I stayed here at Bonjouir Lodge Paradise with a friend of mine for 3 nights in February 2012. From what we saw on the website we had high expectations in this place but were somewhat disappointed.
Our room was smaller than we expected, but what was bothering us more was that the room was very dirty. We are aware of the fact that this is a place that is located in the wilderness where nature is all around you, but our room was obviously not cleaned before our arrival, nor were our towels - there were black stains and even blood stains all over them. Our privat bathroom was not cleaned once for the 3 nights we stayed there.
Even though our room did not have windows that could be closed (i.e. insects could get in all the time) there were NO mosquito nets at all, but a lot of mosquitos... When we asked the owner of the pension (Annick) if she could provide us with something against the mosquitos, she only said that this is normal when you are in the jungle. She did not take our complaints serious, and we think it is normal that in the jungle, you have mosquito nets to protect yourself!
Communication with the owners was very flawed. Dinner (which is really expensive) was made for us one evening even though we did not ask for it. The food was one of the few positive aspects of this Lodge, but still, it does not justify the extremely high price. Moreover, there is no other possibilty to grab something to eat since there is absolutely no grocery store or restaurant anywhere near! Be aware that this lodge is very remote and not easy to get to! If you are looking for loneliness in the middle of nature, this might be the right place for you. The bus from Papeete to Teahupoo takes more than 1,5 hours and in Teahuoo you have to be picked up by the owners by boat.
If you are looking for a nice beach, look elsewhere. The beach here is very small and there are five dogs that run around everywhere and the beach here is more like their toilet.
One night, the dogs showed an aggressive attitude towards me (barking and growling) and there was no way I could get past them and back to my room. It took a lot of time until the owner came and called the dogs back, and they did not seem to be well trained. Even worse, she did not even say sorry, nor did she mention the incidence at all or tried to explain herself! We were told before that the dogs were chained at night, but obviously, they were not.This kind of behaviour is just rude, disrespectful and not acceptable. The fact that there are five dogs is not even mentioned on their homepage. I am not a person who dislikes dogs, it's more the lack of communication that I'm criticizing here.
When we would still be staying for 2 more nights, the owners told us that we might start looking for another place because they were really busy preparing an exhibition. It seemed like they tried to get rid of us! We gladly left since we felt more or less uncomfortable anyway, but implying to your guests that they should better leave is not a sign of hospitability.
The nature aroudn the Lodge Bonjouir is beautiful, but you don't get a lot of value for your money and there are definitely more friendly, affordable and beautiful places in Tahiti! We recommend La Pension de la Plage, not too far away from Papeete (about 16 km).
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