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“Away from the Crowds in Papeete” 4 of 5 stars
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Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cote Ouest de Tahiti (PK 10,7) | BP2851, Punaauia 98703, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Punaauia
Edmonton, Canada
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“Away from the Crowds in Papeete”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We spent three peaceful nights in an ocean view suite (with a kitchen) at the Manava before leaving on a cruise. Our suite was comfortable, clean and met all our needs. The staff are friendly and helpful and arranged a good Island tour for us among other things. The breakfast was great and the grounds and vistas are lovely. It is an easy walk to the island's biggest shopping centre, yacht harbour, clubs and local stores. Local buses are available, although we always used the hotel shuttle. There is a workout room, free internet/pc in the lobby and a small gift shop. Expect to pay more for commodities, on island locations...being there is worth it!

Room Tip: The ocean view suites with large balconies are amazing but if its not within your budget, the inside...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

The property is in the middle of nowhere. Continental breakfast is $25 per person and full breakfast $35 per person. The George V in Paris is less expensive! The desk staff was helpful and friendly, but not able to help fix issues. We repeatedly asked for the floors in our room to be swept and they were not. The hotel gives one towel per person per day and it becomes an issue if you shower more than once...Ditto at the pool, only one towel is the policy and even a call to the manager will not change that. This should be a one night stay while you leave for a really nice property. Our friends and us stayed 4 days...far too long at this overpriced, budget minded resort. The infinity pool, by the way, is very nice and is fresh water.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Juneau, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Manava for two nights until we left for Bora Bora. It was a very nice hotel we had an ocean view room which was fantastic. The pool was very nice but there was only a man made beach you could swim in the ocean but it was very rocky unless you swam out far. The pool bar was ok, the onsite restaurant was ok too. We found a little store close by which was helpful and there is also a big grocery store down the road. Room was great views were great staff was helpful free wifi downstairs. Short stay is my recommendation not a long stay hotel. But we were very satisfied!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Federal Way, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

We only stayed one night and it was just right for that. We arrived in the morning and they hurried to get our room ready. It was clean and adorable, modern yet with Tahitian flair. Free wi-fi was a plus but could only be used in the lobby area, which was fine with us as our room was not far away. The infinity pool was just okay and the drinks at the pool bar set us back $40 for just two drinks (though alcohol in Tahiti is generally expensive). Not too much to complain about for the price!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Stayed one night on our way to Bora Bora, One night was OK first room in need of some re-decorating second room better. Bathrooms from our experiance need a good deep clean. Reception staff very helpful.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We've chosen this place on a basis of good reviews on tripadvisor, and I seriously start doubting how much you can trust second-hand experience... The place is not far from the airport, but not really easy to find, as no signs towards the actual road exist.
Never mind, there we were, at midnight, found our way, and parked the car. The receptionist was in the back room, and despite a couple of calls from bellboy, didn't attend to us for a while. He later made some drama around the fact that we didn't have any voucher. The reservation number had been communicated to the hotel by our agent, together with the indication of a honeymoon, towards which no gesture was made whatsoever. Later he checked us in, naturally, but lengthy check in is hardly something I appreciate around midnight. Generally, I remember only a couple of friendly looking staff members during our stay, the rest were not paid to smile.
To the room. The size is fine, the bed is pretty good, and the aircon is quiet. The bathroom was not really sparkling. The bath itself chipped off in several places, and the shower had white stains all over the floor. Soap, mold, I did not feel like investigating..
The biggest disappointment, however, came from general grounds of the hotel. The passage from the car park to the lobby was full of water, and stinking with all sorts of things. The garden and the pool looked just sad. The pool is open all the time, meaning, it's just not covered for the night, so should you feel like swimming in cold water in the dark - you can do that. The pool bar was closed all the time. None of the beautiful water features from the photos were working, and instead you could see construction cranes sticking in the background.
Restaurant food was okay, but the presentation was really mediocre (sauces to accompany fish served in plastic bowls).
Overall, it is okay for a stopover (as in my case), but really, you can just go to Intercontinental, and have a better stay. I seriously do not understand all the raving reviews about Manava.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

As our first stop from New Zealand, the Manava was truly amazing. We had chosen on a recommendation from a friend from Tahiti and as we were on a budget and short on time we did not venture to the outer islands. No trouble checking in late, our flight was delayed and ended up arriving at midnight but the staff were there waiting and in good spirits too! We absolutely loved the location and the view of Moorea was fantastic especially at sunset! The staff were amazingly friendly, even the guys that were roaming around at midnight when we arrived just to make sure everything was okay. We stayed in a Garden View Suite for four nights. Though people say they would pay more to upgrade to Lagoon View, it was quite nice to look out over the garden and up the mountain behind and after all we spent most of the time in the pool looking out over the lagoon anyway. Room was air-conditioned which was indeed a life-saver at times! Would highly recommend the in-house restaurant. The food was truly spectacular, though quite pricey, it was more than worth it, some of the best meals we've ever had! If you don't want to eat in the restaurant there is a small dairy that sells basic groceries for reasonable prices and the most delicious baguettes! Literally turn left out of the hotel gates and two mins on the opposite side! Though there is no beach, the pool-beach is one of the more wondrous parts of the property. Such an awesome feeling sipping cocktails at the pool bar whilst watching the sunset over Moorea. It was quite quiet when we were there, more people staying for a night before heading to one of the islands or on their flight home rather than staying for longer. Overall a wonderful experience and would definitely return again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Cote Ouest de Tahiti (PK 10,7) | BP2851, Punaauia 98703, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Punaauia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Punaauia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Manava Suite Resort Tahiti 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Manava Suite Resort Tahiti promises to be the premier Papeete resort for business and leisure travelers alike, offering 121 guest rooms ranging from rooms to multi-bedroom duplex suites and Manava Suites. Consistent with the South Pacific Management portfolio and decorated by Tahitian architect/designer Bruno Hervochon, all guestrooms will reflect authentic Polynesian décor, while still offering contemporary amenities and the comfort of home. With state-of-the-art technology and in-suite kitchen quarters, each room offer a luxurious, well-appointed home base for travelers of all kinds, from business travelers staying for a week, to leisure travelers en route to the outer islands. The resort encompasses five separate buildings, with the first housing the reception area, restaurant, meeting rooms and 12 guest rooms, and the additional four housing 109 suites on 3 floors. In addition, the resort features two bars, a restaurant, a fitness centre, a spa & beauty centre and the island’s largest infinity swimming pool facing the lagoon and nearby island of Moorea. The Manava Suite Resort Tahiti is located in the island’s northwestern region, in the community of Punaauia, conveniently located five minutes from Faa’a International Airport and ten minutes from the city center. ... more   less 
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