Nasama Resort in Vanuatu

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Updated: January 8, 2021

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Nasama Resort – Family-friendly, motel-style, and first-rate beach.

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 two-level blocks, each apartment features a kitchen and extended patio/balcony overlooking the pool and gardens, while a few offer direct sea views. All are remarkably spacious, and those with two 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 snorkeling. And the pool is unusually tiered, with infinity edges and a section for children. While it does feel remote, the Nasama is only ten 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 4 km from the capital and another 6 km from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters for all, but most guests seem to be families.
  • Beach: The scenic beach is a bit rocky, but sizable for a smallish resort. Calm water, a welcome breeze, and striking views.
  • Views: Almost all rooms face the garden and pool, while a few do overlook the ocean.
  • Wi-Fi: 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.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (678) 28009
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: nasamaresort.com

Nasama Resort – Amenities

  • 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 seems like a token effort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
  • For families: A do-it-yourself laundry facility in every block.

Nasama Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: At the entrance to the resort, the chic and pricey Café Vila Restaurant & Bar serves 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.

Nasama Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Beachview Studio • Luxury Oceanfront Suite • Seaview 2 Bedroom Apartment
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but okay in areas like the beach and gardens.
  • Best Room: The Luxury Oceanfront Suites are well named: sumptuous and spacious, with superb views from extended balconies. 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?

Best 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 flavors. 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 – Mediterranean-style bistro alongside the harbor. Unbeatable setting for coffee, cocktails, and tasty meals. Interesting changeable menu and daily specials.
  • Crystals Restaurant – Relaxed all-day dining in the Grand Hotel. Excellent service, daily specials, buffet nights, and superb views.
  • Lava Lounge – Elegant fine-dining with happy hours, do-it-yourself pizzas, cocktails, and dips in the harbor from a private jetty.
  • Jungle Café – Street-side setting and delicious food. Also popular for pastries, Wi-Fi, and lunch specials.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Very basic supplies are available at the resort lobby. A well-stocked village shop is opposite the Breakas Resort, a 10-minute walk down the road.

Local Transport

    Public minibuses head along the main road in Pango for Port Vila every minute or so.

Nasama Resort – The Hotel

The resort features tropical vegetation and an appealing design.

The Nasama Resort features a likable design and setting with plenty of tropical plants.

Apartments face the gardens or the pool.

Apartments are in two-level blocks, most facing the gardens and pool.

The patchy beach is good for swimming and snorkelling.

The beach at the resort is rocky in parts, but generally good for swimming and snorkeling.

The resort offers free kayak rentals.

One bonus of staying at the resort is the free use of kayaks.

The beach features umbrellas and lounge chairs.

The sandy parts of the beach are lined with thatched umbrellas and lounge chairs.

The appealing pool has excellent sea-views.

The sparkling pool faces the sea.

The unique pool has a separate tier for children.

The pool has two levels, with a separate section at a lower level for children.

The resort has a few rustic undeveloped lawns as well.

There are surprisingly undeveloped areas of grass across the resort.

A small garden hut features 2 gym machines.

A hut among the lawns has two gym machines.

All apartments have a balcony/veranda.

All apartments feature sizable patios/balconies.

Most rooms in the resort face the sea.

More rooms at the Nasama face the sea than most other resorts in and around the Port Vila area.

Family-friendly apartments have large kitchens.

Ideal for families, each apartment has a substantial kitchen.

Apartments have enough space for 2 extra beds.

Many already have an extra single bed, with space for another.

The apartments feature simple but spacious living areas.

The living areas are spacious but simply furnished.

Bedrooms are small but stylish.

Bedrooms are stylish, if a little compact sometimes.

Apartments have decent bathrooms.

Bathrooms are a decent size and tastefully designed.

Wooden louver windows maximize the breeze in the apartments.

Louver windows maximize the breeze.

The restaurant at Breakas Resort is within walking distance.

One of the few places to eat within walking distance is the restaurant at the Breakas Resort, 10 minutes down the road.

Salt Bar at Breakas resort has a stylish stone and wood bar.

The Salt Bar at the Breakas features a stylish setting and traditional design.

Café Vila Restaurant & Bar is nearby.

Separate to the Nasama Resort, and facing the road in front, is the Café Vila Restaurant & Bar.

Café Vila is popular for meals, tapas and cocktails.

Café Vila offers a wide range of meals, tapas, and cocktails.

Café Vila is very popular with the locals.

Especially popular with locals are the pastries, coffees, and wines at Café Vila.

Crystals Restaurant in the Grand Hotel is a must-visit.

Worth a visit to the town center is the Crystals Restaurant in the Grand Hotel.

Le Café du Village have a phenomenal setting.

Le Café du Village provides one of the nicest settings in the capital.

A village shop nearby offer good variety of basic supplies.

A well-stocked village shop is a 10-minute walk down the road from the Nasama Resort.

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