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“A true hidden gem!” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Huahine
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   BP 36 Fare, 98731, French Polynesia (Formerly Te Tiare Beach Resort)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Huahine
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Elie, Manitoba
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A true hidden gem!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This truly is a hidden gem! My husband and I spent 4 nights at this resort and absolutely loved it. It is very remote, only reachable by boat. The staff are very friendly and really treat you like family, starting with a warm welcome by an employee blowing a conch shell, a cool cloth and cocktail to an equally warm goodbye as well as a gift of a beautiful shell necklace. Vatea at the front desk was most welcoming and gracious. The General Manager makes a point of visiting with you at breakfast each day. The resort also offers a convenient, free boat shuttle to the town of Fare, where you can pick up booze and snacks at a very reasonable price. They have a lovely restaurant with adequate food; and their Chateaubriand was totally awesome (we had it twice!). We stayed in a very spacious deep overwater bungalow with a fantastic view! The snorkelling off our deck was great. Although the water was a little murky in our area, the bay was clear. We did find super snorkelling on the lagoon boat tour that we took. We really recommend this tour. Ask for (crazy) Delores and you will be entertained all day! The only criticism that we had with this resort was that our air conditioning was not working very well. Although they had someone in promptly to repair it, it was substandard for the climate. We would definitely recommend this resort for anyone looking to get away from it all and get your batteries recharged. Were we to return we would definitely stay here again!

A note about Custom Tahiti Travel:
We wanted to find a travel agency that specialized in French Polynesia and found Custom Tahiti Travel through an internet search. From the very beginning and to the very end, we have never had such a positive experience with a travel agency (hence its’ A+ rating with BBB). It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jackie Schlumper. Here is a “model employee” – she always was true to her word and made our “trip of a lifetime” stress free. It was because of Jackie’s guidance in listening to our thoughts; budget and interests that we chose to do a 3 island trip. (Huahine, Moorea and Bora Bora) She went so far as to suggest things to do while on the islands, including restaurant ideas, tours, important information to know and even what to do with extra time at the airport. We even shared our copy of her suggestions with other tourists that we met while there (by the way, they were pretty impressed that Custom Tahiti had done so much “homework” on our behalf). There was always someone to meet us at the airports and guide us on our way. Custom Tahiti was also very thoughtful in offering us some pre-trip gifts as well as a bottle of wine in our room to celebrate our anniversary in Moorea. Custom Tahiti was meticulous in their planning and we never doubted that this was going to be a perfect vacation. As a follow up by Custom Tahiti, we were asked to evaluate our trip and offer suggestions of ways they could improve their service. We really could not enhance our experience with them at all. If you’re thinking about visiting French Polynesia, do yourself a favour and book your trip of a lifetime with Custom Tahiti Travel!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We did not have anything like a four star experience at Te Tiare. The beach is no good for snorkeling, nor really for swimming. The food was mediocre and very overpriced - even for FP. The staff was not all that helpful, and even somewhat bossy. The local transfer charges were way out of line. We wanted it to be a wonderful time there, but the experience just kept falling short. Better places to stay. We were eager to leave. We loved all the other places we stayed at in FP over two weeks. The best thing about Te Tiare is the water pressure.

Room Tip: I would just stay at the MaiTai Lapita Village.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Near San Francisco
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

My husband and I wanted to go to an out-of-the-way place that was tranquil and beautiful and we sure found it! When we thought about French Polynesia, I looked at each island on Google Earth to see how crowded each of the main islands was. Huahine looked unspoiled, spectacular, and Te Tiare had overwater bungalows--I found exactly what I was looking for.

The island is amazing and Te Tiare is peaceful and lovely. If you want the Hard Rock Cafe, don't come here. If you want to hear the wind blow through palm trees and hear the distant crashing of the waves on the reef, Te Tiare is it.

The overwater bungalow was everything I dreamed of--private, great deck, and access to a stunningly beautiful lagoon, crazy beautiful sunsets. The coral in the lagoon is vibrant and alive and there are fish of every color and size. I snorkeled twice a day from the bungalow and was constantly in awe of the beauty I found.

The staff at Te Tiare is wonderful. Vatea was in charge of the front desk when we were there and made our stay a delight. She was thoughtful, helpful, and always had a gracious smile. Everyone there seemed to be happy and friendly.

The food at the outdoor bar was great, the beer was cold, and the scenery was worth a million dollars.

We are already starting to plan a trip next year. We were at Te Tiare for a week and never got bored and are planning at least 10 days next time.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This resort is one of the most authentic escapes where time seems to stand still. This is where you want to go if you want to get away from it all and just recharge your batteries. There are no loud partiers or kids running around-- mainly couples, which is why this place is so tranquil. Of all the Polynesian islands, this hidden treasure seems to have remained preserved and not yet spoiled by tons of tourists or over development. This island gem was our pick for our Wedding-moon, where be had both our Tahitian Wedding Ceremony and honeymoon at the same time. The staff treated our special day as if it were their own.
Included in our package: flowers and leis galore (the beach was transformed into a ceremonial haven), floral head pieces, wedding coordinators that dressed us in Tahitian ceremonial garb, an officiant, a canoe ride to our wedding and back to our bungalow, traditional wedding dancers, tropical fruit, and a very nice bottle of Tahitian champagne to top off the ceremony! Our over-water bungalow was one of only 13 and the only noise we ever heard was that of the ocean. Their restaurant, Ari'i, had some of the most authentic dishes with excellent service. Only one suggestion for improvement: more variety for brunch is recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delray Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Trip advisor notes: lagoon room wonderful still to sit on the deck under the stars , moon glistening off the water and listen to the waters mesmerizing lullaby , which is broken only by the killing field , sound of death.... SPLASH fish feeding on each other , in the still of the night! We opted to save a few $, and were in a lagoon unit which is shallow water , easier to walk to the beach then swim out.however .... lots of fish feeding ! I think that these over the water units are the best I saw throughout our trip. Loved our room for the privacy- However when they say an obstructed view of the sunset , haha move over 3 feet. There are so many angles to see the views from for us the savings were worth it. The decks are private and the rooms nice.
Food: wahoo steamed in a banana leaf with shredded veggies and coconut milk . I like my food served hot and this was excellent, wonderful cut of fish with a mild , dense taste.Shrimp salad appetizer looked culinary perfect , tasted bland . Molten chocolate dessert excellent. I personally are fish every night, but Di not be afraid of going for the meat, very good quality.
Parker, Felecity~, Sophia, RUrra ( pool person) all very nice
Great water taxi available to and from town about a 15 min ride. This island is to green as what Tahiti is to blue. Lovely , enjoy .
Practice your vowels.... Polynesian language appreciated . ...maururru

Water tour Island Tour .booked via the hotel for us ..perfect day, shade too. Picnic at a motu w fresh fresh tuna, truely the best poison cru of my whole trip .... and i ate it about 13 times! Shark feeding and snorkeling , great day. Waves slapping with an almost full moon . La or ana.... We are planning on a day off tomorrow :) to relax lol
This is the place to relax , snorkel, eat, drink and then do it all again. We were here 5 nights and loved the whole time.
Went on Dailey excursions and used the massage services.
If you need a lot of action this is not the place but if you can make your own , and love the person you are with , you will enjoy!


Horback riding , taki

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palatine, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This is a great place to stay if you want to go to Huahine and see French Polynesia as it was 60 years ago. As far as I know this is the only place on the island with over the water bungalows. It is definitely away from it all. There are no telephones, clocks or radios in the rooms. The front desk communicates with you by sending a runner. We had a great time and the people are friendly. Two days here is plenty. There is really nothing to do, but that is the idea.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was our second stop after staying at the Hilton Bora Bora... We wish we could have stayed here first, because the luxury of the Hilton made this place seem very outdated. We stayed in the very last OWB- we listened to a rooster calling all night and day (no joke, started about 4am) watched the local neighbors swimming naked next to our deck, did not enjoy the horrendous noise of rain and wind against the plastic thatch roofs, and even noticed part of the roof was coming apart, which made a howling noise with every gust of wind. We were unlucky in the sense that we had two days of straight rain, so there was not much to do. The food at the restaurant was good, but not great. The breakfast buffet was a joke- they placed a box fan to ward the flies away, or maybe to keep the food cool? Not sure, but I stuck with toast, Nutella and tea because nothing else seemed refrigerated right or even appealing. The staff there was very nice and accommodating, but it was just not lively enough for us (we are pretty social people and liked o talk to locals ad guests... People there were very private!) Huahine is a beautiful island, very quiet and definitely more private than the other islands, which was a nice change of pace from the touristy Bora Bora... But I still can't say that we liked this resort much. I would look elsewhere...

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: BP 36 Fare, 98731, French Polynesia (Formerly Te Tiare Beach Resort)
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Huahine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Huahine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Royal Huahine 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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Also Known As:
Te Tiare Beach Hotel Huahine
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