Our room was very spacious, and very pretty – lots of windows, room safe, clean, good bathroom and shower. Negatives for the room were the lack of screens on the windows – so if you want cooling, you risk the wrath of the mosquitoes. To make things worse, the overhead fan had no noticeable effect. The room was not bug free – we had small flying insects infest one of our packs, and I saw a roach scatter out of sight when I walked into the bathroom.
The facilities of the hotel aren’t great. There is no beach. There is a jetty, with a ladder down into the water. There is some very nice snorkeling right off the jetty. However, the water often wasn’t that clean – most of the time, broken off prickly sea plants would float by, but on the last day, it was quite windy, and there was a constant stream of these plants (mixed in with some garbage).
There are complementary kayaks for the guests to use, which is a very nice touch. The kayaks are in good shape, and we had a nice paddle into Cook’s Bay next door.The food at the restaurant is reasonably priced (for French Polynesia!). Cheeseburger for $12, fries $5, beer $5. The restaurant has fantastic views of the lagoon. The pizza is quite good as well, and large enough for 2 people to share.
Besides hanging out at the hotel kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and talking to other guests, we drove around the island for a day, and also went horseback riding.