We spent 18 days touring the various islands, and started with 4 days/3 nights on Moorea. When the trip was over, we both felt that Moorea was our absolute favorite. Very laid back - we had a rental car, and spent a lot of our time just driving around and experiencing the island on our own. It didn't hurt at all that we had chosen to stay at Fenua Mata'i'oa. This is an amazing property if you are looking for something different than an overwater bungalow at a chain hotel (which we did later, in Bora Bora, to have that experience, too.)
We stayed in the Princess Lokelani suite, and it was absolutely lovely. Opened onto a private deck, and was very secluded, which was important to us. The furnishings are phenomenal - not only in the rooms, but also throughout the property and even through the gardens and deck areas. Everywhere you look there is something new and unique to see. Eileen was once a designer and collector, and her personal eclectic style is really right on the mark. We felt so 'at home' in this space immediately.
We arrived in Papeete on an early morning flight, so it was still only 9 am when we got to the hotel. We were able to check right in (thank goodness), and then Eileen whipped up a fantastic continental breakfast for us on the spot. We actually loved having breakfast there every morning - we had a beautiful little table in an alcove looking out over the water, and the amount of food was more than we could ever have eaten! We had dinner there one night as well, and the food was amazing. I don't eat seafood or duck, and Eileen was super helpful in whipping up a ginger chicken dish that was out of this world. We definitely never went hungry, and the setting was very romantic.
All in all, I highly recommend this property. It's a little farther from the dock than the major hotels (which is a huge bonus as far as we were concerned), so I also suggest renting a car so you can come and go as you please and explore the island. If you even want to leave, that is...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at edge of a turquoise lagoon, in a garden tropical paradise, hotel Fenua Mata'i'oa is an unique place in Polynesia. Luxury and original suites, a fairy tale decor for a dream holiday ..... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fenua Mata'I'oa Moorea/Haapiti