I asked to cancel our reservation due to Covid. Got an immediate and full refund. No hassle whatsoever. Very pleasant courteous exchange. Based on my experience, I'd say this place has class! Obviously ethical, unlike some others.
Avoid this place for: - poor service - poor and dirty room - unpleasant reception - poor communication - updating the furniture is to be done quickly for our safety! I did not feel safe at all. I was very afraid of catching diseases with mosquitoes! No lighting and far from everything! Oh my God, I will never come back here again.
We stayed here for a relaxing 3 nights. Room well laid out - clean,comfortable and with spectacular views over the South Pacific - amazing sunsets.Stone and wood cabin surrounded by lush tropical gardens.We look forward to returning!
My friend and I had a fabulous 2 night stay at Varina. The accommodation is so unique, and perfectly blends into the natural environment it really makes the experience. We found the food to be excellent both at breakfast and at dinner - fresh and with locally caught fish. The beds come with mosquito nets. Note: It is set on a steep hill with narrow sealed paths and you are to get your luggage up the path and stairs to your room yourself. There are a few excellent snorkelling places near to Varina Lodge too, to swim and see the coral and tropical fish. From our room we could see whales spouting just past the reef edge. We hired a car from Papeete and it took just over an hour to drive to Varina lodge, a lovely scenic drive. Highly recommend.
We highly recommend the Vanira Lodge. We had the cabin with the giant hot tub. Great plants, tub was very relaxing, views of the lagoon with its pearl shack were neat. Very fine food was served at their onsite restaurant. The breakfasts were top drawer, the dinners with fish from the lagoon were awesome. Their chef is gifted with a great feel of subtle taste points. The owners have worked hard to blend the small dwellings in with the natural topography with thoughtful/enhanced plantings and water features/pools. We were really lucky to see a pair of White-tailed Tropic Birds selecting a nest site in the forest across the super steep forest/shrub slope. This is a pelagic bird not often seen on land, except during nesting season.