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It’s all in the details – if you have an eye for design, you’ll find yourself in home décor heaven at Narawan Retreat. From the oversized round woven placemats and island baskets hanging on the wall to the woven mats strewn across the living and sleeping areas, Narawan Retreat celebrates traditional Ni-Vanuatu products in a modern setting.

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Shaz Dixon, the host, makes use of Narawan’s natural surroundings. Dried pandanus nuts, bunches of coconuts and fresh bundles of frangipani and hibiscus are strategically placed around the property while a collection of shells can be found scattered here and there.

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The cone shells and dried pieces of coral compliment the rattan furniture while the Bali-inspired thatched inner roof sets the scene for the ultimate, tropical getaway. The property been designed to reflect it’s natural surroundings – materials of wood, stone and sand compliment the spacious rooms that offer large windows that open up to ocean views.

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For those who particularly fit into three of these categories: broke, lazy or creative, take out your inspiration board.

Look at how nature can revive a room and give it some character!

Who knew that a couple of shells and a bunch of flowers placed in the right spot could be the best home décor out there?

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With Christmas coming up, this gorgeous boutique accommodation could be all yours for a local rate of 96,000vatu for 2 nights for 1- 4 people. If you can’t go on a full-blown vacation this Christmas, why not have a cheeky weekend away on the Eton side of the island?

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Bring some close friends and enjoy a private getaway where you can all spend as much or as little time together as you wish. Get inspired or just chill out. Go for a swim or cozy up in bed.

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For those who want to venture out, Eton Village is just around the corner and so is the most famous beach in Efate, if not, Vanuatu – the magnificent Eton Beach. The area is renown for it’s natural beauty, which was left devastated after Cyclone Pam hit in early 2015. Thankfully, it’s almost back to it’s former self.

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It was in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam that Shaz and her partner, Warren, made the decision to stay in Vanuatu on a more permanent basis to help restore Eton Village. They ended up building 30 houses and a kindergarten. During this process, Warren recognized some local building talent. He trained a few of the boys and within a year, two villas were built, transforming their semi-holiday home into a boutique accommodation.

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Their socially conscious driven ethics starts in the home. You only need to spend an afternoon with Shaz to know that if she can create something better, she will. Rather than use plastic bags, Shaz will get her staff to make traditional woven bags from coconut leaves and rather than buy jam, she’ll make her own from the abundant garden of paw paw trees growing in her backyard.

She is also well known among her friends for her delicious pawpaw salad – although Narawan is self-catering, perhaps you can convince her to make you a plate!

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Narawan Retreat redefines how we can ‘reuse and recycle’.

We don’t need to buy fancy pieces to decorate a room – all we need is a bit of imagination. Make the most of your surroundings and get inspired by it.

The same goes with how we consume – why buy when you can try making it yourself?

And if you can’t make it yourself – SUPPORT LOCAL!

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 Narawan Retreat is the epitome of true island living – it’s all about the simple life and making the most of what you’ve got.


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