It's wonderful when a much anticipated holiday turns out even better than expectations - and, having chosen Barrier Beach from the stellar reports on Trip Advisor, our expectations were very high!! Everything about this little slice of Paradise was amazing! In the absence of Shane and Shendel, Robert ( Shendel's Dad) was a brilliant 'mine host'. Nothing was too much trouble to organise from the time he picked us up to the time we said a sad farewell.
Our Fare was clean and comfortable and the beauty of the beach setting was breathtaking. We arrived on our 30th wedding anniversary and enjoyed a romantic dinner (Santo beef cooked to perfection by Sophia) watching the full moon rise while we sipped a complimentary bottle of wine! After that dinners were enjoyed at a communal table, as part of the attraction of Barrier Beachhouse is the intimate feeling that you are visiting friend, not staying at a hotel! Sharing our days' experiences with Robert and the other guests over the excellent evening meals was a highlight of each day!
Not that there was any shortage of highlights!! After the adrenalin of jumping in rivers and driving ourselves to the major sightseeing spots - Champagne Beach, Port Orly, Blue Holes - we filled our days with snorkelling the many reefs right on our doorstep (and being North Queenslanders we can vouch for the brilliance of the coral and fish) kayaking, swimming and relaxing! We have never seen so many 'nemos' and had the thrill of being joined by a dugong!! The most spectacular coral was out past the little island to the left, to out from the point to the right! Canyons of plate corals and fabulous varieties of fish! Just brilliant!
We really needed to recharge our batteries after a very stressful year and we left with a new spring in our step!! The local people are beautiful and welcoming and our whole experience was without any negative niggles! Thank you Robert and staff!! We hope to return soon!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barrier Beach House offers a luxurious, private and relaxed atmosphere to use as your base for exploring the many delights that Santo has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Barrier Beach House Vanuatu/Luganville