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Reviewed 4 June 2012

We stayed for a total of 2 nights before going to Moorea and Bora Bora. Amazing place! The hotel is fabulous, the people are so friendly and place is very clean and well taken care of. Our suite was very nice and comfortable. The service is great. We had dinner at the restaurant but the food wasn't to our expectation but the buffet in the morning was fine. The pool is the most beautiful one we've ever seen with a fabulous view of Moorea. The sunsets were amazing with that view. We would recommend this hotel to anyone and would like to return one day if possible.

Room Tip: corner suites are large and have a nice view on the gardens
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gigi2012_12
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

Hotels in Tahiti cannot fairly compete with those in Bora Bora on spectacular views. But the Manava Suites was a lovely place to stay and was quite relaxing for Tahiti. The pool is probably the most stunning feature with a great view of Moorea and of the pleasure boating off the coast. It's about 15-20 taxi minutes from the airport (in the opposite direction of Papeete). Traffic on the main road can be incredibly dense. You have been warned. But once inside the hotel, the lovely grounds and functional rooms really do the trick of getting you relaxed.

One amazing feature of this little hotel is the policy that allows you to store you luggage and return for a shower after checkout if your flight is late. The less said about the Faaa Airport the better, but the experience was ameliorated by having a place to shower, cool down and relax before the interminable trip home. This unexpected treat really brightened the visit to Tahiti!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PierTom
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

We stayed for a total of 4 nights, 3 at the start of our French Polynesia tour, and 1 on the way back. We wanted to recover from the long travel day and overnight flight, wind down, and get into vacation mode before we started spending big money for the other islands. We did achieve this. I booked a Lagoon Suite directly with the hotel via email which was painfully slow and frustrating, dragging on for 9 days, but did result in a better price than I could find on my own on the net. The room was large with a great view, large balcony, and was exactly as described by the resort. The down side was we found the maintenance not quite up to the standards we are used to. The daily housekeeping was good such as the toilet, sink, shower, bedding etc. The problem was the walls were dirty, lots of obvious dirt splatters and smudge marks, tooth paste splatters on the bathroom wall, a visible used q-tip wedged between the shelf and bathroom mirror, finger marks all over the place, thick dust on the base board ledges, the second room main entry door was covered in finger marks and clearly hadn't been wiped for a long time. The rooms just felt a bit well used. In the first room the toilet roll holder was hanging out of the wall, the floor had a poorly done repair with big gaps and saw dust, the base board paint work was in poor shape, one wash basin was very loose, the fridge was wobbly and tipped forward when we opened it, and the shower didn't drain so we showered standing in an inch and half of water. Not really major issues individually, but I found it strange that an apparently well run newer hotel would ignore so many of them in a premium suite. The smallish but well designed and utilized hotel grounds are very well maintained and have lots of nice plants and flowers. The pool area was really nice but we don't like being around kids so we stayed away. I was impressed the pool is open 24 hours so if you want a quiet and kid free unsupervised dip at 3:00am, you're in luck, not many hotels allow this.
The air conditioning worked properly but wouldn't get cold enough, a bit warm for us coming from a Canadian winter, so we woke up sweating several times. Putting the aircon on the turbo setting solved this problem temporarily but it is timed to go back to normal after about 20 minutes. The bedroom was nice, with a large and pointlessly complicated safe that took a good night’s sleep to figure out, and has one million possible combinations. I was impressed with the high quality doors and hardware. I liked the dead bolt on the bedroom door for the added piece of mind and security, and maybe lock the kids out ;-)
The TV had zero English programming which was irritating. When I am on beach front trips my favourite thing to do is sit out on the veranda in the morning in my robe, read the morning paper and have coffee while my wife sleeps in. We also like walking on the beach. The problem here is there are no robes, no papers, and no beach.

The hotel is reasonably close to the airport but there is really little to do within walking distance. If you want to save money walk out the hotel turn left and a couple of minutes up the road on the right there is a convenience store with basic food supplies, beer and wine. We stocked the room fridge and saved lots. In the evening do the same walk again and have crepes or bbq meat at the very popular mobile restaurant that pops up in the hardware store parking lot. They have no problem serving tourists, the food is good, and a far better value than the only dining option in the hotel. We enjoyed sitting outside watching the local night scene.

The American breakfast was limited but acceptable. The evening fine dining restaurant just doesn't work. The atmosphere was bright and unpleasant, with local’s cell phones ringing constantly, and families trying to feed their kids because there really have no other options. Dinner cost us about $200 and was mediocre at best. We only did that once.

We weren't totally impressed with the service in general, such as the front desk clerk was all too pleased to book our requested return shuttle from Papeete at 4:00pm, not bothering to mention that the whole place shuts down at 1:00pm on Saturdays (closed all day Sunday FYI), leaving us stranded with nothing to do in stifling humidity.

The island of Tahiti, not considering the other islands, was a disappointment. Papeete wasn't that great and got boring fast, although it was nice to visit a city without anyone hassling us or asking for money, we did feel safe there. It would not be a good idea to travel here from N. America just to visit Tahiti itself, you can do much better in English friendly Hawaii for the same money.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

Room Tip: The vacant lot on the right side of the hotel is a construction site and is very close to the rooms. It was only bothersome for a half hour to us, but that will change at some point.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Piggy-can-fly
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

I stayed here at the 'Manava' for two night - pre and post Moorea and thought it was a nice place to stay. The hotel is very modern and the rooms were also clean and modern. The pool was great and so was swimming in the lagoon. Internet was free for customers which for me was a fantastic bonus!!

This hotel is a bit distant to many other places but it is great for a short stay. The staff were friendly and helpful for the most part.

Room Tip: Try and stay away from the street side as you may not get much sleep due to all the traffic and due to the bar patrons - especially on weekends!!
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Mav M
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

We stayed here 2 nights on our way and way back from Moorea. We stayed in a suite, which is a room with bed, seperate bathroom, has a great shower, bath also. Seperate toilet..phone in toilet...don't know why!
Very modern, lovely bed head, with lights built in & mother of pearl inlay.Bed was very comfortable, aircon excellent & ceiling fan.
Has a restaraunt and great Bar. We ate in restaraunt, food excellent and had a great club sandwich in the Bar.
The pool is on the small side for the size of the Hotel, but was not crowded when we swam.
The Hotel has a Shuttle Bus to take guests into Tahiti & back. We went in to explore the city, there is a charge of about 650 xpf each way for 1 person. Still much cheaper than a taxi, as return time is 4.30 pm and traffic is unbelievably bumper to bumper!
The suites at the front where we stayed do get the outside street noise, but if it's just a stop over no big deal.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank noreen24
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