Updated: August 9, 2018
Fenua Mata’i’oa Hôtel – Dazzling décor, exquisite bayside setting, and out-of-the-way suburban feel.
These bungalows face an inlet and are located along a quiet residential street about 2km from Hauru village. From the narrow entrance, wooden walkways weave through jungle-like foliage to a home seemingly from a 1920’s film noir set. With dangling lights, plush sofas and ornate tables, it exudes a unique charm – not remotely Polynesian, but inviting nonetheless. From other seats along the communal sundeck guests can spot (harmless) sharks and stingrays, all particularly prolific at sunset. 1 bungalow faces the sea, while the others are secluded behind lush ferns. Up to 3 meals a day can be included in the rates, and are worthwhile because the food is delicious and alternatives distant.
Fenua Mata’i’oa Hôtel – The Basics
- Location: Poorly signed in the suburban streets of an area called Tiahura, about 2km from the centre of Hauru village on the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 26km from the airport; and 30km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
- Guests: The setting, isolation and décor would appeal more to older guests.
- Beach: There is no beach in front, but it faces a lovely inlet. Steps lead to the water which is still ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
- Views: 1 bungalow faces the water for unobstructed sea views, but the others are hidden among the gardens.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free use through the hotel.
- Parking: A few spots down the access lane. Otherwise, it should be safe to park along the street outside.
- Phone: (689) 40 55 00 25
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.fenua-mataioa.com/
- 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.
Fenua Mata’i’oa Hôtel – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this sort of small lodge.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided in the rooms, but there’s a tiny Jacuzzi surrounded by wooden decking in the garden.
Fenua Mata’i’oa Hôtel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: No restaurant is open to the public, but guests can pre-order breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. The food is typically French and exquisite, much to the chagrin of locals who wish the chef would open a bistro. Drinks can be bought at the wooden counter and enjoyed in the extraordinarily garish lounge or on the sundeck facing the water.
- Breakfast: Not included in the rates, but half/full board offering breakfast, lunch and/or dinner can be arranged when booking.
- Room Service: Not available because there is no restaurant onsite.
Fenua Mata’i’oa Hôtel – Rooms
- Room Types: All individually named: Junior Reva Suite • Junior Hereiti Suite • Junior Supérieure Princesse Aimeho Suite • Presidentielle Princess Maimiti Suite • Prestige Princesse Lokelani Suite
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking is allowed anywhere in the hotel or around the gardens.
- Best Room: The Prestige Princesse Lokelani Suite oozes charm, with a traditional design of bamboo and pandanus. Also featuring an atrium garden, huge bathroom, private terrace packed with furniture overlooking the inlet, and mod-cons like air-conditioning and cable TV.
Fenua Mata’i’oa Hôtel – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
The hotel is isolated, so there’s very limited choice within walking distance. Some places in Hauru Village (2-3km away) offer free transfers.
- Taoahere Beach House – next to the lodge, with a similar waterside setting. For seafood, grills, salads and burgers. Lots of desserts. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch; also Friday and Saturday for dinner. 1-minute walk.
- Holy Steak House – 1km away and opposite the entrance to the InterContinental. Up a slight hill for views, and open all day. Also for seafood and pizzas. Hearty serves, happy hours and takeaways. Free transfers (40 55 15 14). 13-minute walk.
- InterContinental Moorea – at the massive resort 1.2km further up the road. The Shell Restaurant (40 55 19 03) offers dinner only, and a menu with Polynesian flavours; the Fare Hana Restaurant is casual and family-friendly for lunch and dinner; and the Motu Iti Bar provides cocktails and wine in an al fresco setting. 15-minute walk.
- Beach Bar & Restaurant – at Hôtel Les Tipaniers about 1.2km down the road towards Hauru. Seaside and garden settings for seafood, pizza, homemade pasta and ice cream. Live music on weekends and free transfers (40 56 12 67). 15-minute walk.
- QG Brasserie (87 36 19 34) – in Le Petit Village at Hauru, 2km down the road. Open-air, friendly and affordable for pizza, grills and paninis. Expat hangout and congenial bar. 4-minute drive.
- Le Motu (40 56 16 70) – laidback and eclectic menu: pizzas, tacos, crêpes, sandwiches, burgers and Chinese food. More affordable than rivals, with daily specials. Just before Le Petit Village.
- Market or Grocery: The counter at the lobby sells basic supplies. Otherwise, there are a couple of convenience stores in Hauru village, about 1.5km away.
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. To the village, walk, hitch a ride or organise an unmetered taxi. For elsewhere, rent a car or motorbike.