Updated: September 11, 2018
Village Temanuata – Seen better days, but still congenial and convenient.
Seemingly stuck in the 1970s, this friendly family-run guesthouse offers a bundle of low-key rooms optimistically called ‘bungalows’. Some can accommodate up to 5, and are equipped with a kitchen, so it’s an affordable family option in the island’s most upmarket area. All are tightly packed along a laneway to the beach, so would probably suffer from neighborly noise, and only 2 at the front offer any possible sea views and sea breezes. And with rattan walls, simple furniture and no TV or air-conditioning (ceiling fan only), they all need updating, but nonetheless, they do serve a purpose. Bonuses are the pool; free Wi-Fi; cute beach; and rental of bikes and kayaks.
Village Temanuata – The Basics
- Location: Along the main road in the middle of 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: Given the more affordable rates, most guests seem to be younger and budget-minded.
- Beach: Big enough, and alongside the InterContinental, so it’s well looked after.
- Views: Only 2 rooms at the front offer direct sea views. Others face the access lane, and are hidden by some foliage.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests throughout.
- Parking: No off-street parking. Contact management about secure parking options.
- Phone: (689) 40 67 75 61
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.temanuata.com/en/home_en.htm
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
Village Temanuata – Amenities
- Pool: At the back of The Lucky House restaurant next door, it’s small and shadeless, but better than expected at such a low-key place.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in a guesthouse like this.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
- Activities: Rental of bicycles and kayaks for a small charge.
Village Temanuata – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The Lucky House restaurant (see below) is separately owned, but attached to the hotel.
- Breakfast: A continental breakfast can be included, depending on the booking.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided at this type of guesthouse.
Village Temanuata – Rooms
- Room Types: Beach Bungalows • Seaview Bungalows • Garden Bungalows • Family Bungalows
- Smoking Rooms: Not allowed in or near the rooms, but OK on the beach.
- Best Room: The Seaview Bungalows are almost within touching distance of the beach, offering far better privacy, serenity and views than the other rooms.
- For Families: 2 special bungalows for families, both with a kitchen and space for a family of five.
Village Temanuata – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- The Lucky House (40 67 68 08) – attached to the hotel and alongside the pool. Bistro-style meals, including wood-fired pizzas, and a children’s menu.
- Roulotte Matira – quaint setting with a few tables for burgers, crêpes, fish and steaks. Mostly for takeaway, but fairly random opening hours. Virtually opposite the Temanuata.
- InterContinental – virtually next door to the hotel, 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. 4-minute walk.
- Restaurant Matira Beach (87 79 47 04) – classy French cuisine with Polynesian and Japanese influences. Family-friendly and free transfers. Reservations recommended. About 500m to the northwest. 7-minute walk.
- Snack Matira (40 67 77 32) – simple meals and plastic tables, but heavenly beachfront position where some stay all day. About 900m to the northwest. 12-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: On the other side of the road from the hotel, a small shop sells basic supplies.
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 the only town, Vaitape.
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