douglas, the local chef extraordinaire, the food (three meals a day) was both yummy and nutritious. And there's a lot of it! Plenty of local fruit and vegetables. And some amazing desserts with each evening meal!
One of us is a vegetarian and that wasn't a problem at all; the resort caters for all dietary requirements.
The managers - Sun and Joe - and their fantastic team made sure our stay was very comfortable, and were very patient answering our questions :-)
The team is very dedicated to conservation and runs a hawksbill turtle rookery. Guests have the opportunity to support the program by releasing or sponsoring a turtle.
As overnight guests at Tranquility we joined the Coongoola Day Cruise free of charge. That took us to amazing snorkelling spots on the other side of the island - highly recommended! We were also lucky to meet the owner of the boat who shared interesting insights in the history of the area, and the boat.
Tranquility is a unique holiday destination and we'd love to return there one day.
We spent New Years with Joe, Sun, Socks and crew and I can honestly say it was the highlight of my Vanuatu trip.
Neither my wife or I dive but we wanted to remote place we could relax but with Tranquility we got more besides.
As there was room on the dive boat in the afternoon we we're invited to join them on our first afternoon for a snorkel which provided great views of amazing coral and fish. Accommodation was full board and we both found the (basic) meals fresh and tasty, We even lucked into a pork dinner in celebration of the New Year. Drinks are done on an honesty system, something to often done away with in the modern world.
We saw out 2016 sat outdoors in front of our open fire, on our private beach, enjoying a rum watching a myriad of stars spin past. It was utter bliss.
We spent the rest of our time walking the beaches in utter seclusion, helping release a turtle (from the sanctuary that is run from the resort), kayaking or simply watching the sun melt behind the island.
If you venture to Vanuatu and want a spot where you can leave the world behind I'd recommend a stay on Tranquility. Your soul will thank you.
On the one hand you cannot help but want to love this place, it is a staggeringly beautiful location, calm, peaceful and yes tranquil but in the end you realise its all a bit run down and in need of some love. Very basic budget rooms being sold as resort accommodation.
Port Havannah is definitely worth some 2-3 days but I would recommend staying on the mainland, options are limited but Gideon's landing now Havannah Eco lodge has various room options available.