This hotel is in a very nice location on the water. The staff was fantastic and very friendly - we were greeted with a fruit drink and leis when we arrived; check in was quick and our bags delivered to our over-water bungalow before we walked through the gardens to get to the bungalow. The property is one of the oldest over-water bungalow hotels in the islands but it has aged well. The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. We did not use the marina, sports center or the swimming pool but the snorkeling around the bungalows was great; you jump right into the ocean from your deck. Beach towels were provided in each room, and there was a table and chairs for morning coffee or afternoon cocktails, and two lounge chairs for catching some sun. We ate at the hotel for all meals; breakfast buffet wasn't all that great but the dinners were al la carte and everything we ate was very good. The free Polynesian show on Friday nights can't be missed - a five star experience! Overall rating for the hotel is excellent but don't expect fancy. It's a small resort that has been carefully cared for over the years. Pick it for the friendly staff and cleanliness and you won't be disappointed. We would definitely stay at Hawaiki Nui Hotel should we visit Raiatea again.
We really loved this hotel, the staff was amazing, and we felt so welcome and relaxed. We thought the food was the best we had on our 4 week trip to the French Polynesian islands and Kauai. Try the lamb, it was excellent and a nice change from all the fish we had on the trip. Keep valuables locked in the safe as the maid leaves the sliding doors open to air the room. Wifi is free, but only available in the lobby.
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