We had the pleasure to stay at the Tahiti Beach House in November 2011. There were six of us coming to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. We had been to Moorea twice before and stayed at the Sofitel, which we love, because of the location on the best lagoon. We thought for six people we could save a lot of money renting a house. We were not disappointed. It was awesome to have a house. It’s in a great location on a beautiful lagoon. One of the highlights was taking the outrigger canoe out on the lagoon each day. The water is clear to the bottom and there are lots of fish. It’s a great snorkeling location.
The house couldn’t be better. It’s beautiful, filled with lovely artwork. It’s all very open. The beds are comfortable. There are lots of couches to lounge around on. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you would want to cook great meals. The house is across the street from a market and close to the town. We had a rental car, which was very convenient, but you could do without one. My friends were really happy there was free wireless internet. I would recommend leaving the computers at home. 🙂
The owner, Tepapa, was a wonderful host, very hospitable and gracious. She speaks perfect english. She helped make our stay memorable. If her sister in-law, who lives next door, is in town, they might offer to throw you a tahitian party. Do it. That was so fun. We had wonderful tahitian music, dancing and delicious poisson cru and poisson carpaccio.
The only disappointment was that we didn’t stay long enough. We left for Bora Bora where we stayed at the Marlon Brando Condos. They couldn’t compare to the beautiful beach house on Moorea. We wish would would have stayed in Moorea. Can’t wait to go back.
Nous avons passe de tres jolie vacances a Moorea…
On regarde les photos…et on voit Tonga toujours en garde sur le ponton!
ca nous manque un peu deja!!!
J’ai qq photos pour Keiva aussi si tu pouvais lui forward j’ai oublie de prendre son mail…
J’espere que ta maman va se retablir rapidement, elle est tellement incroyable dans son jardin avec son ‘Patia chevrette’…
Et aussi elle est geniale quand elle chante!
Notre bon souvenir a toute la famille…
Merci pour ton accueil et ta jolie maison, c’etait vraiment de beaux moments…
Hi Natea!!! Hope your eyes are doing better now.
We really really really really really hated leaving Moorea, lovely island. Tell Nita we said hi, and that she’s awesome. Had a bit of a hiccup with the rental car drop off.
Rarotonga is very different from Moorea, its more urban/city, whereas Moorea is very much like country living. We loved it there.
Best of our love to you and Nita, we miss you all already.
-Nicolas & Anne
We are just completing our stay at the residence. I cant say enough nice things about it. The house itself, right on the water, you walk out the back, and about a 100ft and you are in the water. Covered parking, 3 bedroom, 1 loft bedroom,and 2 baths. Natea, the owner is a charming lady, known by most folks on the island. Her sister inlaw lives next door, and she fixed some fish we caught on spear fishing trip. Boy was it good! Its a nice, well taken care of property. Now I do have to give one warning, the house comes with 3 guests. Tonga and Dalai, 2 very well mannered German Sheperds, and a cat ‘Piri’ that often ventures into the house (the dogs dont). So if you have any animal allergies, or issues with animals, you may wish to reconsider. we enjoyed the company of all three animals, Tonga loves to swim in the ocean with you. Be aware the custom on the island is to not wear shoes in the house. Also be aware the next door neighbors dog likes to steal shoes, so consider putting yours away in the evenings. If you are looking for a beachfront house, near to restaurants, and stores, you will be hard pressed to find a better property.
It’s hard to express how wonderful this property is. 50 yards from the most lovely lagoon where you can snorkel every day and sit on your own little private beach. The house is decorated in a beautiful elegant but not ostentatious style with tons of art and south east asian influence. The whole back of the house opens up to the sea side with sliding glass doors. Everything is comfortable and makes you feel like your in your own island home. We had one of the best vacations ever with our 9 month old daughter, 4 other friends and two teenagers. Everyone had a fantastic time. We only wish we could move in and stay. The location is incredible too– a very short walk across the street gets you to a super market, restaurants are also within walking distance. The Pearl Resort is about a half mile away which has a nice restaurant for lunch. You can swim to the resort, have drinks at the bar and then walk home. Though you can walk to a lot of places, you still want a car on Moorea to get around the island. I would recommend this house to couples, families, or people travelling with friends. It’s just great. It’s so much nicer than being at a resort, you really feel part of the island– and Moorea is one of the best islands in the world. The owner is also absolutely lovely, wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable.
This is a very lovely home with much space, an ideal location, and a beautiful beach with coral for swimming/snorleling. The grounds at night are great for outside dining with the grill convenience and indirect lighting. The home has much charm and offers a true “island experience”. Our party of eight left Moorea with fond memories!
The house is a short drive from both the ferry landing and the airport. It rests on the ocean side of the main ring road on the island on a beautiful garden property on the sea. The yard is filled with coconut, breadfruit, mango, banana, and a tahitian walnut shading the back deck. A covered walkway leads from the covered parking area to the house. It is open air with openable sliding glass doors through the living room area. The kitchen has everything you might need to cook in and there is a grill alongside the deck. Grocery shopping, banks, and stores are a short drive into the Maharepa center. The house has “Tonga” the friendly german shepard who loves to swim in the sea (mostly stands on a rock and watches the fish) and “Peety” the house cat. They were a joy to hang out with all week. The owner Natea is wonderfully helpful and stays in a mother-in-law apartment on the property. She has fantastic stories and has led a fascinating life. We already miss her. The island is unbelievably beautiful. Make sure to do the Safari Tour to the internal parts of the island. Bring your snorkeling gear because you can snorkel off the property in the bluest water you have ever seen. We were able to charter a boat and sail, go with Maco to a Mutoo where he cooked us a feast while we snorkeled, scuba dove with Lemon and Black Tipped Reef Sharks, had wonderful dinners out at the french restaurants. We did not have kids with us but it would be a great house for a family. We were there during the “rainy season” but it didn’t rain all that much. The island is ringed by a barrier reef so you could always hear the sound of the crashing waves and the sounds of gulls screeching. This was our first trip to the south pacific and it was everything we ever dreamed. This island is a dream for the adventure seekers and for folks looking for a location to relax and forget about the world. Thankfully it is not full of the trappings of other destinations overrun with tourists and traffic jams. Bring a book and an open mind and Moorea will forever be in your memory. Change your money at the airport if you can. The ferry over is a wonderful way to get introduced to the island. Also if you fly out of Tahiti take the Safari Tour to the crater on that island as well. if i were to choose between Tahiti and Moorea to stay Moorea is a no-brainer. I will miss the evenings eating on the picnic table on the deck and looking at the southern stars.
-Jeff & Lisa
The three vahine – august 2014
Having never been to French Polynesia I didn’t quite know what to expect in terms of amenities and comfort in a private home. Tahiti Beach House is perfectly set up for a long term stay. We were three girlfriends traveling together and each of us was comfortable in our respective bedrooms. If there had been more of us the loft has more beds as well. The main area of the house has oodles of sitting areas although we spent most of our time out on the deck or in the yard. The yard became our morning base for yoga practice. The dogs and crabs kept us company. Kind and thoughtful Tepapa made sure we had what we needed and connected us with people who could take us on tours. We are active travelers and had something arranged for each day. Living next door, Natea regularly checked in evenings and weekends. Sarienne, the longtime housekeeper, masseuse and now part of the family, gives outstanding massages and is one of the nicest funniest people I met. We had lengthy conversations in French full of hand gestures and laughter. I give her lots of credit for improving my French skills while there. I would have loved to have spent more time with the two of them. F., another family member, checked every day to see what fish had been caught to cook us a meal, but wasn’t satisfied with the catch of the day. One evening Tepapa arranged for her former sister in-law to cook for us a traditional Tahitian dinner at her house. N. was at one time the best Tahitian dancer on the island and we were in for a one of a kind treat. She not only made the best meal we had- sooo many ways to prepare fish– but also played the ukele and sang and danced for us. Her husband is equally talented and both made us feel right at home.
The house is within walking distance of a fantastic French coffee shop, Carameline. They have breakfast, lunch and the best pastries we found in French Polynesian. We could also walk to the ATM and the Moorea Beach Cafe, a great place for sunset and dinner. We were able to go for runs along the road and snorkel right out from the house. I saw a shark and sting ray though for truly incredible snorkeling you will want to go to the Lagoonarium. We did find that having a car was a necessity. All three of us agree that a hotel or resort is no match to the quality of vacation that can be achieved through a home stay. I would not look any further than Tahiti Beach House.
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