My travel advisor recommended this highly acclaimed restaurant and was able to secure for us the VIP table, located at the top of the villa with a beautiful view of the courtyard. After reading all of the raving reviews online, my husband and I were both looking forward to celebrating my birthday here. I’m sorry to say that in spite of all of the hype, we were really disappointed in our meal here.
After being taken to our table, the server disappeared and didn’t return with water for what seemed like a long time. There were two ladies that ended up serving our table but always with long periods of time between their return so that we stayed thirsty the entire meal. In addition, they generally seemed aloof to our needs. My husband and I began to wonder if our VIP table was so private and out of the way that we were being forgotten. In retrospect, I should have gotten up and gone to search for them when we needed them or complained to management but we just kept thinking that it would get better.
The food here is good, but at best average. My husband and I are both world traveled and appreciate well-prepared food. We search out good places to eat whenever we travel and make our diners an important part of our trip. Regardless of whether it’s a $500 meal or a $20 meal, we simply enjoy good food. Both of us really wanted to come away raving over La Villa Mahana as so many people do, however, we both agreed that in our experience, it just wasn’t all that.
With the costly prices of a meal here and taking into consideration the cost of a ferry from the resorts, I must say that La Villa Mahana just wasn’t worth it. If you’re planning a trip to Bora Bora and you’re trying to stay within a tight budget, don’t feel bad if you must leave this off of your list. If money is no option then by all means, give it a try, maybe you’ll agree with everyone else. The VIP table is very lovely and private, try to reserve it but be sure to stay on top of the service.
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