Moorea Island Beach Hotel in Tahiti

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Updated: January 18, 2021

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Review of Moorea Island Beach Hotel in Tahiti

Moorea Island Beach – Inexpensive, beachfront, convenient, and tranquil.

This seems to cater for possible overspill from the more upmarket sister resort, Moorea Beach Lodge to the south, so it’s rarely occupied. All bungalows are twin-level with a bedroom on each floor, so there’s space for a family of four. All patios are a decent size, but few bungalows offer sea views. The main selling points are the decent beach, affordability, limited number of guests, location – within walking distance of Hauru village – and access to facilities at the sister resort.

Moorea Island Beach – The Basics

    (Earlier known as Fare Vai Moana Hotel.)

  • Location: Along the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 500m south of the center of Hauru village and 30 km from the airport and from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
  • Guests: Most guests are older couples.
  • Beach: A passable stretch of sand in front, and a good size considering the limited number of guests.
  • Views: A few bungalows face the sea, but most overlook the back of the main building.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure spots around the lobby area, not far from the bungalows.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 87 74 33 07
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: mooreaislandbeach.com

Moorea Island Beach – Amenities

  • Pool: Not provided (nor really expected) at this standard of lodge. No pool either at the sister resort, Moorea Beach Lodge.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected (or provided) at this lodge.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Moorea Island Beach – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The modest café facing the sea only serves breakfast to guests who have pre-booked it.
  • Breakfast: Can be included in some rates, depending on the booking.
  • Room Service: Not available because there is no restaurant. However, guests have free use of the fully-equipped common kitchen.

Moorea Island Beach – Rooms

  • Room Types: Beach Bungalow • Ocean View Bungalow • Garden Bungalow
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms and public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The bungalows are fairly similar inside, but the Beach Bungalows do offer lovely sea views.

Moorea Island Beach – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    A decent selection in Hauru village, with some providing free transfers.

  • Le Coco D’isle – Hugely popular despite (or because of) the sandy floor. Tahitian, French, and Chinese food, as well as pizza. Evenings only, and takeaways available. 250m south.

The places below are within 600m north up the road:

  • Le Sunset – Open-air and colorful setting facing the sea. Chef from France, but also Italian fare and local specialties. At Hôtel Hibiscus.
  • Sea You Soon Moore – Le QG – In Le Petit Village. Open-air, friendly, and affordable for pizza, grills, and paninis. Expat hangout and congenial bar.

Nearby Market or Grocery

    There are a few convenience stores in the village, all within 600m north of the lodge.

Local Transport

    There’s no public transport around Moorea Island, but 4 or 5 buses run daily between Hauru village and the ferry terminal (but not the airport) to tie in with arrivals/departures. Ask the reception for details. The village is close enough to walk. For further afield, organize a taxi (unmetered) or rent a car/motorbike.

Moorea Island Beach – The Hotel

The lodge is located by a beach in Hauru.

The lodge is situated on a beach, about 100m down a lane from the main road in Hauru.

The sister resort of Hôtel Les Tipaniers is more popular.

The lodge is quiet, with few guests.

The spacious and colorful lobby is convivial.

The spacious and brightly-colored lobby/lounge area is ideal for meeting other guests.

The sea-facing main building blocks views from bungalows.

The main building faces the sea, denying many bungalows the opportunity for sea views.

The lodge beach has a tropical vibe.

The beach in front of the lodge is typically tropical.

The lodge beach offers good shade and views.

In front of the lodge, the beach provides plenty of shade and views.

The beach is accessible through shady lawns.

Shady lawns at the lodge lead to the beach.

The onsite cafe only serves breakfast.

The café at the lodge is for breakfast only.

The garden bungalows are semi-detached.

All bungalows are on two levels, with those in the garden often semi-detached.

Bungalows have simple traditional furniture.

Furniture in the bungalows is simple with a traditional-style décor.

The top-floor bedroom in bungalows is often hot.

Bungalows have two bedrooms, one on each floor.

The ground floor bedroom in bungalows is spacious.

The bedroom on the ground floor is more spacious than the one upstairs.

Bungalow patios offer garden or sea views.

All bungalows feature sizable patios with views of the gardens and/or sea.

Le Petit Village nearby has good cafes and shops.

Only 600m north of the lodge is Le Petit Village, a cluster of likable cafés and shops.

QG Brasserie in Le Petit Village is popular with expats.

One of several cafés in Le Petit Village, about 600m north of the lodge, is the Sea You Soon Moorea – Le QG, a popular expat hangout.

Le Coco D’Isle is popular for French and Chinese cuisine.

Le Coco D’Isle is a simple but very popular place for French and Chinese food.

Le Sunset Bistro in Hôtel Hibiscus is popular for its French and Italian food.

Also within an easy stroll of the lodge, Le Sunset is a colorful bistro offering French and Italian food in the Hôtel Hibiscus.

Exploring the west coast of Moorea Island by bicycle is fun.

The best way to explore Hauru and the pleasingly undeveloped west coast of Moorea Island is by bicycle.

Ferry terminal is 30km away.

The ferry terminal for services to the main island of Tahiti is nearly 30 km away.

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