Yes, the setting is nice, and the bungalows really do ooze that smurfish charm shown on the website. However, once the rain kicks in, you'll be running for the next available hotel room with air condition.
The Vanira Lodge is perched above the village of Teahupoo on Tahiti Iti's ('little Tahiti') south coast. If you're into surfing and/or hiking, this is definitely the place for you; but, it's a long drive to the rest of Tahiti's attractions. If you want solitude and proximity to boulders and breakers, you'll be more or less locked in to what little else Teahupoo has to offer.
In the end, weather patterns and location make this an unwieldy proposition for either side of the spectrum. After a couple of days, the romantic appeal of the semi open-air bungalows doesn't make up for the constant dampness of the place and, at times, decidedly French service. If you like to rough it out on the other hand, there are probably cheaper options around that don't charge you the equivalent of your camping gear for a night's stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Works of art these all natural "fare" create a univers as magic as a child dream. On a plateau, facing the sea and the sun set, each bungalow can sleep 1 to 4 persons with private kitchen and bathroom. Vanira means vanilla in Tahitian. Vanilla, as in the sweetness, harmony and tranquililty you'll find during your stay at Vanira Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vanira Hotel Teahupoo
- Vanira Lodge Tahiti/Teahupoo