Why We Like it:
It offers the cheapest luxury overwater bungalow experience in Bora Bora. This might be possible because they seem to have pared back some of the more expensive, but maybe unnecessary for many people frills – things such as a swimming pool, private airport transfer to the resort (though there is private transfer from Vaitape, and you can get there easily, and cheaply, by public ferry from the airport) and an excess of choice in terms of restaurants, bars and other facilities.
For a lot of people this is an easy trade off, especially seeing that guests at Maitai have complimentary access to the facilities of the InterContinental just a few minutes walk away.
Note: Maitai is placed in our adults only category as, though children can stay in some other parts of the resort, the overwater bungalows are strictly adults only.
Overwater Bungalows & Other Accommodation:
The resort has a nice range of options – overwater bungalows, bungalows on the beach or in the gardens of the resort and some rooms farther back and higher up which have lovely ocean views.
All are stylish, spacious and super comfortable and include air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar plus the overwater bungalows have a glass table and floor to allow guests to watch the sea life below their feet.
Note: Rather surprisingly in this day and age the WiFi can be very weak in many rooms, in particular the overwater bungalows. In the hotel common areas though it works just fine.
The overwater bungalows are great value but they might now have they same wow factor as the other resorts in Bora Bora, being quite close to the shore and relatively close to one other. But, they are much cheaper and again, for what they offer, great value.
Overwater Bungalow Prices:
Check out all the details – prices, reviews & more photos, on the booking page here.
Resort Facilities & Things to Do:
The resort is relatively small but has two bars and two high quality (and good value) restaurants serving Tahitian, French and international cuisine. One of them – the Fare Tama’a Maitai restaurant has a lovely setting right on the beachfront and you can also enjoy cocktails on the Verandah Bar which has stunning views over the lagoon.
There is no spa here but guests at Maitai have free access to all the facilities of the neighboring larger resort of InterContinental Bora Bora, and the Intercontinental Thalasso the latter having an award winning spa a short boat ride away.
The staff at Maitai are consistently helpful and friendly and they have a tour desk with a whole range of trips and excursions on offer – scuba diving, hiking and island cruises for example. Snorkelling, fishing and kayaking equipment is also free for guests.
“This place is absolutely unbelievable and the staff was extra serviceable! I loved the fact that they are Eco-Friendly and have taken steps to become energy independent and also investing in rebuilding the coral reefs near the facilities and beach. They are also trying to save the local trees and plants and have then around the hotels with identification and reasons as to why they are there.
The bungalows were to die for, so peaceful, quiet and relaxing. The room was immaculate and you felt like you were reverted back in time and lived like the locals.
The value compared to the larger chains is there and I just appreciate that they go the extra mile to help you along the way!…”
“I liked the snorkeling right off our balcony. I also like the fact that they are participating in reef regeneration with the reef right there. Some of the other resorts that we looked at were not very close to a reef. …”
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