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“A nightmare stop in Bora Bora”
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Sunset Hill Lodge
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
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Rome, Italy
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A nightmare stop in Bora Bora”
Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

i read many positive reviews on this accomodation and decided to book a studio for 6 nights for our HONEYMOON! It was a terrible mistake! my husband and me are not used to go to 5* star hotels, we rather prefer traditional hotels/b&b...but for me some kind of service are essential everywhere! we were in bora bora but far away from the sea!yes it was possible to rent bikes for free but they were in very poor conditions and on our way for the beach the bike' wheel blew out and we had to came back by foot! in vaitape there are many many stray dogs and its not so safe going around by bike or by foot above all during the night! then, Sunset Hill is not close to any bar/ restaurants and also to reach shops and roulottes you have to walk for 2 km! theres no privacy in the room cause there are small curtain and mantainance works were in progress so it wasnt relaxing at all!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Curitiba, PR
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Thank you Gerard for helping make our trip to Bora Bora a remarkable one! We had a very comfortable stay at the Lodge, and the rooms are spacious, well appointed and have a beautiful view of the bay. Gerard is a great host, most helpful!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for a week and I have nothing but good things to say. As with all the other reviewers, Gerard is a great host. He really takes care of the property and is always making improvements to make the property better. When I left, he was working on a BBQ area for guests to use and socialize. There's free wifi, laundry and pick up/drop off. Anything you need, he will help you with. Free use of the pool at Mai Kai, free use of bikes, kayaks, and a lift to and from the beach if needed. I stayed in the small bungalow which was enough for me. The bed is up some stairs and there's a private outdoor shower, plus equipped kitchenette. The super market is very close with fresh baked baguettes daily. If you are not staying in an over the water bungalow, than stay here. You can't find a better deal on bora bora.

Stayed February 2014
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Seoul, South Korea
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

The rooms here are completely self-sufficient so you can easily live out of them. Bikes are free. And the owner is very friendly and helpful about anything you need to know about the island.

Only downside is distance from a good beech. But the ease of coming and going, combined with the price and service, more than make up for it.

Quite a few insects though, so if you're squirmy keep everything shut down at night and you'll be mostly ok.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

My husband and I stayed at Sunset Hill Lodge in the bungalow on stilts for our honeymoon. Gerald was an amazing host. He let us use his bikes (for free) and kayaks (for a minimal fee) with directions on the best places to visit on the island. He has connections with many of the locals and was able to “hook us up” with incredibly inexpensive and amazing tours as well as a free trip to his friend’s private island! The Bungalow on stilts was clean, comfortable and affordable. In addition, there was a great central barbeque and outdoor meeting space at the lodge. The outdoor area was extremely comfortable with beautiful views. My husband and I really enjoyed hanging out in this area reading our books and meeting the other guest of Sunset Hill Lodge. The lodge is also in a great central location on the island. It is within walking distance to the downtown area, including many shops, grocery stores and restaurants! I would recommend these accommodations to any travel that is looking to do Bora Bora on a budget. One piece of advice, you may want to bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper – there are a lot of roosters in the neighborhood.

Room Tip: I recommend the bungalow on stilts.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

I stayed here for one night before we went to 5 star honeymoon experience to fit our trip into budget. I was happy with the place. We reached here Midday and thought of saving some $$ by staying here for 1 night! Its definitely Value for money. Happy about my decision!! Theres a nice place in walking distance from here where we enjoyed cocktails and dinner. It was much better than other famous restaurants. Gerard was very helpful. He picked up up from the port, helped us with breakfast and dropped us to IC Le Moana. This place is an amazing value for money in middle of expensive Bora Bora

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

I had read a lot of reviews about Sunset Hill Lodge when researching about Bora Bora and decided to book a room at the pension. When I arrived at Gerard's apartments (which is in the heart of Vaitape) they were simply amazing! I stayed in the bungalow on stilts (which has great views of the lagoon) and the views I had of Mt Otemanu every morning were simply breathtaking! The room was very cozy, had a super comfortable bed and A/C! It was almost a 5 min walk to the biggest supermarket on the island.. Super U (which has everything you can think of) and his apartments is also near St James Restaurant (fish dishes is amazing here!)

I'd say the only downside to Sunset Hill Lodge is that its not near Matira Beach (its about a 40 min bike ride and well don't even think about walking.....). Gerard's hospitality was second to none, he'd always tell me places to visit, tours to go on and also drive and pick me up from Matira Beach and meeting Rapunzel (his dog) was a pleasure too.... I wanted to take her back to London! I will definitely come back here when I go back to Bora Bora! Thank you for everything Gerard!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Sunset Hill Lodge
Address: BP 58 Vaitape | Lewards Islands, 98730, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
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Furnished accommodations close to Vaitape's village. ... more   less 
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