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Aore Island Resort

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Aore Road, Espiritu Santo Vanuatu
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Aore Island Resort is a stunning Pacific Island retreat with an authentic and welcoming culture nestled in a unique natural paradise. Experience the raw luxury of our private boutique bungalows and indulge in an impeccably fresh beachfront dining experience overlooking the crystal clear waters of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.
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Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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Airport transportation
Facial treatments
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
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Diving
Hiking
Snorkelling
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Fishing
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
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Private beach
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
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Bernie111111 wrote a review Jan 2020
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We visited Aore Island Resort in December last year and had an absolutely incredible 7 night stay - beautiful resort and delicious food made even better by the people there. One of the greatest things for us was having the rooms so close to the water, which meant we didn't need to travel for access to pristine snorkeling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. The staff were also amazing and helped us organise different day trips, such as horse riding and a visit to a bluehole. We would highly recommend to all and can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 Feb 2020
Thank you Bernie 111111 for your fantastic review, and for choosing to stay with at Aore Island resort. It is always fantastic to see such wonderful guests as yourselves, totally immersing yourself in the raw luxury of the resort, and participating in the many activities which are available in Santo. I can certainly say that all staff members thoroughly enjoyed hosting you during your stay with us, and sincerely hope we may meet you again on a future holiday with us. Thank you again.
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tll477 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Lisa and Brad as well as Aore Island Resort's very friendly staff make you feel welcome the moment you arrive. This is a perfect place to 'stop and drop' which is exactly what we were after. Swimming in the lagoon and snorkelling during the day, bike riding across the island, and kayaking and SUPing between reading and cups of tea was the order of the day. The fact that breakfast and all non motorised craft is included in the tariff along with the ferry trips to the mainland each day makes this good value. The gardens are beautifully manicured with staff taking obvious care and pride in their work. The beautiful staff made a fresh frangipani lei and headpiece as well as a coconut cake for my birthday. We did not take any tours on this trip as we were only at the resort for 3 nights but the options did seem very attractive. Food and beverage prices are on par with other resorts throughout Vanuatu. Rooms were clean and tidy as was the main restaurant area. We loved everything about Aore Island Resort and are already planning our return. Thank you Brad and Lisa. Please give the staff (and pooches Max and Lolly) our love.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: If you are travelling without children choose the adults only area
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Response from Brad G, Owner at Aore Island Resort
Responded 8 Jan 2020
Thank you tll477 for your great review, and for allowing us to host you during your short stay in Santo. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us, and were able to participate in some of the activities on offer at the resort. We sincerely hope we may meet you again on a future holiday to Aore. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us on this occassion.
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RantingJules wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia59 contributions32 helpful votes
We stayed for four nights at Aore Island Resort. There were ups and downs, but we did enjoy our stay overall. The only way to get there is via a 10 minute ferry ride across the channel. Unfortunately our flight was delayed so we ended up doing this in pitch black that first night. That was pretty scary if I'm honest! You just have to trust that they know what they're doing. When you arrive, you are greeted by the Australian owners and a coconut drink. The owners sit with you on the comfortable couches next to the restaurant area to go through the paperwork and talk through the amenities the resort offers. Even though we arrived after the restaurant was meant to close, they stayed open for us and the one other family that we arrived with. Speaking of the restaurant, it was generally pretty good. As expected, the prices are rather high for local resorts but that's kind of to be expected considering you have no other choice. Unless you take the late ferry out and back on Friday nights, you'll be having all of your dinners at the resort. Quality wise, it was mostly quite good. I had one or two dishes that were only so-so, but I can't really complain overall. The farés are really lovely, with comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. They have the traditional palm roofs, which is nice character wise but not great for keeping out critters. We ended up shifting to another faré after the first night because ours (Faré 5) had a crapload of flying ants that bit me multiple times throughout the night and a MASSIVE cockroach. Faré 1 was much better insect wise, though my husband did notice mouse poop in one part of the room. We also overheard others mention this problem with their rooms. The only thing we didn't see were mosquitos, which I believe they take great care to prevent in the rainy season. I will also note that the roofs are not 100% waterproof when it rains really hard. One great thing: each faré has its own private deck with water views and an outdoor fan that is bliss in the afternoon heat. I spent a lot of time sitting out there reading. The day spa is definitely worth indulging in. I had a full body massage that was HEAVENLY. And it's pretty decently priced as spa treatments go. The snorkelling out in front of the resort is fabulous. On the adults only side of the resort, you'll see a lot of wonderful fish and a few bits of lovely coral. In front of the restaurant and on the families side of the resort, you'll get to see some amazing coral. You can also feed the fish right off the dock, which they provide bread for throughout the day. The one thing I really didn't like was how remote it was. There are only a handful of ferries to and from the main island throughout the day, and they usually run either late or early. And there's no rhyme or reason as to why. We were so worried about missing our ferry back that we ended up arriving at the wharf almost an hour early and had to bake out in the sun until it arrived (and left late). I personally would prefer if there were more services because it does make you feel a bit limited about what you can and can't do in Santo. Overall, if you're looking for somewhere with lots of character and don't mind a bit of rustic charm / critters, Aore is a lovely place to stay. It's also a great place to stay if you really just want to get away and not feel pressured to do much on your holiday. However if roaming Santo without a tour guide is your aim, you're probably better staying on the main island instead.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Farés 1-3 on the adults-only side are probably my picks re: closeness to facilities and less...
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Response from Brad G, Owner at Aore Island Resort
Responded 28 Dec 2019
Thank you Ranting Jules for your very in-depth review. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us in Santo, and were able to completely relax. A quick note on the ferry schedule (which runs 5 times per day). The times are set to meet with departing & returning tours in Santo, whilst also allowing for the siesta closure of shops in town in the middle of the day; a special ferry outside of the scheduled times can be organised on request, which attracts a small additional fee. Flying ants are an activity which happens 2-3 times per year; we are sorry they occurred during your visit with us. Thank you again for staying with us during your visit to Santo, and we hope we may be able to host you again on a future visit.
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Meg F wrote a review Dec 2019
Brooklyn, New York20 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I spent the first four days of our honeymoon at Aore Island resort - what a way to kick things off! Our flight was significantly delayed, but the staff was very accommodating of our late-night transfer (by van and boat) and even kept the kitchen open late so that we could grab dinner upon arrival. Our "hut" was spacious/luxurious and included a beachfront, a small private pool and a hammock over the water. The resort offers tons of fun tours. We did the Mount Hope waterfall/river float (beautiful and super fun!), as well as 2 days' worth of diving with Aore Adventure (see separate 5-star review). The staff is extremely friendly, helpful and personal. Lisa even shared her own stash of moisturizer with me after I suffered a sunburn! Loved the fact that the resort is plastic-free and filters their own water - aka no need for plastic bottles! HIGHLY recommend staying with these guys!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Room 8 is top-notch if you can get it!
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Response from Brad G, Owner at Aore Island Resort
Responded 23 Dec 2019
Thank you Meg F for your fantastic review, and mostly for allowing us to be part of your very special holiday. We are very pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay with us, and your positive comments go a long way for all of the resort staff. Thank you again for staying with us during your honeymoon, and we hope all of your future holidays get better as you age together.
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Lewby wrote a review Dec 2019
Birkdale, Australia44 contributions10 helpful votes
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Staying at Aore Island Resort was overall a very good experience. The staff are friendly and welcoming and some are exceptional like Manson, Gerry and Annie for whom nothing was too much trouble. The resort is immaculate and the groundskeepers should be commended for their excellent work. The accomodation was clean and functional although the ceiling fans were not adequate enough for me to stay cool at night, it is however summer season and a warm/humid time of year. The food was excellent with a varied menu and a good choice of daily specials. It is however expensive to eat at the resort and this is certainly something that needs to be considered and budgeted for especially for a family. An average couple staying for one week could expect to pay roughly $100 AUD per day for lunch/dinner with a single drink each. For example specials board prices.. Starters Vt 1500, ($18)mains average Vt 2500-3000, ($32-39) dessert Vt950 ($12)and 1400 ($18)for cocktails (no happy hour ☹️). The main all day menu is slightly cheaper with a burger costing Vt 1600 ($20) for example. Given the resort is on an island options to eat elsewhere are limited. You can go to Freshwater Plantation 3km down the road on the island and they will pick you up/drop off for dinner or lunch or you can cycle there and have a snorkel and eat some lunch or do the plantation tour for 4000 vt. Prices are similar to the resort and the food is good quality. The only other island option is the Aore island coffee cafe 1km down the same road as the plantation which offers basic lunch like an egg/bacon roll for Vt 1000. Two canoes is shut permanently despite still having an active website. The resort ferry service is great and links up with the tours that can be booked through the resort staff. You can get lunch in Luganville or dinner on Friday night when the resort operates a 6pm drop off and 9pm return ferry. The Tu is recommended but again expensive. The free access to bikes, SUPs and Kayaks are a nice touch and the snorkeling in front of the resort is pretty decent. Watch out for the Picasso trigger fish who aren’t that welcoming! Tours on santo I would recommend are the RiRi river kayak and blue hole and mount hope waterfall tour. All tours on Santo are expensive both of the above are Vt 5500 per person. Overall Aore island resort is very good, and you will have a good experience mindful of the cost of eating and activities/tours.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Brad G, Owner at Aore Island Resort
Responded 22 Dec 2019
Thank you lewiswhittle for taking the time to post a great review; but a bigger thank you for choosing to stay with us. Your outline of activities which are available in Santo is comprehensive, and a great guide for future visitors. Food prices in Vanuatu can be viewed as expensive, compared to countries such as Bali; but I think, with the knowledge that all goods (apart from protein foods & some vegetables, which are all organic) are imported, and attract high import duties, menus tend to be comparable to Australian pricing. Thank you again for allowing us to host you on your visit to Santo, and we sincerely hope we may meet you again on a future visit to Vanuatu.
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PRICE RANGE
US$156 - US$216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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aore island hotel espiritu santo, aore resort santo, aore hotel santo
LOCATION
VanuatuEspiritu SantoAore Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aore Island Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Aore Island Resort?
Nearby attractions include SS President Coolidge (6.0 km), Freshwater Plantation (2.8 km), and Million Dollar Bay (7.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aore Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Aore Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Aore Island Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Natangora Cafe, The Tu Restaurant & Bar, and Restaurant 1606 at Village de Santo Resort.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Aore Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Aore Island Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Aore Island Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Aore Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Aore Island Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting SS President Coolidge (6.0 km).
Does Aore Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.