Harry Bauer Club Lounge Review 2020 – Port Vila Bauerfield International (VLI)

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Rating ★★★★★

Port Vila airport in Vanuatu is very small, so it is a surprise to find a lounge here at all. It’s a nice surprise to find a lounge that you can get into with Priority Pass.

It’s a very basic lounge, and may even qualify for the title of “Smallest Priority Pass lounge”, but it’s a nicer place to sit than the gate.

There is air conditioning, wifi, a few snacks, and a clear view of the tarmac.

I first gave it 2 stars out of 5 simply because it is so basic, but I think it deserves 3, especially if you get in for free with Priority Pass.

I’m going to give it 3 stars because it’s a clean and relaxing place where you can have a cold drink, use the wifi, and watch the runway.

It can’t have more than 3 because of the lack of food and facilities, but it’s a pleasant place to be compared to outside.

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Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport (VLI) in Vanuatu

Facilities

Well, there are some seats. There are plenty of power points. There is Wifi. There is air-con. The toilets are outside in the terminal.

The best thing is that it is very quiet and there is a glass wall with unobstructed views of the runway.

You will see your aircraft arrive and park up, and when it’s time to board you are 5 steps away from the gate onto the tarmac.

You can wait until everyone else has boarded – you can see the line of passengers boarding from the comfort of your armchair – then walk out of the lounge and turn left straight out of the door and across to the plane.

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Runway view from Harry Bauer Club Lounge at Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), Vanuatu

Seating

What you see in these two photos is everything there is. This is the entire lounge. There is seating for perhaps 20 people.

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Harry Bauer Club Lounge at Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), Vanuatu

Dining

In this picture you will see the fridge of cold juice, water, and even bottles of Tusker beer, and on the table a packet of nuts.

There is also a small coffee machine.

And that’s all there is. But that’s all you’re going to need.

Not that you won’t notice anyway, given how small it is, but check all the tables and you will find that there are different types of nuts, and sometimes even cookies! Wow!

Yeah, I know, but look. It’s free with Priority Pass, it’s clean and quiet and cool, and you won’t be sitting outside on a hard plastic seat surrounded by people. For such a small airport, it’s nice.

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Harry Bauer Club Lounge at Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport (VLI), Vanuatu

Opening times

05:00 – 21:00 Monday
06:00 – 17:00 Tuesday
05:00 – 17:00 Wednesday & Thursday
05:00 – 20:00 Friday
05:00 – 16:00 Saturday
05:00 – 18:30 Sunday

Hours may vary according to flight schedules, but if you have a flight with Air Vanuatu then the lounge will almost certainly be open.

Location

Airside in the departure hall of the international terminal. The signs aren’t obvious but when you’re in the departure hall it’s over to the front left by the doors leading out onto the tarmac.

Harry Bauer Club Lounge Access

Lounge clubs

Priority Pass includes the Harry Bauer Club Lounge.

Priority Pass is brilliant value if you travel regularly. The “standard plus” membership costs £189 and gives you 10 free lounge visits, but discounts on this price are often available.

Look out for our review of Priority Pass and all the latest discounts.

You can also get unlimited lounge visits through Priority Pass, worth £339, as one of the benefits of the American Express Platinum card.

Email info [at] toseethe.world if you’d like a referral code for 35000 bonus Amex Membership Rewards (MR) points worth 35000 Avios or other air miles.

The Priority Pass page for the Harry Bauer lounge is here – Priority Pass – Harry Bauer Club Lounge Lounge

Cash

1750 VUV (approx £12) per person, no credit cards.

Airlines

Harry Bauer Club Lounge isn’t affiliated with any airlines. Passengers in any class on any airline are invited to pay for entry.

It is possible that if you are flying business class you may be allowed in, but I wouldn’t count on it as there is no published policy.

Transfers to Port Vila Bauerfield International Airport

Local taxis. The best option for car rental in Vanuatu is Hertz, Europcar, or Budget.

Links

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Welcome to Vanuatu sign
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Vanuatu band - Welcome to Port Vila

FAQ

Is there a lounge at Port Vila airport?

Yes, there is a small and basic lounge at Port Vila for international passengers.

How much is the lounge at Port Vila airport?

Harry Bauer Club lounge at Port Vila airport is 1750 VUV but also accessible through Priority Pass.

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