My husband and I returned home last night from a repeat visit of one month at Moorea Fare Miti. We were there at the same time as the prior reviewer – in fact, they stayed in the bungalow directly behind us for three nights before they left on a cruise – so I feel very well qualified to respond to some of their negative comments about this wonderful place.
Fare Miti is a small family-owned pension, not a resort. The bungalows are built in authentic Tahitian style, with pandanus woven roofs, and air vents to allow trade breezes to cool the bungalow. In such a structure, window screens are pretty useless, as is air conditioning, because the nature of the roof is that it is not “sealed” or “air-tight” – this is how the majority of Tahitian homes are built, designed to allow the breezes to flow through.
March is “summer” below the equator, and any minimal research would have informed a traveler that it is normally one of the warmest and most humid months in French Polynesia. Nevertheless, of the fifteen prior March visits we have taken, this year was the coolest, most sunny, and pleasant-weather March we have experienced. The weather was excellent! In addition, we were surprised this visit that there were very few mosquitoes compared to what is normal during the “wet” season. (French Polynesia is a tropical location, and there WILL be insects, no matter where one stays!) We have never experienced mosquitoes in the grass areas, only around the beach at dawn and dusk, or after a hard rain, and Fare Miti provides mosquito coils for those occasions. Again, a well-researched traveler would have brought some insect repellent to a tropical location. Insects are present even in the five-star resorts!
The bungalows have recently been renovated, and the new bed mattresses are the “memory-foam” type, which we have found to be very comfortable, and more luxurious than most other places we have ever stayed! The tap water is certainly drinkable – we made coffee with it every morning and iced tea several times during our stay, with no problems. There is absolutely no need to boil water to wash dishes; there is a very effective “on-demand” hot water heater in each bungalow that provides adequate and perfectly safe hot water for dishes, showers, etc. There are no “little ants” unless one leaves food out on the sink or counters – again, this is a common occurrence in ANY tropical location. A little research and some care in storing food goes a long way…
We have camped in Mexico for many many years, under all kinds of condition there, and there is NO WAY we would possibly compare this location to that experience! Fare Miti provides a simple, clean, spacious, airy, immaculately-clean and comfortable bungalow, at a reasonable price, at a beautiful location, with wonderful proprietors who do everything possible to assure their clients’ comfort and happiness while there. Family-owned pensions with their simple accommodations are not for everyone; if you are looking for more amenities, you might be happier at a resort, but be prepared to pay a much higher price. But if you want a simple, comfortable little bungalow at an excellent location, and don't mind sweeping your own floor or making your own bed, or providing your own soap and shampoo, then this might be the place for you.
If travelers would properly research their destination before leaving home, and familiarize themselves with the available amenities offered where they are going, there would be less negative reviews on Trip Advisor written by reviewers with unrealistic expectations. We feel that the last review posted here was unfair and inaccurate. Our visit for the entire month of March was relaxing, comfortable, and extremely enjoyable, and Fare Miti is still our favorite place on earth!