Reviews - Spring
It really was paradise!
We had an amazing 6 night stay at Aoredise and it was perfect for our family of two adults and two kids aged 3 and 11. The snorkeling and swimming immediately in front of the house was superb, and we enjoyed seeing the clown fish ("Nemo!") come out to defend their little families in the anemones. We enjoyed using the bikes, paddle boards and kayak provided, to view and explore the island in various ways. The boat ride with Obed was super-easy across Segond Channel to the supermarket and market etc at Luganville for self-catering some meals - we also ate at the restaurant one evening just down the road. The house was really well appointed and had everything we needed and more, the design meant that we stayed cool and comfortable despite the high temperatures, and sounds of the sea lapping so close at night was amazingly peaceful. We also appreciated Stuart organizing for Sam to pick us up on the first day and take us on a tour of Santo - including the blue holes, Champagne Beach, Port Olry, etc. We used Sam a couple of other times too, for getting around to various places, he was really helpful and went above and beyond to advocate for us with Air Vanuatu when our flight was delayed. Simply we couldn't recommend or rate Aoredise highly enough, it really was paradise and we would love to return some day. Thanks so much Stuart and June for sharing your home with us.
/ Anna and Andrew, NZ - October 2019
Wow, the final five days of our holiday in Vanuatu were simply the best and Aoredise was superb! Aoredise is everything you would expect from an island paradise and more! Stuart and June have thought of everything to make your stay an experience you will never forget. The spaces both inside and outside the house were superb and the new outdoor Nakamal where you can bbq and relax just makes you feel like a local. The guides and boat drivers recommended by the hosts were outstanding, and Stuart provided us so much valuable information to make our stay and getting around Santo effortless. If you are reading this review skip the resorts in Vanuatu and instead support the people like Stuart and June who are willing to share their beautiful homes with travelers like us. Not only you get better value for money but you truly have a home away from home. Aoredise is a place you don't want to miss so book it whilst you can!
/ Christine, Tas - October 2019
Everything you could wish for.
What a little Gem! We loved our stay here. Stuart was so helpful with his instructions and contacts, he gave us great advice and made our stay super easy. The house had everything you could wish for, clean and tidy with private decks and beautiful clear ocean a few steps away for an all-tide swim or snorkel. The paddleboards were great to cruise down to the nearby resort for lunch, and the pushbikes got us to the Freshwater Plantation Restaurant and Aore Coffee Roastery a few km away. The people were amazing, Sam took us on a great day out to Champagne Beach, a Blue Hole and Port Olry. Obed, Sandy & Johnny were all so helpful when we needed to get to town for supplies. We loved our evenings simply hanging out on the deck looking at the wonderful view. The only disappointing thing was leaving!
/ Nicky & Sam, NZ - September 2019
Your own Private Island Paradise!
.We were looking for a quiet spot in Santo to "get away from it all" and Stuart and June's home was that and so much more! Located in a very quiet spot but still very close to resort facilities and a short trip to town if you need it. The house itself has everything you need to be a home away from home, with all the required creature comforts including well equipped kitchen, great bathroom (with hot water!), and comfortable living spaces. We also made very good use of the paddle boards and bikes during our stay. Stuart and June have supplied everything you need for a comfortable stay and the gardener and cleaning staff keep the place beautiful and tidy. Stuart gave us lots of information and advice (which is particularly handy for those who may not have traveled in the Pacific before) and was always contactable if we needed anything.
The spot is really your own private island paradise - having direct access to the beach for a swim/snorkel/paddle was the highlight of our stay and we are missing it already! Very grateful that they have opened up their holiday home to guests such as us. Hope to be back in the future and will be recommending to others who need an island escape!
/ Melanie & Ben - November 2018
Amazing place. Stunning location. Beach at the front door. Bikes to ride around island and explore. Stand up paddle boards and kayak we used every day. Other snorkel equipment was there too, even the shoes (however we did bring our own). Lots of things to do nearby on Aore and across in Santo. Go to the Millennium Caves if you can!! Amazing! (Need to be pretty fit though, it's strenuous). Eddie the taxi guy was great and Sandy the boat guy picked us up on time every time we called him and got us safely across the ocean .. even in the dark! Stuart and June are excellent hosts and communicated really well, very thoughtful and helpful. Best holiday myself and my 4 kids have had and our first overseas trip all together. We will be back! Love Aore, love Vanuatu.
/ Judy - October 2018
Absolutely Loved it!
We have just spent 8 nights at Aoredise and absolutely loved it. The beach is nice and we were able to snorkel at any time and see interesting things. The house has everything you would need and all the comforts. We loved sitting on the front deck in the morning to have our coffee, beautiful way to start the day. There are lovely gardens and plenty of room for kids. Really can’t fault anything, thank you for the opportunity to stay in your home and look forward to staying again.
/ Terry - October 2018
Laid Back Style
Aoredise was a truly magical place to stay. Waking up your own little beach and taking a morning dip in the crystal clear water followed by a rinse under one of the two outdoor showers overlooking the beach was heavenly. The place was beautifully and thoughtfully set up with everything you could possibly need or want for your stay. A particularly thoughtful touch was the provision of a mobile phone to use to arrange tours and to call the water taxi. The massive garden was immaculately maintained and provided yet another place for kids to play and explore. The beds were very comfortable and linens fresh and crisp. The cherry on top was the effortless and laid back style the place was enrobed with. Just gorgeous. Thanks again Stuart and June!
/ Michelle, Wollongong - October 2017
Paradise at Aoredise!
We stayed five nights in Aoredise. The house is exactly as described, or if it fits, even better. Fully equipped both the kitchen and the bedrooms, the living room and the bathrooms. A very calm area to spend wonderful days in Espiritu Santo. The transfer to the "big island" is done by boat, and it does not take more than 5 minutes. Stuart was attentive at all times for any questions. There is a telephone in the house for any need (call the boy from the boat, excursions, tours, etc). Without a doubt, if we return to Vanuatu, we would return to Aoredise! Stuart ... thank you for everything!
/ Noelia, Spain - September 2017
I'll be back!
Everything was perfect. Aoeredise is a lovely house on a beautiful small island with everything you need (kayak, bike...) The beach in front of the house is just amazing. Very easy to go to the main island. I'll be back for sure if I come back to Santo.
/ Leila, New Caledonia - September 2017
Excellent location and well appointed house
"We had great time, the information provided was very helpful and the ease of getting the water taxi to Luganville was brilliant. The diving company recommendation worked well just up the road and we had an enjoyable morning using the kayak. It was very relaxing to be able to cook your own meals and chill out on the deck after a day of water activities. The local produce was extremely fresh and tasty. It was hot while we were there so were very glad for the ceiling fans, particularly the one over the outdoor table."
/ Julie - November 16
Relaxing stay with the option of more adventurous activities!
"Aoredise is very comfortable and immaculately presented with lots of extra little special touches. We stayed a week and with the resort and the dive charter base located so close, there was a great choice of activities when we did feel energetic. (Stuart provides a Vanuatu mobile with all the relevant local contacts in, which makes arranging excursions easy). The must do President Coolidge Dive is so close and the water is extraordinary. We will be saving the Blue holes and Millenium Cave on the main island for next time....... We can definitely recommend as the ultimate 'Island Time' getaway."
/ Jim and Sharon - October 16
OUR FIRST REVIEW
"I was the first person to stay at Aoredise and I absolutely loved it. Stuart and June were easy to deal with, responsive and helpful in organising the logistics despite them being in Australia. Aoredise had everything I needed, was beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean.The water taxi was able to drop me right on the private beach out front. It was peaceful and relaxing;I was able to swim and snorkel straight off the beach and while Aoredise is self contained it is also close enough to the resort to walk up for a meal which I did. I will definitely be visiting Aoredise again soon."
/ Nadine - September 16