Sunset Beach Motel
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Sunset Beach Motel

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Finding an ideal family-friendly resort in Uturoa does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Sunset Beach Motel, a nice option for travellers like you.

Sunset Beach Motel is a family-friendly resort offering a kitchenette and a refrigerator in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as public wifi is offered to guests.

For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Snack Tonoi, which is a French restaurant that is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Sunset Beach Motel puts the best of Uturoa at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Beach
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French

Location

PK 5 Uturoa, Uturoa 98735 French Polynesia
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 38 out of 100
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Raiatea Airport
Motu-mute Airport
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MenloMichael wrote a review Nov 2023
Menlo Park, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A sample of paradise if you want to get away from it all. Beach bungalows are right on the lagoon. They'd be perfect if the bedroom had a window A/C unit, but then again, the cost would certainly be higher.
The bungalows are quiet and spacious. The living room has three twin beds, the bedroom has a double bed, plus there is a kitchen and bath. There are ceiling fans in the living room and bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full refrigerator and freezer, a gas oven and cooktop, sink, plates, sliverware, utensils, pots and pans. Note that you have to light the gas stove with a match--be careful, as there is no indicator light that the gas is on.
You can buy a continental breakfast (delivered to the room) or get groceries in Uturoa, 7 minutes away by car.
Outstanding personalized service by a family that runs the place. Gave us an early checkin when we arrived and a late checkout on our departure day (we needed both due to flight schedules). Moana met us at the airport even though we were renting a car, to advise that since it was a Sunday, we needed to go immediately to the market before it closed. There is a lovely, cool departure lounge you can stay in after the checkout.
If it weren't for the lack of A/C in the bedroom and spotty WiFi, I'd give this five stars.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There isn't a beach, but you can walk out to the end of the pier and climb down into the water. ...
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Noble R wrote a review Jul 2022
Papeete, French Polynesia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s not a five star beach hotel but it could be. Warming welcomed with a fresh coconut ,you will find the garden premium bungalow ,a new house with a so nice interior decorated with a lot of test and beautiful furniture. Located in Avera Raiatea the sacred island, you will really enjoy your stay and take advantage of the pontoon to admire the sunsets on Bora bora. Staff is very nice and will do their best to satisfy your desires.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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dlr4558 wrote a review Nov 2023
Quitman, TX
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have enjoyed staying in the villa at the Sunset Motel. Beautiful relaxing place to stay after coming off a Sunsail Charter and going to airport the next day. Hosts are very accommodating even allowed us to check in early and have late departure. I highly recommend staying at Sunset Motel when in Raiatea.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Troy R wrote a review Nov 2023
Mineola, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 1 night after a bareboat charter. They shuttled us from Moorings base next door and graciously took us to the airport the following day. 3 of us stayed in the villa which was clean and enjoyed the big wide porch to relax. There is a furnished kitchen we used for snacks but we could have prepared a meal. We highly recommend!
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Enjoyed feeding fish on the pier.
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pv_dan wrote a review Oct 2018
Los Angeles
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at the Sunset Beach Motel a half dozen times since 2005. We stayed three weeks in 2017 and three weeks in 2018. One can reasonably conclude we like it. It's a big part of the reason Raiatea is one of our favorite islands, and Raiatea is a big part of why we love the Sunset Beach. We started coming to Raiatea in 1995. We are fond of bare-boat yacht chartering, and Raiatea is the bare-boat yacht charter capital of the South Pacific. Tahiti (and that means Raiatea) is probably the best bare-boat charter destination in the world because of its unique combination of calm while breezy lagoon sailing (and anchoring!) with manageable daylong outside passages to Bora Bora and Huahine. Yacht charterers tend to mix dining ashore with dining aboard, so they need to provision, so there are three sizable supermarkets in Uturoa, the principal city on Raiatea. Think lots of fantastic pates and cheeses, along with great produce at the market. Baguettes are 60 cents, delivered fresh to reception each morning. As an aside, they are also delivered all around the island left in yard long baguette boxes next to the mailboxes.

That brings us back to the Sunset Beach Motel. As other reviewers have noted, the property is a working coconut grove, with bungalows strewn along the lagoon front under the shade of the coconut trees. The units are large enough for five guests, making them huge for the two of us. The fridge makes great ice for that sunset maitai overlooking Bora Bora. And as you gaze at Bora Bora, you think about the honeymooners staying there for, oh, ten times what you are paying. Plus they are captive to the property's onsite restaurant, with its nosebleed pricing.

There's no restaurant at the Sunset Beach Motel, but there are several small restaurants nearby. But get this - some of them deliver. So you have dinner delivered right to the front porch of your bungalow, just at the end of happy hour, as the sun goes down on your maitai and Bora Bora. There's customarily no tipping in French Polynesia - the Polynesians are proudly hospitable - but we Americans in our ignorance are screwing that up.

The property is managed by the owners Maite and Moana, a mother/son team who are the nicest people you will ever meet. Moana goes to the airport several times per day and will take you to town if you let him know the day before.

The property has a pier that reaches out to the dropoff, where you'll find some of the best snorkeling ever, along with a zipline. You'll see the resident school of tame snappers, damselfish, parrotfish, wrasses, butterflyfish, and even a few lionfish. We saw stingrays, a blacktip reef shark, a spotted eagle ray and a very sociable octopus.

The staff can set you up with nifty lagoon tours and land tours. If you're up for a 2500' ten mile hike, you can see the tiare apetahi, rarest flower in the world.

So... if you've forked over the cash to fly down to Papeete, and maybe the additional flight to Bora Bora, why not do yourself a favor and while away a couple of weeks at the Sunset Beach Motel? Average down your daily rate. Unless, God forbid, you have to get back to work. If you're lucky enough to be able to work from anywhere, as our son and son-in-law did, you'll find the wifi at reception is fast and reliable.

Don't stand under the coconut trees; keep to the middle of the rows.
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Date of stay: September 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KiwiEnRoute wrote a review Apr 2013
Whangamata, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
SUNSET BEACH MOTEL
Our trip is on the second tier economy, eschewing the glossy, international packaged experience. We have found some losers but boy, have we found some gems. Take for instance Raiatea’s Sunset Beach Motel for a perfect, economical holiday destination.
The owners, Eliane Boubee and her son Moana are clearly proud of the family land they have on the sunny west-facing coast. Formerly a coconut plantation the acreage now has roughly 15 cottages spaced for privacy and views in well-planted parkland. Both the land and the cottages show that they are tended with care. There is a jetty for access straight to the reef drop off giving perfect access for snorkeling and swimming. It’s very safe and we watched a game 5yo fascinated with her snorkeling, before enthusiastically launching herself in the clutches of her Dad off the flying fox on the jetty.
Sunset make available kayaks, snorkeling gear, boules, volleyballs, a library of books and a playground for kids and if you are still short of adventures, Eliane books her guests in at no charge on activities and tours that are in a bulging info booklet that is in each cottage. However if you are a surfer or a diver and you want to access the outer reef or passes I’d recommend you do what the locals do when they don’t have a boat…hire one from just down the road for the day and get out there yourself.
There are cottages within a couple of metres of the turquoise lagoon, which I’d recommend. Others are set back very privately in amongst the palms. We arrived to a clean, simply furnished cottage with bougainvillea flowers on the beds and washbasin and a couple of fresh coconuts, chilled in the frig ready for drinking. To us that was a lovely touch. The cottages are a simple Lockwood style of various configurations depending on the number of guests. Our time at Sunset was relaxing to the point that we felt quite spoilt.
An example of the Boubee’s thoughtfulness to their guests is the fresh fruit that comes off the property that they have on a “help yourself “ table by reception.
From NZ on the internet trying to find my way around the best deals, say for a hire car, I enlisted Moana and he gave me local contacts. I recommend this. I also recommend the local market, the fresh tuna sold on the roadside and cooking simply and so cheaply at the cottage. Few restaurants have views like that and eating out here is expensive. But I do recommend Le Napoli for simple gorgeous food in a restaurant filled with locals. The pizzas are standouts in a generous menu and kids have fun making their own under the pizza chef’s watchful eye.
We took Eliane’s advice and took the Taha’a small boat tour with Taeva and Flo. What a special treat this was: the family pearl farm, seeing how they make the best vanilla in the world, in the lagoon with rays and shy reef sharks, a fantastic lunch before the spectacular snorkel through the Coral Garden.
Treat yourself…GO.
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Waterfront with shade...# 5 was perfect.
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FlyTahiti wrote a review Feb 2009
FlyTahiti
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Sunset Beach motel is set in a coconut plantation. Most of the bungalows are waterfront. The lagoon is steps away from the covered lanai. The bungalows are fully equipped and even have a carport. There is no air conditioning but there is usually a breeze and there is a fan over the bed. The snorkeling is wonderful in the lagoon. Lots of tropical fish. The manager, Moana, speaks English, fluently. Trips and excursions can be arranged at the office. This is not a luxury resort but it is a beautiful,quiet, relaxing place that does not cost an arm and a leg as other places in paradise.
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Date of stay: February 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JanHolstebro wrote a review Nov 2019
Holstebro, Denmark
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s true that the Sunset Beach Motel has no beach. Nowadays. It used to have. But is has so much else: Excellent location on the water front in a coconut plantation with beautiful views of Bora Bora, spacious bungalows that can easily accomodate 5 people, hospitality, tranquility, free fruit all day long, great continental breakfast served on your porch, good snorkeling, free kayaks and of course - beautiful sunsets!

It’s a no brainer. It’s a bargain on Ra’iātea - only 5 minutes from the airport.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Rafetraveller wrote a review Mar 2018
Vancouver
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Sunset is terrific. We stayed in bungalow 3 and had great views of the lagoon, easy access to incredible snorkelling right off the end of the pier, and even easier access to the kayaks that are available for your use. Our bungalow was very comfortable and roomy for the 2 of us, with a separate bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The front porch has more seating and a picnic table, plus more chairs close to the water edge for sunset viewing.

We had been on a cruise for 12 days before arriving at the Sunset, so didn’t mind cooking our own meals for a few days. The owner stopped off at a store after our pickup at the airport, and we made 2 other stops at stores during our 5 day stay. The kitchen is well appointed so you can fix most things, including iced drinks. There are bananas near the reception to supplement your meals, and you can ask to have baguettes and croissants ready for pickup each morning at the reception desk.

We rented a car to tour the island one day, but others may prefer to have a car for your whole stay. In February there were really not that many dining options - not every “hotel” was open yet - so going out for meals was not our first choice. The marina - 30 minute walk, 5 minute drive - has a bar/restaurant, but there is no Tahitian vibe or terrific view like you get back at the bungalows.

The 20 some-odd bungalows are set within a beautifully maintained coconut plantation, so you just need to make sure you stay on the path, and not walk under the trees. The family that owns and operates the Sunset are very kind and helpful.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ralfvd wrote a review Jan 2013
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Good bungalow, hot water. All equipment is a bit old, but everything is functional. Good shower with hot water and enough pressure. All staff speak very good English and try to accommodate every request.
Free transfer from/to airport and when possible they can give you a ride into town.
They rent out bicycles but at the time we were there, only one was available, the others were not rented out, but "not available". So be sure to check before if this is an important item for you.
Small TV with local and french Channels.
Cleaning service every 3 days, which means you'll have to use your towel for a couple of days.
There is also a camping on site, and some activities for kids, they seem well suited for families.
The view from the bungalow is great. Bora bora in the distance and sunsets over the water.
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Date of stay: July 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peggy B asked a question Aug 2018
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Is there a market close by?
Laurie M asked a question Dec 2017
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Do you have accommodations for 2 adults on June 7 & 8, 2018?
Answer from sandy1363
Vancouver, Canada69 contributions45 helpful votes
I did not see any bikes to rent/borrow. But they have Kayaks,and all the snorkle gear to need. This is a great location :)
MenloMichael wrote a tip Nov 2023
Menlo Park, California296 contributions151 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There isn't a beach, but you can walk out to the end of the pier and climb down into the water. Lots of fish, bring cheese to feed them!"
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Troy R wrote a tip Nov 2023
Mineola, Texas4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoyed feeding fish on the pier. "
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World_Journal wrote a tip Apr 2023
119 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own snorkel gear, bug spray and sun screen."
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Christopher L wrote a tip Oct 2017
5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book Early and Stay a while!"
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billtheboat52 wrote a tip Nov 2015
Fort Collins, Colorado37 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for any cottage on the bay"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunset Beach Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Sunset Beach Motel?
Nearby attractions include The Anapa Pearl Farm (7.3 km), Mount Tapioi (3.1 km), and Mercato Coperto di Uturoa (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sunset Beach Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Sunset Beach Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Sunset Beach Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sunset Beach Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Villa Ixora, Raiatea Lodge Restaurant, and Fish & Blue.
Does Sunset Beach Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Sunset Beach Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sunset Beach Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Sunset Beach Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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