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“Living in Paradise!”
Robinson's Cove Villas - Boutique property in Moorea Island in the stunning Opunohu bay.
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Robinson's Cove Villas - Boutique property in Moorea Island in the stunning Opunohu bay.
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Papetoai, Moorea, Society Islands

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Terry N
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Living in Paradise!”
Reviewed 18 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We chose to rent the Cook Villa for the first week of our honeymoon because we did not want to spend the whole two weeks at a resort; we wanted to be able to come and go as we pleased, cook some meals and spend time "at home". This villa was pure paradise. We were picked up at the ferry on time by a taxi that Dennis hired for us, Alix, the caretaker, greeted us, showed us around the house, and gave us suggestions of things to do and restaurants to try. French is her first language, but we were able to communicate in English pretty well. This house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms; I would suggest it for one couple, two couples, or a family, as I think the loft would only be comfortable for children. All of the bay-facing walls are large glass sliding doors, which open up the whole house during the day. The kitchen had surprisingly new appliances and all the basic cooking tools you would need. The washer and dryer were a plus! Outside there is an outdoor couch, chaise lounges with pillow-like cushions, a table and chairs, and plastic chairs on the beach, so you can relax outside all day and into the night! The view from the house is incredible, I took so many pictures of the mountain across the bay, the opening to the bay, and underwater on the coral wall where we snorkeled every day. A lot of the reviews and the packet Dennis provided warned about bugs, so I had feared large creepy things, but the house was spotless when we arrived, and we didn't see many more bugs than the mosquitoes at night and super tiny ants, both of which we easily warded off with coils, an ant trap, and putting away food asap. The house is beautifully and uniquely decorated; you can tell that Dennis really loves this place. The outdoor shower which looks out over the bay really feels like a Polynesian oasis. There were speakers and a cord for plugging in our ipod, which was great for hanging out at night with some music! The only downside I found was that the mattress in the master bedroom was pretty hard, so I was ready for a hotel bed after 6 nights.
We relaxed, snorkeled on the beautiful coral wall right in front of the house, kayaked in the bay, cooked some meals and ate some out, did an ATV tour, went diving, and napped a lot! On our first day of scuba diving we went with the suggested scuba company, which is located at the Moorea Pearl resort. The resort is definitely more French guests than English-speaking, but the dive guide didn't seem to mind saying everything in French and English. We thought the dives would be in the same place if we went with them again, so we did our second day of diving at the Intercontinental resort, which was a larger, but more crowded boat. The ATV tour was fun, but was a bit slow for us - we spent a lot of time stopped and waiting for everyone to get back on their ATVs - again, the guide did not mind saying everything in French and then English. A hiking guide was suggested in the packet provided by Dennis, but the price was about $300 I think, so we opted to find the Three Coconut Pass trail on our own from Belvedere Lookout. It turned out to be pretty easy to follow - there aren't any signs, but for the most part there was just one path and we ran into enough hikers who helped us that it was really easy.
Having the rental car was great - there is just one main road around the whole island, so navigating is easy. The whole island felt very safe - we did lock up the house whenever we left, but felt totally comfortable driving around or going for a run on the road. We went to some restaurants and enjoyed some meals at the resorts on the island - Hilton, Sofitel, and Legends. Best restaurants we went to were Snack Mahana, Les Tipianeres, and "K" at the Sofitel resort.

Overall, it was the most wonderful vacation experience we have ever had and a great place to enjoy the beginning of our honeymoon - we went to the Four Seasons at Bora Bora the following week, which was also wonderful. Dennis was so helpful before the trip and Alix was available for any questions and even for making reservations for us! Pepsi, Alix's dog, is of course the best - she hung out with us everyday on our deck and had excellent manners. We genuinely plan on coming back to Cook Villa with another couple one day, as it is pure paradise!

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Liked best: The outdoor space - deck, beach, and snorkeling
Liked least: the bed - too hard for my preference
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Carla K
Fort Davis, TX
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“The convenience of home with the ambiance of paradise”
Reviewed 8 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

We had read the reviews here and had seen the photos, so we expected a great experience. We were not disappointed. Cook Villa was the perfect size for the 4 adults on our trip. As "foodies" we loved the well-stocked kitchen, with lots of dinnerware, cookware, utensils and spices already on hand. The nearby market had plenty of interesting food for economical cooking options. The house was spacious and clean, offering lots of helpful items you would have at your own home. Alix was a gracioius and attentative hostess, who greeted us with a lot of very helpful information. Robinson Cove arranged for a car and boat rental, which was all handled seamlessly. We had easy access to the motus for snorkeling, and were able to drive to anywhere on the island for sightseeing and shopping. The wifi allowed us to touch base with our businesses without being an interruption to our relaxation. We truly got our money's worth and would go again in a heartbeat.

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Liked best: Proximity to the water
Liked least: Lack of hot water in mornings (because of solar heating)
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mccrazyon...
Houston, Texas
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“Lost In Paradise, and Loving Every Minute Of It!”
Reviewed 19 August 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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July 25- August 5, 2012. The best 12 days of our lives! We have booked a number of vacation homes online and all have been great, but they always do not live up to their billing. That is not the case with Villa Wallis and Robinson's Cove Villas. This wonderful Villa and location were so much more than expected or advertised. Nothing that is written or photographed can prepare you for the beauty of the Villa and Opunuho Bay and Moorea. It is beyond description, it has to be experienced,

We started making our plans with the owner Denis over about a year before our visit. He was extremely helpful the whole way. We exchanged emails many times over the course of the year. He answered all our questions. He and his family live in France so it sometimes took a day or so to hear back, but always did and with all the information we requested. The packet of information he send you is invaluable. It was full of great information for the trip. Making the reservation was easy!

Upon arrival in Tahiti, we took the Aremiti 5 Ferry to Moorea at 7:30 a.m. Upon leaving the ferry we were greeted by our transfer to Robinson's Cove and Villa Wallis and whisked away for a beautiful ride around Cooks Bay to Opunuho Bay. We were greeted at the gate by Alix, the caretaker, and immediately shown to Villa Wallis. Denis, was staying at Villa Cook while we were there and came over to introduce himself and show us around personally with Alix. He was a wealth of information on what to do in Moorea and each piece of advice or suggestion was worthwhile. Each one a hit! He also showed us the Ford Focus we included in the rental with Wallis. You must have the car here to enjoy the island and get around.

Villa Wallis was amazing! More beautiful than the pictures and very comfortable to say the least. The bed was perfect as was the kitchen, shower area deck, beach and everything else that was Robinson's Cove. We had great baguettes on the deck every morning with local jam and were given passion fruit grown on the tree out back by Denis' wife Sandrine. Try them! The Villa was fabulous! The beach private and the best place to while away the days. We would have a visit from Pepsi, the dog each day and we were entertained by her all day. She comes on the deck, but knows not to enter the house. The snorkeling out front is so nice. The water so clear and then when you get to the drop off it turns the most deep blue you have ever seen. A small grill is onsite if you want to buy some local fish and have a cook out as we did. The deck is a perfect place to relax at night with t punch or Hinano beer. You have more than you need here and the spectacular view through the glass sliding doors every morning when you wake up of the Bay and the two mountains across the Bay. Spectacular, and we miss it to this day. You will have no problem occupying your time here! This is paradise like you have never seen!

The store in Maharepa became our favorite. Its a short drive or a 2 1/2 hr. walk there if you try it like we did but take a cab back. The store is well equipped and alcohol sales stop after 7 p.m. as we found out at the checkout. So much to do here. The horseback riding was fantastic (DO IT), the boat to Motu Moea for lunch at Coco Beach was the absolute most fun we had the whole time. We rented the boar from Charlotte at Locaboat at the Le Tapaniers Hotel. The snorkeling on the way to the Motu with the rays and black tip sharks was fine as was snorkeling afterward between the two Motu's. The lunch at Coco Beach was excellent! (DO IT). Tiki Village was fine! The traditional Feast at Pinapo Beach, not to be missed. The snacks were all wonderful, Great pizza at Allo Pizza and Piza Daniel and even the Hotel Intercontinental. We both got tattoos from James Samuela while there. We bought pearls from Eva Perles in Maharepa.

The whole place was amazing. Get out and walk a little and see things from that perspective, but most of all relax, enjoy and realize you are one of the lucky ones to be staying at Robinson's Cove Villas and to be living on Moorea for the time you are there. It is all magical and beyond description. Do note have any hesitation with renting this Villa. You will not be disappointed in the least. Everything went as planned and effortlessly.
Unfortunately, when we left Alix had arranged the transfer back to the ferry and it arrived on time and we had to leave! So heartbreaking for both of us! We will alway carry Robinson's Cove, Opunuho Bay, Moorea, and Villa Wallis with us forever. Thanks so much to Denis, Sandrine, Kimberly, Alix, and Pepsi for being the best of hosts and having such a wonderful place for all of us to visit and be a part of! We were truly blessed.
As far as the deposit refund, well we left the morning of the 5th to go to Huahine for a few days and when I checked my email the 6th (next day) it had been posted on my PayPal account! Unreal!
Mauruuru Robinson's Cove Villas!

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Liked best: The boat rental to the Motu.
Liked least: Laeving!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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NDGTravel...
Montreal, Canada
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74 reviews
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“A perfect holiday”
Reviewed 14 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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I planned our Polynesian vacation without my husband's input, so he had no idea what to expect. But during our week at Robinson's Cove, he kept repeating comments like "...I can't believe how terrific this place is!" and "...You are so amazing to have found this incredible house!". So that gives you an idea of how much we enjoyed our stay. Denis was very helpful before our arrival, and Alix was super during our stay. The location of the house was amazing, right on the water, with excellent snorkeling right there in front of the house. The house itself was airy and spacious, clean and well kept, and we felt instantly comfortable - despite being Canadians far from home! We found the breezes off the water were ideal here, and only used the bedroom A/C for an hour during our whole week's stay --- other places we visited in FP were more humid, but not Robinson's Cove. A real highlight for me was spending time on the gorgeous wrap around porch. It's very private, and the outdoor furnishings are high quality and terrifically comfortable -- there's a long cushioned sofa, two long cushioned chairs, a hammock, and a lovely table with 4 cushioned chairs. When your goal is to relax, read, nap and watch the scenery, it's important to have comfy places to do so. Robinson's Cove really provided this. The car was great, easy to drive, and was an excellent addition to our stay, I'd definitely recommend hiring the car with the house. The kitchen was also super - it's so much less stressful to be able to eat at "home" vs always having to go out and buy all your meals at a hotel dining room or restaurant. There are lots of yummy restaurants around though, so you do have plenty of choices. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Robinson's Cove, particularly as a private romantic getaway for two...it was perfect!!

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Liked best: The view from my deck chair
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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MrsArnold
Singapore, Singapore
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“Fantastic villa in a tropical paradise”
Reviewed 7 March 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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Moorea is a magical place, staying here (Villa Wallis, the middle of the 3 properties) was such a treat. For the brief time we were there we felt we were part of island life.

Villa Wallis is beautiful; spacious with indoor & outdoor living, newly built, very clean, and incredibly located on it's own small beach in Opunohu Bay. So tranquil and (I think) the most beautiful of the two bays.

Our Highlights:
- Stepping off the deck and snorkeling in the bay is fantastic, there's a fish filled reef steps into the water and an impressive underwater cliff.
- picking passionfruit off the vine in the front garden for breakfast
- listening to the ocean at night in bed
- all day sun on our beach
- we loved the freedom of the car (which came with the villa) to explore the whole island; buying fruit & fish off the roadside, hiring Kayaks to paddle ourselves to the motu's, going for lunch at 'Snack Mahana'
- The worlds politest dog, Pepsi, lives next door (with Alix), she won't come in unless invited (& never begs for food), but she is delightful and very much added to our experience
- Alix is super helpful and arranged a private boat trip (Polynesian Spirit); there are so many things to do on Moorea which were explained when we arrived

Also good; wi-fi & some much needed A/C in the bedroom.

Packing tips; snorkel/mask & flippers, lots of strong sunscreen. Lots of Mosquito repellent (we were 90% covered in deet and still got bitten, alot!). If you like DVD's, the player works with European ones.

Overall an excellent property on an exceptional island, I highly recommend them and hope one day to be back!

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Liked best: Location; being on your on your own little beach in Opunhou bay steps from the water & coral
Liked least: Mosquitos!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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nursjj18
santa rosa, california
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“Best Vacation of our lives so far!”
Reviewed 10 May 2011 for a stay in April 2011
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Where do I begin... Almost a year ago we began planning our trip to Moorea. I found Robinson's Cove without really looking & knew we had to go! Denis, Alix & the Robinson's Cove property did not disappoint us!

We stayed in the Villa Wallis bungalow. It's the newest of the 3 villas & absolutely beautiful! The villa is spacious with an open living area & a loft upstairs for multiple guests. It has dark wood everywhere, beautiful chic island decor, and the entire half of the villa can be opened! There are many windows & fans & 2 very large pocket style sliding glass doors that make the entire half of the villa open to the most beautiful views of Opunuha Bay! This villa has a full kitchen with dishwasher, washer/dryer, large beautiful bathroom & tiled open rain water shower. The bedroom has a large closet & shelving hidden by a wall & the comfy bed faces the large door looking out into the bay. The best part about this villa is the large deck with full table/chairs, chaise lounges, sofa, hammock & steps down to your own private beach leading to crystal clear ocean & reef with shelf drop off perfect for snorkeling!! We snorkeled tons & saw 2 eels, an octopus and tons of beautiful exotic fish! We used the kitchen every day & cooked most of our meals ourselves from fresh food/produce from the markets on the island.

We stayed 10 nights 11 days & we were accommodated to the fullest extent. Our rental included a car & shuttle to & from the airport. Alix & her daughter live on the property & were so very helpful & we hardly noticed she was there! Being that this paradise is on an island you may have a few kinks to work out when staying here. But rest assured there are no kinks that can't be worked out & that will make your paradise vacation any less enjoyable. We came to Robinson's Cove during a drought and had some water pressure issues initially but it was totally doable. We got a huge tropical storm on day 4 I think & our water problems were essentially solved! Also, being on an island paradise there are bugs as can be expected, but nothing large, ants, a rare beetle type bug, but mostly Mosquitos. The local stores have coils & bug spray better than anything one can buy in the US!! Mainly at dusk is when the Mosquitos come out, and rest assured, every mosquito bite was worth the absolute paradise!! The coils & spray work wonders!

Moorea is a small island with local people living & working on the island, which makes it a much slower pace/life on this island. We chose Moorea for this reason. We wanted to slow down, relax, enjoy the beauty of the island & really catch up on some much needed R&R! We loved exploring the island & getting a great taste of the local life. There are good restaurants to eat & an amazing spa "Helene Spa" at the Intercontinental hotel and there are other excursions you can do although we chose to relax more than play.

Robinson's Cove made our much needed vacation in paradise a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate & recharge. The villa was perfect & we couldn't have asked for anything more perfect for our dream vacation come true! Thank you Denis & Alix! We hope to return one day in the future & would definitely come back to Robinson's Cove!!

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adventure...
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“A Truly Wonderful Place”
Reviewed 6 March 2011 for a stay in February 2011
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Moorea was our last stop on a six week Polynesian tour of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Huahine, and Raiatea. Robinson's Cove was a great climax to our trip - lovely accommodations on the most beautiful Bay on the most beautiful island.

The hut had such wonderful spaces- large, open rooms with a huge wraparound porch. The sliding doors slide completely out of the way so that the inside space is seamless to the outside. The many lights illuminate the outside beautifully at night. The outdoor showers were really well done, and a real treat. The kitchen was modern and well-equiped.

But the real treat is the location. It is quite private, and right on a beautiful beach. The snorkeling is fantastic right in front of the hut, but not great for swimming as the coral is only a couple of feet below the surface until 50 feet or so out, and then there is a underwater cliff. The scenery is spectacular, and Opunohu Bay is virtually unspoiled.

We had rented a car from Denis, the owner, and it was very worthwhile. The island is beautiful, and appears to have some good places to eat, although it is so beautiful at Robinson's Cove that we rarely went out in the evening. A trip to the Belvedere is a must; it is a truly spectacular vista overlooking Cooks and Opunohu Bays.

Denis was very pleasant and easy to deal with over the internet, and had many suggestions of places to visit and things to do. Alix lives next door and does an excellent job of looking after anything you might need, without being obtrusive in any way.

We loved it here -beautiful, private, quiet, and romantic.

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