We spent 14 nights in Blue Heaven Island. The focus of this review is trying to use facts, not trying to bring any emotions into it.
PRICE: The price per night for two persons is CFP 24000 / € 201. That does not include any of the meals or transports to the airport from which a ferry leaves to the main island. There is no possibility to purchase any food on the motu and you are not allowed to cook in the kitchen anyway. Full board would be CFP 6 500/ € 54 per person (breakfast CFP 1500, lunch CFP 2000, dinner CFP 3000). Transfers to the airport to reach the main island are CFP 2000 return. The entire price for the nights has to be paid in advance, which is very unusual.
BUNGALOWS: The bungalows are very basic and old. They are not spacious like to be read in other reviews. They are open, so mosquitos can come in, and dark, no air conditioning. The electricity is a bit unstable, so the lights flicker from time to time. The mirror in the bungalow we stayed in was blurry. The showers of all bungalows are kind of rusty. The water in the shower and the sink is salty, because it is from a well and not, like on other motus, from the main island.
CLEANINESS: There is no housekeeping on Blue Heaven Island. We did not have a cleaning or new bed-linen for the entire time. You also cannot flush the toilette paper in the bowl; there is a basket next to it.
MOSQUITOS: There are a lot of mosquitos on the motu, there is no spraying like everywhere else and the candles do not help a lot.
FOOD: The food is highly overpriced, even for Bora Bora!
There is a breakfast with defrosted baguette, butter, jam, nutella and honey on request. You will get instant coffee (with milk powder) or tea and juice. Fruits come on request again if there are any. There is no cheese or ham, etc.
Lunch is usually based on the leftovers from the night before. Water is free of charge.
Dinner varies, on Monique’s and Elie’s choice (the owner and manager), between one and three courses. You could just have a pasta dish or get a tuna steak with entrée and dessert. Since Monique is American and Elie French, there is no traditional Polynesian cooking. Since they are not trained chefs, the meals are average at max. and so the price of CFP 3000 per person is disproportionate. Beverages are not included in that price.
BEACH AND LAGOON: The property is nicely located right across another motu with a lot of coconut palms. The beach consists of nice coarse grained sand. It is usually cleaned every morning. Four of the seven beach loungers are broken.
There is free snorkeling equipment, but it is recommended to bring your own. The kayaks are in a proper shape and are also free of charge.
The lagoon is beautiful. You have the coral garden right in front of you and the snorkeling is nice in there. There are boats which bring other tourists to snorkel there.
CONCLUSION: This self-called “family pension” is highly overpriced. There are better placed at a lower price on the main island or of course in other places on the Society Islands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our guest quarters are tucked away between Palm trees. Every room on the island is just steps away from the beach. Each quarter is the essence of simple island living. The cozy bungalows are made of indigenous bamboo and equipped with all the amenities for a comfortable stay, including private bathrooms, large closets, and ceiling fans. Our installation run on solar energy (photovoltaic roofs and solar water-heater) and the water system is feed with a well and rain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Heaven Island Hotel Bora Bora