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Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea

4.0 out of 5.0

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Staff are very helpful & friendly, garden bungalows are ok and kept very clean. They are spacious and CNN is available. Quite area. Breakfast, nothing special, and always the same, boring, unless you like omelets. Beach area is very good and clean. Wifi in the bungalow areas non-existent, and reception tells you to sit in the reception area to receive good wifi. In general most hotels in the Polynesian islands very expensive. We had a car for the 4 days thus drove all the way around, in one day, nothing spectacular. The highlight of the 4 days on the island was the LAGOONARIUM, see separate review. Would not book again or visit this island again, but its better than TAHITI.

We stayed for 3 nights in a Garden view room. The room itself was fine, food and restaurant were a little pricey, but good enough. The ocean water is a little murky, not turquoise like Bora Bora that we went to straight after. The one thing that will drive you crazy is the wi-fi - very slow, drops out no-stop. I could even loads pics to my Facebook, had to wait until I got to decent wi-fi at the next hotel. The one thing I did like about this resort is the close proximity to the local township and shows. It's just a 5 min walk if you'd like to go to a supermarket or eat at a local cafe.

While the staff try their best to do the right thing for their guests, the resort here is generally slipping. Management is arbitrary and capricious in their application of amenities and services to guests and the quality of the infrastructure and food are deteriorating noticeably in the year since we were first there. And we paid for one of the most expensive bungalows they have for our entire stay. No considerations and would have had the same experience in their cheapest flat. We won't return here in the future. Btw, we have traveled to Moorea 3 times in the past year so believe we have positively contributed to their economy in that time. Too bad for this resort they won't benefit from our financial input in the future due to their own short sightedness, management laziness & inattentiveness and general greed. Also, not under hotel control, (and I have an impression there are no noise laws,) somebody down the road in the next community over had music blaring over loud speakers at obscene hours that could be heard half way around the island (modern music, not traditional island musicians practicing). This disallowed sleep and general resting environment. Never figured out what that was about but bring your earplugs (marginally helpful)

Concerige not very helpful or knowledgeable. Restaurant food average and pricey. You had to ask multiple times for water before receiving. Pool was awesome except that they ran out of towels and snorkeling equipment. Yo

The beautiful island of Moorea... What an amazing time we had. After many weeks planning the perfect vacation, location, and place to stay, we found it at Manava in Tahiti. And so very pleased we did. A warm welcome of a refreshing drink and a cleansing cloth and sweet flowers, we were taken to our truly authentic Polynesian bungalow overlooking the lagoon. Manava is a smaller more intimate and authentic Polynesian resort which was perfect for us. The restaurants and bars are closely situated for easy access. The infinity pool is divine. The service is professional, friendly and family like. The food is fresh and delicious. The views are awe-inspiring, breathtaking. We loved the staff, courteous and fun. Breakfast was lovely with fresh produce and plenty of it. The resort is perfectly located to explore the island. And did we explore!! We hired a scooter and discovered every inch of Moorea, the amazing beaches, the outstanding mountainous regions, the little cafes dotted along the lagoons, the beautiful people of the islands. Our time in Tahiti was amazing, but most importantly of all is we felt at home in an intimate and traditionally Polynesian resort. Would we go back? Hell Yes!!

We've just spent a magical week at the Manava on Mo'orea. We started in a premium beach bungalow (#306) on a white sandy beach overlooking both the ocean horizon and some of the overwater bunaglows. The beach bungalow was quiet and very comfortably appointed. As a treat, we moved to a premium overwater bungalow (#407) for the last two nights - and so happy we did. Snorkelling in the waters off the bungalow's deck was such a treat. So many beautiful coloured fish. We also went canoeing using the resort's free equipment. The infinity pool is said to be the largest on Mo'orea and is wonderfully refreshing. The buffet breakfast was plentiful and there was just enough variety to keep us happy for the week. We ate dinner at the resort several nights - with a kids-eat-free inclusion most welcome. For variety we also had sundowners and dinner at the Kaveka on Cooks Baie one night (they pick you up and return you free of charge) and we ate at the fabulous BBQ restaurant directly over the road from the Manava on two nights (tasty and very reasonably priced compared to many of the spendy establishments on Mo'orea). We booked two tours through the very helpful woman at the hotel's tour desk. The Lagoonarium (the BEST snorkelling ever with sharks and rays) and a boat day trip to a motu with memorable tour-guide Marco - both unforgettable days. We were lucky with the weather - we had mainly sunny days and one day of rain - but it was still warm and just before twilight we were rewarded with a marvellous, vivid rainbow over the towering green peaks behind the resort. Three minor points I'd mention. 1. Check-in took a long time - we were waiting over half an hour - albeit sipping refreshing fruit drinks - but after a long, long journey to Mo'orea from Australia with the kids we would have appreciated getting to our room more swiftly. 2. Our visit coincided with a large booking by a Singles in Paradise group from the USA. The late afternoon water aerobics session where the group of about 20 took over the pool for an hour with rather loud music was not welcome. We were glad when they departed after a few days and peace returned. 3. We were charged for four supposedly complimentary cocktails and when we queried this at check-out found that we had apparently also been charged for some wine that we had not ordered. This took some time to sort out and the bill was eventually corrected. However, in the scheme of things, these were very small issues. Our overall experience was superb and the mood of the place is perfectly reflected by the hotel's ginger cat, Moustache - the most relaxed feline ever! Thank you Manava.

Each night the Hotel provide a special snack that was delivery to our bungalow as a surprise. The staff was pleasant and helpful.The daily pickups for activities was kind, patience and very helpful with local suggestions for lunch or dinner. The Hotel even provided a Polynesian show, which included drums, Polynesian dance & fire show (free, without dinner) Tahiti.com was the keys to success on this one

Cozy boutique hotel with local charm. Walking distance to the nearby essentials- car/scooter rental, bank, a coffee house and a market. Don't bring bug spray- the local monoi oil was the best investment of the trip is offered at the gift shop. 19 of the 28 overwater bungalows face out towards the ocean for minimal noise levels and offer more privacy when compared to the clustered and rear-facing bungalows offered at the Sofitel or Hilton. Inside the bungalows are neat and comfy. Large private decks get sun all day, perfect for tanning. Water over the bungalows are NOT shallow. So no wading/standing. Borrow some fins, kayak or SUP board from the hotel and you're set. The infinity pool is roomy and great for lounging. Only lacks heating, which would help when the wind kicks in. You also don't have the long, white sandy beach feel that's offered from the Hilton or Sofitel. Overall, Manava is a great value if you want a central location to explore Mo'orea and a bungalow with privacy without the hefty price tag. Definitely not for "hotel snobs" who desire corporate hotel pampering and plan to remain on hotel grounds. But Manava does offer the right amount comfort if you're looking for a quiet, intimate Polynesian feel.

We loved Manava Beach Resort, the boutique hotel Tahiti.com found us. We used Tahiti.com because they specialize in Tahiti (global agencies were preoccupied with earthquakes in Italy, etc.). Amalia was wonderful. She gave us all the information we could want, good itinerary and a great price. She's got fine multi-island and Bora Bora packages but we opted for two weeks at Manava Resort in Moorea so we could focus on water activities, not hotel hopping. We're so glad we did; we'd happily have stayed at Manava Resort a month. Amalia at Tahiti.com did a great job getting us all the connections and tickets for each connection. Air Tahiti Nui was lovely, served both dinner and breakfast on both flights round trip from LAX to Fa'a'a International Airport on Tahiti island. Then we took the incredibly scenic 40 minute Aremiti Ferry 2 to Moorea island; two excellent carriers. We enjoyed the arrival-by-sea experience. We did have issues with local travel; see end of post. I also thank my TripAdvisor friends who gave us so much great info in advance: Chris M: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g309685-i1796-k10120874-Moorea_on_a_budget_What_I_learned_part_2-Moorea_Society_Islands.html ; BarbiJKM: https://www.tripadvisor.com/members-forums/BarbiJKM ; and Hamara: https://www.tripadvisor.com/members-forums/Hamara -- Without your help we would have missed so much! On Day 1 after red-eye from LAX, we enjoyed a hassle-free arrival at Manava Resort about 10 am. We got a tour of the stunning property, rested awhile gazing out the lobby's panoramic ocean-view windows, then had free use of a day room to change and a dip in the pool. Our room was ready early at 1 pm. We unpacked to avoid noon heat, then back to the pretty infinity pool. We were delighted with the warm staff, the fantastic breakfast buffet (such variety), two short but lovely beaches, and the location: 5 minute walk west (turn right at the highway) to Maharepa shops, groceries, a few restaurants. Amazing sunset on resort dock, gazed for hours at southern constellations from our private deck. We stayed in an Over-Water Bungalow (OWB), gorgeous with strong life-saving AC, well worth the price. We heard the founders of Manava Resort built the first OWB for hotel use in the world and we believe it. The mountains behind Manava Resort are so fabulous that we got a mountain-view OWB; bungalows #411-416 have wonderful mountain views and shade, which helps when it's 85-90 F. We used the Resort's free kayaks and SUP boards for hours a day on six different days, then lounged on the exotic palm-lined beach right by the restaurant. Manava gave us bottled water the first two days; after that we refilled with tap water which was delicious and perfectly safe, no problems in 13 days (we drink tons of water and have sensitive tummies.) A few folks wrote here that fridges at Manava don't cool well. My husband the engineer fixed this by pulling fridge out of its cabinet and sitting it on the floor so the cabinet didn't retain all the heat the fridge generates and the AC could circulate around it. OK it didn't make ice, but there's a good ice machine just outside. And we didn't have anything go bad on us in the fridge. On packing: turned out we didn't need more than small roll-ons, as others have posted, and that's good because Air Tahiti Nui is strict about its unusual baggage limitations; see "tips and issues" at end. On Day 2 we took a "Lagoon boat tour" to get an overview of Moorea; great idea. 'Mako Blue Lagoon Tour' aka 'Hiro's Picnic Tour' is fantastic (search facebook on 'Hiros PicnicTour' and send message). Their boat leaves right from Manava Resort. We were so glad we chose Hiro out of a dozen Lagoon tours; 8,000 CFP p person, good value. Our boat had only 12 people; we saw the better-known tours mobbed with 40 passengers. The trip through Cook & Opunohu Bays was stunning. I hate tour recordings but Mako's personal narration was fascinating, he knows Moorea. The shark & ray feeding was over the top, snorkeling off Motu Fareone (western of the two off-shore islets) was good, BBQ lunch the most delicious fish and chicken grill ever. Mako made pareos (sarongs) for us by hand and wove us palm crowns.. We loved the Motu islets so much, 2 days later we took a taxi to Les Tipaniers Hotel, strolled to Tip Nautic boat rentals on Les Tips' lovely beach, rented a small motor launch, then snorkeled and putted around the Motus all day again. We landed at Motu Coco Beach Cafe on Motu Moea (eastern-most islet) (must have hotel make cafe reservations 2 days before) and had a fantastic fish grill lunch with our feet practically in the water. This Cafe is even better than its rave reviews here but they book up and weren't serving Fridays, so I had to rearrange our week last minute. If you go, get to your hotel desk asap to learn Cafe schedule and book a reservation so you can plan the rest of your week, it's worth it. After lunch we waded around in the shallows off the Cafe, enjoying the people partying off their boats, then motored back and watched the sunset from the long dock at Tip Nautic. Reserve boat at Francis , Tel :(689) 87 78 76 73; six hours, 130,000 CFP. See end of post for taxi details. This went on every day for 13 days! Every day at Manava Resort we had a beautiful sunrise, a beautiful sunset, and if it rained, a beautiful rainbow (see photo). Kayaking was great. We did a long kayak trip to Cook's Bay. It was easy going out; took us under an hour to go 4 miles from Manava Resort across Cook's bay to Berkeley Gump Research Station where we beached kayaks for picnic we brought (no food there). Not saying it's open to the public but hubbie is a Berkeley grad so we winged it and were welcomed. But then the wind & waves blew up and it took us 3 hours to get back. Scary; I prayed all the way back like Moana. My arms still hurt. Folks: Violent squalls spring up out of nowhere, it's the middle of the Pacific. Stay in a 30 minute radius of your resort unless a seasoned kayaker with lotsa muscles. We stayed closer on our other trips and were fine, even on a 30 minute kayak (one-way) from the Resort almost out to the Reef around the lagoon (Moana again: "no one goes beyond the Reef!") Manava Resort also has guided jet ski tours for 220,000 CPF. Jet skis are "tour only" on Moorea; no one rents to individuals as it's too easy to smash into coral, wrecking coral and machine. Highly recommend horseback riding at Ranch Opunohu Valley; Manava kindly arranged for us as ranch doesn't do email. Horses are very lively, make sure riders either have experience, or speak very firmly to the tour guide that you want a very old quiet horse. We are both decent riders but we had to reign those puppies in; very spirited. Views of the mountains from the valley are stupendous. More here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g309685-i1796-k10619323-Horse_riding-Moorea_Society_Islands.html#84409094 At least a one-day car rental from Albert Transport is a must (reserve online, pick up across street from Manava or most resorts.) Thanks Chris M for the tip! We saw an incredible amount in one day. First we drove to Maharapa town (tho we could have walked) as we had lots of errands. Went to bank for CFP, bought a gorgeous pearl at Eva's Perles (thanks, Hamara for introducing us to Eva!), grocery shopped: hardy red wine (Domaine Tailla de Bordeaux) 2,200 CFP; local Hinano Beer (I don't like beer but even I liked it), huge nice baguettes, many types of cheese etc. at the market Google calls "Libre service Moorea, Maharepa" -- then drove it all back to our room, leaving valuables in the safe. Then we drove up Mt.Toihea to iconic Belvedere Lookout; go there for sure, car, tour, ATV, mountain bike -- just go. Driving use the paved road starting at the foot of Opunohu Bay, not the unpaved road from Cooks Bay. Buggy at Belvedere; spray up. It was nice to sit in an AC'd car for more gazing at Opunohu Bay, Mt. Rotui and Cook's Bay as seen from the Lookout. We'd planned a second Belvedere trip to hike (see Chris M's reviews on hikes) but we never got back as we were out on the water so much or enjoying our OWB's gorgeous views. Then we hit the Rotui Juice Factory up Mt. Rotui from Cook's Bay -- highly recommend -- for tasting all their sweet vanilla, pineapple, other liquors & Tahiti Drink (rum and tons of sugar). To keep sugar down, tho, what we bought was Rotui Mango juice (pure fruit, no sugar added; best juice I ever tasted), Rotui Passionfruit juice (a bit more sugar), and local "Rhum Maohi Rhum Brun," Tahitian brown rum 1600 CPF. Delicious! Drink with juice or canned coconut milk (Rotui juices and canned coconut milk also at all groceries for similar prices). For sunset, drove to Ta’ahiamanu Beach -- aka Amaretto Beach aka Mareto Beach aka Opunohu Beach -- on east tip of Opunohu Bay (a mile west of the Hilton); spectacular. Site of the much-photographed palms growing sideways over the ocean. So many photos they won't even load here. Roads are not well lit, so we drove home after sunset, got up at 5 am and drove east to the Sofitel Overlook on the highway for sunrise: spectacular views. Then we walked on mile-long lovely Temae Beach down below next to Sofitel, got the car gassed and returned, all before it hit 85 F at 9 am. We planned to rent the car 2 more days to hike or snorkel the "Lagoonarium" but we had so much to do at Manava Resort and on the water that we ran out of time. Do get breakfast included. At Manava Resort we ate a king's breakfast (papaya, pineapple, omelets, bacon, croissants, cereals, I could go on) every day. The food is worth it & we didn't need lunch. Otherwise, dinner in resorts and most restaurants starts at $40 pp food only; 2 persons w. drinks easily runs $100-$200. Two can dine with a glass of wine or Maitai for $50-$70 at a few places like Manuia Roadside Grill opposite Manava Resort and Te Honu Iti, Cook's Bay (free pick up/return but one must like French cuisine). Manava Resort has a very reasonable Happy Hour 5-7pm daily at the bar with half-price drinks 8,000 CFP and excellent appetizers; coconut shrimp and calamari; yum; that was enough dinner for us on several occasions. Manava Resort has a free and fun Tahitian Dance night Weds 7:30 & Sat 8:00. Watch while dining at restaurant or if you eat dinner earlier like us, make a reservation at the bar for a bar table on the same patio and have dessert and drinks for the same view and great creme brulle. They kindly put our name on a bar table at 4 pm. Yes now we want to see Bora Bora, Raiatea, the Maldives, Mozambique... but we long to return to Manava Beach Resort! Tips and Issues: Packing: it turned out we didn't need more than small roll-ons, as others have posted here, and that's good because Air Tahiti Nui is strict about its unusual baggage limitations; study their baggage page carefully and weight every item or you'll have to check it. That happened to us, we had to check a regular roll-on which they said was "over weight." In fact, we lived in bathing suits, shirts & pareos (sarongs), with one dress/jacket enough for dinners since pareos can be tied as dresses. You want to buy a few pareos in Moorea. I was sooo glad I brought 4 bathing suits; we each dried one nightly on our bathroom clothes line, wore another next day to breakfast covered by a shirt or pareo. Hardly generated any laundry; never wore most clothes we brought. We did wear jeans & sneakers on the plane and for horseback riding, hiking, Belvedere sight-seeing. That was good because away from the ocean there are lots of bugs; it's a tropical jungle, duh. Bugs bothered me in Hawaii, but I didn't see any at Manava Resort or on or near the water on Moorea; but I'm not allergic so maybe bites didn't show. My husband did get bites even at the ocean; he's allergic. Bring lots of commercial grade sunblock and bug spray; expensive on Moorea. That means check a bag when arriving, but next time we'll likely pack large lotions, sprays, old personal snorkel masks etc. in an old gym bag; check it at LAX, then use and throw out in Moorea -- to have no checked bag returning (see airport issues below). Transport Issues: On arrival when our Aremiti Ferry landed at the Via'are dock in Moorea, our Via'are ground transport co. Moorea Mahana Tours was nowhere to be seen, no sign, and we had a tough time locating our luggage ourselves in the huge crates unloaded helter-skelter off the ferry. That was the only time we had trouble finding a transport connection. We only found them by asking around in the milling crowds at the dock. Taxis are expensive in Tahiti esp. after 7 pm, a problem since most Moorea restaurants don't serve dinner until 6:30. Manava, the IC and most resorts do however have good bar menus available 5-7pm, so that's one fix. When we weren't near a resort, for example at Tip Nautic 5pm sunset when Les Tipaniers wasn't serving anything but ice cream, we brought a picnic dinner, ate it on the dock, then went for ice cream, then went home at 7pm. Ironically we got the best deals on local cab rides and excellent, punctual service arranged by advance email before we even left LAX, to our same friends at Moorea Mahana Tours , Tel (689) 40 56 20 44 Cell 87 78 16 44. Their local service was so good I'd surely use them again. They charged 7,000 CPF round trip to leave Manava Resort 9 am, return leaving Les Tipaniers 7pm, a pretty long 25 minute drive each way. All other transport cos were quoting 8-9,000 round trip. After 7pm even higher night rates kick in for everyone; I emailed them all, and Mahana had the best deals. Shared Transport: If you have your hotel contact them a day in advance, Albert and many transport companies do set up impromptu "shared transport rides" from Manava Resort, for example, to InterContinental, at half the price of private taxi. But I couldn't get anyone to do it by email in advance of our trip, at least with Manava Resort; we had to arrive and be talking to our hotel in person. And then we had to give the hotel a days notice to get a shared ride, as it also depends on the day and who else wants a ride; some days there might be no shared run. There are no regular vans or transport between the resorts, a real shame, except for the daily Ferry transports by each company but see above; you have to make special arrangements to ride shared transport. I researched local buses on the internet in advance and buses do service every ferry coming and going. But I couldn't pin any schedule down. On arrival, we did see a lot of local buses including at non-ferry hours but by then I wanted to spend time on our OWB deck, not researching buses. Airport Issues: The only real annoyance was going home. The last ferry (and last planes) leave Moorea so early that we spent 6 miserable hours without AC in crowded Fa'a'a Airport waiting for the 11:45 red eye to LAX and were toast on the plane. I checked with the airline, Papeete hotels, and cab cos, but found no way to store luggage near the Ferry dock in Papeete, so next time I'd do one of these: 1. Spend $100 pp for Air Tahiti's Fa'a'a Airport Biz Class lounge, but only if it has AC! Not sure; if no AC, no dice. 2. Take luggage to airport, put in airport storage (it exists but you'll need to research) and pay a taxi round trip back to downtown. This is popular enough that it was described at length by bus driver who picked us up at the Ferry and drove us to Fa'a'a -- but we didn't know how hot Fa'a'a would be, so we didn't listen. 3. Stay in Papeete downtown harbor when Ferry arrives at 5:10 pm. I'd far prefer returning with only small roll-ons and wheeling those around the harbor for 3-4 hours, to sweating at Fa'a'a. Watch the sunset over Moorea at the harbor, stroll the scenic esplanade, enjoy all the many food trucks, impromtu music, etc. then grab a cab at 8pm. 4. Extend the trip to Bora Bora which does have planes leaving late enough to arrive at Fa'a'a' ca. 8pm.

We should have done more research, we booked through Costco and this was the only place with availability so we went with it. The bad: rooms are old, needing updating (caulking around the tub black and moldy and peeling off for instance). Overall, wood everywhere looked like it needed TLC (granted, being on the ocean must be tough, but the other hotels looked much better). Location not so great. It's in a bay that's darker in color, if that bothers you. I'm a fan of the turquoise water - the Hilton & Intercontinental are located in better areas, IMO. Our over water bungalow was too shallow to jump off of (we enjoyed doing that in Bora Bora). The French receptionists are not-so-customer oriented. Hotel a favorite for families, if lots of kids in the pool bothers you (not the fault of the hotel). The good: breakfast buffet was good. Staff (other that the French) were very nice, very helpful. Danie, the Concierge was awesome. The pool is on the nicer side. Nice bar area, reception area nice as well. Drinks were good. For the money, it's probably a good value but to be honest, i'd spend the extra and stay at a nicer place.

BP 3410 Moorea Windward Islands

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Maharepa, Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course and within a 10-minute drive of other popular attractions like Temae Beach. This 94-room, 4-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with a private beach, a full-service spa, and a restaurant. It's on the waterfront and also within a 15-minute drive of Moorea Tropical Garden.


Dining

For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Rooms

Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea's 94 rooms are air-conditioned and provide furnished balconies or patios, minibars, and coffee makers. 26-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Other standard amenities include ceiling fans, safes, and phones.


Property features

Guests of Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a children's pool, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Room options

Premium Bungalow, Private Pool, Garden View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Premium Bungalow, Overwater

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Duplex, Garden View

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Bungalow, Overwater

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1831 reviews