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Poppy's on the Lagoon
Ranked #24 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Reviewed 18 October 2013

We stayed in a two roomed apartment with family, only a few steps from one of the two swimming pools. Dealing with the oppressive heat (42deg) and 100% humidity was a little tough for someone from the deep south of NZ and there was no air-con in our unit, only a ceiling fan to circulate the heat, so my wife requested a free standing fan to help minimize the discomfort. The temp dropped down to the mid 20's at night and sleep for us was only sparodic.
The staff at that time were all local people and simply wonderful, friendly and helpful, but at times we had concerns at how they were spoken to by the owner. We were amongst a group of 40 Kiwis, there for a wedding. The resort truly excelled with the wedding preparations and it went off without a hitch.Security roams the resort at night, to repel the stray dogs that wander through and also remove any Tree-Boas that may stray into the area. I saw the biggest spider imaginable and reacted accordingly with a vertical leap to safety.
Pleased I went and was able to form my own opinion, but would be in no hurry to return, unless we booked into a resort with guaranteed air-con.

Room Tip: Order one with air-con.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Just returned from 10 days at Poppys. On arrival they had us in two seperate apartments (my 9 & 14 yo daughters in a room and my wife and i in another ) Told them that we had booked a two bedroom aparment not 2 x 2 bed rooms (not sure whether travel agent or hotel had mucked this up) But the staff were wonderful and bent over backwards to get us moved to what we had booked. We had a room up the top which i have seen a few review say would not be the best ,but it suited us perfectly we had pool and only had to walk down the stairs for morning breakfast and the couple of times we ate tea at the resort ,(i can understand how for elderly this might be a little difficult) the upside was that we only had about 50 mtrs to walk up the steep driveway to catch the bus or walk into town.. We returned late one day from a tour to find our hot water had gone cold (gas had run out) they immediatly got us a key to a vacant room so we could have a warm shower after swimming in salt water all day was greatly appreciated. All the staff were extremly friendly and very welcoming they are always happy and smiling , a couple of the ground staff took time to have chats with both our children which they found fantastic. The atmosphere and facilities (kayaks pools etc) were fantastic and we are already starting to plan our return this time next year. The only downside which isnt the resorts fault is a couple of nights the dogs at neighbouring properties were barking for long periods.

Room Tip: If elderly or not very fit probably choose a room at the bottom of the stairs
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We stayed at Poppys for 1 week in the school holidays, family of 5, in a 3 bedroom apartment right beside the water, it was lovely and spacious, with 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, lounge and large deck. Very good maid service, she even washed our dishes each day, always felt lovely and clean. Was a very relaxing spot right on the waters edge, with the pools and restaurant only a few steps away. All staff were very friendly.
It is only a 15 minute walk to town, but beware there is a very steep and not at all maintained driveway to climb up first, once at the top its an easy flat walk into town, until you go down the 55 steps at the end, so coming home again you have to climb up the steps out of town, unless you take a bus which are very reasonable at 150vatu each, and they are everywhere.
We enjoyed taking the kayaks out on the lagoon in the mornings it was very peacefull to float along with very little effort put into the paddling.
Poppys is a small resort, and the pools are small, but my children still swam for hours each day. We did feel that they needed more lounge chairs around the pool and along the beach front. We were always lucky enough to get one but we know others did not. Also needed is a couple of umbrellas around the pool as the family one is always in the full sun.
Meals in the restaurant were nice and reasonably priced, we found restaurants in Port Vila to be very expensive. therefore we ate at Poppys 3 nights and were happy with what we had.
There is a lot of noise at night from dogs in the neighbouring villages, this wasnt a problem for us, but could be for others.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend to others, families and couples. It is not a large resort with kids clubs and activities, or big resort pools. But what is there is more than enough for an enjoyable holiday.

Room Tip: ask for beachfront rooms, or rooms on the beach side of resort, not the rooms up the hill
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Situated on the lagoon but still inside Port Vila, with lovely views, a small beach front and a nice pool area Poppy's was the perfect combination of resort and hotel. By this I mean that while we were at Poppy's we could bask in the sun and feel like we were a million miles away from civilization when in fact we were just a short walk into Port Vila's main centre with all the town had to offer. We had a 3 bedroom lagoon view bungalow and I couldn't believe how big it was. I think it was the best value accommodation I've ever had. We had a wonderful holiday in Vanuatu and would highly recommend Poppy's On The Lagoon.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We spent a week at Poppy's in one of the lagoon view rooms. It was very clean, the staff were helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our week. A couple of warnings. On several nights there were wildly barking dogs which went on for several hours, so take ear plugs just in case. This seemed to be prevalent at many of the local hotels, not just Poppys. Also, take reef shoes as you will need them if you intend to swim on any of the beaches. They are available to buy cheaply.

Room Tip: Do not be tempted to take one of the rooms at the top of the complex if you are elderly or have prob...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We were really pleased with Vanuatu as a holiday destination and Poppy's as a place to stay. It's small and intimate, in a great location and with fantastic service. Keith looked after us with tours (there are some great options) and travel, and kept guests entertained. We checked out a few of the larger hotels and feel we made a great choice. The village dogs can be heard during the night and we had problems with the hot water that weren't resolved, but these were minor issues overall and we'd have no hesitation in recommending Poppy's and hope to return.

Room Tip: 2 bedroom lagoon suites are incredible central, overlooking the family pool and great for young fami...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

great service, welcoming warm people, an chanting lagoon, the bungalow at the lagoon beach are comfortable and cozy with a.c and jacuzzi . the restaurant with a good original food ,We have a great time there with a free snorkel,canue. we stayed 10 nights (7 + 3 after 2 night trip to Tanna) . The staff are eager to attend every needs , even the laundry is taking no moor then a 6-8 hours. perfect base to every tours in the islands and only 10 minutes walk from the center of Port Vila and the market. Culture night every tuasday!

Room Tip: For couples bungalow 17 are great
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Poppy's on the Lagoon

Address: Captain Cook Blvd. Seaside, PO Box 920, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Port Vila
#12 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#19 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range: £81 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Poppy's on the Lagoon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Poppys on the Lagoon is an award winning boutique resort located on Erakor Lagoon. With private beachfront, a tropical oasis of gardens and only a 15 minute walk or 2 minute drive to Port Vila's town center, Poppys is the perfect getaway for friends, family and couples. Poppys on the Lagoon has a wide range of accommodation options, from unbeatable value lagoon view studios to freestanding luxury bungalows, 2 bedroom apartments and huge 3 bedroom villas. All accommodation options enjoy modern comforts and all have kitchen facilities, private balconies and are furnished with beautiful tropical style decor. As a family owned and operated business, Poppys will feel like your home away from home in Paradise! ... more   less 
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