Vanuatu Paradise Cove Resort

Updated: July 26, 2018

Paradise Cove Resort – Exquisite, serene and traditionally-designed, but isolated and no beach.

This adorable tropical hideaway offers 10 elegant villas among immaculate lawns peppered with palms and statues. With 1 or 2 bedrooms, they are open-plan and spacious, containing more Melanesian arts and crafts than almost anywhere else. The kitchenette, 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, but most are distant by 50m or more. A raised area of sand lined with lounge chairs provides wonderful views and refreshing breezes, but there is no real beach. This is offset by the sparkling pool, which is sizeable considering the few guests and alongside a gigantic nakamal hut with old-world furnishings. The only disadvantage is the isolation: about 15 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 8km from Port Vila and 30 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters for all, but the serenity and isolation appeals more to older guests, but children 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 to 100m from the ocean, with views only of the gardens and lawns.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: 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 snorkelling gear, kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles. Board games in the café/lounge area.
  • Phone: (678) 777 3398
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How to Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

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 (777 3397) is utterly delightful, with breezes, views and board games under an enormous thatched nakamal hut. With Mediterranean and Melanesian flavours, meals are reasonably priced at lunchtime, but quite pricey for dinner.
  • Breakfast: Included for all guests.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours, about 7am to 9pm.

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 OK 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 refreshing breezes.

Paradise Cove Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The only place to eat within walking distance (200m down the road) is the modest café at the neighbouring CoCo Beach Resort. The seaside setting is quaint, but the menu is limited and meals overpriced. These 2 places are in Pango, about 3km away and half distance between the resort and Port Vila:

  • Breakas Bar & Restaurant – at the resort of the same name. Lovable tropical ambience and imaginative menu with Pacific flavours. The enchanting Salt Bar offers happy hours and cocktails. 7-minute drive.
  • Café Vila Restaurant & Bar (772 8028) – 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. 8-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: Nothing nearby, so come prepared.

Local Transport

    No public transport reaches this isolated road. Get a lift to the junction where minibuses stop, about 1.8km 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?

The resort is located on an isolated road on Pango Peninsula.

The resort is along an isolated road on Pango Peninsula, about 8km from Port Vila.

The resort is located in a very remote location.

The road to the resort is remote, with no public transport in the area.

2-bedroom villas have 2 floors.

The two-bedroom villas at the resort are on twin levels.

Most villas feature 1 bedroom and are secluded.

Most villas contain one bedroom, and a few are semi-detached.

The villas are traditionally designed.

Villas feature a traditional design with thatched roofs.

Only massages are offered in a small hut.

A small hut offers a massage table, but no other treatments are offered.

Bicycles and kayaks can be rented for free at the resort.

The resort offers free rental of bicycles and kayaks, perfect along the calm waters.

Hammocks give the resort a tropical vibe.

Hammocks across the sand add to the tropical feel.

The resort is connected to Port Vila via water taxi also.

The resort could be accessed by water taxi from Port Vila with prior arrangement.

Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking are popular at the resort.

There is no real beach at the resort, but the calm waters are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.

Resort provides lounge chairs on sandy areas.

Despite the lack of beach, a raised area of sand is lined with lounge chairs.

Resort restaurant offers tables by the sea.

Tables in the resort restaurant extend towards the sea.

The onsite restaurant is located in a nakamal hut.

The restaurant is based in a magnificent thatched nakamal hut.

The restaurant and bar are traditional and welcoming.

The traditional setting and welcoming smiles make the restaurant/bar truly wonderful.

All villas have a well-equipped kitchenette.

All villas contain a well-equipped kitchenette.

Villas feature a Melanesian decor.

The villas feature more Melanesian touches in the décor and linen than most other resorts on the island.

All villas are spacious, colourful and contemporary.

All villas are spacious, with contemporary furniture and a colourful décor.

Villas have patios but most face the gardens.

Each villa contains a patio, but few face the sea.

Lounge rooms are bright and comfortable.

The lounge room features full-length windows and comfortable furniture.

The saltwater pool is large and inviting.

The saltwater pool is inviting, and quite large considering the small number of guests.

Salt Bar is located in the Breakas Beach Resort.

Attached to the restaurant in the Breakas Beach Resort is the elegant Salt Bar.

CoCo Beach Resort is within walking distance.

The café at the CoCo Beach Resort, about 200m down the road, is the only place to eat within walking distance.

Breakas Bar & Restaurant at Pango is a must-visit.

Worth a short trip by chartered minibus is the Breakas Bar & Restaurant (in the resort of the same name) at Pango.

Café Vila is close to Breakas.

Within a short walk of the Breakas is Café Vila.

Café Vila is very popular among the local public.

Café Vila is also popular among locals for coffee, pastries and wine.

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