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There are 2 types of accommodation on adjoining blocks: a cluster of quaint (but outdated) traditional-style bungalows above the water or on the sand facing the sea; and rooms in a less interesting wooden building.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.
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
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