Updated: August 12, 2018
Moorea Beach Lodge – Colonial-style charm, tranquil seaside setting, but undersized rooms.
The bungalows are sprinkled around a beautiful garden dominated by a gigantic banyan tree. This towers above the delightful terrace/bar/lounge of wooden shutters, thatched ceilings and unstained furniture. All bungalows are semi-detached and identical inside, either facing the garden or sea. (The exception is the Honeymoon Special, which is separate, offering more privacy, and provides optimal sea views.) Each bungalow features a wooden sundeck, and sofa which could convert to another double bed – but rooms are undersized, feeling cramped with 2 people, let alone 4. Nonetheless, the attractions are ample: charming beachside setting with a slice of silvery sand; free rental of bicycles, kayaks and snorkelling gear; and restaurant-standard kitchen/bar, which guests are welcome to use outside of breakfast hours.
Moorea Beach Lodge – The Basics
- Location: On the southern edge of Hauru village along the northwest coast of Moorea Island. About 600m from the centre of Hauru; 28km from the airport; and 29km from the ferry terminal for services to Tahiti.
- Guests: Almost all guests are couples, often older travellers, who appreciate the relaxed setting.
- Beach: The sliver of white sand in front is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, and large enough for the limited number of guests.
- Views: About a third of the bungalows directly face the sea, often only 10m away, while the others overlook the pleasant gardens.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free for guests throughout.
- Parking: Enough free and secure parking behind the front gates.
- Phone: (689) 87 23 33 25
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: http://www.mooreabeachlodge.com/en/
- 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.
Moorea Beach Lodge – Amenities
- Pool: Perhaps a little surprisingly there is no pool, whereas some resorts of this size and standard do provide one.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this sort of boutique lodge.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
- Activities: Free rental of bicycles, kayaks and snorkelling gear.
Moorea Beach Lodge – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The excellent kitchen – the sort found in an upmarket restaurant – is only used to serve breakfast to guests who have arranged this. Guests can use the kitchen and bar at other times for their own purposes.
- Breakfast: Not always included; depends on the type of booking. The delicious cooked breakfast with fruit and croissants is certainly worth paying for.
- Room Service: Not provided, with no restaurant onsite.
Moorea Beach Lodge – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden Bungalows • Beach Bungalows • 1 Honeymoon Bungalow • 1 Family House
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but OK on the beach and in the gardens.
- Best Room: Although the same size, layout and décor as the others, the Beach Bungalows are worth booking for the location: facing the sand barely 5m away.
Moorea Beach Lodge – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
A decent selection in Hauru village, with some providing free transfers. The places below are within 700m north up the road.
- Le Lézard Jaune Café (40 56 35 00) – classy bistro in a home for cuisine gustative and Tahitian food. Lounge bar, children’s meals and free transfers. 2-minute walk.
- Le Coco D’isle (40 56 59 07) – hugely popular despite (or because of) the sandy floor. Tahitian, French and Chinese food, as well as pizza. Evenings only, and takeaways available. 3-minute walk.
- Le Mayflower – next to the Hibiscus. Evenings only for French food, fish and vegetarian meals. Pricey with daily specials and kids’ meals. 6-minute walk.
- Le Sunset – open-air and colourful setting facing the sea. A chef from France, but also Italian cuisine and local specialties. At the Hôtel Hibiscus. 7-minute walk.
- La Plantation (40 56 45 10) – French and Tahitian cuisine, as well as pasta, vegetarian meals and long list of desserts. Children’s menu, all-day dining, happy hours and free transfers. 9-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: There are a few convenience stores in the village within about 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. Further afield, hitch a ride, organise an unmetered taxi, or rent a car/motorbike.