I have to admit: I was a little worried about the mixed reviews on Tripadvisor before we left. We had booked a package that included Intercontinental Hotels on both Tahiti and Moorea and also this hotel, apparently also owned by the Intercontinental Group. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The hotel had arranged pickup where the airport ferry came into Vaitape, and that went well. We had a warm welcome at the hotel, and after an efficient check-in process we were showed to our overwater bungalow (#108). It was wonderful. The bungalow has a Polynesian feel to it. There were one or two small cleaning issues, but we were very happy with the bungalow. There is a deck, with stairs to a lower deck that has a ladder down into the water. Just be careful on those stairs into the water: a little slippery in places. On the lower deck there was also a shower spout for washing off snorkeling equipment, and I guess ourselves too. The hotel has two 'piers' with over-water bungalows coming off them, one on the North side of the resort and one on the South Side. We were in the cluster on the South side. The first two bungalows off that pier face North or sort-of towards the beach, but the rest of them face outward with great views. Bungalow 109 is the last one on this pier. We faced East, looking onto the Sofitel Island, just beautiful! The hotel has a restaurant at the main building across the road and also on the beach side. Breakfasts were part of our package, thankfully, because I'm not sure where else nearby we would find breakfast. The food was just okay and the same every day. We had Mahi Mahi burgers at the restaurant by the beach and we both enjoyed them. Other than that we ate at other restaurants, because we had rented a car (Avis: +689 67 70 15 firstname.lastname@example.org) although there are other restaurants within walking distance. The snorkeling around the overwater bungalows is not bad, but the snorkeling nearby at the coral garden, on the South side of the Sofitel island is fantastic, a must! The hotel has free kayaks and you can kayak out there (about 20 minutes) and tie off your kayak to the buoy. Just watch the paddles though. Fortuntely there was also a tour operator there and they held our paddles for us in their boat. The next day we rented a boat nearby (about $140 for 4 hours - details at the hotel). The boat had a 6hp engine and we were able to get to the coral garden pretty quickly and also to other places. I think the hotel is well situated, not only because of the snorkeling, but because of it's proximity to the best beach on the island (Matira Beach) as well as it's proximity to restaurants. At the end of our stay we had to check out at 11am, but our flight was only at around 6pm. The hotel stored our luggage for us and they also have a shower available, including towels, near reception. Although the quality of this hotel (3 star) was not the same as our first two four star hotels, we still thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We recommend this hotel for it's freindly staff, location and value.
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