Paradise Cove Resort – Exquisite, serene, and traditionally-designed, but isolated and no beach.
This adorable tropical hideaway offers ten elegant villas among immaculate lawns peppered with palms and statues. With one or two bedrooms, they are open-plan and spacious, featuring more Melanesian arts and crafts than almost anywhere else. The kitchenettes, lofty thatched roofs, and broad stone walls also add to the appeal, but there is deliberately no TV or air-conditioning (only overhead fans). A few directly face the sea, though most are slightly distant. A raised area of sand lined with lounge chairs provides wonderful views and a refreshing breeze, but there is no real beach. This is offset by the sparkling pool, which is sizable, considering the few guests, and alongside a gigantic nakamal hut with old-world furnishings. The only disadvantage is the isolation: about fifteen minutes from Port Villa by chartered minibus, with no facilities nearby or public transport outside.
Paradise Cove Resort – The Basics
- Location: Almost at the end of an isolated dead-end road along the north coast of Pango Peninsula on the main island of Efate. About 8 km from Port Vila and 30 minutes from the airport.
- Guests: Caters to all, but the serenity and isolation appeals more to older guests, though children are welcome.
- Beach: While the resort does face the sea, there is no real beach in front. A 200m-walk down the road, CoCo Beach Resort faces a small but pleasant beach which is available to the public.
- Views: A few villas face the sea, but most do not and are 50-100m from the ocean, with views only of the gardens and lawns.
- Wi-Fi: Available for free in and around the lobby/restaurant area, but access may not be so reliable in villas further away.
- Parking: Enough free and secure parking at the entrance.
- Nice Perks: Free rental of snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycles. Board games in the café/lounge area.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (678) 777 3398
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: paradisecoveresortvanuatu.com
Paradise Cove Resort – Amenities
- Pool: The saltwater pool is inviting and unusually shaped. Could get crowded if occupancy is high, but this seems unlikely.
- Spa & Fitness Center: A small thatched hut houses a massage table, but nothing else is offered.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
Paradise Cove Resort – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The restaurant/bar/lounge is utterly delightful, with a breeze, views, and board games under an enormous thatched nakamal hut. With Mediterranean and Melanesian flavors, meals are reasonably priced at lunchtime but quite pricey for dinner.
- Breakfast: Included for all guests.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 9 pm.
Paradise Cove Resort – Rooms
- Room Types: Villas with 1 or 2 bedrooms (on twin levels). None have air-conditioning or TVs.
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in or anywhere near the villas, but okay in the gardens or on the beach.
- Best Room: All villas are more-or-less the same inside, with 1 or 2 bedrooms. The best would be those closest to the sea, with possible views and a refreshing breeze.
Paradise Cove Resort – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
- The only place to eat within walking distance is the modest café at the neighboring Coco Beach Resort. The seaside setting is quaint, but the menu is limited and meals overpriced.
These 2 places are in Pango, about 3 km away and halfway between the resort and Port Vila:
- Breakas Bar & Restaurant – At the Breakas Beach Resort. Lovable tropical ambience and imaginative menu with Pacific flavors. The enchanting Salt Bar offers happy hours and cocktails.
- Café Vila Restaurant & Bar – For tapas, steaks, and a wide range of ‘European/Asian fusion cuisine’. Also popular among locals for happy hours, pastries, coffee, and Wi-Fi. In front of the Nasama Resort.
Nearby Market or Grocery
Nothing nearby, so come prepared.
No public transport reaches this isolated road. Get a lift to the junction where minibuses stop, about 2 km away, or ask the hotel to arrange a chartered minibus/taxi. The resort arranges trips to/from Port Vila 3 times a day for a small charge. Or ask reception about the possibility of a water taxi to Port Vila.
Paradise Cove Resort – What’s Nearby?
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