Vanuatu Cocomo Resort & Apartments

Updated: July 20, 2018

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – 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 10 minutes by minibus from Port Vila. The extensive gardens, with a shady playground, beach volleyball net and barbeques, set the tropical tone and holiday vibe – but the undersized pool would get easily overcrowded. Most rooms face the lawns, often closer to the road than the water, but the villas and apartments are more likely to boast sea views. Apartments feature a corner kitchen, laundry and substantial patio, but the lounge area is a little cramped. The pick of the bunch are the Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villas, with water lapping at the wooden deck.

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – 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 for families.
  • Beach: A surprisingly broad beach for a narrow lagoon, with calm waters and plenty of starfish. But note: this is not an ocean beach, with a horizon, waves and breezes. In fact, it looks exactly like a river, with a mangrove bank 100m across the other side. For a beach experience, daytrip (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 Internet: Free for guests, but access in accommodation 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.
  • Phone: (678) 25505
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.cocomoresort.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.

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – Amenities

  • Pool: Severely undersized, quickly becoming very crowded and noisy.
  • Spa: No spa onsite, 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 a spa bath, but none have a private pool or Jacuzzi. There is a Jacuzzi alongside the pool.
  • Activities: Free rental of kayaks, fishing rods and snorkelling gear. Also, beach volleyball and a games room with snooker and ping pong tables.
  • For families: Babysitting services available. Playground with a trampoline.

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – 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 barbeque. 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.

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – Rooms

  • Room Types: Waterview Resort Rooms • Waterview Spa Resort Rooms • Waterview Rooms with 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bedroom Apartments • Beachview Deluxe Spa Villas • Waterfront Deluxe Spa Villas
  • 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, decking above the water, kitchenette and outdoor shower.

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – What’s 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 over 20 years. The setting above the water is romantic, but prices are European. Try the Coconut Crab or Vanuatu Steak. 4-minute walk.
  • 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. 5-minute walk.
  • 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 (25125) – popular, casual and specialising in Mexican food, but also wraps, salads and coffee. Great Wi-Fi. 10-minute drive.
  • The Rossi Restaurant (29661) – tasteful and tasty Italian-style bistro, with a garden setting, sea views and tiny playground. 10-minute drive
  • Nambawan Café – pleasingly cheap considering the perfect waterfront spot. For homemade pies and moonlight movies. 10-minute drive.
  • 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.

Cocomo Resort & Apartments – The Hotel

The resort is about 10 minutes from Port Vila.

The 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 overcrowded very quickly.

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

The pool is nicely located alongside the water, with wooden decking 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 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 seating.

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 decking 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 colourful, and feature some traditional décor.

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

The spacious villas are split-level and open-plan, with a kitchen and high roof.

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 a sunken lounge area, and many face the water.

Waterfront villas have balconies over a private beach.

Villas facing the water have an extended balcony 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 harbour.

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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