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“Delightful!”
Review of La Villa des Sens - CLOSED

La Villa des Sens
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: LA VILLA DES SENS propose dans un cadre contemporain unique, une cuisine du marche mijotee avec poissons, crustaces, fruits et legumes de l'ile. Des recettes originales pleines de saveurs, misant sur la fraicheur et la simplicite. With an extraordinary market fresh cuisine, and a setting unique in all Moorea, La Villa Des Sens is renowned for its exceptional dining experience.
Reviewed 25 May 2013

My husband and I dined here on our last night on Moorea, and had we been there earlier in our trip, we would definitely have returned. Yes, it is expensive, but what is not on Moorea? We had dined at Rudy's, Moorea Beach Cafe and our hotel, and in comparing the check receipts, La Villa did come out a bit higher, but not substantially! However, the food quality, presentation, and unique offerings made it worth the small extra cost. If we had to complain about anything, the service for such a fine restaurant seemed not very well educated; for example, the waitress had to reposition our silverware twice until she had it correct.

I read some comments about the geckos on the ceiling -- they are not lizards, as one person said. You are in the tropics, folks! We found them entertaining and are the price for having this wonderful, outdoor, warm tropic experience.

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Thank carolcottage
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Nelly G, Responsable commercial at La Villa des Sens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2013

Dear carolcottage, Ia Orana,
Thank you very much for posting the above review about our restaurant. We are very pleased to read that La Villa des Sens was your favorite among all, and we have also well noted your comment about service. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful meal here in April, 2013. The wait staff were attentive (one of the better services we have received in French Polynesia.) The food was excellent and not higher priced than the other resorts, although it was expensive. There were a lot of geckos on the walls, which we rather liked. We plan on returning here during our next trip to Moorea. I agree with the reviewer who said it was more like a Michelin star restaurant. I am actually thrilled we finally found a good restaurant in Moorea! I wish it were on the island of Tahiti where we live!

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Thank etoileco
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Nelly G, Responsable commercial at La Villa des Sens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2013

Dear etoileco, Ia Orana,
On behalf of the entire team at La Villa des Sens, let me extend a huge thank you to you for your great review of our restaurant and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Perhaps this restaurant is not for every one on vacation. I would call this a "foodie" restaurant bordering on the quality associated with a restaurant that has been awarded a prestigious Michelin Star. It has a commanding view of the reef, and with the windows open to the patio, the tropical breeze, so famous for French Polynesia, is wonderful. The wine list, lists the best of Bordeaux and Burgundy and accompanies a classic menu. The restaurant has sumptuous surroundings and furnishings, highlighting the all glass walk-in wine cellar. Expensive but worth it for those special occasions.

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1  Thank John H
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Nelly G, Responsable commercial at La Villa des Sens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2013

Thank you very much joheath for your great review and we are very pleased to read that you enjoyed your dinner experience at La Villa des Sens. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime when you return to our beautiful island.

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Reviewed 3 February 2013

we went to moorea and bora bora for our honeymoon and this place was recommended by our travel agent who prob gets a commission because the other hotel members who were going there for dinner were also recommended this place by the same travel agency. it was one of the worst dining experiences of our lives and luckily the rest of our trip was awesome but this was one of those moment ruiners. I truly believe this place is racist, and the french owner is extremely rude.

We went 3 couples from the same hotel, we were seated at the same time and sat near each other. couple 1: jewish couple ( but as the girl had joked.. prob couldnt tell they were jews prob though they were white) , couple 2: asian ( us) couple 3: one white male, one indian woman. couple 1: got their order first , then went to couple 3, then we had to flag him down to say that we would like to place our order.

the first 2 couples got their appetizer, so did we, then we waited for our entree.. we happened to order the same thing as couple 1: however couple 1's order came out first, then couple 3, while we waited. then we waited some more. finally we asked where or order is.. they said its coming.. then the other two couples moved on to dessert while we still had yet to get our entree. so we asked again... the owner rudely said its almost here almost here.. we asked what the trouble was as we ordered the same entrees as the other couple.. and he just walks away. at this pt we are so furious because an hr has passed and we still have not received our meal. the other coiuples are done and ready to pay.. we all have to take the same shuttle. they look at us and offer apologies.. sucks that happened to you.. whats going on. at this pt, we ask for the check we've lost our appteite.. and he keeps insisting its almost there. really an hr wait as now even couples who ordered mmuuuch after us and came in to the restaurant much later than us have already received their entrees. The owner was so rude, we ended up causing a scene. He would not bring us the check, so we walked up and asked for it while the whole restuarant stared.. not once did he offer an apology , he just said your entrees are coming.. wtf. the other couples were angry for us but I guess I have just never really endured such obvious discrimination.

go here if you support racism. the end.

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1  Thank yjs2782
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Nelly G, Responsable commercial at La Villa des Sens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2013

Dear yjs2782, Ia Orana,
Your experience back in July 2012 at La Villa des Sens was previously reported to us by your travel agency, which so you are aware does NOT get any commission for booking guests at La Villa des Sens but simply offer their advice & best recommendations from their long-time expertise of the islands. We are extremely sorry of what happened and what you felt was racism, and sincerely apologize about this, as we take this extremely seriously. The French person who looked after you that night was in no way the owner of the restaurant, and does no longer work within our team. The situation you described and the extreme waiting time you experienced does not reflect our usual level of service, and we are pleased to report that we have appointed a new Executive Chef in September 2012, who has been joined by new team members since then. They would sincerely be happy to serve you, should you return to our beautiful islands some day.

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Reviewed 30 December 2012

Great night celebrating a 50 th birthday
Service excellent
Lots of Mumm champagne
The floor sliding at the end finished it off
And the staff were very accommodating with buckets of soapy water

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Thank Dan M
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Nelly G, Responsable commercial at La Villa des Sens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2013

This was a great night indeed! We sincerely thank you and your group for having this Awards Night at La Villa des Sens!

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