Aimeo Lodge – Lovely setting with affordable above-water bungalows, but isolated and tired.
The former Club Bali Hai (one of the first on Moorea Island) looks outdated and a little unloved, but the prime advantage is the exquisite bayside setting, and the kitchenettes in all rooms. There are bungalows of thatched roofs and rattan walls above the water or almost on the sand, and a few less appealing ones squeezed between the inlet and road. A newer 2-level motel-style block provides minimal views, and also backs onto the road, but offers decent rooms at more-than-decent rates. The attractive pool faces the bay, with abundant palms adding to the tropical vibe, and a sliver of sand merges with the turquoise waters. But it is isolated: about 3km from the facilities at Maharepa village.
Aimeo Lodge – The Basics
- Location: In Paopao village at the southern end of Baie de Cook (Cook’s Bay) on the northeast coast of Moorea Island. About 3km from Maharepa village; 9km from the airport; and 12.5km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
- Guests: Caters for anyone, but possibly more suitable for younger travellers on a budget.
- Beach: The beach is barely adequate, but rare along this coastline.
- Views: Almost all bungalows and rooms face the water, but most views are blocked by trees or other buildings.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Available free only in the lobby area; not in the rooms or restaurant.
- Parking: Enough free and secure parking at the entrance.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 87 27 82 53
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: aimeo-lodge.com
Aimeo Lodge – Amenities
- Pool: Some resorts of this size and standard don’t have a pool, so this one facing the bay is welcome, although smallish.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key resort.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
- Activities: Free rental of kayaks.
Aimeo Lodge – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Alongside the bay providing sublime views, L’Ananas Bleu offers a limited menu, with a focus on seafood and pasta. The plastic tablecloths and so-so service even adds to the relaxed ambience. But for some reason, it’s only open for breakfast and lunch.
- Breakfast: Provided in some rates. Otherwise, breakfast is reasonably priced, and served in the fetching bayside café.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided.
Aimeo Lodge – Rooms
- Room Types: Bayview Rooms • Garden Bungalows • Garden Villas • Family Garden Bungalows • Bungalow Suites • Overwater Bungalows • Honeymoon Bungalows
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but permitted in the gardens.
- Best Room: Only a few metres from the shore, the Overwater Bungalows face the delightful bay with a dramatic mountain background. Featuring a private patio, with ladder to the sparkling waters below, kitchen and separate lounge room.
Aimeo Lodge – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These 3 places are within a short walk along the main road:
- Restaurant Te Honu Iti (87 79 29 98) – isolated bayside setting with haute cuisine and occasional live music. About 600m south.
- Allo Pizza (40 56 18 22) – wood-fired gourmet pizzas and barstools for people-watching. Also popular for steaks, salads, wine and sashimi, but no bay views. Deliveries to local hotels. About 750m north.
- Hotel Kaveka – French, Chinese and Tahitian cuisine, as well as seafood and steak. Overwater setting and live music on weekends. About 1.2km north.
Otherwise, ring for a free transfer to these places in Maharepa village, about 2.5km away:
- Moorea Beach Café – gorgeous waterside setting for wood-fired pizzas, breakfast, salads, grills and burgers. Popular for sunsets, daily specials and bakery next door. Contact: 40 56 29 99. 3-minute drive.
- Rudy’s – on the convenient southern edge of the village for imported steaks and local seafood. Classier than the distinctive white-and-red stone building suggests, but no views. Try the Grilled Lobster Flamed Cognac. Contact: 40 56 58 00. 3-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: A grocery store with limited supplies is about 100m south of the lodge. Or stock up on supplies at the supermarket in Maharepa.
There is no public transport around Moorea Island. 4 or 5 buses run daily between Maharepa and the ferry terminal (but not the airport) to tie in with arrivals/departures. Ask reception for details. To Maharepa village, walk, hitch or organise an unmetered taxi. For elsewhere, rent a car or motorbike.
Aimeo Lodge – The Hotel
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