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Raiatea Lodge Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Raiatea
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Los Angeles, California
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“Believe the good reviews -- this place is FANTASTIC!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2011

Raiatea Lodge was the first place we've stayed based entirely on Trip Advisor reviews. And I have to say, based on this experience (and our second one, Vahine Island) I'm VERY IMPRESSED with this website because RAIATEA LODGE was great!

We stayed for four nights in May, booking a deluxe room (superior room,can't remember the name) and got the half-board -- so Breakfast and Dinner. We also ended up eating Lunch there on at least two of the days.

THE HOTEL

Technically, this is a 3-star place, but I'm not sure what that means. What I do know is the place is lovely, the staff are amazing, and the room was great. All of this at 1/4 the price you pay for a nice room at one of the more posh resorts on fancy islands.

The building itself reminded me of something out of a Hemingway novel. Most of the ground floor was an open air lounge -- next to the open air dining room -- which spilled out onto the green lawn. All of this adjacent the sea (you do have to cross the road to get your feet into the water).

The entire grounds have FREE WI-FI (take note Four Seasons). And there are free bicycles (though I don't recommend taking them all the way into town) and free kayaks and that kind of thing.

THE LAGOON

Just opposite the hotel is actually EXCELLENT for snorkeling. The area isn't large but there are a lot of fish just to the right of their picturesque pier.

NOTE

There is no beach here. It's not that kind of island or hotel.

THE ROOM

Was Air-conditioned, had a flat-screen tv (only French channels), nice blacony and comfy bed. But the best feature was the bathroom, which had been nicely updated and modernized. Considering I've paid in excess of $1,000 for rooms in French Polynesia, I have to say this room is probably the best VALUE I've had in four trips to FP.

THE FOOD

A lot of reviews mention the food, and with good reason. It is really excellent. And their menu is versatile enough that you don't get bored after 4 nights.

THE SERVICE

Everyone was great. One thing, this is NOT a resort property, so this isn't a place where there is a big staff to cater to your every whim. But everyone from the owners to the woman who cleaned the room were helpful and available anytime we needed them.

I want to take a moment to single out the ladies who served us for meals. These women were just so great. Warm, friendly, REAL. We looked forward to seeing them at every meal and that is just quite a gift when you are on holidays.

EXCURSIONS

Raiatea shares a lagoon with Tahaa, so in essence, you can get almost THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE of Tahaa without paying Tahaa prices if you stay here.

We took a LAGOON TOUR -- which was excellent. There is good snorkeling on Tahaa, I wouldn't say it is as good as say Moorea or Rangiora, and not as good as some reviews have led me to believe, but still the boat trip (which includes stops at a Vanilla Plantation and a Pearl Farm) is a must do.

We also took a RIVER TRIP via Kayak -- which I also recommend. Raiatea is the only island in FP to have a navigable river and the kayak trip is unqiue. It isn't very long and certainly not challenging -- but the scenery once you get inland is the kind of view you can't get ANYWHERE else in FP.

OVERALL

The Raiatea Lodge is really a hidden-gem. Anyone who likes to travel and wants to have an authentic FP experience needs to put this place on their list. It is a great value -- heck it is great -- period. We would absolutely return.

Room Tip: We had room 8 and loved it. Good wifi signal!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2011

We stayed at Raiatea Lodge 5/8-5/11 2011. The lodge itself was great. Our hosts were welcoming and very accomodating. The rooms were spacious, very clean, and comfortable. We did not eat dinner at the restaurant, but we did have breakfast each morning and ordered appetizers and dessert in the evening, all of which were very good.
The only issue I had with Raiatea Lodge is that it is located a considerable distance from the shopping area. In order to get there, you can ride one of the hotel's bicycles (free), get a taxi (about $18 US), or rent a car (about $80 US). Don't bother with the river kayak trip unless you're really bored, but definately take advantage of the free snorkeling across the road from the lodge. The two local restaurants located near the marina have good food, but VERY expensive. A great tip - try Napoli's Pizza located between the Lodge and the airport...some of the best pizza I've ever had! It looks like a hole in the wall from outside, but very nice restaurant inside.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2011

Stayed with the charming Oliver & Karine prior to picking up a boat in Raiatea. Sadly we only stayed for three nights, had we known beforehand how wonderful Raiatea Lodge is we would have undoubtedly stayed longer.

The bedrooms are clean & comfortable with balconies that look out over the glorious garden towards the lagoon, the open air lounge/reception area wonderfully relaxed. Very importantly, the food served in the restaurant was superb.

We felt so welcome and well looked after in this small, intimate hotel we cannot wait to return. Oliver and Karine are truly generous and thoughtful hosts.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2011

If go to Raiatea this hotel is very good option. Raiatea is good to see around the island as well as taking trip to nearby Tahaa and surrounding Motu's. Laurent - Hotel owner - is at hand to advice you best "to do's" there. Myself would recommend Olivier's one day trip by ship to Tahaa and his private Motu - paradise(!). As soon as can will be back there. Olivier may show you spots which you may not see elsewhere in Polynesia (incl. Bora Bora). Hotel itself provides you to spend pleasantly the rest of day after comprehensive daily program. Its cuisine is fameux as well as the whole atmosphere there.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2010

My wife Mary and I are regulars to Raiatea and we always stay at Raiatea Lodge because the hospitality of the owners honestly feels like we are staying in our own home. The rooms are very fashionably appointed, the food is excellent, the lobby is a huge open-air terrace looking out to the Sunset. However, the key to this place is the incredible service of the owners and staff. We had previously stayed at Hawaiki Nui a few times several years ago. This was our 5th stay at Raiatea Lodge. We are now building a vacation home on Raiatea but will always consider Raiatea Lodge our home as well and recommend it highly. Also, if you do stay at Raiatea Lodge, make sure to take advantage of the morning snorkeling and evening kayaking right off of the hotel dock.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Raiatea Lodge Hotel

Property: Raiatea Lodge Hotel
Address: BP 680 | TUMARAA PK 9,5, 98735, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Raiatea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Raiatea
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,318 - ₹ 21,939
Hotel Class:3 star — Raiatea Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming hotel of 15 rooms, located on the coast West of Raiatea, enjoys a privileged location on a property of one hectare, facing the " islet" Miri Miri and the island of Bora Bora.Its colonial architecture and teak wood furniture as well as the refined decoration reveal an atmosphere of quitness and wellbeing.All air-conditioned, spacious and comfortable rooms have all a private terrace, overlooking the park as well as on the lagoon.Common areas provide direct access to the swimming poolThe restaurant offers French and International cuisines, both using local vegetables and fruits for new refined flavors.Raiatea Lodge is the perfect place from which the exploration of the sister islands of Tahaa and Raiatea is made easier... ... more   less 
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