Vanuatu is an archipelago, or group of small volcanic islands, that features around 80 small slices of land, between Fiji and Australia. With reefs and water with intense clarity and an electric blue hue, it’s a place for water enthusiasts to kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, dive—you name it. The tropical setting of each tiny or larger island in the Pacific is simply dreamy, fulfilling the vacation goals of us all. Several lovely resorts and hotels in all budget ranges are dotted amongst different islands, and in our opinion, these are the very best ones.
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Ratua Island Resort and Spa is for those who love luxury while still enjoying that rustic beach vibe. Once guests arrive by either small plane or boat, they are welcomed within a wood-beamed villa or canvas tent, both having all the necessary comforts. The private island is an oasis of impeccable dining and crystal blue water views, and there’s the typical list of island things to do. Ratua is beloved for its down to earth presentation.
The Havannah Vanuatu, is more purposefully polished, with a luxe appeal featuring plunge pools and ocean views. Thatched roofs add that bit of pleasant authenticity and island look. Guests can enjoy included activities like paddleboarding, kayaking or a trip to the Thalgo Day Spa. The service is seamless and the food beyond outstanding—the meals are so good in fact, that some who aren’t even staying simply come to eat.
Tamanu on the Beach is located in Port Vila, on a private stretch of picture-perfect white sand. Villas either present more simply with tiled floors, or a little more refined with wood-grained flooring and open-air bathrooms. Some units offer Insta-worthy tubs and private pools which are completely dreamy. But even if you don’t have your own place to take a dip, the general resort pool is a lovely spot to soak up the sun.
Breakas Beach Resort is close to the harbor and airport, but appears a world away from the bustle, sitting along a peaceful beach, on which couples can have a romantic candlelit dinner, or just spend the whole day lounging and gazing at the striking views. Rooms feel true to the island, while also having some homey touches that make each one extra comfy. A combination area with a pool, bar and restaurant is technically kid-free, so adults can find serenity all day long.
Rockwater Resort is on North West Tanna Island, and is absolutely majestic in every way, from unusual cavernous suites to electrically vibrant foliage and flowers draping from buildings and surrounding gardens. The location is optimal as it’s also near neat places to explore like the Blue Cave, however, you may never want to leave these gorgeous grounds. The rock accented pool with views of the ocean is simply a “cherry on top”, to the top of the line amenities available to guests.
The Fatumaru Lodge is the ideal budget escape in Port Vila. The best thing to do at this hotel is just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The pool is spacious and lovely, while a dock extends into the sparkling bay waters. Perfect for water-loving travelers, kayaking and paddleboarding are both available to guests.
Erakor Island Resort is on a private island and proximal to a cultural village, museum and spectacular waterfalls. Dine at the breezy seafood restaurant or enjoy a diverse breakfast buffet. Rooms have a classic feel with airy colors and touches of dark wood, while there are many common spaces to enjoy ocean glimpses. Guests even have access to free water sports lessons. The entire deal is a steal.
Equipped with beautiful yurt style roofs, the private suites at Sunrise Beach Cabanas Resort have an elegant yet natural aesthetic that will get guests into the island spirit the moment they set down their luggage. Guests rave about the delicious food which features specialties from the sea, like the tender, delicately spiced squid. Since the reef is right at the resort, snorkeling is a top activity to engage in during your stay.
Close to Luganville, but tucked away in lush tropical gardens, guests get the best of both worlds when it comes to an exciting yet serene getaway. A shuttle will take you to nearby restaurants and shopping if you find yourself craving a little more bustle. However, Aore Island Resort is its own paradise with a sun-drenched bar and great food, along with simplistic yet heavenly thatched-roof bungalows just waiting to house honeymooners or small families.
Hideaway Island and Marine Sanctuary Resort sits on an island in the open waters of Mele Bay, and it’s a great budget option as there is a choice between shared dorms awesome for traveling on a dime, or more spacious and private villas. There are many perks to staying at Hideway, like access to gear for snorkeling or paddling the surrounding ocean, and a solidly tasty continental breakfast available each morning. The grounds are completely lovely and you can feel as if you are living a life of luxury.