Experience the ultimate romantic escape at Ratua Private Island, a barefoot luxury eco-resort located near Espiritu Santo in the Vanuatu Archipelago. Enjoy space, privacy, rustic accommodation, Pacific-style architecture, and turquoise lagoons in your own secluded paradise only 30 minutes from the mainland by boat.
Stay in one of 15 stunning Indonesian-style guest villas located in three separate villages – Fish Village, South Point Village and West Point Village; these 200 year-old homes were transported and reconstructed on Ratua, carefully sited to provide stunning views with a private deck and beach. Each villa features eclectic, vintage furnishings, ensuite bathroom, bath products and robes, bar refrigerator, ceiling fans, in-room safe, individual terraces, sun lounges and private access to the water’s edge.
Ratua’s overwater Sunny Spa is the perfect way to relax into your honeymoon and features two private treatment rooms and an open lounge area with panoramic views across the lagoon. The specially trained staff offers a range of massages, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures using locally sourced organic products.
The island’s social centre is at the Yacht Club, where the Chef prepares an inspired menu using organic produce from Ratua’s own kitchen garden, as well as fresh local beef and seafood. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the overwater dining room, a casual beach barbecue on the waterfront or a private picnic on a deserted white sandy beach. Ratua’s cellar offers a fine selection of wines from around the world, including Australian, New Zealand and French vintages from the owners’ own private vineyard in France.
During the day, explore the surrounding lagoons, beaches and reefs – where sea tortoises, bright coral gardens and colourful fish abound. There are 146-acres of lush tropical land, which guests can wander across be by foot, buggy, bicycle, horse-drawn carriage, or horseback. Over 20 horses roam free on the island, but a wrangler will gladly saddle one up for you to enjoy a ride across the island or through the shallow waters along the seafront. Beyond Ratua’s shores, discover the infinite wealth of the area’s exceptional nature and unique local culture through a range of discovery tours – from active volcanoes, waterfalls and caves, to sailing, blue hole swimming, wreck diving, deep sea fishing, and Vanuatu cultural excursions.
Ratua Private Island is a wild and magical place with authentic local people who offer a simple and warm reception in a naturally beautiful environment that is as chic and relaxed as you would imagine from a typically French establishment in the middle of the Pacific.