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Sanddollar Vanuatu - Large Coastal Holiday Rental.

Sandoollar Vanuatu Seaside Fare (Bungalow) - Quality Island themed accommodation and living
Sandoollar Vanuatu Seaside Fare (Bungalow) - Quality Island themed accommodation and living
Sandoollar Vanuatu Seaside Fare (Bungalow) - Quality Island themed accommodation and living
Cape Cod Chairs overlooking  the front swimming pool at Sanddollar Vanuatu, Holiday rentals
Sunset at Sanddollar Vanuatu - pull up a couple of chairs and watch the sunset
view of the doorway to the 'Haus Wind' at Sanddollar Vanuatu
Front of 'Haus Wind' showing some of the Kayaks leaning agaianst the wall at Sanddollar vanuatu
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Rauriki
Hastings, Nouvelle-Zélande
2 avis
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2 votes utiles 2 votes utiles
“Great place to unwind”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 25 mai 2014 Séjour en mai 2014
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So relaxing we stayed for two weeks . Had a wonderful time meeting Nemo and other cast members in the coral reef at bottom of garden. Simon and he's family were lovely though while we were there one of their children got very sick and was in hospital . Luckily he got better ! A very peaceful place that helps you re discover yourself ! If you are using telecom NZ you will need a visitor SIM card from Smile Vanuatu as you will only get coverage from Digicel in Port villa and half way up the road to Sanddollar , We found hiring a car from budget better than the local taxis as it's a lot cheaper if you intend to travel about . We loved the cheesecake at The War Horse in Port Villa plus their food in General was a good price and tasted great !

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
5 5 étoiles La remise des clés/l'accès à la location ont-ils été faciles ? 5 5 étoiles État général de la location
4 5 étoiles Literie 4 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
4 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 4 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: The snorkelling !
Le moins apprécié: The bugs but I'm a wimp lol
Compagnons de voyage : époux(se)/partenaire
Votre tranche d'âge 35-49
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starbud40
Brisbane, Australie
1 avis
2 votes utiles 2 votes utiles
“Perfect relaxation paradise”
4 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 2 janvier 2014 Séjour en décembre 2013
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What a great place to relax and unwind! We stayed 10 days over Christmas, just my husband and 2 year old daughter.

We hired a sedan and although everyone said get a 4WD, we couldnt afford it and I expected that the road would be much worse than what it actually was, but we had no hassles. Yes it was bumpy but I guess with rain the potholes could cause a major problem.

The sleeping house was lovely and breezy and kept nice and clean. We loved the 'open' aspect although the only downside was it did let in every bug and their extended families! Going back up to the dark room at night was a bit interesting to find 1 or 2 huntsmen's waiting in the dark for you! You got used to it though - just watch out in the shower before you jump in! Luckily they have mossie nets so you can sleep in peace but be sure to take repellent with you during the day we all got eaten alive!
We used the kayaks daily and my hubby went over the other side of the bay to fish. He is a keen spear fisherman and sadly the area is severely overfished by the locals (but understandable as its their main source of food to feed their families). On every property they netted day and night although I didnt really see them come in with a huge haul.
We have traveled all over the world and never seen such skittish and a scarce amount of fish ever :-(
Still lots of small fish to see but nothing you could eat - but over the other side is a very different story if you can be bothered with the paddle.
We went into twon nearly every other day to shop for supplies but over Christmas happily stayed put for 3 days and had no desire to leave the property it was just so relaxing.
Simon and his local family are beautiful people too, my daughter loved playing with his 4 children and my hubby spent hours talking about fishing with him. They really are such a happy and extremely friendly race, even in town they let you go first and always stop to let you cross the road.

The only downside was that we had 3 bottles of wine stolen and 2 bottles of beer out of the fridge and cupboards one night. The first time anything like that has happened apparently (we just must be extremely unlucky :-( ) The next night my daughters crackers went missing - random I know.....but not a big deal.

I would recommend this property to any type of traveller who wanted to get away from the busy hub and just relax and listen to the sound of the ocean at night and read a good book by the pool.
One other thing that would go hand in hand with this vision is a hammock or sun loungers to laze by the pool! There are chairs but it isnt hard to feel like you could drift off to sleep in the blissful surroundings.

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
5 5 étoiles État général de la location 4 5 étoiles Literie
5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles 5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains
5 5 étoiles Autres équipements 5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: Being right on the ocean, with a pool as well
Le moins apprécié: Distance away from any shops
Compagnons de voyage : Young Children
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fizgig97
Île de Waiheke, Nouvelle-Zélande
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12 avis 12 avis
4 avis sur les hôtels
Avis dans 6 villes Avis dans 6 villes
8 votes utiles 8 votes utiles
“Wonderful place to get away and relax”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 15 octobre 2013 Séjour en août 2013
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We stayed here for 10 days with my children (aged 8) and husband and my parents. The accommodation was exactly as we pictured (beautiful) it with enough space for all of us and privacy. It was very family friendly and the family who look after the property were really wonderful with us and our children. We had a very sick child (major ear infection that was brewing before we arrived) while we were there and Simon who manages the property came into town with us and showed us where the private doctors surgery was and stayed with us making sure were were looked after. The trip in and out with him was fantastic as he chatted about life on the Island and answered all our many many questions :-) The grounds are stunning, snorkeling fantastic and the pool clean and refreshing. It was a great place to hang out and relax in. Highly recommend.

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
5 5 étoiles La remise des clés/l'accès à la location ont-ils été faciles ? 5 5 étoiles État général de la location
5 5 étoiles Literie 5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 5 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: The location (remote) and the family who manage the property
Le moins apprécié: bugs in the bathroom but that is part of being in the Islands
Compagnons de voyage : Famille élargie
Votre tranche d'âge 35-49
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Dianz
Waitakere City, Nouvelle-Zélande
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21 avis 21 avis
15 avis sur les hôtels
Avis dans 13 villes Avis dans 13 villes
70 votes utiles 70 votes utiles
“Peace, Quiet and Rest...”
4 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 27 septembre 2013 Séjour en septembre 2013
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I think those words sum up the best things about Sanddollar. No traffic noise, very little people noise just the sound of the ocean to be heard in your fare at night. It's amazing to us city dwellers to look up at the sky at night and realise that there are so many stars, very beautiful. There were dolphins in the bay during one day of our stay, that was pretty special. My husband said that the snorkeling straight out front of the property is really good, better coral than anything he's seen in Fiji (but probably best to take your own gear as he did as there is only a limited amount). Simon and his family are all wonderful people that we enjoyed getting to know. A few things are due for an update but I'm sure that Greg and Anne will see to these soon. The market in Port Vila is wonderful, I wish I'd been able to spend more time there but logistically travelling back and forth is not the easiest option so if you think you want to get around a bit hire a car for at least part of your stay.

Essentially we hired this property for some down time to simply chill and enjoy some time to ourselves and in that respect it gets five stars from us. I was happy to read and enjoy the view, hubby was happy kayaking, snorkeling and chatting to Simon (both junior and senior). He advises to take heavier trace than what you may think you need if you want to fish... tropical fish (even the little ones) have teeth apparently!

Overall a very enjoyable stay, perhaps we'll be back one day even if the only reason was to catch up with Simon and his family again... the view, the peace, the fantastic sunsets and night sky are all bonuses to look forward to revisiting.

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Global59
Bournemouth, Royaume-Uni
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66 avis 66 avis
34 avis sur les hôtels
Avis dans 49 villes Avis dans 49 villes
39 votes utiles 39 votes utiles
“Pacific island it is - paradise it is not!”
3 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 16 août 2013 Séjour en mai 2013
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Lights fused at 1 am when we arrived so we had to wait for the manager to get up. Ants were all over the washbasin surround in the shower room and climbing the walls. Later next day lights/ power fused again so we were without for about 4 hrs as managers were out. When it got dark ( no torch at the property) we drove next door and the lady knew where the trip switch was. Cockroaches were all in the kitchen cupboards as it is open and when we sat to eat we were dive bombed by huge ones as the lights attracted them.Kettle was thick with lime scale, out of 8 sides of the toaster only 2 worked( not the same slice either), pans were mouldy, the BBQ was full of cockroaches, covers for the toaster, hob were black with mould, plastic bowl was dirty, and because the roof isn't sealed bits fall off it all the time even if the polished concrete surfaces are cleaned in the morning. The bedroom doors couldn't be closed and the roof is open so when the lights are put on the insects come in. We were bitten badly inside the mosquito nets and insects were in the bed as ants were going up the wall behind our bed.Ants were always over the floor and on the bedroom furniture. Only 3 hangers in the wardrobe and knobs came off the drawers so ouldn't open them which we fixed so we could use them. Utility room off our bedroom was dirty and covered in cobwebs but it not has a metal sink in it anyway. The washing machine was in the utility room of the other bedroom and was used by the managers to wash the property's bedding etc and was covered in insects.Towels provided were very poor and had lots of threads hanging from them and some were very thick and heavy. Many moths etc came into the shower room when the lights were put on which could easily be stopped by putting some netting or mesh on top of the walls. We noticed that even locals in the villages had netting around their fares to prevent this. Then the pool water became green so Simon decided to empty it. We asked how long it would be and he said a few hours. It took a day and a half. That weekend the pool was full of insects as well as the usual long pine needles from the casaurina trees.No one cleaned the pool that weekend and we tried but gave up. So again it was unusable.The plunge pool was also unusable all the time we were there. We had no hot water in the shower so some batteries had to be changed and then while the pool,was filling the water pressure went down so the boiler wouldn't fire up so no hot water again.
We just wanted a holiday in a private place. The manager and his family of between 8-10 people live in a fare on the site and because we wanted to be alone the owners wife said she thought that was unfair 'as it is their home too'! They have no transport and are 10 kms from the town so if you hire a car as the owners recommend it is expected for you to give them a lift. It was expected of us the day after we arrived and we were only hiring it for 1 day and you feel sorry for them.
The accommodation is set near the sea. The photos on the site are misleading as it is cleverly taken to look as though it is sandy but it is shingle mixed with sand with a drop onto the rocks below. You can go through a rocky channel to the sea which is very clear but there are volcanic rocks all under the sea where you snorkel. There are kayaks provided too.
We didn't enjoy our stay here as too many things went wrong.The owners were over and met us to discuss our holiday as we weren't happy. They asked us if we had a photo of the pool being filled as Simon the manager had denied emptying it! We hadn't got one! We all met again to discuss the recompense and the first thing they said was that they didn't want to discuss it and the owners wife Anne Watt and her sister walked out after saying that it was their holiday home so they didn't like what we were saying about it.Well we have also owned homes abroad and rented them out and had rental homes in the UK too and we know how important it is to maintain them if you are renting.
The manager was very unhappy with his job and his rate of pay and we told him to tell the owners. He said he had but they didn't do anything and he hadn't had a pay rise in 6 yrs. His wife who works a couple of hours there was expecting a baby any moment and other relations work/ live there as they all support each other in Vanuatu.We thought it would give Theresa some time off if we did the cleaning so made our own bed.That's when we saw that the mattress was filthy.

4 5 étoiles La remise des clés/l'accès à la location ont-ils été faciles ? 2 5 étoiles État général de la location
2 5 étoiles Literie 2 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
2 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 2 5 étoiles Autres équipements
2 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: The pool when we could swim and it was mostly cleaned every day
Le moins apprécié: The place was badly maintained and the insects came when the lights went on as it is open.
Compagnons de voyage : époux(se)/partenaire
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mapipem
Sydney
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48 avis 48 avis
36 avis sur les hôtels
Avis dans 27 villes Avis dans 27 villes
40 votes utiles 40 votes utiles
“Perfect place to watch the sun go down over the tropical ocean.”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 4 mai 2013 Séjour en avril 2013
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We stayed at Sanddollar for one week, as a couple plus two 23 year olds. We chose this location because it was next door to Devil's Point Dive. It's a beautiful spot right on the water, very well maintained, great for a relaxing self-catering holiday. Beautiful tropical gardens, we used the swimming pool every day, went kayaking and saw turtles and leaping dolphins up close in the bay. There's snorkelling out front, and several good dives close by. We hired a car from Europcar at the airport (you really need a 4-wheel drive as the road was pretty bad), and went into Vila a couple of times to load up on groceries from the supermarket. It takes about half an hour. There are 2 friendly cats, and the ni-Vanuatu people who live on site (Simon and family) are just as friendly! There are quite a few ants and bugs, because it's all open-style living, but we didn't find it too much of a problem. It's not like staying in a big resort, but it's a great immersion in the local landscape. We did 10 dives with Devil's Point Dive and they were fantastic, too. We loved it.

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
5 5 étoiles La remise des clés/l'accès à la location ont-ils été faciles ? 5 5 étoiles État général de la location
5 5 étoiles Literie 5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 5 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: The natural and peaceful setting.
Le moins apprécié: The ants.
Compagnons de voyage : Famille élargie
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Sydney
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 8 mars 2013 Séjour en novembre 2010
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5 5 étoiles Rapport qualité / prix 5 5 étoiles Chambres
5 5 étoiles Emplacement 5 5 étoiles Propreté
5 5 étoiles Réception 5 5 étoiles Service
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