We spent a week at the Jetty in late April. Robyn was amazing in helping us plan ahead down to minute logistics, which we so appreciated. The Jetty is a unique and beautiful oceanfront property. I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises I've ever seen from the porch which literally sits out over the water. It's a bit rustic, but this adds to the charm of the place and makes you feel like you're in a bygone era. We had some challenges with torrential rains (cyclones really) and Megan next door came to our rescue when our cell service when out. it's a bit of a ways (maybe 15-20 minutes) from town, but Robyn and Megan set us up with some honest and very punctual taxi drivers and as there are a number of resort restaurants close to the Jetty, I preferred this location. it's also on the way to a lot of attractions.
Was so in love with this place I seriously considered calling work and saying I'd missed the weekly plane-see you in a week!
Every morning you wake to a beautiful sunrise over the water and the view really changed over the day as the tide came in and out. Days at the house spent swimming, reading, eating, enjoying a wine...and the odd nap. Slept better than I have in a year!
Was with friends so enjoyed the quiet -but also had company to enjoy the big deck with! Loved the outdoor shower and the neighbour's friendly dogs who popped over to visit each day. Did some exploring at low tide too. Went out for some great meals (deco stop, aore art cafe and the Tu) and did a snorkeling trip and went to a fun lunch party at Turtle Bay Resort. But otherwise it was just too nice relaxing at the house!
Great produce available at the market-reminded me what fruit is meant to taste like. Kitchen big and equipped well so cooked some dinners and enjoyed the view at the same time. Really great to have Megan (property manager) next door -she is super helpful and lovely!
Santo is a bit of a step back in time-the airport is basically a big shed-but it makes it such a unique place today. Very quiet in March apparently, rarely saw other tourists, even when eating out. So clean, clear waters, largely empty roads-I'll be back!
Very humid so pack light-def enjoyed the air con at the house for sleeping. Oh, and rent a car, makes it much easier to get into town but there are taxis and local transport.
Already plotting my next visit!
We booked in February for our December/January Holiday so as to secure our 13 night stay at Paradise Cove The Jetty.
On arrival we were welcomed by Megan & Fabrice, who were the caretakers for "The Jetty" They were always close by; living next door, sharing a driveway and on occasion, Megan rode through the property on horseback with a group of fellow riders. Fabrice and a colleague were also on site occasionally, utilising the Jetty to moor his boat or tinkering in the shed. There are no curtains on the windows, so we were well aware of their presence!
The house itself, had a fantastic outlook, sitting on the water's edge at the end of the lovely, manicured grounds. Lighted pathways to the house were also welcomed on nights taken off from cooking, when coming home after dining out in town. I enjoyed a cup of coffee and the spectacular sunrise every morning from the front verandah. Some mornings Megan's dogs visited, which we looked forward to as we missed our own dog!
Most afternoons we cracked our own coconuts, gathered on the grounds and made Piña Coladas using the kitchen's blender and pineapples purchased from the markets in town and rum bought from LCM.
Another highlight was feeding our table scraps to the fish. We didn't see ant turtles or dugong, but we did see a stingray once!
We hired a car from the Espiritu for the duration of our stay, making the short 10 minute trip into Luganville for supplies at the LCM - (an amply stocked Grocery (and more) store) or fresh fruit & vegetables from the market or delicious eye fillet steaks, sausages and leg of smoked ham from the butcher, an easy trip and one that we did often.
We are a couple in our early 50s who have travelled to Vanuatu most Summers for our annual holiday for the past 10 years. We enjoy gathering our own supplies and cooking meals, if and when we are hungry! Although the BBQ plate didn't fit properly, making it unusable, the well stocked Kitchen gave us the freedom to do just that.
We appreciated the Air Conditioners, one in the Bedroom and the other in the large central room. A constant 24 degrees made our stay very comfortable!
All in all, we returned home feeling relaxed and ready to face another year, before we can return to Vanuatu. Thanks Robyn for allowing us the memories we have made at Paradise Cove - The Jetty!
Words can't describe this place. Best family holiday ever! The Jetty lives up to its name, "Paradise Cove". The photos don't do it justice. We were 3 adults & 2 kids (8 & 10). There was heaps of space and a kitted out kitchen (incl a blender that whipped up our morning pineapple, coconut & lime smoothies). Beds were ample, aircon was icy cool but we rarely used it. Lovely breezes.
Robyn was away but Megan who lives next door was fabulous! She owns the Santo horse riding adventures (a definite must). We kayaked out the front of the property & snorkeled, walked to two nearby blue holes, was able to walk to a nearby church & my son went looking for mud crabs with one of the locals. My kids enjoyed playing with the local kids in a village nearby.
It's 11km out of town & costs 1000vt one way, but so worth it. Luganville itself isn't much to write home about so being out of town is actually a bonus! Tusty our 'so much more than a taxi driver', picked us up from the airport in one of the newest taxis in town & we were so impressed with his service, that we used him as our driver the whole week we were there. He took us up the east coast for the day to see the sights & Wow! Wow! Wow! I highly recommend asking for Tusty as your driver. It seems everyone knows him. He's been on the island over 20 years & is a wealth of experience. His pricing is competitive with everyone else so why not give him a go?
Overall, brilliant holiday. Beautiful & genuinely friendly locals, not just out to get your money. Can't wait to go back.
Thanks Robyn for renting your little piece of paradise to us.
We were 2 Couples travelling to Espiritu Santo for the first time celebrating Steve's 50th Birthday. What a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Robyn was a fantastic hostess who met us at the airport. Made us a lovely dinner and was more than happy to assist us with everything we could possibly need to make our holiday truly special. The house is situated in a beautiful spot with the best sunrises and sunsets. There is a fully equipped kitchen which we used alot of the time as we enjoyed shopping at the fruit and vegetable market and supermarket. The house has everything you could possibly need - a home away from home. The house was not far away from some lovely restaurants aswell if you wanted to eat out. Everyone in the area were so friendly and welcoming. We will certainly be back !! Thanks again Robyn xx
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