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.
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