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February 1, 2005
From journal Boone, NC Trip
Oak Lawn, Illinois
August 24, 2003
We had a large studio, which was very spacious. I would almost consider this by its size and floor space to really be a one-bedroom unit. There was a kitchenette area, which was larger than most kitchens in an average apartment. There was enough space also for a dining room table of good size and chairs. There was also an easy chair and two full size beds. Very spacious room. The unit was well equipped with everything you needed for the kitchen and bath. Also included was an iron and ironing board. The best part of the room, however, was the skylight. You had a beautiful view at night, as well as being able to watch the clouds go by in the day. And of course, the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains out the windows was wonderful as well.
From journal "Week in the High Country"
February 18, 2003
There are four types of rooms at this resort -- studio, large studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom. We stayed in the one-bedroom which was small but very clean. The bathroom had a shower bathtub combo. The living room/kitchen had a queen size fold-out couch that our daughter slept on. When it was extended there was no room for much else. There were two TVs in the unit and they had several channels. The kitchenette had a two-burner stove top, microwave, small refridgerator, and sink. Since we cook in the room, there were plenty of dishes and utensils. The bedroom had a queen-size bed.
There was an indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. The workout room was not much, but it also had a sauna. Towels and paper products exchanges were everyday except Saturday. The only propblem we had was getting adequate hot water.
From journal Weekend in the High Country
March 31, 2001
The resort is situated on a bluff overlooking Resolution Bay, which was discovered and named by Captain Cook and is home to a rather large dugong (Pacific cousin to the manatee) that you can swim with. The sound of Mt Yasur, the island's active volcano, rumbling in the distance, and the sight of its lava glowing at night, adds to the spectacular setting. The resort can arrange an evening excursion up the volcano for a truly unforgettable (and not all together safe) experience.
The staff are members of the local village who all speak english (along with French and Bislama, which is a form of pidgen english). Apparantly, members of the village take turns staffing the resort. Our hosts were Willie and Nelson (really!) and they were terrific. Willie, whose father is the chief of the village, was our escort on our day excursions and spoke flawless, if heavily accented, english.
Meals are prepared from the village's gardens and are often very simple; fish from the bay, coconuts chopped from area trees and the most delicious fruit imaginable. What the service may lack in terms of sophisticated service, they more than make up for in genuine hospitatlity. We sat around the hurricane lantern late into the night talking about their life (and ours) and enjoying each other's companionship. Our group of 5 had the resort to ourselves during our visit, which made the personal attention that much greater. One of the most gratifying aspects of our visit was learning that the resort provides much-needed funding for the village; enabling kids to go to Port Vila or Fiji for college, funding occassional medical evacs to the Vila hospital as well as day to day living expenses. The resort was not inexpensive, but this information certainly made the cost that much easier to swallow.
The irony in the resort's name becomes obvious the longer you stay here. This place is not luxurious by western standards, but it is utterly comfortable with a level of tranquility that is hard to describe and a genuinely hospitable staff that means it when they say that they want you to feel at home.
In our opinion, no trip to Vanuatu is complete without a few days at the Port Resolution Yacht Club as base camp to explore the island of Tanna.
From journal Vanuatu-Land of Fire and Magic