Honest Opinion on Moorea Hotel Choice

Apr 15th, 2001, 06:21 PM
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Just wanted to thank you all for your advice and input. We ended up changing travel agents - and we are so glad that we did! We lost our $200 deposit, but our new travel agent gave us a $200 credit to compensate for that. We booked our accomodations at the Sheraton, and I must admit, I immediately felt better. We are very much looking forward to leaving on our honeymoon in 6 weeks. Thanks again for everyone's advice.
Apr 20th, 2001, 03:54 PM
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My husband and I were in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea last May. We stayed at Hotel Bora Bora which was absolutely wonderful. The staff was the most accommodating I have ever seen and so friendly. It was not our honeymoon, but we both thought that would be the ultimate place on earth to begin a life together - just total privacy - not a lot of activities there, though. Following our stay on Bora Bora, we went to the Beachcomber Parkroyal on Moorea and found it to be just the opposite.

We had a beachfront bungalow there, and it had no screens; so, we had to keep the door closed at night. Not that we were afraid of bugs, because they sprayed to the point that I felt it was unhealthy, (one of the staff even wore a gas mask), but anything could have slithered into the bungalow.

I am not sure the bungalow was dirty; it just looked worn to me, and the bathroom was very inexpensively tiled and dingy.

The staff for the most part was totally disinterested in the needs of the guests, and some were borderline rude. It was of course so much more evident to us because we had just come out of the opposite situation.

The bottom line is that we were supposed to be there 4 nights; however, we left and came home after the first night. Despite the fact that we had to pay for the second night as well as cut our trip short, we were just happy to be out of there. We, also, shared the ride back to the airport with another couple both of whom were very dissatisfied with their stay, also.

I have no idea what the Sheraton is like, but it has to be better than Parkroyal. Also, you might want to check Le Sofitel. It looked very nice, and I liked its location much better than Parkroyal's.

Good luck on your trip and your impending wedding. Despite my negative comments about the hotel, Moorea is an
absolutely beautiful island.


Apr 25th, 2001, 01:35 PM
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moorea is the most beautiful place in the world. total paradise. we stayed years ago at the old moorea lagoon which is think is now the sheraton moorea lagoon. the location is great. the beach was very lovely. have the best time of your life.
Apr 26th, 2001, 03:51 PM
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We just returned from the Beachcomber in Moorea. I have only the highest regards for it! We thought it was wonderful! We did however get a newly renovated beach bungalow...we bet we were maybe the first people in it. We found the staff to be attentive. The only thing that wasn't great was the porter service (Just a warning)

We had a *wonderful* time at the parkroyal. Actually we found our room at the Parkroyal to be cleaner than our room at Hotel Bora Bora! It was NOT like spring break. Also we heard from everyone that stayed at the Sheraton, that the resturant gave numerous people food poising several times.

The construction at the beachcomber we didn't find to be distrubing at all. Right now I think they are almost completed.
Apr 30th, 2001, 07:46 PM
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Our tour guide told us, if I am not mistaken, that the Sheraton is a new hotel,but that the beach is manmade and is not to be compared with the natural beach found at places such as the Soffitel where we stayed. Anyeway, hope this helps!
May 5th, 2001, 06:01 PM
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Last night at this time I was at the Sheraton Hotel in Moorea....now one of our favorite hotels in the world after 20 plus trips to Europe and other points.

The over the water bungalows are class. The setting is quiet and I never heard one cruise ship as some poster mentioned. We were there six full nights and enjoyed it very much. Also visited the other hotels mentioned and the Sheraton still tops.

The Dolphin Quest at Beachcomber is very good. Swim with the Dolphins! Well worth the money.
May 15th, 2001, 06:44 AM
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Just returned from Tahiti, including 4 nites at the Beachcomer in Moorea. Have posted comments elsewhere so will only say here that it was not GOOD. If you can get an OV bungalow, perhaps you will have a better experience, our room was a "garden" view room, very tatty, and dirty in all respects, with mold and mildew, broken furniture, sagging beds, and view of a 9 ft plywood fence instead of garden or beach. Of course, we were charged the 5 star price, which we very much resented. Construction is in full swing and it is very noisy near the public areas, reception, pool, etc. It was a real down for us. I would reconsider if you are booked here.
Jun 11th, 2001, 04:33 PM
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my wife and i spent our honeymoon in bora bora, moorea, and a couple of nights in tahiti. in my opinion if you're going to travel all that way go to bora bora and stay there. after 6 nights at the hotel bora bora the sofitel on moorea felt like a sleazy roadside motel. we switched after one night to the beachcomer which was nice, but overall moorea really doesn't compare to bora bora. interestingly, my wife and i also found the people on moorea to be significantly less personable than those on bora bora.
Jun 11th, 2001, 06:02 PM
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It has been at least 25 years since we have been to the islands of French Polnesia and at that time cost or conditions were not improving from prior visits. In fact costs were so bad that the French government decided to reduce taxes on booze for tourists. To our minds our last experience the last post is truth. For pure island beauty there is no other island like Bora Bora in the world and for location there is no place like the Hotel Bora Bora. Overwater rooms are not necessary to enjoy the island and in fact I have no idea why anybody thinks that they would want one other than the idea. The only place we have been in an overwater room that had anything to offer was in Raiatea for the sound of the water rushing unter the room at night. As in all parts of the world the thing that is improtant is location location location and the Hotel Bora Bora has the best. You can eat better for less at other locations on the island. A night walk around the lagoon to dinner is worth its weight in gold along a night snorkel with manta rays off of the dock at the Hotel Bora Bora. Just hope that the island is not on water rationing which happens now and then.
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