Our bungalow was on the windy side of the motu, so it shook all night
(and the wind was extremely loud all night against the wooden
shutters). The wind never stopped for the 2 days we were there, while
the bungalows on the other side were relatively calm. It was too windy
to ever just sit on our balcony (I think we were on the southeast side
of the row of deluxe bungalows, no. 311) The service at the French
restaurant in the main building was extremely slow. And someone's
baby was screaming for the entire time we sat there. We ended up
walking out and going to the snack bar instead. The hotel transfer
ferry from the airport is 9000 xpf per person r/T. If you take the
free ferry from the airport to Vaitape and then take the Hilton shuttle
from Vaitape to the hotel (or the same route in reverse) it costs you
700 xpf per person each way. That's a pretty blatant gouge in my
opinion. The hotel is isolated from the main island (good and bad), so
you don't have access to any grocery stores or shopping or any of
the activities on Bora Bora unless you take the shuttle into town for
700 xpf each way. This hotel is not about value or bang-for-your buck.
It's a luxury place and you pay a lot of money for the
"experience". Internet, food, phone calls, everything, is
super expensive. If you want better value without the isolation,
I'd suggest a place on the main island. We stayed in Vaitape during
the Heiva Bora Bora and it was way more convenient walking to the
festivities than it would have been messing with the ferry.
Overwater bungalows were really nice and comfortable. Included a tv,
nice tub and shower, awesome bed, and a couch with windows to the water.
Some of the best snorkeling we've ever had was right off of our
bungalow (and we've snorkeled in a lot of places). You could feed
the fish from your room. The snack restaurant was good, though expensive
(obviously). Hilton gave us a welcome gift of macaroons and champagne,
which was super nice of them.