We stayed at the Hilton Moorea for a week in November before Thanksgiving. Everything about it was perfect!! (Well almost everything -- we didn't care much for the main restaurant, but the crepe place was great!!)
We stayed in an over-water bungalow, bungalow #73. It was awesome. I highly recommend the over-water huts, especially this particular one. It faces the island and East, so you can see the sunrise, and it's relatively private. The room itself was spacious -- a couch, desk, king-sized bed and a very nice-sized bathroom with a separate tub and stand-up shower. The toilet is separate, which is also nice, but the walls do not go all the way up. I saw a couple guests complain about this as they didn't feel it was romantic. However, my husband and I did not have any issues with this!! Also, there was an American-style outlet in the bathroom, which was great! We brought one adapter, but we ended up not using it since we already had the outlet! All of the over-water bungalows have a nice deck with a table and chairs as well as a platform for swimming. Every morning, we'd swim off of our platform and feed the fish. There are so many fish! We saw many different kinds, including sting rays and reef sharks!
I saw a couple reviews complaining about internet service. I did not have any issues using the wi-fi in the room or in the lobby. I also don't think it's so unusual to have to pay for wi-fi service. I usually have to pay for wi-fi when I travel, and I travel a lot. If you are gold or diamond with Hilton, this will be covered. A couple other reviews also complained about the noise -- mostly dogs and roosters. So here's the real deal: there are dogs, and there are roosters on this island. You will hear them. However, we didn't find this bothersome at all. Maybe it's because we live in downtown Chicago had have all different kinds of sounds outside our doors, but honestly, we were not kept up by dogs barking or roosters crowing. If you are planning to travel here, just bring along some earplugs if you are concerned. We did not have earplugs, and we were fine!
The grounds of the hotel are very pretty and very well kept. The garden bungalows on the other side of the beach all looked quite nice nestled among the trees and pretty bushes. We would often take walks through the paths that wound around through the garden bungalows. It was very pretty with all of the flowering trees.
The gym on the property was nice. Decent equipment and two tv's. The shower facilities were also very nice here. However, I'm not sure if there was air conditioning in the gym. That may be worth asking about if you'd like to go work out.
The hotel offered snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards for use at no cost. I thought this was a nice touch, especially given the price of the rooms. You could also pay for jet skis if you are interested. There is a full service spa on site, too. We booked a couples massage, but we had to cancel it as my husband and I both got burned! Prices are pretty consistent with pricing at other resort spas outside of the states. We didn't have any issues with cancelling.
We had breakfast with our room. It was a very large buffet that included hot and cold items. The breakfast was good, but not great. But, there was a lot of it!! We ate dinner one night here. We were not crazy about the food. We had signed up for one of the polynesian dinners, but we cancelled it after we had dinner at the restaurant. We didn't really like the food, and we decided we didn't want to pay the mark-up for the show and have bad food. We ate three nights at the crepe restaurant/bar. This was fun, and the crepes were good. I highy recommend the Captain Cook's savory crepe. Really delicious! A couple nights we went out to dinner. Once to the Moorea Beach Cafe. This place was just OK. I know it has good reviews and the Hilton said it was good. Several other couples from our hotel went to the Moorea Beach Cafe on the same night we did. They liked it. We did not. Another night we went to Le Mahogany. We had a much better meal here. My husband had excellent Mahi Mahi, and I had a great veal shank. Another day, we had lunch at the Snack Mahana. IT WAS AWESOME!!! If you are planning to rent a car and drive around the island, please go here. It was so good and the view was very nice too. I highly recommend their poisson cru. Truly awesome and much more flavorful than what we had at the Hilton and at the Moorea Beach Cafe.
The poolside cafe at the Hilton was ok. Prices are high for lunch, but they have pizzas which is a nice thing for two people to share. They also have sandwiches and fish options. The hotel does a happy hour from 4 to 7. You can get 2-for-1 rum drinks. This was a lot of fun, and a great deal! We went every night for drinks and snacks.
There are many activities that you can book through Hilton's guest services that are onsite at the hotel. You can do snorkeling excursions, boat rides, sight-seeing tours, rent cars, etc. Prices are pretty consistent with resort pricing and the staff is very friendly. You can also book shuttles to and from the ferry. This was a very convenient and inexpensive mode of transportation. We did this to and from the ferry, and the Hilton charged it to the room.
On the last day, we checked out but our shuttle didn't leave until 4.45. We stored our luggage, including my laptop, at the front, and then enjoyed the hotel for the rest of the day. We got cleaned up and used the showers in the gym. There is a transit room, but it was occupied. We had no issues using the showers in the gym. They were clean and well stocked with shampoo and soap! The only downside is that there wasn't a hair dryer at the gym!
All in all, we really enjoyed the HIlton. The staff was exceptional. Extremely helpful and always pleasant. Yes, some folks moved on island time, but everyone was so nice and friendly. Just be prepared to ask for the check and to wait a little longer for things...I mean, is waiting really that bad when you are in paradise??!!?!
If I go back to Moorea, I will stay here again. It was awesome, and we had the best vacation ever!
- Also Known As:
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort And Spa
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Hotel Papetoai
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Hotel
- Sheraton Moorea
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort
- Moorea Sheraton
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa French Polynesia
- 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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