One of Vanuatu’s best kept secrets before it was closed by Cyclone Pam, Tamanu on the Beach is now set to reopen in November as a boutique four-star resort offering one of the best dining experiences in the Pacific.
Product managers inspect the new-look Tamanu on the Beach in Vanuatu during the recent Tok Tok trade show.Back Row (L-R): Glen Craig (Tamanu part owner), Simon Clancy (Pinpoint) Boris Valin (Eden Tours New Caledonia), David Callan (Ignite Travel), Glynn Pugh (Flight Centre Global Product), Greg Maloney (Destination Asia Pacific Marketing), Nicolas Blanc (Eden Tours New Caledonia). Front Row (L-R): Cloe Lemoine (Eden Plus New Caledonia, Virginia Shore (Resort Manager) and Valerie Lefert (Touramex New Caledonia).
Sitting on the beachfront at Tamanu, a 30 minute drive from Port Vila, the resort was a popular romantic retreat and dining spot for international visitors to Vanuatu until it was extensively damaged in 2015 by Cyclone Pam, one of the worst natural disasters in Vanuatu’s history.
In April 2016, however, two local business partners took over the beach-front property and are now funding its full recovery and expansion.
Tamanu on the Beach Director Ryan Foots says the resort has been “reimagined”.
“We’ve recaptured the elements that made Tamanu such an attractive property before the cyclone, including the sense of romance and privacy that comes from being located right on one of Vanuatu’s most beautiful beaches,” says Foots. “At the same time we’ve expanded and enhanced the facilities to cater to a sophisticated international market looking for a relaxing luxury experience.”
The resort’s original six rooms have now expanded to 15 discreet, well-appointed, air-conditioned villas, each featuring a private balcony and raised stand-alone baths (some with private plunge pools). Three of the new villas are larger two-bedroom, dual bathroom designs.
The upgrade also extends to a new swimming pool and Vanuatu’s first purpose-built wedding chapel.
A key element of the revamped resort is the new restaurant. Tamanu on the Beach was previously renowned for its cuisine, and the new owners are determined to build on its reputation for offering a fine-dining experience showcasing local cuisine.
In addition, guests will have a range of activities to choose from – either at the resort of located nearby – including golf, scuba diving, cycling, boat tours, eco-tours and snorkelling.
Tamanu on the Beach will officially reopen on 1 November 2016.