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Royal Huahine

3.5 out of 5.0

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Perfect for private, austere, serene, slow pace and few people which is why we loved it overall, but 3 nights may be max! Terrible for luxury, touristy, night life, and building maintenance, which may cause you to hate it overall! Basic amenities are lacking, such as pen+paper and how to use phone/safe. No: window screens, convenience store, corkscrew, lotion, free water, snakes, spiders Yes: bees, calm for open-water swimming, crabs Ask for beach towel and plan to re-use limited bath towels. Also, flight, transfer logistics and grounds are done quite well. Activities are not well supported, but we figured out you can walk to roads. Terii is island hiking guide. Food is not fancy, but okay. Have coconut fish. Staff is good, but seems to lack leadership. Internet on and off, but not available in bungalows. Room cards worked most of time.

Our 2nd week in French Polynesia ended here in Huahine. Our room was a beach bungalow that could not have been in a better location. The walk off shore snorkeling is very very good. Managed to see many schools of fish along with an eel right by the pilings of the overwater huts. These beach front rooms are very large with a nice deck on 2 sides to enjoy outside. The one thing to consider staying here is that it is a 20 minute boat ride from Fare, so if you are looking for anything to do outside the resort you have to plan for that. Fare is literally nothing to speak of as it seemed everytime we were there the shops were closed. Probably should have timed it for the cruise ships (which have seemed to take over the world). just saying. We had lunch at the Yacht Club twice and I love this place, especially the help! Back at the resort we had dinner there 3 times and the food was amazing. The duck breast was the best meal I have had in a long time. We took long walks along the beach, kayaked in the lagoon, snorkeled and enjoyed the laid back peacefulness of Tahiti.

We enjoyed our stay on Huahine. The resort was secluded and when we went there was only a few people there, so we almost felt like we had the place to ourselves. The food in the restaurant was normal resort prices, a bit expensive for what they are, but portions were big and the food was good. The ferry to the town meant you had to plan around it, but I was not an inconvenience. Plenty of free equipment for water activities. The price of our stay was a good deal for French Polynesia.

Beautiful ... I loved stepping of the deck from my veranda into the clear pristine waters of Huahine (with all sea life at your doorstep): The restaurant serves amazing food the staff iare very welcoming ,this is a great place to just relax and unwind ...there is a boat to take you into town if you need supplies or just want to go into town

One of our favourite spots in French Polynesia. The staff is super nice, actually so is the entire island, never been anywhere like it. The beach is awesome, take some time to do some kayaking, swim with some beautiful fish. There is frequent shuttle service to the town so take advantage of that as well and go around the island, there is a very scenic wrap-around road.

We traveled here as a family of four (2 adults and two kids, ages 10 and 14). We enjoyed Huahine and the Royal Huahine very much. As other reviewers mentioned, the hotel has not been updated in some time. We booked knowing this, appreciating the value that the hotel represents, particularly for staying over water. We stayed in overwater bungalow #39 and loved it. The additional cost for the overwater bungalow was quite low compared to other hotels in French Polynesia. We highly recommend the upgrade. Prior to our arrival, we stayed at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso and Le Moana hotels. Obviously, this hotel is different from those. But this hotel is also about 1/3 to 1/2 the price. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would absolutely love to return. We loved our bungalow's deep water location. It was great fun to jump and dive into the water. We found our bungalow to be generously sized, comfortable, and clean. We had no issues with mildew in our room, and it was completely bug-free (overwater bungalows may have an advantage in this regard as compared with garden bungalows). There is a mini fridge in the room, and a bar sink, which was convenient for fixing afternoon drinks in the room. As other reviewers mentioned, it is a great idea to stock up in town at the supermarket right where the boat drops/picks up. The air conditioning in our room was located such that the cool air landed on the bed, which my husband appreciated, as he likes AC very much. Our friends stayed at the hotel as well (bungalow 38), and their AC did not face the bed, and their ceiling fan did not work well, while our ceiling fan was newer and quite effective. After some time, I believe that their room did get cool enough, considering it was the hot/muggy season, just not as fast as ours. The cleaning staff did a great job and we received fresh towels and toiletries in our room everyday. There was an issue with getting pool towels for one or two days during stormy weather - perhaps the laundry is off site? For us, it was not a big deal (again, we appreciated the value offered by the hotel, and were able to make do). And later the staff remembered that we asked for towels when they were out and flagged us down to offer them when they were again available - nice. The gardens are very pretty, and the setting (between the steep, tropical hillside and the lagoon) is beautiful. The pool was clean, but the pool furniture was outdated. We didn't mind, as we preferred to go back to our bungalow deck. Again, if the hotel had a complete overhaul, we would have been paying at least twice as much per night, so we were fine with outdated pool chairs. The overwater walkways are sturdy but could use a complete overhaul, and the rope "railings" are rickety, so small kids would need close supervision. The restaurant was enjoyable and the food was better priced than we have seen at many other French Polynesian hotels. We enjoyed the more economical options - the fish sandwich and fries was good, quite large, and under $20. The poisson cru was also good, similarly priced, and very generous in portion size. There was a 'menu touristique' with a huge entree salad with grilled fish and grilled chicken plus large dessert sundae for about $22. We read other reviews that said breakfast was not as good a value, so we skipped it and self-catered. We enjoyed the kayaks and outrigger canoe, and did some snorkeling (despite stormy weather). We also did the full day lagoon tour with Huahine Nautique, which was great. Again, we would gladly return to the Royal Huahine. The island is beautiful and our short trip left us wanting more. For us, the Royal Huahine was an excellent fit.

Where do I start? The pictures lie. They are outdated. I don't know what these folks are talking about by saying this place is "serenity"-- I am by no means picky, but this place is a dump. Plain and simple. The place is falling apart. Mold, mildew and decay everywhere you look. Black mold on the window coverings in restaurant, mildew all over our bathroom, tiny masses of bugs crawling all over the walls near the restaurant bathrooms, janky pool area, a visible septic pipe running the length of the property: from the overwater bungalows, under the restaurant and to the other side (which you could SMELL while dining). The staff is lukewarm at best; one staffer even asked me to exchange money with her for her upcoming trip to the States. Could not get beach towels when we first arrived - they just didn't have any. Half the lunch menu wasn't available (I understand and appreciate that this is a remote island and would have totally overlooked this but this was the icing on the cake). Pathetic breakfast buffet, dirty and broken glasses at the restaurant, wrinkly table cloths, dirty salt bowl, an unkempt and unused pool-side bar. the pool was crumbling and the pool chairs were out of a horror film. NO WiFi other than in the hotel lobby. Not even at the pool area. The "Spa" is a joke-- it is a converted bungalow that has two massage tables in it with no one there. Likewise, the gift shop is left wide open with no one running it. The worst part was that our room was absolutely disgusting-it smelled like septic and rotting wood. I will try to post photos here of the mildew/mold in our bathroom and of our bathroom toilet(having tech issues). Worse than an outhouse! The towel hook fell completely off the wall when I tried to hang a towel. The cleaning staff didn't give us clean towels for several days in our room. This was truly a shame as I enjoyed seeing Huahine and it's people but I felt totally trapped here and miserable with my surroundings. I did not expect much by way of modern amenities on this island because I know it is less visited than the others but I was not expecting filth and decay! We walked through the Lapita Hotel downtown and it was MUCH nicer, newer and cleaner so if you go to Huahine I would say stay there.

Good value, beautiful location. Not much to do hear but swim but they do have kayaks for you. It was low season when we were there so not sure if the two kayaks they had would be enough if the resort was crowded. Food was good and reasonably priced considering the location. I forgot my jewelry bag in the suite on departure. When I emailed the hotel, the had actually found it. Such honesty speaks highly of the people that work for the Royal Huahine. Resa from the office saw to it that my case was shipped to my hotel. Very impressive in todays world. Thank you Resa. The over water bungalow that we had was large with a fridge. And mini kitchen. Not new by any stretch but location was luxurious. Lovely beach and lots of beach chairs. Went to town only once. Not much there. Well worth the trip. Thanks again Resa.

Wonderful room, great view. Pool furniture needs to be refreshed, and prices in the restaurant are the typical Tahiti high rate. Long boat trip from town got to be tiresome if one wanted to visit town often. Great swimming, and super beach. If you want a bungalow over the water, the rates are lower than many others.

Stayed in an over water bungalow on the outer edge. Crystal clear water. Not a new hotel by any means but rooms were spotlessly clean and the housekeeping ladies were efficient and friendly. The transfers were handled efficiently and there are timetabled trips into Fare each day so you can visit town and further afield. Food at the restaurant was good, not OTT with prices. One of our party went fishing and the restaurant prepared the catch beautifully for us to enjoy one night. Watching the sunset over Raiatea and the other islands to the west with a drink on the balcony was fab. Shop for some snacks and refreshments in town when you arrive and you can enjoy a serene time before making the stroll to dinner. The gardens are beautifully kept and the legendary Tiare flower blooms prolifically among the hibiscus and other beautiful tropical blooms,

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Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in public areas (fees apply)

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. It's on the waterfront and also close to Huahine Bay.


Dining

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.


Rooms

All 39 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. 20-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Free newspapers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are also available.


Property features

Guests staying at Royal Huahine enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 495 reviews