MG Cocomo Resort in Vanuatu

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Updated: January 6, 2021

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Review of MG Cocomo Resort in Vanuatu

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – Adorable bungalows in a pretty location, but a little out-of-the-way.

Facing a lagoon (which looks remarkably like a river), this attractive and serene resort is only ten minutes by minibus from Port Vila. The extensive gardens with a shady playground, beach volleyball net, and barbecues set the tropical tone and holiday vibe – though the small pool is very popular. Most rooms face the lawns, often closer to the road than the water. The villas and apartments are more likely to offer sea views. Apartments feature corner kitchens, laundry, and substantial patios. The pick of the bunch are the Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villas with water lapping at the wooden decks.

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – The Basics

  • Location: Opposite Korman Stadium along Teouma Road. A 10-minute drive east from Port Vila on the main island of Efate and another 10 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: Attracts a few expats on working trips, but mostly caters to families.
  • Beach: A surprisingly broad beach for a narrow lagoon, with calm water and plenty of starfish. But note: this is not an ocean beach, with a horizon, waves, and breeze. In fact, it looks exactly like a river, with a mangrove bank 100m across the other side. For a beach experience, day trip (with free transfers) to the sister resort on the remarkable Erakor Island.
  • Views: Those near the front directly face the water, while most are distant and overlook the lawns.
  • Wi-Fi: Free for guests, but access in accommodations further from the lobby may not be great.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure places to park.
  • Nice Perk: Guests have complimentary access to the facilities at the sister resort on Erakor Island, with free transfers and use of non-motorized water-sports.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (678) 25505
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: mgcocomo.com

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – Amenities

  • Pool: Very small and quickly becomes crowded and noisy.
  • Spa: No spa, but guests can use the Essence Day Spa at the sister resort on Erakor Island, with transfers included. A great day out to this remarkable place.
  • Fitness Center: Not really expected or provided at this sort of resort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas have spa baths, but none have private pools or jacuzzis. There is a jacuzzi alongside the pool.
  • Activities: Free rental of kayaks, fishing rods, and snorkeling gear. Also, beach volleyball and a games room with snooker and ping pong tables.
  • For families: Babysitting services. Playground with a trampoline.

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: The Beach Bar Café – Casual, with a limited selection of tasty meals, including pasta, curries, and burgers. Faces the river and alongside the pool • Nakamal Restaurant – Really just a barbecue. Guests can use it themselves or arrange for staff to buy and cook the food • The Deck – Attached to the restaurant, with happy hours, movie nights, live music, and often, fire-and-dance shows.
  • Breakfast: Buffet continental breakfast included in most rates.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours, as well as intimate dinners on the beach.

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – Rooms

  • Room Types: Waterview Resort Room • Waterview Spa Resort Room • Waterview Room with 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bedroom Apartment • Beachview Deluxe Spa Villa • Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villa
  • Smoking: Smoking is allowed on the patios/balconies, but not inside the rooms.
  • Best Room: The adorable open-plan Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villas front a private (albeit tiny) beach. Attractions include a spa bath, deck above the water, kitchenette, and outdoor shower.

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    There are only 2 places within walking distance. Both are less than 500m up the main road away from town:

  • Vila Chaumières Restaurant – Much-loved countrywide, if only for the chef who’s been there for over 20 years. The setting above the water is romantic, but prices are European. Try the Coconut Crab or Vanuatu Steak.
  • Lagoon Bar & Grill – Perched over the water at the Tropicana Lagoon Resort. Limited menu but tasty food, and the setting is faultless. Lunchtime specials and happy hours offset the high prices.

Alternatively, catch a minibus (10 minutes) to Port Vila and try these places along the more convenient northern end of the main street:

  • Jill’s Cafe – Popular, casual, and specializing in Mexican food as well as wraps, salads, and coffee. Great Wi-Fi.
  • The Rossi Restaurant – Tasteful and tasty Italian-style bistro, with a garden setting, sea views, and a tiny playground.
  • Nambawan Café – Pleasingly cheap considering the perfect waterfront spot. For homemade pies and moonlight movies.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Almost next to the resort, the massive Au Bon Marché supermarket also offers a limited selection of (mostly unhealthy) takeaway food.

Local Transport

    Minibuses head along the main road into Port Vila every few seconds. For longer trips, chat to one of the drivers hanging around the Au Bon Marché supermarket about chartering a vehicle.

MG Cocomo Resort Vanuatu – The Hotel

The resort is about 10 minutes from Port Vila.

The MG Cocomo Resort is along the main road heading east from Port Vila, about 10 minutes by minibus.

The pool is very small for the number of guests on the property.

The resort pool is too small and would get crowded very quickly.

The swimming pool is appealing with its views and wooden deck.

The pool is nicely located alongside the water, with a wooden deck and outdoor furniture.

The resort is located by a lagoon.

The resort faces a lagoon, which looks far more like a river than the sort of lagoons seen in Fiji and Tahiti.

The resort rents out kayaks for free.

The MG Cocomo offers free rental of kayaks.

The beach is often strewn with harmless starfish.

The sand that merges into the water is often studded with harmless starfish.

The resort's private jetty is a good place to relax.

The private jetty at the resort is more often used for sitting.

The resort has a decent games room.

The modest games room at the resort is largish and undercover.

The playground is small but shaded.

The playground at the Cocomo is small but inviting and very shady.

Meals at Beach Bar Café onsite are tasty.

The Beach Bar Café at the resort offers a range of tasty meals.

The cafe offers outdoor seating by the water.

The café extends towards the water, with plenty of seating and great views.

Onsite bar is very popular during happy hours.

Happy hours at the resort’s traditionally-designed bar are popular.

The cafe offers fantastic views from its deck.

The wooden deck in the café offers gorgeous views.

Rooms have distant and block views.

Rooms are in less exciting blocks, with views distant and/or blocked by trees.

Villas feature colourful and traditional decor.

Villas are colorful and feature some traditional décor.

Spacious split-level villas have an open-plan layout.

The spacious villas are split-level and open-plan, with kitchens and high roofs.

The open-plan bathrooms even have laundry facilities.

The open-plan design includes the bathroom, which also contains laundry facilities.

The kitchens in villas and apartments are well-equipped.

The villas and apartments contain complete kitchen amenities.

The lounge areas in the villas have water views.

All villas have sunken living areas, and many face the water.

Waterfront villas have balconies over a private beach.

Villas facing the water have extended balconies alongside a private beach.

Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villas are right on the water.

The Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villas could not really be any closer to the sea.

The resort is opposite the Korman Stadium.

The Cocomo is across the road from the Korman Stadium.

Au Bon Marché supermarket is nearby.

The Au Bon Marché supermarket is almost next to the resort.

Lagoon Bar & Grill at Tropicana Lagoon Resort is close by.

One of the few places to eat within walking distance of the Cocomo is the Lagoon Bar & Grill at the Tropicana Lagoon Resort.

Vila Chaumières restaurant nearby has a fantastic location.

Also close to Cocomo, the restaurant at Vila Chaumières is very picturesque.

Vila Chaumières restaurant also has a small bar.

There is also a bar at Vila Chaumières.

Nambawan Café is located in downtown Port Vila.

In downtown Port Vila, about 10 minutes by minibus, the lovely Nambawan Café faces the harbor.

Port Vila is bordered by a seaside path.

A seaside path passes through much of downtown Port Vila.

The seaside path leads to the Rossi restaurant.

The Italian-style Rossi Restaurant is at the end of the seaside path.

Port Vila has a good choice of shops and eateries.

Port Vila offers enough places to eat, drink, and shop to satisfy most.

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