Experiences

Our Resort Manager assisted by the entire team work tirelessly to ensure Tamanu on the Beach is the ultimate wedding venue in Vanuatu. We treat every wedding as if it was our own and as a result more and more happy couples are thrilled they have chosen Tamanu as their special wedding destination.

Wedding Testimonials

Our Resort Manager, Executive Chef and the entire team work tirelessly to ensure Tamanu on the Beach is the ultimate wedding venue in Vanuatu. We treat every wedding as if it was our own and as a result more and more happy couples are thrilled they have chosen Tamanu as their special wedding destination.

Here are just a few words from our happy couples……

Words can't really express how grateful Brent and I feel about all your help and support to make our wedding one of the best days of our lives, we can't thank you enough. Virginia, you are wonderful at what you do. You made our day truly stress-free and you were so kind and welcoming. Tamanu is simply beautiful at Tamanu. Thank you again xx. Rebecca and Brent Dulieu May 2014

Thanks Virginia for organising and arranging everything to make this a memorable and stress-free day. From the time we got off the ship I was able to relax knowing that Virginia had everything sorted. Thanks so much! Dean & Marika April 2014

We recently had the absolute privilege of saying "I Do" at Tamanu on the Beach. Not only is the location one of the most stunning in the world, the facilities and grounds of the resort itself are simply beautiful. We opted for an intimate wedding for just the two of us and we were so grateful that Virginia and the team were able to organise everything for us - they made us feel very special and nothing was a problem! We are so happy that we chose to get married at Tamanu on the Beach and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone considering a destination wedding. Again, we cannot thank you and the team enough for making our wedding and our stay so relaxing, fun and memorable!!! Michael & Kelly April 2014

Everyone at Tamanu on the Beach made our day absolutely amazing. Virginia went above and beyond for our wedding and for that we will always be thankful.
My grandmother and I arrived at Tamanu at 9am and met with Virginia where we sat down and had a coffee, our ceremony was at 4pm but all of the staff were getting the ceremony and reception area all ready for us, which was so lovely. We went to our room and waited for my other bridesmaids and as we went in everything had been set up for us, including a bottle of Champagne which had been organised by Virginia and a friend from overseas who couldn't make it, this was a really touching moment as Virginia had already done so much yet, she still keeps her eye on all the little things that make up your day. As the bridesmaids and myself were getting ready, Virginia and her staff were always quietly checking in on us and seeing if we required any drinks or food and making sure everything was ok.

As it came nearer to the ceremony, Virginia was there with last minute things for the bridal party…. It started to rain half way through our ceremony, no drama as I looked out and Virginia and the staff had given all the guests umbrellas!
Our reception went off without a hitch, we had rolling canapés served all night instead of a sit down meal, we had just on 100 guests and everything went perfectly, all our guests were well fed, the Chefs did an absolutely stunning job with the food it was all beautiful, and the bar staff kept their cool and did a brilliant job catering to 100 big drinkers!

Everything about our wedding was perfect, and it was all down to Virginia and the Tamanu staff. Thank you again for being a part of our special day!
Kayla and Ben Clark. March 2014

We arrived by cruise ship, having only seen Tamanu on the Beach from the website. We were both a little apprehensive about where we were getting married because we hadn't seen it before. As we arrived we were blown away by the beautiful spot. It surpassed both our dreams and was the perfect backdrop to our tropical wedding. We were lucky enough to have the beach to ourselves during the ceremony. The team at Tamanu on the Beach were so wonderful and helpful. The food was delicious and all our guests were catered for. Thank you Virginia for making our day the most special day. We will be returning for an anniversary. Shane & Anna Bailie November 2013

Royce and I had the privilege of saying "I Do" at Tamanu On The Beach on October 6th, 2013. Our accommodation was pure bliss, and we were able to wake to the sound of waves crashing on the beach every morning of our 7 night stay. The staff was incredibly attentive, and were more than happy to answer any questions we had in the lead up to our wedding day. Virginia was very patient in the months prior to our wedding, and literally hundreds of emails were exchanged, as my anxiety increased. She did all she could to answer any questions, point out to us what we needed to do, and things we could do. She is a warm, personable manager, who was highly professional and organised in the planning of our wedding, as well as being a friendly and calming presence on the day. We married at sunset, and said our vows as the sun sank into the South Pacific Ocean. We were blessed by a spectacular sunset, the best one that we had for our whole stay! We were joined by 30 friends and family from Australia. We were able to add a few special touches, due to the restriction differences. We had the unique opportunity to be able to release fireworks, and be in prime viewing position to see them, which was a wonderful way to cap off our amazing day. Royce & Emma October 2013

If you are planning a destination wedding, for idyllic views, fantastic food and professional and adept wedding planning, Tamanu on the Beach is the place. We arranged a helicopter into the resort which was the perfect start to the day. The wedding ceremony went without a hitch and the setting was stunning. Everyone loved the food and the staff was so professional. Virginia pulled off the wedding of our dreams, was so accommodating to all my extra requests and overall the guests rated it a "perfect wedding." We could not be happier and would like to thank Virginia and all her staff for making the day so great. Rebecca & Carl October 2013

Another big thank you once again to you, Virginia and the team at Tamanu on the Beach. Our wedding day was as happy and perfect as everyone always says it is. Virginia, your organisational skills could not be faulted, we did not have to worry about a thing and could just soak up and enjoy the day with our family and friends. Tamanu is such a beautiful venue for a wedding and we would certainly recommend your resort to any future brides and grooms! Renata & John September 2013

Thank you so much to Virginia and the staff at Tamanu on the Beach. Every element of our wedding was absolutely perfect. I never imagined that our own wedding day could be so relaxing. At no point in the day did we feel stressed, or in a rush, and this is all testament to Tamanu having a highly organised and professional team. We were married in Tamanu's gardens, and the ceremony area looked absolutely magical. At every point of the day at Tamanu, we were nestled in the natural beauty of Vanuatu, which was one of the reasons we chose Tamanu originally! And the other factor was Tamanu's fantastic reputation with gourmet dining. And boy, they did not disappoint! Almost every one of our forty guests made a point of saying how amazing the food was, and most guests made an effort to return to Tamanu for another meal during the remainder of their holiday! The other element Tamanu had to manage was that several of our guests had food intolerances or dietary needs. They worked around this perfectly, and each affected guest had a wonderful tailor made meal. The whole day was truly spectacular, fun and memorable. Many thanks to the staff of Tamanu for making it so! Warm regards, Katherine & Michael 2013

After waiting 25 years for a honeymoon, we have just spent the most wonderful honeymoon after renewing our wedding vows, surrounded by family and friends, in a stunning, picturesque setting. We celebrated for a week enjoying all that Tamanu is. We have enjoyed cultural dancers, music, fireworks and the most brilliant scenery. The staff are so friendly and Virginia's high standards made our time here so enjoyable. We booked out the entire resort and I recommend this to anyone. A fantastic friendly meeting place, that also provides space to be private.

The accommodation villas are lovely. The beach amazing! We look forward to returning to Tamanu for more good food, excellent service and beds to die for! Thanks Virginia! Ian & Dee-Anne October 2013

We have just spent 2 weeks in Vanuatu and had the best chill out holiday that you could ever hope for. Initially we spent a couple of Days in Port Villa but then we ventured to Tamanu on the Beach which is located about a half hour's cruisey drive from Port Villa. It is a beautiful, tranquil and pristine beachfront paradise adjoining a Tropo Garden of Eden. During our stay at Tamanu we got married with a Tribal Warrior to herald the wedding and another Tribal Warrior and his escorts. The wedding took place right on the beach and the Warriors added a spectacular war dance! At Tamanu we did a Tropical, Tribal, Japanese Samurai wedding and you just couldn't do that sort of thing justice in Australia. With a bride dressed in a slinky Tropical Print and the groom dressed as a Japanese Samurai singing the vows, the Native Warriors had as much fun as we did. Virginia, the lovely manager of the resort was so helpful and she made arrangements really easy. Her Executive Master Chef Cameron Morrison, treated us with a daily feast. And the Native Vanuatu Staff at Tamanu were really friendly too. They were all fantastic. We spent a great time relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, beach-walking, sun-soaking, cycling and of course lots of wining and dining. Adrienne & Dick Duvall 7 September 2013

Rob & I love Vanuatu and have stayed there on several previous occasions so we decided to get married on the island. The very next day after he proposed I found Virginia at Tamanu on the Beach and we both hit it off and started planning our wedding at Tamanu. Virginia was so very helpful, insightful and full of great ideas and was always happy to oblige me from my smallest request to some of my more larger ones and made our vision of a relaxed unique beach BBQ wedding come to fruition and beyond. Tamanu on the Beach is a very beautiful and intimate wedding venue, whilst also being able to cater for any special and often spectacular ideas, from fireworks to native beach dancing. The staff at the resort were amazing and so very helpful. At one point during the wedding I looked across the room to try to turn the music down and was able to catch the eye of the bar staff who immediately knew I was signalling him to turn it down - amazing staff. We can highly recommend the Futuna String band who were sensational and we all had a lot of fun with them on the beach. Another highlight of our wedding was the Prince Philip Band who were fantastic and kept us all dancing into the night. Their new lead singer was sensational and drew lots of encore from our guests. The food was delicious - a very special thank you to Cameron who had to deal with all our special needs and brought us such lovely food. Our guests could not stop talking about how lovely the whole wedding was. We had a vision of our wedding where my family and friends were all able to spend quality time together to take time out from our busy lives and with the help of Virginia and all the staff at Tamanu our vision was realised. Stacey & Rob McConnell August 2013

My sister, Fiona, was recently married at Tamanu on the Beach & I was tasked with organising the wedding. As we live in New Zealand we relied heavily on Virginia at the resort to assist us. Virginia was absolutely amazing, dealing with our all of our many enquiries promptly, efficiently and patiently. She was not only professional at all times but friendly & helpful which gave us a feeling of confidence that the wedding day arrangements were in good hands. Virginia always provided us with detailed information and several options to our requests for things such as tours for our guests, food, entertainment etc which allowed us to keep tabs on our budget. Due to the great work Virginia did for us, our day went off without a hitch. Everything we had asked for was perfect and most importantly my sister & her husband absolutely loved their special day. We would definitely recommend Virginia and Tamanu on the Beach to anyone who needs help organising an event and cannot speak highly enough of the excellent service we received. Heather Bell

I recently married my husband at Tamanu on the Beach in Vanuatu. If you are thinking about a wedding in Vanuatu, Tamanu is truly gorgeous! This private resort is set close to the beach where you have an abundant amount of options for ceremony locations. On the grass surrounded by trees with the ocean in the back-ground, on the beautiful white sand with the beach as your back-drop or on a hill overlooking the ocean. With close family and friends with you, many, many wonderful memories will be created here for you as it was with me.

The food was delicious! With a range of options to accommodate all budgets, the guests will be impressed with the quality and presentation of the meal. My guests could not stop talking about how lovely the meals were. Virginia has a real knack for detail and decorated the reception area for us to create a simplistic, elegant, beach wedding theme. She had the team gut out coconuts, sanded these back, stained them and served our meals in these. It must have been super time consuming but looked absolutely stunning on the night!

Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to get married somewhere that is unique to my husband and I. Somewhere that is beautiful, with gorgeous weather, and on a patch of grass over-looking the ocean. Tamanu on the Beach helped me make my 'dream wedding' come true. My ceremony was the highlight of my wedding day. The way Virginia and the florist decorated the ceremony location was just gorgeous. I will remember that moment where I was married on lovely green grass, surrounded by beautiful trees with the ocean in the back-ground in fine detail for the rest of my life. Helen & Tim Smith June 2013

There are few words to describe the joy and wonder that is Tamanu! It is a magical place and Virginia will support and guide you through everything. She is an amazing person and made the day so much more than was originally envisioned. All the team are delightful and make you feel right at home. Everyone was kind and warm and our guests were amazed at the beauty of the beach. Our dream thanks to Virginia and the team was exceptional. Thank you! Thank you! Chloe & Trevor April 2013

We would like to thank Virginia and her team from Tamanu for making our wedding day the success it was. From start to finish everything was perfect, we would thoroughly recommend Tamanu as a choice for a destination wedding. The food was amazing and the resort is absolutely beautiful. Kind regards, Mr and Mrs Taggart April 2013

We thought Tamanu was lovely, the food was beautiful and the people gorgeous. They all seem happy and generously content. We felt very safe throughout Vanuatu so enjoyed the whole time there and were very glad that we had chosen it (and Tamanu) as a destination. Marion & John May 2013

After being engaged for 8 years Tim and I could never decide where and how to get married. In Germany with my family, in New Zealand with Tim's family or here in Australia with our friends. One night we were watching a travel show on TV and they showed all those beautiful pacific islands. Tim was saying: Lets get married somewhere in the Pacific. So after a bit of googling the internet we settled for Tamanu on the Beach. And oh boy did we choose well. We saw all those amazing pictures of previous weddings and knew this is it. Virginia and the whole Tamanu staff have done a fabulous job, putting in so much effort to make our stay prefect. The cottage, the meals, the setting of the resort, the service and not to forget of course our wedding day where all spectacular. Kayla, who did my hair and make up, Leith our photographer, Pastor Gideon, the lady who did the bouquet and the guys who put the archway together, they all worked so well together. We spent 7 days at the resort and could have not asked for a better place. We would like to make it back to Tamanu as often as we can for our anniversaries in the future. Thank you all for a very special day and week! Tim and Stef'. March 2013

Jayne and I would like to thank you Virginia for arranging a wonderful wedding day for us. I initially had some reservations about organising an overseas wedding however your professionalism from the start allayed any concerns. Your skills as a photographer were pretty good too! We appreciated how you planned the day to meet our budget as well as offer some good suggestions like using the children's church choir. Lunch at the Tamanu Restaurant was delicious and relaxing on the lounges by the beach with a bottle of wine afterwards capped off a great day. It was all a wedding should be. We've told many of our friends of our experience and they are so envious. Once again, thank you very much. Todd & Jayne April 2013

We wanted our wedding day to be beautiful, intimate and stress free and that is exactly what we achieved at Tamanu on the Beach. The day of the wedding was absolutely perfect! We couldn't have asked for a better day. There was a slight breeze, it wasn't too hot and we had a beautiful view of the ocean. The decorations and the set up were exactly what we wanted and the flowers were beautiful! Tamanu helped us arrange a cake and provided us with contact details of an absolutely amazing hair dresser. To finish the day we had a delicious meal at the Tamanu restaurant and drank gorgeous cocktails that were made to perfection. We have told all our friends about the amazing service and the stunning setting for our wedding at Tamanu on the Beach and we would recommend to anyone out there who is looking at getting married in Vanuatu to consider Tamanu for their special day. The helpful staff make it an easy choice for a beautiful stress free wedding that you will remember for the rest of your life! Bob & Jess February 2013

Everything went perfectly on the day at Tamanu and it looked just the way I had imagined. Thank you and your staff for all their hard work.
All the reports are fabulous. Thank you. Eden and Greg Baker

We would just like to give you and all the staff at Tamanu on the Beach the biggest thank you for helping us have the most perfect wedding day anyone could ever ask for. Jerome & Kelly October 2012

"We were recently married at Tamanu on the Beach and it was absolutely perfect! Our ceremony & reception were both flawless and we had a completely stress-free day. Our guests all had a wonderful time and all commented on how amazing the food and location are. We booked all 6 bungalows so we had the resort to ourselves which worked out great for us. We were able to set up one of the bungalows as a "children's play zone" with some of the local ladies helping to mind the kids which gave the parents a chance to enjoy our wedding. The food was also fantastic. My husband has a garlic allergy so the chef ensured there was no garlic in anything at all so there was no risk of him accidentally getting sick on our wedding day.

My husband and I can't stop talking about how amazing Tamanu is and recommending it to anyone who will listen! If you are after a carefree, relaxing yet elegant wedding Tamanu is the ideal location!!" Mel and Greg Sutton 12092012

What a lovely day we had on the 17th September 2012, when my husband and I renewed our wedding vows at Tamanu on the Beach. The ceremony, on the sand with ocean backdrop, went off without any issues, fireworks and all. The Snickers Bomb dessert was the best and the chef is amazing and very obliging. Loved the parmesan biscuits!! We were staying 500m up the beach and we were welcomed at Tamanu for coffee and meals. In fact on our first day we dropped in for coffee and 3 hours later decided to stay for lunch as it is such a beautiful and peaceful spot with fantastic staff. The start of many walks down the beach to the restaurant.

We enjoyed our 14 days in Vanuatu and plan to return. Would I recommend Tamanu, yes I would. Thanks for making our stay memorable. Marie Bishop Tasmania

"Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of having a beach wedding at sunset. Finally I found the perfect man and Tamanu Resort ticked all the boxes. The decorations and set up were perfect and all the suppliers were spot on. Having never visited Vanuatu, I managed to plan the entire day via email. Our guests have not stopped raving about the location, food and most importantly the service. Thank you for making our day better than we could have imagined! I'm sad that it is all over but will definitely return for an anniversary celebration one day." Cara & Grant July 2012

Tamanu is a beachfront heaven for weddings, dining and relaxing . We booked out all the cottages, which meant our children could share our special day with us. The staff was warm, welcoming, pleasant, caring and just very gracious to us. There were no requests that were not met. Right from the personalized welcome of our guests as they arrived, to the gorgeous beach setting for our vow renewal and our reception dinner. We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Tamanu and I would without hesitation recommend Tamanu.

We had the most amazing wedding at Tamanu. Everything was perfect from the gorgeous food (best by far we had in Vanuatu) and attentive service. We can't thank you enough for everything you did to make our day perfect and everyone in our wedding party had an awesome time. We would recommend the venue to anyone seeking an amazing destination wedding venue.Cheers Hayley and Mark

Brent and I just wanted to say thank you again for all you did to make our wedding day the most fun and amazing day of our lives. We loved every moment of it. Please also pass on our thanks to your staff as they were also amazing on the day/night. If there is anything we can do to help promote Tamanu as the perfect place for any event in Vanuatu please let me know. Amy Cunningham, Australia

Just wanted to express our sincere appreciation for a wonderful wedding for Brent and Amy…the venue, food and hospitality was excellent and the occasion enjoyed by all. Tamanu is a very special place!! Many thanks for supporting our families to make the wedding such a wonderful event for all. David Curd, Father of Groom, QLD

We had booked the whole resort (6 cottages) and had a fabulous time. The staff were very attentive, the food lovely and it was very relaxing which is how you would love a wedding day to be. Dianne (Mother of the Bride) June 2012

I've just returned home from my wedding in beautiful Vanuatu that was held at Tamanu on the Beach. I have to say that you can leave any sort of cliché preconceptions of package tropical wedding holidays at the door if you are looking for a sophisticated, chic and modern wedding venue - as I did the moment we stopped at Tamanu a year ago drawn by the great reviews of the lunch menu. We thought it would be the perfect spot to have our small wedding and after initial investigations with Tamanu, realized how easy it was to have our wedding with 35 guests over in Vanuatu. The grounds are beautiful, white washed coral villas provide a true beachside feel, and the restaurant provided a light, airy and open feel… and the somewhat rugged coastline is the perfect backdrop for a romantic event such as a wedding. From the organisation of the actual ceremony, the restaurant set up, flowers and referrals for hair/makeup, guest accommodation, transport and best of all the local band! ALL guests complimented the Chef on producing a great menu with local produce and cooked to perfection, as well as whipping us up an amazing cake! To be honest, after being to Vanuatu a number of times it's easy to see how your idea of something can be lost in translation. So, if you are looking for something that is elegant, classic yet still embodies the relaxed vibe of Vanuatu, you WON'T be disappointed with Tamanu. Whilst Tamanu is approx. 30mins from Port Villa, this to us was one of the best features. PV can be a little gritty, and our guests loved being picked up and driven across the island - a fun little adventure before the ceremony. I had the best day of my life there so happy to share this beautiful spot of paradise with other Brides to Be! Liv Mills Brisbane Australia

Last year I visited Tamanu & the moment I saw it I knew it was where I would be married. Last week that's exactly what we did. We had five amazing nights at Tamanu and it was very relaxing. We both found the food delicious, especially at the wedding…… The buffet was beyond expectations. Nothing nicer than falling asleep to the sound of the waves then waking up in the morning looking outside (from bed) and seeing paradise. The perfect place for a romantic getaway. Brie Morgan Australia

What an amazing place Tamanu on the Beach is! We will never forget the best day of our lives which happened here...our wedding day. Fantastic team nothing is too much trouble and they deliver the most professional service one could ask for. Fantastic accommodation, restaurant and friendly service, Smiles are for free..and lots of them!! Such a happy relaxing clean venue....Genuine People delivering high quality services, we would go back in a heartbeat! Azz & Nat Queensland Australia