Stayed here for 4 nights/5days on the second stop of my 18 day Tahitian adventure. The island is beautiful with breathtaking views. Be sure to take a land and a sea tour, you won't be disappointed.
You can arrange through the concierge on online with an outside company.
The hotel is located about 30 mins from the ferry and 20-25 mins from the airport. Taxi one way from the port is about $45US and airport about $40US. The hotel concierge can arrange a group transport and the cost is about $12.50/person US one way to the airport or about $13US to the ferry dock. There are a few restaurants within 5-15 mins walking distance of the property. However several restaurants on the island will arrange pick up and drop for free and the concierge can arrange for you. There is a commercial
Center about 10mins drive away or 30 mins walk. There is a shuttle that will take you for about $5US per person one way. Across the street from the hotel is a shop for snacks.
The hotel itself is very large. There are two buildings with traditional hotel rooms that are next to reception and pool/beach area. The rooms were pretty standard and could use a remodel. The beds were a bit hard, but I like really plush soft beds.The other accommodations on property are bungalows some on a beach and most on the water.
The property also has a turtle rescue area where someone gives a talk daikybat 2pm. Also the dolphin center is on site. I didn't not do any formal tours but walked to the area and could watch the dolohins swimming freely- beautiful.
There are two infinity edge pools overlooking the beach and ocean, plenty of loungers in the beach and poolside, and umbrellas/trees if you want shade. The beach has calm warm waters. The entrance is a bit rocky so bring water shoes.
There is a spa on site. I had an 80min traditional massage that was excellent. However I agree with other reviews that the cost is high as the spa has no amenities. The spa itself is dated and needs a total revamp. It is an outdoorsy concept and there is no steam, no sauna, no experience shower, no real relaxation area, no plunge pool, no hot tub. So arrive about 15mins in advance to change.
I ate on property a few times. Had breakfast buffet once as it was not included in my room rate. A few good choices but I would tire of it after a few days. I attended shell restaurant and wrote a separate review in it.
I attended the Monday and Wednesday Polynesian shows. The buffet was very good with a lot of local foods- suckling pig, fish in coconut, rice, grilled pork, grilled and fried fish, plenty of deserts, etc. I was surprised that coffee and tea are extra. The showed themselves were good. The hotel was celebrating its 30th anniversary while I was there. The owner and members from his other 3 hotels were on property to help celebrate which I thought was awesome. The staff was so excited and happy. All this to say the show Wednesday night was spectacular- set over the pool. I really enjoyed it.
In retrospect, I should have stayed 5-6 nights in a bungalow as it really is a beautiful island and property. Can definitely recommend staying here! [Less]