This was our second visit to Vanira Lodge (the last being in 2008). Both visits we stayed in the Maara room (one of the 'nature fare'). We love it; it's like a treehouse with a fantastic sunset view. Yes, you'll come across some ants and a few geckos (hint: don't leave food out), but in an open-air concept room that's to be expected. Hint: there are also now the new air-conditioned jacuzzi rooms people looking for something a bit less rustic.
It's also true that Karine, the owner, is very hands off. This is not a family pension where you all sit around the breakfast table and chat with your host/hostess. The fare/rooms are spread out enough so that everyone has their privacy and you may rarely run into other guests (I think that's what she's going for). She does have a very detailed informational guide in both French and English in the room that provides pretty much all the pertinent guest info as well as local restaurants and activities.
We ate breakfast in our room. There's a pretty massive Carrefour in Taravao where you can stop and pick up groceries on the way. For dinner, guests can have room service delivered from the La Plage de Maui restaurant with 24 hours notice. There are not alot of restaurant choices in this area (a few more if you're there on a weekend). We always enjoy dinner for a night at the roulotte down the road.
Things that have changed since 2008:
The reception building is larger and closer to the guest rooms (it used to be a small bungalow at the front of the property), the breakfast room didn't exist along with the jacuzzi fare, and before there was no option for meals onsite.
Overall, we really enjoyed the Vanira Lodge, but I also realize it's not for everyone. However, it's a perfect fit for Tahiti-Iti and I'm sure we'll go back there again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vanira Hotel Teahupoo
- Vanira Lodge Tahiti/Teahupoo