Hiti Moana Villa

Hiti Moana Villa

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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, French
Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Wine / champagne
Canoeing
Snorkeling
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
Laundry service
Parking garage
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Room features
Blackout curtains
Safe
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Microwave
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
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Pk 32 Cote Mer Sea Side, 98712 French Polynesia
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the_crunch wrote a review Jan 2009
oxon,uk40 contributions34 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
having seen the area around the airport twice on my way in and out to easter island and the on the Aranui to the marquesas, I booked this to see something else of the island.

Its an awful lot further than you think it is and although buses do run out here it is quite hard to work out which ones... therefore transfer is the way to go or expensive taxi!

when you get there it is a quiet little group of bungalows on the coast, no beach, with a wooden pier area and some fish pools, with a small swimming pool and boat access. There's not a lot nearby, I walked quiet a long way up the road before I found somewhere to get supplies on a saturday afternoon, but would be better with a car. Warning, the traffic on this road seems to travel very fast!

my bungalow had a veranda, a separate bathroom and bedroom area with some basic facilites, not a place where you could cater for yourself.

Its very quiet and secluded, so long as that is what you are looking for. For one guy I met who goes every year for the surfing that is exactly what he wants. If not, you could be disappointed.
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Date of stay: October 2007
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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TravelgirlHamburg wrote a review Oct 2008
Hamburg3 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Negative points:
- We booked an airport transfer but were forgotten at the airport and had to phone the owners and wait for at least 45 minutes.
- Many mosquitos but they provide mosquito spirals which are very effective.
- The owners were a bit strange and not that helpful. So they didn't tell us that the bus stop is a few hundred meters away and you have better chances to catch a bus there than just at the road opposite the hotel.

Positive points:
- Good breakfast
- Lovely garden and lagoon
- Reasonably priced for Tahiti standards
- Clean
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Date of stay: September 2008
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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rowanLondon wrote a review Jan 2008
UK146 contributions65 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Gosh, there are different views on this place. Maybe depends on what one expects/wants. I was staying there alone and booked it as I wanted to lounge by the lagoon for a few days. I was thankful not to be in Papeete.

This place is not expensive, specially when compared to others on the islands. There are bungalow type cabins - and yes, they are basic, but a reasonable size. I had one right on the "front" overlooking the lagoon which was the best situation.

The pick up from the airport is pricey - but less than a cab would be. Also don't have their breakfast - cold eggs for $10. There are no shops close by, or restaurants - I did walk down the road to a shop but with the traffic it is life threatening. However the bus to and from the town will stop outside - just ask the driver to stop and he does. Personally I didn't much like Tahiti.
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Date of stay: November 2007
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Jake wrote a review Oct 2023
Monaco6 contributions
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked online and arrived to find everything closed and in the dark at 9:45 PM. Eventually, somebody opened up after the taxi driver helped me to call them on a local phone. The room was full of spiders, and looked like it had not been used in years.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: I feel sorry for the owners maybe Covid changed their lives but I would not want already make us...
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japptp wrote a review Mar 2006
Tucson, AZ42 contributions60 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I booked 5 nights at the Hiti Moana Villa outside of Papeete this past January. A small, family owned cottage-type resort located about 15 miles from downtown Papeete. Facility was clean and quiet (i.e. hardly any traffic noise). No air conditioning, just ceiling fans. On Sunday, January 29 we were sitting on the porch of our cottage. We had opened the windows of the cottage as there was a cooling breeze. We heard a noise inside the cottage; my husband investigated and thought it was just the curtains being blown by the wind. Several minutes later I went in to investigate and found a thief sitting in the bedroom going thru our belongings He then jumped from the bed and out the window taking with him my wallet and purse that contained credit cards, US money, drivers license and cell phone. The Brotherson family who own this resort were not present at the time. We drove to the police station and filed a report. The police were so apathetic that the didn't even want a description of the robber and informed us this wasn't the first time that someone starying at Hiti Moana Villa was robbed! The Brotherson family was totally unconcerned that this incident had occurred; Mr. Brotherson, Sr. tried to blame the robbery on another guest saying he wasn't responsible for the clientele. It wasn't a guest who robbed us -- it was a local. Do not stay at this establishment unless you're prepared to encounter a stranger going thru your personal belongings on a Sunday afternoon. Also be prepared that if you do need to police, they do not speak English.
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SadieDelaney wrote a review Mar 2006
Here, there and everywhere - always on the go!15 contributions63 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here at the end of the year (2005), having read good reviews about the small bungalows in Budget Travel. The owner picked us up at the airport (there was a substantial charge for this, this is not a free service.) As he was awaiting other guests, he made us wait 45 minutes after we got off a very long flight in the heat and humidity, and these people never showed up as he had the time wrong!! He did not apologize for making us wait. The bungalows were very, very basic, expect some creepy-crawlies. The owner and staff were not terribly friendly and barely accomodating (though the Mrs. was lovely.) There was construction going on that we were NOT informed of even though we booked our stay directly with the owner weeks before. We had to look at construction equipment the entire duration of our stay, but were luckier than the people next to us who had a huge pile of dirt dunped right in front of their cottage. For the first few days they were not working, but once they were, it was too noisy to stay at the pool nor was it very comfortable with construction workers wandering around the property. The grounds are not well kept in general and the pool area is not kept clean. All kinds of junk around the pool, old towels, empty plant pots, etc. - just various stuff that should be stored away. The entire place was in need of tidying up. This could be a terrific property but they do not seem to care enough about it, nor care about their guests. On the positive side, the breakfast, though expensive, was very good and the french toast was awesome. There is no beach at this property and the water is not blue, but dull grey. I would say that if you have more than one night in the area, you should stay on Moorea which is just a ferry's ride away and which is where we will go next time. The water there was absolutely stunning! I wish I could recommend this property, but not with the current lack of attention given to guests and their comfort by the owners.
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Date of stay: December 2005
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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SeaborneStan wrote a review May 2007
Ottawa5 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I almost missed the wonderful experience of staying a Hiti Moana Villas because of negative reviews and the fact that we were looking for something on the beach. We were trying to book during a very busy time in Tahiti (World Surfing Championships) and were finding limited availability on the island. Then we found that Hiti Moana was available, so we booked it, hoping for the best. We were so pleasantly surprised at how nice the place and the people were, we thanked our lucky stars that we found it.

One reason we would have overlooked Hiti Moana was because of several negative reviews. My theory has become that most people only write reviews when they have a grievance. Reading between the lines, it appears most didn't do their homework. My feeling is any jerk can complain, and most do.

The second hesitation on my part was that it wasn't on the beach, but on a lagoon. What a mistake that would have been! I never understood that the lagoon was a part of the shoreline protected by a barrier reef about 1/2 mile offshore. The waves were crashing on the reef, but in the lagoon, it was calm as a glass of water.

Instead of a beach, Hiti Moana Villas has a swimming platform over a coral reef where hundreds of tropical fish can be found most of the time. It was like swimming in an aquarium. My wife, our friends and I spent countless hours snorkeling lazily as the fish provided all the entertainment. Wading into the water in a beach would have been boring in comparison. Sunning by the pool at Hiti Moana was just as satisfying, with less blowing sand.

So I almost missed paradise. Here's what I found:

The bungalows are basic and not air conditioned. Ceiling fans can keep you cool enough though when you are in bed. Don't worry though, you'll want to spend most of the time outside anyway. We kept our windows closed and locked when we weren't in the rooms. There were no insects to speak off, so when we were in the bungalow, the windows could stay open all night.

The grounds are attractive and well maintained. It is a very scenic place to wake up in. The owners August and Henriette primarily speak French. Henriette is a beautiful soul who tries her best to communicate and make you feel welcome. August is less forthcoming (maybe even a bit grumpy) unless you try to get to know him. He warmed up to me and my broken French by the end of the week. Their son Steve is the one you will deal with most. His English is great and he is there to help. We found that being pleasant ourselves went a long way towards getting the assistance we wanted. Remember, this is the equivalent of a Bed and Breakfast in Canada/USA. If you want someplace where the help has to be nice, try a hotel (at twice to three times the price).

Speaking of price. Things are EXPENSIVE in Tahiti. We took a morning walk (about two miles) every day to the local stores to buy cheese, fresh French bread (baguettes), ham, Diet Coke, wine, coffee and milk. We lived on that quite well. One observation - we never had to walk all the way back. Someone from the community always stopped and gave us a ride back.

Finally, yes - Hiti Moana Villas is off the beaten track. If you are looking for nightlife and are too dull to make your own, this is the wrong place. If, on the other hand, you are looking for some romantic alone time, or want to relax and completely unwind in an idyllic setting, you've just found it. This was a perfect place to decompress for a week before joining a cruise ship in Papeete. It would also be a great place to bring a young family.

My point is, don't let the whiners and complainers put you off Hiti Moana. My wife and I have traveled the world and will come back again with our families. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that we will remember for a very long time to come.

As an aside, we left the Hiti Moana and went to the Inter-Continental Beachcomber Hotel and had an over-the-water bungalow provided for us before our cruise on the Paul Gauguin. The swimming from the bungalow wasn't a tenth as scenic as it was from the swim platform and the price at the Inter-Continental was astronomic! Glad I wasn't paying for it. If I was, I wouldn't have left Hiti Moana.
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Date of stay: May 2007
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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forgettahiti wrote a review Apr 2007
australia1 contribution9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
After a long flight from NY with 2 young children, we arrived in Tahiti at 3am to find that the owners of this hotel had 'forgotten' to pick us up. We eventually got a taxi from the airport - which cost about 100 US - and woke them up. They had the temerity to tell us we were a day early, despite me having copies of the chain of emails which confirmed that we had booked in on that day.

The people running the place were rude and grumpy - it was a long way - a very long way from anything, and with no facilities apart from a pool - and no regular transport, its the sort of place you would only go if you wanted to go nowhere else.

One night was enough for us - and we checked out and stayed the rest of the week at a hotel in town, which while more expensive, was a least clean, friendly, helpful and close to the things you want to do in Tahiti.
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Date of stay: December 2006
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled with family
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PeeteUk wrote a review Jul 2008
UK10 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I'll start with the airport transfer! I arrived at just after midnight and had booked a transfer. He wasn't there!! I called (and woke them up) and he arrived at 2.25am and i didn't even get an apology. I was on my own as my friend wasn't arriving until the next day and a man at the airport told me it was dangerous at night for a woman on their own, so that was a great start.

To save time i'll just list the things that were wrong with the bungalow:
- thick with dust
-door didn't lock
-windows didn't close
-no mosquito nets so i had 32 bites within 24 hours
-mouse droppings on bedroom floor and next to bathroom sink
-rat in roof that was reported but they never did anything about it

However the biggest problem we had was when it came to paying. Their website states "We gladly accept Credit cards".....THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. A couple of days before we left the owner's son asked if we could pay in cash and we said no we were going to use or credit cards. When we left the owners REFUSED to let us pay by credit cards, we tried to explain that their website says that we can and we had already told their son but the would not listen and were yelling at us. They actually blocked the gate with the van so we could not leave, at one point while i was trying to argue my point with the man he raised his arm as if he was going to hit me and in the end the situation got so frightening that we agreed to go to the cash point just so we could get out of there. The woman drove us which was incrediably intimidating. They had even charged us for the transfer....! but at that point we just wanted to leave. Nobody we came across could believe it because everyone else is so friendly but we definitley met the most awful people on the island. Our new hotel told us that really hiti moana is only good for local people. I would seriously suggest that you do not stay here!!
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Date of stay: June 2008
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Kirsty H wrote a review May 2012
Paihia, null, New Zealand19 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hiti Moana Villa became our haven in Tahiti after our first booking didn't turn out at all as we expected. Our first pension was nice enough but was up a hill in Faa'a and seemed to be in the middle of the ghetto - big iron gates on every house and big dogs behind the gates! Not the idyllic paradise we were expecting! We called Steve at Hiti Moana and asked him if he had space and he not only gave us a beautiful villa at 10% off the original price, he also picked us up from our original pension and stopped at a supermarket so we could buy some food after explaining that it was a public holiday and this was the only one open today.

We got to the hotel and couldn't believe our eyes - it was paradise compared to the last place! We got a beautiful lagoon and pool view apartment which had a kitchen and slept four of us quite comfortably. Not only did they have their own pool, there was also a jetty which you could snorkel from with an outdoor shower and picnic tables to eat on and watch the sunset from. Snorkel equipment was free, as were the kayaks and there was amazing underwater life right on our doorstep.

Steve was really helpful, helping us hire a car from a local place which was much cheaper than the ones at the airport and just generally being a great host. After looking at some of the other reviews, I find the negative ones hard to believe - Steve and his Mum were amazingly nice to us, there was no problem paying by credit card and wireless internet was available for a very low price - something that is not offered at a lot of places.

The location is not very close the city, which we loved as Pape'ete is big and not very tourist friendly (except the roulottes at night!) and once we had the car it was easy to get to any point on the island. Hiti Moana was a great place to come home to each night and all four of us greatly enjoyed our stay there. The only negative we had was the airport transfer was a little pricey, but saying that Steve was more than happy to get up at 5am to bring us to the airport - a time when there are no buses. Thanks Steve!
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the lagoon view - it's beautiful!
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Answer from steve b
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hello there is a bathrooms in each room you are welcome in tahiti at hiti moana villa your sincerely steve
Answer from steve b
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hello in the bungalow with kitchen you can cook but if you want petit dejeuner is 1500 xpf /pers just for information there is a restaurant at HITI MOANA VILLA BEST REGARDS STEVE BROTHERSON
Jake wrote a tip Oct 2023
Monaco6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I feel sorry for the owners maybe Covid changed their lives but I would not want already make us to arrive there looking at the photos in th"
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tonyvane wrote a tip Mar 2017
Yellowknife, Canada116 contributions69 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All bungalows are great , but should have a air conditions."
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hollywickham wrote a tip Dec 2016
Oakland, California11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"rooms closer to the water and away from the road are best"
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AGrahamC wrote a tip Oct 2016
13 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are two rooms with a proper lagoon view. One overlooking the pool and the other a separate villa."
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Bob P wrote a tip Oct 2016
Oregon31 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"request pool or lagoon view"
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$114 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hiti Moana Villa
Which popular attractions are close to Hiti Moana Villa?
Nearby attractions include Maraa Grotto (2.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hiti Moana Villa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Hiti Moana Villa?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Hiti Moana Villa?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hiti Moana Villa?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hiti Moana Villa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kaimoana, Taha Ru’u, and Conserverie de Tahiti.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hiti Moana Villa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hiti Moana Villa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Hiti Moana Villa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Arahurahu Marae (5.7 miles).
Does Hiti Moana Villa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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