The location is a huge problem because it is so remotely located!!! That would actually not be a problem if this facility had things to do there. The entire purpose of our trip was to be in or on that spectacular water! While the resort is on the water, it is not the crystal clear blue water we were searching for. There is no beach, no snorkeling, no jet skis, no kayaking & no scuba. That was all elsewhere (taxi). We arrived at 8:30 am the first day & used the pool, but otherwise, we left the resort to go somewhere else every single day. We never ate at the hotel restaurants because we thought the prices were too high, so we chose a unit with a kitchenette, but even the grocery prices are high. Also because of the remote location, we had to take taxis everywhere we went! The daily cost of $50-$60 round trip/day for transportation was just too much for us!!! The hotel offers daily shuttles ($40/rt for the 2 of us) into town & to the large supermarket, but it was never at a convenient time for us. Papeete has a small shopping district with very high prices for everything, so don't go expecting any bargains. The best thing we did was to buy bottles of liquor at the duty free shop on the way in. Drinks run $10-$15 each unless you drink the local beer for $5. Load your wallet because everything is expensive on this island!
What a beautiful tropical resort! The rooms are spacious & well appointed; we had a kitchenette which we used every day! The infinity pool is beautiful (the largest on the island) & the grounds are well maintained. It just had a good vibe to it. We took advantage of the tour desk & did a half day tour of the island. The guide was very nice & extremely knowledgable. He even dropped us off in town afterwards. The front desk was always accommodating and very friendly. One day we took the ferry to Moorea & used the Moorea Pearl facilities for the day. It is a sister hotel of the Manava & for $80/pp (includes a wonderful lunch) you can use their facilities which has all the water sports (some for an extra fee).