Need To Know
121, including 66 suites.
11am; check-in, 2pm. Late check-outs in low season, subject to availability, cost 50 per cent of the room tariff before 6pm; after 6pm, you'll need to pay for an extra night.
Double rooms from $180.63 (XPF15,600), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates usually exclude breakfast.
Work out those surfing knots at Manea Spa, where facials, massages, body scrubs and mani-pedis draw on swoon-worthy local Monoi oil (a heady mix of coconut and tiare flowers).
At the hotel
Spa, boutique, gym, excursion desk, ice-machine, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player, minibar, desk, kitchenette. All feature a bath and shower; above entry-level Guest Rooms you'll also get a terrace.
Our favourite rooms
All bedrooms are fairly spacious, with bold modern Polynesian interiors care of local architect Bruno Hervochon, and a choice of garden/mountain or lagoon views. The latter definitely tick the Tahiti paradise box, so opt for a Lagoon Studio Suite or Lagoon Suite if you can. Larger one- to three-bedroom duplexes and suites flaunt space to swing an even bigger cat.
With a sexy outdoor infinity pool cheek-by-jowl with the milky-blue lagoon, Manava has stylish swimming sorted. Chill out on a lounger, perch at the tune-toting swim-up bar or pop to the pontoon to large it up in the lagoon. Water-jets pour from the curvy stone wall fringing the pool for a faux-waterfall feel.
Bring an extra bag for stashing souvenirs from Pape'ete's vibrant market, perfect for picking up tropical-print pareus (sarongs), tiki (sacred figurines) and vanilla, coconut and tiare-flower toiletries. Manava's lobby boutique is a savvy spot for styish buys, too.
Pets are not permitted.
Kids up to age 14 can dine on children's menu meals gratis, and can stay in your room for free on a converted sofa-bed (or bag an extra rollaway bed for a fee).
Manava recycles, uses eco cleaning products and sources food locally.