Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort
East New Britain is ideal for the adventurous soul. Whether it’s climbing the active Mount Tavurvur volcano, or roaming through tunnels dug out by World War 2 prisoners of war, activities at this destination are filled with history and intrigue. Nestled on the coastline of Blanche Bay, KBB sits in the heart of Kokopo, about 40 minutes from Rabaul. There’s a perfect view of the volcano from KBB’s impressive restaurant deck, as well as sweeping views of surrounding islands.
Guests at KBB gravitate towards the open-air dining room (pictured) built in an authentic traditional haus win style with a sago roof – it’s pretty much the centrepiece of the resort. Spilling on to a tree-top deck with views across the bay, it’s a great place to relax. The self-contained stand-alone rooms make the resort private and cosy – it’s also family friendly with a secure pool and a private beach down the hill.
Each of the 39 suites has a separate bedroom, lounge with dining area, kitchenette and facilities, including washing machine. I stayed in an executive bungalow, which was modern and comfortable, and had a very good air conditioner. The private balcony made the room feel more spacious, and was another secluded place to enjoy the views.
FOOD AND DRI NK
Food in the restaurant is excellent and there’s a large selection of cuisine, including Asian, Western and Melanesian. It’s all prepared with fresh and local ingredients, which gives the menu variety. Room service is available and the bar fridge is well stocked.
WHAT GUES TS LIKE
“Excellent staff, very good food and a great location.” – Booking.com “KBB is a clean, well-run resort with a range of activities, wide variety of food available and the staff are all friendly. They offer decent tours and even diving right from the resort, which is handy.” – TripAdvisor