Although Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands, there are four that are the most popular with tourists: Efate, where you’ll find the capital, Port Vila; Tanna Island, home of Mount Yasur volcano; Pentecost Island, where the daredevil land-divers originate; and Espiritu Santo, which boasts some of the nation’s best scuba diving. Accommodation on all of these islands ranges from luxurious resorts to basic bungalows, and even homestays in small villages.
For the widest range of upmarket resorts, Port Vila is the way to go – it has plenty of options, from family-friendly, mid-priced establishments to more exclusive villa-style accommodation. Espiritu Santo, meanwhile, is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in Vanuatu, as well as a few more budget-friendly establishments that nevertheless boast beachfront locations.
Tanna Island, will appeal to the adventurous and has budget-friendly accommodation options, while on Pentecost Island there’s the chance to stay in a local village, which is the best way to experience this rustic settlement.
Our top picks
The Terraces Boutique Apartments
Rue de Wales
Set on a cliff overlooking Erakor Lagoon, this boutique hotel spoils with idyllic surrounds and sleek, luxurious guest rooms including studios with enormous king beds, and one and two bedroom apartments boasting outdoor living areas, private plunge pools and stunning views.
Warwick le Lagon Resort & Spa
Elluk Road, Erakor Lagoon
On pristine Erakor Lagoon, this luxurious resort offers a host of accommodation from overwater bungalows to private pool villas, and facilities including a 12-hole golf course, day spa, two sparkling pools complete with sunken bar and a superb Asian restaurant.
Iririki Island Resort
This iconic private island paradise in Vila Bay boasts an array of accommodation options from waterfront fares to luxurious penthouses, a four-tier cascading pool with swim-up bar, five tempting dining options and an assortment of resort activities.
Breakas Beach Resort
Pango Road, Port Vila
Fringing the shores of a private stretch of sand on the picturesque Pango Peninsula, this adults-only resort features an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, thatched-roof fares with open-air bathrooms and a beachfront restaurant and bar.
Rue de Wales
This adults-only tropical hideaway enjoys a stunning cliff top location and boasts a restaurant, bar, three pools, and a collection of bungalows and apartments, some with plunge pools and views of Erakor Lagoon.