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Hotel Highlights

  • Lagoon-side setting on a fairytale emerald isle
  • Smart, stylish bar and dining space, with pool and lagoon views
  • Intimate spa; spacious rooms, including overwater boudoirs

Overview

Hotel Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa doesn't let its gem of a name down, with a Society Island setting that’s a paradise of velveteen green peaks, brilliant blue bays and luxurious lagoonside living. This elegant and stylish resort doesn’t rest on its natural beauty laurels though – overwater bungalows, a refined restaurant and a seductive spa all add to the allure.

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Here's what you get for booking Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa with us:

A bottle of atoll-grown Tahitian wine

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

40% off Bungalow stays 20% off advance purchase: low season Stay longer: save 20% Stay longer: save 25%

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

94.

Check–out

11am; check-in, 2pm. Late check-outs are subject to availability in low season, for 50 per cent of the tariff before 6pm; after 6pm, you'll need to fork out for an extra night. Changing rooms can be booked on site for transfer days.

Rates

Double rooms from $319.83 (XPF31,000), excluding tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

Escape to the embrace of Manea Spa, a small sanctuary practising the Polynesian tradition of taurumi, a holistic heritage of healing though touch passed down through families. Products draw on local frangipani, tiare flowers, coconut, pineapple, vanilla and sandalwood, and there's a tempting hammam, Vichy rain-showers (set over massage tables) and a pool for aquatic Rumiavai treatments.

At the hotel

Spa, boutique, dive shop, kayaks, outrigger-canoes, jet-skis, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, pétanque, tattooist, coral nursery, WiFi throughout for a fee (XPF2,900 a day). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, sun-deck, own-label toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

If you're a sucker for seclusion, hide away in your own spacious Premium Garden Pool Bungalow, which boast a private plunge pool and deck in a walled garden. Garden View Duplex suit families as they sleep up to four, or opt for a Beach Bungalow to sashay straight to the sand. The Premium Overwater Bungalows are worth the extra price tag for unobstructed views out to the lagoon.

Poolside

It may not be Polynesia's biggest infity pool, but the hotel's sleek watering-hole is a hit with kids and adults alike. Set between the open-air restaurant/bar area and the Overwater Bungalows on the edge of the lagoon, it's a sociable spot for cooling off, fringed with loungers, tropical trees and outdoor showers shaped like surf-boards. Right alongside is the Pool Fare (hut) for snaffling snorkelling gear or beach towels.

Packing tips

The holy trinity of French Polynesia: reef shoes, mosquito repellant and sunscreen.

Also

The hotel is protected by three huge stone Polynesian tiki spiritual statues, guarding the lobby, garden and pool.

Children

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). Babysitting available at additional cost; no lifeguard at the pool.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Main all-day diner Mahana'i Restaurant, set near the pool, is a relaxed affair, with simple wooden tables open to the outdoors. Serving buffet breakfasts, lunch and dinner, it's where you'll probably enjoy most of your meals. The menu spans Polynesian and French cuisine, with desserts and pastries a particular source of pride. Wednesday evenings play host to a Polynesian feast and fire dances, with another local show and seafood buffet on Saturday nights. To rev up the romance, book into adjacent fine-diner Matiehani Restaurant, a candle-lit white-and-wood affair where chef Pascal Bionaz whips up epicurean treats with a Polynesian twist, served with select global wines.

Hotel Bar

An airy, contemporary space hung with stylish black-and-white photos of Polynesian life, poolside Autera'a Bar is definitely a good look. Perch on high bar chairs around the central serving area if you fancy chatting with the staff, or retire to a table for two by the windows or alfresco terrace. Delicious light bites, from salads to seafood, are served, with cocktails for ending the day on a Mai Tai high. Expect cultural activities during the day, such as learning to make floral garlands or poisson cru salads, and laid-back live music on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Last orders

Both restaurants are open until 9.30pm; the bar calls it a day at 4.30pm (sleepy French Polynesia isn't known for partying too hard!).

Room service

Order room service treats from 6.30am to 10.30am or 12 noon until 9pm. Minibars are stocked with the usual suspects, including beer, water, soft drinks and nuts.

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Dress code

Casual elegance rules, upping a notch at night.

Top table

Any of the tables at the front of the bar or restaurant, for the best views out across the pool to the oh-so-alluring lagoon.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

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.

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A caper from Cook's Bay

Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

BP 3410, Temae, 98728 Moorea, French Polynesia, Moorea

Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is in Maharepa village on the north coast of Moorea Island, between the airport and Cook's Bay. Moorea is just 20 kilometres west of sister isle Tahiti in the Society Islands.

Planes

All international flights to French Polynesia touch down at Tahiti's Faa'a Airport (www.tahiti-aeroport.pf), five kilometres west of capital Pape'ete. National carrier Air Tahiti Nui (www.airtahitinui.com) and a clutch of other airlines cover the key routes (for details and flight times see our Tahiti guide). Flights from Tahiti to Moorea take 15 minutes with several options a day. Book via domestic carrier Air Tahiti (www.airtahiti.pf), which offers money-saving AirPasses if you're visiting several islands. Moorea Airport is five-kilometres east of the hotel, a 12-minute drive away. Transfers aren't provided or included in rates.

Automobiles

Moorea has one main, paved road running around the perimeter of the island. Hire a car at the airport, at the ferry quay at Vaiare or through Moorea Pearl if you fancy circumnavigating the isle. Alternatively, ask the hotel about renting bicycles or scooters. Taxis are fairly expensive.

Other

Catamarans (Aremiti 5 and Moorea Express) or ferries (Aremiti Ferry and Moorea Ferry) are the most popular way to reach Moorea from Tahiti, with regular departures in both directions taking just 30 to 50 minutes respectively. From Tahiti's capital Pape'ete, ferries leave from the terminal at the north end of Boulevard Pomaire, arriving at Vaiare quay on Moorea's east coast (buy tickets just before you depart). For charter flights, try Air Archipels (www.air-archipels.com) or Pol'Air (www.compagniepolair.com). When only a chopper will do, contact Tahiti Helicopters (www.tahiti-helicopters.com).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this lagoon-front boutique retreat, a full account of their French Polynesian island getaway will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa on Moorea... …
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Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this lagoon-front boutique retreat, a full account of their French Polynesian island getaway will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa on Moorea...

Lost in a rainbow-bright flock of fish, snorkelling off the reef edge beside Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, you could be forgiven for imagining you were in a parallel universe. Think outer space or a psychedelic dream. Bob up from the water, though, and you'll find yourself in a swank and stylish resort, where luxurious lagoonside living is the norm. What's not normal though is the jaw-dropping setting here, with Moorea Island's made-you-look, ultra-green mountains drawing your eyes up from the water's brilliant blues. You won't get used to it, no matter how long you stay...

'Take it slow, take it steady', goes the Tahitian proverb, and life in French Polynesia encourages you to unwind, albeit in style. You may be rushing on arrival at this retreat, but pretty soon you'll be settling into your chilled out garden or beachside pad – or bag an Overwater Bungalow if the life aquatic is a must, loosening your belt and letting go of all that stress. A session in Manea Spa will certainly help; delicious wining and dining at the smart bar and restaurant seals the deal. Watersports, diving and nature hikes beckon if you want to get active; or just plop back into the pool. The resort may be a tad compact, but you'll find plenty of distractions both above and below the waves...

 

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