Located on stunning Aore Island, off Espiritu Santo, Two Canoes is the place to go if you are looking for complete seclusion on a stunning natural and marine environment. Disconnecting from the stresses of every day life is easy when nature is all around you. With only three contemporary plantation studios, you can be sure to have that intimate boutique resort experience.
Opened in July 2016, and designed by a Sydney firm, this is the brainchild of Mark Provost. “We wanted to build something different but it had to sit well with the landscape and we wanted to be eco-friendly,” he explains. The studios are all elevated from the ground, to maximize the effect of cooling breezes and the magnificent views.
Cool and spacious, stainless steel has been used for the cladding of the exterior while interiors make extensive use of natural woods and feature wide French doors that let you open your studio completely to the outside. Following an environmentally friendly philosophy, every studio is powered by solar and collects its own rainwater, stored in water tanks and used throughout the resort and gardens.
The resort has its own restaurant and bar, quietly sitting on the beach and making the best of the local fresh market produce, freshly caught fish and Santo’s amazing organic beef. Freshness and simplicity is the key to their menu and the results are delicious. With truly stunning views of the bay, and following the island relaxed vibe, the restaurant is cool and comfortable, open to the ocean and the magnificent beach that sits just meters away. It is the ocean that is perhaps the most striking feature of Two Canoes. On one of the most beautiful bays in Aore Island, aqua azure water is punctuated by coral bommies and colourful underwater gardens. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and generally enjoying the pristine water are all must do activities while at Two Canoes.
When you are ready to explore the island, you will find plenty of adventures waiting for you. Grab a bicycle and follow the main road – a little path that will take you past small villages and deserted beaches. Go and visit the old Quonset huts, remembrances of WWII, or take a tour to the coffee plantation and caves. Aore resort is also down the road, offering another dining alternative and yet more to do. There are only about three cars on the whole island so cycling is safe and enjoyable. Once you are ready to explore further afield, the main island and Luganville is an easy ten minute boat ride away and from Luganville, it is possible to book all tours visiting the main natural attractions of Espiritu Santo such as Champagne Beach, the Blue Holes and Millennium Caves.
Day guests are welcome at Two Canoes from Friday through to Sunday, where you can enjoy a lovely lunch, great cocktail, swim, snorkel and assorted R&R; bookings are essential and transfers can be arranged from the mainland.
Two Canoes is also a wonderful place to have all for yourself. Perfect for that special something, wedding, birthday or a simple family and/or friends reunion, imagine having a whole resort for you and your friends. It does not get much better than that really.