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Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

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Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

My first, last, and only trip to Tahiti was in the early '80s to Club Med on Morrea. I met my future wife there. It's time to celebrate another anniversary, but Club Med disappeared long ago. Victim of a typhoon I believe. We can we stay that stands the best chance of allowing us to recreate what was the most relaxing vacation either of us have ever taken?

We looking at the first half of December. What made the visit so relaxing is that Club Med wasn't a fancy place. When it was time for lunch we walked into the open-air dining area straight out of the water. The rooms were real grass-thatched huts with no AC. Not even any screens on the windows. There were no kids around. Having no TV, radio, or TV made it more relaxing. Dressing up was deciding whether or not to put on a clean t-shirt. We realize that those days are gone. But what is the closest we can come to that now?

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1. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

Rent a vacation home that has NO neighbors. Rent a car and go to the beach or out to dinner on your schedule. You also can cook in if you wish VRBO 850514

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2. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

Check out the reviews here on TripAdvisor for Vahine Island, off of Taha'a. There's only 9 bugalows total so it's very remote and never crowded. Many days you'll feel like you're the only 2 people on the island.

The food is the best we've had any where in French Polynesia. The staff is phenomenal, so friendly and there just when you need them. The restaurant is very casual, and the type you could eat in your swim suit, no need to dress up unless you want to.

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3. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

Look up Les Tipaniers, also in the same general area, I think it ticks your boxes.

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4. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

We love Club Med and have been to many...Punta Cana, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Cancun, Ixtapa...but alas, no more Moorea. We are doing a Wind Star cruise next July to Tahiti and the Tuamoto Islands but we are spending 3 days before the cruise on Moorea. We are staying at Les Tipaniers, which is mentioned above. It sounds great. Small resort, no pool, just bungalows and an attached restaurant. We are spending 200 US a night for an air conditioned bungalow. We plan to rent a car to explore the beautiful island. So check out Les Tipaniers on Moorea.

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5. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

Hi hi,

Indeed Les Tipaniers or Fare Miti (both on Moorea with nice beaches) might be good choices for you. There aren't any all inclusive resorts like Club Med, but the 3 star accommodations above might just do the trick :) Hope this helps further.

sunny regards,

shully

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6. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

Read about Hotel le Mahana on Huahine. It sounds a little nicer than what you are describing--there is ac for example-- but it's very relaxed, it mostly attracts couples, and it's the same sort of thing where you have your bungalows along the beach with the restaurant, which serves very good food, at the end.

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7. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

We'd been to Club Med Mo'orea three times before it closed, the first in the mid '70s. Took our kids there in 2001. We all loved it for much the same reasons as you. We're returning to FP again next month, again looking for something other than the typical OWB resort experience. Kia Ora Sauvage in Rangiroa has been on my radar for decades, but didn't fit well into our itinerary. We also had a look at Raimiti on Fakarava, which on the surface had a lot of appeal. But we're now of the age that a few more creature comforts are appreciated and enhance our enjoyment of a place, so ended up deciding on Vahine Island Resort, and Pearl Beach Tikehau. Ninamu, also on Tikehau, is another we considered.

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8. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

We were just at les Tipaniers. What date are you in Papeete? You might be tempted to check out the Heiva in Papeete in July. We spent 4 nights at this cultural event. Amazing.

tntvreplay.pf/Heiva-2017-Resumes_r152.html

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9. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

You may have already gone on your trip, so I hope this isn't too late. We stayed in Hotel Hibiscus & absolutely loved it.....super cozy & large thatch roof bungalows (some with lagoon view)-rsmall fridge was handy and they also had dishes and a hot plate to cook on (we only used the fridge) nice restaurant right on beach, 2 motu's out in front that we kayaked to for snorkeling (AMAZING). Short walk, maybe 15 min to a market with $1 fresh made baguettes, beer, wine, tahiti drink and other snacks. We found a great deal, book three nights with third night free including breakfast-TASTY. We booked through a local travel agency called easytahiti. Excellent service, excellent price & done by locals. They do actually have a pool as well, which we used in the evening to rinse off the salt water and chill out before heading to bed.

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10. Re: Club Med is gone. What's Plan B?

We will be in Papeete next July and plan to check out the Heiva.

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