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Rockwater Resort

Ipak Bay, Tanna Island Vanuatu
Update from hotel: This property has indicated that they are taking safety precautions against COVID-19.Read more
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Updated 22/05/20


#1 of 8 hotels in Tanna Island
Travellers' Choice
HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES BOUNCE BACK FROM COVID: BOOK ROOMS & TOURS DIRECT. Rockwater is a relaxed, unpretentious eco-resort surrounded by pristine marine life, crafted out of the white coral cliffs of the beautiful, North Tanna coastline. Every guests is treated as a family friend, cherished by staff and management; at the same time individual health, comfort and privacy is at the core of all facilities and services. No gimmick, no selling, we honestly love to make people happy...makes our life very enjoyable! Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more. Hope to see you soon. John and Silvana Nicholls.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Free airport transportation
24-hour security
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Game room
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private balcony
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Italian
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Jonathan wrote a review Jun 2020
Sydney, Australia27 contributions8 helpful votes
- I want to update my review from my last year travel - I visited Rockwater resort in May 2019 and I retain only great memories. In these times of chaos due to the virus, I want to add support to one of the best places I had the chance to visit during my past travels. John and Sylvana, owners of this resort, are the soul of our enjoyment. We stayed there for two night with friends and beside the stunning location, we were pleased to see how this lovely couple has been able to look after us. Not only they gave us advices and organised our tours for us, but they shared their life experiences and what it is to live in the country. They set up a trip to the Yakel village, meeting its inhabitants and discovering their way of life which has been for us a complete travel in time but also the occasion to see what is essential. On that same island, and thanks to our host, we’ve been able to visit a volcano, still in activity and fly our drone over to take beautiful landscape pictures. This trip to Tanna has been one of the most incredible in my life and lots of that has been through the help of the Rockwater resort owners. Special mention for the delicious and very well presented food, the always helpful, smiling employees but also for the beautiful reef right next to the site. I recommend it very much, no chance you will regret it and I look forward to come back again. Nice meeting you John, Sylvana and your team! John, I hope you are still doing well, I updated better photos this time. I will ask Joss for your email and send you the rest :-)
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Date of stay: July 2019
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Response from vanuatulocal, Owner at Rockwater Resort
Responded 12 Jun 2020
What a surprise to find this review at this time of the year; written with such passion, you truly humble us Handeyed. I say this as we are in our 3rd month of self-isolation due to COVID19 and was reading the past guests reviews to see if I had missed something from the past where we could improve before reopen hopefully late in 2020. It is odd to create a world for people to enjoy but have no one here. As we were the first resort in Vanuatu to self-isolate, it has been a tough year so looking forward to the human noise. However, we have been really busy landscaping and doing what some call "re-inventing ourselves", except in our case it was always part of our long term plan. There will be surprises for our guests as we prepare for the post COVID19 new world. Naturally there will be images of the upgrades, but when all is ready. The resort Facebook page is kept updated; sometimes a little quirky; forgive me as it is dependent on the mood I'm in! NOTE: If others are reading this, please remember; if you want accommodation providers to still be there when you travel around the globe post COVID19, then book direct with them so they do not have to pay very high commissions to the billion dollar online travel agencies. Plus hoteliers want to get to know you, you ARE their guests and you will be much more appreciated by them, unlike the online agencies, where you are just an commission-income they will never meet. Great exclusive rates for direct-bookings and new Specials coming up on our website very soon. Silv and I are doing fine, and really, really! Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces from the past again! All the very best to all and each one of you out there, keep safe and we will see you in COVID19 - FREE Tanna sooner than you may think. John and Silvana.
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JannekevdG wrote a review Mar 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands15 contributions19 helpful votes
I had such a great time at this beautiful resort. John and Silvana and their lovely staff really make you feel at home. You can see this place is built with love for nature. The best snorkeling! There is so much to see underwater right in front of the resort! Great compagny, food, a very spacious room and especially the peacefulness I found there made the stay one that I will never forget!
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Date of stay: February 2020
4 Helpful votes
Response from vanuatulocal, Owner at Rockwater Resort
Responded 27 Mar 2020
Thank you for your generous review JannekevdG. As you discovered, the resort is designed to over time fuse into its natural surrounding; to become one with the rock mountain and forest, engaging our senses to the fullest. A guest ask me once, why the pebbles logo? …pebbles communicate the Zen principles: mindfulness, exercise, healthy eating, positive-thinking, and rewarding yourself. Our aim is to create a authentic environment for all to experience these things, and as the world is presently a lot of Zen is needed! Plus we think pebbles are cute and they are found here. See you one day sooner rather than later. John
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Dale S wrote a review Mar 2020
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Rockwater offers something uniquely refreshing to resort holidays. In addition to direct access to the clear coral oceans and stunning sunsets is the magnificent architecture, Gaudi himself would be impressed. The owners, John and Silvana, have developed this resort with a strong sense of environmental integrity, visual aesthetics, lovely fresh local food, wonderful staff and excellent personalised service. Yes, the road to Rockwater was a bit bumpy and ‘the owner talks a lot’ but he actually has some very interesting things to say. We will definitely be back to see how this resort evolves.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from vanuatulocal, Owner at Rockwater Resort
Responded 19 Mar 2020
We designed this resort from the heart ... it would be without compromise. We are glad you can see and feel difference. Thank you for expressing it. No secret Gaudi is my favourite architect, and like him I like to use stone, ceramics, tiles, glass and bricks. Fell in love with his organic building style when in Barcelona...but that is another story for another day, there is still so much to talk about! Be well, be safe and happy! John.
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carlaawad wrote a review Mar 2020
Brussels, Belgium77 contributions16 helpful votes
The Rockwater resort was a great place to stay !!! It s an ecological resort build on the rock very beautiful and green . The swimming pool is so quite and calm . The rooms are big and comfortable very nice build inside the rock !!! Very trendy !!! The owners Sylvana and John are so caring and they welcome you personally and try to do the maximum to make your stay pleasant and happy!!! The food was very delicious too . You can do snorkeling in front of the hotel i enjoy it very much with John who came specially with me !!! Thank you Sylvana and John for everything !!! We had a fantastic time in Tanna because of you!!!’
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from vanuatulocal, Owner at Rockwater Resort
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Everyone looks for,and hopefully eventually finds what they want in life. Ours goal is to be happy; create a world we want to live in; invite everyone that thinks likewise to enjoy it. Thank you for being great guests and humbling us with your review. John and Silvana.
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Hollie W wrote a review Mar 2020
Horsham, Australia163 contributions30 helpful votes
After completing a Tanna Island volcano tour we were taken by bus along a very bumpy dirt road at night, wondering where on earth we would end up...the bus stopped and we stepped out to see our accommodation for the night, I thought I was dreaming! We were given the keys to our room and as we opened the door my mouth dropped, stunned by what I was seeing. Real coral formed part of the walls, the pebble flooring, every room was amazing, we couldn’t believe it was part of the tour for the price! Absolutely incredible! Dinner and dessert once we settled in was delicious and the hosts were were wonderful! Waking up the next morning to see where we were was a highlight and we made the most of the short time we had to explore. I wish I had so much longer there. Would definitely go back, it’s on the honeymoon destination list..... if I ever get married 😂
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
4 Helpful votes
Response from vanuatulocal, Owner at Rockwater Resort
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Honeymoon it is then! We would love to look after it…well, we will provide the canvas, you paint it. Hoping with a new government soon to be sworn in that Tanna Island may receive some funding for roads as I can assure you we are not happy about it either. I guess it also reminds people where they are, no bitumen pedicured roads, but at the end is happiness! Thanks for your really sweet words holliew155.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rockwater Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Rockwater Resort?
Nearby attractions include Blue Cave (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rockwater Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Rockwater Resort?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, blackout curtains, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Rockwater Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rockwater Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rockwater Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa, Rockwater Resort, and Tanna Evergreen Resort Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rockwater Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rockwater Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rockwater Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Rockwater Resort?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rockwater Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.
Does Rockwater Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.