Vanuatu Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort

Updated: July 26, 2018

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

Claiming prime position between a suburban street and Erakor Lagoon, the tropical setting of this boutique resort is instantly appealing. Offering a vast array of accommodation, it seems unofficially split into 2 sections. Most families stay in the bungalows and apartments clustered tightly together around the main pool, which is surprisingly undersized. They are all spacious inside, with a kitchenette and substantial veranda/balcony – but not all have air-conditioning. Spread further up the hill, the villas and suites offer better views (which could be blocked by trees) and proximity to the adult’s-only pool. Almost unique in the region is the sizeable beach.

Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort – The Basics

  • Location: On the other (eastern) side of the peninsula from Port Vila, in the suburb of Seaside, on the main island of Efate. About 100m down a laneway off Captain Cook Avenue. A 20-minute walk from downtown Port Vila and a 20-minute drive from the airport.
  • 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 Internet: 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.
  • Phone: (678) 23425
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How to Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort – Amenities

  • 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.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None have private pools, but some bungalows have a spa bath.
  • Activities: Free hire of kayaks and snorkelling gear. Also activities for families, including art classes and canoe trips.

Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Leaf Restaurant is renowned across the island for western favourites, like banana pancakes, and a great place to try traditional food. The menu is a little limited, but the themed buffet nights are certainly worthwhile.
  • Breakfast: Rates include a continental buffet breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurants hours, i.e. 8am and 8pm.

Poppy’s on the Lagoon Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Lagoon View Studios • Beachfront Spa Bungalows • Garden View Bungalows • 2 Bedroom Lagoon Suites • 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villas • 3 Bedroom Lagoon View Apartments
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in or anywhere near the rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: Families would probably veer towards accommodation with 2 or 3 bedrooms. Otherwise, the best would be the adults-only and well-named Beachfront Spa Bungalows. With a kitchenette, air-conditioning, spa bath and balcony providing 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 a kitchenette.

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

Restaurants & Bars

  • Retreat Seaside Resort – low-key expat hangout, with pub meals, daily specials and happy hours. About 350m down Captain Cook Avenue.
  • Navara Restaurant – wide range of meals, including steak, 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 barbeques and buffets featuring entertainment. Down Captain Cook Avenue and west along Rue de Picardi street – a total of about 1km.
  • Market or Grocery: Minimarts are dotted along the main road, Rue Dartois, about 500m to the west towards Port Vila.

Local Transport

    Plenty of public minibuses career along Captain Cook Avenue towards Port Vila. Hail one down at top of the laneway to Poppy’s.

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

The resort has a waterside location.

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

Leaf Restaurant used lot of organic vegetables in its meals.

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

The small jetty is a good relaxation point as well.

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

The resort has a rare and small beach.

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

The resort face Erakor Lagoon which looks like a river.

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.

This beach resort is located in the capital's suburbs.

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

Villas and bungalows are spread across tropical gardens.

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

The resort features a giant banyan tree with a large treehouse.

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

The adults-only pool is away from the noisy main pool.

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

The main pool is very popular with families.

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

The resort also offers 3-bedroom apartments.

Among the accommodation options are three-bedroom apartments.

Apartments and villas are grouped tightly together.

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

Simple and spacious lounge rooms have a tropical decor.

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

Second bedrooms feature traditional art on the walls.

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

Larger villas even have a dining area.

Some of the larger villas contain a dining table.

The Standard Villa bedrooms are simple and comfortable.

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

All accomodations feature kitchenettes.

Almost all accommodation features a kitchen or kitchenette.

Some villas have pool views and not sea views.

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

Navara Restaurant in the Coconut Palms Resort is within walking distance.

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

Mangoes Restaurant nearby serves excellent food in a delightful setting.

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

The Melanesian Resort nearby has good restaurants and bars.

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

Retreat Seaside Resort nearby serves good western food.

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

Port Vila is located right by the harbour.

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

The capital's main street has many souvenir stalls.

The capital offers several souvenir stalls along the main street.

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