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“A Visit to Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Aore Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Aore Road | Aore Island, Aore Island, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Aore Island
Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A Visit to Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is the place to de-stress, no TV and no Radio just nature at its best with the friendliest staff to look after you.
Aore is the most comfortable resort I have stayed in. The bungalows are well placed so that you can go to sleep to the lapping of the water on the sand and feel totally safe.
The staff wear a permanent smile and are happy to see you happy.
You are not governed by a strict timetable or restricted to certain areas only - all you need to do is lay back and relax or walk through the tropical gardens surrounding the resort or snorkel in the crystal clear water right outside your bungalow or go kayaking or dive the magnificent President Coolidge. Whatever you decide is just fine with everyone.
This is a great place for children with safe swimming and plenty of area to run off their energy.
You will be totally rejuvenated after a visit to Aore.
Thank you to Anne, Rex and all the wonderful staff who helped bring my sanity back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cambridge UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I almost don't want to add to these reviews as I really would like this to be the world's best kept secret. It is the most magical place that we have ever stayed in (two extended visits from the UK and hopefully back ere long).

If you want marble and air con and room service....well, it's really not for you. However, if you want gentle seclusion in the closest thing you can get to a desert island....and love water...and appreciate being looked after by a relaxed and genuinely caring staff, this is the place.

I would happily end my days in the resort. The Ni-Vanuatuns (the locals!) possess an uburstable happiness and wish to please. You leave the resort thinking that there is something missing in our Western culture that these small, beaming, people have found in spades.

The resort is small, relaxed and intimate. Set in beautifully manicured parkland, its rooms are hardwood chalets topped with a palm thatch - generous for two and extremely calming. If you have a waterside room, in the evening you can nod off on the balcony mesmorised by the distant lights of Luganville on Espiritu Santo. There are some wonderful walks behind the resort through former copra plantations.

You feel happily protected from the taint of the real world, as the only way to get to Aore Island is by boat across the enormous sound that once held large numbers of US warships massing for the fight at Guadalcanal. The hotel ferry lazily makes its way to 'the mainland' in around 15 minutes. For those interested in WWII this is a location without peer, with Espiritu Santo hosting no fewer than three airfields. The wrecks of US fighters and bombers are everywhere - I discovered an uncharted Consolidated PBY Catalina at 30m less than a kilometer from the coast during an early dive.

A neighbouring small island is Ambea (aka Aoba Island) - the inspiration for "Bali Ha'i" in James Michener's 1947 short story collection 'Tales of the South Pacific' which formed the basis of Rodgers & Hammerstein's hit musical, South Pacifc. It boasts some delightful fast drift dives over
stunning reefs.

A charming and wonderful place.

Room Tip: The chalets with verandahs cantilevered over the water are the ones to go for....you will sleep like...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Whangarei, NZ
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Fare and central dining area were clean, comfortable and well serviced. Beach and pool very good, everyone friendly and helpful. Food was okay but maybe we didnt pick the best dishes.
Take a walk along the road (to left) if interested in birds, spiders, trees.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Luganville, Vanuatu
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

My wife and I spent the weekend at Aore recently and could not speak more highly of the experience. This is a classy, professionally operated resort with 'WOW' factor yet retains
a friendly ,nothings too much trouble attitude. The food is always excellent here and I particularly like the all day menu, you can have what you want, when you want it.
A big thank you to Host/Owner Ann and her great staff for making our break so enjoyable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

hi everyone, my MUM recently stayed at this resort and had a great time. As mothers day was coming up I decided to e the resort and ask if they could purchase flowers and give them to my mum. Well I got a response within hours and not only would they do it but Leah (the lovely woman who answered my e) thought of the little things such as timing so my mum got her flowers during lunch with her friends so EVERYBODY could see how loved she was. Mum tells me the bunch of flowers were GORGEOUS and made of of her favourite flowers -orchids-, mum was so thrilled and got so much attention she said it was her best trip ever! Mum took a photo of the flowers so she could get them printed up and hang it on the wall for all time (she is so cute). So thank you to LEAH for being so wonderful and making my mums trip one to remember!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

From the time of stepping off the Transfer launch and being greeted by Ann (the owner/Manager), Aore Isaland Resort was truly a great holiday experience which was shared with friends and fellow scuba divers. Ann has a great bunch of employees ranging from the bar and meals staff, Rose, Michel, Manson, Rocky, Ali who looked after our culinary/beverage needs which was backed up by some excellent dishes prepared by the chefs. Annie is the Head House Keeper and everything was very well presented and the gardens linked up wth the sandy beaches. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and any request was meet with an immediate response and attention. There is an inhouse scuba diving connection which is run by Mal DAVIES of Santo Dive who can organise any number of dives with "Pick-Up" and return from the Aore jetty. Do not bother diving with anybody else ! All bungalows have a view to the beaches and water and over to Luganville which is serviced by a free resort ferry four times a day and a special Friday evening run for those clients who wish to dine in Luganville. I recommend Aore Resort without hesitation. Thanks for a memorable stay.

Room Tip: Beach studio bungalow only 5 metres to sand and water.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

My husband, two teenage boys & I stayed in Aore in May 2011 for two nights after a recommendation from Timmy, a local tour guide. We weren't at all dissapointed, everything was lovely. We caught the boat over from Luganville on a beautiful warm day, and were put into a bungalow facing onto the lagoon. The accommodation was modern, clean, private and very comfortable. We all went snorkelling just outside our door & saw heaps of fish & coral. The meals were nice, all served in the central open air dining room. Anne, who runs the resort is very professional and has trained her staff to a high standard. Each morning the beach is raked, the pool is cleaned & the grounds are groomed - everything is perfect. Next time we will stay for longer.

Room Tip: All the bungalows are good & face onto the water as far as I could tell.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aore Road | Aore Island, Aore Island, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Aore Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Aore Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aore Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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Also Known As:
Aore Island Hotel Espiritu Santo
Aore Resort Santo
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