Luxury, comfort and one of the best restaurants in Port Vila were among the highlights of a New Zealand writer’s stay at Mangoes adults-only resort. Anna Leask, a writer for the New Zealand Herald, recently travelled to Vanuatu with a companion and the two divided their time between Mangoes Resort and the adjacent boutique apartments, The Terraces.
Do not leave without indulging in a massage. I’ve had many around the world but this is the best by far.
Anna describes her bungalow at the Mangoes Resort as having a panoramic view of the lagoon, a private plunge pool and an array of luxurious, locally-made treats”. She was particularly impressed by those all-important small details that made her stay special including:
– A daily delivery of fresh tropical flowers to her room;
– A complimentary bottle of champagne, which she commented was “perfect for – sunset in the infinity pool”;
– The easy way the staff at Mangoes Resort dealt with late-night arrivals, leaving check-in formalities for the next day;
– The convenience of booking tours through Mangoes’ reception and
– The availability of a rental car for road trips around the island of Efate.
Anna describes Becky and Tom, the Kiwi couple who manage Mangoes Resort, as “spectacular hosts”, who were very helpful at giving advice on Vanuatu’s must-see attractions.
During her stay Anna got to experience first-hand why Mangoes restaurant has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Port Vila. Anna was particularly effusive in her praise of Mangoes famous seafood platter, describing it as follows:
“Coconut crab or lobster, prawns, local fish and calamari oozing flavour and literally straight from the sea that day. Match this extravaganza of ocean produce with a chilled sauvignon blanc and an entree of Mangoes polenta chips and it’s a meal you won’t forget in a hurry.”
Another highlight of Vanuatu’s Mangoes Resort for Anna was the in-room massage service, about which she writes:
“Do not leave without indulging in a massage. I’ve had many around the world but this is the best by far. The masseur comes to your room, sets up the table and you sink into bliss for an hour, with nothing but the sound of the tropical breeze in the background.”
Coconut crab or lobster, prawns, local fish and calamari oozing flavour and literally straight from the sea that day.
You can read more about Anna’s trip to Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort here.