my husband and i spent 7 nights in deluxe bungalow 11 in late july.i dont really know how to review this place because while i would highly recommend staying here, its definatley not a 5 star resort and there were alot of things that let it down so i guess ill just start by saying we had a great week and hope to come back one day. with any luck there will have been some improvements!
the 1 min boat trip over to the island was a fun way to kick off our stay and the staff were all very welcoming.
the first thing i noticed upon arrival at our bungalow was that the chairs on our deck were nothing like the ones on the website. they were hard uncomfortable cane chairs but the hammock was a big hit and it had alot of use. shame there is only one per bungalow.
the room was very spacious as was the bathroom but it was all very basic too. no storage in the room and the bathroom needs a bit of love. the mirror was covered in rust and the toilet seat desperatly needs replacing. the bathroom door is frosted glass so you could see who ever was on the toilet. the lack of privacy was an issue for me. also every door creaked really loudly whenever opened or closed which was a real shame as the place is so beautifully quiet! we had the odd gecko in the room but they never came too close. plenty of mozzies unfortunately but the coils provided helped. i think because the bungalow is so close to the mangroves its probably a bit worse. the water comes right up to the bungalow when the tide comes in which we loved. be aware that its quite loud at night as the tide comes in or out but its a beautiful view to wake up to. it was all very tranquil (excpet for the noisy doors!). the biggest disappointment was the bed.worst mattress ever ( i have travelled plenty so i know the standards vary in different countries but this was terrible) the springs were practically coming through the material.
the restaurant area is really relaxed and a great spot to meet the other guests. the bbq night was alot of fun. the food in general was slow to come out but very good. but i also agree with other reviews that the price compared to standard of the food right throughout vanuautu was disappointing. we had been travelling around a bit prior to arriving at oyster island so knew what to expect i guess, and compared to other venues we had experienced, the chef here was pretty good.he certainly worked hard. and yes there is a slight language barrier at times when ordering but thats fine. a tip when ordering pizza, it will feed 3 of you! far too big but great value if sharing or keeping half for lunch the next day!
the breakfast was very basic but good. the bread is home made and delicious. there is also cereal and fruit salad,tea and coffee but thats it. they offer a few hot breakfast options for around $10.
the staff are absolutely lovely.all of them but especially Aaron and casper. these 2 in particular seem to be the ones that get things done and are a real asset to the place.the owners were away while we were here and casper appeared to be the one running things and he did a great job. it was a shame though to see all the staff under so much pressure when the visitors from cruise ships came in for lunch. they really worked hard and i think more staff were needed especially as they had to look after all the resort guests as well. name badges would be good too.
we hired a kayak ( really should be free for guests) and went to the blue hole which was really good. takes around 45 mins and is lovely. a tip is not to go when the tide is out. we also kayaked to a few surrounding islands. the whole area is amazing. you can walk around the island through lovely rainforest and find hidden beaches. reef shoes are a must here as most of the beach areas are covered in coral. and when the tide is out its very rocky.
the beach at the front of the resort is small but lovely. heaps of fish and soft sand too.
the sun lounges are shockingly bad. some are wooden and some are metal with bars that dig into your back.i was actually shocked how uncomfortable they were. the cushions are paper thin and falling apart. foam coming out of all of them. i had read previous reviews about this and assumed the owners would have rectified the problem but they have not. clearly they don't use them.the money being made from charging guests to use a kayak or bike could be spent here.
they are in the process of building a new section which looked great and will include a reception area which is definitely needed. hopefully this place does not get too much bigger because it will lose its appeal. especially people not travelling with young kids. at the moment there is a real calmness here. comfort issues aside, we both loved being here and think the location is spot on
- Also Known As:
- Oyster Island Hotel Luganville
- Oyster Island Hotel
- Oyster Island Resort Vanuatu/Luganville
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and sample the delights of Vanuatu at beautiful Oyster Island Resort, only a two minute boat ride from the mainland across a calm channel. Experience absolute beachfront accommodation and enjoy the natural beauty from your private waterfront balcony, all at a price to suit your budget. This magnificent tropical paradise is located on the eastern side of Espiritu Santo and is a mere 15km drive from Luganville. ... more less