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“Lope Lope saved our honeymoon”
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Lope Lope Lodge
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Espiritu Santo
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lope Lope saved our honeymoon”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

Lope Lope was our answered prayer. We had booked at Ratua Private Island and decided that after spending 5 mins there that the Island was not for us. Late at night with little reception or Internet functions we sent an SOS txt to friend back home for help in finding accommodation in Santo for the 3 nights that we had left on out honeymoon. All 4 of them came back with Lope Lope. After some txt communication with the manager in the morning ( On her DAY OFF mind you) we were able to secure a room and transfers all at short notice. Thank you Donna, you saved our honeymoon.
After what was a pretty stressful experience getting to Lope Lope was a god sent. The staff are amazing, the food devine, the Of your coconut buckets lethal, and the view breathtaking.

Lope Lope is situated about a 15-20 drive out of town on a sealed road. The resort has 4 bunglows that have their own private entrance and private beach. I cried when we saw our rooms, as this was what we thought we were booking at Ratua. It was everything we could have hoped for and so so so much more.

The room was MASSIVE with a beautiful big living room. The king bed looks out to the ocean which is beautiful to wake up to. There is so much storage space for all your things. A safe and access to Wifi etc. The bathroom is also massive with a lovely bathroom and amazing outdoor shower. The best part is that the rooms at 100% mossie free!! BONUS!!

The deck out the front of the room leads straight onto you private beach. My husband and I took great delight in sitting of an evening and watching the crabs fight for territory. We called it crab hour and we laugh about it all the time.

Breakfast is given to you the night before and consists of toast, jams, spreads, OJ, Milk, coffee and fresh fruit with you can eat in your room and then if you choose hot brekkie is served in the bar from 10am. The girls will bring it in at night while you are at dinner and Susan ( house keeper) will come and tidy it all up for you in the morning. Thanks Susan :)

Bisend, Julie, Chrissy and Jenina ( the lovely and ever helpful bar staff) will help you organise and tours or transfer that you may wish to do. And im our cases most of the time at short notice. I MASSIVE thankyou to Beesy for all your help organinsg our Champagne beach tour, and our diving tour. You are truly amazing and you made our holiday so special. Something that we will never forget.

The Slipway inn is a local nightspot on Friday which goes off with Ex pats. Quite the place to be.
We loved the food that we ate. The kitchen staff were amazing. Thanks to the chef Rocky and cooks Lilian, Albertine and Lucy for the amazing food. Im pretty sure this is where I may have picked up the sneaky 5kgs I put on :)

Massive thanks to Megan for the amazing horse riding experience. Megan took me on a wonderful horse ride up the mountain and through the forest and onto the beach right in front of our room. Was unforgettable. Megan is such a lovely and warm person that we found ourselves chit chatting like old school buddies in no time! The horses live on the property and are allowed to roam around at will. On our very last day as we were laying in bed watching the sun rise they all ran past and played in the water in front of room, and we were in awe of the beautiful place that we were very privileged to have stayed.

The Team at Lope Lope certainly made Chris and I feel extremely welcome and nothing was EVER an trouble at all. We had the most amazing time and really felt that when we said goodbye that we were saying good by to family. We will absolutely be back.. and maybe next time with a little bambino ( beesy - that should make you laugh :))

Room Tip: Any ! They are all amazing!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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LopeLope, Owner at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 16 June 2013
Hi Guys!

What a "true reflection" review you guys have posted... thanks a mill!

Reviews are what inform other travelers as to what expect, and yours was 10/10... lol - you should consider writing "critic reports" - well said!

Thanks for mentioning all the staff names in what they did and how they made your stay special... as I have said before - they absolutely thrive on it - in this country, their job at Lope Lope is their ultimate pride!

Donna has shown your guys review to them all, and you would have been bowled over by their responsive smiles and tears of joy - they have succeeded and because of your review, acknowledged online - something they so so so enjoy and love!

A special note on Bissy - "she is beaming!"

It was an absolute pleasure to make your honeymoon special... now can you get on with it and bring the bambino back for a visit?!

Cheers - safe and lovely travels to you two...

From all of us here!
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Thanks Megan for a wonderful horse riding experience. Loved every minute of it and would do it again. I came with my husband and 2 friends and we did the experienced track. And what a diverse track it was. From the farms, to the gorgeous views, through the trees and crystal clear stream, then out to the beach. I didn't want it to end and could have gone longer. My horse Whiskey was wonderful. I'd recommend doing this for everyone who wants to go horse riding on Santo. I'm not an experienced rider, but felt safe as Megan will give you a horse suited to you, so it's all good.

The only tip I'd give is to take cash as there is no credit card facility.

Thanks again Megan. Had a great time.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 13 July 2013
Hi Christine,

Thank you for the fantastic review, it was a pleasure to have 4 confident horse riders for a change (even thou you guys under estimated your ability lol)!

It is always refreshing to hear feedback on my horse trails and know that all the boxes were ticked ,Thank you for that.... I hope you got the most out of the rest of your holiday in Santo ,and look forward to our paths crossing again....

Cheers
Megan
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Baden, Aargau, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Lope Lope Adventure Lodge very much. Especially the location of this lovely little resort is very beautiful. The horses coming to graze next to our bungalow were amazing and the proximity of the beautiful blue hole was also fantastic. The staff were very friendly with authentic Vanuatu smiles - thankyou for looking after us - we had a great time!

Room Tip: Bungalow on the edge of the resort, closest to the Blue Hole - quiet, peaceful and just lovely
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Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Hi Guys

Was great having you... thanks a mill for the review!

As per usual we have shown our staff and it created many (as you put it) "Big Authentic Vanuatu Smiles" - they love the feedback from guests!

As per your room tip - yes that is a special bungalow... and for any other guests looking to book it, especially honeymooners, it is called the "Nakatambul"; a name derived from the beautiful local timber used in all our bungalows.

Safe travels and see you guys back some day!

Cheers

From all of us here in paradise - one we call our own!
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

I will start off by saying the staff here are really good and always happy to assist in anything you wish.and the rooms are beautiful. It's a great location even if a little bit out of town.
But this isn't the adventure lodge it's made out to be at all. It's more of an owners playground. More than half the stuff advertised on the website is no longer available. It's pretty much the horse riding and fishing still available. You will see advertised everywhere that they have everything still but they don't anymore.
I would not say that I would not stay here again it's just not what I was looking for on this holiday. And I felt a bit ripped off as the adventure lodge I was after was simply a nice place to stay.
They will also try and charge 5% on top for credit cards and will tell you all places charge it as its what the banks charge but after another 5 days i found it was 3% as an average not the 5 as they told me.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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LopeLope, Owner at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 20 January 2013
Hey Mate

Thanks for the post as it will help clarify to future guests that we no longer have noisy quads & jet-ski's running around - we have moved away from that due to the type of guests we are attracting nowadays...

Our website has not shown the quads and jet-ski's as an activity for over a year now - see the "activities" tab on our site. I guess the misleading part is in the name and the photo gallery - we will update that in this week.

We are in the process of changing the name to take out the "Adventure" part, even though we still offer the rest - horse riding, fishing, paintball and all the non motorized water sports.

We encourage our guests to adventure out to places like the Millennium Caves, River Rafting, Diving, Champagne Beach, Blue Holes etc - all those activities are arranged by us through third party operators and is a great way to explore our beautiful island and add to the fun that can be enjoyed here.

Regarding the credit card surcharge - every business in Santo (and Vanuatu) has a different credit card rate as determined by the bank, type of business, turn over etc. The bank determines it; not us. Ours is actually 4.5% plus VAT, which makes it 5.07% to be exact. We have asked them to review our rate and await a positive response.

In saying that, we do offer all our guests the opportunity to save on those fees by doing a direct transfer to our Australian bank account - no costs there other than what the Australian Banks charge.

Anyway, thanks again for the post and enjoy your future travels - sorry we could not offer the quads for you.

Cheers
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

While I did not get the chance to enjoy what seems to be a great property, I did not stay at the Lodge. However, I'd just like to pass on my compliments to Ritana and the staff of the Lope Lope Adventure Lodge for their handling of a booking that I had to cancel. Unfortunately, after making the booking we had to cancel it & were able to have this agreed to with the deposit returned with no issues or hassles.

Thanks for your assistance & we sure hope to actually experience the Lope Lope Adventure Lodge in the near future.

Thanks

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Hey Guys

Thanks for the post!

It is unfortunate that you guys could not make it, and yes we are as flexible as our guests need us to be in some circumstances like yours... see you soon though!

Actually - see you in Byron Bay for a glass of Red :)

Cheers
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brisbane
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

We really wanted to get away for a short break after a hectic few months and Santo seemed like the ideal place. After quick look around tripadvisor, we decided to go ahead and book Lope Lope for our stay. The lodge was not available for our entire stay, but they were able to accommodate us for a couple of nights and were kind enough to organise alternate accommodation for the rest of our stay, we knew we were onto a good thing even before we got there. The level of service was wonderful from the very first email to the time we left.

Santo itself is still mostly "off the beaten path" (no traffic lights, bumpy roads, small towns). Lope Lope is about ten mins out of Lugenville town, on the only sealed road on the island! The location is beautiful, you sometimes wonder,"is the water really that blue?". Our bungalow was lovely,spacious, impeccably clean and well appointed, with all the tec features that one may need. The view was stunning, and we spent our downtime lounging in the hammock sipping on green coconuts or stargazing from our private beach. The lodge itself and the grounds are well maintained, with a great bar and dining options and heaps of activities. We went snorkelling with Fabrice from island fishing tours, and the reefs were pristine!

We were so well looked after Megan, she is truly an asset to the lodge. She organised everything for us and always had a smile on her face and was happy to help with anything big or small, even though she was super busy with a wedding that was to take place at the venue. She even managed to squeeze us in for a horse ride on the beautiful rescue horses that also call Lope Lope home, they roam around the gardens grazing and are simply gorgeous. It is well worth spending a few hours exploring an getting to know these beautiful animals that are now being lovingly cared for. I also did spend quite bit of time playing with the two gorgeous canine residents of Lope Lope, Boston and MJ, Boston being a fantastic security guard:)

This is my first review on Tripadvisor, and I am writing it because I was so impressed with Lope Lope, it is unique and a real treasure. It had all the little luxuries and service of a five star hotel but with the warmth and care of staying at a good friend's place . All the staff were so friendly and obliging and put that together with brilliant facilities and a stunning location; you really do feel like you are in paradise!

Thanks again,
Vik and Ishka

Room Tip: All three bungalows are great, we stayed in Natapoa, had a great beach and was close to the dinning...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 2 January 2013
Hey Guys

Thanks for a great review - Our staff had the usual smiles and giggles when they saw the review - they love it and as per usual pride themselves in the way they treat all our guests - like you mentioned... "with loving care like being at home"!

Was a pleasure having you around and I am sure next time you will book a little more in advance so we can accommodate you for longer :)!

See you back soon in our slice of paradise!
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Bowen, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

We have just returned from six wonderful days at Lope Lope Adventure Lodge where we attended the wedding of our godson Pat. Wow! What a magical place. We were met at the airport and welcomed by Colin who transported us back to the Lodge to settle into our new "home". The warm welcome we recieved from Megan on arrival at the Lodge continued throughout our stay. The bungalows are spacious, clean & well appointed, each with its own private beach. The cool breeze & soft lapping of the ocean at our doorstep ensured all of the party enjoyed an excellent night's sleep. ( Even the snorers amongst us didn't snore! Wish we could take that home!) Well all loved the outdoor showers. Really enjoyed the continental breakfasts on the balcony of the lodge each morning and evening drinks & dinner were a delightful experience.
Hire cars & taxis are reasonably priced (thanks Dusty & John) & we used these to explore the island. We found beautiful spots such as Champagne Beach, Turtle Beach, Velit Bay Jacky's Blue Hole and Port Oiry. The restaurant here - Port Oiry Harbour Restaurant serves Coconut Crab, which is to die for. Yum!
The friendly waves from the local people walking along the road everywhere we went enhanced our sight seeing experience.
The wedding....
Pat & Jen were married by the Blue Hole adjacent to Lope Lope Lodge. The setting was awesome in its natural state, but the staff enhanced it with flowers & palm fronds. -beautiful. The wedding luncheon was held on the balcony of the Lodge which is built out over the ocean. The varing hues in the water made the setting spectacular. Once again the girls did a fantastic job of decorating the area for the occasion. The sumptious tropical feast of local seafood and tasty salads laid out for the guests was delicious. We enjoyed local fish, prawns, lobster and oysters among other things. (Thanks for the beautiful spinach soup Bissend ). The restaurant serves great meals and all served with beaming smiles from the staff. Thanks to Bissy, Chrissy & all the girls who really looked after us.
Our thanks to Megan for ensuring that all our needs were catered for and for helping to make Pat & Jens day so beautiful & special. They will have awsome memories & I know they have some magnificent photos. We would all like to return some day.
Maree & Co

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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LopeLope, Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this review, 19 November 2012
Hi Everyone

Where do I start.....It was an absolute honor to host your son/godsons wedding at Lope Lope Lodge. Over the period of your holiday we got to know you all at a special level which we will cherish for a long time....

The wedding was a amazing day which could only of come together so well with the help of our staff, Helen the local wedding planner and the local village ladies whom never cease to amaze me how they can make decorations from the local jungle/trees to produce a breathtaking end result!

Having your family and friends visit our Lodge and celebrate a milestone in your son’s life meant a lot to us all.... it was a pleasure to say the least.

Thank you for the fantastic review and I truly hope our paths will cross again.
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Property: Lope Lope Lodge
Address: East Coast Road | Champagne Coast, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
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Region: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Espiritu Santo
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Espiritu Santo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lope Lope Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lope Lope Lodge is Santo's finest new absolute waterfront resort boasting probably one of the best locations on the island. It is a lodge built to 5-star quality standards with the same reflected in our accommodation, service, food, drinks and activities - without the price tag! Situated 15 mins from the international airport and only 11 km out of town on the newly tar sealed East Coast road, we have fast become one the most popular places in Santo to visit, whether staying with us or not. Set on 8.5 Hectares of lush tropical forest, a natural blue hole and an ice cold fresh water creek forms our northern boundary, whilst the warm crystal clear, aquamarine colored Pacific Ocean meets our white sandy beaches with nothing more than a soothing sound that is bound to lull you to sleep in your luxury bungalow...The Slipway Sports Bar & Grill combination of natural & modern design, the Slipway Sports Bar & Grill is well known for its variety of drinks and food, and has fast become the "Place to be in Santo," since our opening in April 2010. Offering free pool tables and darts on our mezzanine level, live big screen TV, free internet and comfortable couches to relax away the day. Our Accommodation design mixture of Modern and Melanesian, our upmarket bungalows are absolute waterfront with most top class amenities and finishes that will make you feel at home, especially when stepping off the deck onto your own white sandy private beach! Our 132 square meter luxury bungalows are one of a kind and designed to meet your highest expectation without losing the true island style feeling you can enjoy while staying with us! All bungalows are built to 5-star quality with a unique feeling of living in your own home - but in paradise & right on a tropical Pacific beach...* Private entrance* Thatch deck, hammock, 4 seat settee* Spacious open plan design* King Size bed (or a twin King Single)* iPod dock* HD TV* A comfortable 3-seat lounge set, Laptop desk, Walk through wardrobe* Bar fridge* Laptop safe* Twin vanities* Luxury Bath* Outside shower in tropical garden. All linen, towels & beach towels are provided. Your room is made up every day & full service every third day!Activities We offer a wide variety of activities with, horse riding trails, Hobie cat sailing, kayaks, game fishing, island hopping, sightseeing, cultural tours, blue holes etc... All at your fingertips! Lope Lope is truly "The Place to be in Vanuatu!" ... more   less 
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