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Vanira Lodge
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Stockton, California
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“wonderful stay, helpful host”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed here for a few days in early November 2013. If you are looking for a place to get away from it all and in fairly luxurious accomdations in a spectaculer setting then this is it. I am careful when I use the work "fairly luxurious," because the term luxurious generally implies super properties like the Four Seasons, St. Regis, et. al. While the Vanira Lodge does not at first glance appear to have any of the typical amenties that these super hotels have, the Vanira IS luxurious for what it does offer; The rooms are gorgeous; the bed as comfortable as the beds at the St. Regis Bora Bora that followed our stay at the Vanira Lodge. Our kitchen table and chairs were beautiful. The towels and the soaps, lotions, conditioners, gels, blow dryer, nearly as good as the stuff you get at the big super luxe chains. The view from our room was one of the most beautiful we have had in recent memory (that is until I got the St. Regis- of course.)

The room service food is from La Plage de Maui - which is one of the better restaurants in Tahiti from what we could tell and from what we have heard. I wondered if my review is based on my low expectations before I got there, but I spoke with my wife and we both agree that the Vanira Lodge is a very nice, very comfortable accommodation in a beautiful location away from it all.

Yes there are geckos, and little ants, but a cup of coffee in an all wood treehouse overlooking the beaches of Teahupoo quickly overrides any little friends scampering away.

One caveat - We believe you must have a car or motorcycle if staying here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San Jose, CA
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed at the Vanira Lodge 3 days during 2012 Holiday season, from 12/28/2012 to 12/31/2012.
The Lodge and accommodations are very relaxing, tranquil and a great place get away from everything.
Some of the views from the rooms and around the grounds are spectacular and a great photo opportunity.
I found the front desk to be very helpful in recommending surf instructors and arranged everything for us.
If you want relaxing accommodations on the island of Tahiti, then this is the place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mike_Vondran
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Itasca, Illinois
Level Contributor
47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was our second visit to Vanira Lodge (the last being in 2008). Both visits we stayed in the Maara room (one of the 'nature fare'). We love it; it's like a treehouse with a fantastic sunset view. Yes, you'll come across some ants and a few geckos (hint: don't leave food out), but in an open-air concept room that's to be expected. Hint: there are also now the new air-conditioned jacuzzi rooms people looking for something a bit less rustic.

It's also true that Karine, the owner, is very hands off. This is not a family pension where you all sit around the breakfast table and chat with your host/hostess. The fare/rooms are spread out enough so that everyone has their privacy and you may rarely run into other guests (I think that's what she's going for). She does have a very detailed informational guide in both French and English in the room that provides pretty much all the pertinent guest info as well as local restaurants and activities.

We ate breakfast in our room. There's a pretty massive Carrefour in Taravao where you can stop and pick up groceries on the way. For dinner, guests can have room service delivered from the La Plage de Maui restaurant with 24 hours notice. There are not alot of restaurant choices in this area (a few more if you're there on a weekend). We always enjoy dinner for a night at the roulotte down the road.

Things that have changed since 2008:
The reception building is larger and closer to the guest rooms (it used to be a small bungalow at the front of the property), the breakfast room didn't exist along with the jacuzzi fare, and before there was no option for meals onsite.

Overall, we really enjoyed the Vanira Lodge, but I also realize it's not for everyone. However, it's a perfect fit for Tahiti-Iti and I'm sure we'll go back there again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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31 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I feel slightly torn on this because I agree with both the good and the bad reviews. Robinson Crusoe meets Tarzan is absolutely right. The complex is on a good site, a hill overlooking the sea - with spectacular views and sunsets. I am not a natural walker but even for me the walks/hiking around Tahiti Iti are really exciting and beautiful and a great contrast to the blandness of the over-water bungalow experience. The Lodge recommended the nearby Teahupoo Tahiti Surfari Private Day Tours as a day out which made our whole trip to French Polynesia so I was very grateful to them. You would really need to do an outing like that to make the most of a trip here.The little houses themselves (or rather the one we stayed in) are just a little creepy. It would have been nice to have had a place to sit, have a drink and enjoy the view upstairs but the balcony is too narrow so you are forced downstairs under a slightly claustrophobic sail canopy. I don't mind (in fact we were amused by) the inevitable gheckos but my son had to move upstairs in the house because his bed seemed a magnet for little (I think harmless) centipedes. The beds (and linen) were not comfortable. But having said all this it felt as if not too much work could turn this into a really wonderful and exciting place. Maybe they should move away from the self catering concept too. All in all I'm very glad we stayed here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Northlondontripper
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Level Contributor
70 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

we stayed two night in the vai ora "bungalow" (with jacuzzi) at the end of 3 weeks french polynesia.

+ fantastic and extraordinary fare
+ open style of the bungalow and the jacuzzi
+ fridge (if you want to save some money, huge supermarket 10' min drive away)
+ jacuzzi - just nice
+ great place if you want relax and hang around on your deck!
+ free drinking water, coffee, and tea
+ free wifi (however at the reception only, where is not seat or table - you just stand outside)

what could be improved in our
view:
reception could be much better, no one really welcomed us...
improve wifi area or provide wifi in the rooms
empty waste at least once a day or "make the room"

our conclusion: recommended (however do not expect a too high service level), we would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank swisscouple1983-rtw
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Timaru, New Zealand
Level Contributor
68 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

Architecture and design are unique, just wonderful and creative. The grounds are also lovely. Staff were very helpful. Great location near beach. We really enjoyed our stay. We received excellent advice about where to go for gardens or food.

Room Tip: Main difference is size of units, but all are unique. We stayed in a smaller unit without a kitchen...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BallardPritchett
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Malibu, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

I love this place - but you have to want to be near Teahupo'o, otherwise you probably wouldn't bother to drive out there. Room are individual bungalows - think Robinson Crusoe meets Tarzan. Amazing views, small pool to cool off. Things I didn't love: uncomfortable molded fiberglass chaises by pool and bungalow and breakfast - ok, overpriced (like most breakfasts in Tahiti). We had a two-story bungalow, could have slept five but there were only two of us.
Not for those who want tv, fitness center, English spoken, room service, etc. It is a GETAWAY!!

Room Tip: Only a handful of bungalows, usually booked on weekends, call in advance for sure.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MsMalibu90265
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Additional Information about Vanira Lodge

Property: Vanira Lodge
Address: Teahupoo 98719, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Teahupoo
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Teahupoo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vanira Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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

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