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Ripples on the Bay

Lot 19 Narpow Point PO Box 2036, Port Vila, Efate 0000 Vanuatu
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#22 of 51 hotels in Port Vila
Ripples is a small, relaxed, boutique hotel, set on beautiful Teouma Bay, a 25 minute drive out of Port Vila. Swim in our tidal, ocean pool, relax in a hammock, or enjoy a meal in our island style restaurant. Accommodation is for over 15's only, unless you book all four rooms. If you're looking for somewhere unique to stay in Vanuatu, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, we're here for you.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Adults only
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Baggage storage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room service
Bottled water
Electric kettle
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Complimentary toiletries
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Ocean view
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Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French
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piratemoons wrote a review Jun. 2020
Port Vila, Vanuatu11 contributions1 helpful vote
Damien and Sally made us very welcome we enjoyed a lovely Indian inspired meal that was one of the best we have had for a long time. The accommodation and location was prefect for us having a night away. I would definitely recommend and we will be returning again to try out the rest of the menu.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
AprilStaines wrote a review Feb. 2020
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions3 helpful votes
I love this place, not only is it adults only with no screening kids it has its own natural rock pool. At first I wasn't sure if a regular pool would be better but this is so much better it's not funny, every day it fills with different fish and creatures yet it is calm and protected from waves. It's just brilliant. The rooms while basic are big and private and lockable. But the best thing has to be the food, not a massive menu but everything on it is just excellent
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from sally w, Owner at Ripples on the Bay
Responded Feb. 16, 2020
Thanks for the great review, April. It's been a pleasure having you here. You two are most definitely five star guests. Sally & Damien
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Karien7 wrote a review Jan. 2020
wellington11 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed here for one night on my drive around Efate. Damien and Sally are very welcoming and gave the stay a personal touch. There is excellent snorkeling right at your doorstep with free use of reef shoes and snorkel and when you’ve worked up an appetite make sure you get some of Sally’s curry and when feeling decadent, add on the brownie with homemade raspberry ice cream :-)
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Battuta_v2 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Los Angeles, California70 contributions17 helpful votes
After being in Port Vila this place is like paradise, removed from everything. As advertised, it’s a hidden gem. Rooms spacious and very clean. Showers super nice and the ceiling fan did the trick even in the middle of summer. Loved the hammock dedicated to each room. Finally an A+ for landscaping, trees/plants are beautiful and the reef is gorgeous. Only issue (and this is not on the hotel) is the transportation in Vanuatu in general. Cabs are a small fortune (they blame the gas prices) so make sure you call the owners, Damien and Sally and see if they can arrange a local minibus to pick you up and drop you off since the hotel is really out there.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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JeanetteP-AU wrote a review Nov. 2019
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
I booked Ripples on the Bay after reading many wonderful online reviews, and it didn't disappoint. I was looking for a peaceful location in Vanuatu, away from tourist crowds, and Sally, Damien, James and Sani, along with Bondi and Barnaby the dogs made me feel like I was part of the furniture without being in any way intrusive. The bungalows (I stayed in two over 9 days) were large, comfortable and had all the basics plus a few extras such as bar fridge with cold drinks, and beautiful toiletries. I ate at the on site restaurant for all but a handful of meals during my stay and enjoyed every dish. Being vegetarian, with preference for gluten-free, this was pretty impressive and Sally and Damien went to extra effort to provide meals that would suit my dietary needs. As for the desserts... they were to die for. If your aim is to spend a lot of time going to touristy spots around Efate I'd recommend hiring a car as Ripples is about 20 minutes drive from Port Vila and slightly off the beaten track. However, as my goal was to relax as much as possible, the taxis and buses worked well on the few occasions I ventured further afield. Snorkelling was super easy in the rock pool by the resort and for those with more confidence, there was beautiful coral and more fish in the open water just beyond. Reef shoes and snorkelling gear are provided. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ripples to anyone looking for relaxation in a welcoming and boutique location. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from sally w, Owner at Ripples on the Bay
Responded Nov. 6, 2019
Thank you, Jeannette, And we'd have you back in a heartbeat. Guests such as yourself make it all worthwhile. Sally & Damien
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US$84 - US$97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
VanuatuEfatePort Vila
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ripples on the Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Ripples on the Bay?
Nearby attractions include Ekasup Village (7.9 km), Aelan Chocolate Makers (7.1 km), and The Reef Vanuatu Zoological (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ripples on the Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Ripples on the Bay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ripples on the Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ripples on the Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tamanu on the Beach, Eratap Beach Resort Restaurant, and Ripples.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ripples on the Bay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ripples on the Bay have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ripples on the Bay offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ripples on the Bay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Ripples on the Bay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ekasup Village (7.9 km).
Does Ripples on the Bay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.