My husband and I stayed for 5 nights at The Espiritu in Louganville from 15th August 2013. It was the last five nights of our three week stay on Santo. The room was bright, clean and comfortable with a great King sized bed and a balcony that overlooked the street and out over
the Segond channel.
The Espiritu is smack bang in the centre of Louganville, and we had expected there might not be much peace and quiet. However, the rooms have aircon and when the balcony doors are closed there was very little if any noise, with the exception of one night when the locals were celebrating a big win in the soccer, and partied hard at the local night club till...maybe midnight.
It is close to the few shops, banks and restaurants, so you can try a different place for meals each day. There is a chinese restaurant on the ground floor which has an excellent menu. Breakfast is included in the room cost and you can eat as much as you want. There is also a small kitchen where you can prepare your own basic meals if you wish.
There is no pool at the Espiritu (yet), but with all the activities there are to experience in Santo, by the time you get back to the Hotel each day, all you need is that bed. And, as the Espiritu is centrally located, it is a great spot to organise all your activities, like Diving with any of the Dive centers, trips to the Blue holes and the Millenium cave, Million dollar point, Local markets and much more.
A rare luxury in Santo is a TV. But the Espirtu has a flat screen in each room and although there is only 1 station, you can borrow DVDs from the reception. If you get bored with that the Hotel has a games room with a huge flat screen with Foxtel, XBox and Playstation with Guitar and Drum hero as well as other games. There is a pool table and lots of board games to keep you entertained. The Espiritu also has the fastest internet (free WiFi) on Santo.
The best thing about the Espiritu is definitely the staff. They are not only friendly and helpfull but go out of their way to make you feel at home. The Owner / Manager (Raymond) is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Raymond is full of helpfull advice and has the best sence of humour. If you start a conversation with him over breakfast it can turn into lunch and then dinner without even realising so much time has gone past. He is a wealth of knowledge about Santo and its lifestyle. Being a local born and bred but educated in Australia, he has an amazing rapore with all his guests no matter what age or nationality.
We were left stranded in Louganville and missed our connection home after a mix up with our flights. But thanks to Raymond going above and beyond the call of his duty, we were abe to be rescheduled the very next day at no extra cost. He even managed to get the airline to pay for our extra nights accommodation and meals. I have not met a more dedicated young man.
An added bonus is "Tilly" Raymonds puppy. She is a bit of a mixture but absolutely loves everyone..and it seems everyone loves her too. In reality it's Tilly that runs the show, and the guests all look for her first thing every morning.
If youre not looking for a 5 star resort where you can lie around the pool sipping cocktails all day, then this is the perfect place. If you are, then you're probably best not to plan a trip to Santo. but if you are going to Santo then definitely give the Espiritu a go. We will certainly go back.
Mandy and Chris Harman
Blacksmiths Beach NSW Australia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Espiritu is a boutique hotel and car hire business in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. We are conveniently located in the heart of town and is only minutes away from cafes, shops and dive operators. Here at The Espiritu, we offer modern and contemporary rooms that reflect a home away from home. We provide accommodation with rooms to suit all travelers – divers, families, couples, groups and even long term stays. Your second home has never been easier to find! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Espiritu Vanuatu/Luganville