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“Paradise with a slight blemish” 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
London
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
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“Paradise with a slight blemish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This hotel is well situated, being far enough from Papeete to escape any urban feel. At the same time it is a short drive to the airport provided you cope with a road system that can be a bit confusing. We loved the view across the lagoon to the neighbouring island. It is well worth paying the extra for the sea view. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped. It is a bonus that they have cooking facilities and a fridge. The infinity pool is fabulous. There is car parking on site, below the hotel. One word of warning! We found unauthorised daily additions to our bills. On investigation I was told that they were an environmental tax. It seemed strange that we had not been informed of this 'tax' when we paid in advance for the main part of our bill (the room). On further investigation I was informed that this was a voluntary tax. Now, who could begrudge making a financial contribution to helping the environment? Certainly, not us. However, it was unacceptable for the hotel to act in the way it did. One wonders what is going on.

Room Tip: The lagoon view is worth having.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 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
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irvine, california
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had 1 1/2 days in Papeete while waiting for a flight to Sydney, and chose the Manava Suites based mostly in price comparison - not inexpensive, but better than some of the other resorts. Our room was in the main reception building - a bit of a walk from the underground parking and the pool, but otherwise fine. The room was quite modern and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom featured a large tub and a separate shower room (though we couldn't understand why they chose stones for the bathroom floor - really hurt your feet while standing under the shower!). The toilet is in a separate room - again, poor choice of design to have a very uncomfortable rectangular toilet seat! The room had a fridge and coffee maker. There is no beach to speak of here, but the infinity pool was lovely as was the lounge area next to the pool bar. Eating choices are very limited and quite expensive - a recommendation to them would be to have a snack menu at the pool bar with some more reasonably priced, lighter options (we ended up going to a small grocery store just down the street). The people at reception were a mixed bag. The person who checked us in was quite disinterested, but others were a bit more helpful. Same for the restaurant - they weren't really interested in providing a good dining experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We spent 3 days prior to sailing on the Aranui3 and 1 night after returnig from Bora Bora. We had a standard room, twin beds as we were 2 sisters travelling together. We found the room met our needs as they were abe to split the king size into 2 twins so that was great. Loved the large bathroom with the hugh shower and separate bath tub and appreciated the toilet to be in it's own little room. Having a bar fidge we great as we found a market, Week End, within easy walking distance (about 1 km. to the left when you exit the hotel) and kept some food & chilled wine available. The ifinity pool was lovely, great way to cool down after a long day out and about. The swim up bar was a treat as well. The only downside for me was that there are no decks with the standard room, but all in all we enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

By seeing such good reviews we were happy to stay here. Upon arrival we checked into our smoking hot room which wouldn't cool down and the phone didn't work. They sent a technician up to fix the phone but it turned out we had to call the front desk by dialling the hotel number as it wouldn't just connect. He tried three different times but it didn't work. Then we ended up moving rooms as the a/c wasn't working right. The elevators smell very badly!!! In our new room it was nice enough looking but the a/c just didn't keep up!!! We had it at the lowest setting and it never got there, couldn't sleep at all because we were sweating!!!! Also the bed in the master is a couple single mattresses put together to make a big bed. The staff was very friendly which is why I gave 2 stars. I would never stay here again. Upon checkout they also tried charging me for the "local calls" that the tech made from the hotel room but I cleared that up. I also ate at the restaurant which was good but the service was not that great, they are not very attentive to you like in other places I had been. The food however is very good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This is a good hotel for a stop over in Papeete if you need to wait for a flight or cruise.
Be aware that after 2:00PM there is no food avalaible in the restaurant, only snacks in the bar.
The staff is not very friendly, specially at the restaurant, where it seems that they are in a rush to push you out.
The pool is nice, with a wonderul view. No beach.
The room that we stayed was huge, called Lagoon view or similar. They are located in the third floor. Very clean. My wife complained about the size of the pillows not being confortable for a pleasant sleep (too bulky and hard).
In order to go to the market you need a shuttle bus, there are two per day (at a charge).
I will not reccomend for an extended stay, there are betters places in the islands.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The hotel is not centrally located, but we stayed there on a weekend where a lot of shops are closed anyway so it was not an issue. The view over the pool, ocean and Moorea from our balcony was great. There is a small bar in the middle of the pool where you can swim to and order a cocktail and watch the sun go down. The food in the restaurant is good and of course pricey. But this is French Polynesia, so go ahead and spoil yourself.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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