We wanted to live like the locals so that is what attracted us to the bugalow on this property. It is totally self contained in a gated propety overlooking a beautiful lagoon. The bungalow itself is pretty basic and takes a little while to get used to. To enter the kitchen or the commode from the bedroom you must go outside. They are both outdoors (not enclosed) at either sides of the bedroom. We brought a flashlight with us which was very helpful in the dark hours especially since the sun set at 6:00 pm. We didn't like turning on the outside lights incase anyone was walking on the property. There is not a livingroom area so you either had to sit in the kitchen or in the bedroom or outside at a table in the evenings. So there was't really a place to lounge. You must be careful not to leave any food products or any wet areas around the kitchen because it is like living outdoors so you will get bugs. The birds flew into the kitchen and stole or yummy french bread. From that time onward we put everything in the fridge.
We were supposed to have WiFi from the bungalow but it was not working and the TV only had 2 stations and of course they were in French. I brought my laptop to use my Nefflix for movies but without the internet that was not possible. So plan to eat late so you won't have these issues filling your evenings.
You do hear some road noise but it did not bother us at all. The best sleep we have had in a long time. Their dog Toscan was a wonderful watch dog. She laid outside our bedroom door on guard each night and kept us safe. lol
Gilles & Tuana were helpful in answering our questions but it would be helpful if you spoke a little French but we were able to communicate with them. Tuana is a wonderful chef and try to have at least one meal with them. My husband had the lobster & I had shrimp. I am not a fish lover at all but she did a wonderful job and I ate every bite.
Gilles was kind enough to pick us up at the ferry, brought us back to the bungalow and then drove us to the car rental place to pick up our car. You can arrange for your own car from Avis right across the street from the station, but Gilles got us a great price, about $150 less then we thought.
I can not say enough about the snorkeling just about 100 yards from the bungalow in pretty shallow water. It was our own private aquarium. The coral garden was amazing. We saw a Manta Ray, Moray Eel and more tropical fish then you can imagine.
Cons: The one thing that you will lack here, is if there are other guests, is privacy being that everything is out in the open and with the lights on at night in the kitchen you may feel like you are on display.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One private bungalow, with full equipment, for 3 2 guest house,in our big colonial home, class hotel, with half board , breafast and diner . In front of Tahiti island, on the lagon, senic at 180 ° from the hot tube, on the deck in precious wood Kayak free available, and transfer too. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- AtuanA Lodge Moorea, French Polynesia