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“Great beach bungalows!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Les Tipaniers
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Haapiti, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Moorea
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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117 hotel reviews
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Great beach bungalows!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Stayed here in 2009 for several nights in a beach bungalow which was absolute perfect. The bungalow is really spacious and clean and has all the amenities you need. The views towards the beach, ocean and green hills were fantastic. And it is a really affordable place for Frech Polynesian standards. Wouldn't want to stay anywhere else on the island.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

You will have to book a long time in advance to get a Fare (hut) in this piece of paradise. We stayed here for four nights with our two boys ages 11 and 9. Whatever you do, bring lots of insects repellent and sun cream. They will lend you a bike for free so that you can go and do your groceries shopping at the local supermarket but the selection is poor and the prices are steep. The kitchenette is great for breakfast and the bar on the beach is good value. Go for the fresh Tunafish salad, very tasty, very healthy. For there, you can sit in the shade in front of the beach. The beach is shrinking every year a bit more but is is divine during the day with enough palm tree shape to enjoy a good book in front of the lagoon. Beware, there is not a single shower available to rinse of the salty water. I brought a plastic bowl and used a tap. Bring or rent some snorkling gear, there is a rainbow of fishes in there. Go for the excellent tours to see the manta rays, and have a beer in the sunset...
The rooms are very dark and basic but clean and very spacious. The gardens are beautifully kept and the staff very helpful. You will wake up early because of some overzealous roosters who think that they own the place, and wake up during the night because of some famished mousticos, but this place is so magical that you will not mind.

Room Tip: Get a room with a kitchenette and insist to be as close to the beach as possible as there are no sho...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Stayed May 2010 but only for a few days.

Great little village of huts. Fairly clean and comfortable and quiet. Beautiful little beach with great sunsets and a nice large pier.

Lots of village dogs running around - but it's like that everywhere in the French Polynesia - yes even Bora Bora ! :) But they are all friendly and barely noticed them.

We saw an octopus right off the pier and a random dog jumped on him and he inked and disappeared! Quite the experience.

I would stay here again if visiting Moorea for a few days trip. Would not stay for more then 2-3 days though - it's a little too roughing it for me :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

We felt very welcome from the minute we walked up to the reception desk. We stayed in Bungalow 27 which is the closest to the beach, right beside Tip Nautique. The beach here is nice, there is easy access to the Motus via water transfer (with Tip Nautique) There is a fantastic barefoot bar and restaurant on the motu called Coco Beach- great service and huge portions- try the burgers!! It's a short walk to Petit Village for groceries and nice shops. We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Get bungalow 27 if you can
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

If you are planning to visit Moorea, definitely plan a stay at Les Tipaniers. We stayed in the Vanilla Bungalow next to the path leading to the beach, a full 6 nights. It was a little bit noisy at times (lot's of people marching to and from the beach) but it did not bother us. We even liked the morning wake up call from one of the roosters that enjoyed visiting our porch, :) If the foot noise will bother you, chose a bungalow away from the path. The bungalow was very comfortable and fully equipped so you can make your own food.

The main reason why we picked this hotel was for the beach and great snorkeling. Right from the beach you can watch sunrise and sunsets without turning you head around. There is no need to have snorkeling gear at this location. You can observe various sea creatures right from the deck or just walking around the reefs in this shallow waters. For more deep snorkeling, take the free outrigger canoe from the hotel and go to the neighboring Motus. You can also rent other equipment from the neighboring rental place and kayak to the area where you can spot sting rays and sharks. If you wan to play with them, (with sting rays, not sharks) bring some fish for them, or observe others feeding them (lots of tour groups come to this spot).

We did not take an advantage of eating out at the hotel’s restaurants everyday, mainly because we wanted to make our own food (purchased from the local store) and save some money for our trips around the island. But, on our last night we decided to end our trip with a very delicious dinner. The service was very good and Jacques remembered that we wanted to try the bread fruit and prepared it just for us. It was delicious!

If you are planning to rent bicycles or scooters, definitely choose one from their list of providers. We rented mountain bicycles from a guy that has his booth right next to the grocery store (a short walk west of the hotel). We reserved them the night prior to our trip at our hotel and they were delivered to us quickly with very good rates. Almost at the end of our tour around the island, one of our bicycles got a flat tire, and he was so nice enough to come and pick us up (a 40 minute round trip drive for him) and drop us off at the hotel.

Overall, the hotel service and treatment was very good. Will definitely stay there again!

Room Tip: We stayed in a bungalow next to the path that leads to the beach. If foot traffic noise bothers you...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

We stayed here for four nights. You ged good quality for what you pay. We stayed in a room, not in a bungalow and we had a lot of space. It was clean and really nice. I mean it is not a Ressort hotel, but a good hotel between budget and expensive. I would stay here again. The location is perfect. You have a really nice beach and the possiblity to go to one of the motus during the day. The food in the hotel restaurant is really bad. We didnt like it at all. We therefore recommend walk to the little village. The coks were really loud in the morning, but that is a problem of the island.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed here for 4 nights while honeymooning in French Polynesia. Let me first start off by saying: If you are looking for a decadent hotel in a plush tropical resort, this is not the place to stay (try Sofitel)! However, if you are looking for a stress-free, quiet, no-frills island escape - THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE! If you have ever rented a quiet cabin in the woods, I would compare it to that (but on a beach instead). Accomodations are basic, but clean and well maintained. The service at the front desk is friendly and responsive. They will happily arrange for your rental car, call for restaurant reservations, and confirm transportation for you. They will also lend you a bicycle for free so you may ride to the nearby village (Le Petit Village) to shop for souveniers and groceries. There is a dive shop (SCUBA Piti) and aqua sports (TIP Nautica) shop located on the property, which both have great service and prices. The beach at Hotel Les Tipanier is one of the best on the island (the other being Ia Oro near the Sofitel - over 20km away). The hotel grounds are well maintained, but not overdone like the Hilton. All bungalows provide easy access to the great beach, but the front-porch view and convenience of the beachside bungalow can't be beat! Dinner at the main (Italian) restuarant here is good, and decently priced. My only complaint would be the lack of service and poor quality at the beach bar/restaurant. They seemed to only be open a few hours a day, and the food was less than mediocre for what you are paying. My recommendations: 1) Bring your own alcohol and cook your own food in your bungalow's kitchen..then sit on your front porch to enjoy the beautiful scenery. 2) The Intercontinental and Legends Resorts are within 1/2 mile, so you can easily walk over for a "fancy" dinner and plenty of high quality (but high-priced) cocktails.
Overall, Les Tipaniers was exactly what we were looking for - a quiet, clean place to sleep after spending long days diving, kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. It is simply missing a late-night bar/restaurant option, because it would have been nice to have a "night cap" and a snack on the water after those long days, without having to get dressed to go back out for dinner!

Room Tip: Try to one of the last 2 bungalows on the beach (closest to the dive shop). The offer the most priv...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Haapiti, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Moorea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Les Tipaniers 2*
Number of rooms: 172
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