Royal Huahine3.5 out of 5.0
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You want to relax and enjoy a more cultural island than bora bora or moorea this is the place to go. I was in bungalow on the water those are great with coffee machine small fridge and a amazing terrasse. One step away from corals and beautiful fish this place get everything u need to relax in paradise. The service was great and the boat puck up for arrival is just stunning and mind blowing if it s the 1st you go to an island like this one.
We stayed at the Royal Huahine Resort for 4-nights in late-May (C$328). The resort, located a 15-min boat trip S of the town of Fare, consisted of 41 bungalows spread along the base of a hill & out into the waters of a tranquil little W-facing cove. Most of the bungalows were in a beautifully maintained garden setting, a few faced the beach (some over a bit of water) & 11 were over-water bungalows facing the distant fringing reef. We landed on a long pier that housed reception, the restaurant & bar and a “boutique” that displayed nothing more than a few colourful tropical clothes. At the base of the pier was a large kidney-shaped pool (well maintained, but with a bright concrete deck devoid of anything but a few widely spaced loungers); adjacent was a bar, but it was not open while we were here. The resort, probably spectacularly elegant 20-30 years ago, was well-worn and showed its age – more of a backpacker vibe than any sense of luxury. Our over-water bungalow was huge; we entered into a short hallway with a walk-in clothes closet to the left & the bathroom to the right, then into the main room with double sliding glass doors in one corner, a large window beside the double bed (2 singles shoved together), and a tiny kitchenette with sink & small refrigerator. There was no internet in the room (we had to walk to the reception) & no room service. It faced a large deck that wrapped around 2 sides, with a covered seating area (2 chairs, table, built-in seats) and an open area with 2 loungers; a short staircase led to the swimming platform below with a shower head. The bathroom was also large, featuring a marble-topped vanity, large shower and a jetted tub. The room was simply furnished – rattan couch and 2 chairs, coffee table, table with small flat-screen TV – and had an AC. There was once an overhead fan, but we were told they had been removed from all of the bungalows. And that was symptomatic of the place – poor or neglected maintenance (weathered wood deck, faded siding, scuffed wood-work) that produced a worn and faded atmosphere. While isolated, the resort had a shuttle boat (8 am to 5 pm, every 1-2 hrs) that allowed us to pick up supplies & have lunch in Fare. We picked up beer & wine (there is time to stop at the supermarket when coming from the airport) on the way in, but, not realizing that the tap water was not drinkable, made a 2nd trip back to buy water (5-l bottle for F300 at the supermarket, 1-l bottle for F400 at the resort). The resort's restaurant was a highlight – it offered excellent dinner selections for a reasonable price (most for F1500-3000); however, no bar service other than meal times. The breakfast, however, was grossly overpriced – F3000 for one with bacon & eggs, F2200 for continental – we bought fruit and pastries at the supermarket. We had hoped to snorkel off our deck, but snorkeling was poor – the area S of the bungalows had a few coral heads, but fish were not abundant or diverse in species, and the visibility was poor as a result of the river that enters the cove just N of the resort. The staff were pleasant & helpful, but we were surprised that they did not provide us a shell necklace as a departure gift, the only hotel where we stayed in French Polynesia that did not. Overall, the Royal Huahine offers a chance to experience an over-water bungalow at a bargain price (relative to places like Bora Bora or Moorea), but it is old and tired and is definitely not luxurious.
We had read the reviews that indicated that this resort is somewhat dated and could use some freshening up. Seriously people?!!! This place is a paradise. We rented a deep overwater bungalow. There was a piece of trim missing on one window and there was a towel stuffed under the eaves in one place to keep out bugs. But the views--wow! Everywhere you look, you see the beautiful water stretching to the horizon. The units are quite large, with a dressing room, wet bar, large bathroom with shower and jacuzzi, king-size bed, and a very large deck with sun and shade areas. The reef beneath and around the units is healthy and full of sea life. We saw rays, lots of colorful fish and huge, colorful clams in the water. I can't say enough good things about the Royal Huahine.
Anyone who wants to stay in an over the water bungalow, without the expensive price of Bora Bora, should go to Huahine. The Royal Huahine offers the same things but for about 1/3 the price. You won’t be disappointed. The water is crystal clear, the gardens are beautiful, and the food excellent. The staff goes above and beyond to treat their customers with personal attention to every detail. We traveled with my grandson and they were extra helpful making sure he had a good time as well. We went in December which was off season and had practically the whole resort to ourselves. Weather was perfect. It’s a short flight from Papeete, a quick bus to the docks, then 10 min boat ride to the hotel. I highly recommend this slice of heaven 🥰
need a boat shuttle to get to other places and it doesnt run very often and doesnt run after 5pm. it use to be available til 11pm with previous owners. Nice location, but its almost vacant and atmosphere lacking.
I stayed at the royal huahine in April and booked into an overwater bungalow. The location is fantastic with wonderful views across to Raiatea and tahaa and these are unspoiled. The trip to the hotel was by navette which ran frequently and was always on time and a nice way to arrive. I visited in the quiet season just before Easter which was good and bad in some respects. No one wants an over crowded resort but you do want atmosphere and this lacked it. Because of the lack of people (I counted 2 people on one day) the bar is shut all the time. There is no food outside meal times and the beach bar opens for 90 minutes during the day. I saw that most people had gone to the super U in town to buy things and eat in their rooms but for a 3 star hotel, you expect not to be catering your own food. The second night we were informed that the restaurant was closed as there weren’t many people and that we would have to order room service. Ok fine again but I don’t want to have to choose my dinner immediately after breakfast. Last thing, the Internet. Very very poor connection, none in the rooms and almost no mobile signal. If you want to disconnect, this is the place for you but if you need or want to keep in touch with people outside then it’s difficult. The staff were friendly and did their best but you get the feeling that this hotel after being bought by new owners a few years ago needs an expensive upgrade and things are starting to wear. I would stay here again but in high season but only really because of the beautiful location
This a place not for everyone, but great one for the right ones. I overheard someone saying this was "Hawaiki 50 years ago", I called it "Bora-Bora without the BS" (to the smile of local tourists). We only stayed four nights, but it made a huge difference after being on the road over a month in Australia and New Zealand. The place takes you to pure Polynesia, slower pace and simple choices, yet a bungalow on the water and a pretty comfortable setting (site photos look accurate) The sunsets on your private deck over the water, a bottle of wine and snacks you brought along makes for inspiring moments - and yes!, Wifi is only in the lobby. The days you can handle at your pace, there is absolute no pressure. Hang around the bungalow, swim right there, on the hotel beach, go to the(small) town (by a relaxing 20' boat ride) or join one of the tour packages the hotel will organize. Your call, your pace.(smart to buy water, snacks and wine in the town supermarket) We did the island tour on a jet ski - Christopher was our guide - and it was awesome. Two and half hours for a good overview of the whole place. Had we stayed more, it would have triggered other excursions. Or then again, just hang on our deck and in the pristine ocean water. No need for fancy clothing or anything, this is about relaxing. Even the other hotel guests can be really nice (we met a Tahitian family) - and most honeymooners keep to themselves - or rush to Bora Bora..:) Folks are nice here and choices are simple. Menu is basic and repetitive, but we liked that, no fussiness. Staff in nice as others mention, yes maybe with some exceptions -but then again, this is three stars in the "l'authentic" island of Polynesia. Lastly, If you read other comments on lack of TLC, the owner seems to be reading these reviews and continues upgrading and running maintenance on the property. It's looking good without losing its character.
This is a three star resort. They post it at check in. If you want a five star experience then go to a five star resort and pay those prices. It is remote. You need to make arrangements with the staff to pick you up from the airport and get you back. This remoteness is part of the charm. You take a taxi to the spot where the resort boat will take you on a 20 minute boat ride to the resort. We were greeted upon arrival with a beautifully garnished fruit drink as we checked in. The people at the front desk describe themselves as your mom. So, if you need something they probably have it or can arrange it for you. Our hut was very spacious and the outside decks were also very large. Take some bread back from your meal to feed the fish, especially at night with the spotlight on. So, fun!! The hut was in good shape, not perfect, but again I didn’t pay for perfect. There was air conditioning. Though if you are hot, just jump in off your deck and cool off. You can snorkel from your hut. There is coral there. The water clarity was a little diminished with the high winds. But, worth looking. There is an outrigger to try and a kayak for no extra charge. There is only one place to eat at the resort. We are on a remote spot of an island, prices reflect this. Food was good. We often would eat breakfast and supper at the resort. We will well taken care of. We brought snacks to eat throughout the rest of the day. We had a refrigerator so pick up a few beers at the grocery store in town before getting a ride out to the resort. I had purchased bottled water in town as the price per bottle was cheaper than a price of a bottle at the resort. I over estimated how many bottles we would need. So, I think I spent more on water then if we had just purchased what we would need each day. If you are looking for a place to get away, this is your place. It was a delightful place to be
Royal Huahine is a luxury stay. Secluded in an area of Huahine unable to reach by car, the hotel offers boat transfers several times a day to get to local town Fare. It was the best few nights I’ve ever stayed in a hotel. We were so lucky to be upgraded to an overwater bungalow as they were empty and the hotel staff were kind - it was a dream come true. We loved every minute and wished we were staying for longer. We made use of the kayak to explore snorkelling sites and beaches nearby and had loads of fun using a pirogue (French Polynesia’s national sport) which the hotel provides. The staff were really accommodating - they suggested and organised for us to go on an incredible full day tour of the island by boat which was really one of the highlights of our fortnight stay in Huahine. A local called the Royal Huahine the ‘abandoned hotel’, referring to the fact it is a bit run down and hasn’t had the best upkeep by new French owners. We felt that added to its charm however. Thankfully it’s in the process of being renovated currently (probably in time for high season) and we witnessed the workers doing their job really quickly and efficiently - it looks great! We heard locals get prioritised to work at the hotel, which I think is really important given there are more people living on Huahine than there are jobs. The hotel offers breakfast, lunch, dinner (at an extra cost) which was good - though I recommend going to the town to stock up on food, water and other amenities. There’s some great places to eat in Fare too - try the Yacht Club for a truly incredible and much cheaper eat. If you want something special, definitely stay at the Royal Huahine whilst on this wonderful island 🌴. Thank you so much to everyone there for making our holiday that much more memorable.
We started at a resort that was on a smaller island and less populated. This resort as others is not busy due to the time of the year we visited. Stayed in a bungalow. Had breakfast buffet which was wonderful. All the fresh fruit was so tasty. Staff very prompt with any needed help. Staff recommended and arranged a 4 hour tour of the island with a native of the island Henry. We were so pleased with the tour. Gourmet meals were prepared in the only restaurant since it is a smaller resort. Meals were available 3 times a day. You could snorkel off the beach. Canoes and kayaks are available. Pool available and nice sized. The area was secured at night by a watchman because the desk is closed after 9 PM. There is a 10 minute boat ride from the main island to this resort. Resorts like this are bordered by village people. So that area is private. We enjoyed our stay because it was very relaxing and got us into the vacation mode. This was necessary due to the planning of such a vacation. I must emphasize this resort was very clean and well kept. One has to remember it is a smaller island not like Bora Bora, Moorea or Tahiti. One suggestion to the staff when leaving was to make bottled water available there at a lesser cost than expecting people to take the boat back and buy at a grocery store which is less expensive. The other suggestion was to place a reminder in the room especially the bathroom that you can not drink the tap water. May want to bring some wash cloths as this was not available at this resort. It did not seem to be an issue for the staff. I was very impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of the staff on this resort.
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Onsite dining
- Private beach
- Outdoor pool
Located within 2 miles (3 km) of Eden Park, Royal Huahine is within 3 miles (5 km) of Maroe Bay. This 3.5-star resort has 39 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, a private beach, and an outdoor pool.
Enjoy a bite to eat at Te Arii Restaurant, the resort's onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.
Guests can expect to find WiFi and 20-inch an LCD TV with cable channels. Beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a balcony or patio, a minibar, and a coffee maker.
Guests staying at Royal Huahine enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for XPF 3500 per person roundtrip. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a computer station, express check-in, and express check-out.
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78.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 563 reviews