The building is set overlooking the sea and sitting outside for breakfast is lovely. Marina in reception was very nice and helpful with regards hiring the mini moke and can reserve restaurants for you.
We booked the ‘honeymoon ‘ room which was situated virtually on the beach. The room, however, was rather small with nowhere to put our cases and very little clothes storage. We spent the 4 nights stepping over and around our cases. The French windows and louvred side panels had no mosquito screens and there was a 1-2 cm gap around the doors. We had to burn mosquito coils each afternoon and evening and use insect repellent, and jam the curtains against the gaps. The decking outside is a lovely place to sit in the morning, but there is no shade in the afternoon so we had to sit inside if we wanted to read after a morning’s activity. As there isn’t a restaurant as such, we hadn’t appreciated that that meant No Bar either- so make sure you get wine etc from the supermarket if you would like to watch the beautiful sunset with a drink. Our request for Gluten Free bread for breakfast ( notified in advance) was met with a Gallic shrug. It is a beautiful place, with exciting activities to book- through Tevo- but it has its limitations.
This scam of a hotel fraudulently charged me over $500 USD on top of what I owe. They are refusing to give my money back. After numerous calls, emails and attempts to reach them and argue my case, they agreed. However, they only send back $200 USD. Now, they are refusing to respond to any emails, calls or attempts to reach them.
BE AWARE. We never signed a bill, provided our credit card information or verbally agreed to anything remotely close to the amount we were charged. We booked via hotels.com, which has been an absolute nightmare.
It really is sad because Moorea is our favorite island in the world, full of honest kind people and people like Jeremy and the owner give this island a bad name. There are dozens of little B&Bs around the island that are SO much more professional and honest that deserve your money.
BTW- this review isn't even addressing the disgusting bug problems, issues with the room, issues with the service and everything else that went wrong.
We were getting off a cruise ship in Tahiti and thought it would be a shame not to visit the area before we went home. We looked for accommodations in Tahiti but did't find anything that piqued our interest. We then looked at Moorea and we are so glad we did. The ferry to Moorea is right beside the cruise ship terminal. A quick 30 minute ride and you are on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. We chose this lodge as we wanted something on a beach but without the extreme high cost of an over the water bungalow. The grounds are mature an well keep. Check in was easy and we were meet with a fruit drink and smiles. We had a beach bungalow just 15 steps to the beach. Room was OK. Clean, but very little space for cloths. We had to live out of our suitcases. The safe was very small. Just enough room for your wallet, passports and an ipad. The small fridge and the air conditioning worked well. Water pressure and temperature where good. The lodge has a full industrial kitchen that you can use after 10:00 am. It has everything you could need to cook except for a BBQ. There is also an ice machine. You can purchase a homemade breakfast there from 7:00 to 10:00 for $22 each. The lodge is situated in one of the best places on the island for restaurants and groceries. All within walking distance. It's not cheap in Moorea but a lot of businesses take credit cards. Free bikes and kayaks. Make sure you kayak to Coco beach restaurant. It is a 30-45 min paddle and only accessible by boat. Awesome food. We really enjoyed our stay here. The only thing I would like to see would be a free breakfast or at least a continental breakfast with a small up charge for the full breaky. We felt very safe there, even walking to the restaurants at night. There was security walking the grounds at night. Staff was friendly and could speak English well. I would definitely stay here again.
My husband and I stayed at the Moorea Beach Lodge as our second stop on our honeymoon. I have to be honest coming from the Conrad Nui in Bora Bora it was a little bit of a bump back to reality, by no means a negative, just different! To address a couple of negative reviews here; yes the storage is limited, but we just used the daybed as a shelf and only unpacked what we needed - wasn’t an issue. The safe was big enough for any bits we needed to put in there (camera, phones, some jewellery & passports). There’s a mini fridge big enough for snacks and a 6 pack of beers!! Which you will need as there isn’t a bar, so no cocktails by the beach but this didn’t bother us as this was more of an ‘activity’ location for us rather than a sit around and do nothing place. Breakfast was included in our stay and it was plenty to get us going in the morning & staying full until lunchtime. Bread, fruit, pastries, jams, cake of the day, eggs cooked how you like them and you could add bacon, onion, tomatoes etc, perfect! One thing I would say, the room feels quite damp & it was difficult to get anything dry, including bath towels but if you need fresh ones all you have to do is ask and they will be provided.
The location is great, just be aware of the tides (different for different times of year I’m guessing) - we found you couldn’t really get out to swim until around 12noon, but we just took a couple of kayaks out (free to use) everyday and went across to the channel between two motu’s (near Coco Beach cafe) and explored the reef there. Hundreds of fish, stingrays & sharks to be found as well as a beautiful sandbank to relax on.
A few restaurants nearby, but as fairly ‘fussy’ eaters we did struggle and ended up using the hotel kitchen one night to whip up a pasta dish. Holy Steakhouse is good. You can bike there (again free to use), but it is a fair distance and very dark! Take a torch!
We rented an electric car from the property, which is a new feature for them. It was so much fun!! We went up to the Belvedere lookout before heading to the Hilton for the day on a day pass to celebrate my birthday.
The owner and his family were super friendly and helpful, would stop for a chat when you passed in the kitchen etc, along with the Manager and Tamara. Couldn’t fault them. There was a guy who would be around everyday at breakfast time who you could book any activity with. Some reviews has said he was pushy but we didn’t find that at all - he told us what was good and what wasn’t so good & we ended up booking a quad bike tour and the Tiki dinner show (worth it for an evening of entertainment). We got absolutely soaked on the quad bikes due to the heavens opening and the manager was more than happy to help dry our trainers in their dryer as we was leaving in a couple of days and needed to pack them away in our suitcase!
All in all, so long as you know what you’re getting you won’t be disappointed with the beach lodge. Oh, make sure you sit and watch the sunset which is directly in front of the hotel every night. Beautiful!!
Beautiful spot on the west side of Moorea! Perfect for watching sunsets (which we did every evening). We rented the 2 bedroom villa as it was all that was left for our dates, and it’s large and comfortable with its own kitchen. We loved staying in it. The beachfront and lodge are gorgeous — large banyan tree in the courtyard and the beach is shallow and you can walk out quite far. Might want to have some water shoes as there is a fair amount of coral in the water, but there’s also lots of sandy areas. Kayaks and bikes are available for free. Breakfast is an additional 2200 xpf per person each morning. Free parking for your rental car.
We went to a grocery store and stocked up on food and drink for our stay. We cooked all of our own meals in our villa, but people in the small bungalows can use the shared large kitchen in the lodge to do the same.
Several good restaurants within walking distance. Taxi from the airport or ferry terminal will be expensive given the 30-40 min drive to the property. We were glad we had a rental car even though it was also expensive so we could tour around the island, cart back groceries, and hang out by Cook’s Bay.
We would have appreciated having the gate code to get in prior to arrival with our rental car (we had to honk as no one answered the phone when we called and the gate opened), and please note that the property is not well marked except for a large white gate to the road, so we were super glad we downloaded offline Google maps before driving there.
We had a weird situation in which the property manager approached my husband and told him she wanted to put guests who had complained about their bungalow in our villa for a night since we were only sleeping in 1 of the 2 bedrooms—which made us really uncomfortable and would have been a major privacy issue, but when we went to tell her no thanks, she had already made other arrangements for them. Whew. Still, odd solution, we thought.
Overall great stay, and we might opt for one of the beachfront bungalows next time if we are able to book early enough!