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Village de Santo Resort
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Luganville
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

We struggled to find suitable accommodation for 2 kids (ages 10 & 12) & 2 adults but Village de Santo proved to be the perfect solution. Located an easy 15 minute walk from town it's a modern oasis & Bev is the best hostess imagineable. She was full of creative ideas to fill our days & was extremely helpful in getting us organized to make the most of our thoroughly enjoyable 8 night stay.
The hotel has 18 identical rooms all with comfortable living areas downstairs & a mezzanine upstairs which we used as the parents retreat. The bedding arrangements are quite flexible & could suit a variety of travellers from singles & couples to families with up to 3 kids. The rooms enclose a very nice tropical pool & bar area. At the front there is a restaurant which we found to be the best that we sampled on the island.
Overall we can't recommend Village de Santo highly enough. The rooms are quirky but very practical & modern. The staff are wonderful & Bev makes everyone feel so fantastically welcome. Even the prices are reasonable. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

I travelled with my family in July and stayed at Village de Santo for a week. We occupied 3 rooms and each room was clean, spacious and very well presented. It was great to have a kitchenette with a microwave ( all new appliances, cutlery and crockery).
The pool and Chief's Bar area is surrounded by a lovely tropical garden which is a relaxing place to sit and have a bite to eat, read or access wireless internet ( excellent reception ). Oh, and the coffee here is excellent!
The management and staff are friendly and have a very nice rapport with each other. Nabil and Bev are wonderful hosts and really do provide exceptional customer service. We ate at the restaurant every day and loved the wide selection of meals on offer.
The resort is very convenient to town, either walk 15mins or take a taxi from outside the resort.
Overall, this small and quiet resort is just a wonderful find in Luganville.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

My friend and I were at Village de Santo for nearly a week and it was lovely! The owners are really friendly and make sure that you get to know them and the staff. They also make sure that you are having fun, and even suggested one or two events that were not listed in any tours!

The room we were in was around $93 a night per person and it was very airy and had a microwave, mini fridge and a king bed, day bed and sofa bed. Also each room was nestled behind some plants so it was private.

It's about 15-20 minutes walk to the main street in Luganville, there is a pool at Village de Santo though, and since the tours will pick you up from anywhere I didn't find it an impediment. The food is lovely, although they did run out of meals!

What I liked best was the atmosphere, the service and the rooms. They really care about the local culture and it shows. What I liked least was that I had to leave! Maybe some budget accom or long stay?

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

The rooms at Village de Santo are very large and airy, with nice quality sheets and fan and louvre cooling. They have a large bathroom, and small kitchenette and would be perfect for families.
The property is one of the newest in town, located about 15 minutes walk from the main centre of Luganvile, but easily accessible by local bus or taxi.
Our booking included a buffet breakfast which included cereals, fruit and toast and pancakes, juice and tea or instant coffee. Al la carte breakfasts and expresso coffee are available at extra cost.The attached restaurant was a pleasant surprise with an eclectic and delicious selection of reasonably priced meals, we ate there two out of three nights, gradually working our way through the menu.

All the staff are very friendly and helpful, especially Bev, the owner who will go out of her way to help you in any way she can.
Village de Santo is located right on the main road, which we found a little bit noisy. Next door is some kind of farm where the locals break open nuts manually with a rock, this is also a bit noisy as it starts up at 7.00 am most days, although not on weekends.


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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

We stayed here for four nights in July and loved it. If you're planning to spend every day on the beach, you may be better off staying further north (although the road up the east coast to Champagne Beach is now paved and it's only about an hour from Luganville), but if you're doing different things each day or if you're mainly in town to dive, this is the place.

The rooms are large, bright and airy with lots of space, nice fittings and the convenience of a kitchenette. The bed was very comfortable, the fans provide enough air movement to keep you cool and the bathroom was well appointed. The rooms form a u-shape around a smallish pool (nice spot to cool off in the afternoon) and bar area. The gardens are lush and well tended and the whole place has a relaxed, tropical vibe while still being clean and modern. The free wi-fi is also a nice touch.

The real drawcards here, however, are the excellent restaurant and the excellent service. The owner and staff are fantastic. Very welcoming and happy to accommodate any request. Nothing was too much trouble from calling taxis and booking tours, to reserving a table at a restaurant, to finding us a pack of cards (Actually Nabil produced a full poker set!) or dealing with special dietary requirements.

Restaurant 1606, which is attached to the Hotel is outstanding. The food is reliably good, the prices are reasonable and the chef is flexible; If you need a meal to meet special dietary requirements, no worries. If you want to order from the lunch menu at dinner time, not a problem. The menu is interesting including middle eastern dishes, delicious seafood and fantastic steaks. The wine list is small but good and as I've already mentioned the service is fantastic. Even if you don't stay at Village de Santo, do come here for a meal. We ate at Le Jardin des Saveurs as well as a couple of other places in town, but this was our favourite for quality, value and excellent service.

Overall, Village de Santo has a good location, nice rooms, fantastic restaurant and outstanding staff. You won't regret staying here.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The hotel is new and the room was very clean. The swimming pool is a bit small, but good for a dip to cool down at the end of the day. The ceiling fans work well to keep you cool and are very quiet. Breakfast is basic, but the home made tropical jams - paw paw, banana, are beautiful. We had lunch and dinner as well, and the food - local Poulet fish, organic Santo beef were very deliciously cooked. The manager, Nabil was fantastic. He was so friendly and helpful, that he made our stay even more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Best value for money for food, accom and great service on Santo Island.

ROOMS
Spacious and clean. The size is large for the price and all look out on the great pool and out door bar area. The kitchen was a bonus however the cafe/restaurant was sooo good we didn't use it once!

LOCATION
Great location, walking distance to town and easy access to tour operators.

CAFE/RESTARUANT
This was the best part for us, organic and fresh everyday, we pretty much tried everything on the menu and it was all amazing and really good value for money compared to other places we stayed and ate at.

OVERALL
Bev (the owner) sponsors a local reggae band which played for us one night, she is also involved in the local community which we really liked. She was an amazing lady! really hands on and caring about her resort and staff, who in turn were nothing but friendly and welcoming to us the whole time. It all made for a great atmosphere and relaxing place to stay.

Thanks Bev! See you next time

Emma and Dane

P.S We havent forgotten about the jandal package will be sending soon!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Village de Santo Resort

Address: Rue Higginson | Sanma Province, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Luganville
#3 Romantic Hotel in Luganville
Price Range: $97 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Village de Santo Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vibrant, contemporary and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Village De Santo Resort is perfect for a sun-kissed holiday, catering for divers, business travelers and adventure travelers Deluxe Village Suites are prefect for families, couples or solo travelers. Conveniently located just 5 minutes from Luganville town and 15 from Airport. Recharge in one of 17 beautifully appointed open-plan luxury suites, complete with queen bed, modern bathroom and fully screened timber louvers and ceiling fans. Above all, Village De Santo places utmost importance on supporting and integrating its resort with local communities. Guests experience everything this tropical island has to offer, while feeling good that their stay with us directly benefits this beautiful island community. ... more   less 
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