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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 1830 Reviews
Moldy Smell Stay Away
Reviewed 15 hours ago

We were overnighting for our outbound flight. Check in was long and painful. Probably took a half hour to check in three parties even with three clerks. Got to our room not even sure it was the right room. Had reserved a Studio Suite with Ocean view. Our room didn't look anything like the pictures and was overlooking the pool bar. We didn't stay long. The room had an overpowering mold/mildew smell. With that and the stream of people coming off the street to the pool bar with all its noise we decided to leave. Went to the desk and requested a refund since we prepaid. Was told we would have to request a refund from Expedia (who is not who we booked through. ) Left anyway and went to Intercontinental which was great. Now trying to get a refund through United Hotels which is where we booked this. Should have looked closer at the review. There are nearly 150 poor and terrible reviews. Many of which mention the moldy, musty smell.

Polynesia in Papeete with a great view
Reviewed 4 days ago

The hotel is on the west side of the island and combines some quaint decor and island hospitality with good standard service and accommodation. You will likely need a car as it is about 15 to 20 minutes from downtown and maybe 15 minutes from the airport so it is also a reasonable cab ride. The rooms are spacious and quite unusual as we stayed in two rooms at different times and found them similar in layout with differing views.

As you enter the room, there is usually a kitchen area that is open to the hallway and you need to insert your room card to get power. Moving on down the hallway there is a separate toilet with a small washbasin with a door on it. Next comes a bathroom with a separate shower and plenty of room and after passing a closet with doors you finally arrive in the bedroom which normally has a king size bed, a dresser, TV and a long desk area with some drawers.

We had breakfast in the dining room and this turned out to be a bit pedestrian, particularly for tea drinkers but it is OK without being outstanding.

The decor is Polynesian with a slight hint of Art Deco and a fairly liberal use of colour. There is also a balcony and if you can get an ocean view room, you are looking at one of the nicest vistas in Papeete. Another great feature is the infinity pool which capitalises on this wonderful view. It has quite a high curved stone wall at one side which has 7 cascades of water coming from about 7 feet above the pool, a swim up pool bar and it is a fine spot to relax.

Has seen better days - overcharged
Reviewed 5 days ago

Booked by cruise company. 3 nights booked, stayed only 2 due to delay by airline. Contacted hotel before planned arrival to let them know we wouldn't be arriving for 1st night. On checkout was charged resort fee and city tax for the night we missed. When querying the charge was told we had to pay it.
The hotel room smelt of damp and mould was evident, including on the coat hangers. The toilet door didn't close properly. Had to wait over 15 mins for pool towels, short staffed. Only 1 receptionist at peak checkout time. Small flies around buffet breakfast. Pool area is great and has amazing outlook. Reported issue with no water coming out of taps, staff member immediately came to room and problem rectified in timely manner.

Great facilities and location
Reviewed 1 week ago

Negatives - nothing really for the hotel. Location wise you will need a car or be prepared for a 30-40 minute walk if you need groceries.

Positives - large suite, great bathrooms and large deck area. Had room over looking gardens - quiet and peaceful. Loved the pool area - particularly the secluded sea water lagoon.

Overall - the best hotel we stayed at on Tahiti.

We booked a room here to stay for the day before our plane took off after cruise.......
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lunch we enjoyed here was one of the best meals we had on our entire trip. We loved the property and the infinity pool.........made some great friends too!! The staff was friendly and helpful when they could.