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Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead

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P18 Knuckey Ave, 12 Harvey Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 870, Australia
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This eclectic home is very comfortable for families and people on business to stay while in Alice Springs. Collin, the manager, was found to be exceedingly hospitable and accommodating. The portion of the residence we occupied (three bedroom) was clean, comfortable and fully equipped. We had a private entrance and had no contact with the other guests unless we entered... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My partner and i took my parents to Alice for 3 nights whilst they were visiting from the UK. I expected the Vatu to be good as i had read the excellent reviews before hand, but it definitely exceeded expectations. The manager Colin greeted us on arrival and straight away upgraded us from the 2 bedroom kingfisher to the HUGE... More 

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Vatu S, Manager at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Thank you Emma for your kind review. We were pleased that we could upgrade you to our special Pond apartment, which definitely provides you the private space to totally relax. We always strive to make our guests happy and have had many people come and stay with their visiting parents and family. We hope your next visit to Alice Springs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

The secret is out! Vatu Sanctuary is by far the best accommodation in Alice Springs! Funky little Central Australian get away ... We couldn't have asked for more! Every thing here is beautiful ... Privacy, pool, gardens, art, artefacts & so many little homie extras. Not sure that I want to share this hidden gem with anyone else! Caters for... More 

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Vatu S, Owner at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Hi Renata, Craig and Olivia, Thank you for that fabulous review. We are really delighted that you appreciate and enjoyed our place and our attention to details has delighted you. We look forward to seeing you and your family and friends come to stay with us again, now that you know what we have to offer. Next time you come,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My wife and I stayed in The Studio at Vatu Sanctuary for three nights in April, 2014 and were astonished at the artistic concepts embodied in this inn/compound, located in the midst of a purely residential area. High walls ensure privacy; easy parking on the street right in front; wonderful private pool with surrounding sculpture, Buddha fountain, etc. Nearby grocery... More 

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Vatu S, Manager at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Thanks for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you and your lovely wife stay with us and to have our occasional chat. We at Vatu Sanctuary do our best to make everyone's stay a relaxing and enjoyable affair and it is these positive feed back that reassure us that we are doing the right things. We look forward... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We stayed at the Vatu Sanctuary for thirteen nights in the 3 bedroom Villa - amenities, pool, surrounds security and privacy were excellent and the Villa was located in a very quiet part of the city and close to shopping and amenities - great place to say and the owners extremely good to deal with

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Vatu S, Manager at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Hi Ron, thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you and your family stay with us. Chatting with you when you were here, conveyed that we were doing things right and our efforts to make your stay enjoyable a success. Indeed it was good to see you stay for over a week, as it meant you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying in Alice Springs in early January for 3 nights. During our visit we made the trek to Uluru and also visited the sights of Alice. We were hosted by Rosalind and Colin. It is as described. A real sanctuary. Very well equipped and well thought out. Beautiful aboriginal artwork throughout the sanctuary which showcases... More 

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Vatu S, Owner at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Thank you for such positive feedback - it was lovely having you stay with us because as you communicated to me you took away with you a deeper understanding and knowledge about Aboriginal art and culture by being immersed in it. That is a great honour as the culture is rich and diverse. Leaving Canada as you did in freezing... More 

Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I had the delight of staying at Vatu Sanctuary for a six month period whilst working in the Alice. The pleasure every day of returning to this wonderful Oasis, where both inside and outside are a treat to the senses, is an experience I will treasure. Wonderfully maintained, and decorated with a homage to art, the lovely 2 bedroom Kingfisher... More 

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Roslyn P, Owner at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

The joy about having Vatu Sanctuary is the wonderful people we meet! We seem to attract a great bunch and our lives are enriched by this! Having you stay 6 months was amazing - thrilled you loved being here and having your own mini resort. It certainly beats the expense and hassle of a big move interstate when coming to... More 

New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Not all accommodation in the Alice is the same. Vatu sanctuary is hidden in suburban Alice Springs and offers, as the name suggests, a sanctuary for the outside world. There are a number of different accommodation units, all with access to a large pool and garden, but some with their own tranquil garden as well. The unit I stayed in,... More 

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Vatu S, Owner at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and helpful tips for fellow travellers. We are very happy that you appreciated our attention to detail, enjoyed the feeling of the place and the sense of security and peace it brings. Although it is only 2km north from town, we are in another world... The Bure is special - I hope you enjoyed your... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed at Vatu Sanctuary in the "The Pond" apartment for 4 nights after a few days exploring Uluru. It was easy to make bookings at Vatu and everything was more than expected when we arrived. The artwork inside and out is unique and much of it is even available to buy. Vatu is really private with several areas to... More 

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Vatu S, Owner at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback. With our gallery background, we love creating beautiful spaces that invigorate the senses and deepen visitors' knowledge and appreciation about the extraordinary Aboriginal art movement that exists in Central Australia. A natural extension has been to offer for sale the artwork you live with when you can't bear to leave it behind! We can also... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This was the highlight of our stay in Alice Springs! We didn't want to go out at all after arriving at 'The Pond' which we were upgraded to after the Kingfisher was being refurbished. It didn't matter, each apartment is more gorgeous than the last. Had come from a camping tour of Uluru and in need of some down time... More 

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Vatu S, Owner at Vatu Sanctuary & Homestead, responded to this review

I will pass on your thanks to Colin, our Manager. We are delighted to hear that you will be returning to spend more time with us - come for at least a week next time to truly unwind, enjoy the beauty of being here in between the occasional day trips. It is true that is perfect for those visiting family... More 

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