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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
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mullumbimby, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an unbelievable holiday! Just got back, the area has no damage following the cyclone so you would have rocks in your head not to go there. This is a magic place, awesome for families or couples (or anyone really). A perfect setting, full of character with tranquil style - hard to describe except to say it's way better than... More 

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

Dear Caroline, Ratua is grateful for your visit and that you opted to come despite some negative news saying that Vanuatu is not ready to receive tourist after cyclone Pam. Yes, Espiritu Santo and Ratua Island (among the many islands of Vanuatu that were greatly unaffected by TC Pam) eagerly await tourists to come and discover its pristine beaches and... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Ratua is almost unexplainable in terms of its beauty. I have never seen such beautiful marine life so close to a resort beach. We frolicked with turtles once (and sometimes twice) per day right out front of the Fish Village (our villa was in this section). We swam with horses in the sea. We ate lobster and fresh salads. We... More 

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

Dear Simone, Thank you for a lovely review of Ratua. I am truly happy that you had a superb holiday in this little island paradise and that your Ratua family has given you much memories to treasure. We certainly hope to welcome you again and maybe next time see the resident "dugong". Please do send our warm regards to Richard,... More 

New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

My husband and I stayed 4 nights at Ratu and it was not enough. This property is something very different and we loved it. The wooden Balanise style house were great, and having a lovely private area going down to the sea was wonderful. The staff and managers were all very friendly and helpful and the food was really good,... More 

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

Dear Karen and Mike, Thank you very much for you recent stay with us. I am very pleased to know that we have looked after you so well. I am glad that you find the concept and philosophy of Ratua to your liking. The serenity in Ratua does take you to a different magical world they often call "paradise". I... More 

1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This place is sublime and worth every cent! Bong and Ilene run the place like a big home and nothing is a problem. The food (you must take the meal plan) the place, the people all make for a wonderful time in a unique, gorgeous island setting. My wife and I have travelled a lot and have plenty of places... More 

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

Hi Shaun, Julie, Josie and Eddie, Great title, great review, I can't thank you enough! ..... come visit us again and we will have great fun! All the best to you and your family! See you again soon! Sincerely, Bong Sarmiento General Manager Ratua Private island More 

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We spent a week at Ratua and thought it was one of the most special places we've ever been to - quite unique, very laid back, comfortable and unpretentious. Loved the natural surrounding, seclusion, relaxed informality and friendly staff. We stayed in the luxury tent which meant we had total seclusion and our own little beach but the only down... More 

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

Dear Valerie R, Thank you very much for the detailed review. I am happy you enjoyed the simplicity and philosophy of Ratua. In some months the breeze at the safari tent is quite pleasant but it can get a bit more at times. Nonetheless, I am glad that you still find your stay comforting and most enjoyable. Again, sincere gratitude... More 

Killcare, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We spent 12 days there in September 2014. Idyllic. One can do as little or as much as you like, keep to yourself or socialise with the few other guests. We did very little except read, take gentle strolls around the island and go for the occasional snorkel or swim. It is the perfect place to wind down, we actually... More 

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

Dear HgrVaruna, Thank you very much for your review. I hope the chickens were not too much of a trouble or they end up in the menu :-) Guests are now naming them... I am happy to know that you had such relaxing holidays and was able to disconnect. I am also glad that you find the rustic accommodation luxurious.... More 

Prague, Czech Republic
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Before we arrived, we didn't know what to expect, but since we got there, we truly felt like in paradise. Everything was just perfect - accommodation, service, friendlinest of everyone, atmosphere is relaxed and nothing is a big problem. The bungalows are in beautiful settings right on the private beach. They are spacious and quiet, and you can be sure... More 

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

Dear Milos, Thank you very much for your review. Very happy to know that you find the rustic philosophy of Ratua quite charming and appealing. I am also happy to know that we made your holidays special. I trust you had many great adventures in Vanuatu and I certainly hope to see you again here in this little magical island.... More 

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