Need To Know
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.
Double rooms from $287.16 (XPF24,800), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
Escape to the embrace of Manea Spa, a small sanctuary practising the Polynesian tradition of <i>taurumi</i>, 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.
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.
The holy trinity of French Polynesia: reef shoes, mosquito repellant and sunscreen.
The hotel is protected by three huge stone Polynesian tiki spiritual statues, guarding the lobby, garden and pool.
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.