Reviews from Adults
Beautifully Designed House
Aoredise is a wonderful place for a relaxed off-grid getaway. We had 11 magic days over Christmas and New Year and couldn't have wished for a better holiday. The house is beautifully designed with all amenities, and really easy to live in - noting that you are dependent on solar power for electricity and rainwater for drinking and washing.
Everything worked perfectly and we could even use the washing machine as there plenty of sun over that time. Getting supplies was no problem - call call up the taxi boat and the LCM supermarket and local markets in Luganville have everything you need. We did heaps of swimming and snorkeling - how amazing to walk down from the deck and straight into the warm clear ocean to explore the wonders of coral reefs. The bicycles were great for exploring Aore Island. The Coffee Roastery Tour was excellent - they picked us up at the house and took us around the rain-forest before a walk through the coffee roasting process. We can highly recommend Sam Nisa for a tour of Santo - he took us up to Port Olry and Champagne Beach, with a Blue Hole swim on the way back.
Overall a perfect stay!
/ Stanley, NZ - January 2020
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
Would love to come back!
We spent six nights at Aoredise and had a wonderful time - beautiful outlook and plenty to do from kayaking, cycling and just chilling in the Nakamal. Stuart was very helpful and left us a phone with contact details for boat taxis etc. It is worth going to Aore Coffee for a catch-up with Sue & Timmie. We would love to come back some day and Aoredise is the perfect place for an island holiday.
/ Claire, NSW- September 2019
We loved our time at Aoredise!
We loved our time there, a great location, loved our 11 nights there, it was great for 4 adults. We swam several times every dayright out front, it was so nice. Lovely view at night across the water. Enjoyed listening to Nick sing at the Coffee Plantation. It has everything you need and the locals are so friendly and helpful. The recommendations Stuart gave us were great. We would love to come back.
/ Geoff, NSW- August 2019
Another Awesome Holiday at Aoredise!
We Kiwis came back again for another awesome holiday. Everything at Aoredise was perfect again and we thoroughly enjoyed using the new covered BBQ area, that is the icing on the cake! BBQ sizzling a couple of Santo beef steaks with a Tusker beer in hand and sand under my feet, with a view over the sea was just awesome.
We found Nemo and friends only steps from our porch, sooo nice to be able to snorkel in the warm water from our own beach. Thanks for sharing your paradise with us again.
/ Chrissy, NZ - August 2019
Wow, what an incredible place! We spent four nights at Aoredise in August and we had a fantastic time. The house is perfect with its own private beach. Every little detail has been thought about down to bikes, paddle boards, kayak, snorkels, BBQ, DVDs, games and the list goes on and on. The location is great, 10 seconds from the beach, Aore resort is only a 10 minute walk if you don't want to and Freshwater Plantation also do amazing food. Stuart was brilliant and organised our thransfers on the boat for 1000 vatu (which was only 10/15 mins) and a day trip to Blue Holes and Port Olry Beach. He was really quick to respond to emails and messages. We spent most evenings on the new decked area with a glass of wine and a BBQ. We will always have great memories of Aoredise and hope to return some day, just wished we'd stayed longer. Thank you for a brilliant stay.
/ Kelly, UK - August 2019
Superb location. Very comfortable house with everything one might need for an excellent holiday. The location is beautiful, snorkeling off the beach is a treat, and having a mobile with local phone numbers programmed on it, made arranging water transport to Luganville and contacting restaurants etc very easy. The two restaurants on Aore Island were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
/ Dorothy, NZ - August 2019
An Amazing House
An amazing house on Aore Island. The house has everything you could possibly need for a great holiday. Kayak, bikes, paddle boards, snorkels, games, DVDs, the list goes on. The BBQ area is lovely and we spent most evenings out there. The house is only a 10 minute walk from the restaurant at Aore Resort if you don't fancy cooking for yourself and Freshwater Plantation will pick you up and take you to their restaurant. It's only a short boat ride away from Luganville and the coastal trip to one of the Blue Holes and Port Olry Beach is a must.
Stuart helped organize all of our transfers and a private day trip on the mainland. We loved Aore Island and Aoredise with fantastic views of the sea and a 10 second walk to your own private beach. Just wished we had stayed longer.
/ Kelly, UK - August 2019
Aoredise was just wonderful! We loved the stunning private beach and the ease of being able to prepare our own meals rather than being restricted to only restaurant options (of which there are a couple in the area, albeit still lovely options).
The place was quiet and we loved the paddle boards and kayak. On the couple of occasions we needed to leave to explore town or buy groceries, we were able to call a boat for a ride right from the beach. We loved exploring Aore Island and meeting the expats and locals. We will surely return for another dose of tranquility in the future! Thank you, thank you!
/ Nicole, Queensland - June 2019
Just what we needed!
Aoredise was just what we needed to end our Fiji / Vanuatu trip. It had everything we needed and more including beach towels, accondiments, paddle boards, bikes, dvds and a washing machine!! When we arrived we knew instantly that 3 days wasn't going to be long enough in this beach house but we made the most of it and had the best time! The deck was our favourite spot to chill out, with a swinging hammock and chair overlooking the ocean with music playing from the stereo. The beds were comfy and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook. The boat was easy to get and Stuart helped organise our journey from the airport to Aoredise which was helpful. The boat stops right outside the house! All in all a great trip with some wonderful memories, thank you for a lovely stay!
/ Lauren, UK - March 2019
Everything and More!
Aoredise is everything and more! It could not have been more perfect. Stuart and June communicated and shared tips in advance of our arrival - which was very helpful. Stuart graciously arranged our transfers as well which made it even easier. The house is perfect and very well equipped with your own private beach and a beautiful garden. Everything you need to have a perfect island holiday - drinking the rainwater was a delight with none of the chemicals we find in our “city water”. Stuart provides a mobile phone to make local calls - it helped a lot to order boat taxis (which takes you to Luganville in about 5 minutes).
Aoredise is a perfect base to explore Vanuatu given it’s proximity to Luganville. There is a butcher opposite the market (their beef sausages are fantastic). We bought fresh ingredients at the market and the rest at LCM (baby pork rib racks are recommended for a slow BBQ roast).We rented a car (twice) from the Santo Hotel and spent time at the blueholes, Champagne beach and Port Olry - all very doable in one day. We would recommend Angelique’s restaurant (Sirinity) in Port Olry.
We felt we had our very own peaceful paradise on Aore. We relaxed, swam, cycled, read and just chilled. The sunsets were amazing. The summer storms were also incredible - quick and refreshing. We bbq’ed most evenings - the veranda was our perfect family gathering spot (and the mosquito coils works their magic).
Other tips - cycling to Freshwater Plantation is well worth it. A little bumpy road, but the scenery of huge trees and forests makes it worth it (wear insect repellent!). Maria and Klaas are fantastic hosts at Freshwater and the lunches and freshly made ginger & lemongrass iced tea a must! My husband did the bat-cave tour and I went for a full body massage (such a treat!).
/ Marise - December 2018
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
I loved Aoredise - it had everything I needed. I traveled alone as my daughter had to pull out, but I met the most beautiful people. Jimmy the gardener was a treat with his big beautiful smile, Mason at the resort was always helpful, Wendy and Janet who helped me celebrate my birthday! Horse riding was amazing. Thank you Aoredise, a life time of memories!
/ Tracey, NT - August 2018
Lovely Relaxing Time
We had a lovely relaxing time at Aoredise. The house was comfortable and very well equipped.
The water is beautiful and the weather was perfect.
A great stay, thank you.
/ Karen & Graham, NSW - August 2018
Beautiful light and airy home with gorgeous water views. Our family of 4 stayed for 3 nights and had a great time snorkeling and swimming. The kitchen is well equipped with everything for self- catering or it’s only a short walk to Aore Resort for eating out. There is snorkeling gear and a kayak & SUP board for fun on the water. There are movies and books for the afternoon downtime. The gardens are beautiful and the private beach is sandy and great for kids. Bring your water shoes as there is coral close to the shore. Fabulous coral and fish!
/ Kelly, NSW - July 2018
Fabulous Ten Days at Aoredise!
Stuart and June are outstanding hosts and the details and level of communication were greatly appreciated.We loved our visit to Aoredise and after a fabulous 10 days we were very sad to leave today. The house was fantastic, beautifully set up for a comfortable restful holiday. The bikes were brilliant for getting around the island and the snorkeling was a great treat. We managed to see lots of fish, starfish and a sneaky little seahorse. We used the resort restaurants and the plantations quite a few times ,but the ease of the water taxi across to town was really easy to access Luganville for shopping, markets and tours of Santo.
/ Jan, Paul & Kate - June 2018
Relaxing Stress Free Break from Every Day Life!
Thank you for a much needed stress free break, we had a ball! Such beautiful ni-van locals, exceptional food and company, and the boat drivers were lovely. Beautiful gardens and private beachfront, front balcony was so relaxing just looking out over the water. Fans inside and out made the house temperature really comfortable. Absolute relaxation in paradise, owners have thought of everything. Highly recommended.
/ Greg & Lisa - May 2018
From WA and USA
Aoredise was a wonderful house for our family holiday - Mum & Dad from America, Jill & Zac from Port Headland WA. Sunny days snorkeling, paddling, swimming, biking. Rainy day hanging out, watching movies.
We had lunch on the rainy day at Freshwater Plantation. They picked us up & brought us back, yummy food.
Aoredise is a lovely place - good beach with lots of fish (bring your mask & snorkel).
Paddled down to Aore Resort for sunset cocktails - wow!
The kitchen is so well equipped, we cooked lots of meals together.
We also recommend the Indian Restaurant near the pier in Luganville.
Sandy the taxi boat driver was great!
/ Zac, Jill, JD & Gail - April 2018
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
Once in a Lifetime Vacation
I cannot say enough good things about our stay at Stuart and June's place! . The accommodations are charming, clean, comfortable, and best of all, right on the water. Because Vanuatu is more remote and primitive than most island destinations, I was concerned that there would be a lack of amenities. But the solar powered house contained all we needed for our comfort: a fridge and small stove, running water, warm showers, and even a washing machine. While there is no air conditioning, and the climate is very tropical, every room had large ceiling fans . So those, along with a gentle ocean breeze are all you need. I loved the large ,covered front porch where we spent much of our time relaxing and " hanging out". And what a view! I often said "pinch me! Am I really here ??" The house sits directly across from Luganville, the second largest " city" in Vanuatu. It's necessary to reach it via water taxi. Stuart provided us with phone numbers for 2 locals that are readily available when needed. They were always there with boats within 10 minutes. I would highly recommend exploring luganville and the island of Espiritu Santo. There are untouched gorgeous beaches, breathtaking scenery, small resorts and some nice places to eat. It's also possible to get a feel for how the local people really live. There are small villages up and down the east coast, and probably many throughout the island which are not easily accessible. Truly this was a once in a lifetime vacation for my family and me. And Stuart and June's place was the perfect setting to enjoy this laid back, untouched paradise!
/ Judy - April 2017
"It was great to only have a short flight from Australia to another culture and an untouched, unspoilt piece of paradise. We have been wanting to visit Vanuatu for a long time, and our 20 year wedding anniversary was a great occasion to do so. From the first glimses of Aore Island, we were pleased with its untouched, undeveloped landscape. "Aoredise" lives up to its name. A lovely home away from home, and the attention to detail by the owners did not go by unnoticed. The view from the front verandah is captivating. Crystal clear water on the doorstep, with many beautiful fish seen on our daily snorkel. Other tours were easy to organise from the town accross the channel, a short water taxi ride away. We renewed our vows, with coconut palms and the aqua blue water as our backdrop. Sipped champagne, watching the sun set over the ocean. We found Aoredise a magical place to love and be loved. It will always hold a special place in our heart and memories."
/ Steve & Lea - March 2017
Beautiful place for relaxation
"Excellent diving in close proximity: reefs, Million Dollar Point, and of course the President Coolidge. The very comfortable house is located five minuted by boat from Luganville. A local guy called Sandy acted as ferry for 1000 vatu single way. Very nice beds with fans around the house. Note: there are no shops on the island so bring your stuff from Luganville. I had some great fish curry at the restaurant , between five and ten minutes walk from the house."
/ Peter - January 17
The Perfect Getaway!
"Stuart and June were very friendly and welcoming from the beginning. The place is just as they describe it...well, maybe even better. We could find nothing missing and being there for a month, we had time to look. Comfy beds, modern appliances and decor, ceiling fans in all rooms, beautiful well manicured yard, and then the fabulous front porch and private beach. We fell in love with this place and Aore too for that matter. We took long walks on the scenic road and REALLY got away from it all. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves nature and relaxing in a beautiful, quiet, beachfront property."
/ Jim, Gina and Niki - December 16
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