We stayed at the Village Resort in Pohnpei and it was the most unique hotel any of us had ever experienced. The drive to the hotel was up a winding, single-lane, dirt road and ended at the entrance to the main building which included the “Tattooed Irishman” restaurant.
Since there’s only one flight into Pohnpei each day, we didn’t have to give our names to the front desk agent ~ she knew we were the only check-in for the day.
We were given our key and she pointed toward a path saying that was the way to our room. It was a path through the JUNGLE ~ literally. The Village is an eco-lodge so there are no TVs, telephones, a/c, internet connection, etc. The room itself is built into the hillside on stilts and is made from palm frawns and wood collected from the island. It is all open air, with screens to keep the bugs out. No curtains which would have made me a little more nervous if there were other guests around. The rooms have waterbeds which I have to say is not my favorite thing ~ my back didn’t really appreciate it after a day of hiking, swimming and boating.
It was very breezy so we didn’t miss the air conditioning but the birds were a little loud in the early morning hours. Ah, the sounds of nature…
We ate most of our meals at the “Tattooed Irishman” and the food/service was fabulous! Not to mention the view of the ocean couldn’t be beat. It’s definitely a place to go to unwind, relax and enjoy the slow-pace of island life. We enjoyed the peacefulness and lack of “bad” news.
The resort was opened 28 years ago by Bob and Patti Arthur. We had the opportunity to speak with Patti Arthur and asked how they found themselves in Pohnpei. She said her husband had the idea about starting the resort even though he didn’t have any experience in the hotel business. She followed with their 4 children, a dog, 16 pieces of luggage and a box which held a waterbed.
And here we thought we were adventurous 😉
Beachbums in Paradise: