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“Excellent option for a small budget” 4 of 5 stars
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Village Temanuata
2.0 of 5 Villa   |   Matira, 98 730, French Polynesia   |  
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“Excellent option for a small budget”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

This pension has gotten a number of very positive reviews on this site, and my wife and I would like to echo them. The owner Jacque is one fine friendly guy and the property is kept in good condition. The two units on the water are the best, but the others are just stumbling distance from the beach(es). Dining options are a bit limited (unless you have a car) but several offer free pickup and return.

Room Tip: If this some special occasion for you, let Jacque know beforehand. It was our 50th Wedding Anniversa...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Athens, Greece
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45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

very nice place 5 meters from the sea ,especially if you take the front rooms !!good value for money.you can have a better price if you stay more than 4 nights like i did.just ask.i recomend this and i think is the best value for money in bora bora ...if i go again i will ask for the rooms that facing the sea !!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paihia, null, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

A friend of ours in Bora Bora helped us book our stay at Village Temanuata - a stay we enjoyed so much that we extended it! Because we knew a local, the manager gave us a good rate on the room - which was amazing! We found her to be very helpful - giving us bikes for the whole day instead of half and helping us find out how to book flights, along with just being very friendly during our whole stay.

The room itself slept five, though there were only four of us, and we found it to be perfect. Very clean, a lovely covered deck outside to eat on, comfortable beds and a huge shower. The bungalows are built in a traditional style but have all mod cons inside - kitchen, good bathroom and ceiling fans to keep cool. We were never uncomfortably hot which was great.

The location of the pension is perfect - it is located right beside Matira beach, the largest public beach on the island and a brilliant one to sit and watch the sunset. The pension also has a small private beach on the other side of the peninsula which has fabulous snorkeling just meters off the beach. We saw tons of fish, which are everywhere, but also saw octopus and even an Eagle Ray! There is a shop directly across the road which offers internet service and a bar/restaurant right next door with a pool in the bar! There a few other restaurants in walking distance - our favourite was Le Bounty, just five minutes walk away.

All in all, a great place to stay and definitely somewhere we would stay again.

Room Tip: If you have small children, ask for one on the left, away from the back of the bar next door as ther...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Great pension on the beachfront, the manager was really helpful especially with accommodating us in another pension so we could shower and change after our checkout time.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Our friend in Tahiti had booked this accomodation for us so we were not sure what to expect.
After touching down in amazing Bora Bora a van picked us up and dropped us off at Temanuata. We were welcomed by Martine (in English) who quickly explained the must see spot and showed us our room. The bungalow was needly done with a straw roof, fridge, nice undercover area and only metres from the beach!!
We found it good value for money.
We had a late flight back to Tahiti and needed to leave the cabin early. We were offered free use of a seperate bath room and towels.

Room Tip: No need for car rental on Bora, the action is under water as we snorkeled and dived! We also rented...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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28 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Our arrival at the Temanuata was not good. Although only my wife and myself, we had booked and paid for the 5 bed family bungalow which was self-catering and would give us plenty of space. The owner, Jacques denied all knowledge of this even although we had the voucher and e.mail confirmation with us. By now we were aware of noisy building work next door from the Pizza restaurant where a swimming pool and bar were being built. We were finally allowed into a larger family bungalow which we then discovered had a catering unit built on for Temanuata to offer evening meals. We could hear all conversation from there. On our first night we were awoken by kitchen noise and the smell of cooking bacon at 4 am and then drilling from building work next door started at 7.45 am. We decided a week with this was not for us. Jacques offered us accommodation in tiny alternatives with no cooking facilities but was unable to accept that this was not what we wanted for our stay. We moved to Le Maitai Hotel which was very comfortable and enjoyed the rest of our time on Bora Bora. Our travel agent has not been able to obtain any element of refund whatsoever for the missed 6 nights at Temanuata caused as a result of the unacceptable building work noise. Jacques has acknowledged there is a problem but says it is out of his control. We, on holiday from the other side of the world, had to put up with it! Avoid Temanuata at all costs if you want peace because the Pizza restaurant next door with a swimming pool and bar is open all hours and will interfere with your holiday peace even after the building work is completed. Also the bungalows are utterly inadequate to even think of a comfortable stay. There have been no English reviews since 2009 and since our visit there are now several French reviews which are scathing. You have been warned.

Room Tip: One of the two huts on the beach if you want to risk it against better value elsewhere
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

Pluses:
+ Owner Jacques is a gentleman - friendly, helpful and fully fluent English
+ Fantastic location. You're in Bora for the beach, right ... the beach owned by the village is highly mediocre, however you are just 5 mins walk from a fantastic public beach (opposite the Intercon Moana)
+ Good standard of accommodation, fairly humble but you have hot water and have a sense of being well looked after. The village is lovingly tended.
- Really nice restaurant (La Bounty) just 12 minutes walk up the road

Minuses:
- A bit pricey for the standard of accommodation ... but this is Bora Bora
- No eating facilities
- No internet
- The only convenience shop is a good 15 minutes walk (although Jacques may let you borrow a bike for free if you need to pop down)
- Dogs at night if you are walking down the road to/from restaurant. We didn't have any trouble, because the dogs we came across seemed to be owned ... but could be intimidating.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Matira, 98 730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Village Temanuata 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set alongside Matira Beach, Village Temanuata offers traditional Polynesian-style bungalows offering direct beach access. Guests enjoy free snorkelling equipment and there are kayaks available on-site. The family-run Temanuata Village Resort is just 300 metres from dining options and shops. Vaitape village is 7 km away. It is a 40-minute bus and ferry ride from Bora Bora Airport. All bungalows feature a patio, a refrigerator and a ceiling fan. Each has a private bathroom with a shower. Mosquito nets are available upon request. The tour desk books diving, sailing, island trips and submarine tours. You can relax on the beach sun loungers or indulge in a massage. ... more   less 
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