Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea
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With a stay at Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea in Moorea (Maharepa), you’ll be close to Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Pihaena Beach and Temae Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 94 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the resort’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Moorea? This resort has 8611 square feet (800 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We recently spent two nights here prior to the start of a tour of several islands in French Polynesia. For a very reasonably rate, we enjoyed a premium overwater bungalow...and were very happy we paid the extra for that room. Very clean, quiet, and still a short distance from the infinity pool and other water recreation (kayaks, paddle boards, etc.). However, since these bungalows are perched on a reef with immediate drop off, being able to snorkel off our personal swim platform gave us a close up view of many species of tropical fish and reef dwellers. The clear window in the floor of the room (under glass top table) allowed lighted viewing of sea urchins, small fish and even a moray eel after dark. This resort is a short walk from some lovely cafes with fresh French pastries and crepes as well as some lovely shops. The bar and restaurant were airy and lovely as well. Access to this resort without a car is very easy from the ferry terminal with local transport services.
We were very happy with our stay and would highly recommend this resort.
We spent 4 nights at the Manava Beach Resort for our Honeymoon. We decided to get a garden view room and save the over-the-water bungalow (OWB) for Bora Bora.
We arrived around 8 a.m. and our room was ready by 10 a.m. which was great. Our room was simple but we didn't plan on spending too much time there anyway. If we were to come back (we'll try!!!), we will take a garden or beach bungalow.
When we compare to our OWB in Bora Bora, we were glad we didn't get one at the Manava Beach Resort. The bungalows are too close to the shore/beach and the view is of the ocean or the hotel. Deep waters start right under the bungalows so they can't extend too far away from the shore like in Bora Bora.
Snorkeling was great though. Lots of fish to see. We snorkeled around the OWB as this is where the coral reefs are. The beach is tiny but this wasn't a problem. The water is shallow so this was great. Your view will be obstructed by the OWB though.
Breakfast was great. There are a lot of options. You have to drink the pineapple juice. It comes from Moorea and is very sweet but not sugary.You will find croissants, pains au chocolat/chocolatine (chocolate croissants), breads, local jams, crepes, waffles, fresh fruits, yogurts, cheese, charcuterie, eggs, omelet, potatoes... As a French living in the US, I was glad to eat these comfort foods. The croissants are delicious. They are very crispy.
We didn't eat lunches or dinners at the Manava so I can't comment on that.
The pool is great. I didn't think I would try it but I did and it was nice.
They will also give you beach towels and snorkeling equipment for free. I wish I had known about the towels. Would have saved some room in my suitcase.
A few tips from our experience:
- the Wi-Fi signal isn't the greatest no matter where you are in the hotel. It was hard to upload pictures and videos. Not that big of a deal but I wanted to share on social media:-)
- even though I had read recommendations here about buying alcohol at LAX, we went for Happy Hour every night. They have a lot of delicious cocktails for $8 (tax an tip included). They will serve salted peanuts, green olives and pieces of coconut on the side for free. The atmosphere was great. They play soft electro music and had a live band on Saturday night. Great for people watching or to meet new people.
- The hotel is located in a little town with 3 banks, souvenirs shops, a local supermarket and restaurants. We got our cash from one of the banks ATM, bought all our souvenirs in that town and bought some snacks, juices and monoï at the local supermarket. The monoï is $4.5 for a bottle. Hotel stores or souvenir shops on different islands will sell the exact same bottle for $6-$10. Get it at this supermarket.
- we highly recommend the Manuia grill right across the street. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays though. They serve fresh food for around $25/plate. Much better than the hotel prices.
- The Moorea Beach Cafe (5-10 min walk from the hotel) has a snack bar open for lunch. Great food at great prices. Plus the tables are right across the ocean so the view is great. We wanted to try the other snack bar closer to the hotel but it was closed for dinner.
- you don't have to book a dinner to see the Polynesian show. They do it in front of the bar/swimming pool so anyone can watch it.
- there are quite a few kids there. Didn't bother me but just an FYI.
- be careful if you walk on the main road at night. There are some concrete ditches on the side of the road and you can fall into one. Ask my husband :-)
Overall great experience at this hotel. The location is great compared to other hotels in Moorea. Friendly and helpful staff.
Love this resort! Stayed here many years ago, and it was as great now as I remember it. The people are so,so friendly! The bar staff is not all that attentive, but everything else is wonderful. Even the pool staff was warm and friendly. Enjoyed talking with Teremoana, who was at the towel checkout and is an amazing artist as well.
We stayed in a garden room with private pool, but preferred going to the gorgeous infinity pool that appears to flow into the ocean. Though the garden bungalow was lovely, would have liked OWB better. Spend the extra money if you can. This hotel also has a great location, near market & shopping.
My wife and I stayed at the Manava Beach Resort for 3 nights last month as part of a larger trip to French Polynesia. We were in a Beach Front Bungalow with nice views of the resort and bay. The room was very nice and clean. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Other than the occasional visit from some local dogs, the time spent on our deck was very relaxing. As with most resorts in French Polynesia, the food was very expensive. Luckily we had purchased the meal plan with included breakfast and dinner. This saved us a great deal of money. There is a traditional Polynesian show on Saturday nights that was entertaining. It is a short walk from the resort to several restaraunts and a shopping area.
We stayed here in a Garden View room for 3 nights of a 5 night stay on Moorea. I'd call it mediocre at best.
The room was fine though typically not cleaned until at least 4pm.
The food was ok to poor. Quite expensive, but that's standard in these parts.
Staff was friendly, but my wife found them not helpful when we tried to upgrade or change accommodations. At one point they claimed to have been trying to get in touch with us all the previous afternoon/evening...though we were in our room for much of that time and no message was left.
Internet service is limited to specific areas and slow enough that basic web browsing is difficult.
The pool is nice albeit rather limited in terms of seating. Lots of kids.
The beach was very small with only chairs for 8-10 people. The view of the ocean is obstructed by the backs of the overwater bungalows...so from the beach you have a lovely view of the back of some bungalows that sit on a concrete pier. The beach is not suitable for swimming, but sufficient for getting wet. The water is very shallow and there are the aforementioned bungalows if you move much away from the shore.
The best thing about this place is what's near it. There are some good restaurants, shops, and a grocery within easy walking distance.
There was nothing shockingly bad, but most things were slightly to moderately disappointing. We started looking for another place to stay after one night and finally wound up at the Sofitel, which was lovely. If you get excited about a Best Western, you'll love the Manava. I thought it kinda sucked.