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Manava Beach Resort & Spa, Moorea

Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea

This great value resort is set on the beautifully lush island of Moorea and is well located for those looking to explore the island and experience a little local life. There’s plenty to do both on the island and out on the water, and the resort offers a range of activities as well as a choice of accommodation styles.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

There are 90 bungalows and rooms, each with an outdoor terrace and sun loungers. All have air-conditioning, television, DVD player and Wi-Fi.

The hotel rooms are simple with very little character and more suitable for those focused on budget. The beach and overwater bungalows are more reflective of the local style with dark wood and vaulted ceilings. The interior of each type of bungalow is similar with the location being the main point of difference between them.

Location

The Manava Beach Resort sits on the north coast of Moorea, sitting at the foot of a lush, green mountain on a small, narrow beach. The resort’s overwater bungalows are set in a line in front of the beach obscuring views of the sea but the focus in Moorea is more on the lush interior of the resort than the water. Maharepa Village is only five minutes’ walk from the hotel giving access to a couple of local restaurants, shops and a small supermarket.

Food and drink

Mahana'i Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with seating both indoors and outdoors. The Autera’a Bar next to the pool also offers light dishes and Polynesian specialties for lunch as well as drinks through the evening. There is a Polynesian musical group that performs on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Facilities and activities

There's a pool at the beachfront, and the hotel has developed a coral nursery near the overwater bungalows where you can snorkel. There's also an 8 m (26 ft) drop off not far from shore, allowing you to see larger fish such as black tip reef sharks. A variety of activities are available, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, volleyball, badminton and table tennis. The small, simple spa set at the heart of the resort contains three treatment rooms. A range of massages and treatments are available and there's also a steam bath.

Our opinion

Offering a convenient location, great value and a range of accommodation options, the Manava Beach Resort is a good base from which to explore the delights of the island of Moorea. While it may not be as up to date or as polished as some other resorts in the region, its location is great for experiencing a little of the local life and meet local residents. It is also a great option for those more focussed on budget.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Take an exciting four wheel drive tour of Moorea's lush, mountainous interior. The tracks and paths which wind their way up the peaks can only be traversed in appropriate vehicles with experienced drivers, as they are amazingly steep and very narrow.