We too had read the recent reveiws but as we were travelling with our 2 year old daughter and as I would be having relaxing days mostly with her, we needed to make sure that my stay was a wonderful as my husband's...who's only requirement was that it was near the diving! We have both travelled extensively and found the resort to be quite delightful. One has to remember that this is Santo, Vanuatu. It doesn't sell itself as a Marriott and I would never have expected it to be. Our room was quite away from the main entertainment area but was quite roomy. Had everything that we "needed" - bathroom, loads of towels & extra pillows, mozzie nets, mozzie products (fly spray & mozzie coils), tea & coffee, a fridge, and fan. We had a delightful view from our Seaview Balcony and sure, it would have been nice to have a banana lounge to read on, what was there suited us just fine. There was a cute little beach infront of our room with loads of shells, coral & hermit crabs to delight our daughter. The resort is currently doing a soft refirb to some of the rooms but there was never loads of noise, the NiVans are so considerate. The food was quite divine and I LOVED seeing baked beans on toast on the children's menu. The staff are all NiVans who are more than happy to help with any request (including climing up a tree to obtain a coconut for our 2 year old, cutting it's lid off, making the bottom flat and popping in a straw - Thank you Tensley!) but were also always aware of our needs (fixing up the table that we liked, moving the high chair to where it should be, putting out mozzie coils, getting more "lemontybutter", etc). The pool is a bit ordinary but most of the day, it was just the little one & I as the other guests were either diving, relaxing or having great adventures! The Management were very happy to talk to all guests & be apart of our holidays. We also discussed the not so positive reviews with them. I am delighted to finally post our opinions. The gardens are beautiful. The location is beautiful, and we will return... one of these days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aore Island Resort is a stunning Pacific Island retreat with an authentic and welcoming culture nestled in a unique natural paradise. Experience the raw luxury of our private boutique bungalows and indulge in an impeccably fresh beachfront dining experience overlooking the crystal clear waters of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aore Island Hotel Espiritu Santo
- Aore Resort Santo
- Aore Hotel Santo