5 Best Hotels in Vanuatu

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

$$$ | Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Vanuatu

A recent facelift has turned this resort, set on a lagoon with a view across to a man-name island, into one of the best places to stay in Port Vila for couples and families. Serenity-seekers love the secluded adult retreats, overwater bungalow, and indulgent spa, while young families love the kids club, the "kids stay and eat free" policy, and the many beach activities. The pool is inviting and the Wednesday night fire-dancing show is a hit. With a hill-top Verandah Restaurant overlooking the lagoon and two casual bars serving lunch and snacks, there are plenty of dining options, and the breakfast buffet gets rave reviews.

Pros

  • Excellent family amenities
  • Lagoon setting

Cons

  • Chain-property feels a bit impersonal
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Vanuatu
678-22040
hotel Details
148 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Mangoes Resort

$$$$ | Rue de Wales, Port Vila, Vanuatu

A small, ultra-modern complex with just 29 bungalows and apartments, Mangoes Resort excels when it comes to location—it's set on Erakor lagoon and is a 20-minute walk from Port Vila. Guests can choose from garden- or lagoon-view villas, villas with private plunge pools, or apartments with plunge pools and full kitchens. There are also three common pools. Accommodations exude a cool ambience with white walls and tile floors set off by dark-timber furniture and shutters, rattan headboards, and red throws and cushions. The hip style blends in beautifully with the tropical setting. The 60-seat restaurant, which welcomes children, serves a Pacific fusion menu, and dinner may feature a banana leaf–wrapped parcel of poulet fish (a local snapper) with ginger, coconut milk, and herbs, while the Mangoes special salad of chicken, paw paw (a papaya) with nuts, and lime zest is a staple.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Excellent restaurant
  • Good value

Cons

  • Relatively small, so head elsewhere if seeking big-resort energy
Rue de Wales, Port Vila, Vanuatu
678-24923
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Ratua Private island

$$$$ | Boite postale 396 Lugaville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Think of a log cabin by the sea (several log cabins, really), throw in some rustic, funky furniture, and imagine it all on a 146-acre private island—that's Ratua. The eco-lodge is accessed via a 50-minute flight from Port Vila to Espirito Santo (or Santo, as it's called), followed by a 30-minute car/boat ride to Ratua. The 15 villas, set in three little villages, are more than 200 years old, having been brought here from Indonesia and reconstructed. Each has a private terrace and either one or two bedrooms. Socializing and meals take place in the Yacht Club, whose bar resembles an old Wild West saloon, albeit with a lot more style. All villa furnishings are vintage—the four-poster beds, swathed in diaphanous calico, are particularly stunning. Activities include horseback, canoeing, mountain biking, and trips to the beautiful Blue Holes for swimming. Rates include welcome drinks and a full breakfast; a daily meal plan, with barbecue lunch, evening canapes, and a three-course dinner is available.

Pros

  • Completely secluded
  • Stylish decor
  • Lots of activities to keep you busy

Cons

  • That complete seclusion isn't for everybody
  • Somewhat pricey
Boite postale 396 Lugaville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
678-30020
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Havannah

$$$$ | Samoa Point, Port Havannah, Vanuatu

This is the ultimate couples' retreat, a beautifully designed 16-villa boutique resort on a lovely sweep of white sandy beach overlooking the islands of Lelepa and Mosa. Located 30 minutes' drive from Port Vila, the resort is named after Havannah Bay, an area used by the legendary Catalina flying boats that landed in Vanuatu during World War II. The villas are set amid gardens, by a split-level infinity pool, and on the waterfront. Although topped with thatched Melanesian-style roofs, the villas are the ultimate in modern luxury, with cool white walls, cream sofas, and chairs with bright cushions and sleek timber finishes. Bathrooms have rain showers and double vanities, and each has a private terrace; the waterfront villas have plunge pools. Complimentary cultural tours, bush hikes, fishing with a local guide, kayaking, and snorkeling are great ways to while away days in paradise, and the twice-a-day complimentary transfers to Vila are ideal for those who want to experience the little capital's nightlife and shopping.

Pros

  • Luxurious
  • Totally secluded

Cons

  • Adult-oriented
  • Won't appeal to families
Samoa Point, Port Havannah, Vanuatu
35600
hotel Details
17 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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White Grass Ocean Resort

$$$ | Saltwater Rd., Lenakel, Vanuatu

This resort on remote Tanna Island is the place for those who love snorkeling and getting away from it all. Access is via a 35-minute flight from Port Vila and then a quick drive from the small airport. The reef is a short swim from the beach, and the shoreline is dotted with sandy coves and rock pools that are perfect for snorkeling. The 14 bures (bungalows), set among tropical gardens, accommodate up to four, and each has a private terrace. The restaurant, serving dishes with many ingredients from the resort's gardens, overlooks the ocean and is ideal for watching the sunset. Guests can join a free guided snorkeling tour to Turtle Reef, or book a day tour to Yasur Volcano, a traditional Kastom village (such as Epai or Yakel), or a hiking adventure on the White Grass Plains. Or for those feeling adventurous, the resort can arrange a visit to a village where black magic is practiced. Laid-back types may prefer to chill out with a hot-rock massage.

Pros

  • Extremely secluded
  • Lush grounds
  • Reasonably priced considering all you get

Cons

  • Not ideal for families
  • Remote
Saltwater Rd., Lenakel, Vanuatu
678-30010
hotel Details
15 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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