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Located in the Vanuatu Archipelago, off the South East tip of Espiritu Santo, Ratua Island is a stunningly beautiful preserved sanctuary. The owner discovered it in 2005 and decided to recreate a living environment without compromising the integrity of the place. During two years all houses of the island have been renovated in total respect of their ancestral architecture. Today, the Eco-lodge offers 15 Indonesian-style villas shared between 3 villages: Fish Village, West Point Village and South Point Village. Ratua Island is a wild, magical place with authentic people who offer a simple and warm reception in a naturally beautiful environment.

The owner’s approach to development has always been to keep the land and people here intact. Therefore, they have taken steps to conserve native ecology and implemented a re-vegetation program with the planting of more than 1000 fruit trees. Ecological building methods include 100 percent wood construction and use of sustainable design and materials. The chef uses fresh organic fruit and vegetables from Ratua's kitchen garden, which is continually growing. They work with local villages to breed their stock with animals on the island to provide beef, chicken and pork for the kitchen. All seafood is purchased from local anglers who come by the island each morning with their daily catch. As Ratua progresses toward a "zero carbon" footprint, their intent is to have 100 percent renewable energy sources like solar and wind with no carbon dioxide emissions.