WHO DANIELLE DIEHM IN­STA­GRAM @AREWETHEREYETBLOGGER 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.

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