Located off the coast of Espiritu Santo, Ratua Island Resort is 146 acres of pure magic. A labour of love and a work of art, the original owners of Ratua first envisioned the island as a retreat for themselves, family and friends and they poured their hearts and creativity into the construction of this amazing resort. Accommodation consists of thirteen 200-year-old teak hand-crafted beachfront villas and two deluxe beachfront marquees. Wood, wood, wood and more beautiful wood all around. Vintage, barefoot luxury, the villas have a thousand personal and original touches to make you feel you really are in a special place.
Every villa is slightly different and has been decorated with its own original pieces. Cow hides, exciting carvings and chunky, antique pieces of furniture reminiscent of the 40s adorn every corner. Antiques join modern original design, and you can’t help but feeling like a rock star at Ratua.
This oasis of unpretentious and simple luxury is surrounded by lush gardens and private beaches with some of the best snorkeling that you will find in the islands.
Underwater gardens, populated by stunning marine life, expand outwards towards the horizon, and you can lose yourself in the underwater scenery for hours.
The buildings that house the dining quarters and bar are just as beautiful and special, comprising different spaces, from the richly decorated dining room to simple but exquisite hard-wood tables placed on the white sand beach, two metres away from the lapping waters of the sea. The excellent menu will keep you well fed, adding to the indulgent experience that it is to stay at Ratua.
And when talking about indulgency, their Wellness Spa has to be mentioned. Entirely made of old teak, as the rest of the buildings, the spa sits over the water, with gorgeous views of the ocean and a full menu of beauty and health treatments.
For other, more vigorous activities, Ratua offers paddle boarding in crystal clear waters, horse riding through the forest and on the beach across Ratua island, fishing the generous waters of the area and kayaking on the calm lagoon. A truly unique resort, there really is only one Ratua. www.ratua.com.