Updated: July 27, 2018
Ramada Resort Port Vila – Modern, chic and commodious beach resort in the suburbs.
Opened as recently as early 2017, the only largish resort in the Port Vila area features a very rare private beach. Rooms are in 3- or 4-level blocks built in a sort of nouveau-Vanuatu style. Most are at sea-level facing the pool and/or lagoon (which resembles a river). Other rooms are at street level with distant views, while some inexplicably, don’t face the water at all. Inside, they are all more spacious than expected, with a kitchen(ette) and extended balcony accessible from the bedroom and lounge area. The petite beach has white sand, but no shade, and the sparkling seaside pool is surrounded by abundant chairs and umbrellas. The swim-up bar typifies the adults-only vibe, but it does cater well for families, with plenty of daily activities offered.
Ramada Resort Port Vila – The Basics
- Location: Along the other (eastern) side of the peninsula from Port Vila, in a suburb called Seaside, on the main island of Efate. At the end of a laneway, about 200m from the southern end of Captain Cook Avenue. About 20 minutes’ walk from downtown Port Vila and 7.5km from the airport.
- Guests: Mostly for those on packaged tours. Many guests seem older, although it also caters very well for families.
- Beach: Surprisingly, there is a beach – probably artificial, but still good enough. Be wary of strong currents when swimming.
- Views: Most rooms provide views of the water, sometimes less than 30m away, while those in 1 block face the wrong way completely.
- Wi-Fi Internet: A substantial amount of data provided per day for free in each room.
- Parking: Enough parking spots at the lobby, with access to sea-level accommodation by buggy.
- Phone: (678) 28000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.ramadaresort.com.vu/
- 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.
Ramada Resort Port Vila – Amenities
- Pool: A lovely pool alongside the beach. Sizeable and sparkling, with a swim-up bar.
- Spa: In a charming setting, the Kesorn Spa offers the usual array of treatments.
- Fitness Center: With state-of-the-art equipment and facing the pool.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
- Activities: Numerous activities offered daily, such as weaving and coconut petanque. Also, cultural shows, beach volleyball and free rental of kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelling gear.
Ramada Resort Port Vila – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Akiriki Restaurant – gorgeous setting overlooking the lagoon, for French cuisine with Melanesian flavours and buffet breakfast. Popular for the extended dessert menu, children’s meals and themed buffet nights. Try the braised lamb shank • Sports Bar – happy hours, all-day snacks and, importantly for some guests, large screens showing sports from across the globe. Live music some nights • Lounge Bar – tranquil setting alongside the pool and facing the water. For cocktails and afternoon tea.
- Breakfast: A substantial buffet breakfast is included.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours, i.e. about 7am to 9pm.
Ramada Resort Port Vila – Rooms
- Room Types: Studios • Junior Suites • 2-Bedroom Apartments
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but permitted on the verandas/balconies.
- Best Room: The 2-Bedroom Apartments contain an extra bathroom, as well as a kitchen, laundry and extended balcony offering broad views of the lagoon.
- For families: The Studios and Suites can squeeze in 1 extra single bed, while the 2-Bedroom Apartments are ideal, with a kitchen, extra bathroom and laundry facilities.
Ramada Resort Port Vila – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Food4Good – typical takeaway shop, but better than most. For stews and burgers. Along the main road, about 300m from the Ramada.
- L’houstalet (22303) – atmospheric and typically French. For grills, pizza, seafood and Flying Fox in Onion Soup. (No, really.) Same premises and owner for over 40 years. Next to the Spice restaurant. 8-minute walk.
- Spice (24406) – classy Indian, with lunchtime specials, children’s menu and vegetarian meals, but more than just curries. About 650m north along Elluk Road (the main road).
- The Blue Marlin Club (530 6299) – spectacular views, sunset cocktails and silver service. Tapas all day. Bookings advisable for dinner. Swimming pool for patrons. About 1km away, along the road into Port Vila. 12-minute walk.
- Golden Port Restaurant (22375) – in the hotel of the same name, just past The Blue Marlin. Cavernous and charmless, but dazzling views and astonishing variety of Chinese food. 14-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: The Au Bon Marché supermarket is at a roundabout along the main road (Elluk Road), about 750m to the north of the Ramada.
The resort entrance is about 200m down from the main road, along which minibuses head to Port Vila and beyond every few seconds.
Ramada Resort Port Vila – The Hotel
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