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“Wonderful family stay in large apartment” 4 of 5 stars
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Poppy's on the Lagoon
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Captain Cook Blvd. Seaside, PO Box 920, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #22 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Wonderful family stay in large apartment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 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.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Giv'atayim, Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bowral, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The resort itself was lovely and peaceful, very small in the bottom section near the lagoon. Beautiful gardens, friendly staff. The food was very poor, not well prepared and small selection. Good location short walk to town for better food or buses easy to catch at the front gate. Getting to the front gate is a very steep uneven driveway or many many steps, but hey you got an appetite for when you reached the good food. Overall it is a small quaint place and for Vanuatu it was pretty good.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Poppys. Lovely place and wonderful staff/facilities. The complex is a nice small family run resort, quiet and discrete. There is a nice mix of units to suit both the family size, view and budget. You can walk into Port Villa in around 15-20 minutes. Nothing is too much bother for the staff who go out of they way to assist you. We stayed in one of the garden view units (#19) looking out at 'guess what' as well as a lovely and very private (no kids) pool. Beautiful unit with nice compact outdoor area with table and chairs which we used to the max!! Unit very clean and tidy, insect-free and serviced daily. Some of the local dogs do like to serenade you at night and we closed the ventilation shutters to minimise this. Very nice continental breakfast. Took advantage of the free kayaks which are very stable and spent a few hours (especially early morning) on the lagoon. There is quite a steep driveway leading from the complex to the road above, however if this is a problem you can requests the buses/taxis to take up up (or down). We ate at different local restuarants (including Poppys) and found these to be fairly reasonable (although slightly higher-priced that N.Z.). Locals are simply marvellous and friendly, with the children especially photogenic (they love doing 'high-5's' and invariably say 'Hi'. Considering the poverty there, it is a wonderful compliment to the locals that they are so friendly and outgoing. Use the local bus (minivans) with number plates beginning with the letter (B) to get around. They will take you anywhere in and around Port Villa for 150V per passenger. They are everywhere, there are no actual stops as we know them, so you only need to hail them, and tell them where you want to go. Quite often they will slow down and ask if you want a ride - you either do or you dont!! The locals don't beg or pressure you to buy (like Bali) and accept "No" with grace. Overall a great experience at a lovely establishment.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Poppy's on the Lagoon

Address: Captain Cook Blvd. Seaside, PO Box 920, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: 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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Port Vila
#10 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#20 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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