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Poppy's on the Lagoon
Ranked #23 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A great holiday”
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.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Giv'atayim, Tel Aviv, Israel
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25 reviews
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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
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Bowral, Australia
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51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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
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New Zealand
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239 reviews
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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.

Room Tip: All of the accommodation seems ok. For couples wishing a 'kids-free' environment try the ...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Benalla, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed at Poppy's for 7 days during August. We found it to be quite lovely. We had a room downstairs around the pool which was perfectly placed for access to Reception and the lagoon. We had complimentary breakfasts of fruit, lime juice tea or coffee and croissant or toast with jam. The driveway is a little steep and my friend wasn't able to walk up it because of a bung knee but we just asked reception to order us a taxi to come down to the bottom. In the end a bus came so the cost was the same as if we had walked to the top. The staff are lovely and Keith is hilarious, his laugh is quite infectious. We had a massage which was more of a tickle than a massage but was quite relaxing, and I had my hair braided by Marie who did a wonderful job. The dogs from the village are quite loud and bark all night which is annoying but in the end, you are staying on an island which is covered by small villages so there's really no getting away from it. I simply put in earplugs to drown the noise out. The food at Poppy's is simple but nice, especially the kumala soup. Keith organised all of our tours and they were well priced. The manager wasn't particularly friendly towards us but it didn't matter because the locals were. I would stay at Poppy's again if I was going back to Vanuatu - which I hope to one day!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was our second stay at Poppys, the first visit was 3 years ago. We enjoyed our first visit with in January 2010 very much and were very happy to return for again. The location is great as it is so convenient to walk to town and the staff are very friendly. A special thanks to Albert and Rachel for their extremely efficient and helpful manner of dealing with guests. I would be happy to return again for a third visit to Vanuatu.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

we stayed 6 nights at Poppy's and would happily return next time. the location was very good, close to town; 10 minutes walk andthe staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. The private beach was good as you could go kayaking in the lagoon or swimming in one of the three swimming pools. the food was very good, fresh and reasonably priced.
.Albert, one of the staff went to great lengths to ensure Michael found a great fishing trip. The staff went out of their way to be accommodating and helpful. We stayed in Lagoon view studio and found it to have everything we needed for our stay including a small kitchenette. The rooms were kept clean and the balcony overlooking the lagoon was excellent. We did not find the room very noisy. The gardens and surrounding eating area were quite beautiful. The little extra details such as fresh flowers around the room and in the dining area added a tropical touch. The vanauatuans were friendly and always smiled and said hello as we strolled the streets surrounding the resort. This resort is also close to L'Houselat Restaurant (excellent) and Mangoes (I think/hope we went on a bad day).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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:
#9 Spa Hotel in Port Vila
#13 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
#19 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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