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Hotel Les Tipaniers
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Moorea
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Reviewed July 4, 2009

Excellent beach, outstanding restaurant (do not go anywhere else to eat! we tried one place outside and deeply regretted it, the restaurant is amazing), friendly staff! We were in the cheap Garden Rooms. They are perfectly fine, and you don´t go to Moorea to stay in the room, we just needed a bed to crash after a day of sunbathing and relaxing, and this definitely did the job!
Excellent value for money

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2009

I was very positively suprised by Les Tipaniers hotel, since I red a few bad reviews on Trip advisor before booking.
All bungalows were full so I booked one of the three "cheap" (7500 CFP) garden rooms, were we sateyd for one night.
- room was very clean, spacious. Of course don't expect a typically polynesion architecture or decoration
- location is beautiful, with a small sandy beach and aqua coloured lagoon
- it's quiet
- staff was efficient and friendly
- they have a great bar/restaurant on the beach, were you take your breakfast

However, don't expect a luxury honymooners' resort. The Tipaniers is a small family run hotel, and the guests are both Foreigners and local families living in Papeete and spending a week-end in Moorea.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank manutokyo
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

We stayed at the Les Tipaniers hotel from April 12-15, 2009. We stayed in the cheapest room (I believe garden view room- it cost about $100/night including all taxes/fees). The hotel has a GORGEOUS beach- one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The food from the restaurants is very good and affordable (considering the prices of French Polynesia- we payed about $60 for 2 drinks, 2 entrees and 1 dessert). The breakfast at the beach restaurant is delicious, as well as the dinner from the main restaurant. You MUST try the Moon Fish!!!! Do not leave without trying the Moon Fish- it is DELICIOUS (probably the best fish I have ever tasted) and they do not have it in Bora Bora. I asked one of the locals in Bora Bora and he said that the fishermen do not sell it to the hotels- they keep it for themselves because its so delicious. So, please try it in Moorea. The people are also very helpful. The only negative were the rooms. Atleast the one we stayed in was not very nice- the beds were more like cots, no air conditioning (although there is a ceiling fan), the bathroom is very simple, and a few mosquitoes in the room when we arrived. We did not spend very much time in our room- pretty much only to change/shower and sleep. I'm guessing that this is the reason for the prices- perhaps if the rooms were more luxurious, it would be more expensive. Also, be prepared to have roosters wake you up in the morning. We would definitely return to this hotel because it has an amazing beach (isn't that the reason you come here anyways?), is EXTREMELY affordable, good food and service- but next time we would probably pay a bit more and upgrade our room. There is also a very convenient aquatic center next door to the hotel where you can rent kayaks, snorkel gear, etc. We passed by other hotels/beaches and they did not even compare in beauty to the one from Les Tipaniers- the beach from the Hibiscus hotel next door was horrible!!! I was so happy we didn't book that hotel- eventhough the rooms looked nicer. There is also plenty of shade since there are many palm trees, and there are loungers that you can use to lay on the beach (free of charge). Many people actually drive to Les Tipaniers just to use their beach. There are also stores within walking distance to the hotel if you want to go buy groceries or eat out of the hotel one day. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone who wants a beautiful beach, a very affordable hotel, good food and service, and is not picky about rooms. If this is you, then do not hesitate on booking this hotel. If you are looking for 5 star luxury, then go somewhere else, but be prepared to pay 5 star prices. We will definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mmmaaarrrriiiaaaa
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

The staff went out of their way to return some lost property for which we were most grateful.
The drive to the hotel, and the hotel itself, were in an outstandingly beautiful location.
We enjoyed the use of the free bicycles especially to purchase provisions as we found the kitchen in the bungalow most useful. It was enjoyable to use local shops and cooking for ourselves helped finances as this is an expensive country to visit.
The bungalows are spacious, attractive, clean and had all we required.

Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2009

After all the great reviews which encouraged us to book Les Tipaniers, we didn't expect the very frosty welcome my African wife and I got, even though I greeted the staff in French - such a contrast to other comments made here - was it because we are English? It really shook us up.

We were in bungalow 8 - do avoid it. Its little better than a backpackers hostel, with 4 basic single beds in the spacious lounge/kitchen and a further double and single in the bedroom, all with just a sheet and coverlet.. You will know from TripAdvisor reviews that there is no aircon, we had just 2 ceiling fans, but what the hotel don't tell you is that you can borrow further fans from reception : these are free but you have to give your credit card as a deposit. This typified the lack of information for guests, as simllarly you can have beach towels, paddles for the canoes, hair dryer and an iron in the same way. But there was nothing about any of this in their information pack.

Other small irritations - no cutting knife of any kind in the kitchen, one set of a pair of curtains hung the wrong way round, 3 lights not working : all these were rectified when we mentioned them - but why werent they in place before we arrived?.

A larger irritation - no tea or coffee sachets or sugar in the kitchen, or even a comlimentary bottle of water in the fridge until such time as you can get to the supermarket a mile or more up the road. Even in the cheapest motel in New Zealand we stayed in the 5 weeks beforehand, you got those. We were not even offered a cold drink on arrival as we had, and would afterwards receive elsewhere in the Pacific.

When we asked about this, we were met with a Gallic shrug and the statement "This is only a 2 star hotel". We knew that it was only 2 star when we booked, especially comparing their reasonable prices with other FP hotels, it just seems common sense and service. We appreciate that French Polynesia is the most expensive place on earth (and we've visited most of them, including much of the third world so we know "down market2 as well as better), but these little touches mean so much to the guest.. You shouldn't have to pay 4 star prices for basic service, it should be automatic.

Why no toaster or grill, not even a kettle to boil water, and barely 2 sets of crockery cutlery and utensils - there are beds for 7 people! Or are they removed and put back according to the number of guests in each bungalow?

The other problem we found was that there were a myriad of mosquitos and other flying biting things, which our repellents did little to deter. Yes, you expect these in the tropics, but the problem is exacerbated in bungalow 8 as there is a vast amount of creeper covering the front and all over the roof. Very quaint, I'm sure, but we were certain that from here and the stagnant water under the kitchen window was where these insects were coming from. especially after a downpour. Eventually the management reluctantly sprayed this area, but our request that some of the creeper be cut back was not taken forward. It was therefore difficult to sit out on the veranda in the evenings.

One final warning, although there is mosquito netting at most windows, there is none in the bathroom behind the slatted windows, and you therefore need to keep the bathroom door closed at night - not easy if you want a pee at 4am!

Having said all this, the beach is tremendous and probably the best on the island, although if you want to snorkel the gear costs 500 CPF(£4) per HALF day. Contrast this - it was free at our cheaper hotel in Rarotonga (Cook Islands) the week before. And the beach is VERY shallow at low tide. The best bungalows are of course those right on the beach, any other you won't get a view from.

The restaurant and beach restaurant are superb, but unfortunately the latter closes at 6.30pm, so don't expect to sit the evening out drinking there overlooking the offshore islets or Mutus. We never saw any guests drinking in the bar in the main restaurant either, so a lack of chatting to your fellow guests of an evening - they all seemed to disappear off to their bungalows.

Another plus is that there are also plenty of water activities from the concession on the beach.

Most people seemed to stay only 2/3 nights, so perhaps the place is not geared up, or suitable, for our 7 night stay.

We put our complaints forward as incidents occurred as noted above, and our thoughts to the management on the day of departure. The reaction we got on our last day was much more conciliatory and measured than we had experienced during the whole of our stay there, perhaps they realised we were going to post our experience on TripAdvisor!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

The location is right by the beach, and reasonably near other restaurants. The room was OK, and had a safebox, but poorly designed, and there was little attention to detail (the flimsy curtains didn't meet in the middle, and things like that). The staff were fairly helpful, but didn't exactly go out of their way.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 25, 2009

This is kind of a tough place to review, because we loved the beach and the water as much as we hated the garden bungalow we had. Maybe I'm just spoiled, but there were things about our room that made our stay here disappointing. It was very hot when we were there, and the complete lack of a breeze and having no air conditioning in the room made it near impossible to sleep. The beds are three inch thick pads on top of a pine frame, which were not comfortable. The bathroom was infested with ants, and there were some in the kitchen too. The grounds were full of roosters that would start making all kinds of noise by about 5:30 in the morning and went all day long.
I will say that the beach there is probably the best on Moorea, and the restaurant has some very good food. The staff is very nice and the front desk was extremely helpful with any questions or with things like helping us rent a car. We enjoyed the days, but getting almost no sleep for three nights would make us not want to go back to this hotel. If we go back to Moorea, we'll visit the beach and maybe even eat there, but we'll sleep somewhere else.

Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Haapiti, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Moorea
Price Range: $139 - $178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Les Tipaniers 3*
Number of rooms: 172
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