Need To Know
80, including 10 suites.
11am; check-in, 2pm. Late check-outs are subject to availability in low season, for 50 per cent of the tariff before 6pm; after 6pm, you'll need to fork out for an extra night. Changing rooms can be booked on site for transfer days.
Double rooms from $347.11 (XPF30,000), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
The hotel even boasts its own in-house tattoo artist! Polynesian tattoos are beautiful, abstract, personal and symbolic, representing everything from family to power, protection or nature. Tuhei, from the Tuamotus islands, is at the lobby daily if you'd like to discuss designs or see books of his work, with appointments carried out in a dedicated spa room and priced according to the duration and difficulty of the piece.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, dive shop, snorkelling gear, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, windsurfing boards, activities hut, Jacuzzi, floodlit tennis court, mini-golf, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, bocce, games room, boutique, tattooist, coral nursery, wedding chapel, WiFi throughout from XPF900 an hour (XPF2,900 a day). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, own-label toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
For privacy and space (although no sea views), we like the Garden Pool Suites, which feature huge boudoirs, open-air showers, and a plunge pool, deck and shaded seating area in your own walled garden. Beach Suites with Jacuzzis are a hit with families, set directly on the sand with a separate living area that can sleep the smalls. Honeymooners will love the Overwater Bungalows, with decks giving direct access to the water, or treat yourself to the Premium variety for the best lagoon scoping.
Forget power laps, the voluptuous pool is all about dreamy dips and leisurely swims. Set at the heart of the resort, overlooked by the main restaurant and poolside eatery, it's fringed by foliage and white sunloungers with vistas out to the lagoon. A Jacuzzi beckons for bubbles.
An underwater camera for snapping the dazzling, multi-coloured fish and coral (glass-bottomed coffee-tables in Overwater Bungalows allow you to ogle the aquatic world below).
Seductive, spacious Manea Spa embraces the gardens, with serene, pond-peppered treatment rooms looking out over lily-dotted water and tropical trees. Exclusive treatments include Vichy showers or massages with 'dancing feet'.
Kids up to age 14 get free boat transfers, can dine on children's menu meals gratis, and can stay in your room for free on a converted sofa-bed (or bag an extra rollaway bed for a fee). Babysitting available at additional cost.
Make time to snorkel around the hotel's intriguing coral nursery under the Overwater Bungalows, which aims to regenerate sick coral and clams relocated from damaged reef areas elsewhere before returning them to their original habitats. Tie-in projects educate local kids on caring for the lagoon. The resort also recycles, saves water, harness solar heaters and employs local staff.
This property is suitable for weddings