My wife and I recently stayed here for 4 nights while honeymooning in French Polynesia. Let me first start off by saying: If you are looking for a decadent hotel in a plush tropical resort, this is not the place to stay (try Sofitel)! However, if you are looking for a stress-free, quiet, no-frills island escape - THIS IS A GREAT CHOICE! If you have ever rented a quiet cabin in the woods, I would compare it to that (but on a beach instead). Accomodations are basic, but clean and well maintained. The service at the front desk is friendly and responsive. They will happily arrange for your rental car, call for restaurant reservations, and confirm transportation for you. They will also lend you a bicycle for free so you may ride to the nearby village (Le Petit Village) to shop for souveniers and groceries. There is a dive shop (SCUBA Piti) and aqua sports (TIP Nautica) shop located on the property, which both have great service and prices. The beach at Hotel Les Tipanier is one of the best on the island (the other being Ia Oro near the Sofitel - over 20km away). The hotel grounds are well maintained, but not overdone like the Hilton. All bungalows provide easy access to the great beach, but the front-porch view and convenience of the beachside bungalow can't be beat! Dinner at the main (Italian) restuarant here is good, and decently priced. My only complaint would be the lack of service and poor quality at the beach bar/restaurant. They seemed to only be open a few hours a day, and the food was less than mediocre for what you are paying. My recommendations: 1) Bring your own alcohol and cook your own food in your bungalow's kitchen..then sit on your front porch to enjoy the beautiful scenery. 2) The Intercontinental and Legends Resorts are within 1/2 mile, so you can easily walk over for a "fancy" dinner and plenty of high quality (but high-priced) cocktails.
Overall, Les Tipaniers was exactly what we were looking for - a quiet, clean place to sleep after spending long days diving, kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. It is simply missing a late-night bar/restaurant option, because it would have been nice to have a "night cap" and a snack on the water after those long days, without having to get dressed to go back out for dinner!
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- Also Known As:
- Les Tipaniers Moorea
- Les Tipaniers Hotel