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Barrier Beach House
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Luganville
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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51 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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“The Ultimate Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

What a supreme gem, where do you start, an absolutely fantastic resort incredible service on every level. My wife and I stayed at the Barrier Beach House for four nights (not long enough) in March. In all our extensive travels this has to be the best kick back place ever. Such a wonderful outlook located on a beautiful beach overlooking a stunning lagoon. Shendel was the perfect hostess (Shane was away in Australia) admirably supported by Flavia and Ivana. The meals were scrumptious and we loved the menu style set up. Lovely comfortable Fare attractively situated and camouflaged by threes with beautiful lagoon views and very well kept landscaped stunning grounds maintained by John and the boys. The dedicated staff make the place feel like 'home away from home'. No request seems to be too difficult to fulfill; we were never disappointed. A special thanks to Rob and Anita for their informative and great travel discussions. We thank the whole staff for once again making our stay unforgettable.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

We stayed at Barrier Beach House with our best friends. Shendel and
Shane are the ultimate hosts and their latest Tripadvisor gong is extremely well deserved. Flavia mixes the best caprioska I have ever had and she and Sophi cook lovely meals with the widest smiles. To lie in bed with the shutters on the fare open looking at the turquoise sea and listening to the quite shuffle of the waves is absolute bliss. The water is so warm and crystal clear on your doorstep, it beckons you in. We can't wait to return and are already planning on the next visit. It truly is a paradise - we couldn't think of any way to improve on the experience.

Room Tip: Fares 1 and 2 have the best view. Three new fares being built will have a plunge pool.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Barrier BeachHo... V, Manager at Barrier Beach House, responded to this review, 2 February 2014
Hi Wendyj157,

So pleased to hear that you had such a great time. It was an absolute pleasure having you all stay with us. It was a fun week and yes, I agree, Flavia is definitely the best cocktail maker around. Although it did almost kill me watching you all partake whilst I drank my Soda Water....CRUEL!!

Hopefully we'll see you back here sooner rather than later.

Cheers,
Shendel
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Barrier Beach House was the perfect place to spend our honeymoon. It is a beautiful location right on the beach (which is great for snorkelling) and it is close to all the main attractions on Santo. Shane and Shendel and the girls were fantastic, always recommending activities and asking us about our day. Our favourite activities were the blue holes, Champagne Beach and the Mount Hope waterfall tour. The meals and cocktails were also superb! I cannot recommend this accommodation enough-it was such a treat!
Chris & Sarah

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barrier BeachHo... V, Manager at Barrier Beach House, responded to this review, 2 February 2014
Hi Chris and Sarah,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We are so pleased to hear that you had such a great honeymoon and we were glad to have the opportunity to make it special for you. Our staff do a great job with cooking and definitely cocktail making so I've showed them your review acknowledging their hard work!! It put a big smile on their faces!!

We look forward to seeing you back here again soon.

Cheers,
Shendel
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

A very nice relaxing break with lovely accommodation, food & hosts.
The chalets are beautifully designed with open screened walls to 3 sides with shutters to close if required. The beach is right there in front of you, it is clean, protected, as the name says, by a barrier reef so good for swimming if a little shallow at low tide.
Well worth the visit and would definitely go again if I get the chance.

Room Tip: No need to choose, all three are excellent
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yeppoon, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at Barrier Beach House in November, 2013 and didn't want to leave! This small resort is located on one of the most beautiful beaches you'll find anywhere in the world. We can't recommend it enough. Shendel and Shane and their staff made our stay an absolute pleasure. They were super friendly and helpful, the food awesome, the rooms were lovely...nothing was too much trouble. Can't wait to go back! Margaret and Russell.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We stayed at Barrier Beach House for 5 nights in September for our honeymoon. It was the perfect place for a honeymoon as it is such a quiet, peaceful and relaxing place. The managers, Shane and Shendel were wonderful hosts, as were their friendly staff that cooked us delicious meals and kept our room clean.

The beach is absolutely superb - beautiful soft white sand and calm clear blue water. A perfect swimming beach. There is also plenty of shade on the beach which was good. There are some good snorkelling spots around the bay. There are also kayaks (very good quality with back rests) provided for guests to use free of charge. We actually spotted DUGONGS on about three different occasions which was very exciting!!

We stayed in villa 1, which was absolutely beautiful. It was right on the beach and had amazing views through the louvred windows. I LOVED the louvred windows all around the villa. They gave us a lovely see breeze and also allowed us to enjoy the views but still with privacy.

The bed (kind size) was very comfortable and the shower was very good - decent pressure and we always had hot water. There was a safe in the room and a bar fridge that was restocked daily. The rooms were serviced and made up daily as well.

They have an onsite restaurant just for guests. A continental breakfast is provided free of charge and includes, toast, freshly baked banana bread, fruit, cereal, juice, tea, coffee, etc. There are a variety of things to choose for lunch, all at very reasonable prices (we especially loved the caesar salad and the burgers!). Dinner is a set menu, which is provided a few days in advance so you have time to decide whether you will stay for dinner or go elsewhere. We ate at Barrier Beach House for nearly all of our dinners as the food was spectacular! I did not expect such high quality food and so much of it! The desserts were also fantastic.

One of the highlights of our stay was when we hired Barrier Beach's "Bongo Bus" to drive around the island. I think it was roughly 6,500 vatu to hire for the day (cheaper than car hire in town and much more convenient). We had so much fun driving around in the bus and visiting amazing beaches and blue holes. Shane gave us lots of information on where to go and what to do which was very helpful.

Other than the amazing location and rooms, the best thing about Barrier Beach House was the people. Shane, Shendel and their staff (Flavia and Sophia?) made us feel right at home and were so friendly, helpful and generous. Shane drove us into town one night for dinner and also even drove my husband's parents back to their resort when they got lost! We were also given a free congratulatory bottle of champagne from Shane and Shendel as we had just gotten married in Port Vila. It was all these little things that made our stay very special.

We will definitely be back again - hopefully sooner rather than later!

Room Tip: There are only three villas (bliss!) and all of them are on the beach. Any of the villas would be gr...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Shendel and Shane were really friendly and welcoming with plenty of local knowledge and advice to getting out and about and the service from the staff was awesome they are all so friendly and helpful , the meals were great , the rooms very spacious and comfy and we had loads of privacy or could go and mingle with the staff and other guests in the dining room when we wanted too, the view is postcard dreamy and beach access perfect for us to wind down into relaxed holiday mode very easily , we really enjoyed our stay and plan to go back again one day.

Room Tip: they all looked good!!!! and all had 3 second access to the beach and dining area.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laura H
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Barrier BeachHo... V, Manager at Barrier Beach House, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
Hi Laura H,

Once again congrats on your wedding and thanks for letting us share the lead up to your special day!! It was so good to see you happy and relaxed before the big day and we were pleased we could help provide you with the perfect spot to unwind.

We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves and would love to have you back again anytime.

Good luck with the many years ahead of wedded bliss!!

Cheers,
Shendel
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Property: Barrier Beach House
Address: Lot 11 Barrier Beach | East Coast Road, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
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Region: 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 On the Beach Hotel in Luganville
#1 Romantic Hotel in Luganville
#3 Family Hotel in Luganville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Barrier Beach House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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