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Two Canoes Island Getaway

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Lot 5 & 6 Aimbeui Bay, Espiritu Santo Vanuatu
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Aore Island
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ACCOMMODATION - Situated amongst the swaying palms of the coconut plantation, the beachfront studios offer a tranquil escape from the hectic pace of life. BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT & BAR Enjoy the gentle lapping sounds of the water on the beach while you dine on fresh organic produce lovingly prepared by our resident chef. With fresh hand caught lobsters and fish plucked from the surrounding waters, it doesn't get any fresher. Locally reared Santo beef is a must have or a Two Canoes' ceviche prepared with a unique coconut twist and flawlessly perfected accompaniments. Our flame grill on the beach offers another option for those wanting a lunch or dinner al-fresco. Enjoy a delicious santo beef or chicken burger or grilled fresh fish with crisp organic salad. No need to leave your sun lounge! The Beachside Bar has a wide variety of wines available, plenty of cold beer and a cocktail list that is guaranteed to whet the appetite.
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Nicole wrote a review Jan 2019
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I booked two canoes because of its great reviews and website and was so excited for our holiday as it was the first in 23 years - I couldn’t have been more disappointed. First it would have been nice to be told beforehand that we would dropped off from the boat (transfer from airport) to and empty block that someone would be picking us up instead of us being left standing there with our luggage thinking we had been dropped off at the wrong location (in the dark) We were told that the solar panel batteries were being replaced so they are using generator (which was quite noisy and stank of diesel fumes if the wind blew your way) until they come in the next couple of weeks. I seriously doubt they have even been ordered. The power would drop out several times throughout the day for quite long periods of time pwhich is very inconvenient if you are in the middle of showering or need to flush the toilet. The power was also shut off between 10.30pm and 5.30am every night There is no screens on the doors or bathroom window and the gap in the bathroom wall and ceiling which made the nights very uncomfortable due to having to shut everything up to stop the mozzies which were so bad that even coating ourselves in aeroguard didnt stop and the humidity. Even though the bed was comfy we did not sleep well, it would have been nice to able to leave the door open to get the breeze. There is nothing to do there as there were no bikes to get around the island and the closest place is a 45 min walk in the heat unless you pay to have someone take you. There was no privacy in the bathroom as there was just a small sheer curtain that didnt even cover the window which looked out to the street. I was told when I enquired about staying there that we can use the kayaks to fish just off the beach. The kayaks sunk on us we also had to bring our own fishing rods. You are limited to buying food and drink there which is quite costly though very nice. The staff were wonderful and one of best things about the place but they were hard to communicate with and it would have been nice to have a person that could suggest things for you to do. It’s a lovely location but the cabins are very run down and needing lots of repairs. A good place to stay but I would only recommend a few days if you want to be pretty much off the grid. It also becomes a very costly holiday after paying for lunch, dinner, drinks, transfers (which we were told were complimentary at certain times but obviously were not) and tours. We noticed in the real estate window that two canoes is for sale so I suspect the owner really didn’t care and that is why nothing has been repaired. I would recommend looking st Aore Island Resort if you are looking for somewhere to stay in as they have a boat that travel several times a day to the main land so you are not restricted. They also have bikes and kayaks that work there and restaurant was very nice.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frog Traveler wrote a review Jan 2019
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Unfortunately we stayed at Two Canoes and it was completely run down with everything from the furniture to the paddle boards broken.... There were no management staff on site and at night we had no power, water, flushing toilets or fans. We contacted the owner in Australia but he promised changes but did nothing. We also all got sick because the water is not treated or filtered. Please enjoy your holiday in Vanuatu by staying at another resort.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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bigwaterblueskies wrote a review Dec 2018
Cairns Region, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights early December 2018 at Two Canoes. It presented well on the website and communication and booking was good. The staff were very helpful and did their best to make our stay pleasant. The food was great and Estelle can cook!! Nice location to get away from it all and relax. Not heaps to do on the Island but there are a few good things to do like the Coffee plantation,Scuba Diving, walks and restaurants. It was quite an adventure getting there as our plane was late and we arrived after dark. We were met promptly at the airport and shuttled to a boat where we were taken in the dark across to the Island (10min) with only the light of mobile phone. On arrival headlights flashed through the bush and we boarded our rustic ute with Ben who took us several min to the resort (3 cabins). All good well organised. Be advised if your travel back and forth from the Island you need to organise well in advance and it will cost VUV 800 one way for Ben and the boat will cost VUV1000 for the boat each way (it can add up). Reading some of the earlier reviews -good and not so good- we experienced both. There was definitely a lack of a management presence while we were there. Our room was looking a bit tired, the fan had only one speed (slow), the shower floor battons were close to breaking and there is a gap in the bathroom wall in the top that lets insects in and no mosquito net. Lots of little things like one match left in the match box, batteries not working in the torch. Stains on the sheets and water damaged floor throughout. The curtains had been tied up for so long that they broke as we tried to close them. The power also seemed to be running on generator only (was cloudy) and power was turned off every night between 10pm and 6am when guests were in there rooms (no fan/lights/water). Wifi did not work. I too went for a kayak and 30m off shore the back submerged and it sank like the titanic and had to swim to shore with the boat. The staff came out and looked concerned but no worries. I see that these boats have been like this for quite a while. We spent AUD $614 (VUV 49,500) to stay the three nights. The price and advertising needs to be significantly changed to reflect what people get or these issues need to be addressed.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BiljanaSoleil wrote a review Oct 2018
Newcastle, Australia9 contributions10 helpful votes
This so called ‘resort’ is left for the local staff to run and they all tried so hard to keep it going. However it falls well short compared to other resorts in the area. There is much we can say in terms of their advertising and the previous reviews had obviously been written at a better point in time. There were no bikes, sinking kayaks, no WiFi and terribly overpriced. I need to stress that it might suit travellers who seek isolation with no frills and we were told that the bikes will be replaced and the kayaks repaired. We left and some of our money was refunded.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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scottmcg65 wrote a review Aug 2018
Brisbane, Australia45 contributions25 helpful votes
A visit to espirutu santo was one of the most pleasurable experiences we have had. Two Canoes is located on Aore Island and although lacking a little refinement the incredibly friendly staff were exceptional in making our stay completely relaxing. Great food cooked by Estelle with two choice for mains each night. Cocktails are very well priced as is the food . With only three cabins at the resort privacy is assured and this is a huge plus for those searching for peace and tranquillity and not the hussle and bustle of main stream resort. Must dos while staying at two canoes are trips to the blue holes , champagne beach and port Orly on the main island of Santo. These trips can be organised by the staff and we had a driver Sam who was a local Took us to Champagne Beach which is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Overall two canoes is excellent value for money and a place to base yourself to visit the beautiful Espritu Santo . Thanks to Mark and his friendly staff Estelle and Julia:)
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
USD 257 - USD 267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
VanuatuEspiritu SantoAore Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
3
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Frequently Asked Questions about Two Canoes Island Getaway
Which popular attractions are close to Two Canoes Island Getaway?
Nearby attractions include SS President Coolidge (5.3 km), Freshwater Plantation (3.4 km), and Million Dollar Bay (6.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Two Canoes Island Getaway?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Two Canoes Island Getaway?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Two Canoes Island Getaway?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Two Canoes Island Getaway?
Conveniently located restaurants include Natangora Cafe, The Tu Restaurant & Bar, and Restaurant 1606 at Village de Santo Resort.
Does Two Canoes Island Getaway have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Two Canoes Island Getaway offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Two Canoes Island Getaway?
Many travellers enjoy visiting SS President Coolidge (5.3 km).