MAN­GOES RE­SORT, PORT VILA, VAN­U­ATU

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - Man­goes­re­sort.com By Kris Mad­den

Set high on a clifftop over­look­ing Erakor La­goon in Port Vila, adults'-only Man­goes Re­sort has 29 beau­ti­fully ap­pointed bou­tique bun­ga­lows, per­fect for cou­ples seek­ing a re­lax­ing trop­i­cal es­cape in the South Pa­cific. Man­goes has four lev­els of ac­com­mo­da­tion, each of­fer­ing ei­ther gar­den views or panoramic views of the la­goon and coast­line. We stayed in one of the deluxe Gar­den View Apart­ments, which are dou­ble the size of the bun­ga­lows and have their own pri­vate ter­race and plunge pools, essen­tial when look­ing to es­cape Van­u­atu’s heat. Even if you don’t book a villa with its own pool, there are three other large swim­ming pools, so you rarely need to share. The apart­ment it­self is spa­cious and in har­mony with its sur­rounds. Plan­ta­tion shut­ters al­low the cool breezes to flow through the fan-cooled rooms (air con­di­tion­ing is charged ex­tra). A roomy liv­ing area fea­tures a sofa and deep arm­chairs to sink into af­ter a long day of ex­plor­ing, and there’s a kitch­enette if you want to self-cater.

Man­goes Restau­rant and Bar has a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best restau­rants in Port Vila, serv­ing fresh seafood and is­land spe­cial­ties. A light con­ti­nen­tal break­fast is in­cluded in most ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages, or a cooked break­fast for an ad­di­tional charge. Man­goes Re­sort of­fers plenty of fa­cil­i­ties to keep you en­ter­tained through­out your stay, in­clud­ing a ten­nis court and gym at sis­ter prop­erty The Ter­races next door. WiFi is com­pli­men­tary in the restau­rant and lobby; or in-room for a fee. The re­sort is ar­bout a 10-minute walk from town, but buses and taxis stop at the en­trance through­out the day. There is also a tour book­ing desk to help you plan and make the most of your time in Van­u­atu. For cou­ples want­ing to re­con­nect in a pri­vate, peace­ful set­ting, Man­goes Re­sort is just the spot.

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