Updated: September 6, 2018
Fare Rohivai – 1 of the original guesthouses, with dazzling seaside setting, but no beach.
Formerly known (and still sometimes referred to) as Chez Robert & Tina, this unpretentious and friendly guesthouse is perched at the very end of Matira Point. With the sort of 180-degree sea views envied by surrounding resorts, it is still very modest: most rooms have shared facilities, while 1 does contain a private bathroom. Pluses are access to a communal kitchen; proximity to several eateries; free Wi-Fi; and congenial lounge area facing the sea. There’s no beach directly in front, but a postcard-perfect cove available to the public is only 200m away.
Fare Rohivai – The Basics
- Location: At the end of the laneway along Pointe Matira peninsula at the southern end of the main island. About 300m down from the entrance to the InterContinental; 7.5km from the main town, Vaitape; and 30 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
- Guests: Caters for those on a budget, who don’t mind modest facilities.
- Beach: It doesn’t directly face a beach, but several ideal stretches of sand with calm waters are available to the public within a few minutes’ walk, e.g. facing the InterContinental Resort or Hôtel Matira.
- Views: A couple of rooms on the second floor offer wonderful sea views, but other windows are blocked by buildings and/or trees.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free throughout the guesthouse.
- Parking: A couple of spots behind the main gate, and also enough secure spaces along the laneway outside.
- Phone: (689) 40 67 63 55
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: n/a
Fare Rohivai – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key guesthouse.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Fare Rohivai – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: A guesthouse of this size and standard is not expected to offer a café or bar, but there are plenty of options just up the road (see below).
- Breakfast: No breakfast is offered, because there is no café onsite, and guests have access to a communal kitchen.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided.
Fare Rohivai – Rooms
- Room Types: 1 and 2 bedroom rooms, most with a shared bathroom. 1 room with a private bathroom.
- Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms, but allowed elsewhere.
- Best Room: The room on the second floor facing the sea contains a private bathroom, and provides gorgeous views.
Fare Rohivai – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
There are 2 classy but pricey restaurant/bars in the InterContinental Resort about 300m up the laneway, as well as:
- The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – at the top of the access lane, about 500m away. Alongside a pool for bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas and a children’s menu. 6-minute walk.
- Roulette Matira – quaint setting with a few tables for burgers, crêpes, fish, and steaks. Mostly for takeaway, with hit-and-miss opening hours. Opposite The Lucky House.
- Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – classy French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Family-friendly and beach access. Reservations recommended and free transfers. 850m to the northwest. 11-minute walk.
- Snack Matira (40 67 77 32) – simple meals and plastic tables, but sublime beachfront position. Stay for the day. About 1.2km to the northwest. 16-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 the main town, Vaitape (7.5km).
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