Vanuatu Coco Beach Resort

Updated: July 20, 2018

CoCo Beach Resort – Delightful beachfront villas, romantic but remote.

Overlooking a rare patch of sandy beach at Paradise Cove, the farés (bungalows) are virtually the same, all with lofty thatched roofs and adorable stone-walled bathrooms. Only the views differ: either facing the sea; in a second row catching ocean glimpses; or along a third line facing the gardens. Villas are standard-issue from the outside, but brightly decorated with modern art (that doesn’t always seem appropriate). They also feature an extra single bed, and patio extending to a sliver of sand in front, but none contain TVs, some only have overhead fans, and the screens block out insects but not neighbourly noise. The other drawback is the isolation, with no public transport nearby.

CoCo Beach Resort – The Basics

  • Location: At Paradise Cove, almost at the end of an access road along the northern part of Pango Peninsula, on the main island of Efate. About 15 minutes by minibus/taxi, or 25 minutes by water taxi, from downtown Port Vila. And approximately 14km from the airport.
  • Guests: Quite romantic, it seems to appeal more to younger couples. Not so suitable for families.
  • Beach: The broad beach has white sands, thatched huts and natural shade. The calm clear water is ideal for snorkelling, but rocky underfoot for swimming.
  • Views: One third of bungalows have direct sea views; another third have glimpses of the ocean; and the rest face the gardens.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available free to all guests throughout the resort.
  • Parking: Several free parking spots are just outside the main entrance, but security is not guaranteed.
  • Phone: (678) 555 2227
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.stay-cocobeach.com/
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

CoCo Beach Resort– Amenities

  • Pool: A decent enough pool, but near the entrance, 100m from the beach and café, so it seems forgotten and barely used.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of resort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
  • Activities: Free rental of kayaks and paddleboards.

CoCo Beach Resort– Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The modest Beach Restaurant above the sand offers marvellous sea views, but the menu is limited and prices are high. Still, it is popular with day-trippers from Port Vila for fresh seafood, pasta dishes and locally-raised beef. The restaurant at the entrance and alongside the pool was being repaired during mid-2018 after cyclone damage, but should reopen soon.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates and served at the beachside café.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours, but for drinks and snacks only.

CoCo Beach Resort– Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Ocean View Bungalows (with fan) • Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows (with air-con on request) • Deluxe Garden Bungalows (with fan) • 1 Villa CoCo with 3 bedrooms (and air-con on request) that can sleep up to 10
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking only allowed on the beach.
  • Best Room: Metres from the sea, the Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows have unobstructed views. The tropical décor, with hardwood furniture and a wicker sofa, is identical to other accommodation; it’s just the setting and views that make these so special.

CoCo Beach Resort– What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The only place within walking distance (300m) is the exquisite restaurant at the neighbouring Paradise Cove Resort. Open-air, with board games and free Wi-Fi, the menu is long and prices pleasingly affordable at lunchtime – but not so in the evening. Alternatively, organise a minibus at the resort and head into Pango (about 3km) for:

  • Breakas Restaurant – in the resort of the same name. Lovable tropical ambience, with happy hours and an imaginative Pacific-flavoured menu. 8-minute drive.
  • Café Vila (772 8028) – classy bistro at the Nasama Resort about 700m further towards town. For delicious (but pricey) meals in a pleasant open-air setting. Also great for coffee, shakes, tapas and pastries. 9-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: There is nothing within walking distance, so come prepared, or stock up on basic supplies at the shop opposite the Breakas Resort.

Local Transport

    No minibuses or taxis reach this isolated and dead-end road. So, get a lift or walk to the junction (about 1.5km) where public minibuses stop. Otherwise, organise a taxi or chartered minibus at the hotel. For about the same price as a chartered minibus to Port Vila, consider a more exhilarating water taxi.

CoCo Beach Resort – The Resort

Resort is located in Pango Peninsula 8km from Port Vila.

The CoCo Beach Resort is almost at the end of a remote road along Pango Peninsula, about 8km from Port Vila.

A rustic boardwalk connects the entrance to the rest of the resort.

A short boardwalk from the resort entrance leads to the bungalows, beach and restaurant.

The pool is beautiful but usually empty because of the beach.

Surrounded by wooden decking, and alongside the former restaurant at the entrance, the pool is almost forgotten as most guests laze about the beach.

The under-repair resurant is replaced by a temporary guests's lounge.

A guests’ lounge temporarily replaces the restaurant while the roof is being repaired after cyclone damage.

A thatched hut is ideal for a romantic dinner for 2.

A cute thatched hut near the entrance offers a romantic setting for dinner.

The onsite restaurant features amazing sunsets with cocktails.

The resort’s restaurant extends above the sea and is perfect for sunsets and cocktails.

The modest cafe by the beach offers limited meals.

While the main restaurant at the front is undergoing repair, the modest café alongside the beach is decent enough, but the menu is limited.

The beach in front of the resort has white sand and lots of shade.

The resort faces a portion of gleaming-white sand, with natural shade.

Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented for free.

One bonus is the free rental of kayaks and paddleboards.

The beach is private and quite spacious.

The beach is private and sizeable considering the limited number of guests.

Low tide reveals the rocky seabed and makes the beach unappealing.

The beach looks less attractive at low-tide. And beware: much of the sea is rocky underfoot.

Front row bungalows have fantastic views of sea and sunsets.

Bungalows at the front offer unobstructed views of the sea and sunsets.

Bungalows feature a traditional design and are semi-private.

Separated, but fairly close to each other, bungalows feature a thatched roof and patch of sand in front.

Bungalows feature colourful decor and modern art.

The décor is colourful, although the modern art may not appeal to everyone.

All bungalows have shuttered windows which let in a lot of air and light.

The shuttered windows are attractive and catch the breezes, even in the third row of bungalows.

Stone-walled bathrooms are very attractive.

Particularly appealing are the stone-walled bathrooms.

Paradise Cove Resort next door has a restaurant and bar.

The only place to eat or drink within walking distance (200m) is at the Paradise Cove Resort.

Paradise Cove Resort's restaurant has a wonder traditional setting.

The restaurant at the Paradise Cove Resort is under an extraordinarily large nakamal hut.

Paradise Cove Restaurant is very traditional and welcoming.

The traditional setting and welcoming smiles make the Paradise Cove Restaurant truly wonderful.

Café Vila can be reached by minibus.

About 4km by minibus from the CoCo Beach Resort is Café Vila.

Café Vila serves European fare along with coffees and tapas.

Café Vila offers all sorts of tasty European food, as well as coffees, tapas and pastries.

Breakas Restaurant nearby has a fabulous setting.

About 700m southwest of Café Vila, the Breakas Restaurant offers a lovely tropical setting.

Breakas Resort's Salt Bar is extremely popular.

The elegant Salt Bar at the Breakas is popular across the island.

Port Vila is about 8km from the resort.

The CoCo Beach Resort is about 8km from Port Vila, which is nicely located along the harbour.

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