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“Love/hate relationship”
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Sunset Hill Lodge
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2018

I both loved and hated this place. Staff very pleasant and helpful. (Did my laundry without extra charge!) I stayed in house right on shore with incredible views of lagoon since apparently room in main lodge not available. The apartment was huge with full kitchen and utensils/dishes and oven, microwave, stove, refrigerator. Large living room and separate large bedroom with shower. Shower warm and powerful. NO AIRCONDITIONING!! Machine present but didn't function at all. Hence I had trouble sleeping in hot humid nights. Porch overlooking bay was wonderful especially in morning and at sunset. Overall place was fairly clean with bedding and towels quite clean. Felt like cabin out of 1950s. Location is about 15-20 minute walk to town. Supermarkets closer. One good restaurant nearby. I'd strongly recommend renting scooter/car/bike to get around, especially to get to Matira Beach. Given the costs of most places on Bora Bora this is clearly best place to get good value, but you get what you pay for. Overall I do recommend it but be aware.

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  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled solo
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Gerard B, Propriétaire at Sunset Hill Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Unfortunately absent during your stay, because I would have in a short time solved your problem ...
It turns out that some of our customers, for the sake of contributing to the smooth running of our establishment, a little beyond their status ... And that's what happened about the air conditioning of your home, but as the manager was not aware, he did not know that the customers before you had deprogrammed the remote control and therefore did not understand the cause of the failure ... To reassure you, the information is passed, and now this problem would be resolved quickly if it happened again. It is understood that if you were lucky enough to stay at Sunset Hill Lodge again, a substantial discount will be offered to apologize for this inconvenience ...

My best wishes for this new year ...


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Reviewed 5 December 2017

We had an appointment for 12:00 and was there 30 min early. After 12:30 we had to contact the host to fetch us. No apologies for being late. While there, a new boatshed was build just outside our room. It was very noisy and not what you expect while on holiday. The place could do with a proper clean and new carpet. We were apparently upgraded so I don't know what we could have gotten instead. No tv or radio. Very poor wi-fi.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay in this place. Location is great! Gérard the owner is a very very friendly guy. He is so very friendly and helpful. Picks you up..brings you back..took us to several places for free. I love his dog rapunzel...
If you want to stay in bora bora for a good price..go to sunset hill!! It is worth it. I can definitely recommend this place!!! Sabine ( Netherlands)

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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SunsetHillLodge, Propriétaire at Sunset Hill Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017


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Reviewed 9 August 2017

The best air-conditioned room you can find in Bora Bora!! Super clean and quaint with a great view. Gerard, the owner was an amazing host. He picked us up from the waterfront and brought us to the lodge, recommended restaurants, booked our excursions, and drove us to the beach. Gerard went above and beyond, and will try to accommodate any needs. We plan to go back!!!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Had two villas for family. Grown boys on hillside, parents on ground floor "waterfront" harborview, but next to the harbor fueling station. It is convenient walk to town as mentioned and Gerard did pick us up and had arranged excursions and car rental. He was not kind or even friendly after we arrived. So apparently we did not rate on his "to be treated nicely scale" like others in these reviews, even though we were not demanding and our older son speaks fluent French. THERE ARE NO washers, dryers, or ironing facilities available in the villas. That is completely misrepresented. I guess he does your laundry if you pester him, but it was not convenient and we were made to feel we were imposing the one time we finally washed our clothes in the sink and asked him to dry them in his dryer. We had NO WI FI whatsoever on the waterfront. The boys had hit and miss wi-fi in their room next to Gerard, but it worked about 25% of the time. Our kids would not even ask for more toilet paper, they were so sick of his attitude, so we went and bought some. THE BUGS...do not stay here if you are not bug-friendly. When he went in to show us our ground-floor villa, there were ants, hundreds of them running around under our bare feet. You are expected to remove shoes in Tahiti, so we were walking around in our bare feet on them. UGH! The side door into the villa was nailed shut and their was an inch gap under it. We immediately went to the store and bought bug spray and did our own extermination around the doorways and edge of rooms. We rarely saw any ants afterwards, but had the spray handy. The hillside villa had the worm things, lots of them. Weirdly enough, "trash can" was listed in amenities on our reservation, which we thought was funny, especially when there was not actually a trash can anywhere. The boys did have one in theirs. We kept our trash in a trash bag, which was provided, on the counter. Did not want to leave it out on floor to encourage ants. We also kept every scrap of food (bread, chips, cookies, etc.) in the fridge for the same reason. There was, as someone else has mentioned, very loud music all through the evening and until after 1 a.m. at the waterfront location.

We have stayed all over the world in condos, b and b's, resorts, hotels, motels, and an everything in between. We are not snobs or jerks and appreciate a clean room, a nice attitude, and having the amenities that were promised at booking. (See my review of our stay on Huahine, same trip. Very similar property, but highest of marks.)

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Gérard B, Gérant at Sunset Hill Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

We were happy with the very good contact with you and your children, laundry, Wifi, everything apparently worked well, how could it be otherwise with members of your congregation ...

Hoping to see you again


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Address: BP 58 Vaitape | Lewards Islands, 98730, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Price Range: R 1 400 - R 1 858 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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Furnished accommodations close to Vaitape's village. ... more   less 
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