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What We Love

  • Letting the clear blue views wash away jetlag while lolling in the peaceful infinity pool
  • The resort’s Manea Spa employs elements of traditional Polynesian Taurumi in all treatments
  • Only five minutes from Faa’a airport
  • Shuttle to downtown Papeete twice daily
  • Free gear for snorkeling in the resort’s lagoon

What To Know

  • No beach, but you can swim and snorkel in the lagoon, adjacent to the pool
  • There are 109 suites and 12 guestrooms, the former with kitchenettes and outdoor space
  • Several units have Twin beds
  • Free WiFi
  • Tahiti is not as serene as French Polynesia's neighboring islands

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

French Polynesia’s exotic islands, five archipelagos clustered in the Pacific Ocean, are the embodiment of a tropical fantasy. And every trip to this paradise invariably begins in the economic, cultural and political capital of Tahiti, which harbors all of the characteristics — good and bad — of a modern-day metropolis.

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Completed in 2009, the property has 121 rooms — mostly suites with kitchens and oversize balconies and terraces — spread among five modernist low-rise buildings facing the sea, with views of the magical island of Moorea. Clean-lined dark wood furniture and high-tech accessories get a Polynesian touch via funky coral linens and tapestries.

Outside, Tahiti’s largest infinity pool spills onto sweeping panoramas of deep blues, atolls and lush, mountainous Moorea. Daytime fun in the sun notwithstanding, the pool’s power truly shines in early evening, when it provides front-row seats for the sun’s colorful descent. To enhance the experience, libations and snacks from the Taapuna Pool Bar are readily available until 7 p.m., after which the scene revs up in the resort’s trendy Punavai Lounge Bar and the Polynesian gastronomic hot spot Vaitohi Restaurant.

How to Get There

Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
BP 2851 Punavai
Punaauia, 98703 French Polynesia

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1764 Reviews
Loud room towards Main Street. Windows poorly isolated. We were only one night here on transit.
Reviewed 1 day ago

We were here only one night on transit. Nevertheless the standard room on noisy street side interrupted our sleep. Windows are poorly isolated. We asked for another room but were told the hotel is fully booked. Poor value for money.

Oh to be back
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Manava Suite was our final destination in Tahiti and I cannot recommend it enough. We had a suite for three people with a view looking out to the sea - stunning, can I just say! The room was clean and well equipped and the shower, well I could have stood under it for hours. The pool area was spotless and the vista from it, sublime. The reception and portering staff were extremely helpful, kind and polite and made our stay so comfortable. We only had one night before flying home but it was worth it. A lovely hotel, with wonderful staff. If I have to nit pick, I would say the food we experienced was not quite up to standard - there was a lot of it at dinner and breakfast but quality was lacking, which was a surprise but other than this, it was a fabulous stay.

Very comfortable hotel with nice suites
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights as a part of our three month travels throughout the Pacific and South America and Africa. The rooms are modern, clean and spacious. We had originally booked a Junior lagoon suite, but as we are traveling with a 8 month old baby, we found the need for a separate bedroom and living room. So we upgraded to a Lagoon suite after one night. The upgrade cost 30 EUR/night and was definitely worth it. The suite is wider than the junior suite, so that gives you a wider balcony. Also, while the living/bedroom felt on the smallish size in the junior suite, the living room and kitchen in the suite felt large and airy.
The view from the balcony is nice, overlooking the island of Moorea. Unfortunately, we had our sunset views blocked by a huge tree. The pool area and motus are nice and clean. Comfortable sun beds and beach towels.

On the negative side, the hotel is located in an area with not much else to see or do. We tried to walk along the road in both directions, but it’s heavily trafficked and hasn’t got much of restaurants or grocery stores. A shame, as you have a well equipped kitchen to self cater. We ended up paying quite a bit to take a taxi to Carrefour. And we ate a lot at the hotel. The food was decent, but pretty pricey and the room service didn’t have too large a selection.

Still, we were very happy with our stay at Manava. Recommend for families with babies, in need of a self catering option.

Very Very Nice
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed just 2 nights to get over 20+ hours flying from UK, before a cruise around French Polynesia on the Paul Gauguin.
Our room had a small kitchenette and basic kitchen 'stuff' - quite useful as we could buy a few bits from a nearby shop to lunch & breakfast in the room. I mention this as eating out in Tahiti is very expensive - breakfast in the hotel would be ~ £30 a head! We ate dinner at roulotes - sort of cheap (ish) eateries in car parks with tables set up by a truck where the cooking was done.
Our hotel room overlooked the pool, beach & sea - a very nice outlook. It was quiet and within walking distance of a bank, pharmacy and shops.
The hotel ran a shuttle bus into Papeete town centre (at a charge). The town had a colourful market, banks and a fair selection of shops.
Banks in Tahiti do not change travellers cheques (I had a few left from years ago), they also charge a fixed fee of ~1000 xpf (around £7.50) so don't Chang small amounts. The 'exchange' at the airport only charges 700xpf.
Overall a very good hotel

Fine hotel for an over night.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Manava Suit Resort for the last two nights of our honeymoon. Once we were there, we had really wished we only stayed one night and saved the other for one last night on Bora Bora, but we made the best of it. The rooms were spacious but just "okay". The whole resort in general was pretty outdated, and although our room seemed clean, it just felt extremely outdated. Other than the beautiful pool there really wasn't much to do and it wasn't in a great area for walking anywhere. We wanted to stay on the main island of Tahiti the night before our flight, just to ensure we could make it to the airport in time, but I wouldn't stay for any longer than just a night!