Celebrate “I Do” with a view at private island resort, Iririki, Vanuatu

In Beach Weddings, Planning & Tips by Ande Tongco

The best of both worlds. That’s the beauty of Iririki Island Resort & Spa, a secluded private island just minutes from the vibrant rhythms of Port Vila. Ease into island time, a five-minute ferry ride from the Vanuatu capital. Yes, it’s that easy! Barefoot romance is the order of the day at this sun-kissed South Pacific escape, with serene views over Mele Bay, tropical scenery, and excellent dining and stay-and-play options creating a feast for the senses. Considering a holiday wedding? Your guests won’t think twice about following you to Vanuatu…

Position perfect
Step off the ferry and you’re immersed in 69 luxuriant acres, surrounded by the turquoise bay. Right in the heart of Port Vila, yet world’s away from the city bustle, Iririki is one of the region’s most inviting island resorts. Pledge your love with a backdrop of sweeping water views before celebrating a beachfront or poolside soirée. Then it’s time to relax — no need to pack and unpack, you’re already in paradise! Iririki offers a host of indulgences and adventures, on and off the island, for a fun-filled South Pacific honeymoon.


Sea views & sunsets on tap
No need to wonder if you and your guests will score a room with a view. All 131 accommodation choices offer sea vistas! Choose a touch of tradition with a thatched-roof faré (bungalow) or go modern with a self-contained Deluxe Apartment. Newlyweds will love staying right on the water in a Premium Overwater Faré or soaking up an iconic Vanuatu sunset from their private balcony jacuzzi in a Deluxe Ocean View Apartment or Penthouse Suite. Your stay also comes with generous inclusions (daily breakfast, ferry transfers and more).


A tropical celebration to cherish
Okay, now the really special part: marrying at Iririki. Intimate occasion or bringing a crowd? Either way, a superb selection of venues awaits your inspection. Million-dollar views over Mele Bay offer a breathtaking ceremony backdrop at View Point Pavilion on the Island Plateau, while a choice of reception spaces caters to every style. When it comes time to kick up your heels and indulge in Vanuatu’s delicious local cuisine (think world-class Santo beef, super-fresh seafood and Iririki’s signature dessert of French croquembouche), here are the highlights…

  • Snorkelers Cove & Casino Beach
    Perfect for: a private beach party

Celebrate right on the sand at Snorkelers Cove, an intimate private beach nestled below the Plateau. With space for 20 seated guests or 30 cocktail-style, this is the perfect spot to start the Champagne flowing and soak up a Vanuatu sunset. Need a little more space? Try beautiful Casino Beach, located in the peaceful harbour with views across to Port Vila. An elegant marquee can host up 40-200 seated guests or up to 300 cocktail style.

  • Sunset Pool Deck & Infinity Pool Deck
    Perfect for: a poolside soirèe

You’ll find the Sunset Pool Deck nestled in the resort’s tropical gardens, overlooking the four tiers of the freshwater swimming pool – one of the largest in the South Pacific. Host up to 80 guests for a sit-down banquet or 100 for a cocktail function. For a more intimate gathering, the Infinity Pool Deck offers panoramic views across the azure waters of Mele Bay to the subtropical rainforests of Efate Island. Catering for 24 guests for a banquet or 40 guests as a cocktail function.

  • Azure Restaurant
    Perfect for: scenic restaurant dining

Widely regarded as Vanuatu’s “most romantic restaurant” Azure’s large covered balcony takes full advantage of its position, looking out over Mele Bay and coastal shores. For a more formal feel, this open-plan venue is ideal. With bifold doors leading on to the courtyard of the Infinity Pool area, Azure can cater to 160 seated guests to 300 guests for a cocktail function.

  • Harbour View Marquee
    Perfect for: going grand

Located on the gentle banks along the foreshore, the expansive Harbour View Marquee, with its long outdoor balcony, overlooks the tranquil harbour and visiting international yachting fraternity. Suitable for 230 guests for a sit-down banquet to 500 guests for a cocktail function.


Great for guests
If you’re planning pre- and post-wedding adventures with your guests, Iririki has you sorted. The resort itself offers a range of bars and restaurants, water and beach sports, and endless activities on and off the island. How does a Sunset Cruise sound? Or a ‘Splash Tour’ with lunch, visiting Mele Cascades Waterfall, Eaton Beach, and the fabled Blue Lagoon? For a taste of island life, the resort’s Nature Tour includes a visit to Mele Cascades Waterfall, Tanna Coffee Plantation, and a traditional Island Cultural Village. Back at the resort, if you’re not slipping away to the Iririki Day Spa for a Just for Two massage or sipping cocktails by the expansive Infinity Pool, head out to Snorkeler’s Cove and explore the mesmerising seascape or unpack a picnic on the beach. This is the life!


Packaged to go
For the ultimate Iririki island experience, roll your wedding and honeymoon into one incredible holiday! Check out the generous packages here. For your wedding, expect tropical garden, beach or gazebo hire, lush florals, and a Melanesian serenade along with a memorable feast in your chosen locale. Dive straight into honeymoon bliss with five nights in a Premium Overwater Fare, daily buffet breakfast, couple’s spa treatment and romantic candlelit dinner on your private balcony.