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Updated: January 7, 2021
Mangoes Resort – Exquisite, large, and tropical – but out-of-the-way and adults-only.
As delicious as the fruit, this cluster of boutique bungalows is in Seaside, a suburb about twenty minutes on foot from downtown Port Vila. Separated by about ten meters, each villa is very welcoming and stylish, with a likable Melanesian décor and plantation-style shutters. All feature kitchenettes, spacious living/dining rooms, extended patios, and floor-to-ceiling louver windows to catch the breeze – which is useful, because some only have overhead fans. Other villas feature plunge pools. The resort is close to the water, so views are panoramic, encompassing twisting lagoons and lofty mountains. And three small but shady pools are scattered among the verdant gardens of paw paws, coconuts, and, of course, mangoes. The only drawback is the isolation, with only a few facilities nearby. And be warned: no children are allowed.
Mangoes Resort – The Basics
- Location: Top (northern) end of Captain Cook Avenue, about 20 minutes’ walk from the center of Port Villa on the main island of Efate. About 20 minutes’ drive from the airport.
- Guests: The resort is adults only, so no children are allowed. Given the serenity and isolation, most guests seem to be older.
- Beach: There is no public beach in or around Port Vila. The nearest serviceable beaches are around the Breakas Beach Resort, about 6 km south along the peninsula.
- Views: A few have uninterrupted views of the lagoons and distant mountains, but most face the gardens.
- Wi-Fi: Free for guests in the lobby/bar/restaurant areas, but guests are charged for Wi-Fi in their rooms.
- Parking: Limited parking spots at the entrance. Free and secure, but first come, first served.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (678) 24923
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: mangoesresort.com
Mangoes Resort – Amenities
- Pool: Surprisingly, there isn’t 1 pool but 3. Each is small, but shady and inviting.
- Spa: There is no proper spa, but massages are available in the open-air thatched hut among the lawns.
- Fitness Center: Guests can use the gym at the sister resort, The Terraces, next door.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some bungalows have private plunge pools – tiny but appealing – and the apartments feature private pools large enough for swimming.
- Activities: Guests can use the tennis court in the neighboring resort: The Terraces. Also, free yoga lessons.
Mangoes Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Easily the finest in the Seaside area, the Mangoes Restaurant continues the enchanting colonial theme. Popular among locals for breakfast, organic ingredients, and the changing menu, it’s hard to ignore the seafood platter or prawn curry.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 9 pm.
Mangoes Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden View Bungalow • Lagoon View Bungalow • Lagoon View Pool Bungalow • Garden View Pool Apartment
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in or anywhere near the rooms or public areas. Best to puff away on the road outside.
- Best Room: Twice the size of the bungalows, the Garden View Pool Apartments feature private swimming (not plunge) pools and large outdoor terraces. Spacious and super-comfortable, the modern art however, takes some getting used to.
Mangoes Resort – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
There is very little in the immediate area, but these 3 places in nearby hotels are within walking distance:
- Retreat Seaside Resort – Expat hangout, with pub meals, pizzas, daily specials and happy hours. Also, movie nights, sports on TV, and gorgeous lagoon views. 700m south along Captain Cook Avenue.
- Navarra Restaurant – Wide range of meals, including steak, lobster, and pasta. Try the Vanuatu Tapas. Also lunchtime specials. In the Coconut Palms Resort, about 700m south via Captain Cook Avenue and Rue Cornwell street.
- Leaf Restaurant – Renowned across the island for all-day dining, cocktails, and banana pancakes. (Yes, really.) Also, terrific for trying traditional food. At Poppy’s on the Lagoon, 750m south along Captain Cook Avenue.
Almost next to each other on Elluk Road, about 1.5 km south via Captain Cook Avenue, and readily accessible by public minibus are:
- Spice – Classy Indian, offering more than just curries. Lunchtime specials, children’s menus, and vegetarian meals.
- L’houstalet – Chic French (yes, with frogs’ legs and escargots), but also very popular for pizza. Same owner for 40 years and probably no redecorating since.
Nearby Market or Grocery
- A few basic shops along the main road, about 500m up Captain Cook Avenue and past the roundabout.
From the roundabout about 200m up Captain Cook Avenue, public minibuses hurtle along to Port Vila and beyond every few seconds.
Mangoes Resort – The Hotel
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