Bora Bora Hôtel Matira

Updated: September 6, 2018

Hôtel Matira – Resort-style setting with guesthouse-type facilities facing a wonderful beach.

This place is full of contrasts. The wooden fares (bungalows) are rather sombre and uninviting, but the billiard-table lawns with swaying palms are extensive, and the white-sand beach with turquoise waters would be the envy of any 5-star resort. Bungalows feature an unexciting Polynesian design, with too few windows, yet many offer genuine unobstructed views of the sea. And while the budget-priced rooms at the back of the block are a little too close to the road, the other bungalows are separate and contain a pleasant porch. All accommodation contains 2 double beds, a small living area, and ceiling fan (i.e. no air-conditioning, which is often not provided elsewhere either).

Hôtel Matira – The Basics

  • Location: Along the main road in Matira at the southern end of the main island. About 7km from the only town, Vaitape; and 30 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
  • Guests: Appeals mostly to those who want a setting similar to a resort, but without the price tag. Not that suitable for families.
  • Beach: The beach directly in front is ideal: white sand, shady palms, and calm water.
  • Views: Quite a few directly face the sea; even the Garden View Bungalows are angled nicely for glimpses of the ocean.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Not offered free, but available to guests for an extra charge.
  • Parking: Enough secure places at the reception area.
  • Phone: (689) 40 67 70 51
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How to Book:

Hôtel Matira – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there isn’t 1, yet other smaller hotels nearby do offer a pool.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Hôtel Matira – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The modest café serves French food, but is mostly setup for guests who have booked meals as part of their hotel rates.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but available at an extra cost. An ‘American Plan’ (with breakfast and dinner) can also be provided.
  • Room Service: Available for breakfast only.

Hôtel Matira – Rooms

  • Room Types: Beach Bungalows • Lagoon View Bungalows • Garden View Bungalows • Standard Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms (they are all wooden), but permitted on the grounds and the beach.
  • Best Room: The Beach Bungalows offer the finest views of the sea, and more seclusion from other guests.

Hôtel Matira – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • InterContinental – virtually next door, this massive 5-star resort offers the intimate Noa Noa for breakfast and dinner; and the more casual Vini Vini for light meals and happy hours. 1-minute walk.
  • The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – alongside a pool for bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas and a children’s menu. Barely 100m away. 1-minute walk.
  • Roulotte Matira – quaint setting with a few tables for burgers, crêpes, fish, and steaks. Mostly for takeaway, and opening hours seem fairly random. Virtually opposite the hotel.
  • Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – squeezed between the street and beach about 450m northwest. Classy French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Family-friendly and free transfers. Reservations recommended. 6-minute walk.
  • Snack Matira (40 67 77 32) – simple meals and plastic tables, but heavenly beachfront position. About 800m to the northwest. 11-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: On the other side of the road from the hotel a small shop sells basic supplies.

Local Transport

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

Hôtel Matira – What’s Nearby?

The hotel is located by an excellent beach.

The hotel is located at the only real beach region on the main island.

The hotel is conveniently located with eateries nearby.

It is conveniently along the main road in Matira, and close to several cafés and bars.

The hotel offers resort-style lawns and palms.

The hotel offers the sort of immaculate lawns and lofty palms expected of a much more expensive resort.

The excellent beach in front of the hotel is public.

The main selling point is the excellent beach right in front of the hotel, although it is – like all beaches on Bora Bora – open to the public.

The beach in front of the hotel is excellent.

The beach in front of the hotel offers white sand, sapphire waters and enough shade.

The bungalows dot the lawns.

The bungalows are separated and dotted among the lawns.

The Garden View Bungalows offer glimpses of the beach and sea.

The Garden View Bungalows are angled towards the ocean for possible glimpses of the water and beach.

The spacious bungalows feature wooden porches.

Each bungalow is spacious inside and features a wooden porch.

The unexciting bungalows are reasonably modern.

While the interior is reasonably modern, the overall design is fairly unexciting, and there are not enough windows.

Some bungalows are close to the sea.

Some bungalows directly face the sea, with the beach only a few metres away.

The trees in the gardens provide ample shade, but block the sea views.

There is plenty of shade among the gardens, although trees do block some of the sea views.

The wooden porches offer unmatchable sea views.

The wooden porches offer the sort of views of the sea and lawns that wouldn’t even be possible in more expensive rooms at upmarket resorts.

InterContinental next door has 2 classy and expensive restobars.

Virtually next door to the hotel, the InterContinental offers 2 classy restaurant/bars, but prices are high, as expected.

Roulotte Matira is known for its simple but delicious meals.

Almost directly opposite the hotel entrance, Roulotte Matira offers simple but tasty foods in a casual setting.

Lucky House Restaurant closeby offers good pizzas and children's menus.

Probably the best place to eat in Matira is The Lucky House, which provides pizzas and children’s meals in a poolside setting.

Snack Matira cafe is very popular due to its location.

Within a short walk north along the road, Snack Matira is more popular for the wonderful setting than the simple meals.

The lagoon around Bora Bora is bright blue.

Views from the plane show the shades of blue in the lagoon that surrounds the main island of Bora Bora.

Flights to Pape'ete are always full.

Planes between Pape’ete (the capital of Tahiti) and Bora Bora are always busy.

Free transfers by boat are offered to all air passengers.

The airport at Bora Bora is on an atoll, which is linked to the main island by boat (with free transfers).

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