Janelle and I chose to spend the final night of our March 2010 French Polynesia trip at Papeete's newest resort, and were very pleased with our stay! We were in a Lagoon Suite with an incredible view over the infinity pool and out to Moorea off the large balcony (equipped with 2 chairs and a table).
Manava also offers standard guestrooms (your basic hotel room with a bedroom with queen-size or twin beds and desk & chair and a full bathroom), that are small but offer a great value for a quick overnight stay. Lagoon and Garden Studio Suites offer more space than the guestrooms for a bit more cost; these do not have the living area or the kitchen you'll find in the Suites, but do have a small sitting area in the bedroom and a good-sized balcony or terrace. One and two bedroom Duplex Suites and 1, 2, and 3 bedroom Manava Suites are also available for those who would prefer a different layout or more space.
The resort grounds are fairly compact, but do offer a gorgeous infinity pool with views to Moorea, a small sand beach in place of a pool terrace, and 2 tiny "islands" where you can lay out or get a massage.
Beautiful black and white photographs decorate the hotel's common areas and rooms.
The 2-story lobby
Entrance to the bar
To top off a great stay, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset!
For those who are planning a longer stay and want more convenient access to downtown Papeete, a larger resort with more to see and do, and a more traditionally Polynesian feel, the Intercontinental (as seen from the plane in the photo below) is still my favorite resort on Tahiti!