Poppy’s on the Lagoon in Vanuatu

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Poppy’s on the Lagoon – Tranquil, stylish, and water’s-edge, with a rare beach.

Poppy’s on the Lagoon – The Basics

Poppy’s on the Lagoon – Amenities

  • Guests: Caters very well for families, and for adults without children.
  • Beach: Remarkably, there is a beach, which is small but clean and shady. It faces a lagoon, which is nothing like those in Fiji or Tahiti. In fact, the water resembles a river, with mangrove banks 200m away.
  • Views: Only those up the hill could offer possible water views, which may still be partially blocked by trees, while most alongside the lagoon don’t directly face the water.
  • Wi-Fi: Free around the restaurant/pool areas, but a considerable cost for use in the rooms.
  • Parking: Probably enough spaces at the street-side lobby area.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (678) 23425
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: poppys.com.vu
    • Pool: 2 pools: 1 for adults and 1 for families, each admirably distant from the other.
    • Spa: The modest but impressive spa offers the usual massages and other treatments.
    • Fitness Center: None.

    Poppy’s on the Lagoon – Food and Drink

  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None have private pools, but some bungalows have jacuzzis.
  • Activities: Free hire of kayaks and snorkeling gear. Also activities for families, including art classes and canoe trips.
    • Restaurant & Bar: The Leaf Restaurant is renowned across the island for western favorites like banana pancakes, and is a great place to try traditional food. The menu is a little limited, but the themed buffet nights are certainly worthwhile.

    Poppy’s on the Lagoon – Rooms

  • Breakfast: Rates include a continental buffet breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurants hours – 8 am and 8 pm.
    • Room Types: Lagoon View Studio • Beachfront Spa Bungalow • Garden View Bungalow • 2 Bedroom Lagoon Suite • 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villa • 3 Bedroom Lagoon View Apartment

    Poppy’s on the Lagoon – What’s Nearby?

    Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in or anywhere near the rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: Families would probably veer towards accommodations with 2 or 3 bedrooms. Otherwise, the best would be the adults-only and well-named Beachfront Spa Bungalows. With a kitchenette, air-conditioning, jacuzzi, and balcony offering stunning views of the sea, almost within touching distance.
  • For families: Much of the accommodation has 2 or 3 bedrooms, and all are equipped with kitchenettes.
    • Retreat Seaside Resort – Low-key expat hangout, with pub meals, daily specials, and happy hours. About 300m down Captain Cook Avenue.

    Local Transport

  • Navara Restaurant – Wide range of meals, including steaks, lobster, and pasta. Try the Vanuatu Tapas. In the Coconut Palms Resort, about 500m northwest up Rue Cornwell street.
  • Mangoes Restaurant – Enchanting colonial-style layout. Popular for organic ingredients and the changing menu. Hard to ignore the seafood platter or prawn curry. At Mangoes Resort, 750m up Captain Cook Avenue.
  • Ristorante Casa Mia – Classy Italian bistro with barbecues and buffets featuring entertainment. At The Melanesian, down Captain Cook Avenue and west along Rue de Picardi street – about 1 km.
  • Market or Grocery: Minimarts are dotted along the main road, Rue Dartois, about 500m to the west towards Port Vila.

    Poppy’s on the Lagoon – What’s Nearby?

    Unlike other resorts in the immediate area, Poppy’s is located alongside the water.

    The Leaf Restaurant offers a range of meals, often using locally-grown organic vegetables.

    The small jetty into the water is also used for lounging about.

    Very rare along this side of the peninsula, the resort features a small but serviceable beach.

    The resort faces Erakor Lagoon, which is nothing like those found in Fiji and Tahiti. Narrow, with mangrove banks about 200m away, the water resembles a river.

    Poppy’s is a beach resort, yet along a suburban street in the capital.

    Villas and bungalows are dotted around the lawns and tropical gardens.

    Dominating the resort is a gigantic banyan tree, with a treehouse the size of an apartment.

    The adults-only pool is some distance from the main pool.

    The main pool alongside the water’s edge is popular with families.

    Among the accommodation options are three-bedroom apartments.

    Some of the villas and apartments are clustered together, perhaps too tightly.

    The lounge rooms are simple but spacious, with some furniture with a tropical flavor.

    The second bedrooms are also nice, with some traditional art on the walls.

    Some of the larger villas contain a dining table.

    The main bedrooms in the standard villas are simple but comfortable.

    Almost all accommodation features a kitchen or kitchenette.

    Some of the villas facing the pool and water don’t actually have sea views.

    The Navara Restaurant in the Coconut Palms Resort is about 500m from Poppy’s.

    Worth the 750m stroll up Captain Cook Avenue, Mangoes Restaurant offers a delightful setting and excellent food.

    The Melanesian Resort, about 1km away, offers a couple of decent restaurants and bars.

    The Retreat Seaside Resort, about 350m down the road, has a pub-style setting and tasty western food.

    Only 20 minutes on foot, Port Vila is pleasantly positioned alongside the harbor.

    The capital offers several souvenir stalls along the main street.

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