My husband and I stayed here for the first four nights of our honeymoon (followed by several nights at the Hilton Bora Bora, which I'll review next). There isn't a lot to do on Moorea or at this resort, but it's a nice place to hole up and unwind in private for a few days. Legends is a good choice if you're up for something different and you'll be visiting other islands (and getting your beach front or overwater bungalow experience there).
The villas here are nice and the views are beautiful. We had a 2 bedroom premium ocean view villa, which we loved, but some of the mountain view villas at the back of the property are apparently less expensive and looked just as (if not more) amazing. The best part about this resort is the fact that each villa is a little self contained home with a washer/dryer, AC in the bedrooms and full kitchen. You can eat healthier and cut some costs by cooking your own meals. We loved it.
We flew into Tahiti, took a cab from the airport to the ferry and then took the ferry to Moorea. There are Avis car rental locations all over the island--at the airport, at the ferry station and right down the hill from Legends. You can easily rent a car at one location and return to any of the others. Car rentals near $100 a day and no advance reservation is required. We highly recommend renting a car--at least for your first day--in order to make a grocery run for your booze, bottled water and food. While there are a few SMALL markets within walking distance of Legends, these are very basic and extremely limited in their selections and you'll be happier going to the big "Champion" grocery store near the ferry for better savings and choices.
This is more of a condo resort than a hotel, which is what we wanted, but if you're not prepared for it or if you come here without a car or groceries, I could see how you could feel a little stranded. There is a restaurant on the premises that's supposed to be good but we didn't check it out because we cooked our own meals each day. The "take away" food from the little snack shop on the grounds was good. We had a couples massage at the "spa," which was excellent. The villas have DVD players and the front desk has a decent selection of DVDs that you can borrow during your stay. The pool isn't large and it's more or less one and the same with the lobby and cafe and reception. It's beautiful but not the most inviting pool scene for actual swimming or laying out as a result.
As for the complaints about the steep hills and walking, this is a mountain resort. If you have a car, you'll be able to park right outside your villa. If you're without a car, they'll take you wherever you want to go at the resort via golf cart--just be patient. The resort has a stretch of a nearby private island when you're ready for some beach time...it has a small lagoon feel to it....it takes 15 min to get there between the van ride down the hill and the boat ride to the island, all of which depart at regular intervals each day. It was a smaller stretch of beach than I'd imagined but still very beautiful. There are a few picnic tables there so consider bringing lunch or a few drinks with you when you go.
I would agree with the reviews about the wildlife in your villa. We were prepared for it after some of the other reviews (i.e., the lack of screens, etc.) --and it is an island mountain resort so I suppose it comes with the turf--but every night there were geckos and during the day the occasional bug or bird visiting.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend Legends to others. It definitely seemed like the nicest resort on the island.
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December 29, 2012
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us & we look forward to welcoming you back to our island paradise!
Best wishes for the New Year,
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