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Vanira Lodge
Teahupoo | Taravao, Teahupoo 98719, French Polynesia   |  
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Sydney
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“Budget accommadation does not have to mean dirty accommodation”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

The list of good things about Viana lodge are short
Fantastic, beautiful property and view

The bad list is endless
It is so dirty, there is mould growing on everything, chicken poo all over your outside deck, and the kitchen is filthy. Check out my photo of the blankets provided.
The service is terrible.
Our Electricity went out and had to go searching for answers, they said 2 hours but ended up being 5. I was Unable to cook our breakfast or lunch and I was paying more for a room with a kitchen. No apologies, no coming to mop our big puddle under defrosted fridge, no enquries about our the food in our fridge.
I also Asked for a bungalow that closes up so no mice, bugs, geckos etc but roof is not closed in and there are big gab under door for mice.

The Owner karine is nice but keeps herself and house separate and she is only available 8-10am this would be ok if the lady left to help spoke any English. In a tourist destination that would really help so you have no way of asking for help or enquries during the day. When you do go to her office be prepared for the two barking dogs that coming running strait at you. Very scary and I refused to walk there without my husband beside me.
Lunch is supposed to be available during certain hours in the gazebo but I sat there for 2 hours waiting one day and never saw a soul. I ate breakfast there the first morning, it wasn't very nice and after I saw how dirty the kitchen was I wouldn't eat there again anyway.
All the places to eat are a good 20 mins walk away and we went out for dinner one night and had to walk back up the long drive way and hill in the pitch black. The property does not have any lighting to light the way.
Our bungalow was near a pond that had a terribly Noisy pump and was sucking dry water. You couldn't hear anything else all day and night. Since the owner never comes up to the bungalows she wouldnt notice and eventually My husband went and played around with it and got it fixed himself.

This property and accommodation could be something really special if the owner took more interest in it and her workers. Until that time I would not recommend staying there.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

Vanira lodge was in a beautiful area and the bungalows were exactly like the pictures. We were lucky enough to have almost perfect weather our whole trip, though it does seem to rain much more down in Tahiti-iti.

The downside to this place is that the owners are almost non-existent. We would have liked some tips on what to do in the area (e.g. we would have loved a horse trek) but were forced to walk up and down the road until we found a shop or something to do because we could not find the owners anywhere around the lodge. We had no idea if they even knew we were there which was slightly disconcerting. The office hours are 8 a.m. - 10 a.m which seemed rather lazy to us.

However, the groundskeeper, Amelliano was one of the friendliest people we met on our entire stay in Tahiti. He gave us coconut and fruit and will give you a ride to the shop if you need one. He was also able to help us with a boat ride to our next destination (Pension Bonjouir) and his presence made the whole stay much more pleasant.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

All bungalows have an incridible natural architecture, surrounded by beatiful graden and ocean view!!!!
Is the perfect place to stay with friends, family or couple.
Have a nice trip......
Greetings....mariano.-

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

Simply the most beatyefull place I know. All the times I travel to the French Polinesia, I stay on Tahiti Island for a week just because of the beautyness of Vanira Lodge. Tahiti is a very nice Island, specialli Tahiti Iti and even more because of Teahupoo, preciselly where Vanira Lodge is located: up a hill, between a gorgeous vegetation, with the most incredible view, with incredible sunsets and with the exclusive taste of its chambers ecologically builded.... the truth is that there is no words for me to describe this place. I have been all arround the world, and this is my favorite spot, with all the simplicity I want, with all the kindness of they owners and with it´s blessed landscape. I would be very glad to share my experience and sugestions to everyone, so contact me.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

"... a guest house with a difference..." very funny to read this sentence on the website of this place. "...sweetness, harmony & tranquillity " sounds even funnier... Vanira Lodge is a place where:
– "all-natural 'fare'" is made with a lot of plastic material and smells veeery bad
– the "natural" roof is watered at least five times a day (for ex. at 5 a.m. even if it has been raining for weeks)... and yes, the watering is quite noisy and yes, it IS a mosquitos heaven
– the nearest beach is 3km away and it's an ugly communal-next to the parking lot-beach
– the nearest food is far too far away for somebody without the car (don't even try to go to Vanira without the car)
– the bicycles are a) broken b) no air in the wheels
– there is no possibility to walk anywhere except to the mini-mini swimming pool and back, otherwise you have to walk on a quite busy road
– heavy construction works start early (8 a.m.)
– Wi-fi is only working next to the owner's office, far away from the bungalows (when the owner doesn't switch it off – surprisingly it happens )
– the owner is never there (official reception desk's working hours are from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m., but that cannot be guaranteed)
– when you menage to meet the owner and try to complain about the noise or some other problems, the owner will rather shout on you than try to help (don't even think about excuses).

As somebody else already suggested: the owners, please change the profession.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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vanira, propriétaire at Vanira Lodge, responded to this review, April 12, 2010
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Les bungalows de Vanira Lodge sont situés dans un grand parc de 2 hectares en haut d'une colline surplombant la mer, face au coucher de soleil, et entre deux plages, l'une de sable noir à 3km et l'autre de sable blanc à 6km. Il y a des commerces dans le village à 15mn à pied. Il est préférable de louer une voiture pour visiter Tahiti et la presqu'île. Ce sont des "fare" réalisés en grande partie à l'aide de matériaux locaux : bois, pierres de rivière, corail, bambou. Vanira Lodge existe depuis 5 ans et reçoit une centaines de visiteurs par mois pour la plupart ravis de leur séjour. Depuis 5 ans également, les agences et tour opérateurs nous renouvellent leur confiance en nous programmant sur leurs catalogues et sites. Outre la piscine, nous mettons à disposition gratuitement des vélos, et des kayaks ainsi qu'une connexion wifi.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2008

We first heard of this place through a lonely planet guide and decided to look into it a bit further... it was built only a few years ago and had its first guests in May 2005. The lodge only has 4 bungalos- 3 'traditional and 1 non-traditional. We tried to stay in the traditional but all they had was the other type. However, ours was beautiful!

All 4 of the lodges are made out of Tahitian materials with the exception being the tile floors. Each lodge is named after the predominant material (wood) which that particular lodge is made from. Ours was wooden, clay, with bamboo walls, outdoor and very private shower... check out the photos- its stunning.

We rented a car and drove here becuase we wanted to see what the island of Tahiti was about, before heading to check out the other island nearby, Moorea. We are more adventurous types, and not the lye on the beach for two weeks straight so this was well suited to us.

Yes, there is not a lot to do in the area but it only took us a leisurely 2hours (with plenty of stops along the way) to get to the lodge. Very close by is an amazing surf spot which hosts a huge surf challenge every May. Not too far away (about a half hour) is the Botanic Gardens and Gauguin Museum plus shops (grocery stores, etc).

Its a perfect spot to relax, unwind, watch the amazing views and RELAX. There is not internet but there was a small television in our room for the quiet evenings if desired.

Yes, the hosts leave you be (and i did not find this rude)... they don't bother you at all and if you need something they gladly accomodate. I liked this about the lodge because you were left with amazing privacy for your amazing getaway. They were happy to help us when our in-room safe didn't work (it simply needed new batteries and was fine), hey loaned us a electricity cord currency converter, provided new towels, etc.

Now, about the room/bungalo. Amazing views. Amazing. Bed was a bit hard and could have been a bit more luxurious (to suit the environment). Kitchen facilities were well appointed. Tea and coffee available (bring your own milk). Small cook top, microwave, coffeemaker, fridge, huge sink all provided- plus all the utensils needed. We even saw there was a bbq available for use but you'd need to supply your own charcoal. There is a small pool available, plus a small kids play area. There is also an outdoor but undercover community kitchen area for the guests use if needed/wanted. Lots of parking available. Very cute dog likes to come and visit... but will shoo away if you aren't interested in a visitor...

I see a previous reviewer commented on the weather and I must say that after two nights we too were ready to move on. We were not sure if that was the forecast or simply the area we were staying in that attracted lots of rain. I think it was the later. When we left Papeete to get to this lodge, we left sunshine and arrived in cloud. It rained off and on for the next few days then, when we left, we left in rainy weather but was fine and sunny when we arrived in Papeete and was beautiful for the next 4 days in Moorea... so i think it was perhaps the part of Tahiti-iti that gets lots of rain? Just be prepared for the rain, its a beautiful lodge and in our opinion, well worth a visit for a night or two (and to see tahiti and what it is about!).

  • Liked — fantastic quiet & private getaway
  • Disliked — rain
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

Yes, the setting is nice, and the bungalows really do ooze that smurfish charm shown on the website. However, once the rain kicks in, you'll be running for the next available hotel room with air condition.

The Vanira Lodge is perched above the village of Teahupoo on Tahiti Iti's ('little Tahiti') south coast. If you're into surfing and/or hiking, this is definitely the place for you; but, it's a long drive to the rest of Tahiti's attractions. If you want solitude and proximity to boulders and breakers, you'll be more or less locked in to what little else Teahupoo has to offer.

In the end, weather patterns and location make this an unwieldy proposition for either side of the spectrum. After a couple of days, the romantic appeal of the semi open-air bungalows doesn't make up for the constant dampness of the place and, at times, decidedly French service. If you like to rough it out on the other hand, there are probably cheaper options around that don't charge you the equivalent of your camping gear for a night's stay.

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — See review
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Teahupoo | Taravao, Teahupoo 98719, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Teahupoo
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Teahupoo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Works of art these all natural "fare" create a univers as magic as a child dream. On a plateau, facing the sea and the sun set, each bungalow can sleep 1 to 4 persons with private kitchen and bathroom. Vanira means vanilla in Tahitian. Vanilla, as in the sweetness, harmony and tranquililty you'll find during your stay at Vanira Lodge. ... more   less 
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