Island Magic Resort
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Island Magic Resort

Devils Point Road, Mele Bay Mele Bay, Port Vila, Efate Vanuatu
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4.5
#17 of 49 hotels in Port Vila
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Luxury resort with self-contained apartment accommodation with ocean views, tropical gardens, restaurant, guest BBQ area, swimming pool, and jetty to access spectacular snorkeling. Ideal for wedding and family groups.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Paid internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Game room
Snorkelling
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
Room features
Private balcony
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Microwave
Refrigerator
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Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, French, Dutch, German
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Lauren H wrote a review Jul 2023
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Comfortable accommodation in a peaceful location. Bungalows are fully self contained with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, clean and comfortable, however could benefit from a dip clean.
You have your own reef at the resort but there are no snorkels or masks provided, you need to supply your own.
Staff very friendly and the restaurant does great food, just need to check the opening hours.
Location - there’s a small shop about 1km down the road and a beach bar about 1.5km along the beach apart from that be prepared to walk or have pre-arranged transport. Locals are friendly and will offer you a lift if you’re heading in their direction.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Need a car or be prepared to arrange transport as you are about 15-20mins out of Port Villa.
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Monique S wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The bungalows are very spacious and include a living area, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, laundry and two bedrooms with ensuites each. It felt like a little home away from home, especially on one very heavy rainy day where we just stayed inside.

The snorkelling is spectacular, which you can access from the jetty easily. The ladder gets you in deep water immediately so no need to swim too far out. We went almost every morning and saw lots of beautiful fish, coral and I was lucky enough to see a turtle!

They have a restaurant Coco De Mer which is closed Sunday and Monday and only lunch and dinner so you have to make your own breakfast- they provided bread and eggs, or go out for it in the town. Unfortunately, Devils Point Rd had so many massive potholes, it was gravelly, rocky, bumpy and 1.7km took 15mins to drive because you had to go very carefully. It’s the worst “road” I’ve seen and wasn’t pleasant to drive on - just limit your trips to going out all day and then coming back.
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Date of stay: January 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Janet Donaldson wrote a review Oct 2022
Scone, Australia
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had 10 days in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Bungalow at Island Magic. We had a 6 month old and an 11 year old with us and found the bungalows to be exactly what we needed.
Geraldine and her husband were excellent to deal with. They gave us a lift into town to collect our car and help with anything we needed. They even bought our son a ball to play with whilst at the Resort which was a lovely touch.
The bungalows need some TLC but after the Covid shut down that was to be expected and I’m sure in time, they will be fixed up.
The snorkeling was the best spot we found the whole time and the views are to die for.
Coco De Mer was also yummy and handy to have on site.
The road out to the resort is not great and I can imagine without a hire car this could be a difficult place to get back and forth from but it was ideal for us.
I was worried they didn’t have air conditioning but with the coastal breeze and the heavy duty fans throughout the bungalows it was just right.
The kitchen was pretty well equiped but could use a kettle.
And I think a nice finishing touch would be one long length mirror somewhere in the bungalow. I have no idea if my shoes matched all holiday ha ha.
Having a washing machine was extremely handy and we used it everyday.
All in all, it was a lovely stay and we would stay again.
Thank you to Geraldine and her husband for looking after us all.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do your research into the location. I wouldn’t stay here without a hire car, personally.
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Martin S wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is excellent accommodation for families as the bungalows are very spacious and well equipped. Very suitable for cooking your own meals and eating in the dining area. There is also a spacious lounge room with television. We had two double bedrooms, one with single beds and the other with a king bed. We decided to hire a car in advance as we wanted to explore the island. We had learnt that the roads were in a bad state of repair after COVID and heavy rains. Most people there seem to drive trucks or 4 wheel drive vehicles. It is certainly easier if you are staying here and have a car. However, even in a four wheel drive it is a very slow 1.7km drive to the main road owing its bad state.. Thereafter, it is fine and it does not take long to get to town and supermarkets. Gerry and the staff were very helpful and the food in the restaurant was excellent. We went snorkelling off the jetty and the numerous types of colourful coral were pristine. Lots of colourful fish species too and we also saw a turtle. We were very happy with our stay.
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Date of stay: January 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Robyn B wrote a review Apr 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing 5 days we have had at Island Magic Resort where Caroline and Damien went out of their way to make our stay even more special. With the gorgeous reef just metres from our bungalow this was a hidden gem and some of the best coral reef we have ever seen. Island Magic Resort is ideally located within close proximity to the airport and town just 15 minutes. Tanna Coffee is within walking distance and coffee roasted on site with free tours available, along with the Beach Bar which has an unbelievable fire show. This resort is perfect for rest and relaxation with Birdies Bar and Restaurant serving drinks and amazing food by the beautiful friendly staff. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Take cash
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Response from Island Magic Resort, Owner at Island Magic Resort
Responded 16 Apr 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Island Magic Resort. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing 5 days with us and that Caroline and Damien made your stay extra special. We are indeed lucky to be located so close to the gorgeous reef, providing a truly unique experience for our guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed the proximity to the airport and town, as well as the convenience of having Tanna Coffee within walking distance. It's fantastic to hear that you took advantage of the free tours and enjoyed the Beach Bar's unforgettable fire show. Our team works hard to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, and we are glad that you found Birdies Bar and Restaurant to be the perfect place for drinks and delicious food served by our friendly staff. We truly appreciate your kind words and are looking forward to welcoming you back to Island Magic Resort in the future. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance with your next booking. Warm regards, Island Magic Resort Management
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Lauren S wrote a review Dec 2022
Darwin
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Geraldine and her team at the restaurant were so lovely. We had a lovely lunch overlooking the sea and really enjoyed chatting with Geraldine and other patrons. Our children met two other children and we were all snorkeling off the jetty and the kids were jumping and having a great time after lunch on Sunday. My eldest daughter left her hat and newly purchased ear rings (from the handikraft market) at the restaurant and Geraldine went out of her way to get them back to Australia for us.
There is such a lovely atmosphere here and we would recommend it to anyone visiting.
The coral quality and fish straight out the front of the resort were excellent. It is such a safe and easy snorkel off the jetty or ramp. We had a lovely afternoon here and can't wait to visit again. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Fée Rose wrote a review Jul 2023
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a bungalow with a view on the ocean.
When we arrived we were given a bungalow with a view on another bungalow right in front us.
When we talked to the owner he said to take our bagages and find another place !
I told him that it is not a Nice way to welcome people. He said he doesn’t care.
The bungalow has nothing to do with the pictures!
It is dirty 😱😱😱
And there is no wifi !!!!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jane Y wrote a review Nov 2022
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful 5 night stay here. If you like to be out of the way of the main town & have transport - the staff here will ensure you have a fantastic time. Excellent snorkelling from the jetty off the front. The food is excellent & the island style bungalow rooms are nice and spacious & well ventilated with ceiling fans.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I’d suggest you’d need a car to stay here - but depends what sort of holiday you want.
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Penny S wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our evening at Island Magic resort. We didn't stay there but it looks great. The restaurant is fabulous, the food and service was great and the hostess is so welcoming. It doesn't always open to just check it is open before you drive there. There's a pool and it's a great place to swim and snorkel too.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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geckopoo wrote a review Dec 2013
Queensland, Australia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When it comes to accommodation in Port Vila, this is going to be our favourite place from now on and we will come here again on our next visit. Island Magic Resort ticks all the boxes:

1) Resort-style accommodation without the resort-kind of clientele. No rowdy crowds while we were there, in fact, we had the whole place to ourselves! It was bliss! The bungalows were huge and spacious. Where else could you comfortably fit 5 adults in a beachside bungalow with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in Port Vila? There's lots of room to spread out both inside and outside. The shower spaces are huge, you can literally have a party in there! The kitchen is well equipped (gas cooktop, a microwave, full size fridge), it made catering for 5 people very easy. No more having to get up at a specific time to go for breakfast as in typical resorts, the family can get up in their own time and make whatever they wanted for breakfast. We went on a provisioning trip to Au Bon Marche 2 on our first day and stocked up on our favourite fare: croissants, pane de coco, raisin escargot, jam, tanna coffee, bacon, eggs etc, we didn't find ourselves hungry, in fact, we had to give our unopened tins away to the gardeners! All the creature comforts of resorts are available: TV (4 channels, including ABC Sydney, a 24-hour movie channel, Ch10, Imparja), DVD player; and more! There's a full-size washing machine and iron and ironing board - excellent for getting fresh clean clothes daily (you will be grateful for it as you sweat alot in Vanuatu due to the humidity). It is basically set up as a home away from home and boy did we settle in well! The managers Jane and David are excellent, the best managers we've encountered in our travels (and this says a lot). Friendly, efficient and ever so helpful, but never in your face. They're like nice neighbours who are always there when you need them, but will leave you alone to live your life. They're awesome and very down to earth!

2) Peaceful location away from town but still accessible. Located on the Mele side of the bay, along Devil's Point Road, we were far from the madding crowd on cruise days and enjoyed peace and quiet throughout our stay (having said that, Hideaway Island is across the water and there are nights when you can hear the duff-duff of their beach parties. So glad we decided not to stay at Hideaway!). Being close to Mele Village, IMR is still on the local transport route and it wasn't too far for tour pickups and dropoffs. It seems like everyone we know lives in Mele! Pretty soon we were part of the local scene as we waved and said hello to folks passing by. Yet alot of Vila's attractions are actually close by, within 5minute bus ride (150vatu per person max). We went on the Jungle Zipline and visited the Summit Cafe (they come and pick you up, it's just 5 minutes up the road, thought i'd hike up there one day till i saw the road, whew, it IS steep! Saw some young girls jogging down, must be hell on their knees!). Mele Village is also a great place to visit, just to get an insight into a typical niVan way of life. One morning Joe from IMR took us to visit his family home and showed us his garden. We loved chatting with him about village life and hanging out with his kids. The Secret Gardens is also nearby. We did the Melanesian Feast one night (once again they picked up up) and on our last day, my husband and I borrowed the resort bikes and cycled to Secret Gardens to buy more wood carvings (a lovely 15-minute cycle by Mele Beach!). My daughter and her boyfriend also cycled to Tanna Coffee for more coffee. Other nearby attractions which we didn't bother doing (maybe next time) were the Cascades and Hideaway. I know they're must-do's for most Vila visitors but we are not fans of touristy places and tend to avoid them. Mind you, the city and everything it has to offer is not too far away. Just 15 minutes on a bus (too easy, Joe or Jane will call one in for you), we visited the city fruit market several times during our stay also dining at Chills, Jill's and Waterfront Bar & Grill. In the end we befriended a local driver who we just arranged directly to pick us up whenever we needed transport (300-400vatu per person one way, you can have multiple stops along the way if you wish - we often used ABM2 as our first stop for some quick provisioning, then back to the fruit market).

3) THE REEF HERE IS EXCELLENT. I left this to the last as this is the biggest drawcard of IMR for us. My husband, a fish biologist, is absolutely delighted to find the reef off IMR to be so accessible and in such good condition that the fishes are so abundant and diverse, comparable to what one would see on the outer Great Barrier Reef. As a testament to the fantastic snorkelling opportunities off IMR, we were in the water an hour after arriving in Vanuatu, and almost every day of our stay. I couldn't keep our kids off the water, even if we were scheduled to go on a tour that day, they'd still fit in a quick snorkel! We flew home with wet cozzies as we just couldn't resist one last snorkel before going to the airport. The fishes, oh, they're so awesome! In the end they were like our friends, they never shied away from us, happy to share their habitat. Flamboyantly coloured wrasses, cheeky damselfishes, bossy surgeonfishes, beautiful butterflyfishes, triggerfishes, hawkfishes, parrotfishes etc, they were everywhere! So glad that Jane and David have made extra efforts to conserve the reef off IMR, no fishing is allowed. By the way, no problems if you can't swim or not a confident snorkeller, just throw some bread off the jetty and the fishes will come! The water is so crystal clear you could see right to the bottom and of course, the fish! Next to snorkelling, this was my favourite activity at IMR. Early each morning I would be the first one on the jetty, to say hello to my fishy friends and feed them bread. Cheesy this may seem but I had names for some of the regulars already! There's that big red bass (I called him Bohar, that is his species name anyway) that comes up from the deep and gobbles up the larger pieces. There's Quinkie, the orange wrasse, Squiggly, the orange-lined triggerfish, Bluey1 and 2, a pair of blue and yellow cleaner wrasse, the abudefdufs (yes, these are stripey ones, so plenty out there), and oodles of rudderfishes and mullets. My husband estimates 100s of species on this reef alone and each day he would add to the list. The best thing he says is that in Australia you would need to go on a boat for hours to see these fishes on the outer face of the GBR, but here at Island Magic, you simply swim off the jetty and within a few meters you're at the drop off! One day I didn't even have to swim much, I just sat on the reef edge and watched the 'fish show' in the deep! This is the reason why we will come back to IMR again and again. I am so glad we discovered this place. We have been to Vanuatu before and we have stayed at the other side of the bay in Pango. I have also written a glowing report of the reef off our accommodation there. But honestly, the one in front of Island Magic is so so much better! And it is sooo close!

Overall, Island Magic Resort is a perfect base for anyone who wants a comfortable, peaceful and utterly distracting holiday. Yes, the views are awesome but you can get that in other seaside resorts too. What sets this place apart though is its peaceful ambience, its self-catering option and of course, the excellent reef system in front. For a truly relaxing holiday, what more could you ask for?
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Date of stay: November 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Joanne L asked a question Sept 2019
Gold Coast, Australia398 contributions22 helpful votes
How far from the town of port villa??
Answer from Island Magic R
The distance from the CBD is about 10Km.
Answer from 17163traceyb
41 contributions27 helpful votes
There are village markets along the roadside but your best bet is the main markets in Port Vila itself which operate every day but Sunday.
Answer from Geraldine S
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Totally correct lovely surrounds friendly staff that will help you have a relaxing and lovely holiday so you will come back and back.
Answer from Geraldine S
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Hi Paul, Most people get a car for a couple of days to go around the island and visit different places. A bus that picks you up from the resort and brings you into town cost 400vt p.p. a bus that you pick up from the road cost 200vt p.p. We are 10km out of town with a lot of attractions nearby so if you are satified with that than time enough to rent a car. Hope this answers your question.
Robyn B wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take cash"
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Lauren H wrote a tip Jul 2023
Melbourne, Australia162 contributions79 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Need a car or be prepared to arrange transport as you are about 15-20mins out of Port Villa."
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Aussie Travelling Tan wrote a tip Dec 2022
Buderim, Australia348 contributions177 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ensure you’ve got a car as it’s not really walking distance to anywhere"
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Jane Y wrote a tip Nov 2022
Sydney, Australia56 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I’d suggest you’d need a car to stay here - but depends what sort of holiday you want."
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Janet Donaldson wrote a tip Oct 2022
Scone, Australia30 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do your research into the location. I wouldn’t stay here without a hire car, personally. "
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$193 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Island Magic Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Island Magic Resort?
Nearby attractions include Mele Cascades (1.9 km), Hideaway Island Marine Reserve (2.1 km), and Underwater Post Office (2.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Island Magic Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Island Magic Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Island Magic Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Island Magic Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Island Magic Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Beach Bar, K2 Cafe, and Café Waves.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Island Magic Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Island Magic Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Island Magic Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Island Magic Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Island Magic Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to Island Magic Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ekasup Village (11.6 km).
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