This was our first visit to this smaller property which is located on the northwestern portion of Moorea, just a little south of the Le Petit shopping area. Wonderful sunsets and island breezes - refreshing.
We stayed in the beachfront fare (bungalow) with the terrace facing directly to the ocean...very nice and well worth the additional cost. It's right on the beach with a large tree providing lots of shade with a breeze most of the day.
The front sliding glass door opens up to a studio-like room with 2 day beds and a kitchen area stocked with plates, glasses, utensils, pots and pans too! There is an electric stove top (4 coils) and a good sized frig. Towards the rear, a small bedroom (european double/full bed with foam mattress though), a separate roll-away bed too, as well as a wardrobe big enough for all your clothes (but you really don't need many clothes here!). A fan (no a/c) on the wall, and mosquito net for the bed (much needed). There's a full bath with shower only and ample shelf space. But, you will need to bring your own toiletries: shampoo, soap, and shower gel.
The bungalow was lovely from the outside. The inside was a bit dated and suffered from ants, bugs, and mosquitos (oh my!). There are no screens on the windows - a real discomfort to sit or rest on the day beds whilst being irritated by small bugs 24/7 and mosquitoes at night, or constantly making sure every crumb of food is picked up. Geckos have already inhabited the walls and back of the refrigerator. So, if you don't mind being a bit closer to nature...
There is no pool; just the ocean. The beach...ahhh...soft tannish white sand, blue shades of clear water with corals and some fish in the lagoon. Bring water shoes since there are sharp coral bits in the deeper water areas, but the shoreline is nearly all sand.
Fairly quite during the day and night. Unfortunately, although cannot fault the owners, sometimes music penetrates from the neighboring dilapidated bungalows which is somewhat of a nuisance. And...here is a real bummer...
...there are many free-roaming chickens running around that make plenty of noise to wake you in the early morning, beginning at 400am!!
Seriously, those roosters crow a long choir until morning breaks, and then some. Hens clucking throughout the day laying eggs! (you've been advised). An island paradise..hmmm - an unfortunate drawback - but then again it seems to be a local characteristic (not sure about Bora Bora though, Moorea feels more country-like). Dogs nearby may bark at any hour too! So, be prepared with earplugs, especially, if the windows are open at night - remember, there's no a/c. It can get very humid and sticky!
The weekend was more lively with islander families - noise levels did increase significantly with voices of kids on the beach by the tree as well as adults (a bit loud too - Oui!) until late without much regard to guests in the beachfront bungalow. There appears to be a loyal local customer base. Weekdays seemed more quite when the children are in school and parents return to work - so plan accordingly (Hint: arrive Sunday and depart on Friday).
The owners were very nice and helpful, for sure - it's just the bungalow could be improved with window screens (at least for the bedroom), thorough bug treatments, and an a/c unit.
Honestly, maybe paying extra for one of the major brand hotels may have made a once-in-a-lifetime trip more worthwhile (honeymooners especially plan carefully; Hint: OWB at IC) I am already pegging my next trip to tropical Hawaii and the Maldives - leaving the FP national bird in a distant memory. Bon Voyage!