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“The most stunning views in Bora Bora” 5 of 5 stars
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Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   191 Vaitape | Motu Piti Aau, 98730, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #12 of 18 Hotels in Bora Bora
Kazlba
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“The most stunning views in Bora Bora”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We stayed here as part of a round the world trip. This place was our bit of luxury in between basic bungalows and hostels and it was paradise.

It’s on a motu facing the tallest mountain on Bora Bora. It cost a fraction of the Intercontiental further along the motu but still has the same amazing view. The beach is a lovely thin stretch of white sand dotted with palms, and there are sun loungers for guests to enjoy. Every morning the sand gets raked so that it is always smooth and soft to walk in. The lagoon is very shallow - when we went it was a milky turquoise.

There are kayaks available to use for free - singles and doubles - and we had fun taking these out after breakfast every day.

The bungalows were spacious and the ceiling fan did a good job of keeping us cool. There are mosquitoes everywhere on Bora Bora which is a pain so take plenty of repellent. They kept a mosquito burning coil outside our room all day and evening which was a nice touch.

Vlad, the owner, couldn’t do enough for us. He wanted to make sure we had the best stay possible.

The food was excellent and was cooked to order for us by Vlad every night. We gave up with the menu as this was just a guideline of things we could have - instead Vlad would tell us what food had just arrived, this meant some nights having fresh lobster and others fillet steak. The prices for food weren’t any more than on the mainland which was good, but everything on Bora is really expensive. Coke here was £4 per can. A bottle of wine was over £20 (we put the wine behind the bar and made it last a couple of days). .

By the bar there was a small swimming pool which was lovely as the lagoon around the resort is so shallow.

When we were there we were the only guests. That meant the beach and pool were all ours and it was amazing. The day after we left there were about four or five other couples arriving and Vlad said it was always like that - up and down. Being there on our own was lovely - had the resort been full then I guess it would have felt a bit crowded around the pool area but the beach is long enough to accommodate quite a few people without it feeling too crowded.

We combined this trip with a week at Temanuata Village on the main island. When we were there we did a lagoon tour, went into town and ate at all of the main restaurants (St James was our favourite), as we knew that Eden Beach was remote and quiet. Whilst you can do some activities from Eden, things are much more accessible from the mainland.

If you stay here I’d advise spending a day at the Intercontinetal spa further along the beach. Vlad will drop you off there and you can spend a half day (£30) in their spa using their facilities, or if you pay for a treatment you get the half day access for free (if you can get a massage in their overwater bungalows where the floor is made of glass and you can watch the fish as you have your massage!)

If we came back to Bora we’d definitively do the same again - a few days on the mainland and a week or two at Eden as for us it was the most perfect place we‘ve ever been (and we’ve travelled extensively in Thailand, Maldives and Australia as well as the South Pacific).

The negative reviews from some guests about feeling they were putting Vlad out by asking for him to take them places I'd say are unfounded. It's more the opposite, Vlad really wants to take you out and get you seeing the island. Nothing is too much trouble for him.

My advice would be to take this place at face value. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, a good beach, good food and a place to chill out then Eden Beach is it. If you want acivities all day long, lots of different places to eat out and to be able to pop to the shops whenever you want then think again.

We booked it through Expedia as it was slightly cheaper than when I enquired about booking direct. If you do this make contact with Vlad through the website and sort out pick ups from the airport as that is on another motu and you can’t just hop in a taxi to get there!

Overall, having spent seven months travelling around lots of beautiful islands, Eden Beach has turned out to be our favourite place to stay in the world.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

The Bora Bora Eden Beach has it all except for the massive price tag. Now that I have been to Bora Bora, I can see there is honestly no reason to spend $900 a night to stay in an overwater bungalow. The Eden Beach has bungalows right on the beach (like 20 feet from the water), a nearly private pool because it is a small hotel, and a private beach. You can also walk though the trees to the other side of the reef-island where they are located to see the ocean. We toured several of the big resorts while on Bora Bora and were happy we stayed at the Eden Beach. The small family staff is very nice and very helpful. They will help you organize your outings each day and book things like SCUBA diving and 4x4 jeep safaris, which I would highly recommend. Dining at the Eden Beach is great because you eat outside with the other guests and can meet people from all over the world. The food was fantastic, but you go to the Eden Beach to get away and for the view, which is perfect.

The only thing I would say is that you must bring bug spray no matter where you stay in Bora Bora because the mosquitoes are terrible. Wear long pants and socks when eating outside at night and early in the morning, but you won't find them out in the sun during the day. Also bring really good sunscreen, because the sun and heat in the daytime can be intense. One other comment--we went to 4 different islands in Tahiti and saved Bora Bora for last. Once we got there we decided we maybe should have just gone to Bora Bora and skipped the other ones, but Moorea was very nice.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rolla, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2009

I got really lucky on this one!

I chose it because of price and when I got there I realized that I would have chosen it independent of price! If you are looking for a peaceful retreat with beauty, serenity and personalized attention, this is what you should select. It is a small privately owned resort built on one of the small 'ring islands' that have formed on the coral reef surrounding Bora Bora. The owner built it as 'green' as possible. The electricity is solar and the water is collected rainwater. It is a family owned/run resort and they take care of your every need - the owner attends to all your wants, his wife cleans the units and his 7 year old daughter provides the entertainment ( and she is REALLY GREAT).

The units are on the 'lagoon' side facing Bora Bora and the view is out of this world. There is a nice sandy beach which is extremely gradual and you can walk probably 100m in the water before it gets up to your waist. There are no waves, turbulence etc. on the lagoon side. If you do not like salt water, there is an attractive and inviting pool right on the beach. A 100 meter walk to the other side of the island brings you to the ocean side and this is a coral beach (not for barefoot walking!). If you spend some time looking, you can find some great nice sized coral treasures to take back home.

So why would I prefer this place to the others which cost 2-4 times as much. First I liked the homey atmosphere. The airport at Bora Bora is also on one of these islands so your mode of transportation is boat plus taxi. The owner came to the airport in his boat and took us directly to the resort which relieved a lot of anxiety for me. While we were there, he was very attentive to anything we wanted and took us by boat to anything we wanted to do.

Secondly, the expensive 'recognized name' resorts did NOT look remotely attractive to me. The model for these resorts is to build a huge number of units on stilts over the water (you can do this on the lagoon side since the water is very calm and shallow with almost no tide). So if you stay there, you are in a crowded city of closely packed units over the water, and quite likely a long distance from the 'beach'. However the beach is not appealing at all since what you see at the 'beach' is a sea of units surrounding you on stilts over the water. I have also heard that you need to have some way of playing pleasant music at a medium to high volume if you do not want to listen to whatever (conjugal) activity is happening in the unit next to yours. This was not a problem at Eden Beach since the units were not close together. These expensive places did have workout rooms, tennis courts, etc. which Eden Beach did not have. However, I did NOT go to Bora Bora to workout or play tennis. I went there to enjoy a tropical island with a great beach and a great view and that is exactly what I had with our unit on the beach at Eden Beach. I could NOT have gotten this at any of the 'expensive' places that I saw, so as I said in the beginning, 'I GOT REALLY LUCKY ON THIS ONE"!!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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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San Diego
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

If you are looking for privacy and relaxation, Eden Beach is the place to stay. The location of this hotel is perfect. Away from all the big crowded resorts,Eden Beach feels like your own private retreat.
The bungalows are clean and cozy, the staff is friendly and helpful, the food excellent. Our host Vlad made us delicious vegetarian meals everynight....the veggie curry is amazing.
The view of the lagoon at Eden Beach is spectacular as is the breezy coconut grove pathway leading to the Pacific side of the motu.
As for activities, Vlad can arrange for whatever you want. There's an excellent snorkeling area not far from the hotel and a free boat ride to the area is offered once a day.
Our week stay at Eden Beach was everything we hoped for and more. Definitely the best place to stay in Bora Bora!

  • Liked — Beautiful private location, clean cozy bungalows, good food, great staff.
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2009

First off, I'll not write about Bora Bora. Its a stunning place, but you can read about it elsewhere.

Eden Beach is appropriately named, as it stirs the imagination to be in a garden of Eden; primal yet perfect. The gardens are splendid, green, and the bungalows are separated far enough to give essential privacy. The property as a whole is large and should be wandered about, to explore the different plant life, to see how the land changes from the lagoon side to the ocean side (the ocean side is definitely not to be missed), and to sense what the islanders experience daily. Eden Beach Hotel is 'green', and its important to respect their balanced efforts while other resorts simply charge higher prices .

The best part for us was the never-ending lagoon view towards the main island. This is the famous brochure scene of Bora Bora island, which oddly, is not the view anybody staying on the main island would see unless they leave their hotel. From Eden Beach, you see it from sunrise to sunset, and as the day progresses and clouds move around, the changing light plays with the colorful water and island shadows to create different scenes with each new hour.

Ok, you get the idea the location was brilliant. Our bungalow was located on the beach, and well worth it, literally feet from the waveless lagoon. We stayed for 7 nights, 4 of which we were the only guests (its nice to go in the off-season). The bungalow itself is a single room + bathroom cabin, with a porch facing the lagoon. It is sufficiently sized for sleeping, changing, and luggage. There is a fan in the room, which when left on overnight at low or medium, is effective as a mosquito repellent, should any get in the room. We had zero problems with mosquitoes inside, but also made sure the sliding door to the bungalow was never left open for long as we went in and out. There are outlets around the room and bathroom, plenty enough for recharging our cameras, shavers, etc. All bungalows and the main bungalow have reliable wireless high-speed internet access available for lower-than-mainland price (which made for easy Skype communications and immediate photo sending). Our porch and bungalow were cleaned daily, and anti-mosquito coils were burning on the porch whenever we were 'home' (the staff very discretely paid attention to this detail; we almost never saw them coming to light it). Mosquitoes were not a big problem for us outside either, but they were present; just make sure you have some repellent on whenever you're outside.

The hotel owners, Vlad and Dana, were also very accommodating for us. We spent time in the pool (under the palm shadows when the sun got too intense) with them and their daughter. On one evening the ocean waves subsided to an almost flat calm, and they invited us to join them for some coral reef wading on the ocean side. The reef pools were amazing, and Vlad and Dana shared with us their knowledge of the corals/fish there.

We also enjoyed breakfasts and dinners daily in the main open-bungalow. These were highlights since the staff, Vlad, and Dana were involved in helping us plan our day's activities or recap the wonders of each day. Meals were delicious and personally adapted, if we wished. Anything with vanilla sauce is to be tried. Meals did add to our hotel expenses of course, but Eden Beach’s prices are comparable to most moderate rates on the main island.

All in all, this was one of the most wonderful vacations we've ever had, in perhaps the most stunning and peaceful environments we've ever been privileged to enjoy. Thanks to Vlad and Dana as well for ensuring our stay was nothing less than delightful.

BRING: strong sunscreen, insect repellent, snorkel, mask, and fins. Shirt(s) you can wear while swimming. Hat.
DON'T BRING: too many clothes (simple, light, and re-wearable is perfect).
DO: Boat tour or rental around the island. Go to church services on the main island (dress cleanly, but lightly). Go snorkelling somewhere and bring leftover breakfast bread with you to feed the fish. Enjoy a long slow walk to nearby high-end motu resorts. Marvel at the varieties of blues in the water. Go out of your way to say hello to locals; they respond well to your initiation. Be genuinely thankful.
AVOID: Doing anything here in a rushed manner, or trying to see/do too much in a short time. Sitting directly under coconut clusters in the palms.

  • Liked — In-room ceiling fan, wireless internet access on the beach, stone-lined sizeable shower, helpful and knowledgable hosts
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2008

I cannot praise this hotel and its owner/management enough. I was travelling on holiday alone and am no longer twenty... The owner, Vlad, was kind and solicitous, even providing me with aids for walking when he saw I was having problems.
The employees also were helpful and friendly.
The bungalow, situated in a lovely garden right by the lagoon,, was clean and spacious. The view towards Bora Bora (the hotel is on a motu) was spectacular.
I never saw a mosquito the whole time I was there. I carry with me an electric machine that burns an odorless liquid to which mosquitoes are allergic. I never had to plug mine in because one was already in place in the bungalow when I arrived. In addition, on the porch of the bungalow, 24 hours a day, an anti-mosquito coil was lit and “miraculously” replaced whenever necessary. The open restaurant was similarly equipped.
The food was excellent, and once again Vlad provided "extras," such as fresh heart of palm which he offered his guests as a treat. I love hearts of palm but had never had it fresh. What a difference!

  • Liked — Kindness of management and beauty of surroundings
  • Disliked — perhaps that one has to walk a ways to get to swimming depth, but management will take one to a fine place for snorkling
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chile
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2008

I´m a frequent traveller, and with my wife wanted to come to Bora Bora. After days of searching and comparing hotels, pensions etc...we found this beautifull pictures of the Eden beach resort. "This is the one!!" we said. Since we arrived we were surprised with the site, the hotel, the rooms, the beach and with the incredible relaxing atmosphere. The pool is just perfect with it´s view to the lagoon you can almost touch it. The rooms are clean and confortable. Very good food (all styles). And guys, the owner will help you with every thing you need to have a perfect stayed. We celebrated my wife´s birthday and he arranged a romantic dinner on the beach. My word....you won´t be dissapointed!
Christian Espinosa
(Airline Pilot, Chile)

  • Liked — every thing
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel

Address: 191 Vaitape | Motu Piti Aau, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eden Beach is only Bora Bora hotel with a 180º lagoon view from the beach & bungalows & restaurant. No over water bungalows in front of You breaks Your relaxation. Endless beaches, privacy, quietness & undisturbed nature, . No TV, no traffic, no roads, no pollution. This is best place for You who trying get away from the noises of civilization. Not only honeymooners, wedding anniversary couples are very welcomed ! ... more   less 
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