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Sanbis Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Gizo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Traralgon, Australia
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Ignore last Review”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

Last review totally bogus IMHO Was at the resort at that time and that " couple " were not.
Looks like a competitor shafting a great operator. Not hard to work out who
Hopefully trip advisor will pull it down soon.
Will post our own report as soon as we settle back after a fantastic holiday.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Honiara
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Just last night got back to Honiara from Sanbis were I celebrated my 50th birthday and had a great 4 nights stay which included 4 dives and a trip to Skull Island. The staff at the resort and the dive master and guide to Skull Island were all great and really knew their stuff about the local history and places of interest. Food was outstanding but best of all was the pizza form the wood fired oven. A small problem with the water at the moment due to a problem with the well but thats in the process of being rectfied. Would recommend the resort to anyone looking for an out of the way small quiet place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mark E
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uk
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

We were the grumpy old english couple. We admit to making a mistake in choosing Sanbis, especially after UEPI. We really love snorkelling and as I am disabled, had hoped to have a magic visit to this resort. Access to the reef was difficult, as the little beaches were cluttered with debris, but we did manage to get on the reef, which despite recent natural disasters, was beautiful. Unfortunately the behaviour of a guest with a powerful Jetski boat, towing his various sons (some under 12) in 3 kayaks at high speed over and round and round on the reef where we swam, destroyed the pretence of environmental conservation and made us, yes, very grumpy. The screaming, noise and disturbance destroyed the peace for us.
The food, including the great pizzas, was excellent, and the staff, excluding the Manager, could not have been more pleasant and helpful. We paid extra for Christmas, but nothing festive was laid on. Definitely a resort for honeymooners and young people diving, but not for oldies like us.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank warrenne
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HansGizo, Owner at Sanbis Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2012
One simply can't win them all...

In fact we, after two days of irrational behaviour, a few of the other guests and I were discussing the option of making you an offer to move you to the Gizo Hotel instead for free and we marginally decided against it.

I must admit, I am not a fan of jet skis either (we dont own any jet skis) but again, it was nowhere near the situation you describe and I even gave you a free night after you very agressively suggested that you wont pay for your stay.

Whishing you more luck with your next holiday!

Regards - Hans
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

We stayed at Sanbis a few days ago. I really loved the place! The bungalows are clean and the property is well maintaint and eco-friendly. It was our first resort in the Solomon what gave us a western luxury feeling!
The only downside I can think of is that they have a bit of a problem with the fresh water wells, where they get the water for the shower an toilet from. The water is a bit salty, also in the shower. But they are working on that problem right now so hopefully this will be a problem of the past soon.

The lonely planet wrote that is was a very expensive place, but that is not totally correct. A double bungalow costs about SD 1450,-. We did not have a mealplan but yust ordered whenever we wanted to eat or drink and the restauarant / bar prices are normal priced.

I would recommend this place to friends and family!

Oh, and one last thing. They have a lodge also. This is a house with everything on it and you can rent that whole house and stay there with for example with some friends. I don't know the price of it but it looked very nice with private jetty, bubblebath etc.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Anna188590
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

Having just got engaged and being originally from Fiji so have experienced the best resorts locally and internationally and coming to the Solomon Islands was always going to be a challenge I thought. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised!!!! The Sanbis is Eco friendly and the locals are the friendliest most accommodating people I have experienced worldwide. They go out of their way to make you feel at home and even offer up massages to "help" they say. The food is outstanding and the diving and snorkelling incredible.
Unfortunately, only downside was the grumpy old English couple who actually made me so embarrassed to see their untoward behaviour towards staff and other guests.
We will certainly be back, if only to experience THE LODGE which is accommodation out of heaven!

Room Tip: All the challets/villas/bures are right on the water unless you are a group and wanting to book out...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank future-counsel
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

This resort is really beautifully sited and located. The staff, many of whom are of Gilbertese origin are lovely and will do all they can to be helpful.Transfers run on Solomon time are can be early or late and it is advisable to double check with the staff. The diving is stunning - some of the very best we have ever enjoyed. Wreck dives and walls alive with corals and teeming with the most stunning array of fish life. Just drifting along in the current is a dream experience. Apart from pizza the menu is limited and some food items can run out, however staff will improvise to try to please you.
The new lodge is the pride and joy of the establishment but existing accommodation while pleasant and very clean, is due for a bit of maintenance and tidying up

Room Tip: If you travel with a small group consider the new lodge as an option. Nicely appointed, quiet and ra...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Judenrichard
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
113 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

excellent host and staff in an idylic location, what more could you want. the food is fresh and plentiful. great spa and accomodations. the ability to slide into the water for a swim or snorkel and return to the bar for a relaxd was awesome. the fishing is without question the bets i've seen. must stay location...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Sanbis Resort

Property: Sanbis Resort
Address: Mbabanga Island | Western Province, Gizo, Ghizo Island 1100, Solomon Islands
Location: Solomon Islands > Ghizo Island > Gizo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Gizo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Total Exclusivity! Located on a secluded island approximately 7 minutes from Gizo by boat, Sanbis Resort offers premier accommodation with each bungalow having its own private beach; ensuite with hot water and a stunning view across the lagoon. The number of bungalows has been limited to six to ensure privacy and luxury for guests. You will be spoilt in every way possible. The resort boasts a gourmet kitchen with a fully stocked bar. ... more   less 
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Sanbis Hotel Gizo

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