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3 Day Culinary Holiday in Efate, Shefa Province

Papaya Villa, 19 Eton Reef, Eton, Vanuatu

Vanuatu Cooking & Foodie Getaway

Have a long weekend coming up? Looking for a secluded relaxing tropical holiday accompanied with delicious food? Then Papaya Villa has a special long weekend culinary holiday designed just for you! Sit back, unwind and experience cooking and eating delicious meals from Caribbean, Spanish, and Portuguese descent. Stroll through Port Villa's famous food markets and enjoy the fresh vegetables, fruits, and seafood. Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the gardens, reef, and private beach that surround you!

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  • 1 private cooking class
  • Visit the Port Vila Mama’s markets
  • Feature dinner in a traditional Nakamal
  • Enjoy delicious Portuguese, Spanish and Caribbean meals
  • One seafood lunch prepared by Marcus by the beach
  • 2 breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner


1 day with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Bauerfield International Airport
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You will be staying in Papaya Villa's bungalow which is separate space with its own deck and bathroom. The architecture and design of the bungalow is inspired from the Caribbean and is finished with spectacular artwork. In the night, you can sit on the deck and see a trillion stars. while listening to the waves rolling in over the reef.

Papaya villa

Papaya Villa is tucked away in an old copra plantation right on the beach at Eton Reef in Vanuatu. Papaya villa is one of those truly tropical getaways located on 1.6 kilometers of pristine private beachfront, coral coves and tropical palm trees. Eton Reef is renowned for it’s white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs where you can freely snorkel and see beautiful natural coral. There is an amazing variety of colorful fish to see when snorkeling right in front of the villa.

Papaya villa is an architectural statement with absolute beachfront, enchanting room that are cool and look beautiful reminding you of Caribbean or Greek Islands. Your hosts, Marcus and Shoran are hands on ready to welcome you, prepare and serve meals and make sure your stay is truly comfortable and memorable. Papaya Villa takes only two guests at any time so your privacy is assured. Wi-Fi is available if you need to stay in touch with your office. And there is a chef in residence if you just want to chill at the villa and beach comb for the duration of your stay.


This foodie getaway is all inclusive and typically has a focus on Marcus' favourite foods - Spanish and Caribbean. Marcus will also invite you to join him in the kitchen for a class or two if you feel the urge to learn how things are made (no additional charge). Papaya Villa is home to the Papaya Loco Cooking School so you will be in good hands.

You will have an excursion into the Port Vila Food Markets. It is a fantastic experience and where you source your fresh fruit and vegetables.

Try Vanuatu’s world famous chocolate. Aelan Chocolate and Gastons (Marcus' favorite) is winning awards around the world and you can now find Vanuatu chocolate on Harrods shelves! As part of your morning excursion you will visit Gastons’ and then off to Tanna Coffee for a coffee fix from the local organic coffee.

Included excursions

Morning excursion to Port Vila Food Markets, Fish Market and Tanna Coffee Roasterie


Marcus Xavier


This culinary long weekend holiday will take place in South East side of Efate in Vanuatu.

Nearby places

  • Bauerfield International Airport - 30 minutes
  • Port Villa - 25 minutes



  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming


  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace


  • Local market
  • Wireless internet


You will be provided with two breakfasts, two dinners in a traditional Nakamal, and one lunch prepared by Marcus on last day. The afternoon and evening meals will include in their menu your day's cooking preparations. In this food adventure, you will be learning to prepare Spanish, Portuguese, and Caribbean dishes. The meals will be prepared using Vanuatu's organic and fresh produce. Papaya Villa generally sources its lobsters directly from the Eton Reef in front of their villa. The beef, veal and seafood from the island are simply sensational.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Swim or laze in Papaya beach

Papaya Villa is private and secluded. You can swim or snorkel, when not cooking right in your own private beach, Papaya Beach. There are beautiful walks and well maintained gardens to explore as well. Or just chill out under the nakamal and read a book. The famous Blue Lagoon is 5 minutes north of the villa and definitely worth an adventure and a dip.

Snorkel in the Eton reef

One of the most amazing experiences is walking the reef on the low tide or snorkeling among the reef fish and coral.

Visit and explore Port Villa

The French have influenced the cuisine in Vanuatu. Most of the restaurants are located in Port Vila which is approximately 25 minutes from Papaya Villa. Also duty free shopping in Port Vila is excellent. Enjoy a cocktail in one of the restaurants and watch the sun go down.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals and a glass of a selected wine or beer to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Spanish and Caribbean menu designed around what’s available and in season
  • Cooking class with Marcus
  • Morning excursion to Port Vila Food Markets, Fish Market and Tanna Coffee Roasterie
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Flight costs
  • Anything not mentioned above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bauerfield International Airport Airport transfer included: Bauerfield International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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