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: http://paradisecoveresortvanuatu.com/
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
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.
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.
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