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An­gelfish Cove.

Lo­cated in beau­ti­ful An­gelfish Cove, on the Pango penin­sula, An­gelfish Cove Vil­las is per­fect for those look­ing for self-con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion in a se­cluded lo­ca­tion with a lovely wa­ter­front. Built in 2008 by two of Port Vila’s best-known builders, Nick Bram­ley and Nick Camp­bell, An­gelfish Cove re­flects not only good taste but an un­der­stand­ing of what trop­i­cal is­land liv­ing is all about. High ceil­ings and French slid­ing doors open­ing com­pletely into the out­side max­imise the air­flow, cool­ing the in­side spa­ces and lend­ing a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness. The vil­las have been de­signed to cater for all, from sin­gles and cou­ples to fam­i­lies and groups of friends. Ac­com­mo­da­tion com­prises of one three­bed­room beach­front villa, four twobed­room vil­las - two of them beach­front, and five one-bed­room stu­dios. The cute stu­dios are big in size and have king-size beds, kitch­enettes with a full size fridge, cook­top and mi­crowave, DVD player, free WIFI and air-con. With large decks sur­rounded by gar­dens to en­sure pri­vacy, each stu­dio has a BBQ and four of them have their very own pri­vate plunge pool. Not only beau­ti­ful but prac­ti­cal, the two and three bed­room vil­las have size­able kitchens, in­clud­ing full size fridges, stove with oven, lots of bench and cup­board space and are fully-equipped with all the things you need to cook that lovely meal; per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing and feel­ing right at home. With DVD player and WIFI, you can be as con­nected as you need to although in this en­vi­ron­ment, you may chose to keep your de­vices firmly packed! The air con will keep you cool dur­ing the hottest time of the year so you can have a great night’s sleep in the large bed­room. Su­per spa­cious, the vil­las

also have gen­er­ous liv­ing ar­eas, more like a house than a hol­i­day villa. Taste­fully fur­nished in an el­e­gant, is­land style, this is, no doubt, a home away from home. Ex­ten­sive use of lo­cal hard woods is part of the vil­las’ de­sign with hard­wood floors, doors and win­dows. Large out­door decks out­fit­ted with BBQS, sun lounges and out­door din­ing fur­ni­ture, look out onto the ocean and gar­dens, ready for guests to cook and dine un­der the stars. It is the lit­tle de­tails that some­times mat­ter most and from taste­ful pic­tures on the wall, to nice fur­ni­ture pieces and good mood-light­ing, An­gelfish Cove has thought of ev­ery­thing, even pro­vid­ing beach tow­els and a wash­ing ma­chine in each villa. For­get about laun­dry that never comes back, the new all-pink wardrobe due to that rogue pink sock and un­jus­ti­fi­ably high laun­dry bills; it’s all there for your com­fort. The beach­front vil­las are of course, the most deca­dent of them all, with their own out­door ve­randa lead­ing to the wa­ter­front, the gen­tle ocean lap­ping only a few me­tres away, and the three-bed­room villa has its own plunge pool right on the beach.

The prop­erty also has a cen­tral pool for the use of all guests, although with a wa­ter­front like this, it is re­ally hardly needed. The charm­ing beach is lo­cated on a bay, with calm wa­ters per­fect for wa­ter sports such as kayak­ing and snorkelling and for chil­dren to play. The re­sort has kayaks and snorkelling gear avail­able for guests and the reef drops about 80 me­tres away from the shore of­fer­ing amaz­ing snorkelling. When you are ready to ex­plore be­yond, An­gelfish Cove can ar­range a bus at any time to go into town, the air­port or any other lo­ca­tion as well as book all your tours and ac­tiv­i­ties. And if you feel like eat­ing out, there are two lovely restau­rants within walk­ing dis­tance of the re­sort, the lovely Coco Beach and Par­adise Cove, both spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions for din­ing and a must-try while you are here. The re­sort is man­aged by Van­u­atu Lux­ury Hol­i­day Homes, with over thir­teen years of ex­pe­ri­ence in Van­u­atu’s tourism mar­ket, and has 24 hour on­site­m­an­age­ment, daily house­keep­ing and a small shop for in­ci­den­tal items. If you think that all this will come with a high price tag, you may be sur­prised; An­gelfish Cove rates are very af­ford­able. Stan­dard rates for stu­dios are AU$200 for beach­front or AU$170 for beach view. The two-bed­room vil­las are AU$300 for beach­front and AU$250 for beach view and ac­com­mo­date a max­i­mum of 4 guests, while the three-bed­room villa is AU$365 per night, for a max­i­mum of 6 guests. Home away from home, with a lovely trop­i­cal flavour.

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