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2.0 of 5 Resort   |   B.P. 397, Uturoa 98735, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Uturoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York City, New York
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Pretty awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Sigh.. If only all "bungalows" could look like this one. Ok so there's no beach at this beach motel but this is no ordinary bungalow, this is a waterfront house all for a mere 12000xpf. Not cheap but a pretty damn good deal for an entire house with full kitchen, dining, living area plus huge deck. It's not a hotel either with fancy fixtures but all clean, well maintained and nice wooden furniture.

The family that owns and runs this place are so nice and warm. If you need anything, they give you a lift into town to pick up groceries, ATM, pharmacy, etc. they speak English and French fluently and are super helpful.

The one thing I wished they had available was wifi in the bungalow. I was too far from the main house to get signal. No big deal, no internet for a few days but it would have been nice.

Also there is no restaurant on sight but some restaurants around offer free pick up and drop off or even deliver dinner to your door step. It's a nice alternative to a hotel setting. Although if they ever open up a restaurant, I bet it would be quite busy and good as well.

Stayed February 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I camped at the camping ground for about 10 days split between a trip to Bora Bora on the ferry. the second most beautiful location I experienced in the whole of French Polynesia. Amazing snorkelling off the jetty/pontoon that leads from the shore to the coral shelf drop. free drives into the town of Uturoa if you book the night before, free fruit picked from there own plantation is left for guests to help themselves, aswell as fresh baguettes every morning (ordered the night before for about 60 cfp). wifi internet is available throughout the grounds. Excellent English spoken by the lovely owner who also organised my trip to Bora, by calling around Bora Bora and working out most of the details for me in French!
the camp ground itself is quite lovely, with (cold) showers toilets and a fully stocked gas kitchen incl. 2 refridgerators for guests use.
A very memorable experience, and one I would love to relive in the future one day.
Not a single problem during my visit - if you are going to stay in Raiatea, stay at Sunset beach Motel, I cant recommend it enough!

Room Tip: when picking a camp site, watch out for nearby crab holes! haha
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lakeland, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We just returned from another vacation at this wonderful place. We have stayed here many times over the past few years. We return because we love everything about it; including, the family who own and manage the bungalows, the fantastic view of Bora Bora and Tahaa, and the warm, clear water of the lagoon. We tell everyone we meet that this is the best place to stay on Raiatea. There aren't many places in French Polynesia where one can have a true piece of paradise, even for just a few days, without paying a fortune.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mt Martha, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

After our pick up at the airport, M. offered to drive us to Uturoa where we were able to stock up on provisions at the supermarche before arriving at the campsite. Other reviews already pay tribute to the location, and friendliness of the staff. We enjoyed a free kayak expedition to Motu Miri Miri, some 40 mins paddle away. Going in the other direction it is possible to kayak towards the runway of Uturoa airport and feel as if one's coiffure is dried by the landing planes. The snorkelling and Tyrollean, or flying fox, keep one entertained close to shore. Free seasonal fruit left on the table in the beautiful garden near reception are a nice touch. The grapefruits were "to die for." Madame is very gentille in organising trips, selling stamps or ordering baguettes which one can pick up from reception the following morning. The nearest shop is only less than 2 kms away, however it is possible to walk to Uturoa (5kms) or hitch a ride. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped. We enjoyed visiting the church in Uturoa on a Sunday morning. Uturoa also featured local buskers and an outdoor fish market, a climb up Mont Tapioi for great views, (ask Madame for directions), a trip to Taha'a with "Edwin tours" and the very informative and tailor made Christian's Truckie tours. Christian made sure to speak slowly and clearly in French so that the children could understand. He welcomed questions and altered the itinirerary to cater for individual tastes. Take advantage of visiting the Heiva festival in town in July to gain an appreciation of Maohi culture! Be warned, activities often commence later than scheduled. No trouble walking home in the dark from Uturoa at midnight with children 9 and 11. Whenever M. passed us walking to town, he would assist with a lift. To top off our trip, though, we were overwhelmed after M. dropped us off at the airport for departure, about 20 minutes later Madame arrived at the airport, delivering a guy rope from our tent, which we had inadvertently left at the campsite. She had driven all the way to the airport in order to reunite us with it. Wow! Such service comes not from duty but a love from the heart. Thank you!

Room Tip: Avoid pitching the tent under coconut trees.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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linwood, KS
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was a great place for us. The bungalow was clean and fresh. The staff was very helpful and tried to accomadate us in every way. Great swimming and snorkling off the pier. We took our chairs out into the shallow water just steps from the room and just relaxed. It was quiet and peaceful. They will run ou into town to pick up supplies. Can't beat it for the price. It was just what we were looking for.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

If you love snorkelling and nature this place is perfect. The area is very quiet and very relaxing. There are beautiful little coral bombies very close to the shore and the fish life is unbelievable. Eliane and her family are very friendly and accommodating. The bungalows are very clean, but do need a little bit of updating, but otherwise if you are looking for somewhere very relaxing this is the place to come to. The bungalows are about 10 metres from the lagoon, and if you could live here forever you would!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kiwi en Route
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13 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

SUNSET BEACH MOTEL
Our trip is on the second tier economy, eschewing the glossy, international packaged experience. We have found some losers but boy, have we found some gems. Take for instance Raiatea’s Sunset Beach Motel for a perfect, economical holiday destination.
The owners, Eliane Boubee and her son Moana are clearly proud of the family land they have on the sunny west-facing coast. Formerly a coconut plantation the acreage now has roughly 15 cottages spaced for privacy and views in well-planted parkland. Both the land and the cottages show that they are tended with care. There is a jetty for access straight to the reef drop off giving perfect access for snorkeling and swimming. It’s very safe and we watched a game 5yo fascinated with her snorkeling, before enthusiastically launching herself in the clutches of her Dad off the flying fox on the jetty.
Sunset make available kayaks, snorkeling gear, boules, volleyballs, a library of books and a playground for kids and if you are still short of adventures, Eliane books her guests in at no charge on activities and tours that are in a bulging info booklet that is in each cottage. However if you are a surfer or a diver and you want to access the outer reef or passes I’d recommend you do what the locals do when they don’t have a boat…hire one from just down the road for the day and get out there yourself.
There are cottages within a couple of metres of the turquoise lagoon, which I’d recommend. Others are set back very privately in amongst the palms. We arrived to a clean, simply furnished cottage with bougainvillea flowers on the beds and washbasin and a couple of fresh coconuts, chilled in the frig ready for drinking. To us that was a lovely touch. The cottages are a simple Lockwood style of various configurations depending on the number of guests. Our time at Sunset was relaxing to the point that we felt quite spoilt.
An example of the Boubee’s thoughtfulness to their guests is the fresh fruit that comes off the property that they have on a “help yourself “ table by reception.
From NZ on the internet trying to find my way around the best deals, say for a hire car, I enlisted Moana and he gave me local contacts. I recommend this. I also recommend the local market, the fresh tuna sold on the roadside and cooking simply and so cheaply at the cottage. Few restaurants have views like that and eating out here is expensive. But I do recommend Le Napoli for simple gorgeous food in a restaurant filled with locals. The pizzas are standouts in a generous menu and kids have fun making their own under the pizza chef’s watchful eye.
We took Eliane’s advice and took the Taha’a small boat tour with Taeva and Flo. What a special treat this was: the family pearl farm, seeing how they make the best vanilla in the world, in the lagoon with rays and shy reef sharks, a fantastic lunch before the spectacular snorkel through the Coral Garden.
Treat yourself…GO.

Room Tip: Waterfront with shade...# 5 was perfect.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: B.P. 397, Uturoa 98735, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Raiatea > Uturoa
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Uturoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunset Beach Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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