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Tropicana Lagoon Apartments Resort
Ranked #31 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
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4 reviews
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“Tropicana Ticks all the Right Boxes”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 very enjoyable nights at Tropicana, nice location on the lagoon, modern and spacious rooms with everything you need. The over water restaurant was where we spent most of our time. It was a very enjoyable experience for us and included a good menu with selected blackboard specials which were well prepared in an open kitchen, pleasant service from friendly staff and ice cold draft beer. The resort is close to town and airport, very convenient. Tropicana is a happy and friendly place. We will be back.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Cairns, Australia
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28 reviews
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Just got back from a wonderful 12 days in Vanuatu, and Tropicana Lagoon was the perfect place to rest and recover after a solid day of adventuring. We stayed in the beach front studio, and the facilities were perfect for our needs - cooking facilities (we opted for the restaurant which constantly served exotic beautiful dishes at reasonable prices!), aircon, fan, and of course, wifi were also a nice luxury. Before we even checked in, staff made us feel instantly relaxed and welcome, and this continued throughout our stay -always smiling and saying hello! The village kids across the lagoon were entertaining and a great cultural experience, and we used the kayaks a fair bit to paddle around before swimming in the resort pool. Couldn't have had a better experience, so close to Port Vila.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the lagoon are great to wake up in with the water at your doorstep.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

I stayed with the family in a villa, a few meters away from the main resort. The villa is very spacious (3 bedrooms), quiet and has a plunge pool.
The resort has a swimming pool and a nice restaurant at the lagoon. Kids can do activties on the lagoon and staff is friendly and helpful. Easy communication to the town by busses, taxi or transport from the resort.
Wifi was free and breakfast included in the rate.

Room Tip: Villas are not a the lagoon but well suited for families with 2 or more children. Couples and single...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed in the three bedroom lagoon apartment. It was steps from the beach and restaurant. and had a great view of the lagoon from the master bedroom and lounge area. Kitchen was well equipped and the furnitures made you feel at home.
The staff were very helpful and nothing was too much to ask.
The beach is perfect for kids and the pool also.
The restaurant has a good choice of food if you decide to dine out. Overall i would come back again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed in a two bedroom lagoon apartment. It was two steps from the man made beach and had a great view of the lagoon from the master bedroom and lounge area. There was microwave, stove, grill so it was easy to eat at home if required. The restaurant was well priced and the food was excellent.
Everything was kept clean and tidy and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We enjoyed using the free kayaks to explore the lagoon. There is also a nice pool for the guests although we swam in the lagoon.
There were some minor repairs that needed attention but this did not detract from our enjoyment.

Room Tip: Room six was at the end so nice and private.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Rixensart, Belgium
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We loved our time in Vanuatu and this resort was a major part in that. The rooms are a very good size and on the first floor have a high ceiling and a balcony facing the lagoon. We stayed in room8 which was great. There is a kitchenette with fridge, two rings and a microwave and a BBQ on the balcony. The BBQ had no gas bottle, we requested on and it appeared very quickly at no charge. We had no remote control for the a/c unit also requested that and one appeared that did not work, a working one was with us first thing in the morning. Staff were invariably cheerful, pleasant and helpful. We stayed about five nights, ten more would have been good! It is a great spot to relax and unwind. You can walk to the street and hop onto a local minibus to get to town centre for 150 local (£1 in my money) which is grey value and again they were always courteous and helpful. We took a kayak out onto the lagoon and had two and a half hour hard paddle for exercise. First out of the resort heading right toward a small bridge in shallow water then back past the resort to the end of the lagoon where it opens up to become a large and deep piece of water. Lots of fish, starfish, crabs, sea cucumbers, etc - saw one seahorse too! Not normally a fan of eating in hotel or resort restaurants and thought the restaurant here was small so was not filled with hope of high quality food. I got that wrong! We ate there the first night purely out of convenience and had an exceptionally good meal. The fillet steak is a high quality piece of beef very well prepared. We ended up eating there three nights out of five it was so good. I would love to stay here again.

Room Tip: Think the first floor is better than the ground floor due to view and balcony privacy.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Kiama, Australia
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

The rooms are quite large, fresh flowers, king size bed (very comfortable for me), air conditioned (no extra charge as per earlier posts), ceiling fan, small kitchen (microwave, bar fridges and 2 ring stove etc). The rooms were clean and tidy and cleaning staff were friendly, more than happy to help. Our hot water heat (each room has a separate one) stop working and they had a handy man fix it within an hour. If you want wifi or internet can be set up for you quickly or just use the wifi in the restaurant.

The restaurant, set over the lagoon was very scenic, with numerous fish and star fish. A small but diverse menu and specials every day. The best food we had during our 8 day stay in Vanuatu. Price wise it was very reasonable for Vanuatu. We had friends from another resort stay for dinner and they commented how lucky we were. My son was sick for a day and at no extra cost made special requests and brought food to our room. Nothing was to much trouble if it was within the staffs power. The complimentary breakfast consisted of tropical fruit (paw paw, banana, grape fruit (very sweet), banana, custard apple etc), tea, coffee and 2 slices of toast. You can also buy additional items at reasonable cost. Note we could not find fresh milk in Port Vile, (UHT readily available).

Reception can organise a bus into town for 150 vatu pp (so very cheap) 10 minutes or Hide Away Island 400 vatu about 20 minutes.

Do not forget to go for a paddle on the free canoes.

Great place to relax or a base to explore from.

Thanks for great stay.

Room Tip: If you have kids ask for a room over looking the pool. If not over looking the lagoon eg room 7.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Tropicana Lagoon Apartments Resort

Property: Tropicana Lagoon Apartments Resort
Address: Teouma Rd. | PO Box 7021, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Port Vila
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tropicana Lagoon Apartments Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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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