Ratua is an amazing place to visit; a private island filled with beautiful scenery and luxurious yet rustic accommodation. The staff, especially Bong and his wife Aileen, were friendly and helpful, and wanted us to have the best stay possible. We even managed to see Australian actress Cate Balnchett and her family who were doing a day visit to the island, which was very exciting.
We stayed at in the fish village in the old and rustic, but beautiful, huts.yetely decorated and equipped with effective mosquito nets. They were needed as there was no glass on the windows, however you can close the wooden screens, but even so we did not have any trouble with mosquitoes. The rooms are large and the bathroom features beautiful local shampoo, body lotion and beautiful smelling citronella lotion to help fight off insects. Off the fish village was an amazing lounge area equipped with a bar, dining table and chairs. Perfect place for pre dinner snacks and drinks or to watch the sunset, with a view over looking the ocean, with an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation. The fish village was not far from the yacht club (the eating area), however some of the huts in the other villages were little while away. For many this is great as it means more quit and remote time, yet for my elderly relatives it was occasionally hard for them to take the walk especially when the path was sometimes uneven and the lighting at night was not great. That said they did love their room, with its private balcony and beach access.
The food was normally great with the highlight being the lunch buffet, located on the beach. An assortment of meat or fish, pasta, salads as well as desserts were amazing a delicious, especially with the view surrounding you as you eat. The breakfasts were good with assortment of cereals, pastries toast and fresh juices. The dinners were also nice however the soups were sometimes to salty.
The island had good snorkels, paddle boards and kayaks available, which you can use to paddle out to a reef not far off the island and see the amazing coral and fishes. if you are lucky, in the morning and lat in the afternoon, you can swim or catch a glimpse of turtles and dugongs right of the shore. Horse riding and various other tours are available, as well as bikes to ride around the island.
Overall Ratua was beautiful and relaxing and totally worth staying. If I am to return to Vanuatu I would definitely consider rooming back to Ratua.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ratua Island is a wild, magical place with authentic people who offer a simple and warm reception in a naturally beautiful environment. There are 13 individual 200-year-old Indonesian villas that have been specially reconstructed on sites offering stunning views with a private deck or beach. Located in the Vanuatu Archipelago, off the South East tip of Espiritu Santo, Ratua is only a 30-minute motorboat journey from the mainland on our own private motor launch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ratua Private Island Hotel Luganville
- Ratua Private Island Vanuatu/Luganville