Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea in Tahiti

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Updated: January 19, 2021

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Review of Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea in Tahiti

The private beach and overwater bungalows at Manava Beach Resort.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – Huge resort with serene beaches, a dazzling pool, and elegant bungalows.

Most bungalows are accessible along piers radiating in all directions and perched above the shallow blue-green waters. The exteriors are often weather-beaten, with a lick of paint or polish needed, but they’re all sumptuous and spacious inside. More windows would be pleasing, but it’s impossible to fault the views – whether 180-degree panoramas from patios with steps to the lagoon or through the partial glass floor. This eco-friendly resort also offers a stunning infinity pool with photogenic reflections and exquisite beaches (yes, plural) glistening with pure white sand. And it’s only a few minutes from the center of Maharepa village, with enough facilities to satisfy most.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – The Basics

  • Location: Along the top of the northeast coast of Moorea Island. Only 500m from a cluster of shops and cafés in the center of Maharepa village, 6 km from the airport, and 10 km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
  • Guests: Caters to all but seems focused on packaged tours, especially for families.
  • Beach: Several quintessential tropical beaches with snow-white sand, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and walking.
  • Views: Many bungalows face the sea, while those above the water offer broad ocean views. Duplexes and rooms provide pleasant garden views.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Some places at the hotel entrance, but arrange parking when booking.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 40 43 17 88
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: manavamoorearesort.com

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – Amenities

  • Pool: Gorgeous infinity pool. Huge and facing the sea.
  • Spa: The Manea Spa is the perfect place to be pampered. Try a Polynesian massage or enjoy a steam bath or the heated pool for ‘aquatic therapies’.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there is no gym.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • Activities: The dive center onsite also offers jet-skiing as well as rental (for a small fee) of paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Restaurant Mahana’i – Grills, seafood, vegetarian meals, themed buffets, tasty desserts, and a children’s menu, all with French and Polynesian influences. Tables under the thatched roof or on the sand. Breakfast and dinner only. Bar attached • Autera’a Bar & Restaurant – Casual poolside dining all day and evening. For pizzas, burgers, seafood, and children’s meals. Cocktails and live music some nights • Matiehani Lounge Bar – Intimate and secluded, for signature cocktails and imported wines. Only open Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but depends on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – Rooms

  • Room Types: Garden View Room • Garden View Duplexe • Beach Bungalow • Overwater Bungalow • Premium Overwater Bungalow • Garden Pool Bungalow
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but plenty of space around the grounds for a puff.
  • Best Room: It’s impossible to ignore the Premium Overwater Bungalows. They provide sweeping views across the ocean from the substantial sundecks and separate living areas, as well as peeks at the marine life below through the partial glass floors.
  • For families: All bungalows and rooms can fit in an extra single bed each, while the Garden Pool Bungalows and twin-level Garden View Duplexes can comfortably accommodate families of 4.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Manuia Grill – Casual indoor and garden setting with mountain backdrop. Evenings only for grills, kebabs, and seafood. On the main road directly opposite the lane to the resort.

There are several takeaway shops and bakeries in Maharepa less than 500m away, as well as:

  • Caraméline – Friendly, casual, and affordable for salads, wraps, ice cream, and pastries.
  • Moorea Beach Café – Gorgeous waterside setting for wood-fired pizzas, salads, grills, and burgers. Also, sunsets, daily specials, and a bakery next door. Free transfers.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • About 700m to the well-stocked supermarket in Maharepa village.

Local Transport

    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 at reception for details. It’s easy to walk to the village. For further afield, organize an unmetered taxi or rent a car or motorbike.

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea – The Hotel

The bungalows are set behind fences in the massive resort grounds.

The resort grounds are massive, with some bungalows secluded behind fences.

A colourful corridor connects the lobby with the bungalows.

A corridor lined with colorful seating leads from the lobby to the bungalows and restaurants.

The resort gardens are adorned with traditional stone statues.

The gardens around the Manava are dotted with traditional stone statues.

The resort has a stunning location between mountains and the sea.

The location is stunning, with a dramatic mountain backdrop, abundant palms, and several beaches with snow-white sand.

The resort has many small beaches facing the lagoon.

Numerous beaches, albeit small, face the lagoon and are sprinkled with lounge chairs.

The resort facilities and settings make it a tropical island paradise.

White sand, sloping palms, blue-green water, and above-water bungalows are the epitome of a tropical island paradise.

Restaurant Mahana’i offers indoor and outdoor seating.

Restaurant Mahana’i offers seats inside and along the deck towards the sea.

Mahana’i's bar offers a good selection of drinks.

The bar attached to the Mahana’i offers a good selection of drinks.

The resort beaches are faultless.

The beaches around the resort are faultless.

The infinity pool reflects the Overwater Bungalows.

The infinity pool offers reflections of the Overwater Bungalows.

The onsite dive centre offers many water sports facilities.

The onsite dive center can also arrange jet-skis. Thankfully, these are rented infrequently, so tranquility is rarely affected.

The Overwater Bungalows sport a traditional design.

Some of the Overwater Bungalows need a splash of paint or polish, but feature a stylish traditional design.

The sundeck of the Overwater Bungalows has a ladder going into the water.

A ladder from the sundeck of the Overwater Bungalows leads to the shallow lagoon waters.

Some Overwater Bungalows are clustered together.

Some of the Overwater Bungalows are close to others, which can affect the extent of the views.

Overwater Bungalows have an attractive decor.

The décor and furnishings in the Overwater Bungalows are attractive.

The Overwater Bungalow sundecks offer fantastic bay views.

The sundecks attached to the Overwater Bungalows offer extensive views across the Pacific.

All bungalows have a subtle decor with bright artwork.

The interiors of all bungalows have subtle tones and bright seascape prints.

Overwater Bungalows are nice but could have more windows.

Perhaps there could be more windows in the Overwater Bungalows, but otherwise they are ideal.

The Overwater Bungalows have a glass floor enabling water views below.

A small section of the floor of the Overwater Bungalows is made of glass, allowing views of the marine life below.

The bungalow bathrooms are very lovely.

The bathrooms in all the bungalows are lovely.

The Garden View Rooms are at the back of the resort.

The Garden View Rooms are in a two-level block at the back of the grounds.

Some bungalows have a private pool.

Some of the bungalows feature private plunge pools.

Cheaper rooms have a traditional design.

Some of the cheaper rooms are in blocks that still offer a traditional design.

Garden Pool Bungalows are secluded and without sea views.

The Garden Pool Bungalows are separated, secluded, and distant from the sea.

The Garden View Rooms are spacious and modern.

The layout of the Garden View Rooms is larger than expected, with modern furnishings and space for a third person.

The resort entrance is along the northeast coast of Moorea.

The entrance to the resort is just off the main road along the northeast coast of Moorea.

Moorea Beach Café nearby is an excellent place to eat.

One of the best places to eat in the village of Maharepa, and within walking distance of the resort, is the Moorea Beach Café which offers pizzas, grills, and salads.

Caraméline café and charming shops are within walking distance.

Less than 500m from the resort entrance is a cluster of charming shops and eateries that includes Caraméline café.

Manuia Grill opposite the resort offers excellent views and meals.

Directly opposite the access road to the resort, Manuia Grill provides a stunning setting and delicious meals.

Maharepa village has a supermarket and other facilities.

The nearby village of Maharepa offers a few facilities, including a well-stocked supermarket.

The village has some lovely shops.

There are also a few other lovely shops in the village.

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