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Ratua Private Island

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BP 396, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just spent 6 nights here (3adults, 2 kids). Was lucky enough to stay in fish village in the owners apartments. Absolutely brilliant - actually it was spectacular! And pretty much had the separate water side living area all to ourselves which my son fished off every night. Snorkelling right next to the island was brilliant - lion fish, eels, catfish.... More 

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Clunes, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to have a surprise 60th birthday, The Island is more than I hoped for such beautiful people , thanks to Bong, Aileen, Mo Mo, Claude and all of the staff that helped me make my birthday special, Loved the surprise cake and my special bottle of Ros'e and decorations on my bed even had a dip... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Greetings Sue, It was indeed a pleasure to host your 60th birthday celebration here at Ratua Private Island. I am truly happy knowing that you had fantastic birthday surprise – PRICELESS as you mentioned. By the way, great water splash! Thank you for making a review, this is very much appreciated. See you soon and hopefully along with the whole... More 

sydney, australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have read the other reviews and I don't get it. We're they at the same Ratua Island? If you enjoy the simple life, beauty all around you, crystal clear, warm water and beautiful people there to tend to you every need then look no further. Yes, it is an Eco resort. Not a fancy, schmancy brand hotel. The accommodation... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Bojooth, Thank you for such a wonderful review. I am truly happy that you find the simplicity of Ratua most amazing. Yes, Ratua is different from other popular brand of hotels. What it offers is luxury of space, nature all around, and rich culture of the Ni-Vanuatu people. May those memories you kept whist at Ratua pull you back... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I have just spent 6 glorious nights on Ratua and loved every thoughtful detail and every minute. This is a truly special place: the natural environment is pristine (the fish are literally jumping out of the water), the resort buildings & the individual cottages are stylish and comfortable, and the staff are friendly, professional and attentive but... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Brad and Jo, Thank you very much for your recent stay here in Ratua Private Island. I am very pleased to know that you had a wonderful time in this magical place. Indeed, nature has its way of entertaining us here – where else can you find fish jumping out to the shore offering itself for human consumption? Thank... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whatever your read on Tripadvisor is true...this is paradise and all worth it! We visited 2 months following the TC Pam and the staff were still getting over the shock. Not that the resort sustained major damage (very little damage if at all really as they were well prepared) but the numbers of visitors has dropped dramatically. The staff went... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Antoinette B, Firstly, allow me to thank you again for coming to stay with us despite news that Vanuatu was totally destroyed by TC Pam. As you know, Espiritu Santo, Ratua, and the surrounding islands were spared by Pam’s devastation yet suffered a decrease of tourism influx. Take pride in knowing that your visit here has made a significant... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ratua is a rare find - a feel good holiday on many fronts. It is physically beautiful with lush vegetation and gorgeous unique houses set on perfect beaches that you can literally snorkel straight off. There are delightful tropical fish and sea turtles in the clear water lagoon outside your door. We stayed in South Village which is a little... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Gkab, Thank you very much for a very detailed review. I am truly glad you find Ratua a very special place. Indeed the houses are quite unique and marine life is simply rich. I am also happy that you find the Ratua staff very warm, welcoming, and eager to share their culture with you. Also thank you for mentioning... More 

Brisbane
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Ratua Private Island is a special place untouched by the recent cyclone. A 40 minute or so boat trip gets you from Santo to the island. The staff are exceedingly friendly and always willing to help. There was no hot water when I tried to have a shower on the first night. I guess a pilot light had gone out... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Helmut, It was our great pleasure to have had your group of friends book the entire resort even after cyclone Pam. Your decision to pursue your holiday have helped Vanuatu in general. For this, Ratua salutes you and your friends! Thank you very much for such a long and detailed review. I am truly happy that you had such... More 

Mullumbimby, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

WOW! What a stunning island paradise!!! Not only is the island itself seriously unspoilt & beautiful but the unique style of accommodation is a real highlight. We found all the staff here to be super friendly, ESPECIALLY CLAUDE, what a great guy with a lot of knowledge & a big heart. The only criticism of the staff would be that... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Danielle, Thank you for your long and detailed review. I also wish to thank you and your family for your charity work in Vanuatu. Please know that the Ni-Vanuatu appreciates all your effort and generosity. On behalf of of the locals - THANK YOU VERY MUCH! As for your visit here in this little island paradise, I am very... More 

New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Ratua Private Island is amazing! My husband and I loved every minute of our holiday. The staff were very welcoming, attentive, happy and friendly, the food was delicious, and the accommodation was just beautiful. We celebrated our anniversary here, and the staff just made our day so special and memorable. Ratua is so unique, that we can't quite find enough... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Kyley and Shaun, Thank you very much for your visit and for such a lovely review. I am truly glad that you find your stay here most memorable, it gives us much pride to host your anniversary. I am also happy that you find the concept and philosophy of Ratua to your liking. Indeed it is difficult to explain... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Ratua private island is situated to the north of Port Villa, off Santos. It is a small relaxed resort that is carefully managed to create a very perfect paradise. Thongs are the usual. My family, including 3 children 18yrs to 13yrs, has just returned from one of the best holidays ever. There was no damage suffered from the recent cyclone... More 

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Margot, On behalf of your Ratua family, I wish to extend my sincere gratitude for pursuing your holidays here in Ratua Private Island even with the horrific news after cyclone Pam. Thank you also for flying with Air Ratua from Port Vila direct to Ratua. Espiritu Santo, Ratua, and many other islands were greatly unaffected of TC Pam and... More 

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