Hotel Kaveka – Adorable location, but a little outdated and isolated, and no pool.
Doubtless the rattan walls and furniture looked fab in the 1970s, but not now. The bungalows offer ‘garden views’, which really means the back of those with ‘lagoon views’, which actually face the bay. More inviting for snorkelling than swimming, the bay does provide exceptional views, best enjoyed from the jetty lined with restaurant tables. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no pool, but the rare sliver of white sand is acceptable. The inconvenience from Maharepa village, with a few shops, banks and eateries, is offset by the free (but infrequent) hotel shuttlebus. The other downside is the hefty charges for kayaks, bicycles, internet and even beach towels, which should all be free (and usually are at other hotels).
Hotel Kaveka – The Basics
- Location: About midway along Baie de Cook (Cook’s Bay) on the northeast coast of Moorea Island. About 1.5km south of Maharepa village, 7.5km from the airport, and 11.5km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
- Guests: Caters for all, although most guests seem to be older.
- Beach: A slice of bleached-white sand faces the attractive bay, but the water is probably more suitable for snorkelling and kayaking than swimming.
- Views: The row of bungalows at the front has direct views of the bay, which is sometimes partially blocked by shrubs, while the others face the back of the lucky few at the front.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free at the lobby/bar/restaurant area, but a hefty daily charge in the rooms.
- Parking: Enough places at the main entrance; off-street, free and secure.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 56 50 50
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: hotelkaveka.com
Hotel Kaveka – Amenities
- Pool: Surprisingly, there is no pool, unlike some other resorts of this standard on Moorea.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of resort.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Hotel Kaveka – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The Kaveka Restaurant faces the water, with some tables spread along the jetty into the bay. The range of European, Chinese and Tahitian meals is impressive, with a focus on seafood and steaks. Claims to offer the finest selection of ice cream on the island, and provides live entertainment most weekends.
- Breakfast: Not included in the normal rates, but provided for a reasonable extra cost. Half/full board rates including breakfast, lunch and/or dinner are offered.
- Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours of 7am to 9pm.
Hotel Kaveka – Rooms
- Room Types: Lanai Bungalows • Garden Bungalows • Garden Family Bungalows • Lagoon Bungalows • Lagoon Family Bungalows • Beachfront Bungalows
- Smoking Rooms: Strictly no smoking in or near the rooms, but allowed in the gardens and on the beach.
- Best Room: The Beachfront Bungalows face the bay, sometimes with uninterrupted views from a wooden patio. The furnishings are outdated, but the facilities modern.
Hotel Kaveka – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
There is only 1 place within walking distance, which is why the Kaveka offers rates including 1, 2 or 3 meals.
- Allo Pizza (40 56 18 22) – For wood-fired gourmet pizzas. No bay views, but barstools for people-watching. Also popular for steaks, salads, wine and homemade desserts. Deliveries to local hotels. About 450m south. 6-minute walk.
Otherwise, these cafés are in Maharepa village, about 1.5km north:
Moorea Beach Café – Gorgeous waterside setting for breakfast, salads, grills and burgers. Also, daily specials and bakery next door. Free transfers (40 56 29 99). 2-minute drive. Rudy’s – Conveniently on the southern edge of the village. For imported steaks and local seafood. Classier than the distinctive red-and-white stone building suggests, but no views. Try the Grilled Lobster in Flamed Cognac. Free transfers (40 56 58 00). 2-minute drive. Caraméline (40 56 15 88) – In the cluster of shops and cafés in the centre of Maharepa. Friendly, casual and affordable for salads, wraps, ice cream, pastries and all-day breakfast. 2-minute drive. Market or Grocery: The nearest place to stock up on supplies is a minimart about 600m north of the hotel, about halfway to the edge of Maharepa village.
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 the reception for details. To the village, walk or hitch a ride. For further afield, organise an unmetered taxi, or rent a car or motorbike.
Hotel Kaveka – The Hotel
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