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“Good location + value but 1 night was enough !” 3 of 5 stars
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Village Temanuata
2.5 of 5 Villa   |   Matira, 98 730, French Polynesia   |  
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Montreal, Canada
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“Good location + value but 1 night was enough !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Stayed here one night, and it was already enough for me. As mentioned before, yes good location, next to few restaurants/snacks/stores and as well the only public beach in Bora Bora, Matira beach. You have the Intercontinental hotel about 5 minutes walk, you can eat + drink there, it’s much nicer than here. Anyway, I booked via booking.com 5 000XPF (had to pay extras $ for taxes/breakfast/transferts), good deal yes. But if you booked directly with them, it’s gonna be much more expensive, 14 700 XPF for the same bungalow and it’s not worth it at all ! Our bungalow was very basic but it had small holes in the roof, so small pieces of the roof was falling on the bed, thank God, it was not raining. The owner said; ''Ah you booked on booking.com, that’s what you got'' ...There was only a fan on the top of the bungalow, no A/C, so it was kind of hot and humid in there. No TV. Cleanliness was just ok. They deposit your breakfast in the morning on the table outside, it’s instant coffee that you got to make it yourself. It comes with juice, bread, croissants, butter, jam and fruits. The only nice thing was a small private beach that they have with white sand. As many other hotels/pensions in French Polynesia, they don’t provide free wifi, you need to buy a wifi pass with them, 500 XPF for 1h. The owner thinks only about making money, activities here are very expensive, rentals as well. Book your rental car with Europcar, they come to pick you up, they offer a reasonable price and service and they are very friendly. In my opinion, as a owner, I will be ashamed to rent these old bungalows to people. He should demolished everything and construct from the beginning, brand new. After all, I do no suggest to stay here unless, you don’t mind about staying into an old bungalow from the ’80. Next time, I’ll spend more money and stay elsewhere in Bora Bora.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Village Temanuata is a lovely concoction of cozy bungalows, awesome personnel & private beach, right in Matira Beach. One day you can take a kayak (for free) and snorkel the coral garden, another you can just laze by the beach, or rent a bike, or have a chat with the awesome owner, Jacques, which will make your experience much nicer.

Not sure when would we be coming back to Polynesia, but certainly this is a place to keep in your heart.

Room Tip: Rooms on the beach are nice, but the garden bungalows are also nice. There are family units, for tho...
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  • Stayed December 2013, 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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Brooklyn, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had the bedroom with the view on the beach. Very appreciable for breakfast and apero time. There is a lot of wind coming from south so it can be very windy.
They rent kayaks. The private island sofitel is located just in front of the hotel, there is a good snorkling.
5 min walk from the matira beach, best beach of the island. It is the perfect place to go with kids.
Breakfast with fresh bread jam butter every morning.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

I had a wonderful time at Temanuata.

Jak, the owner will share all his 20+ years experience on the island and surroundings.

The location of the hotel is perfect, at the best beach of the Island.

This simple but very charming hotel made of bungalows is perfect for holidays as a group of friends where we can will feel like home!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Bora Bora, need to say more....

Some of the rooms need some help form the pounding of the winds, blinds being plastic arent enough when the wind blows, the mattress are well worn, not hanging but close to on our visit.

The village itself wonderfull, the view well it's bora bora, our ceiling fan needed some oil but washing up liquid helped, otherwise it's a stunning place for our budget.

Only problem is eating out, make sure you call so restaurant can come and get you in time, it's expensive to eat out all the time, even water is expensive, but your in paradise, you may never go here twice but what a place paradise it is, some never make it to see such a beautiful island and I for sure would go back, if time and money allows

Room Tip: Get the beach front rooms if the wind doesn't blow, if it does get the ones by the road there mo...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We were in May 2013 at Temanuata Village. Even if almost all bungalows across Polynesia need renovations, at Village Tmanuata, the renovation is "a must"
We had the beach bungalow which isn't at all for 3 persons, like they say. It is very small and doesn't have any kitchen, any wardrobe, no table and no chairs.
The wind is blowing all the time and the door and windows are not in good condition.
There aren't any doors to the toilet (only a very ditry cloth hanging from the celing).
Take care if you get the shower without flipflops , you will be electrocuted!
On the contrary, the personal put all the efforts to mange such an old location. Well done.

Tips. In the windy months (May and June) avoid the beach bungalows (are more expensive and useless on windy time)

Room Tip: Tips. In the windy months (May and June) avoid the beach bungalows (are more expensive and useless o...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kew, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We had one of the two beach front bungalows (which are the pick of the lot) with a fantastic view. Unfortuneately, the wind blew all the time, which spoiled snorkelling a bit. There is a plastic blind that pulls down so that we could sit on the porch to eat and be out of the wind. The very small garden is lovely. Cooking facilities consisted only of a microwave, and we had to carry all the food out to the table outside; prepare, and then return everything back to the fridge and then eat. So a little awkward. Room small and humble, but cleaned every day with nice fresh towells. the highpoints were seeing some eagle rays feeding, and a moray eel - near the over water bungalows of the Intercontinental

Room Tip: Get the beach front
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:2.5 star — Village Temanuata 2.5*
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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