Starving Myself In My Overwater Bungalow
Back in 2009 I got in on a pricing mistake for the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort overwater bungalows. The rooms were listed in Congolese Francs (CDF) instead of French Pacific Francs (CFP) which meant they were a tenth of the normal rate. So my overwater bungalow with breakfast and dinner came to a grand total of $130 a night.
At the time I was still trying to establish myself in my nonprofit career so money was tight and after shelling out nearly $1,000 each for our flights out there my friend and I were both feeling rather thrifty. And was completely unprepared for French Polynesia hotel prices.
The cheapest lunch menu item was a club sandwich for ~$30. A soda was $10. The local beer was ~$7.
Eating at the tiki hut creperie started at $20+ a crepe but it was only open two nights a week. And dinner started at $50 an entree.
Fortunately breakfast and dinner were included, but lunch was a problem as there weren’t any restaurants near the hotel. After two days of splitting club sandwiches and drinking lots of ice water we decided to see if we could skip lunch entirely. We ate breakfast as late as possible and planned to show up to dinner as soon as the restaurant opened.
But after swimming all morning we were starving by noon and resorted to digging through our luggage for any leftover airline snacks and even eating the formerly despised welcome gift of shredded coconut. The day couldn’t end fast enough.
The next day we rented a car to see the island and stopped at the one major grocery store to stock up on slightly more affordable snacks and drinks. And warned everyone else we knew to come prepared!
The hotel and Moorea experience was amazing and yet it’s funny that one hungry day wound up being the most memorable!
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