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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Faanui, Bora Bora, Society Islands

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RItravele...
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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269 reviews
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“Great house in beautiful setting”
Reviewed April 28, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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We stayed in Fare No4 condominium for 1 week in March. It is one of five privately owned overwater bungalows in the northern part of Bora Bora.

It was easy to communicate with the owners by e-mail. All reservations and payments were made through the TripAdvisor site. A security deposit of 250 Euros was paid prior to the trip and returned 10 days after our check-out. Check-in and check-out with caretaker Natalie were easy. Natalie also provided us with some good advises during our stay.

The overwater bungalow was great. For 3 of us we had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (small, but clean and functional), full kitchen, living room and the best part - big lanai (a big covered porch with a dining table and chairs, coffee table, 2 chaise lounge chairs complete with cushions and pillows and 2 more without). There also was a direct access to water from lanai via a lower level small open deck/dock. We spent most time on the lanai or in the ocean, had all our breakfasts and seen a lot of beautiful sunsets. From the lanai we could see only one of the other overwater bungalows while the rest of the view was occupied by the beautiful lagoon, edged by motus and the ocean behind them.

Water near the house was very clear, so that one could easily see corals and fish. Snorkeling was great, but often you even didn't need to go into water - just observe fish from the deck. Absolutely beautiful! It became even more interesting, when we started feeding the fish: there was a rich variety of them; even stingrays – black with white dots - were coming to visit a few times. There were also lights that you could turn on and see life in the water at night time.

The kitchen was well stocked: all sort of dishes, glasses, cups, utensils, pots and frying pans -- plenty of everything. There was a dishwasher, washer and dryer -- very convenient. All appliances were of very high quality. There also was a regular (dripping) coffee maker as well as an espresso machine (by owner’s recommendation, we brought Nespresso pods with us).

When you travel that far, you are not sure which household things to pack with you. I brought salt, pepper, some other seasoning, soy sauce, wasabi, sugar, detergent for dishwasher and washer. It turned out that some of these items were available in the house. Liquid soap was in both bathrooms, and dishwashing detergent - in the kitchen. But you need to bring detergent for washer, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, etc.

The house felt secure. We had a safe for valuables and security sticks for sliding doors and windows. At first, we had a bit of troubles to figure out how the safe works, because the instructions were only in French, but eventually – with help from Natalie - got it.

There were ceiling fans in all rooms, but unfortunately no AC. It was a problem for us. At day time - due to open doors and breeze from the ocean - it was actually fine. However such an arrangement did not work for us during nights: with open doors and/or windows it was simply too noisy - especially so during stormy nights; but with doors and windows closed, it would become extremely hot and humid. Select your poison! Of the 7 nights in the house, we had a good sleep only 1 night. Quality of night sleep is extremely important, especially when you are on vacation: we would rather pay extra for AC and have it, then not to have it at all. On the other hand, our twenty-something years old daughter didn't have any trouble sleeping -- it is good to be young!

There was a TV in the house, but channels -- only in French and Polynesian. House also was equipped with WiFi – a big plus, in principal. Unfortunately, it was typically very slow and often available only intermittently. In fact, for a couple of days (typically, during storms) we didn’t have connectivity at all. Also, there was no local land line phone, so that, for instance, it was not that easy to make reservations with local restaurants or tour companies (of course, our cell phones were also useless on the island). We tried to use Skype for International and for local phone calls (with rate $1 per min for local calls), but because of an unstable WiFi it was not always straightforward either. One day when my mother had an emergency surgery, and another day when Maohi Nui Company didn't come to pick us up for a reserved tour, we didn't have any means to communicate at all. In the case of the failed Maohi Nui tour, we went for help to Natalie (caretaker), but she was not at home at the time, and her husband didn't speak any English -- communication vacuum. Eventually, we went to the Vaitape Tourist center to re-schedule our lagoon tour (which one of the center associates kindly helped us to do), but a lot of time has been wasted simply because of a lack of a phone.

We’ve been grocery shopping at the two Vaitape supermarkets, and bought some fruits from local fruits stands. All fruits were absolutely delicious; pineapple and bananas are smaller in size than we accustomed to, but so tasty; mango and guava - the best; a fried breadfruit was absolutely delicious; we also tried rambutan for the first time there. We brought vodka and rum with us (hard liquor is indeed substantially more expensive on the islands) and mixed them with local juices and other ingredients – got ourselves very nice cocktails.

It was important to have a car. We rented one from Avis using a condominium discount (check with the owners). The Bora Bora Island circle road is only 32 km. For one reason or another, we did at least one full circle almost every day. A section of the road from Vaitape to the house is about 10 km, but half of that section is in a real bad shape -- extremely bad: a hole on a hole. Because of it, traffic is extremely slow, especially during rash time (when you are going to a dinner). It became even worse after 2 days of rain. We were very surprised by such a poor quality of the road (Moorea left a better impression in that sense). With so many very lush, expensive hotels and restaurants there is no good road in the busiest part of the Island! Also in dusk or darkness, all kinds of unexpected hazards happened on the road (it is practically not lighted): pedestrians in dark clothes, bicycles without lights, many-many dogs, crabs, chickens and even a rabbit suddenly crossed the road. There were also falling coconuts and huge palm tree leaves. It was very adventurous driving!

During preparations for the trip, we have been concerned with mosquitoes on the island, especially because of the news about an ongoing at the time outbreak of chikungunya. We used mosquito repellant. It was actually not bad on Bora Bora and particularly fine in the overwater bungalow.

We were lucky with the weather. Only two days it was raining almost the whole time, yet with some short breaks: we still squeezed some snorkeling. Most days were bright and sunny. A couple days were a little cloudy, which nevertheless worked out very well for our Lagoon Tour, for instance.

Overall: Great place! Beautiful house on the water! There are lots of things to do on the Island. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it.

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Vaclav V
Buchs St. Gallen, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
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“Best accomodation in Bora Bora”
Reviewed December 1, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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When we first entered in the overwater Bungalow, we were amazed. There is a perfectly equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a large living room, an enormous terrace and direct access into the water. Furthermore, there are lights in the water so that you can watch life in the sea when it is dark.
Moreover, there are only four other bungalows in the neighbourhood, and only one of them with direct visibility. The concept for the condomnium was created by Marlon Brando, so you will be surprised that tourist boats will stop from time to time and take a photo of the location. But that is not disturbing as they are quite far on the sea. What a contrast to the "luxurious" resorts, where the lagoon is crammed with bungalows and there is not much private space.
When travelling across the island and some of the motus, we found ourselves trying to find an accomodation that could be better than ours at least with a single criterion. However, we did not find any better place in Bora Bora than our accomodation. That is why we spent most of the time enjoying the bungalow and realized that we are in the most luxurious place of whole Bora Bora.
Furthermore, the house relatively cheap for the value that you get for renting it.
It is true that you need to have a car in order to get around, but the owners can arrange cheaper rates with Avis and in our eyes, a car is anyway indispensable in any location in Bora Bora that is not managed by a big hotel chain.
You can have your meals in hotels or restaurants when travelling by car, but we bought something in the supermarket and used the great kitchen.
Every day we were snorkeling a lot and enjoyed the sea and the beautiful sunsets.
The house is managed by Nathalie and her husband, who take care of the whole condomnium. They were extremely nice and helped us wherever they could. Make sure that you have their phone number so that you don't have to search them in the condomnium.
To summarize: We were happy to spend the last days of our honeymoon in this bungalow. In our eyes, it is the best place in Bora Bora. So forget the luxurious resorts and spend your Bora Bora holiday in this bungalow.

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Lydi A
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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Reviewed November 18, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Management Response
Nov 19, 2014
Merci pour ce 1er commentaire!
Notre "petit paradis" est en location depuis peu et nous sommes ravis de savoir combien vous avez apprécié notre faré.
Tous nos vœux de bonheur pour vous deux et merci de nous avoir choisi pour votre voyage de noce!
Françoise et Richard
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