It did not take long after arriving at Ratua to slip into island time. Whatever you wanted to do or not do, there was no pressure. The snokeling straight off the beach was fantastic, dozens and dozens of fish varieties and coral. Other activities included swimming with horses, canoeing, fishing, walking, bike riding or just reading your book listening to the water lap at the shore.
The accomadation (old Balinese teak huts) is unusual and special at the same time. If you like your holiday accomadation with air-conditioning and a marble bathroom then maybe Ratua is not for you. If you want a different island experience then maybe it is.
The food at the resort is first class and plentiful. Lunch by the ocean each day was terrific and the dinners were great.
This resort caters for both couples and families, if you do not like children consider going out of school holidays for Australia and New Zealand.
Would I go to Ratua again, yes I definitely would. Next time I would consider flying from Port Vila directly to Ratua on a chartered plane, saving some time and a little hassel. Though Air Vanuatu does a good job with flights from Sydney to Santo connecting through Port Vila with only a 1 hr wait.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ratua Island is a wild, magical place with authentic people who offer a simple and warm reception in a naturally beautiful environment. There are 13 individual 200-year-old Indonesian villas that have been specially reconstructed on sites offering stunning views with a private deck or beach. Located in the Vanuatu Archipelago, off the South East tip of Espiritu Santo, Ratua is only a 30-minute motorboat journey from the mainland on our own private motor launch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ratua Private Island Hotel Luganville
- Ratua Private Island Vanuatu/Luganville