First of all, this is a wonderful, lovely hotel set beside a black sand beach. This is such a contrast to regular beaches that is almost strange to walk along it, but spectatcular. The hotel sits in a delightful tropical garden with palms and other trees, right on the beach. I think all the rooms look out onto the sea, but anyway, make sure you get one of them! The waves lull one to sleep. The pool is also lovely (I'm using that word a lot!). The gym is great, plenty of equipment and the sauna and steam is great.
We found the whole resort to be in good condition, We found the whole resort to be in good condition, very clean, comfy beds, friendly and efficient staff. It's also very good value, we recently stayed in a run down Rydges in Melbourne for an extra $100 per night.
The lady in the shop arranged a car hire for us from Avis; they come to the hotel and collect you. We did a wonderful drive around the whole island and visited the surf break of Teahapou. We kept the car overnight and the next morning drove up to the Belvedere restaurant, way up on the peak overlooking Papeete, fantasique! We dropped the car and Avis said they would drive us back to the hotel at any time so we could go shopping! Which they did, no charge.
I think that this resort would suit most people, there is plenty for kids to do, including a kids club, the pool and beach are great, there is great surfing around the point at a popular, long beach break. The restaurant is reasonably priced for Tahiti and drinks are half price at happy hour. We stopped on our drive at a supermarket and stocked up on goodies, even wine. We bought a can of peaches but didn't have a can opener (clever,eh?) but I asked the kitchen to open it and they brought it back beautifully presented in a bowl on a tray! The hotel also put on a great Tahitian dance troupe for free one night.
Why to stay in Papeete. We arrived on a cruise ship after visiting 4 other Tahiti islands. I'm sure most of us like to get away from civilisation - just not too far. Well, Papeete has 170,000 people and the next largest is Moorea with 17,000. The other islands have hardly anyone there. Although beautiful there is usually only a resort hotel or local bungalows to stay in. Many of the large resorts are now closed due to a cyclone a couple of years ago, the GFC and other problems. On these islands there is no shopping except for trinkets and black pearls. Even the local shops have only the basics; lots of tinned food! I assume you can do activities arranged by the hotel or lie on the beach; these are your options. Otherwise there are miles of deserted roads to wander along. That's probably enough for some but if you want to be near a larger town with shopping, French fashions, restaurants, car hire and all the things in a small city then Papeete is the only choice. Moorea is only 30 minutes away and ferries run all day so you can still visit a less developed place. Having said that, 10 minutes either side of papeete is uncrowded with huge peaks and valleys for 4wd tours and possesses the only golf course in the islands - very nice it is too! That's just something to consider when planning your trip to Tahiti. Car hire is reasonable, about AUD$90 per day.
The Radisson is about 20 minutes out of Papeete but offers a free shuttle mornings and afternoons into the city. So for us this offered the best of both; a tranquil resort hotel next to a wonderful beach and the ability to zip into a nice, small city to wander about for a while and try all the different foods, drinks and sights.
Plus!! Free wi-fi!! they supply a cable for free in the room, fast internet.
We would love to stay here again
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