Hotel Le Maitai Polynesia
We stayed in this hotel during our trip in 2004 and had a great time.
It's a rather new hotel which opened in 1998. They have rooms with garden or ocean view, 7 beach bungalows, 19 overwater bungalows and 10 villa suites.
The reception desk, Haere Mai Restaurant and Manuia Bar are located under one huge woven pandanus roof on one side of the street.
One the other side of the street, you will find the beach and overwater bungalows together with the Tama'a Maitai restaurant. From the moment you arrive at the hotel, you will be welcomed by a smiling Tahitian hostess, who offers you a refreshing fruit punch cocktail and gives you all the necessary information about the hotel.
More info and pics can be found in the travelogue
Accomodations in French Polynesia are expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you can try the website mentioned below.
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A place to relax !
We really enjoyed our stay there , the staff was very friendly as everywhere in french Polynesia and the Bungalows have been comfortable and very clean. Could absolutely recommand anybody to stay there for a few days !
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Hotel Le Maitai Polynesia
"Haere Mai Restaurant"
Breakfast and special dinners are served in the Haere Mai Restaurant.
On Wednesday, there is a Seafood buffet with a Polynesian dance show and fire dance.
Between 5 and 6 pm there is an "Happy Hour".
There are also demonstrations on how to make poisson cru or tie a pareo.
There was also a computer with internet connection which you could use by means of a phone card (available at the reception desk).
The beach bungalows were gathered around two small white sand beaches. On one of the beaches there were snorkeling equipment, kayaks and outrigger paddle canoes available for free.
There are 28 air-conditioned garden view rooms and 20 air-conditioned ocean view rooms on the mountainside.
The rooms with garden view are located in 2-level concrete buildings behind the reception. The rooms with ocean view are located in adjacent buildings, which are across the road from the lagoon.
Our bungalow "Miri Miri" number 17 on the left hand side was a good choice. It was the furthest in the lagoon and quite private. It was on the uttermost left side of the property. From our terrace we had an excellent view of the sun rising and had sun on the deck from morning until 3 pm. There were two small reefs close by for snorkeling.
Beach at Maitai Polynesia hotel
Le Maitai Hotel
Le Maitai in Bora Bora
Le MaiTai Polynesia Bora Bora
We will be staying at the Le Maitai in January on a package deal and I am concerned about room location. If you are familiar with the property, please send ANY information you may have. Is it worth it to upgrade to beach or O/W bungalow? Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Meg
Re: Le MaiTai Polynesia Bora Bora
Its been a few years since the wife and I went to French Polynesia. Hope this is still current.
For Bora Bora, we chose "Le Maitai Polynesia". Anyhow, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It is a very nice facility but not overly ostentatious. Meals at the beachside restaurant were pleasant and fun. We were not quite as happy when we tried the more formal restaurant near the hotel lobbv. But there are not too many other nearby choices.
We did have an over-the water bungalow. After roughing it in Moorea and on the Aranui, I decided we deserved a splurge. Happened to luck into the one bunglow farthest out into the water. Worth the splurge. Shower big enough for two!
On the other hand, our adult daughter stayed in a regular room. Advantage was that there was a great view from her room. It is up a hill but still only a couple of minutes from the beach. She would join us for cocktails and snacks on the balcony in our over-the- water bungalow.
One suggestion might be to split your lodging so that you have a couple of nights in the over-the-water bungalow. You perhaps could save a little money by staying in the regular rooms for part of your trip.
Even though you did not ask, spend an entire evening at Bloody Mary's because that is so much fun. They will provide transportation to and from your hotel. Schedule the first bus in the evening to go and the last bus to return. Bloody Mary's is not designed just to eat and run. I know some people say Bloody Mary's is a tourist trap. But, if you are in the right mood and especially if you can connect with others sitting at the bar, its a great evening. Recognize it for what it is and have a ball. And get a male member of your party to escort you into the men's room (after he checks it out to make sure it is otherwise empty) and take notice of the flush mechanism on the urinal.