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Paradise Cove Resort
Ranked #1 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful Paradise”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

It was our 6th visit to Vanuatu when we (2 adults) stayed at Paradise Cove for four nights in January 2012. We were looking for somewhere to spend a few quiet days and nights and our prerequisites were that the place be self-contained, be on the water for swimming and snorkelling, with the possibility of other water sports and hopefully a bar and restaurant. Paradise Cove ticked all the boxes and when we found an Internet offer too good to pass up we booked it quickly. We knew the position was a bit out of town and that suited us because we were staying in town for a few nights also.

We loved the bungalows, they were everything we expected after reading the reviews and looking at photos. We found the bed to be comfy, we had loads of space to spread out and relax and the kitchen had everything we needed to make our meals each day. Our favourite area was the private undercover area outside with 2 cushioned sunbeds and a hammock.

We enjoyed happy hour cocktails each day in the bar area and treated ourselves to a private dinner on the jetty. My dinner was lovely and my fussy partner said that his steak was superb! The service was really good, the staff were friendly, the housekeeping ladies were good for a chat and one of them told us how to make Island ice cream, which of course we had to try. The grounds were immaculate, the snorkelling was fun a refreshing with plenty of fish life and some coral to look at. There is a lot of dead coral, but if it's fish you are interested in then you won't be disappointed.

While we were there we walked to Honeymoon Bay for a picnic and a swim. We got a bit lost on they way, so just make sure that you get directions.....it wasn't as straight forward as we thought.

All in all we would recommend Paradise Cove as long as you understand that you are 20 mins out of town and the bus will cost you a little more......but it's very doable!

Room Tip: The bungalows are all in a garden setting
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

We stayed a week and yes the staff is great. Manager or owner was indifferent. They say they book tours for you but don't hold your breath. Food was good. Room which is a fala is not too comfortable and we had no water pressure at all the whole time. I'd never stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011
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7 Thank Criky4
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Victoria Australia
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

A truly beautiful, peaceful and all-round enjoyable place to stay. The rooms were comfortable, well serviced and spacious, and the way they are spaced means that you have great privacy. The staff are all delightful people and gave great service without being in your face. The snorkelling was good, sea life was entertaining and abundant but the coral is dead in places. The restaurant had great food at reasonable prices and nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Paradise Cove's promise of good coral off the jetty is a bit of a stretch and I feel that new and updated brochures should not use this lure to entice visitors .. there might have been live coral there a year or two back, but much has been destroyed by cyclones. We prefer our coral live, coloured and unbroken. However, we really enjoyed the evenings at Paradise Cove - the dinners were lovely and the atmosphere made you think Mitzi Gaynor and Rosanno Whatsit, however the spartan breakfasts left a lot to be desired. The fruit salad consisted of a third of a bruised unpeeled banana, wafer thin pineapple and squashy papaya - for heavens sake, the markets is awash with perfect cheap fruit - the toast tasted like left over rusks and the coffee and watery juice virtually undrinkable - maybe we should have brought our own - but ummmmmm... isn't breakfast part of the tariff? The bungalows are well spaced apart, and the living area roomy so we were mystified by the cramped dark bedroom which had no netting or flywire to keep the gazzillion mosquitoes at bay. We couldn't open the double doors and and had to rely on the fan for to move the alr around as well as plastering ourselves with Eau de Rid at night.
Paradise Cove is a bit out of the way, the road there is very rough and on a couple of occasions the bus drivers were reluctant to go there. Road repairs are imminent so that's only a very minor quibble. Paradise Cove makes the most of its location - it is in a very pretty setting - there's a jetty where you can have a romantic candlelit dinner, and the gardens are immaculate - we believe the resort is about to undergo a major maintenance programme - may I suggest the owners repaint the bedrooms? A light colour ... not Mission Brown!
The hosts are welcoming and the staff attentive and happy, so that went quite a long way in diminishing our disappointment regarding the coral which is the very reason we chose to stay there in the first place.
As we traveled around Vanuatu we couldn't help wondering, where is the tourist dollar going? Inter Island airfares are expensive, there's a departure tax every time you move from one island to another, there's a lot of donated NGO money spent on infrastructure that should be the responsibility of their own government - accommodation is not cheap, food relatively expensive and everything seems to attract some kind of tax... I really don't think enough is being done for the locals.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

My wife and I had a week at Paradise Cove on our honeymoon and absolutely loved it.

All the rooms are separate cabins with plenty of personal space, an airy bedroom and living room, private courtyard with hammock and lounger and a kitchenette. The site is very green and peaceful. There is fantastic snorkeling off the jetty (where the boat also picked us up from for our dive trips).

It is a little out of Vila (a 15 or so minute trip on a really rough road) so if you are planning to go into town every night it may not be the right place, we went in a couple of times in our week and it was no problem.

Everything is managed out of the big open air covered bar lounge and dining area looking out over the water (with a second dining area 10m down the hill on the absolute waterfront) which is a nice communal environment.

The staff are fantastic, relaxed and friendly and ever helpful. They took the time to recommend different trips depending on what we were looking for, and followed up with the operators to make sure it all went smoothly. The maintenance staff and housekeeping staff all know you a little and add personality to the stay.

When we were there we noticed that a lot of the options in this price range were a hotel type building so you didn't get the island feeling we did, and Paradise Cove faces west so it is the only place we found where the sun sets over the water.

We'd definitely go back.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

My wife and I just soaked up six most peaceful days in Vanuatu at Paradise Cove Resort. We were looking for comfort, quiet, privacy, warmth, good food, good snorkelling and friendly but not intrusive staff. We got the lot and more. The resort has just 10 bungalows and caters to a maximum of 30 guests. It is about a15-20 minute ride from Port Vila, the main town which I found unimpressive and a little third worldish but the resort itself was embedded in lush jungle foliage and fronts onto a huge bay which itself opens to the ocean. The snorkelling right in front of the resort is great and if you need a change of scenery just walk for 15 minutes to Honeymoon Bay for an alternative experience on a long sandy beach. Ask any of the staff and they'll clue you in to what is good.
The managers, Belinda and Andrew, hinted that Vanuatan beef was the great and it was. I had some of the best steak I can remember. The fish was superb too. For my vegetarian wife the choices were a little more limited but their salads were excellent and the pizza pastry had a uniqueness to it. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: All bungalows have garden locations. A couple might get a glimpse of water but none have direct wate...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2012

If you are looking for a beautiful setting, peace and quiet just to do nothing, then this is an amazing place.
Set 25 minutes drive from Port Vila only 10 bungalows are nestled in stunning grounds.
The staff are outstanding and nothing is too much trouble. We spend an "exhausting" morning snorkelling, lazying and reading in the shady beach area, so I walked up to the restaurant (20m away) to order lunch, only to be asked if we would like it served down where we were already lying on the lounge chairs.
The Bar and Restaurant is on site, overlooking the water, while not cheap, has an extensive menu of delicious food making it possible to dine each night for a week long stay. Bungalows are clean and comfortable with ceiling fans but perhaps just a little tired.
The Jetty makes access to snorkelling so easy - no current or tide, with so much to see and so close - Yes, we actually did find Nemo!
The road to the resort makes this not recommended as a place to base yourself to see other areas of the island or frequent trips into Port Vila - 20 minutes of under 10km/h trying navigate around many and sometimes large potholes - but having visited the Port Vila town once seemed enough for us. Having said this, there are lots of day trips available to be booked at the resort. The Waterfalls are lovely but for us the Blue Pools was OK. There is a sandy beach about 15 minutes walk from the resort ... well worth the visit.

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the the Beach may get a little more breeze as the gardens are so lush
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Paradise Cove Resort
Address: Paradise Cove | Pango, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Port Vila
#1 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#3 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
#6 Business Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Paradise Cove Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This private and intimate small resort is located 15 minutes from downtown Port Vila. It offers 10 self contained One and Two Bedroom villas in a well established tropical garden by the ocean. The beautiful reef offers great snorkeling and diving opportunities with an easy access from the private beach and jetty. Under an iconic traditional roof celebrating the Melanesian architecture, the restaurant serves the best fresh local ingredients prepared with a Mediterranean touch. With a relaxed atmosphere Paradise Cove Resort provides a genuine tropical island holiday. Please note that the access by boat to our private jetty is strictly limited. ... more   less 
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