The 7 Best Places To Stay In Port Vila / Efate, Vanuatu

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There is tons of accommodation to choose from when planning your trip to Vanuatu, especially on the main island of Efate, but they’re not all created equal.

Here are my top 7 best places to stay in Port Vila and wider Efate. 

Some are pretty basic and won’t provide the comfortable stay you’re looking for (think old and run down) while others cost a premium with limited services and leave you stranded miles away from other destinations.

I spent a week in Port Vila earlier in the year and hired a scooter to explore the island. While we only stayed at a couple of the spots listed here, the rest we visited for a drink, a meal, or even just to swim at the beach and check out the vibes – making note of where I’d stay when I visit Vanuatu again.

1️⃣ Best Budget Option 1: Coconut Palms Resort
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2️⃣ Best Budget Option 2: Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
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3️⃣ Best Mid-Range Hotel: Breakas Beach Resort
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4️⃣ Best High End Resort For Families: Eratap Beach Resort
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5️⃣ Best Boutique Resort For Couples: Paradise Cove Resort
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6️⃣ Best Luxury Resort: The Havannah Vanuatu
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7️⃣ Best Luxury Resort 2: Tamanu On The Beach
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Best Budget Option 1: Coconut Palms Resort

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This budget-friendly option is not far from the town center and makes it convenient to explore the city and take the ferry to other islands. It’s pretty average, but the rooms were clean and the staff I interacted with was always friendly.

The restaurant is decent and reasonable, but the food items aren’t varied. I paid around 800 vatu ($7 USD) for a continental breakfast. And if you decide to have lunch and dinner, expect to pay anything from 1200 vatu ($10 USD). 

Amenities

  • Pools
  • Game room
  • Evening entertainment
  • Car hire
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfers
  • Water activities–snorkeling, kayaking, cultural tours

Best Budget Option 2: Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

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Holiday Inn is not the grandest of places, but it makes for a decent stay. This family-friendly resort is located on the lagoon, about 10 minutes from Port Vila. They often host nighttime entertainment with live music which you can enjoy over your favorite cocktail. One of my pressing concerns was that most of the doors wouldn’t lock properly. 

The food was basic–I found myself dining out a lot more than expected–but reasonably priced. One of the highlights is the varying breakfast options, and the buffet averages 1800 vatu ($15 USD). Despite the minor faults, the staff was friendly and accommodating. 

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Casino
  • Kids Club
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fitness centre
  • Free breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus

Best Mid-Range Hotel: Breakas Beach Resort

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For an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of life, do check out this adults-only resort. It’s quite a drive from town, but you’ll be rewarded with the most relaxing stay. It has cozy tropical-themed bungalows, with the only downside being no air conditioning. Also, as intended by the owners to offer their guests a rejuvenating experience, there’s no Wi-Fi in the rooms. But you can access it in the lobby.

The meals are varied and always delicious, and I recall paying 2000 vatu ($17 USD) for tasty fish and chips. 

Amenities

  • Airport transfers
  • Shuttle buses
  • Pools
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Car hire
  • Taxi service
  • Water activities–snorkeling, fishing, diving
  • Free breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Spa

Best High End Resort For Families: Eratap Beach Resort

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Eratap is a high-end resort with spacious, comfortable, and well-furnished villas. It boasts stunning views and an extremely peaceful environment. In fact, there’s nothing not to love about this place. Most of the staff went above and beyond in making my stay as pleasant as possible.

They serve tasty meals, too. But these come at a premium. While almost every meal is worth trying, I have to say; they make the juiciest and tastiest steak, for which I paid around 6000 vatu ($51 USD). 

Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Free breakfast
  • Beach
  • Kids area 
  • Private and outdoor pool
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Evening entertainment
  • Laundry service
  • Shuttle bus service
  • Airport transfers
  • Snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, diving, etc, with equipment provided
  • Private pools
  • Spa

Best Boutique Resort For Couples: Paradise Cove Resort

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This boutique resort is located about 20 minutes from Port Vila. It’s serene, with cozy bungalows, beautiful gardens, and welcoming staff. Every meal I sampled was delicious. Especially their seafood. I tried their seafood platter (which is shareable, by the way) for 3500 vatu ($30). 

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Dive center
  • Free airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus
  • Activities–diving, snorkeling, fishing, cultural tours
  • Free Parking
  • Free breakfast
  • Beach
  • Babysitting
  • Kids’ play area

Best Luxury Resort: The Havannah Vanuatu

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This intimate resort is perfect for a romantic getaway. You’ll find it on Port Havannah, about 30 minutes from Port Vila, and it boasts elegant rooms with views of stunning sunsets. The food is excellent and the menu rotates on a daily basis. You can expect to pay 3000 vatu ($26) for a gourmet breakfast, and anything from 4500 ($38) for a filling meal. 

I didn’t stay here but spent an afternoon enjoying their cocktails and their views.

Why choose Havannah?

The Havannah is renowned for being by far the best accommodation on Efate, no doubt about it. When you enter you’ll feel like you’re entering a winery rather than a hotel lobby. The grounds are immaculate, service professional, and the experience is second to none.

It’s also close to other attractions on the north side of Efate like Top Rock, Lelepa, and Pele Island as well as being a short drive to Blue Lagoon.

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Drawbacks:

This resort is on the other side of the island to Port Vila, so you’ll need to spend an hour in a taxi or shuttle bus to get there. It also means that you’ll need to arrange transport for any outings and need to allow for a lot of

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Airport transfers
  • Private pools
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Spa
  • Activities–snorkeling, kayaking, boating, canoeing
  • Free breakfast
  • Laundry services

Best Luxury Resort 2: Tamanu On The Beach

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One of the many beachfront resorts in Vanuatu, this gem is located on the south coast of Efate. It has minimalistic yet stunning villas with private facilities. The staff is fantastic too. They ensured all my needs were met, and some even went as far as recommending amazing destinations to explore. 

The food was amazing, but not cheap. I’m big on curries, so I tried theirs. The 4000 vatu ($34 USD) I forked out was worth the price.

Amenities

  • Airport transfers
  • Kids area
  • Free breakfast
  • Shuttle bus
  • Concierge
  • Activities–kayaking, surfing
  • Spa 
  • Pools

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