My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon last night. Moorea was the second leg of our trip with the first being Tahiti and the last being Bora Bora. We had the option to upgrade to the OWB here. We didn't, but looking back we probably should have. The OWB's here are pretty nice and sit in anywhere between 3-5 feet of water. They are the perfect image of the OWB experience.
I'll start off by saying that if you're coming a long distance to French Polynesia, don't bother staying in Tahiti. We were there our first night and felt that we should have skipped it and gone straight to Moorea or Bora Bora. Tahiti wasn't bad, it just doesn't compare to the other islands. The one nice thing about stopping in Tahiti first, was that we were blown away when we arrived at the Hilton Moorea.
Moorea and this hotel make the perfect first impression. The day was crappy, it had rained all day in Tahiti. By the time we got to Moorea it was clearing up a bit, but still very overcast. Even in the clouds the water looked perfect. Sure, it looks better with sun on it, but after a mediocre experience in Tahiti, we were overjoyed to see such beautiful hues of blue and green.
When we arrived at the hotel, the staff had cool wet towels scented in Hibiscus (I think) and a cool cup of tea. The staff all spoke English VERY well and there was a Brit there, the manager I think, who was very friendly. The gal that checked us in was super friendly too, although I can't remember her name. The check in went really quickly (more quickly than the Hilton Bora Bora) and before we knew it the bellhop had come to take our bags. Now this wasn't any ordinary bellhop. He arrived in a pedicab setup. If you've ever visited San Diego, you are familiar with the term. A pedicab is a three wheeled bike, a tricycle really, where one person peddles, and the other two sit behind him or her in a seat. There was also a spot for our luggage and we continued on to our room in style. On the way to the room we noticed how beautiful the resort was. We weren't on the water, but the grounds are very nice. When the guy got us to our room we tipped him 1000 CFP, because he worked so hard to get us there.
The room was very nice, and a step up from our room in Tahiti at Hotel Manava. Everything was very clean of course and the bathroom was fantastic. Beautiful fixtures and a great shower. The plunge pool was awesome, although we didn't end up using it much.
There is one restaurant and I guess one bar, although they are right next to each other. We had breakfast included, but not dinner. If you are coming here, I'd highly recommend you get a meal plan that includes as many prepaid meals as possible. Meals are expensive everywhere in FB. You may think you can get through lunch, but it's harder than you think. If you just do breakfast and dinner, bring many CLIF bars for your lunches (or just take food from the buffet in the morning).
We only had breakfast included and it cost us a fortune to eat lunch and dinner. That is pretty standard for FB though, so the Hilton is not overpriced by FP standards. Also, drinks are ridiculously priced everywhere in FP. If you stay at this Hilton, I heard after we left that there was a grocery or market nearby, within maybe a ten minute walk. Go there and buy liquor if you want to get lubricated, because a monster and vodka will cost you around 2000 CFP (23$ USD).
The Brit at the front desk said the tap water was filtered at the hotel and safe to drink, but we didn't test this theory. We bought a few bottles of water at first, then refilled them at the gym cooler daily. Water is expensive, around 750 CFP ($9 USD) per bottle, so this will help you save.
I liked the food here better than at Bora Bora Hilton. The breakfast was definitely better, the dinners, probably a little better too. Also, the staff was more hospitable here. It's not that they weren't friendly at the Hilton Bora Bora, I just think that the Bora Bora is a larger resort and probably harder for them to cater to everyone. Plus, there were more English speakers in Moorea at the Hilton, and their English was better than the Bora Bora Hilton.
We did the romantic dinner for two on the beach. This is very expensive 29000 CFP (around $320 USD I think) but worth it. Your lady will love it and it is very romantic to do at sunset. We had a waiter who didn't speak a ton of English, but he was VERY friendly and we loved it. They have a pre-fix menu though, which I thought was odd. For that price I'd think you'd be able to order anything you'd like.
They have standup paddle boards for free use, as well as Kayaks and free snorkel gear. The lagoon is fairly shallow for a ways our, no deeper than 5 or 6 feet for probably about 200 yards offshore.
Also, there are surf breaks in Moorea. I didn't make it out to any, but check out
None are really close the this hotel, but there was a Bed and Breakfast that did surf trips called Moorea Surf Bed and Breakfast. Email them at email@example.com before you go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between two bays on the heart-shaped island of Moorea, is the very definition of a romantic South Seas escape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort And Spa
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Hotel Papetoai
- Sheraton Moorea
- Moorea Sheraton
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa French Polynesia