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6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Maharepa, Moorea, Society Islands

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Beautiful house well set up for a large group. Island paradise!”
Reviewed 31 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016

I have just returned from a 10 day Christmas vacation with my family of 13 and our experience has been so different from BobD1959 that I will describe our experience at length addressing the issues that concerned him.
The beauty of the house exceeded our expectations from its photos. The rooms are all large with an enormous master bedroom suite. It is beautifully placed, just feet from the ocean and designed to be cooled by the sea breeze which washes right through the house thanks to the open design. There is plenty of space and capacity of the amenities to cope with a large group. Our initial delight never faded. It has WOW factor.
The pre arrival relationship with Tahiti Homes was excellent. I never got to meet Emily, to my regret, but I had many questions for her, particularly concerning BobD1959's review and everything was answered promptly and correctly.
The check-in time with the lovely Laina was adjusted to suit our arrival time and we were able to extend our departure time again to coincide with the ferry as no-one was coming in that day.
Far from being snobby, Laina was delightfully charming. We had a very thorough introduction to the running of the house and all our needs during the stay were dealt with promptly. There is a comprehensive explanatory folder. At the end we all lined up pour embrasser sur les deus joues (hope I spelled that right) at the end and felt we were farewelling a friend.
Mosquitos. We were apprehensive, given that we were resident in the rainy season, but it was a week before I saw one. They were present but no worse than anywhere else on the island and we got used to them. Only a few times did I see more than one at a time.
Cockroaches. We did see one dead one! Saw 3 in one night at the Tahiti accommodation we used before coming to Moorea.
Cat. Yup did see it once in the 10 days of our visit. Didn't come near the house.
Cooling. There are now fans in every room. As I've said it uses natural through ventilation. It is hot at night but we coped with that no problem. A cold shower in the middle of the night would do the trick for me. We would certainly have been more comfortable with air conditioning but this could have destroyed the natural feeling of the place and we did not regret its absence.
TV. We are not sure if all the TVs worked as we had no desire to watch it but there are plenty. Certainly we didn't find them stuck away in cupboards.
Refrigerators. The kitchen is like a professional kitchen with high grade appliances, Good quality cooking gear, all fit for purpose, and well equipped with large amounts of cutlery, glasses, plates etc. The large fridge took all our mountains of food, bottled water and drinks without turning a hair. There is condensation from the front glass but to complain about it is just silly. There are now mats which soak up the small amount of water.
Cooker. Again this is a professional type. Latina carefully explained how to use it and we had no problems. The oven worked fine.
Sliding doors. Yes they are big and heavy but glide beautifully into place and easy for anyone to open and close.
Alarm. No issues.
Cleanliness. Everything was spotless. The pool was pristine. The pool was a tremendous asset and just perfect. The pool guy came and went. We knew when to expect him and his visits were not an issue.
Gecko poo. There are a few geckos which rapidly became favourites of the children. We never identified anything as gecko poo.
Well, any negatives. Yes there are, but not in the level of support from Tahiti Homes. It is clear that the electrics could do with an overhaul. There are electrical outlets and devices which don't work and on the first night we had issues with the power tripping which required Laina to stay on until she isolated the issues. The switchboard can be overloaded, so some care is needed, but after the first night we only had a to reset the circuit breaker a couple of times in 10 days. We had 2 blocked drains. That was it.
Price. 13 of us had a unique private experience in gorgeous surroundings for NZD100 per night per person. That compares with NZD250 or so for a beach front bungalow (that includes breakfast) at the nearby Manava Beach Resort. I think it is good value for the money.
Summary. A fabulous place to stay. My family is not wealthy but we felt that we had found a secret slice of heaven at an affordable price and I thoroughly recommend it to a large group. There can be issues but for us these were only minor and not unexpected given we were on a small South Pacific island. It is clear that Tahiti Homes has been responsive to the criticism levelled at it above and I cannot fault them.

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Nice, France
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“Excellent location, but house really needs repair & TLC”
Reviewed 5 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Stayed here for the first 2 weeks of August, after booking early in the year. Family of 5 (2 parents and 3 children in their early 20's and late teens).
First the positives - the location is fantastic, right on the beach, overlooking the amazing lagoon. There's some garden between the house terrance and the beach, but the view is fantastic. The coral is right there along with all the fishes. It's near the shops (such as they are) and very convenient for the port, etc.
The house has a lot of space, and there's a nice (cool) pool in the centre of the property so you can cool off in private rather than lounge on the beach. The house is also in a small private 'domain' or residential area with a (unmanned) security gate. We were told by someone living nearby that the 'domain' was originally planned as some kind of hotel, with separate 'houses', but that they didn't have the money to finish the place off, so they sold each house separately. I also understand that this house is for sale ($1.7m), which explains many of the drawbacks that haven't been addressed.
It does have quite a 'Wow Factor' when you arrive and look around. Unfortunately this quickly fades when you get to living in it :-(
Now for the drawbacks.
Let's start with the booking/pre-arrival process. Tahiti Homes presents itself as a professional, high-end rental management company for good/expensive properties, and the service overall was 'OK' - minimalist and a bit 'snobby', but things went smoothly enough before arrival. We were a bit put out that we weren't allowed to arrive even 1 minute early (15:00 check in is a bit late when people are arriving on early morning flights), and we weren't allowed any time for 'late' check out either, which was a bother.
I should also mention that the property is available for rent either with or without the main bedroom, living room, kitchen included. I don't see how this would be possible in reality. This section of the house is the 'core' of the property. How could you ever just rent the other bedrooms and not the kitchen, or access to the beach via the main living room? Seems to me like just another way of making money from the rental. And that's the key - it feels like the property is slowly falling apart, but the owner still markets the property as though it's perfect, and is making as much money as possible while the going is still good.
Regrettably our 'briefing' when we arrived was not adequate at all, with important information missed out or wrong. And given all the problems with the property it is important to get a GOOD briefing if you are to avoid all the problems that we had to stumble over!
In fact we ended up having to depend on the cleaners for advice on what worked and what didn't. So, what were/are the problems with this house?
The main thing is that no one looks after it and repairs the big faults, so the renters have to work around them. When you read this you may say that it sounds like I'm a moaner and being hyper-critical. Well, yes, true - but if you pay this kind of money and get told that the property is at a certain level, then that is what you expect when you stay there. I should also say that all the issues I raise here were raised with Tahiti Homes too while onsite.
Let me run through our experience:
- Immediate problem. The house was full of mosquitoes. Well, so are all the islands. However if you invest in a little anti-mosquito spray you can make a BIG difference. This we did, and after a couple of days of intensive spraying, and then regular spraying, we made the place liveable. Why was the house not sprayed before we arrived? How long had the house been closed up before we got there, and why hadn't previous renters sprayed? There were clouds of these insects all around the property and living there was impossible without heavy spraying.
- The house was infested with cockroaches. The main problem was the BIG glossy brown ones (4cm long, with 6cm antennae). We found them everywhere, but the turning point came the 3rd night when they got through the mosquito nets into our bed! Yuk - feeling that thing crawling over my thigh - gross! After complaining to Tahiti Homes they let the cleaners give us some special anti-roach spray. We went on regular bug hunts and got the numbers down.
- The first night was ruined when a cat got into my daughter's bedroom at 1:00 am. Everything was closed up, so how did it get on her bed? We never found out. We were advised by Tahiti Homes to discourage the cat from coming, so after a few days it disappeared. But really, when you close up a house there shouldn't be holes big enough for cats (her main fear was, what else could get through a hole that size?).
- One of the main things not passed on in the briefing was about the A/C in the main bedroom. There is A/C but it MUST NOT be used. On the first night it was cool enough for us to just have the fans on, but the second day was much hotter, and finding A/C we decided to use it that night. After 2 hours we were woken by the sound of dripping water. Another night of sleep ruined. Water from the A/C was dripping through the ceiling onto the floor all night. After complaining to Tahiti Homes we were told not to use the A/C and the cleaners told us not to use the fans either as they are unstable and could fly off. Great! No A/C and no fans. This place would be unbearable in the 'hot' season. There are no fans or A/C in the other rooms either.
- A minor point. There are supposed to be TV's in all the bedrooms, and there are, but they don't work. In the main bedroom the TV is just piled behind a chest of drawers along with other electronic stuff that doesn't work. Actually, there is a lot of electronic stuff piled in cupboards around the property. The only TV that works is a small one in the main living room.
- One thing we were told about in the briefing is the water leaking from the 'professional' level refrigerator in the kitchen. Well, not leaking as such, it's a design fault - the condensation drips from the glass doors onto the floor, so there are mats put there to try and mop up the leakage. So be careful not to slip when water leaks all over the kitchen floor.
- The other thing we were told about was the 'odd' behaviour of the 'professional' level cooker. We were told it had a 'special' lighting process for the gas rings, and yes it certainly did. It took us days to get the hang of just lighting the 'special' gas rings. Oh and we were told that the main gas oven part of it didn't work at all. It was several days later - while we were talking to the repairman about the alarm beeping - that this was shown to be incorrect. It had a 'special' way of working, but it did work. By the way, we did have to call on the repairman regularly, and spent the first few mornings waiting for his arrival to fix problems in the various rooms. Too many and too minor to list them here. But still a nuisance.
- The huge 'folding/sliding' doors from the main living room onto the terrance need Herculean strength to open and close, and leave gouges in the wooden floor. After oiling the rails we managed to get to the point where my wife could actually open/close them - just.
So, the first 3 nights sleep were ruined:
1. Invasion by cat
2. Inundation of water from A/C
3. Invasion of big cockroaches
Night 4 we were woken by the beeping of the alarm in the bedroom. Of course we didn't know it was the alarm at first, it took some investigation. As we discovered the next day, the motion detector unit needed a new battery, so we changed that and silence came once more. By the way, although there is an alarm installed no one knew what it did in terms of alarm. Did it alert the police silently? Did it set off a huge screeching noise? Did it do anything? Don't know, so we didn't risk using it.
And the cleanliness? Well, when you book you are pushed to accept regular visits by the cleaners. We are not messy people and clean up after ourselves, however we agreed to some visits (paid of course). Now the cleaners are very nice ladies - very helpful about the things in the house. But really, a 40-minute visit by 2 ladies, is not enough to clean a property this size with any kind of thoroughness. So you get the floor swept and that's about it. The ingrained dirt in some areas of the property show that they haven't been cleaned for a LONG time (e.g. the upstairs part of the 'house'). They also come when they feel like it rather than when you might want them to come, but they are nice people. The pool guy also shows up sometimes - never says a word or announces himself, he's just suddenly there, and then he's gone.
And you do need to sweep the floor and surfaces every day because of the gecko poo. There are lots of geckos and they do poo a lot. They're not as big as the ones we had in Indonesia and I like geckos, but they do poo over everything - so make sure you cover anything fragile or valuable (I'm not kidding) at night.
Anything else? A summary?
Well, the location is fantastic, as is the view.
We found workarounds for the constant stream of issues with the property, but really it was a challenge, and my opinion is that the property is not in fit state to be rented out - certainly not at this price, and not without a LOT of warnings. It needs repair.
After we'd been there for a week, complaining and working to make the place liveable, Tahiti Homes people showed up (from Tahiti, with 15 minutes email notice) to give a bottle of local wine as some kind of ... what? Compensation? Apology? And then got snotty with us because we weren't there when they decided to just drop in on us.
So, would I recommend the place? The island yes. This house - well, come prepared and have realistic expectations. At the price being demanded, no, I can't recommend it. Too many faults, and I still have nightmares about that big cockroach running up my leg while I was sleeping!!!!

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Liked least: Many faults and issues with the property
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
20 Sep 2016
Ia Orana Dear Ms and Mr Ducker, Tahiti Homes top priority is guest satisfaction. Despite we are not the owners of the properties that we managed, we do our best to accommodate our guests in the best conditions possible. Living on a small island in the middle of the pacific can be a challenge but the whole team do its best and as quickly as possible when maintenance issues happen. Let me take the time to respond to each of your comments.
Check-In/Check-out : Yes we do fix times as we need time between two guests to prepare and clean the property. This was the case for your booking and clearly explain by Laina far before your arrival.
Rental of the whole property: A year ago, at time of your booking the owner didn't allow anyone staying in her master-bedroom. After our insistence she finally accepted to rent the whole property to guests.
Tahiti Homes attitude: Sorry to read that you felt us snobby. We thought we have been always reachable 7/7 and recommended you great activities and things to do to see options. Laina even took the ferry boat on a short notice and tried to reach you many times with no success. She met the rest of your party and everyone seemed happy and enjoying vacation. Our head office is based in Tahiti and yes she wanted to talk with you and do the round of the villa with you as it is easier to discuss face to face. She brought to your attention a 2 bottles of white wine. When talking to your party on site, everyone said that everything was ok.
Property condition: You have faced unpredictable maintenance issues during your stay (Pool, alarm) The team called the contractors to fix these as soon as possible. What they did.
This property is rented on regular basis every month, and deeply cleaned.
We have taken good note of your comments regarding the sliding doors and other little maintenance and have shared them with the owner that have promised to fix them.
Planning of contractors: we informed the guests which days and sometimes what time the HK or Pool boy will come as much as we can. They often don't speak english and are being asked to be as much as discrete as possible.
We understand that you are in right to expect perfect conditions and no default but being in this industry since nearly 5 years it is very challenging. My team and I are always here for the guests at any time, answering the questions and assisting as much as possible. One of our mission is to make our guests happy and I feel sorry that you lived a nightmare in this villa, we could have relocated you in another villa of ours or even in some of the 5-star resort around. We are here to assist. This is not acceptable for me to read such terrible experience that apparently lasts 2 weeks.
Yes this property in on sale as all nice properties in Tahiti and Moorea.
Too bad we had to go all over this through Tripadvisor.
We thank you again for sharing your experience at Villa Lagon and we'll for sure take these into consideration for the future.

Mauru'uru roa
Emily Biotteau-Colas - Tahiti Homes Director.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Best Holiday Ever”
Reviewed 20 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

With almost two weeks spent here in this idyllic location and amazing accommodation it rates as our best holiday ever! Comfortably hosted our extended family of 13.

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Papeete, French Polynesia
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 for a stay in December 2017
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Management Response
31 Dec 2017
Ia Ora Na et Bonjour,
Nous vous remercions d'avoir partagé votre opinion sur la Villa Lagon. Nous sommes profondément désolés de lire que vous n'avez pas apprécié la propriété. Ceci dit nous comprenons que 5 nuits sous une pluie battante n'a pas du contribuer à votre confort. En effet cette année le mois de décembre a été un mois de déluge ce qui a entraîné malgré nos traitements réguliers la sortie d'insectes. Ne pas voir le soleil pendant son séjour et rester enfermés par le mauvais temps ne laisse jamais de bons souvenirs. Il me semblait que vous aviez vu un seul rat, hors là vous faites référence à plusieurs rats. Cette propriété en de bord de mer bien que régulièrement entretenue se trouve dans un lotissement bordé de cocotiers avec une mangrove et avec cette mauvaise météo vous avez eu la malchance de vous retrouver face à un rat. Nous en avons pris bonne note et avons fait en sorte de traiter immédiatement la villa et ses abords. Cette villa polynésienne comme vous avez pu le remarquer est loin d'être luxueuse d'ailleurs nous n'en faisons pas la promotion ainsi. Cependant elle est extrêmement grande et très bien équipée avec 5 chambres et 5 sdb ainsi qu'une mezzanine. Elle dispose de sa propre piscine privée et un bord de mer exceptionnel. C'est un produit polynésien rare tout en bois. Sa toiture a été entièrement refaite l'année dernière, les rideaux, coussins transats sont neufs, là nous sommes en attente de la nouvelle robinetterie. Des travaux de sécurité ont aussi été effectués (barrières de protection, alarme, coffre fort). Chaque commentaire client est pris en compte et les propriétaires programment petit à petit les travaux d'améliorations.
Vous avez réglé 4331 euros pour 4 nuits pour 12 personnes tout inclus ménage de sortie et lavage de linge à la sortie ( donc 1083 euros par nuit et non pas 1680 euros / journée comme vous le mentionnez) cela revient donc à 90 euros par nuit par personne.
On vous l'accorde il y a encore des détails de maintenance à effectuer et ils sont programmés. Une maison est toujours en entretien et qui plus est en bord de mer.
Nous vous remercions d'avoir partagé votre avis avec la communauté et mettrons tout en œuvre comme à chaque fois pour que l'expérience client future soit un succès.
Si vous souhaitiez à nous nouveau séjourner dans cette villa où dans une autre nous serions ravis de vous offrir 10% de réduction sur votre hébergement.
Au plaisir de vous accueillir à nouveau,
Très bon réveillon et bonne année à vous et votre famille !
L'équipe de Tahiti Homes
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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Management Response
22 May 2017
Merci beaucoup de votre message. Nous sommes ravis que votre séjour se soit bien déroulé et que vous ayez apprécié la villa.
Au plaisir de vous accueillir à nouveau dans cette villa ou une autre de la collection.
Mauru'uru roa
Emily Biotteau-Colas -
Directrice Tahiti Homes

PS:Nous devrions avoir un nouveau lave-vaisselle très prochainement.
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