Our motivation to share this island paradise is driven by committing 100 percent of Ratua's resort profits to support surrounding communities. Each year, key projects including the construction of schools, cultural projects and sponsorship will be selected and financed entirely by the Ratua Foundation. Just click on the Foundation logo below to find out more and see how you can contribute. You can also follow the Foundation and learn more about our projects on our Facebook page.
THE RATUA STORY
Fifteen years ago a French philanthropist while sailing around the world heard about a beautiful jewel like island in Vanuatu just off Espirtu Santo nestled safely between Aore and Malo islands. The island was called Ratua (meaning appropriately: everyone’s welcome!). For centuries the local communities and elders had always held it in high esteem as a jewel in the northern Archipelago of Vanuatu. Upon arriving at Ratua they immediately fell in love with the lush green setting, the vegetation and the emerald lagoons surrounding this beautifully preserved sanctuary. Wild, yet accessible to Santo by sea or air and with 146 acres (60 hectares) of usable gentle topography it was indeed a rare treasure in Vanuatu. After some discussions and with agreement and blessing made with the local elders they were entrusted with this treasure that is RATUA. For some 4 years and with the help of up to 200 workers and trades people from all around the world they tirelessly created an environmental masterpiece that carefully enhanced the natural organic beauty that had been maturing by nature for centuries. The style of construction chosen is rather unique in the world and consists of 200 year old hand carved teak Balinese villas that have been disassembled twice from remote mountain villages in Bali and painstakingly reassembled in clusters. Each villa has their own private beach and ensures serene privacy amongst lush green landscaping. The unique eclectic furnishings provide luxury accommodation for 2 to 6 guests enhance the indo-Oceania inspiration behind each villa. The result is exquisite . The resort complex offers eco-lux facilities with a totally unique blend of luxury steeped in authenticity. The model of ethical and ecological tourism is at the heart of the development. All the produce for our guests is grown on the island or within a 10 km radius of Ratua . The marine reserve we instigated 15 years ago is still in place resulting in some of the best fish life, turtles and coral in the Pacific. Instead of air conditioning there are ceiling and wall fans, instead of glass there is teak shutters, instead of steel hinges there is hand carved wooden hinges. What you get is a real experience of life as it used to be but still with the luxuries you deserve. In late 2016 a New Zealand family cruising the Pacific in their motor yacht weighed anchor in the pristine emerald waters of the lagoon in front of Ratua. Once ashore they too feel in love with the island, its ethos and its people. In a very short time they were to become the new custodians of Ratua and its 50 local staff. They bring a new energy to the ‘Land forgotten by time
Ratua Fondation is headquartered on Ratua Private Island ( Santo) and its goal is to improve the education conditions of the Children in Vanuatu. As such Ratua Fondation actively supports different projects, such as : schools, books, infrastructure, water and electricity networks, etc. … These actions strengthen the social link between the child and its environment (family, tribe, village or island) in connection with the local decision-makers. For more information visit the Ratua Foundation Website : https://www.ratuafoundation.com/
Ratua is one of 83 islands in the Vanuatu archipelago and is located in the northern group next to the largest island in Vanuatu called Espiritu Santo. Safely protected between Malo and Aore islands, Ratua features 146 acres or 60 hectares of unusually gentle topography for a Vanuatu island. The entire island is available to explore. Ratua is the only private island in Vanuatu with an 800-meter runway, which is less than 5 minutes by air from Santo International airport and 30 minutes with one of our 4 transfer boats. Once on the island you fully grasp the organic experience that our past customers keep coming back for. The whole island enables our customers to feel cradled in nature by the environment that has been preserved for a maximum of 42 guests to enjoy as nature intended. Guests can explore the entire island by foot, car, bicycle or one of our 14 trained horses. Most of the island amenities are centrally located just a short walk from the yacht club. There are 3 villages that offer 15 individual villa style homes handcrafted from 200-year-old teak wood with indo-Oceania inspiration and all have their own private beach setting. At the end of south village there is a large covered yoga deck directly over the water. In the middle of west village there is our overwater Coral Reef Spa accessed by a walkway over a lagoon. Central to the resort is the ornately carved billiards room with comprehensive library and large screen TV for watching live sporting events from anywhere around the world overlooking a pond. Also there is a quaint home theatre room with 16 luxury chairs and comprehensive video library. The resort offers many watersports for our guests including kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, sport boat for skiing or ski biscuit rides etc. At the opposite end of the resort is the beachfront volleyball court, regularly enjoyed by guests and staff alike. The crystal clear turquoise lagoons and ocean that surround Ratua are a marine reserve instigated by 15 years of private ownership. The result of this is abundant fish life, breathtaking centuries old coral of all varieties directly in front of the Yacht club and dozens of resident sea turtles and some very old and large specimens. These can easily be approached by one of our kayaks, paddleboards or snorkeling up to them. February/March is when the baby turtles hatch around Ratua’s many sandy shores. Much of Ratua foreshore has some very large ancient native trees that are spectacularly sheltering the many sandy beaches. The middle of the island boasts a mature coconut plantation from which we derive fresh coconuts for our guests along with organic coconut oil for the kitchen. Our own farm provides much of the organic produce for our kitchens. We raise our own beef cattle, pigs, goats, chickens and sheep. We have a large organic garden and orchard that provides fresh produce for our guests. The Ratua ranch has 14 well-trained horses for our guests to enjoy. 2 of our expert wranglers will take around the entire island for a ride exploring the coastline and fauna. A famous feature that our guests tell us is unique in the world is swimming with the horses! Yes, 6 of our horses are trained to swim across the lagoon close to Fish village with you hanging onto the horse as it swims. This is a must do experience that you will never forget. Truly Ratua is the land that time forgot.