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Γιγάντια δέντρα του δάσους βροχής dot το ακίνητο.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Mele, Efate

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fizgig97
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to get away and relax”
Reviewed 15 October 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We stayed here for 10 days with my children (aged 8) and husband and my parents. The accommodation was exactly as we pictured (beautiful) it with enough space for all of us and privacy. It was very family friendly and the family who look after the property were really wonderful with us and our children. We had a very sick child (major ear infection that was brewing before we arrived) while we were there and Simon who manages the property came into town with us and showed us where the private doctors surgery was and stayed with us making sure were were looked after. The trip in and out with him was fantastic as he chatted about life on the Island and answered all our many many questions :-) The grounds are stunning, snorkeling fantastic and the pool clean and refreshing. It was a great place to hang out and relax in. Highly recommend.

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Liked best: The location (remote) and the family who manage the property
Liked least: bugs in the bathroom but that is part of being in the Islands
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Dianz
New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Peace, Quiet and Rest...”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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I think those words sum up the best things about Sanddollar. No traffic noise, very little people noise just the sound of the ocean to be heard in your fare at night. It's amazing to us city dwellers to look up at the sky at night and realise that there are so many stars, very beautiful. There were dolphins in the bay during one day of our stay, that was pretty special. My husband said that the snorkeling straight out front of the property is really good, better coral than anything he's seen in Fiji (but probably best to take your own gear as he did as there is only a limited amount). Simon and his family are all wonderful people that we enjoyed getting to know. A few things are due for an update but I'm sure that Greg and Anne will see to these soon. The market in Port Vila is wonderful, I wish I'd been able to spend more time there but logistically travelling back and forth is not the easiest option so if you think you want to get around a bit hire a car for at least part of your stay.

Essentially we hired this property for some down time to simply chill and enjoy some time to ourselves and in that respect it gets five stars from us. I was happy to read and enjoy the view, hubby was happy kayaking, snorkeling and chatting to Simon (both junior and senior). He advises to take heavier trace than what you may think you need if you want to fish... tropical fish (even the little ones) have teeth apparently!

Overall a very enjoyable stay, perhaps we'll be back one day even if the only reason was to catch up with Simon and his family again... the view, the peace, the fantastic sunsets and night sky are all bonuses to look forward to revisiting.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Global59
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Pacific island it is - paradise it is not!”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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Lights fused at 1 am when we arrived so we had to wait for the manager to get up. Ants were all over the washbasin surround in the shower room and climbing the walls. Later next day lights/ power fused again so we were without for about 4 hrs as managers were out. When it got dark ( no torch at the property) we drove next door and the lady knew where the trip switch was. Cockroaches were all in the kitchen cupboards as it is open and when we sat to eat we were dive bombed by huge ones as the lights attracted them.Kettle was thick with lime scale, out of 8 sides of the toaster only 2 worked( not the same slice either), pans were mouldy, the BBQ was full of cockroaches, covers for the toaster, hob were black with mould, plastic bowl was dirty, and because the roof isn't sealed bits fall off it all the time even if the polished concrete surfaces are cleaned in the morning. The bedroom doors couldn't be closed and the roof is open so when the lights are put on the insects come in. We were bitten badly inside the mosquito nets and insects were in the bed as ants were going up the wall behind our bed.Ants were always over the floor and on the bedroom furniture. Only 3 hangers in the wardrobe and knobs came off the drawers so ouldn't open them which we fixed so we could use them. Utility room off our bedroom was dirty and covered in cobwebs but it not has a metal sink in it anyway. The washing machine was in the utility room of the other bedroom and was used by the managers to wash the property's bedding etc and was covered in insects.Towels provided were very poor and had lots of threads hanging from them and some were very thick and heavy. Many moths etc came into the shower room when the lights were put on which could easily be stopped by putting some netting or mesh on top of the walls. We noticed that even locals in the villages had netting around their fares to prevent this. Then the pool water became green so Simon decided to empty it. We asked how long it would be and he said a few hours. It took a day and a half. That weekend the pool was full of insects as well as the usual long pine needles from the casaurina trees.No one cleaned the pool that weekend and we tried but gave up. So again it was unusable.The plunge pool was also unusable all the time we were there. We had no hot water in the shower so some batteries had to be changed and then while the pool,was filling the water pressure went down so the boiler wouldn't fire up so no hot water again.
We just wanted a holiday in a private place. The manager and his family of between 8-10 people live in a fare on the site and because we wanted to be alone the owners wife said she thought that was unfair 'as it is their home too'! They have no transport and are 10 kms from the town so if you hire a car as the owners recommend it is expected for you to give them a lift. It was expected of us the day after we arrived and we were only hiring it for 1 day and you feel sorry for them.
The accommodation is set near the sea. The photos on the site are misleading as it is cleverly taken to look as though it is sandy but it is shingle mixed with sand with a drop onto the rocks below. You can go through a rocky channel to the sea which is very clear but there are volcanic rocks all under the sea where you snorkel. There are kayaks provided too.
We didn't enjoy our stay here as too many things went wrong.The owners were over and met us to discuss our holiday as we weren't happy. They asked us if we had a photo of the pool being filled as Simon the manager had denied emptying it! We hadn't got one! We all met again to discuss the recompense and the first thing they said was that they didn't want to discuss it and the owners wife Anne Watt and her sister walked out after saying that it was their holiday home so they didn't like what we were saying about it.Well we have also owned homes abroad and rented them out and had rental homes in the UK too and we know how important it is to maintain them if you are renting.
The manager was very unhappy with his job and his rate of pay and we told him to tell the owners. He said he had but they didn't do anything and he hadn't had a pay rise in 6 yrs. His wife who works a couple of hours there was expecting a baby any moment and other relations work/ live there as they all support each other in Vanuatu.We thought it would give Theresa some time off if we did the cleaning so made our own bed.That's when we saw that the mattress was filthy.

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Liked best: The pool when we could swim and it was mostly cleaned every day
Liked least: The place was badly maintained and the insects came when the lights went on as it is open.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
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mapipem
Windermere, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Perfect place to watch the sun go down over the tropical ocean.”
Reviewed 4 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We stayed at Sanddollar for one week, as a couple plus two 23 year olds. We chose this location because it was next door to Devil's Point Dive. It's a beautiful spot right on the water, very well maintained, great for a relaxing self-catering holiday. Beautiful tropical gardens, we used the swimming pool every day, went kayaking and saw turtles and leaping dolphins up close in the bay. There's snorkelling out front, and several good dives close by. We hired a car from Europcar at the airport (you really need a 4-wheel drive as the road was pretty bad), and went into Vila a couple of times to load up on groceries from the supermarket. It takes about half an hour. There are 2 friendly cats, and the ni-Vanuatu people who live on site (Simon and family) are just as friendly! There are quite a few ants and bugs, because it's all open-style living, but we didn't find it too much of a problem. It's not like staying in a big resort, but it's a great immersion in the local landscape. We did 10 dives with Devil's Point Dive and they were fantastic, too. We loved it.

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Liked best: The natural and peaceful setting.
Liked least: The ants.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Reviewed 9 March 2013 for a stay in November 2010

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