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Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Punaauia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 July 2009

We just returned from two weeks in Tahiti and our travel agent recommended the Manava to us. We nearly didn't stay here as there were no 2 bedroom suites available and my husband & I weren't that keen on spending all that money for us to sleep on a sofa bed in a 1 bedroom suite. However, we did stay here for 2 nights at the beginning of our trip and 1 night before we flew home and are extremely glad we did. The sofa bed was as good as a real bed with a lovely thick mattress. Suites were beautiful and spacious - well worth the money we thought. Our first impressions of this resort were also our last - what a fantastic complex!
The restaurant had closed by the time we got there so the barman recommended walking down the street to the 'roulettes' - vans which cook meals and you sit around to eat or takeaway. These were great and alot cheaper than the hotel so we used these often.
We had breakfast included in our package and it was quite sufficient. We only sat in the bar once, I would say it was ok but not really a family bar.
The pool is just awesome with great views of Moorea. You could just sit there all day and look at the view.
We got the public transport into Papeete (200 francs each) so it was cheap and a fine way to get into town.
We decided not to get transfers to/from airport in our package. There were plenty of taxis available and for around 2500 to 3000 francs you can get to the Manava from the airport. Plus you don't have the hassle at stopping at each resort for dropoffs/pickups along the way.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Overall the whole resort was great.
Would definitely stay here again, but only for the time that we did. I think you would probably run out of things to do if you had a longer stay here. Go to Moorea, it is beautiful!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

This resort has so much going for it once they get everything organized like their information of what's available in the resort. They had no liquer license for the pool bar, no computers for email, the shop was just getting set up when we left. Minor stuff like that. But most important was the first point of service, the reception desk, the staff had no clue of what was available for transport from the resort, each person had their own version and each was wrong! No interest in telling us where to find places of interest even though they had a separate desk for that purpose, she wasn't very informative. We found our own way around and watch out for those taxi drivers, they can rip you off like anywhere in the world ha ha

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank fayenz
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Reviewed 17 July 2009

Although we enjoyed our stay here,it did not meet all our expectations. The options for food within the resort were very limited and I agree with another reviewer, that a swim up bar with no alcohol is very unusual. Also no acivities dock and no boutique shop as advertised was disappointing. The positives were very clean modern spacious suites and a beautiful pool.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank MelbourneDizzy
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

My husband and I stayed here in early May and I was not impressed. Not the worst vacation I've ever had, but darn close. In fact, I don't think we'll ever return to Tahiti. Sure the resort was clean; it better be since it was brand new. The service was decent too, but we were 1 of 5 or 6 couples staying there at the time. I'd hate to see the place at full capacity. The infinity pool was also lovely and they cleaned it daily.

"What was wrong?" you might ask.

We'll let's start with NO ALCOHOL! The hotel failed to mention was they didn't have a liquor license. Now, I'm not a big partier, but I also don't think a tropical vacation starts until you get a nice fruity adult beverage. That meant the pool bar became a garbage can for the pool guests (non-hotel-guests) that brought their own supplies.

The restaurant - Nice for a very special dinner (because of the price/portion size) but with only 5 menu options, it get's old pretty darn quick.

That brings me to the location - This place was so far away from everything that we felt stranded. 35-40 min walk to the store to get groceries to prepare our own meals since the restaurant was so limited. $12 bus ride (per person!) to get to town to go shopping. Had we known that the resort was so isolated we would have rented a car.

Construction - yep, still underway. Wouldn't been nice to know that too. Couldn't even go in the water in front of the "beach" because they had so many hoses running through so they could finish the deck. That also meant that any watersports were out of the question; they had none of the equipment they claimed to have and even told us we shouldn't go in the water with all the boat traffic. Oh, did I forget to mention that? It's located right at the middle of the pass so you have boat traffic from both sides all the time. Water isn't so still with power boats cruising by non-stop.

Oh yeah, that private beach they claim to have is man-made, fake sand in front of their pool. There is NO REAL BEACH. Nuf said.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank TladySf
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Reviewed 21 June 2009

Brand new property with high quality fittings in rooms. Interiors very well decorated. Kitchenette is well equipped for cooking breakfast or simple one dish meals. Very useful for people on a budget or having special dietary needs. The suite we lived in was just great. Views of Moorea island from the pool area were beautiful. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Unlike several other hotels where they take care of their own financial interests and commissions, the staff here actually cared about the interests of the guest. For instance the staff suggested we take a public transport bus than a private taxi to Papeete town rather than a taxi. The manager Ms. Nita Morgan exhibited exemplary customer service.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Harry P
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Additional Information about Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

Address: PK 10.5 Cote Mer, Punaauia 98703, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Punaauia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Punaauia
Price Range: ₹ 11,335 - ₹ 32,767 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Manava Suite Resort Tahiti 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Manava Suite Resort Tahiti promises to be the premier Papeete resort for business and leisure travelers alike, offering 121 guest rooms ranging from rooms to multi-bedroom duplex suites and Manava Suites. Consistent with the South Pacific Management portfolio and decorated by Tahitian architect/designer Bruno Hervochon, all guestrooms will reflect authentic Polynesian decor, while still offering contemporary amenities and the comfort of home. With state-of-the-art technology and in-suite kitchen quarters, each room offer a luxurious, well-appointed home base for travelers of all kinds, from business travelers staying for a week, to leisure travelers en route to the outer islands. The resort encompasses five separate buildings, with the first housing the reception area, restaurant, meeting rooms and 12 guest rooms, and the additional four housing 109 suites on 3 floors. In addition, the resort features two bars, a restaurant, a fitness centre, a spa & beauty centre and the island’s largest infinity swimming pool facing the lagoon and nearby island of Moorea. The Manava Suite Resort Tahiti is located in the island’s northwestern region, in the community of Punaauia, conveniently located five minutes from Faa’a International Airport and ten minutes from the city center. ... more   less 
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