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“The Perfect Perfect Place to Relax”

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Barrier Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Luganville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed at Barrier Beach for 7 nights to relax, read books and unwind and we could not have picked a more perfect place. Shendel, Shane and the staff are the perfect hosts. We spent our time riding bikes to million dollar point, oyster island and rented a car for the day to travel to Champagne Beach. The roads are very easy to navigate, the locals drive slowly and the only dangers are the chooks, cows or locals on the road. You don't need to go too far from Barrier Beach as the water, snorkelling and canoeing at your door step is perfect. We felt we had the place to ourselves, with only 3 bungalows we literally were the only ones around. A great place and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Barrier BeachHo... V, Manager at Barrier Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2013

Hi FelicityandDe,

Thanks for posting this great review about Barrier Beach House.

It's great to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. You were definitely up there with our most active guests yet!! I was almost getting exhausted thinking about all your bike riding etc. But it's definitely a great way to see the sights and also meet the locals of the human and animal variety!!

We look forward to having you come stay with us again.

Cheers,
Shendel

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We prefer not to go back to the same destination twice. However Barrier Beach House is the exception to this rule. Location is stunning, and Shendel, Shane, their NiVan employees, and their own car that you hire without any stress at all, made this the most memorable holiday.

Barrier Beach House meals were the best we experienced during 10 days in Vanuatu. Cocktails were serious too! The fares were perfect; large, spotless and screened with amazing sea views. We had fares 2 and 3- perfect for adults in one and teenagers in the other. Shane and Shendel happily arranged beds to suit our needs.The sea directly in front of the fares was a beautiful place to swim, snorkel or kayak. We took our own snorkelling gear but didn't need to as there was plently available.

Shane and Shendel could not have been more helpful in making our stay perfect- right from the ease and honesty with the booking process to our checkout.They recommended and booked tours, sites to visit and arranged transers as required. They even changed the menu one night at our request as we really wanted a local seafood dinner. The girls and male staff were all incredibly polite and kind to us also.

In addition to Barrier Beach House itself we found the people of Espiritu Santo the most welcoming we have visited, and each day was packed with activity. My fear that 2 teenagers (15 & 18) may be bored was incorrect. Hiring their car gave us the flexibility to travel the length of the island (request this when you book). We visited numerous pristine blue swimming holes, went on a river float, swam at the perfect Champagne Beach, snorkelled over Million Dollar Point, and generally explored as much as we could in 5 days.

Next time we shall fly direct from Australia to Espiritu Santo. We can't wait! Thank you so much Barrier Beach House. We look forward to trying horse riding, scuba diving and fishing, next time. However it's important to note you can still have a stunning holiday here without actually scuba diving. Espiritu Santo and Barrier Beach House surpassed all expectations.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Barrier BeachHo... V, Manager at Barrier Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2013

Hi SpaSeeker13,

Thanks for posting such fantastic feedback of our resort!! It's always great to show the staff that their hard work is paying off.

We're really pleased that you and your family had such a great time. Espiritu Santo is a great place to really unwind, but there is also a lot to offer the more adventurous, including 2 teenagers! I knew you'd all enjoy the Waterfall Float, it's a great tour!

There is so much to see and do here that you almost need to book a few extra 'relax' days to enjoy between the activities.

It was great to have you all stay with us and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Cheers,
Shendel

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Shane and Shendel made us feel so relaxed from the moment we arrived and the way they are with their guests is truly unforgettable we felt so comfortable whilst there and the staff are so so lovely and very sweet, the meals were wonderful and generous, the prices were very very reasonable as well.
Our Fare was spacious modern and had plenty of storage for clothing and hanging space, also drawers for bathroom requirements which were large and very practical, we came back to our room on the day of our wedding anniversary to find the girls had written happy anniversary 2013 in little pieces of fern leaves on our bed which must have taken so long to do, it was so thoughtful we will always remember that special moment thank you girls.
Overall the this place could not be faulted I would highly recommend this beautiful place and we felt the most outstanding thing at Barrier Beach House were the genuine hosts who are down to earth helpful people who go above and beyond.
Vicky and Darrin

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Barrier BeachHo... V, Manager at Barrier Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2013

Hi Vicky and Darrin,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We're extremely pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves and I've shown May and Yvana your comments about their little 'fern' message on your bed. They both do a great job so it's good to be able to show them such positive feedback.

It was really great to have you come stay with us and hopefully we'll see you back here soon.

Cheers,
Shendel

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Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Shane and Shen will make your holiday with their intimate island knowledge and gorgeous food - the chocolate brownie is to die for.The views over the water are aquamarine and so clear. You must stay here - all the reviews are true!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We loved barrier beach house. Shane was the nicest guy ever and was constantly suggesting things to do and making the time where possible to drop us at activities. The little huts right on the beach are the best!

A nice little private place with only 3 little shacks about 15 minutes out of town.

Full of friendly staff, really nice meals.

Best things - The staff really make an effort
A potential downside - Meals, linked activities and cocktails are a little pricy so budget an extra $80 per person per day. Also you'll need a way of getting around so will need to rent a car, use taxies and occasionally you can grab a lift with Shane or Shandell.

Overall a very postive experience

Room Tip: All rooms are the same. No need to get the king room.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Shen and Shane have achieved something special with this small marvelous hideaway on Santo. You can relax, swim, kayak or snorkel on your private beach; or take arranged local or self-driven day trips up and down the Island. I would highly recommended the waterfall gorge adventure tour, an all-day guided drive to the North of Santo and an evening meal at the old school French restaurant in Luganville. This was simply the most relaxing holiday I have ever had.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

What an amazing little piece of paradise. Stayed for 5 nights (not long enough) with our teenage son. Rooms are beautiful, location is spectacular, the food amazing but what really makes this place are the hosts Shane and Shendel and their team of beautiful ni-vans. Nothing seems to be a problem for them and their local knowledge is 2nd to none! We will definitely be back as soon as possible!

We ate at the Beach House 3 nights and at Lope Lope and Moyan on the other nights - I wouldn't bother going beyond the Beach House for the evening meal as the food was the best. We were often out at lunch time (and their suggestions for lunch spots was fantastic) but when we were there, their lunch was fantastic as well (the caesar salad is a must).

Room Tip: We stayed in Fare 3 which is set a little bit back from the beach and is a little more sheltered if...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Lot 11 Barrier Beach | East Coast Road, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu (Formerly Barrier Beach House)
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Location: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Luganville
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Luganville
#3 Family Hotel in Luganville
Price Range: $197 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barrier Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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