We spent a week here with a group of 13 adult friends and our 2.5 year old daughter. We booked 6 months in advance and got a great deal for 3 apartments, which were all next to each other. We also booked and paid for the transfers to and from the airport which made life really easy.
Wesley met us at the airport and whisked us to the accommodation. Even though we arrived at midnight, everything was in order.
The apartments are very spacious, with two floors. Bottom floor has large outdoor deck with table and chairs, indoor TV/DVD area with lounges, dining table, and very good kitchen. Stove is gas which is excellent, with microwave and oven. Large fridge/freezer is great. Plenty of kitchen utensils etc so you can easily cook for yourself the whole time you are away if you want. 5 minute walk to local corner store to get food and groceries.
Upstairs is master bedroom with aircon and TV/DVD, very good bathroom with great shower, washing and drying machine. Washing machine is top loader so could be a good idea to bring top loader powder from home for that. Other bedroom also has aircon, and all rooms have ample storage (pull out drawers).
Upstairs also has small balcony with chairs off the master bedroom.
Downstairs does not have aircon, but has a good ceiling fan.
We didn't get to look inside the villas down on the water but they look very very nice.
The grounds at Lagoon Beach are fantastic - pristine gardens, flowers, palms etc. About 4 or 5 hammocks around the gardens to lounge in. Lounge beds down by the water (on the lagoon, more a largish river).
There is a massive kids playground right in the middle of the gardens, which is simply amazing, complete with flying fox! Our 2 year old spent most of her time here, interacting with other kids.
The pool is fairly small, but suitable for kids. Not really that good for adults, but you just go to another resort to lounge about and eat and drink.
The pool bar does great coffee, and the food is good too. They will put on a BBQ one night for you if you ask, each person charged 1500 Vatu ($18 AUD) which is great value. All food purchased here can be charged back to your room.
Full size beach volleyball court, also table tennis and kayaks, all free for use.
Felix (local employee) is amazing with his recommendations of what to do (and he will ring local operators for you free of charge and tee it all up). He always pops in to see how you are, and what you have been up to. If you want, he will take you out and show you the island on his day off for a very very reasonable fee. We did it and it was just an amazing day - he really made the trip memorable!
No internet in rooms, but there is internet available at the front desk or wifi in the bar area (300 Vatu ($4 AUD) per hour per room).
TV channels are Star World (Asia variety channel) and channel 7/9 (Australia).
There are no gym facilities at Lagoon Beach, but there is a good running and exercise track across the road near the stadium.
Buses are very easy to get out on the front road (never wait more than a minute or so, even at night).
Babysitting is ridiculously cheap (300 Vatu per hour, or $4 AUD). We used it once and our daughter spent the evening with Lily, an amazing local lady. I felt that $4 an hour was not fair for Lily so paid her substantially more, but even that was till very cheap compared to what you would pay in Australia.
The location is very quiet and peaceful. You do get the odd aircraft taking off (most of Vila gets aircraft noise due to proximity to the airport) but the jets only depart during the day (mainly afternoon) so it is not a problem.
The staff are wonderful. Naomi is the manager and she is an expat Aussie so really makes you feel at home. Very helpful with recommendations, and never put out by our constant questions!
We didn't use the Coconut Kindy but saw the Ni-van kids there a lot and it looked really great for youngsters.
Lagoon Beach would be highly suitable for couples, as it really is very quiet, and you barely see the other guests (unless your kids meet in the playground!). The villas are quite separate to the apartments so are more private.
We had a fantastic time at Lagoon Beach and will definitely be back - it was just superb!
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