Updated: July 24, 2018
Mangoes Resort – Exquisite, commodious 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 20 minutes on foot from downtown Port Vila. Separated by about 10m, each villa is very welcoming and stylish, with a likeable Melanesian décor and plantation-style shutters. All feature a kitchenette, spacious lounge/dining room, extended patio and floor-to-ceiling louver windows to catch the breezes – which is useful, because some only have overhead fans. Other villas feature a plunge pool. The resort is over 200m from the water, so views are broad, encompassing twisting lagoons and lofty mountains. And 3 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 centre of Port Villa on the main island of Efate. About 20 minutes’ drive from the airport.
- Guests: This is adults only, so no children 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 5.5km south along the peninsula.
- Views: A few have uninterrupted views of the lagoons and distant mountains, but most face the gardens.
- Wi-Fi Internet: 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.
- Phone: (678) 24923
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.mangoesresort.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: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
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 a private plunge pool – tiny but appealing – and the apartments feature a private pool large enough for swimming.
- Activities: Guests can use the tennis court in the neighbouring 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. i.e. 7am to 9pm.
Mangoes Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden View Bungalows • Lagoon View Bungalows • Lagoon View Pool Bungalows • Garden View Pool Apartments
- 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 a private swimming (not plunge) pool and vast outdoor terrace. Spacious and super-comfortable, the modern art however, takes some getting used to.
Mangoes Resort – What’s 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. 650m 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 Resort, 750m south along Captain Cook Avenue.
Almost next to each other on Elluk Road, about 1.5km south via Captain Cook Avenue, and readily accessible by public minibus are:
- Spice (24406) – classy Indian, offering more than just curries. Lunchtime specials, children’s menus and vegetarian meals. 3-minute drive.
- L’houstalet (22303) – chic French (yes, with frogs’ legs and escargots), but also very popular for pizza. Same owner for 40 years and probably no redecorating since. 3-minute drive.
- 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.
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