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“Great way to get the true island feel”
GORGEOUS LAGOONVIEW FROM THE HOUSE
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26 reviews
GORGEOUS LAGOONVIEW FROM THE HOUSE
VIEW OF THE LAGOON FROM THE LIVING ROOM
VIEW OF THE LAGOON FROM THE BALCONY
VIEW OF MOTUS FROM THE BALCONY OF THE VILLA
SUNSET VIEW FROM THE BALCONY
LUNCH ON THE BALCONY OF THE VILLA
LUNCH ON THE BALCONY OF THE VILLA
A DRINK ON THE BALCONY OF THE VILLA
SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM IN FRONT OF THE LAGOON
SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM IN FRONT OF THE LAGOON
SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM IN THE EVENING
BEDROOM #1 WITH AIR-CONDITIONING AND HD TV
BEDROOM#2 WITH POWERFUL CEILING FAN AND LAGOONVIEW
THE KITCHEN
THE BATHROOM
THE BATHROOM
THE LAGOON 50 METERS FROM THE HOUSE
MOTU TEVAIROA NEAR THE VILLA
MATIRA BEACH IN BORA BORA
VIEW OF BORA BORA FROM MOTU PITI AAU
MOTU TAPU
A LUNCH ALONE ON MOTU TAPU
VIEW OF BORA BORA
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Villa -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Bora Bora, Society Islands

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Very good - based on 26 reviews
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Bill D
Cleveland, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great way to get the true island feel”
Reviewed 19 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
28
people found this review helpful

My wife and I stayed here for two weeks (end of May, first week of June). Pierre was extremely helpful and informative regarding any questions we had during the booking process. The pictures of the property and the amenities listed were just as they were advertised. After talking with some people while there, it seems that there are two versions of the Bora Bora experience. Many of the travel brocures show the beauty of the overwater bungalows at the main hotels. The people we spoke with loved being there, but felt somewhat limited in what they could do because most of the hotels are on private Motu's, and not easily connected to the main island. We chose the house rental and car rental becuse we prefer to be a little more independant on our trips. We were able to get to many of the local places of interests that were outside of the traditional tourist activities. All in all we were very stisfied with the accomodations and would recommend to anyone.

Things I was worried about, but ended up not being a problem:
-AC in only one bedroom. I thought since this was the tropics, we would have to sleep there every night. We only spent one night in there, as the trade winds blew away all the heat every other night.
-Wire transfer as method of payment: I was worried as there are no real protections for wire transfers, but Pierre did everything he said he would do and everything happened as agreed upon in advance.
-Views from the Villa: Usually think most pictures for rentals are done by professional photographers. The villa looked right out over the lagoon where the sunset everynight. Views were spectacular!
-Construction talked about in other reviews: Thought this would be an issue, but the building exterior is complete and they are just finishing up some of the interior, so there was no real amount of noise that was intrusive. The building does not interfere with the view, either.

Cautions:
Parking: If you are not a good driver, parking can be a little tricky. You have to go up a very steep, one lane incline to get to the parking pad. The cars are small enough to fit, but I had to have my wife direct me from outside the car the first few times we parked. Have to do this because you need to turn the car around in a tight area in order to go back down the incline. They do have parking at the bottom of the hill, but see my next caution...

Stairs: You are on the side of steep hill, so there are about 40-50 stairs to climb from the parking pad. Usually not an issue since we are in average shape, but hauling the suitcases up the first day was a little tough. If you park at the bottom, that turns into 150-200 steps.

Driving: Can be very tricky at night. Limited street lights, and lots of dogs and people walking on the edge of the road. Mind the speedlimits and always watch the edge of the road and you will be OK, though.

Ants: DO WHAT PIERRE SUGGESTS! As long as we kept the counters clean, and no food out, we really did not see any ants at all. If anything was left out, though, they showed up quick. They were small and not a problem, but you really have to keep the place clean.

In summary, my wife and I were expecting the trip of a lifetime here to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We got exactly what we wanted and expected. We like to get lost with the local and not be dependant on a hotel schedule or amenities. Renting the villa was a much more affordable way to see the island.

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Management Response
19 Jun 2012
Dear Bill,

Thank you so much for your kind review! I am very happy that you enjoyed my villa and the way of life of the Polynesian people. That is exactly what I expect my guests to find while staying at my villa on Bora Bora. Almost all the hotels are located on private islets in front of Bora Bora main island. The hotels try to keep the tourists by themselves without giving them the opportunity to visit Bora Bora. Staying at the villa on the main island gives you much more freedom to come and go and to discover the island (its villages, its amazing and luxuriant nature as well as its very nice inhabitants). Thank you again for staying with us! Pierre
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Lucerne
Reviewed 18 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
5
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Management Response
18 May 2012
Thank you very much for your kind review! I am very happy you enjoyed Villa Vahimanui and Bora Bora! It is a real pleasure for me to share this little paradise and I do my best to meet the expectations of our guests.
Thank you again and I hope you can come back soon to enjoy the beauty of Bora Bora and its lagoon! Warm regards. Pierre
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Mitchali
Ottawa, Ontario
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice Villa in an average location”
Reviewed 15 December 2011 for a stay in December 2011
11
people found this review helpful

The villa is very nice and well furnished. The king bed is very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. We were disappointed with the TV as it is located in the guest room and it is an older model that we couldn't hook up our laptop to watch a movie. Not that we wanted to spend much time in front to fhte TV, but late at night it would have been nice.We enjoyed the balcony and found the view to be very pleasant. Overall the villa is great, but the location is lacking. There really isn't anywhere to sun yourself and the "private beach" is an exageration. There is a patch of sand between the road and the overwater bungalows that you can use. There are no chairs, but there is a covered picnic table. From that patch of sand you can hardly see the ocean as the view is obstructed by the privately owned overwater bungalows that face the villa.

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Liked best: The roominess and the comfort of the villa
Liked least: no sunning area or beach
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
15 Dec 2011
Thank you for your very nice comments on our Villa.We have replaced the TV with a brand new model. It is a LED LCD HD TELEVISION (Flat sreen with HDMI and PC INPUT) Concerning the sandy beach, it is always a question of taste but almost all of our guests appreciate this small white sandy beach for its privacy and preserved nature. As the beach is private (just the few people of the area have the right to use it) we don't want to have anything on it like chairs, beach umbrellas or whatever to protect the marvelous nature of the location and first of all the lagoon. Thank you very much for your understanding. Pierre
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queenhele...
rio grande
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Stop Looking!!! Paradise Found!!!!”
Reviewed 10 November 2011 for a stay in October 2011
16
people found this review helpful

Hey there, if you are looking for a GREAT place to stay in Bora Bora then you can stop looking and second guessing yourself because you have found the perfect spot.We stayed for 11 days in October,2011 and we couldn't have been happier! The villa is actually nicer than the way it shows in the pictures and Pierre who is the owner, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.The views of the lagoon are stunning and the beds are very comfortable.The deck is perfect to relax, or to enjoy a nice meal. Everything is very expensive in Bora Bora so it was nice to have the option to eat in or go out. I would STRONGLY advise that you take advantage of the rental car that Pierre offers because it is about a 20 minute ride to the public beach which is called Matira and it is amazing! Like the previous review states it is a very steep driveway and the car is a stick-shift but once my husband got the hang of it, he was pretty good with the parking. The villa itself has it's own beach below where you can fish and snorkel right out your door, but we usually ended up at the beach because even to drive around the island and take in the sights was wonderful.You can also use the beaches at the hotels surrounding the villa if you eat at one of the restaurants.We did a shark feeding,swimming with the sting rays and snorkeling tour with a company called Chez NoNo's and it was one of the most exciting things I've ever done and the price is right also. If your worrying about a budget and you really want to get the most for your money and stay at a really nice place then HONESTLY you need to stay here.Pierre has local correspondents who are absolutely wonderful people who will help you with anything you need and give you some information about the island. We spoke with people who paid the crazy amounts to stay in the over the water bungalows and we couldn't have been happier with our decision to stay here because we had a view of the whole lagoon,thanks to being up on the hill,which also provided us with privacy but it also afforded us to be able to stay longer and appreciate the beautiful island and it's amazing water.You will not be sorry if you take our advice and stay here because as soon as we can swing it,we will be back for another stay! Hope this helps you with your decision and have a happy,safe trip wherever you decide to stay!

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Idaho, USA
Reviewed 13 November 2010 for a stay in October 2010
19
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