WHO DANIELLE DIEHM INSTAGRAM @AREWETHEREYETBLOGGER www.arewethereyetblogger.com As much as my family and I are all about getting off the tourist trail, we are certainly not about roughing it! Our most memorable escape was our time spent at the luxury eco-retreat Ratua Private Island. Located 30 minutes by private boat off the coast of Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santo, there is a whole lot of perfect tropical aqua between you and reality. Hundred-year-old Indonesian fishing huts have been lovingly reconstructed and restored by a French philanthropist with a love of island life. Each hut has its own distinct personality and is decorated with one-of-a-kind treasures collected from all over the world. There is plenty on offer for an active family like mine with experiences like crab-catching safaris, swimming with the resident horses, an overwater day spa and a huge range of water activities and world-class snorkelling. The food is organically grown in the rich volcanic soil and a team of chefs create tasty offerings throughout the day and the champagne and delicious cocktails meant we all came home with a bit more padding than when we arrived! We are not the type of family who finds it easy to kick back on a beach for a few days and we felt like Ratua was a good VOLUME 8 2017 balance of being active and taking some time to unwind together. It’s true that Ratua won’t fit everyone’s idea of luxe as it is about as far away from a cookie-cutter island holiday as you can get. But if you are looking for a point of difference away from the big resorts and kids’ clubs, Ratua is truly unforgettable.