Rohotu Fare Lodge – Heavenly Polynesian-style escape with an extraordinary jungle setting.
Forget the over-hyped overwater bungalows, this is an authentic taste of Tahiti. Stone paths through the dense fruit-laden gardens lead to three truly gorgeous bungalows. Each is jam-packed with Tahitian arts/crafts, statues, rugs, and knick-knacks collated from across the globe by the effusive owner. Also adorable are the polished floorboards, bedposts of gnarled wood, and the sort of outdoor garden bathroom expected at a five-star resort in Bali. Each bungalow also features a state-of-the-art open-air kitchen or cute corner kitchenette, space for 1 or 2 extra single beds, and an extensive balcony with oh-my-god-get-the-camera views of the sea and mountains. Add in the guest library/lounge with wooden decking for sunsets, and this is a slice of heaven. The only downside is the isolation, but this is offset by free transfers anywhere anytime.
Rohotu Fare Lodge – The Basics
- Location: About 300m up a steep path from the main road along the west coast of the southern part of the main island. Facing Pofai Bay, about 3.5 km from Vaitape (the only town), 4 km from Matira (the main beach), and 25 minutes by boat and taxi from the airport.
- Guests: Given the genuine seclusion and high rates, it probably suits couples and is perfect for a romantic holiday.
- Beach: About 350m from the coast, but there’s no beach there. The nearest beach with decent sand is at Matira, about 4 km away and accessible by free hotel transfer.
- Views: Each bungalow offers glorious, albeit distant, views of the sea, with the mountains looming large.
- WiFi: Free and unlimited throughout.
- Parking: Enough spots along the access lane, right outside the entrance.
- Nice Perks: Free transfers anytime to: the terminal for the boat to the airport, Matira (for the beach), Vaitape, and any restaurant on the island. Also, free bicycle rental.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 8770 7799
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://rohotufarelodge.com/
Rohotu Fare Lodge – Amenities
- Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of small bungalow complex in the hills.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Rohotu Fare Lodge – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: A hotel this small is not expected to have a restaurant or bar.
- Breakfast: Not included because there is no restaurant, and each bungalow has a kitchen.
- Room Service: Not available for reasons mentioned above.
Rohotu Fare Lodge – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden View Suite (1) • Lagoon View Bungalows (2)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere in or around the hotel and gardens.
- Best Room: The Garden View Suite is massive (3 times the size of the others), and features an exceptionally exotic bathroom and a kitchen with a bar.
- For Families: With 2 bedrooms, the Garden View Suite is 3 times bigger and easily caters for a family of 4.
Rohotu Fare Lodge – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
The only downside is the isolation, with almost nothing nearby. But remember: the lodge provides free transport to/from any restaurant, and all places listed below offer free transfers with dinner reservations.
- Bloody Mary’s (40 67 72 86) – Almost within walking distance (1.8 km to the south), it’s an institution for light lunches, hefty dinners, and generous happy hours. Exotic and tropical, but a little tacky.
In Matira (4 km away), try:
- Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – classy French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Family-friendly, with a special kids’ room.
- The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – alongside a pool for bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas, and a children’s menu.
And these places are in Vaitape, about 4-5 km away:
- Restaurant St James (40 67 64 62) – Cocktails, sunsets, seafood, and waterside tables. Try the Duck Confit and Shrimp Salad.
- Le Panda d’Or (40 67 62 81) – Affordable and popular Chinese cuisine, with huge serves. Some wines and beers also available.
Nearby Market or Grocery
- Nothing within walking distance, so get a free transfer from the hotel into Matira, or better, Vaitape, which has 2 supermarkets.
- There is no public transport anywhere on Bora Bora. Taxis (unmetered) can be organized through the lodge but rates are extortionate, which is another reason to take advantage of the generous offer of free transfers for guests to anywhere at any time. Or rent a bicycle – and it’s flat all the way to Matira and Vaitape.