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Hotel Village Temanuata Hotel 3 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

In our view, the Temanuata Village is too expensive for the quality of the accommodation and the services on offer. This aspect will come out in our commentary, but beyond these fee-related considerations, there is something that you should know about Bora Bora: it is currently a better idea to stay in a three-star hotel than in a guest house or a bed and breakfast. As hotels are offering all sorts of different offers at the moment to attract tourists, which is not the case with the local guesthouse or bed and breakfast. Let's hope that these establishments soon pick up on the trend, because so far they are the most expensive form of accommodation in Polynesia.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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      Village Temanuata   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 3.0 /10

    On the beach of Matira point (on the hotel side). The Temanuata is right next to the Moana Intercontinental. Vaitape is some 5 mi away and the airport (on motu Mute) is approximately 10 mi away. You will have to take a taxi to get to Vaitape (it will take around a quarter of an hour and cost ?13). You must also pass through Vaitape to get to the airport; on arriving at the airport you must take the Bora Bora shuttle (free) that leaves from the luggage terminal. It will take you to Vaitape ferry terminal in a quarter of an hour. For your return trip, the ferry leaves the terminal approximately one hour and a quarter before the plane takes off (the timetable is posted on the pontoon). The Temanuata Village organises your transfer to and from the airport (prices start at ?11 for a return ticket).

    Accommodation 5.95 /10

    Two of Temanuata Village's eleven bungalows are located on the beach, facing the sea. The others are located further back, in the gardens. The bungalows directly behind the beach bungalows boast a seaview and are sold as such, but in reality the view is partially hidden by vegetation. The major snag of these accommodation units is the lack of space, inside as well as out. The rooms are only 150 sq ft, the bathrooms at the far end of the bungalows are 30 sq ft and the tiled terracse (in front of the bungalows) cover some 85 sq ft, and are very appreciated. However, you won't even have sat down and you will already notice, despite the verdant setting, that your bungalow terrace looks straight onto the opposite bungalow. Unless you build walls around the estate, the layout is not ideal for relaxation. In terms of facilities, only one bungalow (intended for 4 to 5 people and more expensive than the other bungalows meant for two) includes a kitchen. The other bungalows have to make do with a fridge and a kettle. There is also some tableware (bowls, plates, spoons, etc.). For your food shop, there is a grocery store some 1,500 ft away. In terms of amenities, thankfully, all the bungalows have ceiling fans which provide fresh air and compensate for the lack of air-conditioning. However, don't waste your time looking for a television, there isn't one. The same goes for the phone (the only available one is at the reception desk). Given the small size of the bathrooms too, they don't have a bathtub, but a shower instead. Despite all this, it is apparent that some effort has been put into decorating the rooms: pareos decking the walls, plaited niau hanging from the partitions.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    The estate is long and narrow, and lies perpendicular to Matira beach. The bungalows are located on either side of a footpath, surrounded by a tropical garden (trees with tiare flowers, bougainvillea and evergreens); the setting seems idyllic, but in reality, you can count the steps from one fare to the next and the terraces under the pandanus roofs face one another. The estate also offers no other relaxation areas other than the bungalows. Given the circumstances, the best thing to do is to rent a bike at the reception desk (around ?13 per day) and enjoy a pleasant ride along Matira point. In fact, it is possible to cycle around the entire island of Bora Bora (less than 20 mi of tarmac road). Bring some food and water along with you though as shops are scarce along the way. There are also several lagoon excursions that you can reserve at Temanuata Village: they are unfortunately quite expensive (?34 for the excursion that will take you to the Piti Aau motu), but these are the standard rates in Bora Bora (and in the rest of Polynesia). We eagerly look forward to the day when excursion organisers also put their prices down, as the hotels have done!

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    Another thing that you won't find in Temanuata Village is a restaurant. Nor is there a dining-room for your breakfast (which you must order a day in advance). As breakfast is not included in the price, we endeavoured to make an assessment of this service, and concluded that its quality was rather average. It can be a good solution when you first arrive in Bora Bora, but for ?8, you won't get much to eat: a croissant, a pain au chocolat, some cellophane-wrapped jam, a tea bag and some instant coffee. You pick it up at the reception desk and eat it in your bungalow or on your terrace (furnished with a table and chairs). For lunch and dinner here, you will have to eat out. If you follow the road to Anau for approximately 1,500 ft you will come across a couple of good and affordable restaurants (pizzas, pasta, Tahiti-style raw fish or mahi-mahi, the dolphin-fish). It will only take you about 10 minutes to get there on foot.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    The beach is a continuation of the Moana Intercontinental beach. Attentive readers will undoubtedly be asking themselves why one of these beaches (Moana) gets a score of 16/20, whereas the other (Temanuata) only scores 13.5/20. It is true, the quality of the sand is the same (white and fine) the water too (crystal clear), but... the equipment is not quite the same. The equipment on the Temanuata beach includes plastic deck chairs and that's about it! The Temanuata does not lend out any equipment either (no flippers, snorkelling gear, kayaks or Polynesian pirogues). The only option is to splash around in the beautiful Bora Bora lagoon. The seabed is mainly sand but, to play it safe, you might consider wearing a pair of plastic sandals or rubber shoes (which you'll need wherever you go in Polynesia).

    To know

    The Temanuata Village offers a bed and breakfast service (the estate doesn't have any restaurants and with one exception the accommodation doesn't include kitchens), however, the rates are close to those you might find in a 3-star hotel. When we were there, the price of a bungalow for a single guest was ?132 and ?133 for two guests (per night). As there are fewer tourists in Bora Bora than there used to be, hotels have been forced to reduce their rates. In terms of 3-star establishments on Matira point, we recommend the Maitai and the Bora Bora Beach Resort (formerly Novotel). The rooms cost around ?150 per night and you get much more comfort and space.
    Accommodation tip:
    Ask for a bungalow facing the beach: there are only two of these, but the other bungalows, located further back, face each other on either side of an alley that runs through the estate.
    Another possibility: the 4 bungalows at Temanuata Iti ('little Temanuata'). These are located on the public beach of Matira point, some 2,400 ft from Temanuata Village. These four accommodation units afford a garden view, but you have to cross a road in order to gain access to the beach; it's a good deal if you manage to benefit from a special offer on the prices.
    Prices and reservations on www.temanuata.com.

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    advantage

    • Accommodation includes a fridge and a kettle
    • On Matira point beach, close to restaurants and shops

    disadvantages

    • Only one bungalow with a kitchen
    • No water sports equipment
    • Fares are close to each other (small estate)

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