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“Great View” 4 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
Adelaide
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42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Great View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

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)

Room Tip: Pick the beach fron rooms
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Brussels, Belgium
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

In two minds about this place, will list the ups and downs:

UPS
- good location, in front of Luganville, snorkling around the island is fantastic, we saw turtles, massive corals and lots of fish. There is even a lion fish that lives by the jetty.
- food is good
- beachfront studios are clean and comfortable, light and elegantly basic
- staff are very helpful and lovely
- the garden was tidy and the distribution of the resort was comfortable

DOWNS
- there is no swimming on the beach, there are too many rocks and it is too shallow
- only breakfast is included, and not everything, just the buffet, that does not have hot plates
- garden one bedroom fares are dark, gloomy and there is not real separation between the living area and the bedroom, you are better off in a studio.
- the kitchen was not clean and we saw big rats next to the garden fares and the restaurant
- they charge for the snorkling gear and everything else, they charge by the hour for the SUP gear
- our reservation through booking.com was missed and it was by chance that there was a free room for us

Room Tip: Go for a beach front, t he price difference is not much but the rest is
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phuket, Thailand
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My husband and I just celebrated a milestone birthday at the resort. From our arrival we were made to feel right at home and our time there was pretty much perfect in all respects. The food was excellent and the accomodations spacious and clean. Service was personal and attentive at all times.
Rex helped set up any activities that we desired whether it was there at the resort or off site. If you have a chance, take the Plantation Walk and enjoy the scenery and learning about the plants that surround you.
We dove the local reefs with Santo Divers (Aore does not currently have a functioning shop onsite) and if diving is your thing, ask to go to Tutuba Point and Cindy's Reef! These reefs are spectacular!!!
We also did hire a car and drove to the top of Santo one day, this was well worth doing. There are lots of places to stop along the way, take your time and enjoy the day. Not much going on in town so we spent most of our time at our own lovely resort!
I cannot imagine a better place to spend a week!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

From the moment we were met at the airport, the greeting at the resort to being waved off ten days later, we had a lovely relaxing holiday - just what the doctor ordered! We selected the Aore Island Resort because we are a couple and we value our privacy and peace and quiet, and we needed a tranquil relaxing break. Having said this, we didn't want to be stuck in a remote spot, and Aore resort provides several ferry trips each day to the main Espiritu Santo Island where you can visit the local restaurants and market or hire a car and explore the fantastic beaches and traditional villages in more remote areas.

The staff were very accommodating and friendly, the restaurant provided a wide variety of good food at virtualy any time of day. The included continental breakfast was well adequate, the indevidual bungalows were neat and clean with fresh flowers tended daily, and not placed too close together. Most had bushes between them and the best part was the child free area so you don't have to suffer other people's children while their parents sleep in! The best bungalows for complete quiet and privacy would be the studio beachfront nos 7 or 8, these were farthest from the restaurant and really private.

The beach is sandy with some coral, the sea is sheltered and calm. Snorkeling straight infront of the bungalows was pretty good with a very wide range of sea-life, we saw lion fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, octopus and trumpet fish to name a few. The coral is better viewed from a dive, we dived with Coral Keys as they have their own special coral locations. We also dived the Coolidge wreck which was a short boat ride away. Canoes and bikes were also available for use, and the swimming pool was cleaned daily.

An excellent experience.

Room Tip: Couples, no 8 studio beachfrount.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Sydney
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We would definitely recommend this for a relaxing holiday. It was far above our expectations. It is a very professionally operated resort with a personal hands-on charm. Welcoming cocktails and flowers in the rooms were a lovely touch and indicative of the attention to detail that applies to everything including the food. Excellent value for money.

  • Stayed August 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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Townsville
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Spent 5 days at Aore Island Resort. The plan was to relax and that is exactly what we did. Relaxed around the pool, relaxed on the bungalow verandah, relaxed over breakfast, lunch and dinner. We didn't have to think about a thing. From the time we stepped off the plane and were met at the airport by Rex we felt welcome. Anne and the other staff members met us at the resort, introduced themselves and took care of our every need. Even our plans for coming home were taken care of by Anne. Nothing was too much for the staff and every request was met with a wide smile. We are definitely going back!

  • Stayed August 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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Wanganui, New Zealand
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Easy access from Lugenville 10mins across the water by resort ferry and you are relaxing on the strip of beachfront ! Wonderful warm friendly staff who genuinely care about your needs day and night .Teenagers used all sports facilities paddle boards snorkeling and even tried the small gym before running up the island internal track. My husband and i wandered along through the coconut groves and cattle grazing amongst them We swam constantly in the warm sea and enjoyed the beautiful clean pool set amongst attractive landscaped lawns Food superb .Anne the owner runs a professional resort while keeping the laid back Vanuatu atmosphere .

Room Tip: Beach front one bedroom excellent comfortable and spacious
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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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
Aore Hotel Santo

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