Worth getting out of bed for
Although there's a small beach at the hotel, this is really a lagoon scene, so expect to get active in the water. The pool is a major magnet for families at the resort, especially at weekends, but you can still find peaceful times to float at its infinity edge (we like the witty surfboard-shaped showers beside the Pool Fare hut, the go-to spot for beach towels and snorkelling kit). There's also a poolside Jacuzzi, sunloungers and pool umbrellas for chilling out. It's definitely worth a snorkel session here, as the reef drops off dramatically just after the Premium Overwater Bungalows, attracting myriad lagoon life. Climb down the ladder off the pontoon and you can explore the jaw-dropping fish flocking below. Closer to the pool, Moorea's coral nursery project is also an interesting port of call – snorkel through it to see damaged coral rehoused on an artifical reef. Lagoon swimming is usually pretty tranquil, so will suit the smalls.
Kayaks and canoes can be taken out for free, or fans of buzzier thrills can hire a jet-ski for island tours at extra cost. Other excursions attracting an additional charge include waterskiing, parasailing, lagoon- or deep-sea fishing, dolphin- and whale-watching (in season), sunset catamaran cruises, lagoon tours by canoe, picnics on outlying motu (islands), and the slightly scary sounding glass-bottom boat Aquadisco. Just call into the activity desk, open daily from 7.30am to 4.30pm, for details.
Back on dry land, free fun spans volleyball, badminton, table tennis and pétanque, or fork out to experience jeep safaris, horseriding, quad biking, tours around the island or scenic helicopter rides. You can also hire cars, bicycles or scooters if you fancy exploring under your own steam. Highlights on Moorea include its two dramatic, famous bays, Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, within 10 minute's drive of the hotel, as well as jungle-fringed look-outs and hiking in the vertiginous interior. Two of the island's widest beaches, Temae and Teavaro) can be found on the east coast.
For peaceful pampering, it's hard to go past the resort's intimate Manea Spa, home to a hammam steam room, a power-jet shower, and several tranquil treatment rooms, as well as a pool for aquatic therapies. Treatments draw on Polynesian massage styles and healing philosophies, and harness local ingredients from Monoi oil (a seductive coconut blend) to pineapple, the island's most famous fruit. There's even an in-house tattoo artist, if you'd like to get a tattoo in the respected Polynesian tradition (tattooing was invented here, and styles are bold, abstract and tasteful).
For a spot of shopping, head to the resort's well stocked boutique, or look out for impromptu markets in the lobby, with locals setting up stalls of their wares (mainly jewellery and souvenirs such as tiki figurines). Artists and designers often call in to showcase their pareus (sarongs) and beach fashion out by the pool, which make gorgeous buys to wear by the pool or gift to friends.