We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Wow lovely place.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Island Magic Resort

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Save
You added Island Magic Resort to your Saves list
Island Magic Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Devils Point Road | Mele Bay, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #9 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wow lovely place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Time stops still a week feel like a year
A good place to relax & chill
Bungalows clean roomy and very well set out
I would go back location best looking out over Mele bay. The snorkelling was fantastic. Better than hideaway island where we went diving lots of coral and fish
The only thing is getting into / out of the water from the Jetty needs a fair bit of care. Can be a bit dangerous but that begging said is well worth the effort
The 2 bedroom 2 bathroom was fantastic as we're holidaying with young adults
A little bit out of town but that was good away from the hustle and bustle of port villa
Swimming pool was magic
The grounds we beautiful the staff very friendly and help full
A beautifull place in the world !!!!

Room Tip: Any bungalow are good
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

111 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    86
    22
    2
    1
    0
See reviews for
48
39
3
9
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (20)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

After the hustle and bustle of Port Vila, Island Magic is a quiet and pleasant oasis. Situated about a 15 minute drive from downtown Vila on the seafront of Mele Bay. As a word of caution, we got ripped off by a taxi driver at the airport. Island Magic is not mentioned on the list of accomodations at the airport that taxi drivers refer to too charge a fare charge. We got charge 3500 vatu to go from the airport to Island Magic. The actual cost of transfer to the Bengor Resort that is further up Devils Point Rd from Island Magic is quoted as 2700 vatu. This however was an isolated incident as we found all the other taxi drivers we dealt with to be very honest. By contrast our return transfer to the airport only cost us 1500 vatu. Jane at Island Magic is great at giving good advice on all aspects of tourist activities. The vila was luxurious with everything provided. The Mele Express shuttle is fantastic. For 1000 vatu a day you can jump off and on the shuttle at all the local attractions. The resort is very relaxing and great for kids. The fish at the end of the jetty are a daily attraction to one and all, as they are great to feed. Snorkelling is awesome. In the evening take a short 10 minute walk up the road to the Bengor Resort for dessert. I really recommend the Ugly lemon tart or chocolate souffle....yummy. The Coongoola sailing cruise is really wothwhile as it takes you to a superb remote beach on Tranquility Island. If you want a great supermarket with a good selection of food, take the Mele Express into town and get a taxi driver to take you to Au Bonmarche numba two...cost 500 vatu. We got 4 days supply of food for 8000 vatu and returned on the Mele Express. For comparison, most main meals per person cost about between 2000 and 2700 vatu. Dining out in Vanuatu can be expensive, although it is yummy but hard on the wallet. We wished we had stayed longer at Island Magic....soooo...much better that our Le lagon Resort experience. Get out of Vila and savour the Island Magic experience...you won't be disappointed.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed at island magic for four nights. The bungalows are nice, like you would find on a seaside holiday in australia. The snorkeling is right in front of the bungalows off the jetty or just stand on the jetty and feed the fish. The fish are many and plentiful. The location on mele bay is very nice. The tanna coffee shop is a bike ride away, we managed to get there every day for the tanna coffee and the chocolate brownies. The summit garden is a bus ride up the steep hill. Tara beach for swimming, kayaking and snorkelling is about a 15 min walk away. The mele express had just started operating that was good, about $10 per person for the day to go between mele bay and Vila stopping at the summit, hotels at mele, tanna coffee, cascades, beach bar/ hideaway island or mele village, then into Vila at the anchor inn. At night you could fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping on the coral. Jane and David who manage the place were helpful and responsive to any queries or issues.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Jane and David who manage the place go out of their way to make your holiday a success.
The snorkelling is good just in front of the resort and buses are plentiful and cheap. It is very pleasant going to sleep with the sound of the sea. The bungalows are comfortable and well equiped. Would stay again. The restaurant Benjor? up the road is a bit patchy. We had some good meals there but on our last night their oven was broken and they had run out of supplies. T No items on the dessert menu were available. It appears as if they are not made at the restaurant anyway. None of this was mentioned by the staff prior to ordering. The main courses did not come as described on the menu due to the oven failure and lack of supplies.

Room Tip: The studio is the cheapest and the closest to the beach. Great value
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney - Australia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights with my wife and two small kids. The bungalows are nice and well equiped, and perfectly good for our family, although ours was showing some wear. I think it should really be called 'Island Magic Serviced Apartments' because it's not really a resort, at least as I know it.
The good - the bungalows are good; the common BBQ area is good; the hosts are excellent; the jetty/bar area looks pretty good; if the weather was good (wasn't for us..) the reef right out the front looks great for snorkeling.
The average - it doesn't have any restaurant/food/bar options. Quite a way (20 minute drive) from Port Vila. That might also be a good thing...
If you're looking for a beside the pool, being bought drinks while someone cooks you a feast type of joint, this is not your place. if you want a self contained, quiet place (perfect for multiple groups of friends/family) then this is a terrific option.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Stayed in 2br oceanfront bungalow. Very comfortable with each br having own ensuite. Own covered patio area with tables and chairs. Share BBQ in undercover area with table and chairs came in handy for 2 nights dinner. Snorkelling out front good when water calm, else hard to get in and out of water using ladder at warf. Plenty of colourful fish. Booked direct with IM and got special 6 night rate. They also organised transfers @ $A84 return for 3 people - you may be able to get cheaper, but it was peace of mind for us. About 15 min out of town, but quiet and relatively easy to get to with bus, especially with the new Mele Bay express running from the Summit to PV (better still that IM is town side of Benjour for good bus traffic). Just need to be organised with supplies as no shops close by (t/f from hotel detoured to large supermarket near airport for extra $A15). Managers friendly and helpful. Jane even took us to the Beach Bar the 1st night we arrived as she was heading there too. She also shared some of her fresh bananas and paw paw for a delicious fruit salad. Transport to / from during day easy with buses. At night, easy to get to from other locations, but getting from IM at night need some planning to organise bus for pickup as there may not be one driving past as often. But with some planning ahead, this should be easy to overcome. Having driven past other locations in PV itself and along some of the lagoons, Mele Bay (and IM) perfect location as ocean front with good snorkelling and swimming, close to Summit Gardens, Tanna Coffee, Beach Bar and Hideaway and easy to get to. Don't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Island magic resort

Best mid priced resort in Vanuatu. Anne and David are incredibly helpful - don't be shy to ask. Anne kept on checking that our tour drivers were arriving etc. They make all the difference to your stay.The resort is quiet, private and secure. Maintenance is top-notch with all request promptly attended to. The bungalows are spacious with a full sized kitchen -

Eating: Although there are great restaurants in Port Vila, a shopping trip to the local food market and Bon Marche food market makes a simple meal or fruit platter a welcome relief and is great for the budget. Benjor Beach Club (about a 10 minute walk) food is okay for a once off visit -a good experience is the entrée platter for two.
The resort has some basic supplies if you run short. Anne and David use the feedback from the guests to recommend tours and places to see.

Travel: Getting to and from the resort to Port Vila and other attractions was a snip - here’s how
Anne will usually call Saki (a bus driver) who has fair rates but always confirm before you get on the bus. This is one of the drawbacks about staying 20 minutes put of town but easily surmounted as follows:
Tip - buy the cheapest sim card for your phone (About $10 Aus) and keep Saki’s number (5398686) on you. Sometimes he is not available and Silo (5487757) is another one who will give you a fair deal - tell them you read about it on tripadvisor that they'll treat you fairly. Its about 400 vt into town and the same for a return. Hideaway Rseort pickup point is 150-200 one way - some drivers will try and charge you 300 vt but politely say no unless it is late at night. At night Saki and Silo may charge you a 100 vt more but absolutely worth it when you need a lift home after a late night out. Also don’t be disconcerted if they pickup locals on the way or stop for fuel, you are on a bus not a taxi. Taxi prices are exorbitant. . They both speak good English and are keen to establish repeat custom with specific resorts.
Mela All day Express : Comes by every hour-about $10 an all day ticket and it does the Summit Gardens, Tanna coffee, Cascades, Hideaway island ferry and Port Vila - a good deal as you don't have to renegotiate fares. It travels between anchor inn and the summit. Get Anne to check whether it is running and its start and end times.
The two bicycles are great - you can quickly cycle over to Tanna coffee for a good cuppa in the morning. Good hot chocolates too if you are not a coffee lover.

Must do’ at the resort: feed the fish with bread at the bottom of the jetty at dusk - they are voracious and in a short while the big ones come out after the tiddlers. If weather permits apparently the snorkelling is unsurpassed here.
Tipping: Apparently you don’t but we occasionally left something if the service was really good.

Must do's outside the resort

No. 1.The Summit Gardens - a stunning surprise where you get to experience the verdant beauty of Vanuatu with unsurpassed views of the island. The guides are local and knowledgeable and are able to answer a million questions. This only opened a couple of months ago and the P&O cruisers have not yet made it their no.1 destination. So enjoy the peace and tranquillity while it lasts. Also they have the best wood fired clay oven baked pizza on the island - so be sure to stop at their cafe. Also the small outlet to the side of the cafe has the least clichéd souvenirs like crèmes and oils which are made on site - most of it exported to New Zealand so you probably get it a bit cheaper. I must mentions the friendly cafe staff who work hard with a smile to create a great experience. Our 14 year old did not want to go to a garden and we were a bit reluctant but she really loved it and ended up taking loads of photographs. Take the Mela express as it comes by the summit every hour-about $10 an all day ticket and it does the Tanna coffee, Cascades, Hideaway island and port Vila - a good deal as you don't have to renegotiate fares.

No 2. Native Round Island Tour - this local outfit offer a great experience with a passionate guide and good driver in a clean minivan. If you are lucky then it will only be your group. They are reliable and this is not a cobbled together tour that every bus driver will offer you. Included is a refreshing fruit plattter for morning tea and a tasty lunch at a ‘fair dinkum” village restaurant complete with island string band. Tea and biscuits for afternoon tea after your swim in Havana bay- bring a cossie and snorkel gear if you have some. The highlight for me was holding a large non poisonous spider and some fierce warriors welcoming us at the village. Get them to stop at roadside stalls and don’t be scared to try the fried spring rolls - these are freshly cooked, cheap and yummy. Ni-vans love showing you their island and you can ask as many questions as you want. What I really liked about them is that everything is prepaid and they share half of their fee with the locals. The result is that the villages are delighted to see you and you don't feel as if you are imposing.
Top tip- Do the tour at the beginning of your trip as it will orient you to the island and local culture. Unfortunately they do not have a website but email (nativetours@hotmail.com) them or call them (5450253) and book it for the first full day you are there.
You’ll learn how no-vans believe and practice community. Everything is shared with you neighbour and a hard fence around your house means you ate a 'greedy man'. They are also an incredibly happy people and smile a lot - living from their hearts, so don't forget to smile as you negotiate a bus fare or ask the price of things.

No. 3 Tanna volcano tour. We did this with air taxi tours and thought they arranged a well organized tour with Evergreen lodge on the Tanna. We never got to see the volcano fireworks in all it's glory as it was covered by cloud and throwing the odd rock over our way but as we treated the whole tour as an adventure this was no big deal. Highlights were the incredible rich soil on the side of the road, the very bumpy tide at the back of a Landover, getting stuck on the way back and watch the various tour drivers helping each other get unstuck from the mud. The food at Evergreen lodge is surprisingly good and included in the package - great pots of tea(extra) and great rooms. We will definitely visit again. Also the small aircraft ride there and back was wonderful and the views of the islands was great. Not so fun was the hooning of the tour drivers racing each other on the ash plains. Stopping and viewing the volcano from dirt side was great. You appreciate nature when the volcano rumbles under your feet - a experience universal studios can't replicate. Tip - take a small collapsible umbrellas and light rain gear - also go closer to the steam vents near the car park and feel the heat!

No 4. Day tripping to hideaway island - we did not do any tours but just hired scuba gear 1000 pp. and well worth it. The underwater post office is fun but be brave and explore the edges of the reef just 3 meters beyond the most outer lying pontoon this is where most of the good stuff lies. Most people explore only 5 meters off shore and don't realize this nice stuff lies a bit further out. Don't go beyond the reef drop off and of course swimming within your capability. I did not see any life guards. Not so hot was there lunch time service- it took over an hour to arrive as they serve a long queue of divers who have pre-ordered. Choose your lunch time wisely.

No. 5. Mele Cascades - we were there when the P&O hordes were in so it was a little busy. Fortunately the beauty makes it worth it. It lived upto its hype.

Good places too eat.
Chantilly's in port Vila - great views plus try their osso bucco with gnocchi - divine.

L'houstalet - French cuisine at good prices. Most dishes under 2000 vt and a local favorite . Unpretentious

The fresh food market:- Vanuatu farmers use no pesticides so everything grown locally is organic in rich volcanic ash. Looks quite rural and prices are marked so don’t bargain. Try the nut treat that looks like bugs on a stick - I think this is the nangae nu. Also the wild raspberries if you can find them. The bunches of raw peanuts was also a first time for us and when we removed the nuts (in their shells) from their stems made a useful snack for those 'munchy' times at the beach. We tried a variety of fruits (unwashed) at the market and not one of us suffered for it - but don’t recommend it. A big hit was the tiny bananas which are so sweet. Also their avocados are sweet and leave you for the first time appreciating that it is a fruit rather than what we are used to in Australia.

Island Magic Resort is a must and we will stay again.

Room Tip: All bungalows have a great view - but the ones closest to the water have uninterrupted views.
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Price Your Stay

Been to Island Magic Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Island Magic Resort

Address: Devils Point Road | Mele Bay, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Phone Number:
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#9 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#15 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Island Magic Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury resort with self-contained apartment accommodation with ocean views, tropical gardens, guest bbq areas, swimming pool, and jetty to access spectacular snorkeling. Ideal for wedding and family groups. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Orbitz and Odigeo so you can book your Island Magic Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Island Magic Hotel Port Vila
Island Magic Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Island Magic Resort, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.