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Poppys On The Lagoon

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We went for a long weekend for anniversary. The hotel was tucked away in a reasonably quiet area within walking distance from town. The rooms were clean and tidy and the staff welcoming. There were a lot of steps upt o our room on the higher part of the resort. So if you book and not that fit then ask for the rooms on the lower level. The wifi was free in the communal areas but very weak. Breakfast simple and adequate. We did have an evening there that was pretty good.

We stayed here recently and although the staff were very good, they were let down by other issues. The hot water in our unit was very poor. Generally it ran out after about 90s of showering. We did learn to turn the shower off for half a minute or so then go again to get another 90s. We alerted the staff but things did not improve. The food was acceptable but nothing startling. Location is OK with a 20 minute walk over the hill to the city. We got a taxi home each night for only 500 vt. The site is very steep so if you are up the top, be prepared for some step stairs.

What a delightful little resort. The rooms are well presented and immaculately cleaned every day. Thank you to all the staff at Poppys for your pleasant guest interactions and making my travelling companions and myself feel welcome at all times. New record walking to town set by our 64yo at 14 minutes, 35 seconds, (however he needed a bus home). Thanks also for arranging reliable and economical transport to and from the Port Vila Country Club for our golf. Sorry we were too busy, (preoccupied) to attend orientation.

We stayed in a 2 bedroom self contained unit in July 2017 with our 2 sons aged 5 & 6. Room: Our room and bedding was very clean and had all the essentials we needed for cooking and comfort. A little noisy (dogs barking, music) but we were there over independence day so a lot of celebration took place. Rooms were serviced daily. Resort: Located very conveniently to town and we walked most days to the main market. The resort itself was very clean, beautiful gardens. Main pool wasn't huge but well maintained and access to the lagoon was great. Not much for small kids to do so take a few pool toys and things if you can. There are some canoes which were fun. Laundry service was awesome. Clean folded clothes to unpack at home was amazing. There is a bit of a steep driveway but all the busses came down to collect us and drop us back. There are DVDs and games for borrow in reception for quiet afternoons. The free guest WIFI was pretty slow and only available near main reception but you can pay to get it in your room. We didn't bother, was nice not to be interrupted by the internets... Food: Breakfast each day was fresh and delicious, a variety of fruits as well as baked items (fresh bread, pancakes, croissants (amazing), banana bread, muffins - alternating). No real cereals to speak of but that didn't worry our kids. Menu for restaurant was basic but specials each day were offered, all the meals we had very very nice. One of our children has allergies and this was no problem. Cocktails were YUMMO recommend the coconut Mohito. Staff: Allan is the wheeler and dealer of the place making arrangements for everyone to get a bus and get around. We enjoyed this experience immensely. They arranged for us to have a couple of fantastic drivers who took us here and there all day and answered all our questions. One driver stopped and made the kids some toys from palm leaves. I'm not sure if it was any cheaper then booking tours but it certainly was easier with the kids. Sally and bar staff were all very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. No problems with our account on check out either. Overall was a great first experience of Vanuatu. Port Vila itself is pretty dirty and a lot of construction happening but once you get out of there it is incredible and Poppies is a great place to base yourself if you intend to get out and see it all. We will stay here again and would recommend it to families looking for a middle of the range resort with all the amenities.

My family and I had a great time staying at Poppy’s. It is a 15 minute walk from Port Vila, walking back up the stairs up the next to the Australian Embassy can be hard going on a hot day. The staff at Poppy’s are fantastic and friendly. There is a local shop less than 2 minutes walk away and a fresh fruit and veg market in town. We had cooking facilities in our room so we didn’t have to dine out every night. Excellent value for family travel, great place to relax and unwind while still experiencing the local culture.

Had a fantastic holiday stopping at Poppy's. The staff were friendly nothing was to much trouble for them. The food was great perhaps a little bit more variety during the day. We attended the traditional night which was fun. They will arrange everything you need in regards to touring. So would recommend it to a family.

Loved Poppy's on the Lagoon. A relaxed resort with great amenities and very friendly staff. We stayed in the beach front villa, which was fabulous being so close to beach, pool & bar. The kids loved the free access to the kayaks and the paddle boats and the adults loved the happy hour cocktails!

Poppy's offers many positives. The rooms are clean, functional and comfortable, with #7, a spacious two bedroom apartment including a kitchenette, living area, large balcony and BBQ next to the infinity-edge pool very comfortable and perfect for a family with teenagers. The panorama view of the lagoon is impressive. Late check-out was available for 3,000Vt. The resort gardens are well maintained and there are a few lounges on the waterfront offering a relaxing spot to read and relax. Breakfast is modest, but does not compare poorly with other smaller resorts on the island. Poppy's is located within comfortable walking distance from Port Vila centre restaurants, activities, car hire and supermarkets. The staff is helpful, but not quite as passionate as we've experienced elsewhere on the island. The cafe food was average, and we waited over an hour for dinner despite being the only guests. On the downside, the lagoon is great for paddle boards and kayaking, but is not suited for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is small and more gravel than sand.

We booked this holiday at short notice (through a travel agent) and opted to pay the extra for a beachfront spa villa in the adults only area of the resort. Overall we were pleased with the accommodation and facilities in this resort. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen area meant that we had everything we needed to prepare our own dinner/lunches when we wanted to. There was air con in the room although we did not need to use it in June/July when we visited. The water pressure was not great although adequate for a shower and we accepted this as part of island life. Our only disappointment was the spa bath (a bath with jets) which took a very long time to fill and then we found did not work (this was not repaired whilst we were there despite reporting it as broken). Wi-fi was available free in the main common areas and although not as fast as you might find in NZ it was adequate for what we needed whilst on holiday. For us not having wi-fi in our room was a bonus, giving us a break from the demands that technology can impose. Likewise the limited TV channels available meant we relaxed and read books instead of watching mindless rubbish (although we would recommend you watch the news in Bislama for interest and cultural experience!). We enjoyed the location out of the main town (which we would have found too busy for us). You do need to be prepared to walk up a steep driveway however we found this a small price to pay for being right on the lagoon. Town is an interesting 15 minute walk through a residential area which gives a feel for the 'real' Vanuatu, alternatively a bus is only about NZ$3 for two people into town and the bus drivers are interesting to talk to on the way. We found the staff at Poppy's to be friendly, helpful and smiling at all times and they generally went out of their way to ensure we were well looked after and were helpful in booking any trips that we wanted to do. The massage we both had was extremely good and great value for money. We also recommend trying the cocktails at Happy hour! Whilst the resort itself was very quiet in the evenings there was some noise from the surrounding locations on the lagoon as noise travels easily in this location. This is obviously outside of the control of the resort staff however we note it for other visitors to be aware of if staying in the beachfront villas.

Our family of 5 shared a 3 bedroom villa which was very spacious and well appointed. Full kitchen and a BBQ allowed us to self cater when we wanted. Clean and well presented. Great view out over the lagoon. I had expected lots of mozzies but did not notice any. Grandparents stayed in one of the rooms near reception and found the steps and driveway steep. This was OK as we asked the local busses to come down to pick them up when we flagged them down at the top of the driveway (bus service is fantastic, pay your 150 Vatu pp and tell them where you want to go) We all enjoyed our stay and would recommend the venue. Close to town, 15 minute walk to main markets up and down the hill. Wifi is very slow and restricted to the area around reception. If you need more bandwidth you will need to buy data online or get a sim card with data. Breakfast was OK, a bit more variety in the fruit would have made a difference. The croissants were good, bread and cake quality varied. Island night was not worth the 3900 Vatu per person, especially when the 2 vegans were not properly catered for, its not hard to BBQ a few extra things such as eggplant with a bit of sauce. The kayaks and paddle boards were appreciated and the lagoon was more entertaining than I expected with bits of coral and sealife easily seen while snorkelling.

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Hotel highlights

  • Close to Port Vila Market
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in public areas
  • Free parking

Poppys On The Lagoon is a short stroll from National Museum and Parliament House. This 31-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 3 outdoor pools, free breakfast, and a private beach. On the waterfront, the hotel is also close to Port Vila Market and University of the South Pacific.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café, and chat with other guests at the free manager's reception on select days.


The 31 individually furnished rooms feature kitchenettes and furnished balconies. Guests can expect to find WiFi and 54-cm flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests staying at Poppys On The Lagoon enjoy access to 3 outdoor pools, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for VUV 3200 per person roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a conference center, a business center, and a kids' club.

Room options

Bungalow, Garden View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Bungalow, Jetted Tub, Beachside

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Pool View

Queen 2 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, Lagoon View

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 397 reviews