Updated: August 9, 2018
Hôtel Hibiscus – Exquisite bungalows and adorable beach, with pool and convenience.
Handily midway along the village of Hauru, this perennially popular resort offers detached bungalows spread across vast lawns dotted with palms, but only 1 directly faces the sea. Featuring a kitchenette and alluring traditional design, they’re all individually decorated inside. Some comfortably fit in an extra bed (while the single Family Studio sleeps up to 5), and most have air-conditioning. Less appealing – but still serviceable – are the motel-style rooms facing the sizeable pool. The petite cove of white sand leading to blue-green waters is more inviting than beaches at most other nearby hotels, with an additional raised section created by a breakwater.
Hôtel Hibiscus – The Basics
- Location: In the centre of the village of Hauru along the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 27km from the airport; and 29km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
- Guests: Most guests seem to be older, with many returning year after year.
- Beach: The beach is clean, sandy and shady. Considerably better than those at other resorts.
- Views: Only 1 bungalow faces the sea with perfect unobstructed views. Others are among the gardens, and a few of these may offer glimpses of the water.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Not provided for free to guests.
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking near the entrance.
- Phone: (689) 40 56 12 20
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.hotel-hibiscus.pf/index_uk.php
- 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.
Hôtel Hibiscus – Amenities
- Pool: Large enough for the limited number of guests, but not much shade, and would be better alongside the beach.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of mid-range cluster of bungalows.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
- Activities: Rental of kayaks available, but not for free.
Hôtel Hibiscus – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Le Sunset (40 56 26 00) offers open-air and undercover seating facing the sea and a vibrant décor. The chef is French, but happily prepares local specialties and Italian food. Also buffet breakfasts (which are available to the public).
- Breakfast: Not included, but a buffet breakfast can be ordered for an extra cost. Half/full board options also available including breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.
- Room Service: Not available.
Hôtel Hibiscus – Rooms
- Room Types: Bungalows with Garden or Lagoon Views • Superior Lagoon View Bungalows • Air-conditioned Rooms • 1 Family Studio
- Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in or near the rooms, but no-one stops guests puffing away on the beach or in the gardens.
- Best Room: Superior Lagoon View Bungalows feature a traditional design but are contrastingly modern (but still agreeable) inside. The solitary bungalow facing the sea is the 1 to book.
- For families: Most bungalows and rooms can squeeze in an extra single bed, while the Family Studio can fit up to 5.
Hôtel Hibiscus – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These places are within a short walk along the main road.
- Le Mayflower – next to the hotel. Evenings only for French food, fish and vegetarian meals. Pricey with daily specials and kids’ meals. 2-minute walk.
- La Plantation (40 56 45 10) – all-day dining for French and vegetarian meals. Gorgeous garden location and extensive wine list. Try the tofu stuffed with mango. 300m north. 4-minute walk.
- Le Lézard Jaune Café (40 56 35 00) – classy bistro for cuisine gustative and Tahitian food. Lounge bar and children’s meals. 400m south. 5-minute walk.
- Le Coco D’isle (40 56 59 07) – hugely popular despite (or because of) the sandy floor. Tahitian, French and Chinese food, and pizza. Evenings only, and takeaways available. Next to Le Lézard. 5-minute walk.
- QG Brasserie (87 36 19 34) – in Le Petit Village about 500m to the north. Open-air, friendly and inexpensive for pizza, grills and paninis. Expat hangout and congenial bar. 5-minute walk.
- 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 past Le Petit Village.
- Market or Grocery: There are a few convenience stores in the village within 500m to the north.
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, organise an unmetered taxi, or rent a car/motorbike.