Updated: July 19, 2018
Blue Marlin Lodge – Seaside, self-catering and convenient – a boat haven and yachtie heaven.
This quaint lodge exudes an authentic nautical vibe – from the name to the private jetty lined with bobbing boats. The self-catering rooms are in separate buildings: one above the office and maintenance shed; another raised but a little further back from the water; and the third (and best) directly facing the water across a patch of grass. All feature an elongated balcony packed with outdoor furniture, although they are sparsely furnished inside. But it’s all about the location: overlooking the picturesque harbour and Iririki Island; set back from the busy road (with restaurants and public transport); and only 10 minutes on foot from Port Vila. And what’s more, guests have access to the neighbouring Blue Marlin Club, with a world-class restaurant offering jaw-dropping views and a swimming pool.
Blue Marlin Lodge – The Basics
- Location: Just down a steep path, 150m from Kumul (aka Lini) Highway, the main road into Port Vila on the main island, Efate. About 1km from downtown and 6km from the airport.
- Guests: Focuses more on older guests, especially those involved in boats.
- Beach: There is no beach in this area, although guests can swim in the harbour from steps along the jetty at the lodge. The nearest beaches are along Pango Road, around the Breakas Beach Resort, about 4km south along the peninsula.
- Views: All bungalows face the sea, from 10m to 40m away.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Possibly included, but check when booking.
- Parking: Free and secure parking at the lodge.
- Nice Perks: Guests have access to The Blue Marlin Club, a wonderful place to relax, with breathtaking views, a swimming pool and stylish restaurant.
- Phone: (678) 23737
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.bluemarlinlodgevanuatu.com/
Blue Marlin Lodge – Amenities
- Pool: Guests can use the lovely pool with stunning views at The Blue Marlin Club, about 150m up the path.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of lodge.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Blue Marlin Lodge – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Nothing onsite, but only 150m up the path is The Blue Marlin Club (530 6299) offering spectacular views, sunset cocktails, silver service and tapas all day. Bookings advisable for dinner.
- Breakfast: Not included because all bungalows are fitted with a kitchen.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided at this sort of lodge.
Blue Marlin Lodge – Rooms
- Room Types: The rooms have different layouts, décors and furniture.
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms, but OK elsewhere.
- Best Room: The Main Lodge offers the finest views, with only a patch of grass separating the sea from the veranda packed with outdoor furniture and a barbeque. Complete with a renovated kitchen, 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms.
Blue Marlin Lodge – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Golden Port Restaurant (22375) – in the hotel of the same name, only 150m down the road. Cavernous and charmless, but dazzling views and astonishing variety, including live crabs. 2-minute walk.
Or walk about 1km (and take a minibus back up at night) to downtown for:
- Brewery Bar & Restaurant (28328) – daunting street-side setting, serving tapas, burgers, wraps and local beers. 8-minute walk.
- Jill’s Cafe (25125) – popular casual café, specialising in Mexican food, but also wraps, salads and coffee. Great Wi-Fi. 13-minute walk.
- Nambawan Café – pleasingly cheap considering the perfect waterfront location. For juices, baguettes, pizzas, homemade pies and moonlight movies. 4-minute drive.
- The Rossi Restaurant (29661) – stylish bistro, with a garden setting, Italian food, sea views and tiny playground. 4-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: The massive Au Bon Marché supermarket is only 200m up the main road. In town (1km) there are several minimarts and the produce market.
From the main road, at the start of the path, minibuses head to Port Vila and beyond every few seconds.
Blue Marlin Lodge – The Hotel
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