This property is great for people looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday out of the main area of Port Vila. It has a lovely location on the second lagoon and the rooms are relatively clean and roomy and the restaurant is right on the lagoon and it is beautiful to be sitting and watching the underwater life whilst you eat your meals. The pool is small but as this is not a resort do not expect a resort style experience. The kitchen in your room is suitable for cooking your own meals and there are barbeques as well for entertaining outside your beachside room or on your balcony although mine didn't have a gas bottle attached I'm sure this could have been arranged as the staff are most helpful. Flora is the operations manager and is full of information and advice to help you enjoy daily experiences around the island. I was travelling alone and found it reassuring when they provided me with regular, reliable bus drivers (small vans) to travel to destinations safely and eventually I was able to just get into ones on the main street in Vila or outside the property to travel to or from town myself as the locals are friendly and helpful too, You are on an island so remember this when travelling yet the food is great in many resorts and restaurants around the island so it is worthwhile going out for lunch and dinner. You can source gluten free bread from a small french bakery off the main road but a driver will have to help you find this or your host as it is not "La Patissierrie". The beds in Tropicana are a little hard but it is a solid mattress and extra pillows or blankets can be provided and I was surprised to have air con as well as fans yet did not need it as it was a little cool at night and only mild weather and a bit overcast and rainy at times when I was there so the humidity was only setting in mid September and the good weather. The weather is tropical though so it was warmer than Melbourne so I was happy with this. You can kayak up and down the lagoon to explore and see other places and people on the lagoon and expect to hear and see the local islanders everyday as they live opposite you at this location and swim, fish and cook and clean here as well and this appears to be while many visitiors do not swim in this lagoon and rubbish can also be seen floating up and down it and underneath you in the kayak which is a great shame really as it is beautiful in parts and better than a chlorinated pool. The beach is small and manmade out of local coral sand. To go walking you need to have good shoes on as you will have to leave Tropicana to go to the main road which is full of pot-holes and uneven tracks and it is best to get to another location to experience good walks such as Eton beach and other parts of the island where you will need to drive to by car or bus. Regardless Efate is a beautiful island and Tropicana is great for the independant traveller or mature family groups or friends as it is not really suited for children as it has limited facilities for them. Enjoy the view of the palm trees,hibiscus and lagoon, the sounds of the island and the tranquility of this location. There is no phone in your room but wi-fi is free and the TV is adequate for some. Walking to reception to get information or anything you requested was part of the exercise and expect to pay for bottled water. The shower pressure was good at the time I was there but not many people then as out of Australian school holidays and this was the best part of it as I wanted a peaceful, stress free holiday and this is what I got thanks to Tropicana!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TROPICANA LAGOON Beach ApartmentsTROPICANA LAGOON Apartments comprise 12 self contained studio apartments and 6 two bedroom apartments and 4 Villas. each Villa has their own plunge pool. All apartments are luxury and stylish built with this typically Vanuatu flair.LocationSituated on Second Lagoon, overlooking magical emerald waters and lush tropical vegetation on the opposite shore. TROPICANA LAGOON Beach Apartments is a peaceful and friendly tropical escape in the most romantic location of Efate, yet only 5 minutes away from down town Port Vila.The property is nicely landscaped with lots of tropical palms, plants and flowers. With your own private beach on your doorstep TROPICANA LAGOON Beach Apartments creates a wonderful ambience for your perfect holiday. Enjoy the tropical atmosphere while you swim in the pool, read a book in a hammock or enjoy a cocktail at our over-water-Fare while watching a romantic sunset. Room FacilitiesAll apartments have splendid views over the tranquil emerald waters of the lagoon. They are modern, spacious, self-contained, fan-cooled and/or air condition. Each apartment is beautifully finished with tropical style interiors, warm timber flooring, deluxe bathrooms, well equipped kitchen and all modern amenities such as flat-screen satellite TV , DVD player, high speed secure internet, private BBQ (subject to availability) and in-room-safe. The studio apartments ideally cater for two persons. On request we can provide an additional single bed. All apartments have private balconies or verandas with awesome views. Ground floor apartments have their own direct beach access. Resort-& Service Facilities: Rooms are serviced daily for our - Swimming pool- 24 hours service and security- Laundry service, free tropical breakfast - airport transfer on request.- You can book tours at our tour desk/ reception. We also organize car hire for you.- Drinks and snacks available throughout the day at the Beach Bar.- Free use of kayaks, and snorkel equipment.- Free DVD library- On site parking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropicana Lagoon Apartments Resort Vanuatu/Port Vila