by Julie Bielenberg
You will arrive at this luxurious resort and probably never want to leave. For starters, families can arrange babysitting services. There are also children’s menus at the onsite restaurants, plus cribs and highchairs. Rooms come standard with private terrace; plunge pool; spectacular beach or garden views; 37-inch flat-screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The bathroom has a claw foot bath. The amenities onsite are wonderful — florist, gift shop, car rental desk, beauty salon, clothing store, beach, bicycle rental, fishing, fitness room, pool, pool table, jet skiing, scuba diving, sightseeing tour arrangements, snorkeling, spa, tennis court, water skiing and windsurfing. There are a handful or restaurants onsite and also a meal plan available.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite beach activities
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite pool
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
by Sara F
We stayed here for 6 nights, as the first stop in our two-week long
trip to French Polynesia. Overall, we were disappointed with the hotel:
Check-in/check-out: we arrived in Moorea directly from Europe, which implied a 36-hour long trip. After such long hours, we arrived at the Hilton around 9am and were told that our room would only be ready at 2pm. We then had to wait another 5h until the room finally became available (I was 4 months pregnant at the time, so this was not welcome news!). Despite the wait and our relatively long stay compared to other guests, our garden bungalow with pool was one of the worst in the hotel. There was also no special welcoming gesture from the hotel (the typical water/wine/fruit basket/decoration, nothing). Disappointing, to say the least.
Room: our bungalow was a “familiar” one, meaning that we could hear the neighbors next door a little too well. The location was also bad – as far as possible from the beach and close to the main road (we could see it and hear it, including the traffic noise at night). The room itself was nice and spacious, with a good bathroom and a good terrace, but everything feels a bit old and in need of renovation. The pool is pleasant although very small. The room was typically cleaned late in the afternoon and not very carefully.
Breakfast/restaurants – the breakfast buffet was good and it had the best service. The beach restaurant had only snack-type food (burgers, pizzas, etc.) and we found the staff there not particularly nice. The “creperie” close to the water villas was a nice change. In short, we were not very impressed by food and service. Prices were reasonable for the area.
Beach – the beach is very small and not particularly pretty. Not all sun loungers have shade, so we were lucky that it was not very sunny. The overwater villas are in front of the beach, so there is not much of a view (although you can see them fixing the holes on the roof of the old water villas…). On the plus side, the water is clear and you can have the hotel equipment for snorkeling.
In sum, the Hilton Moorea did not match our expectations. It is a nice little hotel, if you are not expecting much in terms of quality or service. Definitely not a 5-star, more like an old 4-star with laid-back service. If returning to French Polynesia, we would not stay here.
This was our second stop-over at this resort, in a classic overwater bungalow, and it's a fantastic place. As a Hilton resort there's a world-wide standard that you can rely on, which is very comforting. As a Hilton H-Honors member (membership is free) one of the nice touches at this place is when you enter your room there's a bottle of champagne chilled and waiting for you along with some biscuits and a note from the General Manager wishing you a pleasant stay. The resort has a real Tahitian feel about it, and it's a great experience.