“This is a fantastic place in a beautiful location. The house was comfy and has everything you could need. The watersports gear is great - highly recommend a kayak up the river to the Matevulu blue hole. Willie was great as a guide and organiser, and we appreciated Alex coming down to meet us and say hello. We would love to come and stay again sometime”
“I loved staying here, and my girlfriend and I frequently remarked that we think we chose the best location and property to stay on Santo. The location makes it central to visiting the attractions in the north and south by car, and there is a lot to do within walking / kayaking distance too. The bungalow is one of three on the property. It is a couple of steps from the water in the lovely bay, and has a great view of the bay, a deck to relax on, and a great hammock. The apartment is clean and comfortable, and comes with a microwave and electric frypans for cooking (although we used the electric bbq the couple of times we cooked). Alex has prepared a very helpful binder with lots of very useful practical tips. The accomodation includes the use of kayaks (single and double available) and SUPs which we used every day to explore the nearby islands, head out snorkling and swimming, and visit the amazing blue holes (the kayak up the river to the first blue hole was stunning). Alex is a great guy, who welcomed us warmly, and invited us along on several of his adventures. Thanks for having us :)”
Turtle Bay Beach House was such a relaxing space that we really could call our own. With 3 separate bungalow/houses all equipped with basic cooking facilities that made it easy to make every meal for ourselves and access to a calm tidal lagoon with kayaks and other equipment that made it so easy to enjoy the surrounds. Willie the property manager/tour organiser has you covered for anything you need. Just make sure you read the house manual and are willing to be a little patient with the comforts you take for granted back home. Very relaxing!
Great spot. Well thought out, beautiful accommodation and surroundings. Alex and his staff were excellent to deal with. Highly recommended”
We loved staying at Turtle Bay Beach House in Turtle Cottage. The accommodation is in a great location - as well as being in a prime spot to kayak to a blue hole - you can even see the sunrise over the sea from the bed! Access to town, other resorts for dinner is easy. The cottage itself is beautifully designed, with everything you could need,allowing for self-catering (with fresh food from the supermarket/market in town). Alex the host is very helpful, and along with Willie and his family made us feel very welcome, helping us with our day trips. Would love to stay again and highly recommend! Beautifully presented with an exceptional host who could not do enough for us (even when things for us did not go according to plan!). This was a lovely location and cost included kayaks and snorkelling gear. One particular feature was the very comfortable outdoor furniture in the garden and on the jetty overlooking the water. The complex was a quality construction with lovely use of Vanuatuan timber. There has been a lot of thought going into this.
“Two of us really enjoyed a relaxing stay in this wonderful location. Accommodation was spotlessly clean and comfortable, and well kitted out for self-catering. Having the kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling gear so easily accessible was great. Willie was endlessly helpful, meeting us at the airport, helping us provision, showing us around the island and answering any number of questions. The Millennium Caves Tour was a highlight that will stay with us forever, but be warned, it's a real workout! We enjoyed barbecuing locally bought produce for the first few nights, then ate at the nearby Turtle Bay Lodge on our last two evenings. If you like Pina Colada, try their version - made with fresh coconut milk! Thanks Alex, WIllie and Marie for a fabulous stay.”
We had such a good time here. There's three separate places in one - all separate but on the same block - but it didn't feel cramped. Kitchen has all the mod cons, there's good board games, snorkels, paddle boards, kayaks etc. Willy was super helpful at driving us around and suggesting things to do. We had a couple of days just seeing the sights nearby via kayak. There's even heaps to see in the water in front of the place if you give it time. The deck and giant net/hammock (and the tree above it) are incredible. I could (and did) spend hours and hours there reading and relaxing. I rate it five out of five stars!
“Idyllic location with great privacy and both sun and shade. Very nice local restaurant for dinner. Would happily go back tomorrow!”
We stayed at the Beach House for 4 nights and it was amazing. Alex was a great host for our stay and provided a lot of great stories and advise on things to do around the island. We loved kayaking to the blue water holes and around the islands. There is a resort next door that is a 5-10 minute walk, which serves good drinks and food! I would stay here again and recommend to anyone looking to get away to a beautiful hidden spot on the coast of Santo - this was our favourite spot in Vanuatu!
We had a beautiful stay at turtle cottage! Place was clean and the location was beautiful! Nice and quiet too! Great for relaxing :)
We had a wonderful stay at the Beach Cottage. Best part of this property is the fact that the ocean is literally on your doorstep and you have kayaks and SUP-boards you can use. We went out with kayaks almost every day and enjoyed it so much! Alex and Willie took good care of us and organised some great daytrips. Hoping to be able to go back one day! Thanks again Alex!
This property is simply amazing! We were 2 families staying and it has something for everybody. Amazing views, plenty of snorkelling gear, lots of Kayaks, hot showers, a well equipped kitchen. Too much to list. It is nicely situated out of town but close to the resort next door so you don’t have to cook if you don’t feel like it. I highly recommend this place. We will definitely be back.
“We spent 12 nights at the turtle cottage and could easily have stayed longer! The lagoon is gorgeous and we saw spotted eagle rays and turtles most days. We kayaked to a few islands for snorkelling in pristine blue water and each night relaxed on our verandah watching the sunset over the water! The blender was perfect for making fresh fruit cocktails! Thankyou Tracey and Alex for a relaxing break away from the real world!”
“A fantastic little place out of the main town which was exactly what we wanted. There is a heap of water sports gear there which is free to use and the setting right on the edge of the bay is beautiful! Willie the manager is super friendly and is willing to help out in anyway plus the is a wealth of information. You won’t regret your stay!”
“This place is truly amazing! Our family stayed in the main house which was a home away from home and then some. Everything you need is there. The kitchen facilities are fantastic allowing you to cook everything you would normally do at home. The large fridge freezer allowed us to stock up for the week which was helpful with town being a wee ways away. With kayaks movies music and all sorts of entertainment thought of there is something for the hot days and the cloudy rainy days. Having Tracy there while we stayed was great as she was a wealth of help and she even baked for us!! The bay is amazing. We would kayak over to the lodge for a daily beer/coffee/milkshake which was easy and also did a mad adventure to one of the blue holes. I can't rave about this place enough. The kids loved it and hubby and i loved it even more. Thanks for the amazing stay. We look forward to doing it again in the future.”
“This is an absolutely amazing place to stay, the pictures cannot do it enough justice. This is the best place to experience Santo from, truly is paradise”
Simply Stunning! My family and I have been living in Vanuatu for a little over 3 months now and we are constantly wowed by the stunning locations this country has to offer. The east coast of Santo is a must for all visitors to Vanuatu. To top off our weekend getaway from Vila to Santo we stayed here. Usually when you see the photos online you always expect a little let down as photography is designed to enhance everything. I can honestly say that the photos dont do this place justice! Tracy and Alex have done an amazing job and the location is simply stunning. We genuinely had one of the best days I can recall as a family just hanging out, kayaking around the bay, swimming on deserted beaches, SUPing with the kids and climbing the big tree next to the property. A big thank you to Willie also for all our transport needs. We will definately be returning.
Unbelievable, fantastic. Great getaway! Spacious modern cottages with magnificent views over turtle bay. Cooking facilities both in the cottage and outdoors on the deck over the water. Hammocks and lounges for relaxing in the sun during the day as well as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for something to do. Also provided are snorkeling gear, board games, and washing machine. Driver is on call to take you into town (or anywhere else), and will also help arrange other activities for you. Very close to beautiful blue holes and not far up the road to the major east-coast attractions (champagne beach, port olry). Not too far out of town either. Amazingly easy paddle across the bay to Turtle Bay resort if you don't feel like cooking for yourself. Too many good things to mention - definitely a highlight of our Vanuatu trip, will be remembered for a lifetime!
We stayed here for 4 nights in May. We booked the 2 bedroom house plus one of the studios for another adult. Our itinerary to Vanuatu was thrown in disarray by the cyclone with domestic flights being cancelled however the owners were very understanding and helpful with our booking. When we could finally rebook our flights from Port Vila to Santo, the Villa was beautifully prepared for us (even though the weather the day before had been atrocious). The gardens were amazing and the location superb, right on the water with a great jetty over the sea. There were extensive water sports equipment available to us and I really enjoyed the early morning stand up paddle board. The manager, Liz, lived on a yacht moored out the front and she went through all the details upon arrival and checked on us throughout our stay. The house was well built and provided all the facilities you could need. We loved relaxing in every area of the property, on the verandah, jetty, hammock etc. We cooked several meals on site utilising the BBQ. We enjoyed feeding the fish off the jetty and taking the kayaks out on low tide to the snorkelling area out from Turtle Bay Resort (look for the post in the ground and you will find the trench). The information booklet (which is also on line) was very extensive and gave great information about the local area. We enjoyed a meal at Turtle Bay Resort, great pizza and dessert and then cocktails sitting under the coloured lights enjoying the company of their dogs! Watch for the sunsets out the back with the coconut palms and then the beautiful moon rise over Malvanua Island. I would highly recommend this house to anyone wanting to enjoy the beauty that is Santo. Definitely one of our favourite places.
Thanks goes to the excellent team that are running the Beach house and cottage - this property was above and beyond what we were expecting! Absolutely perfect for myself, husband and 9 month old baby... Starting with excellent communications and easy to deal with. We were welcomed by Willie the driver who greeted us at the airport and took us to the Beach House via supermarket and markets to grab a few things. Once we got to the Beach House we were welcomed and introduced to the property by Elizabeth (who lives a yacht out the front). There is nothing they have not though about - we hired the house which is set up for a couple of families if needed. It was super clean and very practical for our curious 9 month old baby. We loved the new hammock netting set up over the water to enjoy watching the tide come in....there is heaps of water sport equipment available to use and a lovely bay to checkout with the SUP/Kayaks. The Turtle Bay lodge is a 5 min walk (perfect bumpy road for putting bub to sleep in pram for dinner...) great feed, and once again a very warm welcome from the hosts. Had a great night at the lodge making some new friends over some Kava tastings. Willie arranged for a driver (as his car was unavailable at the time) to take us on a day tour up to Port Olry. I would highly recommend this with a stop at Champagne Beach and the blue hole. We even got treated to some baby free time as the Ni-vanuatu people absolutely love babies and our little girls feet barely touched the ground while we were there. The only regret is we did not stay there for our entire holiday in Vanuatu - but we will be back!!! Thanks again guys was great to meet you all..”
Our party had both Dugong Cottage and the Beach House. Both were beautifully fitted out with everything you might need for a self-catered holiday and was very clean. The Beach House had a full kitchen, two bedrooms and two ensuite bathrooms as well as a lounge area. Dugong Cottage had a kitchenette and separated ensuite. There is a laundry for guest use as well as canoes, paddle boards, reef shoes and snorkelling gear. The Beach House had a TV and DVD's and there was a big box of games in the laundry for guest use. The setting is superb with our own private beach with warm water and clean sand, hammocks slung between coconuts, a private outdoor deck and eating area as well an enormous net over the water. Each cottage and the beach house had its own verandah with plenty of outdoor furniture to dine outside or to relax on. The location is about a half hour car ride from Luganville and about a 10 minute leisurely walk to Turtle Bay Lodge which has an excellent restaurant and free WiFi for customers. A taxi service to Luganville or anywhere is easily arranged via the phone kept in the laundry for contacting the caretakers or Willie the taxi driver. Overall, it was a lovely place to stay at very reasonable rates and I'd love to stay there again.
“We loved our stay in Turtle cottage. Everything you needed was there and it was nice to be able to cater for yourself and just relax in the hammock enjoying a good read. You're also only an 8 minute walk to Turtle Bay Lodge where you can enjoy a nice meal - their pizza's are lovely and a rarity to see on the island. Santo itself is a basic island in terms of food and services so expect to cater plainly. Some might find this a challenge but we loved getting to try local produce you rarely see in Aus. Plus Santo has some of the best beef I've ever had. The location of Turtle Bay Beach House is amazing. You are 30-40 mins kayak over coral reefs to two amazing blue holes. If you want to go further, Willie can organise a tour or transport. It's such a magical island - we rarely go back to the same holiday twice but would come back here again and again. ”
What can I say? Beach at your doorstep & everything that you need to kayak or snorkel. The array of games, books & CD's was a bonus. The accommodation was exceptional, very clean & tidy & very comfortable. Beautiful outlook to wake up to every morning. We had such a great relaxing time. Liz & Matt were very helpful. All in all we had the most fantastic time. Would recommend it for a group of friends.
“We stayed at turtle bay beach house for 12 nights and had an absolute ball. This house is the perfect distance from town and other attractions such as champagne beach. It's close to three resorts with restaurants and bars or you can cook up a storm at home in the well appointed kitchen. We even had a smoothie maker provided to make the most of the amazing organic island fruits!! We had a car so found it easy and enjoyable to be in this location. There were frequent buses or transports for those without a car or a dedicated taxi driver Willy for a bit extra cost. Jublee keeps the gardens looking amazing and Liz and Matt the managers are friendly and great to deal with. The wifi is patchy right across Santo so just do yourself a favor and leave it all behind ;) I saw a turtle and dugong while using the paddle boards provided. The kayaks are also excellent and everything is provided. We'd love to return with family soon. Thanks to the owners and all staff for a wonderful holiday. ”
“A superb setting in a beautiful country. Turtle Bay Beach Resort is a wonderful place to stay with extended family. The facilities are excellent and the kayaks and water equipment are good quality. Beach towels are a bonus when travelling from afar. Willie is an amazing man who helps wherever he can. Everyone was happy and helpful and it made for a very happy family holiday. So much to do here and a wonderful experience. ”
What a brilliant family Xmas spent at TBBH.The place is awesome with all the facilities to self cater, beautifully maintained by excellent staff & everything our water loving group needed, even board games & cards for those rainy afternoons. Would highly recommend, thanks Alex & Tracy.
“We absolutely loved our stay at the Turtle Bay Beach house! It is in such a beautiful and peaceful setting that we never wanted to leave. Willie acted as our host and liaison during the stay and provided excellent service, going out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and were comfortable. The Beach house is in striking distance (kayak or paddle board) of a couple nice resorts but still offers the privacy of your own place. I would totally recommend staying here and can't wait to come back.”
“We absolutely loved every part of our stay at The Beach House! The pics don't actually do it justice. The outlook is pristine and the gardens immaculate with the bay literally lapping at the door step. We found our host, Tracy, to be extremely informative to the point that we were also given an update of upcoming events half way through our stay. We certainly made use of the kayak's, with trips to Oyster and Turtle Islands and the local Blue Hole. Great snorkelling was also only a short paddle away! Our personal taxi driver Willie was very friendly and helpful. We used him regulary, which worked out to be pretty good value. We also did a day of fishing with Fabrice, leaving just down the road from Lopi Lopi resort. We had a great day and Fabrice was a wonderful host, being very informative and a good guy. Also great value........We will be back. Thankyou.”
“We had the best stay at turtle beach house ! The place is wonderful and we had it all for ourselves. The bungalow is clean and spacious, the view is amazing and it was awesome to use the kayaks to go to the blue hole and oyster island. We would love to be back and highly recommend this place ! ”
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Turtle Bay Beach House. What a piece of Paradise! We absolutely loved it! The property is amazing and you have paid such attention to detail. Gwenda was lovely. We met her on arrival. Willie was also very helpful and we used him as our driver on a few occasions. Thanks so much for letting us stay. I will certainly recommend it to my family and friends.