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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic 4 night stay on Ratua Island. Would absolutely go back for more! One of the best resorts we've been to. The entire experience was magical. From the nighttime boat ride into the resort and the welcome to the send off when we left it was everything we expected and more. The setting is fantastic, the rustic wood villas shipped...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Robert, It was a pleasure to have welcomed you here and I am glad that you had an absolute time at Ratua. Indeed, coming to this little secluded island is truly an adventure. I am also happy to know that you find the philosophy endearing despite the lack of modern comforts which is reciprocated by the beauty of nature....

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I'd love to keep this amazing resort a secret especially for us, but as profits go to the Ratua Foundation, I feel obliged to share. We decided this is the best resort we've ever stayed at (and we've been to a few). It is an absolutely stunning location with plenty to do. We particularly loved swimming with the horses. The...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear FESHAdventures, Thank you for your recent stay and thank you so kindly for the recommendation despite wanting to keep it secret from the world – very much appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed the “swimming with horses” as this is truly a unique experience that guests enjoy. I am particularly happy that you are coming back, it will...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Stayed 4 days with our 3 children (7,5&infant). Blown away from the moment we arrived, the most beautiful experience. Children had a real 'back to nature' holiday and accommodation in 'Fish Village' was a delight. Food & staff were great. Excursion to school and maternity centre in nearby Malo Island is highly recommended. If you email the resort in advance...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Sauladvisor, Thank you very much for your recent stay. I am glad that you had an outstanding experience here at Ratua Private Island. Indeed the island is rich with natural beauty and space for all guests. Thank you as well for supporting the local schools nearby, your kindness will be thought of by those children as you have touched...

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

After several years in the travel industry it takes quite a lot to impress me when it comes to hotels and resort. This place absolutely blow me away! For once I have nothing, really nothing to complain about. Ratua is a truly unique place. The balineese villas, the food, the atmosphere, the staff, the surrondings, the privacy and constant care...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Lisa, Thank you for the kind words and coming from the travel industry, it gives us much pride knowing we have made your holiday very special and memorable. I am truly happy that you found Ratua Private Island’s architecture and philosophy endearing. We shall strive to keep it the same until your next visit. We look forward to welcoming...

Verona, Italy
Reviewed 22 September 2016

For our honeymoon we were in Ratua in September 2016 for a week. It's an incredible place!! wonderful private rooms, that smells of wood (really fantastic), with private beach. All the staff is so kind! I swim with 2 bog tourtles in a pure and transparent water, and I swim with horses. An oasis of peace and tranquility. Only one...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Ermes and Frederica, It was great to have you here in this little island paradise and I thank you for choosing Ratua Private Island for your honeymoon. I hope that those fond memories you treasured will remind you of this special place and that you’ll come and visit us again. Thank you again for the kind review and all...

Dunedin
Reviewed 18 September 2016

With two kids (9 and 10 year olds) my wife and I spent 4 days at Ratua. It was simply fantastic. We should have booked to stay longer. Highlights were the horse riding and the trip to the blue hole. Bong, Ailyn and the staff were all wonderful. Robin in particular was great and took the kids under his wing...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Janine and Chris, Thank you for your recent visit and for the kind review. It’s great to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and that you wished you had stayed longer – perhaps on your next visit. Until then, I wish you the very best of this year and the next ones. See you again soon! Warmest regards,...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This place was not just all that we anticipated but more! Ratua is simply beautiful from the villas where comfort is not forgotten but the rustic style reminds you to unwind and relax to the amazing snorkeling just off the beach to the lovely staff always attentive but never imposing. It is truly a very special pave and the ethos...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Isabella117, Thank you for your review of Ratua Private Island. I am happy that you find the architecture and philosophy to your liking and that our staffs are lovely – the title of your review says it all. Thank you very much and we shall await your return! Warmest regards, Bong Sarmiento GM – Ratua Private Island

Reviewed 6 September 2016

We just came back from our third(!) stay at Ratua, so you could say we quite like that place and that this review is a bit overdue. There are quite possibly resorts in the South Pacific that do better in individual areas: better food, better accommodation, better service, even better setting. But in combination of all these things, Ratua just...

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Michael, Thank you for your three-peat visit. It gives us much pride knowing you find Ratua such a wonderful place that offers an overall pleasant holiday that kept you coming back. While I understand the subtle changes in having more families these days compared before, couples still enjoy the coming to Ratua off the school holidays in Australia and...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Just returned from seven magnificent nights on Ratua. From the time the boat arrived at the dock until the moment we left it was like we were in paradise. Great food, outstanding service from Bong, Ailyn & the rest of the staff & just the most amazing setting made for an unforgettable stay. We will be back!

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Bong S, General Manager at Ratua Private Island, responded to this review

Dear Purplestormbringer, Thank you for your kind review and for you recent visit at this little island paradise. I am glad that your 7-night visit has been a memorable one and that you are coming back soon. We shall look forward to your return. Best regards, Bong Sarmiento GM – Ratua Private Island

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you seek total rest and relaxation, at a wonderful venue with excellent management and staff, then Ratua is such a place. We have been travelling the Pacific for over 40 years, stayed at all the great places and Ratua is at least the equal to any of our other favourite places. From the outset the management team (Bong and...

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Dear John150950, Thank you for coming to stay at Ratua Private Island. Having been considered as one of your favourite resorts from over 40 years of travel brings us much pride. I am also glad that you find the architecture and philosophy of Ratua enticing. Thank you also for the recommendation, we certainly wish for you to come and visit...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Breakfast included
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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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Address: BP 396, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Price Range: $347 - $803 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ratua Private Island 5*
Number of rooms: 14
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Also Known As:
Ratua Private Island Hotel Luganville
Ratua Private Island Vanuatu/Espiritu Santo - Luganville
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#1 Family Hotel in Luganville
#2 Romantic Hotel in Luganville
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Luganville
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