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Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

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A boundless tropical garden, the secret island of Huahine is a natural sanctuary with many archaeological wonders and other landmarks of its rich Polynesian culture and history. Set on a white sand beach, the Hotel Maitai Lapita Village is composed of thirty bungalows, half of them set around a natural spring pond covered with water lilies. The restaurant, bar and pool face the lagoon and a magnificent white sand beach that borders the crystal clear lagoon. The sunsets here are spectacular and offer a panoramic view of the three other Leeward Islands: Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora-Bora. Conveniently located at the entrance of Fare, the island's main village, The Maitai Lapita Village is emblematic of the mix of nature and culture that is unique to the enchanting island of Huahine. Here you will discover luxuriant vegetation, private bays and inlets, heavenly motus, but also a rich cultural and historical heritage. This charming hotel village naturally blends into its environment as it combines local traditional materials and modern recycled ones. The "Omai" restaurant offers delectable dishes for all tastes using many local fruits and vegetables and of course fresh fish. The hotel's architecture draws inspiration from the great sailing canoes of the islands ancestors, the Lapita people, and the saga of their migration through the Pacific Islands. Archaeological excavations were undertaken on the very site of the hotel and have contributed greatly to our knowledge of the Lapita people and the way they lived. Many ancient artifacts, some over 1000 years old, were recovered and some are on display in the hotel's own museum gallery, including hooks, domestic tools, ornamental pendants, etc. On the island of Huahine, also called "memory island," many monuments from the pre-European era can easily be visited: open air temples (marae), ancient lake dwelling villages, a great attraction to do with a tour guide. These well preserved sites are among the largest in French Polynesia.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Paid wifi
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English, French
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SOBERCHERYL wrote a review Sep 12
Vancouver, Washington125 contributions15 helpful votes
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We LOVED this stay. the bungalow was fantastic, it was quiet, and we had our own beach. we spent most of our time at the restaurant, the pool or just working on our tans on the lounge chairs staring at the water or swimming in it. The staff was amazing! The servers, the room staff and everyone else made this the perfect stop on our adventure. We were invited by the GM (going to butcher the spelling of her name...Taipo?) invited to join the locals in a celebration of their culture and the life of an "adopted" local. this was definitely an opportunity to experience Tahitian culture at this little gem of a spot and the local village nearby.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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jgallagherfamily1 wrote a review Aug 2022
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California25 contributions8 helpful votes
I realize that I only review places that I will not re-visit because while I do not want the places I love to become over-run, I would like other visitors to avoid the mistakes I have made. I post a review if I have a concern. While Maitai is a beautiful property that is close to the airport and to the main town of Huahine, I do not recommend coming to Maitai Huahine for any other reason. Huahine is a beautiful island. I did not find this property to reflect the best of Huahine. Upon our arrival, the phone, the TV, and the safe were not working in spite of the fact that we had reserved a Premium Lakefront Bungalow (the top level) We were informed that the water from the faucet had become unsafe to drink. Sure enough, the water in the toilet was brown. If we wanted purified water, it was available for purchase from the Bar. After several attempts, the issues with the phone, TV, and safe were resolved. The office agreed that we would be provided additional water to brush our teeth beyond the customary 2 small bottles. Upon discovering that no cars were available for rent, I tried to book a tour. The tour company informed me that they had a contract with the hotel and I had to go through the hotel. The hotel quoted me $500 for a private tour which would have been $360 through the tour company. I was able to get the price of $360 from the hotel after negotiation. I rented a motor scooter the next day from Europcar from the hotel but it left me wondering if I had paid too much. I would not stay here again. I love Huahine! Find a better option.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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annapolistraveler131 wrote a review Apr 2022
Laurel, Maryland4 contributions3 helpful votes
Maitai Lapita Village has a friendly staff, nice spacious bungalows, close proximity to airport and main town, and a nice beach and pool onsite. It’s a quiet resort if that is what you’re going for. Our family of four including two children 11 and 7 enjoyed our stay. The restaurant breakfast was sufficient to fill you up for the morning and was quick and easy. For dinner, however, we spent two full hours there. The food was good, but it just took too long. For dinner the next night we went to the food truck across the street, a five minute walk. Portions very large here, consider splitting! Other things to mention: it’s an eco-friendly resort which we appreciated, but it does mean the air conditioning doesn’t run while you’re not there so it was a little warm when you get back for the day, but it cools off relatively quickly. Ice maker was reliable. Bathroom doors are glass so a little difficult to get privacy, but not big deal.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Denise D wrote a review Apr 2022
Port Moody, Canada79 contributions18 helpful votes
The bungalow over the lake was huge, and it felt like a four star hotel. Staff were super helpful, buffet breakfast was great, and the beach was perfectly lovely, although not huge. It wasn't super busy, so maybe some of the negative reviews re "small beach" were about it being crowded in busier times. The dining area was great, lots of tables by the pool, too, and you could snorkel off the beach very easily, with lots of reefs to explore and a shower to rinse off right by the pool. Land crabs weren't an issue at all on the walkways. The bridge could use some tile repair but other than that, it was fine. You can see the blue-eyed sacred eels from the bridge in the morning. We found no mosquitoes at all over the 3 days we were there. We rented a car from Europcar around the corner, had a great day driving around both islands. Can easily walk to the Passion Distillerie (great liqueurs!), to the market in town, and to Izzy's (great lunch place).
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Over the lake bungalow is a good choice, has a lovely patio.
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Gabfam wrote a review Sep 2021
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan10 contributions14 helpful votes
We appreciated this resort but despite how others may be reviewing, this is without a doubt a 3-star resort. The unfortunate part is that if management/owners wanted to, it could easily be a 4-star resort if they would actually invest some money and take pride in this diamond in the rough and make the necessary repairs to take it to the next level. The set up of the resort is perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed the spaciousness of the rooms and the uniqueness of the design. The bed and linens were very comfortable but the room itself was definitely showing signs of wear and tear. The bathroom was really nice but when you look closer you could see the overall deterioration of the tiles and grout. Not a deal breaker personally but just adds to the fact that it is deservedly a 3 star resort. The lake setting made me feel more like I was in Thailand or Bali than Fr Polynesia and is quite lovely with all of the lily pads and lush vegetation around the bungalows.. We still took advantage of our deck despite the abundance of mosquitos--we just used more bug repellent. The pool, beach and dining area is setup very nicely and especially cozy for evening dinners, but you can see evidence of the lack of attention to maintenance. You could easily take your hand and remove scoops of tile from the bottom of the pool. In fact there was a huge mound of tiles just sitting on the edge of the pool that remained there for a couple days which just added to the run down feeling of the resort. Despite the appearance, we're glad we stayed here. We appreciated Huahine for its slow easy pace and were only able to enjoy one afternoon in the town since there was a curfew in place for the weekend and we were required to stay on resort property. We had lunch at the Yacht Club on the beach which did not disappoint at all. One of the best filets I've ever had and my wife's marlin was fantastic. We created a surf and turf and shared meals! The staff was so very kind, friendly, responsive and extremely patient with my French. We had an issue with the safe not opening and maintenance took care of this immediately and replaced the safe. The breakfast buffet became old very quickly after day 2 as it was the identical items every day. The staff was always attentive in doing their best to shoo the random cats, dogs and aggressive birds away-- the hotel is located near homes and the pets are very comfortable coming to the resort to beg. Again--3 star experience but still enjoyable, Just manage your expectations accordingly. Lunch and dinner menus were quite nice and we felt the food was quite good and full of flavor. The veal medallions were perfect and the mahi mahi was a favorite! I really wish the management would pay some much needed attention to the pool and walkways. Tiles and stones missing everywhere and the slate on the walkways over the bridge to the garden rooms would literally buckle under your feet as you walked on them. Maybe they feel they don't need to maintain the resort as they are one of only a handful of resorts on the island so visitors don't have much of a choice for accommodations, but you would think they would take some pride in the resort and do what they could to further impress their guests. Like a said--3 star screaming to be a 4 star with some attention to detail.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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ScottJaw wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York4 contributions1 helpful vote
Staff was attentive, although they won't come out to serve you at the beach/pool, expect to go order at the bar. The lagoon suites are nice however they are over standing water which means mosquitos are abundant. I found the outdoor space unusable for this reason. Very walkable resort to downtown for shopping/restaurants/groceries.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Starrette G wrote a review May 2021
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We wound up booking this hotel within 10 days of arrival, because the hotel where we had a reservation for a year notified us that they would not be reopening until July (covid closure). We stayed in a lake front bungalow (there’s a nice beach but no beach front bungalows). The staff was wonderful. As others have shared, the bungalow is quite large and very clean. The bed was comfortable. The only reason I gave this a 4 was because of the decor. The bedroom portion has something of a Polynesian feel to it, albeit somewhat bland. The furniture is functional and the deck has a wonderfully spacious seating area. The bathroom is modern with a large and lovely vessel sink that has only one tap. The sink is certainly large enough for 2 people, but somewhat awkward without 2 taps. Shower gel and shampoo are provided, but there was no lotion. The lake and resort setting are lovely.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Globalnomad wrote a review Dec 2020
Zurich, Switzerland87 contributions47 helpful votes
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I arrived in Huahine after dark. I got to the hotel after hitching a ride with a local in his pick-up truck for a nominal fee. A receptionist did a quick check-in in a dimly-lit room that I wouldn’t call a lobby as half of it was shared with an intriguing museum of archaeological finds. I was escorted to my spacious ‘fare’. I then settled down to a formally served dinner in a handsome Polynesian style dining room open on one side. In the dazzling sunshine of a Polynesian morning the next day, the true beauty of the property was revealed. Each ‘fare’ is a work of art with skilled wooden carvings and high cathedral ceilings. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Some of the ‘fares’ overlook a small but gorgeous lake with a little bridge that leads to a set of ‘marae’. The hotel’s bijou pool overlooks a small sandy stretch of beach that is open to the public and sadly also to a bunch of stray dogs that live around a ramshackle property next door. Thankfully they were not aggressive and seemed to fancy the hotel grounds. Who could blame them! The beach was rather stony and the water did not come in the myriad shades of blue that I saw in Huahine Iti, but the hotel is in a convenient location steps away from a huge supermarket in Fare, the delightful little Huahine Yacht Club restaurant and the Air Tahiti office (watch out for island style opening hours). The staff is helpful and well intentioned - even Vaihere behind her formidable exterior. When no company would confirm an island tour as the minimum requirement was not met, a receptionist called Christophe very kindly volunteered for the task and drove me around. All said, this is a very nice hotel that merits more than its three official stars. You might only be tempted to stay elsewhere for bluer waters and even better food (the Mahana Hotel checks those boxes), but the trade off would be a cental location and the comfort and beauty of this hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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JoroPenchev wrote a review Dec 2020
Sofia, Bulgaria12 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed here back in April 2019 for our wedding anniversary and this was easily among the best looking hotels during our FP trip! The decor is thoughtful and the pond is a charm :) The bungalows feel a little grand for the furniture but we thought that just adds to the canoe image they're trying to get across (we stayed at one of the inner ones). I loved strolling along the paths of the complex and resting on the bridge, it was just incredibly scenic! Furthermore, the hotel is walking distance to the main port/town/restaurants, not that there is much to see there, but some variety of the cuisine is always welcome. The restaurant did feel a tad expensive but apart from that the hotel was good value, in fact it was the only proper hotel we stayed at just because it was so charming (we prefer guesthouses as we feel they are more authentic but Maita Lapita really captured our imagination). The staff is also great - we thought the welcome was just a bit impersonal but the people won us over very quickly with their warm smiles and help. The room had some water problem that I've forgotten by now but I remember they fixed it super quick and was also very helpful with tending to my stupid coral bruising. One thing that was a bit weird was the tax for losing towels but I guess they do get tossed around too much so that makes sense. The beach in front of the hotel is pleasant if not sublime (at least in April) but Huahine itself is a great place and the hotel helped us arrange a really good trip around the island. We definitely loved our stay!
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Date of stay: April 2020
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Kennethpauls wrote a review Dec 2020
Manhattan Beach, California9 contributions3 helpful votes
We came here for our honeymoon, and decided to return for our 10th anniversary ng these Covid times. Nothing has changed, which is comforting. Still a tiny little town walking distance from the hotel. Still very rural and friendly here. We bicycled around the island and got caught in the rain, but it’s all good- very relaxed and the way you would imagine Hawaii was 60 years ago. This is not for the those who love resorts and pampering. This is for those who wish to leave the busy world for a week of beautiful sunsets and fish dinners overlooking the bay, or sitting on the patio over a lagoon filled with lily pads. So happy we came here again.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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$230 - $421 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maitai Lapita Village Huahine
Which popular attractions are close to Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Nearby attractions include Huahine Pearl Farm (4.1 miles), Sito Archeologico Di Maeva (3.2 miles), and Fare, in Huahine, FP (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Conveniently located restaurants include Huahine Yacht Club, Izzy's, and Omai.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Maitai Lapita Village Huahine have airport transportation?
Yes, Maitai Lapita Village Huahine offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maitai Lapita Village Huahine?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Maitai Lapita Village Huahine have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.