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Lope Lope Lodge
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

This is by far the most amazing place I've ever stayed (and I've travelled to quite a few places around the world). Espiritu Santo is a beautiful corner of the world and the Lope Lope Adventure lodge is a real asset to the island.

The bungalows are gorgeous, we stayed in 'Namalaus'...we thought this was the best one there, but I am sure they are all stunning. We had our own private beach and the rooms were clean, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean was a dream. The outdoor shower....what a revelation! We found ourselves wanting to shower all the time; a truly exotic experience. To top it all off, a complimetary bottle of champagne on arrival, something I have never known any other resort to offer!

The staff here is what really makes this lodge stand out. Right from the start, you feel like you are being welcomed into a family. Everyone was so friendly, happy and accomodating...made me want to move to Santo! I burnt myself really bad one day, and they gave me some aloe vera gel to help sooth it, no charge. A special thank you goes to Christie - she was so helpful and friendly. She was so good at recommending things to do in Santo and helping us book them, a real asset to the business (we hope she likes the baby bibs we bought her). Another big thank you goes to the Rocky and the kitchen staff....absolutely delicious food (especially that coconut crab). The bar and dining area has a really fun vibe, with lots of gear for water activities provided free of charge (snorkelling, kayaking etc).

Having a horse ranch nearby is fantastic too, seeing the horses gallop across the beach and having them around the lodge (very friendly) was quite charming. You can go on a trail ride with them and their carer Megan, an absolute must do!

All in all, Lope Lope is a true paradise. You can relax in the hammock with a good book, a glass of bubbles and the sounds of the ocean, or you can go out an explore all the wonderful sites and activities the island has to offer, all with the assistance and advice from the best staff I've ever encountered!

Thank you for making our holiday truly special, relaxing and fun! We'll be recommending Santo and the Lope Lope Lodge to all our friends and family. We can't wait to come back one day!

Room Tip: Stay in the "Namalaus", you won't be disappointed!
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank AngieJackson
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2013

Hey Angie & Tom

What a fantastic review!!

Many a thanks form all our staff... man did you make them smile :) - Chrissy was ecstatic with the bibs you gave as a present for her new unborn baby (and sends you a special thanks)... actually today, Fri 27 Sep is her last day, and Donna had to stop her from scrubbing floors... boy, she was going nuts cleaning - so she must be close - lol!

You may want to know - Chrissy also received a special Lope Lope award today - a Certificate of Excellence for her awesome work & dedication!

Carrots... yes horses normally eat that, so thanks for the donation, but as you have seen and other guests will learn is that our free roaming babies actually do not know what a carrot is (carrots is an imported delicatessen over here)... it was too funny how the topic came up when Donna read your beautiful review to them...! So tip for future guests... the horses love bananas or bread :)!

Our staff seemingly keep a special place in their hearts for all the guests they get to know, look after, treat, spoil and love as they always talk about the experiences with guests when the review gets read out at shift change overs... i guess it is so special to them & means a great deal when they get the recognition on Trip Advisor or personal email!

Anyway, enough of that - you guys enjoy your travels & see you back soon!!

A Happy/Smiling Lope Lope Team!!!

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

This is the best hotel in Vanuatu bar none. Donna and her staff could not have been more helpful. Unfortunately we could only stay one night but definitely going back. Food was fantastic.
if you want the best this os the place to stay

  • Stayed: September 2013
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LopeLope, Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2013

Hi "Mr Bean"

Lol... (had to get that one in)

Thank you so much for the huge compliment you gave us in your review! Appreciated by all to be classed as the best...

You know of course you will probably be spoiled rotten by our smiling staff on your return - ha ha!

Pity you stayed that short, but hey, we know you will be back to experience more of the Lope Lope magic!

Happy travels - see you back soon...

The Proud Lope Lope Team!

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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Such a wonderful stay. From the pickup by Donna to the unbelievable hospitality provided by Christy and Bissent, we were taken care of the entire time.

Santo is a gorgeous island, and one of my favourite days was spent simply in the hammock on our private beach, reading and listening to the ocean lap up near my feet. The lodge is small - 4 luxury cottages, and impeccably clean thanks to Susan and her team (Nellie and Lidia).

I learned so much about Vanuatu culture through late night conversations with Christy and Bissent, who genuinely cared after us and also were so accommodating and kind with every request (typically just me asking for more gin & tonic...)

I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Aaron G
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2013

Hi you two!

Thanks you for the beautiful review and highlighting people that stood out - much appreciated!

As per usual, there were big Vanuatu smiles when they were read your review... the giggling and stories they told of how interested you were in their country and culture really stood out.

They really loved looking after you two, so thanks again for a great review!

See you back soon... the girls will be ready with a G & T with extra organic lime :)!

Cheers

The Lope Lope Lodge (smiling) Team

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Our stay at Lope Lope was simply outstanding. although being relatively picky, i would really struggle to find some room from improvement:
- food is probably the best on the island (Rocky consistently demonstrated a strong menu, not just sandwishes - and yes, even those are great)
- Service is just unbelievable: as there are only 4 bungalows most of the time we felt we had our own personalised service
- hambience: the farest away from the water I have been whilst on the property is about 10 meters, and the main lounge is elegant whilst remaining comfy
- room: oh boy the room....fantastic
- Direction: why is Lope Lope the best place in Santo? becasue of the professional and friendly direction provided by Donna, fantastic person.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Saco12
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LopeLope, General Manager at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2013

Hi Guys


Thanks for the very nice review... staff really appreciated it & Donna sends you a hug for the kind words - yip, she is a great person and a great asset to the Lodge!

It is very encouraging for all of us to know that the combination of everything and especially the staff looking after guests as they do, is one that is working well - we will continue to strive to match what you experienced for all our future guests.

One again, tx a mill & happy travels!

Cheers

The Lope Lope Team

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

No matter what I write about this place, I can do it no justice....Lope Lope Lodge must be experienced to fully understand all the Lodge and Santo offer..... My wife and I stayed for 6 nights at the lodge....wish it was 6 months...... Facilities are outstanding, no better situated xports bar in the world..... Plenty or as little to do at the lodge as you please; private blue hole an extra bonus.... The tours and guides organised by the lodge, equally amazing....Owners Ritana and Colin have created heaven on earth, and are great company on those late nights at the bar....Donna did a great job accomodating our often last minute requests....the locals who frequent the bar friendly to a fault......the staff......oh....the staff......colin and Ritana have created a family a lope lope that does not stop with the staff, but extends to guests..... Our very special thankyou too mas goes to....Rocky (amazing chef), Megan (runs the ranch), Sam, Walter and Andre (keepin the place beautiful and the rest), and finally the beautiful girls behind the bar......Bisend, Julie, Christine,Jeneane and Ammy......tahwee... We love and miss you..... Cant make it for new years (anyone that can should), be back soon though.... Jo and Paul

Room Tip: All amazing
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank paul m
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LopeLope, Owner at Lope Lope Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2013

Hey Hey!

Every now and again you get these guests that not only appreciate what all our staff at Lope Lope do to make guests stay one to remember - they go one step further - these guests become friends... it makes the industry great to be in!!

Thanks a mill for the wonderful review - you had all the staff bouncing off the walls when your review was read to them... and, it makes our job easier as the next guests are treated even better :)

It was fun having you guys & good company just sitting around and chatting... Paul & Jo - you are welcome to enjoy Tuskers, Tequila's and Cocktails at Lope Lope anytime... my shout!

Cheers & enjoy the rest of the year... (maybe still see you a the NY Party)

Thanks again!

The Smiling Team
Ps. Aaahhh - i see you picked up some Bislama "tahwee" - well done!!! Bisend is a naughty girl, but we all love her to bits for her awesome energy!

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