Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea4.0 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
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.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
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.
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.
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.
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.
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86% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1831 reviews