Our trip to Vanuatu couldn’t have started better. Our first destination is The Moso Resort, named after the small untouched islet situated in front of Efate Island. When we saw the location of the resort, we know we were in for a special stay, and it certainly didn’t let down.
THE MOSO RESORT
Vanuatu is home to some 83 islands, the majority of them are small and wild like Moso, the exact stereotype of a tropical destination. Being located in front of Efate main island, where Port Vila International Airport is, makes The Moso Resort a perfect island getaway, yet not so far in matter of time and transfers. Direct 3-hour-flights connect Port Vila to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland multiple times a week, and it takes less than 1 hour by shuttle bus + boat to get to The Moso from Port Vila Airport – all your transfers will be arranged by the staff.
Approaching Moso island by boat has everything you could desire from a holiday: sunshine, blue waters, palm trees, virgin beaches, and the wind in your hair.
Being the only accommodation on the island, will give you access to a new level of exclusivity. Not even the time to set foot off the boat and we are given our fresh welcome drinks, welcomed by the smiling staff and the courtesy of owners Joel and Antoun. On one side we see the main reception building, a spacious Ni-Vanuatu style house which includes the bar and counter, the kitchen, and some indoor tables. More outdoor tables are in front of the house, with the never missing sea view. Opposite the house, some of the most relaxing facilities face the ocean: beach beds, rocking chairs hanging from the trees, and the dreamy hammocks on the water.
Joel himself escorts us to our accommodation. The resort offers five premium villas. That’s right, on such an exclusive stay, you get nothing less than a whole villa to yourself. The all white structure is divided into three large rooms: the living area, with a sofa, chairs, books and a fantastic mini bar. The bedroom, with a fluffy king size bed. And the bathroom, decorated with style and fine details. All furniture is local themed, bamboo and wood are the main components. The villa is always well ventilated, all doors have French windows and there’s a fan for each room. Thanks to Vanuatu warm but not too hot all year round climate, there’s no need of AirCon.
SWIMMING POOL & OCEAN ACTIVITIES
In case you felt too hot, you just have to choose to either cool down by the lovely swimming pool right outside your villa, or into the inviting crystal clear waters, right in front of your villa as well! The calm waters of the Namoso Passage in front of the resort are ideal to practice some stand up paddle or riding a kayak, all boards and gear are free for guests to use. Grab a mask and snorkel or simply appreciate the corals from your kayak or paddle board, the water is so clear that you can enjoy the sea bottom even from up above. If you feel like doing nothing at all, The Moso has got you covered, just hop on one of the beautiful hammocks or lay on the bed chairs to chill out by the sea.
MOSO ISLAND TOUR
Despite being small, Moso does have a few attractions too: a gorgeous sandy beach lies on the other side of the island, at about half an hour walking distance through the bush. Ask the reception for a boat tour to have your day arranged: you will have the chance to do some snorkelling, fishing and swimming in other spots around the island, plus going inside a spectacular cave by the ocean. The staff will arrange your lunch on the deserted beach and bring you back at the resort at sunset.
BREAKFAST & RESTAURANT
The Moso Resort provides breakfast daily, with jams and tropcial fresh fruit. Options for lunch and dinner are great and varying, as the chef creates a new menu everyday, with both local and western inspired recipes. We had some of the best seafood we had in a long time. Having our meals with the gorgeous sea view every day is something we won’t forget any time soon! After dinner it is very nice to spend some time by the beach, sipping one of the cocktails from the bar and trying to catch a shooting star, admiring one of the most beautiful skies you’ll ever see. Also, weather permitting, the staff will light up a bonfire for the guests to enjoy.
Another option is having a massage in the beachfront spa, cuddled by the sound of the gentle waves.
Our four-night-stay at The Moso has easily been one of the most relaxing stay we’ve ever had. We would like to thank owners Joel&Antoun for the great hospitality, and all the staff for their excellent service – a special mention to Kevin for his exceptional kindness. We are sure this place will always keep its charm because of the exclusive location and restricted number of accommodation available, which makes you feel really lucky to be there!