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Village de Santo Resort
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Luganville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 July 2013

On arrival at Village de Santo, we were warmly welcomed by hosts Bev and Nabil who did their utmost to ensure our stay was enjoyable. And it was. The staff always greeted us with huge smiles: Valerie, Rose, Charlie, Dave, Barry, the ladies who cleaned the rooms, the gardener, the bus driver, everybody. The restaurant provided delicious and filling food at reasonable prices as well as great entertainment. Our room was spacious, immaculately clean and well ventilated with many shutters and flyscreens on the windows. Upstairs, the bed was comfortable. The pool is only a few metres from the door and is surrounded by palms and exotic flowers that add colour, shade and privacy. The walk into town and back soon had us slowing to the local rhythm and gave us the chance to take in the surroundings. As has been said elsewhere, there are always plenty of cheap taxis going past the resort.
We were privileged to be among the first guests of Mango Village just across the road from the resort. Bev is working with the villagers to develop a sustainable tourism project that will provide work and help retain traditional culture through sharing with visitors. Bev and Nabil’s commitment to the people of Santos meant we as guests were able to see and experience the local culture. We also enjoyed speaking French with Nabil and many of the staff.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

This was our second stay at the Village, having visited this time last year. Again we were very impressed, the comfort and quality of the rooms is first class and the food was excellent ! Bev is a wonderful host.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

My husband and I had a fantastic stay at Village De Santo at the end of November for 5 nights.
The accommodation was very spacious and spotlessly clean, the bed was very comfortable and the linen was of a high standard.
The pool was a welcome relief in the afternoons when the humidity set in and we were lucky to have it to ourselves everyday as this was a quiet tourist time in Santo (see note below).
We had some lovely meals in the restaurant on the nights we dined there and the cocktails were great as well. Dave and Barry and the other staff were very friendly and there was a great family / team atmosphere between them, which made our stay even more enjoyable.
Bev and Nabil were always on hand to suggest day outings etc, and Bev and Nabil were more than happy to arrange anything for us.
Taxi’s run non stop right out the front of the Village and we never waited for more than a minute to wave one down. One way into Luganville was 200vt which is approximately $2 aus. The drivers were always friendly and ready for a chat and are more than happy to wait if you want to go into the supermarket, bank etc.
We would highly recommend Village De Santo to any anyone going to Santo and we will definitely be returning in the future.
Thanks Bev and Nabil for making our stay so memorable.
Note: Late November / early December is traditionally a quiet tourist time in Santo, some resorts were even closed for a few weeks. We hardly seen any other tourist during our travels, and had the blue holes, etc to ourselves. The weather while warm, was not unbearable (however we live in Queensland) and we had the odd thunderstorms during the night.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

We were really happy with our decision to stay at Village de Santo. I toiled over the decision for a long time after we couldn’t get in to Oyster Bay for all three nights. Finally, based on TA reviews and the fact that we longed for something a little more local and less “resorty”, we did the deal, and we ended up very happy with the decision. What we loved: the lush, beautiful courtyard style layout; the clean rooms, the meticulously maintained grounds (the staff work hard at this and seem to be happily employed); how easy it is to arrange a tour through Bev; the food! (really high quality and deelish); the large rooms, and the location. While not right in town, we braved it one day and walked to town looking for a pharmacy. The whole trip into town was a good experience and we grabbed a cab back. Cabs are easy to come by, cheap, and if you like the first one you get, get their name and number and call them any time you need a ride – they’ll be there! We had the same cabbie for 2.5 days. I wanted to pre-book a dive trip and the Millenum Cave trips but I heeded the advice to book it when we arrived. Easy-breezy and I would make the same recommendation; if you have any flexibility arrange tours when you arrive. We booked the night before a dive trip and Millennium Cave and it all worked swimmingly. If you are up for a strenuous, true adventure, do Millennium Cave (tip them at the end, leave a couple cool t-shirts, or contribute to the village school). This is a trek you will never forget. Back to the hotel: The courtyard style makes for interesting acoustics – you can hear everything inside and out of the rooms near the pool!. If your louvers are open, expect that you can be heard by about anyone. The beds are upstairs, so if you don’t mind walking down to the bathroom at night, this place is spot on! It is a comfy, quiet and casual place with great prices, hardworking and accommodating staff and with just enough local flair that you really feel like you are in Vanuatu! Highly recommended.

Room Tip: I think they are all basically the same layout.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lynnyvette
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Villagedesantoresort, Manager at Village de Santo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2013

Thank you so much for your high recommendation and your appreciation for our dedicated staff. Your attention to detail is appreciated in writing your review. We are very proud of our lush gardens, meticulously kept Suites and making our guests feel comfortable. I will pass feed back to Sam who is manger of the Millennium Cave Tour, the tour is an adventure! I'm sure your review will be most helpful to our future guests. It was our pleasure to help make your holiday such a positive experience for you both.

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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Modest but modern facilities, lush surrounds, amazingly friendly and honest people. The owners are welcoming and helpful and give you great advice on how to save money, who to tour with, where to go etc. They recommend and book activities each day if you want them. The food is lovely, simple but fresh and tasty. What it lacks in glitz and glamour it more than makes up for in personality and friendliness. The rooms are not fancy, but they are comfortable. I will go back any time :)

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank cricketchick_2002
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Stayed here while on business during the low season with wife for two nights.
It was convenient to town without being right on the main street so a bit quieter.
Spacious rooms that were clean and recently renovated.
Note this is not a beach front resort and there is no air conditioning.
But swimming pool and central garden is beautiful.
Also the best place left in town for european styled food using local ingredients.
If you want an economical place to stay while visiting Luganville and you want to visit the caves the blue holes and the dive spots doubt you would find better.
Staff are very good at arranging

Room Tip: The suites with upstairs bed are cooler in the hotter months
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank DougA67
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Villagedesantoresort, Manager at Village de Santo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2013

Thank you for the kind review of your stay in one of our Village suites. We agree our location is convenient. I will pass along your comments of cleanliness and service to our exceptional staff.
We are so pleased that Restaurant exceeded your expectations.
Thank you for choosing to stay at Village de Santo Resort.

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Reviewed 8 January 2013

The village de Santo resort is located just outside of town - 15 minute brisk walk or a short cab ride. (A cab into the town cost only 200 Vatu). There are 400 cabs in Santo - so don't be shy hail one and you'll meet a friendly local and get you to wherever you want to go with no fuss.

The rooms at the resort are situated in a U-shaped complex with a pool in the centre. The pool is a great way to relax in the afternoon, but depending on the guests and their children, it can become quiet a noisy spot!

The rooms have two floors with the upstairs being a loft where the main bed is located.

Rooms are very clean and well appointed. There is no aircon but the room was really well ventilated so it wasn't missed.

The resort has a nice restaurant that serves a good mix of food - and the vegetarian options were excellent. The service is good but laid back.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Village de Santo Resort

Address: Rue Higginson | Sanma Province, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Region: 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: £72 - £102 (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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