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“Paradise Cove yes, Vanuatu not so sure.” 5 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 43 hotels in Port Vila
Sydney
1 review
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“Paradise Cove yes, Vanuatu not so sure.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

Just returned from a two week stay at Paradise Cove Resort with my wife and nine year old daughter. We originally had booked just ten nights, thinking we'd leave the last four nights free to go elsewhere if we wanted. As it turned out, having driven around Efate and looked at a few other resorts, we decided to stay where we were.

How you feel about a holiday and a place is, at least for me, largely a matter of expectations. Paradise Cove was above our expectations and we very much enjoyed our stay there. The highlights for me were firstly the staff - Kris and Lauren, the new managers, were always friendly and helpful - and all the others who work there, and there are many, from the bar staff to the wait staff, the groundsmen to the cleaning ladies, all would welcome you with a big smile and hello and help you with anything you may need. Secondly, the position of the resort, facing northwest, means it is largely protected from the relentless southeast trade winds. It was windy for much of our time there, other less protected resorts would have been pretty miserable. Lastly the resort itself; the bungalows had an authentic island style feel to them; the snorkeling - we went every day - was very good, and the low key, laid back nature of the place suited us fine.

Negatives? Well apart from the road to the Paradise Cove area being a bit is rough, which did get a little tedious at times, can't think of anything that would make me want to stay else where. Of the other resorts we looked at, Eratap was very, very nice but expensive; Breakas looked pretty good but no to kids and was coping a lot of wind for much of the time we were there, similar with Tamanu. Nirvana, just down the road, where we had friends staying was nice, smaller bungalows but also less expensive, a possible alternative.

I guess I should add though, and I don't like ending on a negative note because we did have an enjoyable family holiday, that Vanuatu, or at least Efate, does have problems as a tourist destination. Port Vila is very run down, the place has a third world feel to it in a friendly sort of a way, which doesn't bother me, but the catch is you're paying first world prices - it's expensive and it's hard to avoid. In a competitive tourism market place that makes it difficult. Maybe the NiVan people make up for it, I guess you have to go and see for yourself.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Opotiki, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

We stayed at PCR for 8 nights June '10. Absolutely enjoyed it! Staff were very easy to deal with and going out of their way to help where they can. We met the owners and the new managers and again, great people. The bungalow were clean, food were great, snorkling very enjoyable for a first timer :o) Use of the kayaks and snorkling equipment was a bonus and never booked out.
We went to town a few times during our stay and the road is a bit bumpy but hey you on a tropical island - get over it! We got busses back to the resort from town easily - you just need to be fair in what you are prepared to pay the drivers.
We did not feel the need to venture away on day trips, dinners etc as we had everything we wanted right there.
Our return flight got cancelled by the airline on the day we were due to fly out of Vanuatu and the Managers were more helpful and informative than the travel agent we used back home. 10 out of 10!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toowoomba, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2010

We stayed at Paradise Cove for a week in March/April and had a perfect holiday. From the minute we arrived we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the surroundings and the kindness of the staff. There was hardly anyone else there for our first few days and we loved the fact that we felt we had the whole bay to ourselves! The bungalow was gorgeous and we felt completely secure there - no worries about leaving doors open etc. The snorkelling was fantastic and we enjoyed sunsets from the jetty. The food was delicious - thanks Sean for catering especially for our vegetarian daughter. The friendly staff advised us and organised trips, and we felt completely pampered. Oh, and we were very happy to make friends with the resort's cat! Before we went there we weren't sure about our decision to stay outside of Port Vila but were soon very glad we did. There was never any trouble getting around and in fact the bus ride was always interesting. We hope to go back one day.

Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2010

Great resort on the bay clean and functional rooms, (You get bugs, because its surrounded by forest!!!) maybe stay on the Gold coast if this bothers you.....
a very green and lush maintained garden scape that leads to the water, that also has bugs and fish and is very clean and beautiful, the snorkelling is amazing just off the beach with variety as good as anywhere ive been ,the jetty is a good hang especially at sunset with a long drink.

The staff are very pleasent and Shaun the bar manager went above and beyond to cater for our every need organising boats buses babysitters you name it!
the babysitters were great value and everyone who works there is very friendly.

the food was good and they make a great mojhito Joel Sydney

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

Just want to say a huge thanks to the staff at Paradise who made our holiday awesome. We were a huge group of friends and kids together to celebrate 3 birthdays. Most of us had an absolute ball. Vanuatu is a fantastic destination if you want a little adventure. The water was crystal clear, the food tasty, the people amazing, and the ambiance great. Paradise cove felt organic and made most of us feel close to how the island breathed. Some of us, however, were not too impressed with the wildlife and the lack of shopping on offer. They definately should have gone somewhere else if a few crabs and a couple of mosquitos were concerning them. Its the tropics right? In particular, what made Paradise Cove have its little vibe, was the village of Pango close by. Gave us a sense of being exactly where we were. We visited other resorts and found them quite sterile, the kind of place you could have been anywhere on a tropical island rather than in Vanuatu specific. The villagers all waved as the boys road by on their bikes to go surfing, or the girls passed by on a bus to find a waterfall.
A special thanks to Shawn. He made our trip just how most of us wanted it. Relaxed and Happy. Thank you.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

A gorgeous small resort - maximum occupancy is around 30 people, so it never felt crowded. We always found enough sun loungers, kayaks, snorkels etc despite the small size of the resort. Fantastic snorkelling straight off the beach and all the snorkelling gear is provided - simply stunning coral reefs and fish literally straight off the resort. Staff are amazingly attentive and helpful and couldn't do enough for us. The food is to die for - if you're staying somewhere else, it is worth the trip out to the restaurant for Sean's menu!
The fares were spotlessly clean - we really appreciated the extra effort that goes into keeping the rooms so nice. No TV and no phone really makes you slow down and relax, and you can choose to interact with the other guests, or just chill out with a fantastic cocktail.
The bus into town is a fantastic service, and it's dead easy to get back - Vanuatu's public transport system involves flagging down a van with a 'B' for bus on it's numberplate and telling the driver where you want to go. Paradise Cove is considered out of town from Port Vila so the trip can be 300 vatu - less than $3 AUD.
We also really enjoyed the resident dogs and cat - all of them no doubt perform a valuable guard/ vermin function, but they are so friendly it really personalised our stay. They were all great with kids, we observed, and didn't at all bug those guests who weren't keen on some animal time. Overall, a gem of a resort and we'll definitely go back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Sydney
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

We've just spent five days relaxing at Paradise Cove resort. I am so glad we chose to stay here. It is a small and intimate place with friendly staff, fantastic snorkelling and a great restaurant. The food was so good we didn't bother going anywhere else for dinner and the snorkelling was as good as Hideaway Island.

The staff, especially Ben and Sean, were extremely hospitable and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I just wish we could have stayed longer.
Next time we're going to book out the entire resort.
Thank you for a wonderful holiday

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Paradise Cove Resort

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 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#3 Family Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paradise Cove Resort 3.5*
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