4.0
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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 1792 Reviews
A tired hotel in need of room renovations
Reviewed 2 days ago

I gave this hotel 3 stars because of the breakfast and beach area. Otherwise I would have given 2. The front desk is very busy and the staff not always that helpful. There is a shuttle bus to go into town if you book ahead.
We did not have the breakfast buffet but enjoyed the large fruit platter and delicious omelets. The staff were very nice.
We stayed here twice. The first time we were facing the garden, in a 2nd floor room. The room was very large, a large patio but the bathrooms tiles are stained and look dirty, the sofa was dirty, the whole feeling was worn out hotel. The housekeeping staff start rolling carts in the passage ways very early in the morning. The second time we stayed we were upgraded to an ocean view and the view was spectacular. The room was a very strange layout and I was hopeful that it might be upgraded but no. The bathroom was just really worn and stained, the sofa again had lots of stains. The patio balcony was beautiful with a large awning to protect form the sun and chairs and chaise lounge..
The beach area is beautiful and the evening happy hour attracts lots of people. The pool is nice. There were several activities you could participate in but I never did see a schedule of when they were to happen. We snorkeled and there were a few fish and in time I imagine the coral will grow and it will be better.

We had a rental car the second time and there was ample space to park, free too!

We had a late flight and they did allow us to use a transit room to shower and change, around 6 pm. That was very nice.

When the hotel rooms have been renovated this will be a wonderful hotel

Honeymoon
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great resort with stunning ocean views from the poolside. Well kept tidy rooms and great service. The only downside was the language barrier at the poolside bar...but other than that a great place to stay.

Great location positioned overlooking the sea and Moorea 9in the distance)
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pleasant hotel. We stayed 1 night when we arrived in Tahiti before our flight to Bora Bora.
Room was a good size and the balcony had nice view.
Air-con was ok but not great.
Food and drink expensive but in-line with what we had been told to expect.
Unlike other hotels there is no free transfer from the airport
Free wifi

Beautiful setting
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely setting stunning views out to water, had room overlooking water pricey but worth it. Brilliant colours of water, lovely grounds and setting to wander around.
The Taupuna restaurant just superb, hard to believe there would be a better spot to have lunch.
Watching sunset looking out to Moorea magical!

Practical Information
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a night at Manava Suites Resort (MSR) following a recent French Polynesia cruise. When checking out online pricing prior to our visit it appeared that MSR was a very good value over other luxury options on Tahiti. We were not disappointed. The facility is modern and relatively upscale and the rooms were clean and well appointed. It has good options for eating and dining. And with its infinity pool, swim-up bar, ocean swim areas and a great view of Moorea, it has a very pleasant atmosphere.

There are basically three room options. The first are Standard rooms (where we stayed), in the front second floor area (elevator available) that overlook the little drive-through entrance road just off the main road. These are conveniently located but, we thought, could be a little noisy. However, the main road gets pretty quiet at night. They are also fully air conditioned which precludes the need to open any windows. The next section, closer to the beach, have the garden rooms, most of which appeared to have balconies or patios. As they sound, they overlook or look out upon nicely landscaped interior areas. The third option are the ocean view rooms, which also appeared to have balconies. They have great views of the infinity pool, ocean and Moorea. So make your choice; you get what you pay for.

Tahiti prices are high in general, so it’s not surprising that resort prices would be even higher. Again, MSR is the value option, so it’s not going to be as pricey as say the Intercontinental. And the prices include taxes and gratuities which eases the burden a bit. When we made our reservation online we were given the option to add breakfast at $33 USD/person. We didn’t do this as the cost seemed outrageous. As it turned out the option was still available on site for $35 CFP, or about $33 USD. This is an extensive buffet and may be worth the cost (again consider tax and gratuity inclusive). However, there are ‘a la carte’ choices, like pancakes, omlettes, etc., that may come in a lot cheaper. Breakfast is served in the main dining room only which has an interior area and a nice patio adjacent to the park-like exterior.

Another eating option, and the one that we took a couple of times, was to eat at the Roulottes down the street. The Roulottes are supposed to be trucks that move among various locations, but in some places are more permanent. Some actually do the cooking on exterior grills and have table service. A group of them were available after 6:00 PM a very short walk from the hotel. The prices are good and the helpings more than adequate (translate - large). So much so that the consideration of sharing makes sense. And they are very popular with the locals. The main food choices are steak and fries, chicken and fries, pizza, Chow Mein and crepes. We chose a version of crepes that made a great dessert. On the way to the truck parking area, along the other side of the road, were several semi-roulouttes that are almost permanent buildings. We stopped at one almost across the street from the hotel that had very juicy hamburgers.

Another advantage of booking at MSR is that Marama Tours, highly rated by Trip Advisor, has an office on-site. We took the Circle Island tour (great value at 55 CFP and highly recommended). It actually started from the MSR, so we had first choice of vehicle seats.

Overall it was a very pleasant stay. The personnel were very friendly and helpful, providing orange juice during the check-in, arranging for taxis, making local calls and even weighing and storing luggage. There may even be an option for using a ‘transit’ room for late flights or obtaining a day room at low or no cost, depending on how long one stays.