Opoa Beach Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
What a charming surprise. We were looking for a great place in Raiatea but we had no idea that we would be taken such good care of. The food was world class. The room was just right. The concierge service for menu selections, car trips, shopping tips, and Bird Island snorkeling will be our longest lasting memories. Our hostess treated us like we were her best friends. Everything was seamless. We hope to return soon. We miss her. "Opoa" is now the word we use when we describe perfect water. Get in!
My husband and I stayed at Opoa Aug. 16-19 along with 4 other friends prior to chartering a boat for a week. The property was gorgeous, the service impeccable, and the food unbelievably good! We highly recommend the Opoa Beach Hotel!
We booked the two room cottage for two couples before we picked up our charter catamaran the next morning. It worked out great. We were picked up at the airport. Our pick up went well, but another couple was almost left behind so make sure you confirm your pickup...and the transport fee was high. The rooms are clean and right on a nice sandy beach. What you would expect of a Polynesian island. Owner was very friendly and our lunch was outstanding. Pricey, but good. But you better get used to the high prices while travelling in FP. It is also remote so be prepared to pay for a pricey dinner or bring food with you.
We had high hopes for opoa beach and we were deeply disappointed. We had pre paid for 3 nights and left after one as the service and accommodation was so bad. The rooms themselves are pretty but cheaply done. The flowers spread throughout the room are pretty too. The room was very damp and within 12 hours everything we owned was damp. The towels and sheets smelt dreadful (body odor). The shower overflowed (as noted in previous reviews). Dinner was dreadful. My husband is coeliac and despite pre warning they had made no allowances. The food was cold and fatty. As we had nothing else we ate it. Breakfast was worse with stale bread for me and cold water for the tea. When we left I discussed with the sweet receptionist that I didn't feel charging us for the additional costs was appropriate. She agreed. I have since been accused of theft by the owners. I emailed the owners to discuss all our concerns and why we left early (as other guests have too) and to give them a chance to rectify the problems in the future and to offer us an apology, some part of a refund etc. I was astounded by the arrogant response accusing me of blackmail and suggesting things that were factually incorrect. After reading their response to other poor reviews I can see that I am not the only one who has been on the receiving end of this! Sadly I would recommend you go elsewhere until the problems are sorted and customer service is learned. Everywhere in Polynesia is expensive however opoa beach represents no value for money whatsoever.
Other reviews have highlighted the fantastic food at the restaurant, and the cuteness of the 9 cottages. What you should know is that some of the best snorkeling in French Polynesia is near the Opoa Beach Hotel. The hotel has a motorboat (or you can do a 30 minute kayak paddle) to take you to nearby Motu Oiseaux. They will pack you a sandwich and water as a picnic if you like. The snorkeling from this motu is spectacular. It's close to the barrier reef of Raiatea. The snorkeling is in 4-6 feet of water and there are many spectacular coral bombies to explore with all manner of fish, eels and even some black tipped sharks to see. The hotel is located 37km from the town of Uturoa. There is no civilization nearby, so nature and relaxation are the draw here. You are only 3 km away from the biggest Marea in French Polynesia. It makes a nice place to enjoy an early sunrise before a great breakfast back at the hotel. We stayed here in two beach front bungalows in June 2017 after a sailing trip to Bora Bora and Taha'a. It was a great way to wrap up our travels before returning to Tahiti and then back home. Highly recommended.
For an independent hotel in this part of the French world, it offers exceptional quality and services. Be prepared to stay for at least three nights as it takes already a day just to arrive at this remote location. A pleasant surprise for us is the food. Everyday the chefs prepared something creative, innovative and appetizing. The river prawns in light creamy sause, the grilled prawns and the raw fish salad are my favorites. The service is great: attentive, patient and smiling albeit the staff do not speak much English. The cottage is well equipped and tastefully decorated. Housecleaning did a great job everyday. The only slight disappointment was the packed sandwich lunch for our excursion . They were left in the cooler for too long that the entire sandwiches were soaked in the mayonnaise. We didn't eat them.....
Opoa Beach Hotel must have around 9 bungalows. All bungalows are situated around a well maintained garden, full of tropical trees and flowers. Although they are quite close to each other, they are very quiet. All bungalows are very spacious, with beautiful interior decoration, especially the bathroom. They are also very well lighted, an important dimension for French Polynesia, where the sun rises at 6:30am and sets at approximately 5:30pm. It is also important to mention that it doesn't have any mosquitoes. Of course, the bed is equipped with a mosquito net, which we used, but we did not have any mosquitoes, whatsoever. Opoa Beach Hotel has, maybe the best restaurant in Raiatea. It serves exquisite french cuisine. Of course, the portions are small, but the food is delicious and each dishe's decoration is a piece of art!!!! The place is very serene, tranquil and it is the ideal place for absolute relaxation.
The Opoa beach hotel on Raiatea is a lovely, secluded, small hotel about 40 minutes from the hotel in a remote location. It is very French and is owned by a French couple,- when we were there all the guests were French. Eric, the owner welcomed us and showed us round our villa,- a beach-side gorgeous bach with a large balcony, lounge, bedroom and bathroom all decorated in a simple but attractive Polynesian style. There isn't much of a beach but there was a refreshing pool. The food was all delicious and very French. Each night there were 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts to choose from. During our 3 night stay I had chicken with pineapple,- tasty, pork curry,- delicious and grilled beef,- fabulous. The continental breakfasts were good with a range of fruit, breads and croissants. We enjoyed our 3 night stay here and would recommend it to anyone wanting to visit one of the lesser known islands.
My wife and I stayed in a garden cottage for two nights at the start of our vacation. The garden cottage, like the others at the hotel, is an independent, open air (no air conditioning) cottage that is nicely decorated. The cottage has a living area, bedroom, good size bathroom and a covered deck with a hammock. The hotel is a long way from town. So, if peace and quiet are what you are looking for, that is what you get. Snorkeling is provided by a free, short, boat-ride to a small island. The daily meals were provided by the on-site restaurant and were very good. Dinner was selected from the options provided at breakfast so they could be prepared by the staff at dinner. The staff was tremendous. Everyone was friendly and went out of their way to be sure you had what you needed for a good stay at the hotel. The young lady, Mihi (sorry about the spelling), that greeted us was there from sunrise until after dinner had been served and was on top of everything. She was fantastic and she did it everything with charm and a smile!
The Opoa Beach Hotel is simply awesome. The end of the road, peaceful, quite, great staff and the food at the restaurant was perfect. Eric was a gracious host...spend time with him and he will fill you in how the resort was built and the history.
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95% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 624 reviews