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!).
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