We were able to get a fantastic package deal which included The Hotel, air, Transfers, breakfast, ferry ride from Papeete to Moorea and spa credit. It was available for only a six day stay no longer, no shorter so off we went.
First off we were greeted at the hotel by the staff as soon as we got out of the shuttle. Someone was being attended to at the front counter so they had us sit down in the lobby so we werent standing around. They brought us cold, wet, clean towels to freshen up and brought us some lemon water. We were also greeted with a flower and a necklace. It was a very warm friendly way to say welcome. When we sat down they actually brought the paper work to us to fill out for our check in. Before you knew it, someone had already taken our bags to our room. We were then walked to our room and shown around the hotel so that we would know where everything was at. The individual attention we received was great.
We didnt get the fancy overwater bungalos because it would have been too expensive and we thought, "how much time will we be in the room anyways?" There are also garden bungalos with a private pool which were nice too. We got the regular hotel type room toward the back of the hotel with a garden view. It wasnt as exciting as the over water bungalos but it was very nice. We also discovered that all the rooms were practically the same on the inside so I guess it really didnt matter too much.
Our room was a pretty good size. We could have fit 3 or 4 people in comfortably. It was also decorated with flowers. The bathroom was nice. It had a unique style to it. Our room was very warm and cozy and I would definitley go back.
The hotel in general was very nice. The hotel restaurant and bar area were wide open into the pool but if it got chilly like it did one of the days we were there, you can close the huge glass walls.
The food at the hotel was very good but expensive. The presentation was beautiful. The housekeeping staff were very friendly and fast. We would leave our room to go to breakfast and when we came back our room was done. It was like they were watching when we left so that they can do they room really quick. There were other days that we slept in and never got disturbed.
What I also liked about the hotel was that it wasnt so big that everyone was strangers to you. Most people spend a lot of time at the hotel and you quickly got to know staff and the other guests and they got to know you.
Our rooms were gorgeous (we had both a deluxe garden bungalow and a premium overwater bungalow)! Both had very nice decor and amenities. Be warned though, the garden bungalows do not have bathtubs ~ makes shaving very difficult for a woman. Each bungalow has an A/C unit, but there are also louvered windows that you can open to let a nice breeze through. The garden bungalow had its own private backyard with a strategically designed fence to eliminate people from being able to see into your yard/pool from anywhere else. I would have been happy to only stay in this bungalow the whole time, but we tried out the overwater bungalow. This too was very nice. It was about the same size as the garden bungalow, but it did include a very nice bathtub in the bathroom, and of course, we had our own deck out on the ocean. I will say that the privace on these decks far surpasses what I saw as I passed the Intercontinental Resort. They use canvas on either side of the deck to sheild you from view of your neighbors. There is also a shower on your side deck to rinse off after a dip in the ocean. The coral below your bungalow takes a sharp dive just under your deck, so it is perfect for snorkeling. The bungalow has a glass bottomed coffee table inside, so you can watch the fishes. Television has several channels, but nearly all are in french. The overwater bungalow did also include a dvd player. Both rooms were decorated very nicely with flowers and hearts for our arrival (since it was our honeymoon).
Service was fantastic ~ nearly every staff member was exceptionally helpful and friendly. There are two beach areas, but both have fairly obstructed views of the open ocean. The pool is gorgeous, but there could be more poolside chairs ~ get there early to ensure you snag one.
Food here was good, but like everywhere else, it was pricey. I would recommend only eating here one night during one of the free shows, and take the rest of your time to visit the restaurants in the area.
The privacy of the deluxe garden bungalow is wonderful! Do mind the mosquitos once dusk sets. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. The resort has plenty of room and never seems crowded. Breakfast was included in our package and consisted of a breakfast bar with pastries, lots of fresh tropical fruits, several juices, coconut milk, yogurts, eggs cooked to order, toast, sausage, bacon and crepes. Very yummy.
The staff are all multi-lingual, so no worries about not being understood. On our last day, as we were awaiting our cab to the ferry dock, we made some final purchases at the gift shop. Again, most everything was more expensive than at roadside shops, but the shop attendant rang up my order, had me pay, and then gave me a second box of the coconut tea that I had just purchased for free. Very nice! :)
The resort has kayaks and snorkeling equipment available for free, and the area of ocean under the overwater bungalows houses a coral nursery where they try to rehabilitate coral that has been damaged. There is a large educational poster centrally located on the boardwalk to educate guests about the nursery program.
The Manea Spa located at the resort was wonderful! We spent nearly $600 on our treatments, but they were fantastic! For a once in a lifetime experience, it was worth it. Very, very nice facilities, refreshments during treatments, relaxing music ~ it was all great!!!
I don't think we could have gotten any better experience for the price that we paid. Overall, this was a great resort!
From the moment you arrive you are treated like royalty. The staff immediately greets you with a welcome drink and fresh flower lei. They drive you to your room and bring your luggage on a golf cart. The pool and surrounding lagoon is great. I highly recommend a few nights here.
The area around the resort was great for snorkeling. All gear is provided. The pool is also clean and well maintained. The grounds are well kept and have Tikis decorating them.
This was our first time to French Polynesia and we were there for our honeymoon. We arrived to our hotel around 9pm local time. When we were checking in we were presented with 2 glasses of fresh pineapple juice which was absolutely refreshing.
We stayed in a beach bungalow. We went to our room to find flower petals in the shape of a heart awaiting us along with shrimp cocktails.
The room was clean and the air conditioner was working well to keep us cool. The shower was spacious and the bathroom was clean and had all the standard amenities (soap, shampoo, lotion).
The view was ok, but the over-the-water bungalows blocked most of the view. We did have a beach that was right outside our porch and that was convenient.
The beach and over-the-water bungalows had thatch roofs (not sure if I'm using the correct term) but we did have a leak in our roof during a heavy rain storm. We called maintenance and they did come and work on the roof, but when there was another rain storm the next day, it leaked in the same spot.
They had a nice pool there, though we never used it since the beach was right there so I can't really comment on the pool itself. There was towel stand where you could pick up a beach towel as well as snorkeling equipment that was free.
There was an activities desk which would help you plan/reserve activities througout the island and at the hotel which was convenient.
There was a restaurant and a bar there which we didn't eat in so I can't comment on the food and service.
The location of the hotel was very convenient to do some shopping. About a 10 minute walk down the road, there was a little shopping center where you can buy gifts and snacks. There was about 3 or 4 pearl shops there where you can shop around and compare prices. All the pearl retailers were very friendly and were willing to teach you the basics about pearls.
The staff was very friendly when you arrive and departed. All the bags were transported to and from your room.
Chez Nelson is on the on Western Coast of Moorea. It is about a 25 minute drive from the Ferry Terminal.
The accomodation is very affordable and situated on a fantastic coral reef. The site is located on the beach. The bungalow's offer the best views. All options have a shared bathroom facilities and is suitable to the budget traveller.
The rooms do NOT have airconditioning. Therefore it can be a little hot a night. It is ESSENTIAL that you bring insect spray. The mosquitos at night are shocking!! Come prepared.
The restuarant next door to Chez Nelson has FANTASTIC cuisine. Very french and very fresh. The Tuna dish was a standout.
We had reserved a Garden Bungalow with a private Pool to try to save money...and ended up upgrading when we arrived. We stayed in a Premium Over the Water Bungalow...and it was worth every single penny....
We were able to soak in the sun and jump into the water right off of our patio...and because we were on a reef...we could snorkle right there! It was just like the pictures on all of the websites...but even better...
To save $$...we walked to the grocery store and bought pre-made mai tais, fruit, sandwiches, cereal and milk...and ate and drank like kings. We ended up spending the same amount of $$...b/c the food was expensive ($70USD for bkfast for 2!!) so...we wanted to pass along what we learned.... It was by far...the neatest place we've ever stayed...
The Premium Over the Water Bungalows face the water...while the others face towards the beach. It was almost double the money to stay in these...but it is worth every single cent.
We also rented a moped from the hotel..and it was a great way to see the island....
We toured the facilities and ate lunch, but did not stay overnight. However, if I do go back, I WILL stay here. The place was friendly, and quiet. The beach is great for snorkeling.
The bungalows are simple and clean. Most bungalows are located in the garden, some have a view of Cook's Bay and some are located on the white small sand beach.
Our "lanai bungalow" had a double bed and two single beds, a private bathroom with a hot water shower, a small refrigerator, two ceiling fans, air-conditioning, a TV and a terrace.
A nice little hotel with 23 wooden bungalows in the garden and beside a small white sand beach. They have a very good restaurant with a breathtaking view of the mountains surrounding Cook's Bay.
The staff and owner are very friendly and helpful. That is something I appreciated very much in this hotel.
You can watch CNN on a television set in the reception lounge. They have a small library and you can log onto internet for 1000 CFP (8 EUR) for 10 minutes, which is, however, very expensive.
There's a good snorkeling close to the hotel's pier.
- One of the cheapest option in Hauru Point, near to Le Petit Village, the shopping centre and restaurants area, which has a supermarket.
- Many toilets and showers available
- Huge kitchen and dining room facilities
- No lockers, but with just two persons to a dorm, it is NOT THAT BAD
- No fan. If you leave the window open, it can be very breezy at night. But then, there will be mozzies.
- Beach in front is very narrow and not that great. Head to the wider and prettier beach in front of Hotel Les Tipaniers. Beaches appear to be open for everyone so you need not be a guest.
Dorms : 1300 French Polynesian Francs (1050 French Polynesian Francs = US$10)
The Bali Hai is an excellent place to stay. The scenic Cook’s Bay is beautiful; just about the vest views on the island. The accommodations are excellent, price reasonable, staff friendly, grounds well kept, location convenient and close to three grocery stores and fish market, all within 1 km. The Bungalow is equipped with a cook top and apartment sized refrigerator, and the usual cooking utensils and dishes for four people. The bungalows (ours was a garden bungalow, only 50 feet from the water) are all located close to the water’s edge. We ended up staying in two different bungalow, having moved after the first week from #26 to #21 to avoid the smell of the storm drain at the end of the property. The view from our room certainly made up for it, though. There is a sliding folding curtain that separates the bedroom from the front room area, which adds privacy for four people (if you are quiet J). Bathrooms are very large and nicely appointed with an inside tropical garden. We strung a line up to dry our bathing suits and laundry as we washed them. The ice machine in the lobby provided all our needs for drinks and meals.
There is no television, or radio in the bungalow. There is a TV in the hotel lounge area. We played dominos every evening for a hour or so before turning in around 9 pm. After a day of diving or walking, early to bed and early to rise worked out well.
Note that we had 4 people and the price indicated below is an average per person per day.
As mentioned in my summary, this is more "rustic" than the big fancy corporate resorts (Sofitel Ia Ora, etc). If you stay here, you *won't* get in-room TV, over-the-water bungalows, a/c, mints on your pillow, etc. You may find that you have cracked countertops or some cobwebs, and you'll most likely have geckos in your room. It's not super-fashionable or swanky in the least. It IS very relaxed, cozy, friendly, and very homey overall. You *will* get chickens and land crabs (it's not Tahiti without them, in my opinion), a cat or two, friendly staff (we even had their kids visit in Halloween masks), very natural surroundings, great coral and fish, and overall a homey place to stay. Happily, all the other guests at the resort were very friendly, and always felt like there were people to visit with.
So, if you're looking for polished, fancy lodgings, stick with the Sofitel or other resorts. If you want to experience the "real Moorea" check out the Kaveka!
really nice coral, stunning mountain views, friendly staff and owners, great value for the dollar!
The snorkeling was wonderful here - lots of shallow healthy coral near shore, and off the end of the long dock, it drops to 40 feet of crystal clear blue waters. Fish and sea creatures everywhere!
The package through Tahiti Vacations or Discover Wholesale Travel was fantastic - Airfare from LA, 7 night's Lodging, transfers and breakfast for $699!!
We stayed here in 1994. It was a nice hotel with 40 rooms on the lovely white sand beach on the west side of the island.
This hotel is closed for the moment. A new hotel is planned, which will be operated by the French company, Nouvelles Frontieres, as part of the Paladien chain.
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