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“Peace and Quiet at Paradise Cove” 4 of 5 stars
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Paradise Cove Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Pango | BP 389, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Melbourne
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7 hotel reviews
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“Peace and Quiet at Paradise Cove”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2006

We stayed at Paradise Cove for 6 nights in May 2006, and booked direct with the resort. Paradise Cove was a very pleasant and relaxing place to stay, the service is excellent (if a little laid-back, Vanuatu style!), and even at its standard rate, quite reasonably priced compared to the big hotel chains. The highlights of our stay were definitely snorkling and kayaking on reef off the resort's private beach and borrowing the mountain bikes to explore the nearby villages.

On the downside, however, is the fact that the resort is quite a long way from Vila. (Although, those of you who have previously visited Port Vila - which bears a striking resemblance to Port Moresby - will probably see this as an advantage). This is a good thing for the first couple of days, when the novelty of winding down into holiday mode is still fresh, but you soon start to want to get out and explore. You can either organise to catch the hotel's mini bus (200vt pp each way) or a taxi (probably about 1500-2000vt). Because it needs to be organised, and because going to and forth ended up being a little pricey, we felt a little restricted by the location.

Also, don't believe the rhetoric about dining in Vanuatu...we tried meals at pretty much all of the places recommended on the internet and in the guidebooks and were fairly disapointed by the quality of food especially for the price. You will probably end up using the kitchenette!!!

We had a very nice time in Vanuatu, it is a great place to visit if you are young and adventurous. We loved getting out from the resort and doing tours (don't miss Lelepa Island tour - fantastic!!), horse-riding, scuba diving (Big Blue will pick you up from beach!!), and plenty of snorkling and walking. The locals are extremely warm, friendly and trustworthy; you always feel safe, and their are no touts or bargaining.

In some ways, however, Vanuatu is a difficult place to visit if you are at all politically aware - its hard to enjoy a meal when you are paying $25 for a main course and you know that the waiter is taking home $1.80 per hour (and won't accept tips), or accidently walking through a shanty town, or seeing Vila hospital with its open drains, or little children playing in rubbish. Despite the glossy brochures, Vanuatu is definetly a 3rd world country. For this reason, I am not sure that I would choose Vanuatu for a special occasion holiday, like a honeymoon, unless you planned to spend the whole time in a resort.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2006

Just got back today from my 10 day honeymoon to Vanuatu, which began with 7 nights at Paradise Cove. We went there initially as we got a very good deal through Coral Seas, and we are very glad we did!

At first I was a bit apprehensive as the road to paradise cove isn't the best (but after we travelled some more we discovered all of vanuatus roads are like that), however as soon as we arrived I was awestruck. The resort is a little way out of town so it is very quiet, and there were only another 3 or 4 couples there the whole time we were there.

On arrival, we were greeted with a complimentary fruit cocktail, and as we were honeymooners, there was a large list of complimentary inclusions. My favourite one was the palm-leaves they constructed around the doorway in the shape of a heart decorated with fresh hibiscuses and frangipanis every morning. Our room was filled with small tokens of fresh flowers everyday also, and in addition to that being honeymooners we got a complimentary fruit platter, a complimentary dinner and a bottle of sparkling wine.

While we were there it was my husbands birthday, so in conjunction with the manager I organised a suprise candlelit dinner on the jetty for him. It was beautiful! And to top it off, the resort organised a cake and brought it to us, singing Happy Birthday in french to him!
We had a great time during our stay there, and despite the distance from town we found it relatively easy to organise lifts into town with the bus-driver, Moses, and we hired a car for 2 days to travel to other parts of the island. We found all the staff to be very friendly, with some of them even inviting us and other guests out for a night on the town.

We left to go to Tanna and then stayed at Mangoes in Vila the last night. But out of all of it, Paradise Cove was definitely our favourite place, and we will definitely be heading back there sometime!!!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2006

We stayed for a week and loved it! The Italian food was wonderful, freshly made pasta everyday. Friendly staff and transport in to Port Vila if you timed it right! Mostly we walked in to the village (10mins) and caught one of the little buses. Only complaint was the pool was unusable when we were there.
I would certainly recommend to people who don't want a big resort and value their privacy.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2005

We just got back from a week at Paradise Cove Resort in Pango about 20 minutes south of Port Vila. It has 10 great bungalows with kitchenettes. It's on the beach with amazing snorkeling. They offer free mask, fins, etc. as well as kayaks. We wouldn't have gone diving (at Hideaway Island-good) if we had been snorkeling at the resort. The restaurant has good food and super friendly staff! Melanesian Feast from Bob at the Market was ok, I wouldn't highly recommend it. We didn't get to the falls, but I kept hearing how great they were. It is a great place to relax and unwind!. Its close enough that you can take the resort bus into town for $200VT and if can't get a service bus (B-license) for another $200VT back to the resort than a cab shouldn't be more than $1,500VT. The bus driver was great and worked well with our schedule. Basically we gave it a 9 out of 10 score!!

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Address: Pango | BP 389, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#2 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#2 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#8 Business Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paradise Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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Also Known As:
Paradise Cove Hotel Port Vila
Paradise Cove Port Vila
Paradise Cove Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila

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