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Royal Huahine
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Huahine
Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

The hotel Staff and ambience was overall good. There was decent snorkeling at the hotel and huahine unlike Moorea and bora bora is not filled with tourist. However the hotel though supposedly built in 2000 felt like we were in the 1960s it could definitely be upgraded a bit. We had a deep water bungalow and the room smelled extremely humid smelling. Also to note huahine in July is very windy and the weather does not tend to be on the sunny side. Additionally, the bungalows are extremely loud during the windy weather.

Lastly, the food is average. If you have a hot breakfast note that it takes at least 30 minutes to get anything you order and that if that is included in your rate you need to ask for the hot items they will no voluntarily be offered. The first day we were not offered and simply assumed the buffet was all they had and the third day we ordered something and needed to meet or tour in 30 minutes and put hot orders did not make it.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We have traveled to the Tahitian islands for almost 20 years and we absolutely loved this resort! We have stayed in every resort imaginable, from luxurious Bora Bora to Moorea and the main island of Tahiti. This place was by far the best we have stayed in! The accomodations were wonderful, the grounds and gardens spectacular. The staff was so friendly and helpful, we got to know several of them. We loved the fact that you traveled by boat to get here. The Ti Tiare has all the wonderful accomodations for honeymooners and also set up for families to have fun. Lots to do, or you can do nothing. The rooms were very spacious and just lovely. Loved the over water bungalows! We can't wait to go back. Forget about the other islands, we have found our home away from home at the Ti Tiare! Thanks Rudy!

Room Tip: If you are going to stay over the water, book the deep over water bungalows. The beach bungalows ar...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Using the word perfect when it comes to a hotel can mean a lot of different things to different people. None so is this more the case than when it comes to Te Tiare - a resort that's sure to divide opinions.

At first glance, and especially in comparison to Bora Bora, you might not think that 'perfect' is an apt description for Te Tiare Beach Resort, a slightly shabby place with an occupancy rate well below where it should be. But stay with me, i'll tell you why we're giving it 5 out of 5!

It's hard to describe the sheer natural beauty and seclusion of Te Tiare. Nestled in a little cove and hidden behind a dense green headland (which would be packed with condos if it was anywhere else in the world), this resort screams isolated, but without the isolation.

It takes just 10mins by boat to reach this little slice of paradise from Huahine's main village of Fare (which is tiny in itself). There is no road access. Your arrival is greeted by the sound of a conch shell being blown, and soon you're escorted to your room - in our case Deep Overwater Bungalow number 33 (2-7 May).

The rooms. Ok, they are shabby - so prepare for it. Internally i'd say 3 1/2 star by Australian standards. On the downside, your Queen bed is two singles joined and the decor is dated. On the upside, the rooms are HUGE, including the bathroom (which includes a slightly rundown spa bath). The biggest plus though are the enormous balconies - double the size of the Pearl Beach Bora Bora. You have a nook with table and chairs where you can eat a meal, another area with two daybeds, and a further small deck with outdoor shower right on the waterfront. The sheer space of the outdoor area is what tips the Bungalows into the 4-star category in our opinion. When we were in our room, we spent most of the time on the balcony anyway, gazing out over the endless bay - directly facing the magic sunsets.

One word of warning when it comes to the rooms - unless you're a morning person, dont leave your windows open, you'll be woken very early (before 6am) by all manner of sounds - many roosters from nearby homes, all trying to out-do each other, gossiping birds, fishing boats leaving before sunrise for the morning catch, the list goes on!

Snorkeling. The water is clean, but not the colour you see in Bora Bora, slighter greener. There is coral throughout the bay, and although its not bright and colourful, there are no shortage of fish. You can either snorkel straight off the beach or from your bungalow. The diversity of marine life is pretty good if you stick around long enough in the water. I managed to spot a few things that I hadn't yet seen elsewhere in French Polynesia - Regal Angelfish, Lionfish, a Spotted Eagle Ray... and the couple of small Manta Rays that dance around the restaurant at dinner most evenings!

Hotel facilities - Lets face it, you come here to relax, lay on a gorgeous beach or walk through well maintained, flower-filled gardens. If you're easily prone to being stir crazy there's not a great deal to do otherwise! The little beachfront is very clean, the groundsmen will cut open a coconut for you, and there's no shortage of lounges and beach umbrellas to lie under. Other than that, you have free use of the hotel's kayaks, canoes, beach volleyball, a clean pool and ping pong to choose from. The Resort has a beach bar, and a restaurant which serves excellent food and wine (particularly dinner)

Hotel staff - For a place with less than 50% occupancy, the staff and facilities were absolutely fantastic. A huge contrast to Bora Bora. Staff would actively engage with us, and seemed genuinely enthusiastic to share in our trip to Huahine. The hotel's manager would often greet guests are they walked past Reception, or would come over to our table at dinner or breakfast just to check that our stay was meeting expectations. Staff like Vaitea in particular were immensly helpful in suggesting tours (of which we did two - the full day Motu Picnic, with snorkeling, pearl farm visit and shark-feeding, and the half-day Huahine Land 4x4 tour of the archeological sites and island history - we recommend both).

Its fair to say Te Tiare Beach Resort will not be for everybody. There will be those who focus on the average state of the rooms (which perhaps we would have done more if we weren't on a five-night free deal after staying at the Pearl Bora Bora).

But, if you're after a homely piece of tropical paradise that's easy to reach by air from Tahiti, yet gives you that sense of seculsion, mixed with warm Polynesian hospitality, then this is the place for you.

Where else in the world can you stand under an open-air shower, almost level with the sea, looking straight out across a glassy ocean where the horizon is broken only by a glowing red sunset, night after night after night!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

My new wife and I started our Honeymoon with 5 nights in a deep overwater bungalow at the Te Tiare - and the rest of our trip to French Polynesia had a hard time even coming close to meeting this standard afterward! The rooms are absoultely perfect - large interior with sitting area and bar, and large windows and sliding glass doors offering great views - plus a HUGE deck wrapping around 2 sides of the bugalow with ample depth to move around. All the other overwater bungalows we stayed at had very small and cramped decks by comparison. The resort staff was more than helpful and the food at the restaurant was amazing - especially the Tuna Carpaccio - by far our favorite dish of the vacation! Of all the places we visited on our trip, this is the one we tell our friends is a must if you visit the islands. We hope to be back soon when celebrating a future anniversary.

Room Tip: Splurge for the overwater bungalow - it's a far better value here than you get at more mainstrea...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

What a great place to stay and relax. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The tours they organised were great and enjoyable. We are saving to go there again. We stayed in an OWB which was awesome.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

We just returned from our honeymoon in French polynesia and spent part of our trip at the Te Tiare Resort in a deep OWB. The resort is very secluded with breathtaking views in every direction. The water from our bungalows was deep, which was a nice change from the waist-deep water of Bora Bora. Although the Te Tiare water was not as clear as the Bora Bora lagoon, it was still very beautiful, with plenty of snorkeling areas. My favourite part of this resort was the staff, who were very friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcome. Vatiea at the front desk and the manager were exceptional. My only complaint about the resort was that it is a bit run-down. It is considered to be the best hotel/resort on the whole island of Huahine, but I was a bit disappointed with how neglected the place looked. We heard that there is a change of ownership in the works for this resort, and I hope that the new owners consider some of the comments below.

PROS
-Beautiful scenery, amazing sunsets
-The bungalows were spacious, huge closet area, big bathroom, and the patio/balcony was also very large.
-The gardens around the resort were well maintained and looked beautiful
-Dinner was good...typical dishes included grilled meat/fish with rice, prices were fair for French Polynesia
-The complimentary boat into town was great. We went into Fare a few times to explore. There is a large grocery store there (to buy food, alcohol). There are also roulettes for cheat eats later in the evening, right across from the grocery store.
-My husband enjoyed snorkelling in the deep water around the bungalows.

CONS
-Our bungalow smelt like mold upon arrival. The sheets smelt horrible. Several of our towels were stained, or discoloured. The fridge was disgusting and looked like it had never been cleaned. The hairdryer barely works.
-Gift store was never open.
-Several times we would come to the bar or the restaurant and there was no staff around to help us and we had to wait or try to flag someone down. But we do understand that it was low season and there were at most 16 people at the resort that week.
-Breakfast was repetitive with limited items, and you had to order eggs/bacon/sausages etc from them. We didn’t realize this was included and that we had to order it, so we ate only the bread and fruit at the buffet the first few days.
-There was happy hour at the bar only one day a week for one hour....sigh
-The birds are very, very loud in the mornings, if you are a light sleeper bring earplugs.
-They give you ONE free bottle of bottle water upon arrival. They encourage you to drink the tap water, and if you wanted bottle water you had to buy it.
-There was no gym!! I couldn't believe it.....this is the first hotel I have ever been to without a gym. Even if they didn't have a huge fitness center, it would have been nice if they put a couple of treadmills, a few weights and mats in a small room, for those travelers who want to workout.

TIPS
-We did the eco-tour with Paul (the American guide with an anthropology background), and it was one of the best things we did in Huahine. He took us around the island in his truck and told us so much about the culture and history of this island and French Polynesia.
-There is a manta ray who likes to circle around under the restaurant during dinner time each evening. My hubby went in the water and swam with it!
-There is a Polynesian dance show on Sundays.
-You can take the kayaks straight out toward the reef where the water breaks... beautiful crystal clear blue water around there.
-All of our pre-trip research said no tipping in French Polynesia. However, our bills from dinner or drinks at the bar always had a tip option. So we chose to tip when we saw the tip option.

Room Tip: -get a deep OWB, the lagoon OWB are sitting right on the shore on top of 2 feet of water.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Huahine is a beautiful island and the Te Tiare is located in a beautiful setting. The resort itself is very nice as are the rooms.

The staff are very friendly and interested in their quests enjoyment BUT there is a noticeable lack of staff. An example of this was the boutique which was not open once during our five night stay. Additionally, the beach bar was often unmanned and there was just a general scarcity of staff throughout the resort. We had just come from the Bora Bora Pearl Beach which had excellent staffing and customer service. Staffing level was the only reason that I marked this resort as average. That being said, this would not keep me from coming back because this is a beautiful resort and the staff that is there are great. My understanding from the locals is that the resort lost considerable money last year and is currently up for sail......stay tuned.

I would also say that the breakfast buffet pales in comparison to the Bora Bora Pearl Beach's. I could only rate it as adequate.

We had some good meals at the restaurant that included beef tenderloin, spaghetti, and grilled mahi mahi. There are not a lot of restaurants on Huahine so the hotel is the most convenient place to dine.

Our premium OWB was spacious and nicely appointed and it's deck was large. The snorkeling
is good right off the deck and we had an occasional manta ray swim by. The manta would also show up in the evening under the restaurant dock.

Our OWB was free as part of an SPM promotional package that required full payment for five nights at BBPB so one cannot complain about value.

All in all we had a very enjoyable time at the Te Tiare.

Room Tip: The premium OWB's are the way to go if it is in your budget.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Huahine

Address: BP 36 Fare, 98731, French Polynesia (Formerly Te Tiare Beach Resort)
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Huahine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Huahine
Price Range: $143 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Royal Huahine 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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