Paradise Cove Resort in Vanuatu

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Updated: January 8, 2021

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Review of Paradise Cove Resort in Vanuatu

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:

Nearby 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 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?

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

The resort is along an isolated road on Pango Peninsula, about 8 km 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 have 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 have well-equipped kitchenettes.

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, colorful and contemporary.

All villas are spacious and feature contemporary furniture and a colorful décor.

Villas have patios but most face the gardens.

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

Lounge rooms are bright and comfortable.

The living 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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