Aore Island is a short, free ferry ride, across from Santo Island. The photos on the resort's website certainly tell it like it is - the place is gorgeous! The rooms are all bungalows with great balconies overlooking the water. We stayed in a deluxe beach front bungalow and enjoyed the extra space and larger balcony. The beach at the resort is nice - great for people with kids. There is a small area of coral out front with an interesting mix of colourful fish that can be easily snorkelled from the shore.
The rooms are clean and well laid out with everything you could want including mini bar, ceiling fans, hair dryer and iron. There is no aircon but that doesn't matter because the rooms catch the breeze thanks to plenty of slat windows.
The resort also offers the opportunity to use their free kayaks and their bikes to tour the island. The free ferry runs 4 times a day so you are not isolated from any local tours or buying drinks and snacks from the local stores.
The resort has a nice open air restaurant and the service is always friendly. The food was okay. Resort management tried very hard to cater for special dietary needs (One in the party was a vegetation) however, the local chef had difficulty at times interpreting requirements. Due to the ferry schedule guests have to eat at the restaurant every night (except Fridays) or pay a surplus for an extra ferry if you want to go to the main island for dinner. Having said that, resort management did arrange a special transfer for us to the mainland at no extra charge, on our day of departure so we didn't have to spend too long in the rudimentary Santo airport. A nice touch!
We also stayed a few nights at Village de Santo on the main island (see our separate report on that hotel)
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- Also Known As:
- Aore Island Hotel Espiritu Santo
- Aore Resort Santo
- Aore Hotel Santo