We stayed at the hotel between 14th & 17th October. We arrived by yacht having sailed around the Society Islands for a week. In fact we arrived a day early and announced our presence to Vatea who could not have been more helpful, allowed us to use the hotel mooring ball and then arranged for our over water bungalow to be prepared first thing the next morning when our crewed yacht left us. We were immediately impressed with the friendliness of the Polynesian staff and indeed all of the people of Huahine. This was in contrast to the rest of the Society Islands where the community were predominantly European and every beach seems to be private and protected by guard dogs and in one case a man brandishing a machete ! Te Tiare can only be accessed by boat which is a blessing to all those seeking a remote Polynesian location. Having read some past reviews we were a little concerned that the hotel would appear dated and in need of a refurb. We were most pleasantly surprised. Our room, the hotel in general and the grounds were in superb condition - having lived in the tropics for 4 years we know what an achievement this represents. The pool was also great. Lets put it this way. We stayed a the Waldorf Astoria in New York in August and the condition of that hotel was vastly inferior to Te Tiare. The food was also impressive, although we found the wine selection somewhat limited (albeit those wines that were available were reasonably priced). Our over water bungalow was situated right over a live and vibrant coral reef with nearby drop off. Again in stark contrast to the rest of the Society islands where almost all of the coral we came across was dead. The gift shop was closed however imediately opened when we expressed an interest at the front desk. We took the Motu Picnic extersion. A great 7 hour boat trip round the island that included drift snorkelling (some of it while feeding the resident population of black tip sharks !). We were allowed to keep our room right until our departure time of 3.30 PM. We gained a consistent impression of a highly efficiently run hotel: all of the staff were on the ball and tried their very best to accommodate us. We considered our stay very good value. Lets be clear Huahine is a remote Polynesian Island holding true to its Polynesian origins. We are well travelled and would put the island on a par with Mayreau in the Grenadines. Te Tiare with its 41 rooms is the biggest hotel on the island. If you're looking for packaged tourism go to Bora Bora. It took us 36 hours to travel to French Polynesia from the UK. We consider Te Tiare worth a return trip.
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- Also Known As:
- Te Tiare Beach Hotel Huahine
- Te Tiare Beach Huahine