Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Hilton Moorea

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Hilton Moorea Rooms

At the Hilton Moorea

Emily Jablon:  The main entrance to the Hilton in Moorea is right of the main road.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Outside the Hilton Moorea

We were welcomed with fragrant cold towels and iced tea.  We tried to check in at 8 am, but no rooms were available because there were guests in the room.

So we decided to freshen up at a “transit” bungalow, which is given to guests whose rooms aren’t ready.  We were driven to the room in a golf cart.  Strangely we were told (more than once) that we had only 30 minutes to use the transit room and had to be back before then.

However, we took 45 minutes to freshen up.  No one said anything about the 15 extra minutes!

Hilton Moorea Rooms

On Our Way to the Transit Rooms

The transit bungalow had a large bathroom, living area with a sofa and a chair, and a large bedroom area.

We showered and changed clothes, then went out to take some pictures around the resort. Everything was well maintained, and we walked by the different room categories.

The pool was deserted most of the time.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Emily by the Hilton Moorea Pool

I loved the pretty flowers around the resort.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Overlooking the Pool

One end of the pool faced the beach and the overwater bungalows.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

By the Beach & Overwater Bungalows

The restaurants mostly faced the beach and water.  To the left of Daraius is the main dining room where breakfast and dinner is served.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Daraius Outside the Restaurant

There are tables set up on the beach if you want to eat there.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Tables on the Beach

The hotel has free kayaks, paddle boats, and snorkeling gear.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

View of the Beach from the Walkway to the Overwater Bungalows

Rooms

Daraius:  I booked 1 night at the Hilton Moorea for 50,000 Hilton points.  I then emailed the hotel to ask about an upgrade from the standard garden room to an overwater bungalow.  I emailed info “at” hilton-moorea.pf & fo.mgr “at” hilton-moorea.pf

The hotel acknowledged my Gold elite benefits of free breakfast, free internet, 2 free bottles of water on arrival and a complimentary upgrade from the regular garden bungalow to a deluxe garden bungalow.  They offered the following upgrades, per night:

  • Deluxe Garden bungalow – Complimentary as a gold elite member
  • Lagoon Bungalow – 11,398 XPF or ~$117
  • Overwater Bungalow – 15,958 XPF or ~ $164
  • Panoramic Overwater – 23,939 XPF or ~$245
  • Garden pool suite – 23,939 XPF or $245

Here’s a map of the Hilton Moorea.  If you are paying for an upgrade, it doesn’t hurt to specify a room preference.  The hotel will do their best to get you the room, but there are no guarantees.

Hilton Moorea Map

Panoramic Bungalows

These are the highest category bungalows at the Hilton in Moorea.  I had negotiated an upgrade from a garden bungalow booked for 50,000 Hilton points for 1 night to a Panoramic Overwater bungalow for ~$200 per night.

By negotiate, I mean that I emailed the hotel and asked what the rate was to upgrade a room booked on points to an overwater bungalow.  After being told that the rate was $245 a night, I asked if they could lower the rate to $200 for 1 night and they agreed.

This room was selling for 90,000 XPF (~$983) for a randomly chosen date of September 2, 2013 including tax on the Hilton website.

#87 is perhaps the most private because it is right at the end by itself. We stayed in this room and you can read our review here.

The downside is that there are strong winds blowing on the deck since it isn’t sheltered by nearby bungalows.  I’d also choose 86 & 109 on the other wing as the top 3 rooms at the hotel because of the privacy and great views, and because they may be more sheltered from the wind.

I thought room 84 & 83 were also good, but study the map to see what suits you best!

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Outside Panoramic Overwater Bungalow 85

The closer bungalows aren’t that private since you can see the decks of the other bungalows.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Side View From Bungalow 74

Overwater Bungalows

Overwater bungalows were selling for 80,000 XPF (~$874) for a randomly chosen date of September 2, 2013 including tax on the Hilton website.

As you walk down the walkway to the overwater bungalows, you pass by a few bungalows.  I’d avoid these closer bungalows because they are close to the beach and near the crêperie (cone shaped roof in picture) which is open in the evenings so it could get a bit loud.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Walkway to Overwater Bungalows

We liked room 71 because it has a view of the mountains and sea and is right before bungalow 73 which is a more expensive panoramic overwater bungalow.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Outside Room 73

However, both bungalow 71 & 73 face towards the resort.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

View From the Side of Room 73

 

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Outside Room 67

Lagoon Bungalow

There were 3 lagoon bungalows, 55, 54, & 53.  The lagoon bungalows were partly on the beach and partly overlooking the water.

Lagoon bungalows were selling for 68,700 XPF (~$750) for a randomly chosen date of September 2, 2013 including tax on the Hilton website.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

View From Lagoon Bungalows

We thought room 53 was the best lagoon bungalow because it is the most private and has the best views since it juts out the most over the water.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Outside the Lagoon Bungalow

54 is also nice, but is right next to a walkway and may occasionally be noisy. These bungalows also have their own private decks and stairs to enter the sea.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Emily Outside the Lagoon Bungalows

After we scoped out the rooms, we had lunch at the seaside restaurant. There are great views of the sea and we relaxed before our meal came.

Deluxe Garden with Pool & Garden with Pool

Deluxe garden bungalows were selling for 57,870 XPF (~$632) for a randomly chosen date of September 2, 2013 including tax on the Hilton website.

Garden bungalows were selling for 48,750 XPF (~$532) for a randomly chosen date of September 2, 2013 including tax on the Hilton website.

The deluxe garden with pools are closer to the beach and the garden bungalow with pools are towards the back of the resort.  The garden room with pool is the standard room at the Hilton Moorea which can be booked with 50,000 Hilton points per night or for 145,000 points for 4 nights using an AXON award.

Since I was a gold elite member, I was upgraded to the deluxe garden room with pool for no extra fee.

The picture below is of a deluxe garden room with a pool – bungalow #47, which is among the closest to the resort pool.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Bungalow #47

The gardens were well maintained.

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Back View of Deluxe Garden Bungalow

I peered in and took a photo of the pool, in case you’re wondering what it looks like.  It was a bit small, but the room is free with points!

Hilton Moorea Rooms

Deluxe Garden Bungalow Pool

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24 responses to “Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Hilton Moorea

  1. Thanks for the detailed review.
    An overwater is on my bucket list! What about the food options there, I hear that area of the world is very expensive to eat.

  2. The hotel may have asked you to limit your time to 30 mins. so that other guests also waiting to check in could use the transit bungalow. It wasn’t very considerate of you to choose to ignore their request.

  3. We had one of the three Lagoon Bungalows when it was the Sheraton. They were the “Starwood Preferred Guest” rooms and had wooden signs on them indicating it. We were on cash and points for a cat 5, but booked the 1st night on points as a specialty select, giving us a better guarantee of a premium room for the stay. We were SPG Gold at the time. It worked.
    They are a great option, including overwater coffee table. I would not want a garden bungalow here.

    • @Haloastro – That’s fair, but there weren’t any other guests that early in the morning and 30 minutes for both of us seemed a bit short.

      @PatMik – I agree! The Lagoon bungalows looked like a great choice as well.

  4. Do you think it was worth it to go all that way and switch hotels so often? Are you very limited by the restaurants at the hotels? seems like picking which OWB is hard – you also have to consider the view in terms of sunrise/sunset right?

    • @Lawrence – I wouldn’t switch hotels that often if I wasn’t reviewing them for the blog. The restaurants have mediocre, but high priced food (see the review on eating options in the Trip Report index).

  5. Really nice photos. Hope you frame that first one!

  6. Ha! True.

  7. So 50k for 1 night – fair. but could you detail how many nights did you stay in Moorea and what exactly does it cost? For a newbie who has just begun collecting these points, it sounds pretty cool to get a free night out there. with the current promotions, it doesn’t seem like one can go beyond 2 free nights due to the really high redemption costs.

    any thoughts?

  8. We are planning on going to moorea for our honeymoon i am a diamond member and booked 6 nights and wanted to know who you emailed about getting those upgrade prices? what email address because I cant seem to find any. Were they prompt in reply?

    Thanks for all the info!!

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  14. Do you think that its worth it to pay an upgrade fee for an overwater bungalow if I am staying with an AXON 4 night award at the Hilton Moorea? If I am a Gold status, will they upgrade me to a Deluxe if I request it for free? Thank you

  15. Note, to the readers in 2014. The Garden with Pool Bungalows are no longer the base room reserved with points. Hilton pulled a lil switcheroo and is now using King Guestroom Garden as the base room for Reward Stays ONLY (there is no regular rate for these rooms). This is probably what Daraius used as a transit room. There are two of these rooms on the new resort map I received from Hilton. I’m waiting to hear from Hilton on whether I get an upgrade to the regular Garden/Pool Bungalow with my Gold status on a reward stay.

  16. Note, to the readers in 2014. The Garden with Pool Bungalows are no longer the base room reserved with points. Hilton now uses the King Guestroom Garden as the base room for Reward Stays. This is probably what Daraius used as a transit room. There are two of these rooms on the new resort map I received from Hilton. I’m waiting to hear from Hilton on whether I get an upgrade to the regular Garden/Pool Bungalow with my Gold status on a reward stay.

  17. Am I able to use US Air points to book reward travel on Air Tahiti Nui to PPT yet? i.e. Not through AA?

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  19. Hi, I know this post is old but was wondering what the experience has been for other Golds and Diamonds. I booked 6 nights here and 6 in Bora Bora for a stay in March 2015. I have been in touch with both hotels regarding upgrade possibilities and they keep rising the prices on a daily basis. I have been lucky as a Diamond and I’ve never had to pay for an upgrade but this changing of prices is unacceptable. I just got an email from the front office manager and she even wants me to pay for an upgrade to the deluxe garden with pool which is what my upgrade request shows as complimentary. From a post I read above, it seems they have changed their standard rooms and the regular garden pool is no longer the standard room. If my upgrade request shows the deluxe can they just change their rules and not honor this if it is available? In dealing with both hotels, I have found the people responding to be very rude and now I’m wondering if we chose the wrong place for our vacation. They don’t even say we will do our best to try to upgrade you, but want to go ahead and charge you for every room category. I haven’t seen that at other Hilton properties around the world. It’s really frustrating.