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Nasama Resort
Ranked #7 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

My 2 friends and I stayed at Nasama resort for 4 nights in February. The service was excellent and the reception and security were lovely. Our room was clean and comfortable.
I read other reviews saying there were cockroaches, I'd just like to say we DUH! Cockroaches are all over the world. Don't let their reviews deter you from this lovely resort.
The pool area is beautiful and well kept.
Nasama is a lovely, peaceful place.
If you are looking for a place to unwind, it is perfect. Only a 5 minute bus ride to town.
Nasama does not have a restaurant, however, Breakas resort is less than a 10 minute walk in the opposite direction of town.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Darwin
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

The rooms and resort is exactly like the photos. The rooms are huge and so clean. All the staff are so friendly and Ashley in reception is so helpful and couldn't do enough. The pool is fantastic and overlooks the ocean. The beach is not the best for swimming (lots of coral) but it was so relaxing just sitting in the chairs looking at the waves. The rooms are self contained but Breakas resort is a 10 minute walk and they serve food and drinks. Everything in Port Villa is so expensive so cooking is a good option as the restaurants do not serve good quality food. Transport is so easy, buses go past the resort every couple of minutes and cost just under AUS$2 each way. Definitely recommend this resort.
Don't be put off with it being the wet season, the weather is absolutely amazing and I could not have asked for a better start to my trip.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2014

We have just returned from two wonderful weeks at Nasama. We are a family of two adults and two teenage boys. We have traveled extensively through Europe, America and have spent quite a few summer holidays in Egypt (the boys all dive). Nasama Resort was certainly as good as, if not better, than the Mediterranean resorts we have stayed in. Nettie, Mathilde and Chanel at Reception answered our endless questions with a smile and very good advice. We had a two bedroom apartment which was enormous. Very clean, bright and no problems with hot water or any appliances. Our only suggestion would be to air condition the bedrooms as we found it very difficult to sleep. We are from Brisbane, so are used to the heat and humidity, but still found it very hot. There is a large air conditioner in the main living space and I imagine that for the smaller apartments it is perfectly adequate. We would consider two studio apartments (depending on cost) for our return visit. Food - Bon Marche as per other reviews. Big Blue Diving were excellent. Big Blue have trained and employ ni-Vanuatu instructors. Husband and boys said they were outstanding. Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay has received some very bad reviews - we went and it was one of the most wonderful days. We had a vet in our party who was happy with the condition of the animals. If you go, you must take the option to swim with the turtles. Our boys were in the water for over an hour. We loved Vanuatu, the ni-Vanuatu are the most wonderful people. We will be back!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Paul V, Owner at Nasama Resort, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Hello Georgie,
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We are very pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay at Nasama Resort. Regarding the air-conditioning - generally, the air-conditioning in the two bedroom apartments is adequate when all the window louvres are shut and the doors to the bedrooms are left open. However, it has been unusually hot and humid over the past few weeks. We hope that this did not affect your holiday too much and look forward to welcoming you back to Nasama Resort!
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2014

Picture it... an 18 hour layover in Vanuatu. Never heard of the country before... No idea where to stay. Thankfully, TripAdvisor steered us to Nasama. They were so kind to us before we even set foot on the island. They put up with my incessant emailing, asking questions about how to get there and cabs to restaurants and all sorts of things.

We arrived late in the day. They were closed but our new best friend Chanel stayed to get us settled. Then the cab they had arraigned for us was waiting to take us to dinner. Chanel came too, to make sure we got there easily. We had a lovely dinner and low and behold, the cab and Chanel had been waiting for us the whole time. This man gave up his whole evening to make sure that we were taken care of. It was very kind and very appreciated, especially since this was such a out of the way spot.

The next morning Chanel was back at work with Ashley and they helped us catch the 'bus' to 'downtown.' We walked around the market and got breakfast. On the way back we brought tons of fruit to try then caught the cab to the airport.

The facilities are nice. Unfortunately, we had just finished staying at a super lux 5 star resort in New Caledonia so there was no way this place could live up to that at that moment. However, it is a BEAUTIFUL location with great facilities. I only wish we had a bit more time to enjoy the pool and ocean and resort. A total highlight was the little banana tree outside our door that we found in the morning.

I highly recommend this location. Not just because it's beautiful but because the service is OUTSTANDING!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We were impressed and hope to come back. It had every thing we wanted. Peaceful resort getaway with out the commercial atmosphere of the bigger resorts. Beach front, snorkelling on the reef just on the door step, kayaks for use, Barbecue area. The pool was lovely, I could even swim lengths. The air con bliss, the staff friendly and helpful. Décor was clean and fresh. Favourite thing - floating in the pool on my back at night staring up at the southern stars.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2014

We spent one of the most relaxing weeks of our lives in an Oceanfront Apartment which was definitely worth the extra money. The room was very comfortable and had everything needed to do your own cooking, 5 Australian TV channels (CH7 and CH9, 2 Fox Sports channels, Sky News), pool and ocean swimming with reclining lounges by the pool and on the beach under umbrellas, and we found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful.

Very easy to catch a bus from the road outside reception (150 vatu = currently A$1.73 per person) into Port Vila for all your shopping/dining/activities and the staff at reception were brilliant in providing us with maps and suggestions for places to eat and things to do.

Snorkelling at the resort is surprisingly pretty good (you can hire flippers/mask/snorkel from reception) but don't expect to see colourful coral (take a trip elsewhere if coral is what you're after). Plenty of fish, starfish, hermit crabs and sea urchins though (and unfortunately a bunch of nappies trapped in the weeds!).

Would definitely recommend taking a bus from/to the airport if possible instead of a taxi as it will cost 1/3 the price as long as the bus driver is willing to drive the distance. We negotiated a 1000 vatu trip (A$11.50 for 2 of us and our luggage) to the airport with a bus driver that pulled up on the side of the road having paid the standard 3000 vatu (A$35) taxi fare upon arrival.

Overall a brilliant and comfortable stay in a quiet and relaxed resort.

Room Tip: Oceanfront Apartments are literally metres from the water and the sound of the waves actually blocks...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful location to relax and enjoy the warm weather. In short this is a bunch of new self-contained apartments build around a beautiful pool. There is also a beach that is nice for a swim or a snorkel.

The rooms are nice and the staff are friendly.

This is a resort that is perfect if you want to swim each day, read heaps of books and fall asleep on the sand. Also great to spend time with your children without the distractions of kids clubs and buffets.

No matter how many people come and go, it's never that busy. We were there in the first week of 2014 and there was never anymore than 10 people in the pool and you could always get a sun lounge. There was a mix of couples with and without kids, however unlike the bigger resorts in Vanuatu and Fiji, you don't feel like you are at a kindergarten.

Just a few things to note:
- Nasama has no restaurant. There is a cooktop in your room (an oven in the 2 bedroom apartments) and also a BBQ on site. The supermarket is only a few mins away. Breakfast Cereal is expensive so we took some from home.
- It costs about AU$1.25pp to get into town via public mini vans that go past the resort every 30 seconds.
- Vanuatu is an expensive place to eat out. Basically same price as Australia (at times a little more), so choose carefully. When you find a good place, go back to it.
- There is a heap of tours and activities to do and the wonderful staff at reception can help you out with. Once again not that cheap.

This is a very well priced resort that is perfect for anyone looking to simply relax.


Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Paul V, Owner at Nasama Resort, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Thank you for taking time to write such a nice review!
Looking forward to welcome you again !
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Property: Nasama Resort
Address: Pango Road | PO Box 1035, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#6 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nasama Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in April 2012, Nasama Resort is a serviced apartment complex that offers deluxe self-contained beachfront accommodation. Its location oceanfront in the southwest corner of Efate Island puts it in the path of cooling trade winds in the summer months. Just 10 minutes from Port Vila town centre, it is on Pango Road which is a tar sealed road with easy access to public transport. Every apartment is decorated with style and has its own veranda for guests to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunrises and panoramic ocean views. It offers the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioner, fan, TV/iPod dock and free wireless internet. Select from 3 types of apartments: studio apartments sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child; deluxe-on-the-water one bedroom apartments sleep up to 2 adults and one child; and spacious two bedroom apartments sleep up to six people. On the grounds of the resort is a beautiful infinity pool and children’s pool leading to a sandy beach with a natural rock pool in the ocean for safe swimming. Covered barbecue facilities offer an alternative to in-room dining. Guests can have fun in our complimentary kayaks, swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach. Reception can also advise and book guests on any of the 40 tours and activities offered in Vanuatu. Surfers will be pleased to know that there is surfing just 5 minutes up the road at Breakas beach. For those in need of pampering, we offer soothing massages to the sound of waves at our beach massage fare. Nasama Resort's own restaurant, Cafe Vila & Bar, was recently opened in December 2014 and is already acquiring a reputation for its wonderful ambiance and delicious meals. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner with brunch on offer till 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Happy Hour at the bar is from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm daily, extended to 7:00 pm on Fridays. ... more   less 
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