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Sunset Beach Motel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Uturoa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 26, 2013

SUNSET BEACH MOTEL
Our trip is on the second tier economy, eschewing the glossy, international packaged experience. We have found some losers but boy, have we found some gems. Take for instance Raiatea’s Sunset Beach Motel for a perfect, economical holiday destination.
The owners, Eliane Boubee and her son Moana are clearly proud of the family land they have on the sunny west-facing coast. Formerly a coconut plantation the acreage now has roughly 15 cottages spaced for privacy and views in well-planted parkland. Both the land and the cottages show that they are tended with care. There is a jetty for access straight to the reef drop off giving perfect access for snorkeling and swimming. It’s very safe and we watched a game 5yo fascinated with her snorkeling, before enthusiastically launching herself in the clutches of her Dad off the flying fox on the jetty.
Sunset make available kayaks, snorkeling gear, boules, volleyballs, a library of books and a playground for kids and if you are still short of adventures, Eliane books her guests in at no charge on activities and tours that are in a bulging info booklet that is in each cottage. However if you are a surfer or a diver and you want to access the outer reef or passes I’d recommend you do what the locals do when they don’t have a boat…hire one from just down the road for the day and get out there yourself.
There are cottages within a couple of metres of the turquoise lagoon, which I’d recommend. Others are set back very privately in amongst the palms. We arrived to a clean, simply furnished cottage with bougainvillea flowers on the beds and washbasin and a couple of fresh coconuts, chilled in the frig ready for drinking. To us that was a lovely touch. The cottages are a simple Lockwood style of various configurations depending on the number of guests. Our time at Sunset was relaxing to the point that we felt quite spoilt.
An example of the Boubee’s thoughtfulness to their guests is the fresh fruit that comes off the property that they have on a “help yourself “ table by reception.
From NZ on the internet trying to find my way around the best deals, say for a hire car, I enlisted Moana and he gave me local contacts. I recommend this. I also recommend the local market, the fresh tuna sold on the roadside and cooking simply and so cheaply at the cottage. Few restaurants have views like that and eating out here is expensive. But I do recommend Le Napoli for simple gorgeous food in a restaurant filled with locals. The pizzas are standouts in a generous menu and kids have fun making their own under the pizza chef’s watchful eye.
We took Eliane’s advice and took the Taha’a small boat tour with Taeva and Flo. What a special treat this was: the family pearl farm, seeing how they make the best vanilla in the world, in the lagoon with rays and shy reef sharks, a fantastic lunch before the spectacular snorkel through the Coral Garden.
Treat yourself…GO.

Room Tip: Waterfront with shade...# 5 was perfect.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Good bungalow, hot water. All equipment is a bit old, but everything is functional. Good shower with hot water and enough pressure. All staff speak very good English and try to accommodate every request.
Free transfer from/to airport and when possible they can give you a ride into town.
They rent out bicycles but at the time we were there, only one was available, the others were not rented out, but "not available". So be sure to check before if this is an important item for you.
Small TV with local and french Channels.
Cleaning service every 3 days, which means you'll have to use your towel for a couple of days.
There is also a camping on site, and some activities for kids, they seem well suited for families.
The view from the bungalow is great. Bora bora in the distance and sunsets over the water.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Our visit started with a friendly pick up, family beaming smile welcome, fresh fruit in our unit and our 5 days 10 steps from the lagoon just got better and better from there. Clean accommodation and very friendly helpful staff.

Room Tip: Most units are right by the lagoon. Camping is 50 meters away from lagoon.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Rooms that are little stand alone houses steps from the water. Highly recommended! Very friendly staff. Amazing property. However, don't expect it to be luxurious. The price is very good given what you get.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We came here for camping, great value. The kitchen is simple but has everything you need. Showers were good, the campground was very nice.
There is a large pier into the lagoon, very good for relaxing and swimming, hundreds of fish that you can nearly touch when snorkling. Snorkling gear and sea kayaks are provided for free, take a kayak to the MiriMiri Motu, which is a 1 hour trip away and a very small Robinson Crusoe island.

the owners are super friendly and extremely helpful. They offer free transport if they go to town or airport, offer the fruits out of their garden, delicious :) You can order baguette too. The bungalows looked nice too, but we havn't been in there. All are facing the lagoon.

We loved it!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed here prior to chartering a boat from Moorings. It is within walking distance from the Marina. The motel will provide transportation to and from the airport. They will give you a lift to other places if their van is available. The bungalows are like rustic one bedroom cottages with a large porch or lanai facing the ocean. The views are fantastic! Our friends had the breakfast and loved it. In the evening there were geckos in the room, they stay up near the ceiling. We like them, so no problem. The cottages are in a park like setting -- not crowded together at all. It's a pretty fantastic piece of land. There isn't a better value to be had in this general locale.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This place is fantastic for the price. The pictures on their web site don't do it justice. You basically get a 1 bedroom 1 bath house right on the ocean with covered parking for your rental car. The view is awesome with the sun setting right next to Bora Bora. Raiatea was our favorite island. I recommend you rent a car to drive around the island. You can walk to the marina for SCUBA or sailing charters from here. This is a family owned business and it shows. Very nice people. And they speek English too.....

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Eric W
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Address: B.p. 397, Uturoa 98735, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Raiatea > Uturoa
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Uturoa
Price Range: $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunset Beach Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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