Considered the cradle of Polynesian culture, the island of Raiatea is an atypical destination. The atmosphere is both solemn and mysterious. A visit is a must for all visitors in search of legends and ancestral traditions. From Tahiti, daily flights take you directly to the Sacred Island. All you have to do is find the ideal accommodation to spend a few days there. However, we are far from the traditional tourist circuits and romantic clichés. The island is also a major administrative center in French Polynesia. Consequently, the supply of charming hotels is limited. Less glamorous perhaps but some surprises are always possible. Here is a selection of the best accommodations and hotels in Raiatea.
Classic hotels in Raiatea
Travelers who prefer a more classic accommodation with a bedroom and reception can turn to the traditional hotel offer. However, hotels in Raiatea are not luxury destinations, like the resorts in Moorea, Bora Bora or Tahaa. They are, however, pleasant places to spend your vacation as a couple or with your family.
The best hotel in Raiatea: The Raiatea Lodge
Located on the western side of the island, the Raiatea Lodge is a 3-star hotel offering accommodation in rooms or private bungalows. Set in the middle of a well-kept tropical garden, it takes the form of a small village-oasis between the sea and the mountains. It is the ideal place for nautical activities, in particular the discovery of the most beautiful beaches in Raiatea during a kayak excursion.
If the rooms are spacious and nicely decorated, the magnificent garden bungalows hold all the attention. Their comfort and layout are perfect. Completely renovated, they are modern, functional and offer an optimal quality of stay. You will also enjoy a beautiful view of the lagoon.
The Raiatea Logde has two main strengths. First of all, its reception staff is among the most dedicated and diligent on the island. From your arrival at the airport to the picturesque Polynesian evenings, you will be charmed by their kindness and sincerity. Then, the establishment honors the table with a surprisingly high quality and refined cuisine. A half-board formula is therefore essential for all travelers. Perfect destination for couples and families, count between $400 for a room and up to $700 for a bungalow per night for two people.
Close to the marae: Hotel Atiapiti
In the south of Raiatea, the Hotel Atiapiti is a small family-run establishment, offering accommodation in bungalows or villas. Its isolation promises a total change of scenery facing the lagoon and the ocean. Benefiting from a private sandy beach, it offers a privileged access for aquatic activities such as snorkeling in the coral garden located opposite. As the starting point for hikes on the southern part of the island, this 3-star hotel promises a beautiful vacation away from the world.
In addition to its magnificent setting, this hotel has the advantage of being very close to the Taputapuatea marae. This archeological site is home to numerous vestiges of Polynesian civilization dating from the pre-colonial era. On a surface of 20 km², you will dive into the universe of the rites and the legends of Polynesia. This is one of the must-do activities in Raiatea with a local guide.
The bungalows are sober with a small very nice Polynesian touch. They are mostly unoverlooked in order to quietly admire the exceptional natural setting. Functional, the accommodations are equipped with a kitchenette to prepare your evening meals. It is therefore recommended to have a means of transportation for shopping as the hotel is quite far from the city. A local and family atmosphere where the price for one night is about $230 per couple.
The choice of bed and breakfast
While hotels in Raiatea offer honorable and convenient accommodations, many of the best deals are to be found with individuals. These offer undeniable charm and their villas have fantastic locations.
The best accommodation on Raiatea: Naikinui Lodge
Located in the northern part of the island, the Naikinui Lodge offers accommodation in a guest room on the lagoon. This one is actually a small house independent from the main house. Not only do the owners know how to be discreet and guarantee your privacy, but your hosts are also warm and friendly people who will not fail to make your stay an unforgettable moment. Do not hesitate to take the formula with breakfast: simply delicious.
The proposed accommodation is both comfortable and nicely decorated. You will enjoy quality bedding and a spacious private bathroom with impeccable cleanliness. In addition, the outdoor common areas are unique: you will have access to the pool and jacuzzi. Thanks to its western exposure, the sunset is a daily spectacle to be admired from the large wooden terrace.
The location of your accommodation allows you to quickly reach the airport and the boarding platform to go to the neighboring island of Tahaa. In addition, there are several shops and restaurants within walking distance. Staying at Naikinui Lodge is a choice of superior quality. Count on about $150 per night.
Choose a change of scenery: Fare Nyimanu
Go to Fare Nyimanu on the eastern side of the island. Your hosts provide a small house with a nice view on the lagoon and the neighboring island of Huahine. Because of the orientation, it is not the sunset but the sunrise that you should not miss.
Your accommodation is both simple and functional, charming and picturesque. Well-equipped and with a private bathroom, it is the ideal place to stay for travelers looking for calm and authenticity. Your hosts are very welcoming, discreet and attentive to your needs in all circumstances. Moreover, they will give you access to their magnificent swimming pool in order to admire the lagoon, the starry sky and relax in all simplicity.
Away from residential areas and shops, the property remains relatively isolated. Therefore, renting a car is essential and preferably with sufficient ground clearance to access the accommodation. The price for one night is around $80.
Discover Raiatea and the Polynesian culture
You have chosen the ideal accommodation for your stay on Raiatea. Now, go and meet the interior and the Polynesian legends. There are numerous things to do in Raiatea in contact with the local culture and wild nature. You will also enjoy a day trip to visit the neighboring island of Tahaa. Your trip to French Polynesia is just beginning.
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