Charles Banaiha, gardener & handyman
Charles was born on the 05th of March 1965 in Talisi village, on the island of Maewo, PENAMA Province. He arrived in Port-Vila, Efate Island, in 1990 and started to work as a security officer. He married Margaret in 1995, and they have three sons: Samuel, 17, born in 1999; Stevenson, 13, born in 2003; and Nickison, 9, born in 2007. They have since adopted little Lerian, aged 3, who is currently living on Paama Island. Charles and his family live at Seaside Paama.
Charles is a trustful and committed team member; he started to work for the Vanuatu Rainbow Lodge in January 2015. He does his best to ensure the garden is well maintained and the tropical sceneries pleases you. Feel free to ask him any question related to Vanuatu herbs and plants as he is passionate about his work and gardening.
Therese Beungkon, housekeeper & tailor
Therese was born on the 06th of April 1972 in Olal village, on the island of Ambrym, MALAMPA Province. She arrived in Port-Vila, Efate Island, in 2000 and started to work as a tailor. She has one son and one daughter: Ghislain, 23, born in 1993; and Esline, 18, born in 1998. Ghislain is one of the 3,500 ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers under the New-Zealand RSE scheme. Esline is pursuing her high-school studies at Lycee Louis-Antoine de Bougainville. They live at Nambatri. Another of Therese’s hobby, apart of sewing, is listening and dancing to French Caribbean Zouk music.
Therese is a dedicated and conscious employee; she started to work for the Vanuatu Rainbow Lodge in February 2016. She endeavors to chase the dust and ensure the house is spick-and-span. Don’t be afraid to flag her if something is not to your likeness.
Sebastien Bador, owner & manager
Sebastien was born on the 06th of May 1983 at Port-Vila Central Hospital, on the island of Efate, SHEFA Province. He studied tourism in New-Caledonia and France, and returned to his beloved home country in 2008. He is working at the Vanuatu Tourism Office, where he started as Marketing Manager, and currently occupies the position of Information & Research Manager. The Vanuatu Rainbow Lodge is a dream coming true as Sebastien always dreamt of having his own tourism accommodation to welcome visitors in his native land. The idea became reality when he bought this property in October 2013 and when it opened its doors to its first guests in May 2016.
You are more than welcome to ask him local travel tips and share your Vanuatu experience.
Friendly Pets living on the property
- Freddy the Goldfish and many guppies.
- Venus (born on the 31st of December 2015) is a Blue Heeler/ Border Collie cross mix.
- Eros (born on the 13th of October 2015) is a Red Heeler/ German Shepherd cross mix.
- Minette (born on TBA) is an island cat.
Vanuatu has a prolific cultural heritage; rich with arts and crafts, carvings, sand drawings, paintings, pottery, weaving, jewelry, traditional clothing and hand woven baskets….
We feel blessed to live here among the Happiest People on Earth (Happy Planet Index, 1st in 2006 and 4th in 2016!) and we want you to know just how special and talented our ni-Vanuatu people are. Speak freely with us as we are mines of information when it comes to WHERE TO GO and WHAT TO SEE and WHAT TO DO when you visit VANUATU ISLANDS.
Sebastien only ask our guests for one thing: to be themselves. When he first opened the Vanuatu Rainbow Lodge, it was the realization of a dream he had. A unique holiday concept for LGBTIQ people. A place where there are no disapproving glances, no need to conceal that instinctive gesture, that soft wanted caress. A place to smile and be happy where like-minded people can forget about pointing fingers and disapproving whispers. A place where all feel at ease and become part of a family that is steadily growing.
Core Values @Vanuatu Rainbow Lodge
We have five core values that we try to live by;
1. Guest focus, you will always feel important.
2. Affordability, you shall be satisfied.
3. Cozy factor, you should feel comfortable.
4. Bite trendy, you’ll get a sense of being at home.
5. Thoughtfulness, YOU are important to us.