Bora Bora Chez Nono

Updated: September 6, 2018

Chez Nono – Modest seaside guesthouse with convenient position and cute beach.

There are 2 types of accommodation on adjoining blocks: a cluster of quaint (but outdated) traditional-style bungalows above the water or on the sand facing the sea; and rooms in a less interesting wooden building. The latter – some with 2 bedrooms – feature a sliding door that needs a curtain to ensure privacy, while blocking views, but the décor is likeably tropical. Advantages are the congenial lounge area and shared kitchen, which boasts the best views in the whole place; the enchanting beach with classy outdoor furniture; and proximity to a water-sports center (surprisingly, the only 1 in the area).

Chez Nono – The Basics

  • Location: Poorly signed, about 100m down the laneway from the main road at Matira in the southern end of the main island. A 1-minute walk from the entrance to the InterContinental; about 7km from the main town, Vaitape; and 30 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
  • Guests: Appeals mostly to budget-minded couples.
  • Beach: Small but pretty, with shallow calm waters ideal for children.
  • Views: 1 bungalow is raised above the sea with perfect views, and 1 room has unobstructed vistas of the ocean. Views from other rooms and bungalows are obstructed by trees.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Wi-Fi is not offered, even at a cost.
  • Parking: Nothing onsite, but easy enough to park securely outside.
  • Phone: (689) 40 67 71 38
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.cheznonobora.com/home.html
  • How to Book: http://www.cheznonobora.com/rates.html

Chez Nono – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key guesthouse.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Chez Nono – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Nothing onsite, but a few options close by.
  • Breakfast: No café onsite, so no breakfast offered.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided.

Chez Nono – Rooms

  • Room Types: Round Bungalows with 1 bedroom • Villas, some with 2 bedrooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in the grounds, but not in the rooms.
  • Best Room: Facilities in the single Round Bungalow directly above the sea are modest, but it does provide the sort of views a resort would charge the earth for.

Chez Nono – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    As well as the pricey restaurant and bar at the InterContinental on the other side of the laneway, several eateries are within walking distance.

  • The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – about 150m away, at the top of the laneway to Chez Nono. Poolside and bistro-style, with wood-fired pizzas and a children’s menu. 2-minute walk.
  • Roulotte Matira – burgers, crêpes, fish and steaks in a quaint setting with a few tables, but mostly for takeaway. Hit-and-miss opening hours. Opposite The Lucky House.
  • Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – classy and costly for French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Family-friendly and beach access. Reservations recommended and free transfers. 500m to the northwest. 7-minute walk.
  • Snack Matira (40 67 77 32) – heavenly beachfront position about 900m to the northwest. Unassuming meals with plastic tables. 12-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: 1 small shop selling basic supplies is opposite The Lucky House.

Local Transport

    There is no public transport anywhere on Bora Bora. Taxis (unmetered) can be organized through the guesthouse, but rates are extortionate, which is why many visitors hire a car, scooter or bicycle – and the road is flat all the way to Vaitape (7km).

Chez Nono – The Hotel

The entrance is simple and easily missed.

Along the laneway through Pointe Matira peninsula, the entrance is poorly signed.

The Round Bungalow is very modest but has excellent views.

The Round Bungalow above the water may be very modest compared to those in the high-end resorts, but the views are just as wonderful.

The cove in front of the guesthouse is lovely.

The guesthouse faces a lovely cove with white sand and calm water.

Beachside seating is popular for eating and drinking.

There is no café onsite, but plenty of beachside seating to enjoy any food or drinks brought in.

The communal beachfront patio is very likeable.

The communal facilities, such as the beachfront patio, are likeable.

Room blocks are modern but less appealing.

Rooms are in the less appealing and more modern building on a separate block.

The lawns are sandy with lots of tropical plants.

There is sand instead of lawns, but plenty of tropical plants.

Some rooms come with a sundeck for lounging.

Some rooms feature an attached sundeck with lounge chairs.

Bungalows often have obstructed sea views.

Some bungalows are on the sand and face the sea, but views are often blocked by trees.

Accommodations are raised to optimize views and avoid high tides.

Bungalows and other buildings are raised to maximize views and avoid high tides.

The Round Bungalows has the best sea views.

The Round Bungalow above the water is reasonably roomy, and offers 5-star views.

Rooms in the new block are spacious with traditional decor.

Rooms in the modern building are commendably spacious, and feature a Polynesian décor.

The large communal kitchen is well-equipped.

The communal kitchen is large and well-equipped.

The communal lounge area is very appealing with excellent views.

Adjoining the communal kitchen, the appealing lounge area offers delightful views.

Lucky House Restaurant closeby offers great pizza.

Barely 150m away, The Lucky House Restaurant offers a pleasant setting, and specializes in pizza.

The restobar at InterContinental is classy and pricey.

The bar and restaurant at the InterContinental resort just over the laneway from the guesthouse are classy but pricey.

Roulotte Matira is known for its simple but delicious meals.

Only a 1-minute walk, Roulotte Matira offers simple but delicious meals in a casual setting.

Snack Matira nearby offers good meals by the sea.

Snack Matira, about 900m to the north of the guesthouse, provides simple meals and a superb setting.

The airport is half hour away.

The airport is about 30 minutes from the guesthouse by boat and taxi.

The atoll-based airport is accessible from the mainland by boat.

The airport is on an atoll, and is linked to the main island by boat.

There are many boutiques and bistros in Vaitape.

About 7km from the guesthouse, the main town of Vaitape has several boutiques and bistros.

Vaitape has many churches and other facilities.

Vaitape is also home to various facilities for locals, such as churches.

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