Aore Island Resort4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Just a short boat ride from Luganville. Fabulous, good food, fresh local produce, nice clean bungalows with direct access to the clearest beautiful water. Local friendly staff. Plenty of tours can be arranged. The Blue Holes and Champagne Beach tour was amazing. Just the place for a quiet relaxing getaway. Loved every minute!
We loved our stay here - lovely hosts, amazing food (the beef on the first night was the best I have ever had) wonderful staff, great snorkelling, spacious rooms, quiet and relaxing. Only complaint is we weren’t there long enough!
It is really quite lovely getting to Aore Island Resort, after flying all that distance. I jumped onto a boat that took me to the island. As we drew up to the wharf one of the staff beat out a welcome on a tribal pole – it was really nice to have my arrival acknowledged in that way. And as my stay went on, this process repeated itself with each new arrival, so you knew someone new was on the island. I stayed in a beach front bungalow. These are made to look like a local Melanesian hut with the palm leaf roofs and high ceilings. They are very comfortable and are serviced well. I travelled in October and found them to be quite cool with the fan running. The bungalows have a veranda with a couple of chairs overlooking the beach and sunsets – you will get great holiday snaps here. The bungalows line the beach front but are not so close you feel like you are in each other’s pockets. You can hear your neighbours but are not obliged (by direct line of sight) to engage with them unless you want to. You can get bungalows back from the beach, but I would recommend those on the beach front as it is so easy to walk down to the water for a snorkel and swim. Take and reef shoes; these will be indispensable at the island and for any tours you may do. The resort has a Nakamal; a large meeting area that has spaces set up to talk and/or read and accommodates the restaurant. I divided my time between the bungalow and Nakamal as I needed my own space and wanted to share with others. The staff and owners Lisa and Brad (and their grown up children) were lovely – indeed, this must rub off as I found most of the guests to be very friendly and had several conversations with them. I liked the option of a bigger space the Nakamal afforded, I didn’t feel like I was trapped in a hotel room for the duration with the only alternative being to go “out” somewhere. The wharf on Aore Island is worth a mention in itself. It is a magical place. The first day on the island, as I waited for the ferry, I looked through the gaps in the wharf and saw a lion fish suspended in the crystal clear water. Brown and white, its pectoral fins fanned out in a display. This was just incredible to see. There are a massive amount of different fish, clown fish and their babies (! so cute), parrot fish, a sea snake and bright neon blue tropical fish – and many, many more. I often went to the wharf after eating at the Nakamal just to take it all in again. The boat that ferried me to the island does several trips to Luganville and back a day - check the schedule for return trips! I got caught out the first time and took a photo of the schedule so I would get it wrong again. I understand you can pay for additional trips if you need to or would like to go to dinner at Luganville. I never felt like I was stuck on the island once I had worked out the schedule. The ride is quite calm and I was always offered a hand to get on and off. The food was a little bit of a mixed bag. The breakfast included in the accommodation was always lovely with fresh fruit, bread, pastries, several cereals and tea and coffee and sometimes potato cakes, egg muffins, There is a daily lunch and dinner specials menu where, I think, you get the better quality and fresher food. The standard menu is more of a western style of food and, as the resort is kid friendly, has food orientated to them. On the first night I was there I asked for a recommendation. Without hesitation the staff member, Eddy, said “the beef”. Santo beef has a reputation as being some of the best in the world, and it is amazing and good dish to stick with. The specials menu has the produce that has been sourced from the market that day – so things like deep sea fish, green lipped mussels and fresh tuna. And fresh produce - the quality of the local produce is very good, - it is very fresh and tasty. The staff cooking the food can be a bit hit and miss. The beef was always good, it was cooked well (and to the requested medium) and was served with an amazing peppercorn sauce. But I had tuna as a main which had been overcooked to the point it was burnt and bitter. But another guest I spoke with, who had the same experience with the main, had tuna as an entrée that was divine. I also ordered an espresso coffee, once, which was not much better than a cup of warm milk. Was this due to different chefs? Or just good days / bad days? I wonder if staff development may help get them all on the same page and produce a more consistent result. You can ride bikes to a couple of different areas on the island. I really liked this as it gave me a better idea of the island and community. I loved that there was free Wifi – it was enough to check emails and keep in contact with family at home. And not freak out anticipating Wifi / phone bill shock once I got home. I loved Aore Island Resort and will definitely visit again.
Stayed here with family in 2 units in October. Well run all round with a decent effort made in all departments. Good pool, sheltered setting, attentive staff and lovely Australian owners, and decent food. Accommodating and friendly as well with a great Wednesday night show. Thanks again guys will be in touch regarding company booking one day soon.
We chose Aore Island Resort for our honeymoon and boy am I glad!! It was 100% amazing the minute we arrived in Vanuatu and were whisked away by boat to the island paradise. Upon arriving at the island We were greeted by the owners Brad and Lisa with a beautiful coconut welcome drink and an short orientation to the resort and island. We were absolutely overjoyed and incredibly appreciative when we found out that they had upgraded us from our booked garden studio to the honeymoon beachfront studio. It was the most amazing place, a true paradise! This hotel deserves 5 stars in all aspects from the amazing food, fantastic customer service, to the beautiful accommodation. Thankyou Brad and Lisa and the rest of the staff for such an amazing and memorable stay at the best resort we have ever stayed at, we will miss u! Ben and Jess Treasure
Just had a week on the island diving on the wreck and staying at Aore Island. The owners and staff were excellent with nothing being too much trouble. Food was great as was the accomodation and other amenities, Highly recommend as a place to get away from it all. Look forward to going back some time.
Just spent a fantastic week with our 2 teenage daughters at Aore Island Resort and cannot recommend this resort highly enough. The owners and staff were very friendly and attentive. The island itself is a little slice of paradise, far enough from Luganville to feel like you are on an island yet only 10 minutes on the resort provided ferry that runs 5 times a day. The water is beautifully clear with good snorkelling right off the shore (just remember to bring reef shoes for the coral). The bungalows were very clean and tidy and perfectly positioned to take advantage of glorious sunsets over the water whilst enjoying a cocktail (or two)!! The owners & staff were very helpful in recommending and organising our tours - the Millennium caves tour a particular highlight. The nightly dinners in the Nakamal were sensational - with nightly specials and friendly staff who were always interested in our adventures for the day. We had the most wonderful week on Aore Island and found everything to be 5 star!! We would highly recommend the resort and look forward to returning.
We stayed four nights at Aore. All of it very enjoyable. They offer a great transfer from the airport to boat and onto the island. Once there we found a great pool, beautiful beaches and a very clean and well maintained resort. The owners and their staff were friendly and helpful and I cannot fault the food and facilities, if anything the meals were just too big! I would highly recommend them and we intend to return with our 3 kids next time.
I don’t normally give five stars as that signifies perfection. However, in the case of Aore Resort there is so much that is right with the place that to award anything less than five would be pin pricking. From the time of deplaning at Santo until flying out everything ran smoothly. On arrival transport was waiting to take guests from the airport to the wharf area to board the boat to cross from Espiritu Santo Island to Aore Island. The boat was waiting and soon our family group was transported the 2.5 km across the Segond Channel to be welcomed by a drummer at the resort. A welcome drink from a fresh, whole coconut drink was provided while simple check-in procedures were completed in the Nakamal (meeting place). Immediately after we were escorted to our unit with baggage being delivered at the same time. My wife and I were allocated Unit No. 1 which was on the beachfront. The unit was of a generous size with magnificent views through shady trees of the beach and across the Segond Channel to Luganville. Access to the beach was via a short flight of steps from the unit. The unit was furnished with a comfortable double bed with clean fresh linen. There was also a single bed/settee. Insect mesh covered all windows so the louvre blades could be left in the open position day and night. An overhead fan was very efficient at cooling the interior. The unit also included a small refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, storage shelves and a place to hang clothes. Overlooking the beach was an open sided, roofed deck provided with two comfortable seats and a small table. The bathroom included a toilet, shower and hand basin. Generous supplies of the usual body wash soap, shampoo and conditioner were provided. The shower was open, slightly sunken and with a low kerbing around it. This made access and exit very simple for people of advanced years who are not as nimble as they may once have been. There was no climbing over the edge of a bath. The only down side with the shower was the water pressure and temperature that could be a bit irregular at times. Towels were of reasonably good quality. Extensive grounds were immaculately maintained and attractively laid out. Included in the grounds was a freshwater swimming pool approximately 12.5 x 7.5 metres. This had shallow sections at each end and was about 1.8 metres deep in the centre. A bit of care was needed when entering or leaving the pool via the steps. These were tiled and could be a little bit slippery to older knees and limbs. Most of the activity is centred around seawater activities. There is plenty of fish and other sea life to see while snorkelling or viewing from the jetty. Paddleboards and kayaks are available free of charge as are masks and snorkels. There are golden sands and clear, warm water. The resort also offers bicycles to ride and arranges a number of tours. Nakamal is the main meeting area. This is the open-sided area that serves as a lounge, dining and bar. Meals and drinks can either be enjoyed under cover or on the open deck. Wifi is free but reception is generally poor except in one area of the Nakamal. A continental breakfast is included in the tariff. This comprised a selection of three cereals, three fresh fruits (bananas, pawpaws and grapefruit), a range of fruit juices, toast and tea/coffee. A more robust breakfast can be provided on request. The resort offers all day dining but it was noticeable that most people maintained their usual routines of lunch and dinner times. A fixed menu and daily blackboard options, while not extensive, provided a good level of meal selections. What was offered was appetising, well cooked and presented. The only comment I would make, and this is not a criticism, was the size of the meals. These were very generous in size and often my wife and I would order one meal served on two plates as that was quite sufficient for our appetites. Wednesday is concert evening and we were treated to the water music show and the Bamboo Bambam (hope I have got that right) band that performed with great gusto and rhythm. Tables and chairs for the concert were set out on the beach front under the stars so guests could enjoy the shows while wining and dining. The more energetic also joined in the dancing. Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Finally, I would like to comment on the management and staff. There have been a few TripAdvisor commentators who have posted less than favourable reports on the participation of the proprietors’ children. The resort is run as a business with duties allocated to all staff which may or may not require them to interact with guests. Personally I found everyone to be extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. They went out of their way to introduce themselves and spend a bit of time chatting or passing on information. They were genuinely interested in where you are from and your family. They all provided very good service. The return boat and road transport trip to the airport was as efficient as the arrival. As usual the acid test is would I stay there again. Answer: unquestionably!!!
My family ( 2 adults and 2 kids aged 7 and 11) stayed at Aore Resort for a week in a family bungalow at the same time as my parents who stayed on for an additional week in a studio. We had the most fabulous and relaxing time. The resort is beautifully taken care of, food is fresh and some of the best we have had in Vanuatu and the staff and owners are attentive to your needs and respectful of your privacy. The water at the front of the resort has some of the best and accessible snorkelling for all ages. We spent at least a couple of hours everyday in the water checking out a diverse array of fish and coral. The Island is beautiful and you can take a stroll through jungle and coconut palms around the island to other beaches. If you are looking for a place that kids can roam safely and freely without the distraction of TV's and technology and just spend quality time together this place is perfect.
- Free continental breakfast
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Onsite dining
Within a short distance of Aore Island Resort are Unity Park and Luganville Market. This 18-room, 4-star resort has free breakfast, a marina, and an outdoor pool. It's on the beach and also close to Millennium Cave Tour Office.
Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.
All 18 recently renovated rooms feature furnished balconies, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and ironing boards are other standard amenities.
Renovated in 2014, Aore Island Resort offers a marina, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for VUV 2400 per person roundtrip. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a meeting room, coffee/tea in a common area, and free use of bicycles.
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