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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Cove Hotel Port Vila
- Paradise Cove Port Vila
- Paradise Cove Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila