The Republic of Vanuatu is an archipelago in the South Pacific, first inhabited by Melanesians. Europeans settled in the area in the late 18th century and in 1906, Britain and France officially claimed the country, jointly managing it as the New Hebrides. An independence movement began in the 1970s and the Republic was created in 1980.
The island of Efaté is Vanuatu's third largest and most populous, with most of its 50,000 residents living in the national capital Port Vila. During WWII, Efaté was an important military base for the United States.
Just 15 minutes from Port Vila is Breakas Beach Resort, overlooking two kilometres of white sandy beach and fringed with coconut palms and beach pandanus.
Tucked away in beautifully landscaped grounds, Breakas is a boutique resort for adults and those over 15 years of age. Its architecture is a tribute to the island's colonial heritage and rich indigenous culture. It integrates modern and traditional materials such as coral, wood and thatch as well as local artefacts. It opened in 2002 and has won many awards.
There are 28 intimate fares along the beach and secreted in the tropical gardens. Ten face the ocean and the rest are under the shade of coconut trees. All have queen beds, day bed and ceiling fans. They are spacious and airy with coral stone features in the bathroom and high Natangura palm tree ceiling. In-room massage is a favourite request of guests.
Breakas Restaurant has some of the South Pacific's best seafood and beef. A Mediterranean influence in Australian cuisine is top class. Breakas Bar and Restaurant has four venues al fresco dining on The Terrace, bistro dining, candlelit dinner by the pool or on the beach and the lively social scene of the Beach Bar.
The resort has a 22-metre infinity pool, petanque, beach volley ball, table tennis, darts, board games and a library. Surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing are all popular, but you need to take your own equipment. If you snorkel just 100 metres in front of your fare you will see some of the area's best coral and sometimes dolphins, turtles, dugongs and whales.
The resort's helpful tour desk can assist with scuba diving, sailing, parasailing, jet skiing, jet boating, horseriding, tennis and car hire.