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Ratua Private Island is managed by Isabelle and Marc, the Owners.
$515 - $810/night
Suitable for 2-5 people

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Ratua Private Island Villa - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
— Isabelle and Marc: “As we approached Ratua passing one island after another, time seemed to stand still with unspoiled nature and tribal communities still living in their ancestral ways. We just fell in love with it.”
Interview By:

— Please tell me how you discovered the beautiful paradise of Ratua?

Isabelle and Marc: “About six years ago we decided to sail around the world. After one year in the Atlantic we arrived in New Caledonia and a friend of ours told us about a jewel-like island in the Vanuatu archipelago whose location was kept secret. As we approached Ratua passing one island after another, time seemed to stand still with unspoiled nature and local tribal communities still living in their ancestral ways. We just fell in love with it.”
Ratua aerial view - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
— Ratua aerial view

— And then you decided straight away to buy the island?

Isabelle and Marc: “Yes, we decided to adopt the island. It actually belongs to the community and after a few meetings with the village elders, they entrusted their treasure to our care.

At the beginning we wanted to have this island just for us and our friends. But when we started to develop the island we thought it would really be a shame not to share this wonderful place with other people. Another important motivation to open a hotel was that we could invest 100% of the profits in our foundation to help the local community.”
Ratua Yacht Club - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
— Ratua Yacht Club

— What type of projects do you support through the foundation?

Isabelle and Marc: “Each year we select a number of projects that we want to invest in. A lot of the money we invest goes into the local schools to create a better learning environment for the children, but we also support cultural projects and the development of the local craft industry by providing micro credits.”
 - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu

— Your philosophy can be summed up as ethical and ecological tourism. Can you please tell us a bit more about that.

Isabelle and Marc: “Everything that we use at Ratua belongs to the island or the islands around. We have our own organic kitchen garden, we work with local villages to breed their stock with animals on the island to provide beef, chicken and pork for the kitchen. We have local fishermen who come by the island every morning and we have planted more than 1.000 fruit trees. We try to use only our own food and what the community can give us.

The buildings are all constructed by wood using ecological building methods. We don’t have any air conditioning or television on the island. Our goal is to be completely self-sufficient and carbon neutral.”
Ratua Private Island Villa - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
— Ratua Private Island Villa

— You just mentioned the buildings on the island. Please tell me a bit about the accommodation and facilities.

Isabelle and Marc: “At Ratua Private Island, there are three villages on the island and a total of 15 villas. The villas are individual houses that we found in Indonesia and which are up to 200 years old. We brought them to Ratua and carefully reconstructed them in the three villages.

The villas in South Village and West Village can all be booked individually. Those in Fish Village are better for groups of people who know each other. There is also a private kitchen and dining area in Fish Village. For the other two villages the social meeting point is the Yacht Club with an open overwater dining room, a bar and a lounge. And there is also our Boathouse with all our boating, fishing and snorkeling gear that is available for our guests.”
Ratua spa - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
— Ratua spa

— Just being on the island is probably relaxation enough, but you do also have a spa?

Isabelle and Marc: “Yes, we have an amazing overwater spa, which I believe is one of the most beautiful places on the island. There are two treatment rooms and a lounge area with amazing views over the water. We offer a variety of massages, body scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures using only locally sourced organic products.”
 - Ratua Private Island, in Sanma Province, Vanuatu
 
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