Nasama Resort – Family-friendly, motel-style and first-rate beach, and not that isolated.
From the overall design and setting (with sand all over and abundant desert plants) this resort wouldn’t look out of place in Mexico. In 2-level blocks, each apartment features a kitchen and extended veranda/balcony overlooking the pool and gardens, while a few provide direct sea views. All are remarkably spacious, and those containing 2 bedrooms are perfect for families. The younger ones would relish the volleyball court (on the grass, not sand), free kayak rental and extensive beach, which is a little rocky but calm enough for snorkelling. And the pool is unusually tiered, with Infinity edges and a section for children. While it does feel remote, the Nasama is only 10 minutes by frequent minibus from Port Vila.
Nasama Resort – The Basics
Location: In Pango village, along the peninsula of the same name, south of Port Vila on the main island of Efate. About 4km from the capital and another 6km from the airport.
Guests: Caters for all, but most guests seem to be families.
Beach: The scenic beach is a bit rocky, but sizeable for a smallish resort. Calm waters, welcome breezes and striking views.
Views: Almost all rooms face the garden and pool, while a few do overlook the ocean.
Wi-Fi Internet: Free in the lobby and café, but less reliable in rooms away from these areas.
Parking: Unusually, most guests can park directly outside their rooms, like a motel.
Pool: The delightful pool faces the sea, but is a little distant from the beach. A separate area for the younger ones.
Spa: Not expected or provided at this sort of smallish midrange resort.
Fitness Center: A hut among the lawns has 2 gym machines, which seem a token effort.
Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
For families: A do-it-yourself laundry facilities in every block.
Nasama Resort – Food and Drink
Restaurant & Bar: At the entrance to the resort, the chic and pricey Café Vila Restaurant & Bar (772 8028) offers coffee, tapas, steaks and a wide range of ‘European/Asian fusion’ cuisine. With terraces facing the garden and main road, it’s popular among locals for happy hours, pastries, breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Breakfast: Not included, but worth paying for at the classy café at the front.
Room Service: Not available, because the café is more-or-less separate from the resort.
Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but OK in areas like the beach and gardens.
Best Room: The Luxury Oceanfront Suites are well named: sumptuous and spacious, with superb views from an extended balcony. Romantic and ideal for couples, families may prefer the Seaview 2 Bedroom Apartments.
For families: The Suites can squeeze in 1 extra single bed, while the Studios have room for 2. Better are the Seaview 2 Bedroom Apartments.
Nasama Resort – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
The only place within walking distance (about 10 minutes south along the road) is the Breakas Bar & Restaurant in the resort of the same name. With tables on the sand and alongside the pool, the imaginative menu bursts with South Pacific flavours. Attached is the elegant and traditionally-designed
Salt Bar. Otherwise, jump in a public minibus and head to Port Vila. These places are along the more convenient southern part of town.
Le Café du Village (27789) – Mediterranean-style bistro alongside the harbour. Unbeatable setting for coffee, cocktails and tasty meals. Interesting changeable menu and daily specials. 7-minute drive.
Au Péché Mignon – French-style deli, patisserie and café. Street-side tables for ice cream, crêpes, baguettes and people-watching. 7-minute drive.