Vanuatu has long been a favourite for couples and honeymooners, thanks to its lush tropical scenery and exotic French influence. This stunning island group has all the prerequisites for a wonderful romantic retreat or wedding ceremony, from sparkling lagoons fringed with palm trees through to upmarket resorts and island hideaways where you can enjoy tranquil seclusion. We’ve put together a few options for those in search of their very own Tropical Loveland.
Port Vila, Efate Island
If you’re looking for seclusion and luxury combined, this is Port Vila's only 4-star 'exclusively for adults' resort. Situated on a ridge close to the centre of town, the bungalows here are set in lush tropical gardens with magnificent views across the tranquil waters of Erakor Lagoon.
Breakas Beach Resort
Located on Pango Road, this elegant resort has 27 private fares nestled in the gardens along Breaka’s white sandy beach. Pamper yourself in the new day spa or enjoy the resort’s famous cuisine.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa
This private 16-acre island makes a wonderful spot for a romantic getaway. Surrounded by white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, Erakor has 21 absolute waterfront bungalows, and it’s just a 4 minute ferry ride to the mainland.
Tamanu on the Beach
Tamanu is a wonderful place to relax and watch the waves roll in. The five charming cottages border a white sand beach and they’ll make you feel as if you've found your own private paradise.
Paradise Cove Resort
If you want to be tucked away in a peaceful spot, then Paradise Cove is ideal. It's only 10 minutes drive from downtown Port Vila and the self-contained bungalows are decorated Melanesian-style There’s a great Italian restaurant too, if you don’t fancy cooking.
The romantic ambience is delightful at these traditional-style bungalows over the lagoon, and you have all the mod cons as well. Enjoy the chef’s French cuisine, sensational sunsets and balmy moonlit nights under the stars.
This small, self-contained resort is ideal for an intimate getaway, with only five bungalows and lovely lagoon views. Relax over a candlelit supper on the private terrace and enjoy the view.
Bokissa Island Resort,
Espiritu Santo Island Bokissa
With 15 absolute beachfront fares and 176 acres of virgin rainforest to explore, this upmarket resort in the far north of Vanuatu is hard to beat for a luxury romantic escape. You can walk straight off the beach for snorkelling too.
White Grass Ocean Resort,
The delightful Melanesian-style bures here are set amid 6 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and the resort centre has stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. If you fancy a spot of adventure, there is snorkelling, sea kayak safaris, mountain bikes and 4WD safari tours.
Getting Married in Vanuatu?
Local wedding expert Connie Wells
has a host of unusual and beautiful location
s for weddings and vow renewals. Take your pick from lush garden and waterfall settings or a private lagoon beach, or perhaps enjoy your celebration sailing on Port Vila’s beautiful harbour. From Melanesian dancers and warriors to limousines and outrigger canoes, Connie can arrange something a little bit different!
What you need to marry in Vanuatu
Passports and two witnesses to prove your identity (one for each party).
You need to fill out a notice of intention to marry and provide copies of birth certificates, passport details and divorce papers if applicable.
Your application must be lodged 28 days before the wedding day and both parties need to be in Vanuatu three days prior to the wedding date.
Application forms are available from the resorts or from Connie’s Weddings & Photography www.vanuatuweddings.com