In addition to the natural beauty that is found in the Islands of Tahiti, another reason the islands are on the short list for most honeymoon clients are the iconic overwater bungalows that have captured the dreams of so many. While these suites are amazing for sure, many of my clients also love the garden and beach pool villas and bungalows for more privacy or to be closer to the main portions of the resorts, some larger suites are perfect for families or small wedding parties to share.
As with most destinations, there are so many accommodation options to choose from, something for every budget and personal vacation style – these are a few of my clients favorites in French Polynesia –
Rangiroa’s Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa
This popular four star luxury resort located on the coral atoll Rangiroa – intimate resort with 60 bungalows nestled in the beautiful gardens and coconut grove and overwater bungalows in the lagoon. Each bungalow is decorated in keeping with traditional Polynesian craftmanship and hospitality. At sunset, guest enjoy a tropical cocktail at the overwater bar Miki Miki Bar, guests dine at Te Rairoa Restaurant where the Chef creates culinary experience using local ingredients, romantic private dinners overlooking the lagoon – entertained by Polynesian Dance Shows. No trip is complete without a visit to the Poekura Spa.
Photo Credit Gerad Garcia – Hotel Kia Ora
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is the only five star luxury resort on Moorea, situated on a powder sugar white sand beach fronted by a crystal clear lagoon waters with lush mountains as a backdrop. It is ideal for guests seeking a unique private resort, exceptional service relaxing eco-friendly environment. Hilton Moorea features a total of 104 bungalows, 3 bars and restaurants – the longest happy hour (3 hours) on the island, overwater crepes bar for savory or sweet crepes overlooking blacktip sharks, amazing air-conditioned beachfront spa, a variety of meal plans to choose from – and because the resort faces north, enjoy amazing sunrise and sunset views – especially from your overwater bungalow – great resort to host your destination wedding.
Photo Credits Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
Four Seasons Bora Bora
In a word amazing ! Four Seasons Bora Bora is built in the shadow of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu on white sand beach fringed with the clearest of turquoise waters. Accommodations range from beachfront villas along the shoreline to luxury overwater bungalows with private pools afford amazing sunrise and sunset views- concierges to arrange a canoe over to a private motu where you will share a private dinner, tour Bora Bora by wave runners – Nestled at the lagoon’s edge you find the Kahaia tree-inspired spa- the ultimate in couple’s spa experiences in the overwater spa suite perched above the lagoon – Weddings and Vow Renewals at Four Seasons Bora Bora are magical events with a truly exotic tropical setting -whether in the intimate Aherenoa Chapel or on the Otemanu Beach.
Photo Credits Four Seasons Resorts
The Brando – Tetiaroa Private Island
This tropical paradise combines environmental purity, casual luxury and Polynesian charm and is just a short 20-minute flight from Tahiti and is French Polynesia’s only all-inclusive resort. Accommodation options include 35 private villas and 1 residence ranging from one-three bedrooms- some with amazing private outdoor tubs. A sanctuary for couples, families and groups – the entire island is LEE platinum certified. Dining options include in room dining, casual dining and fine dining at Les Mutines with a world-class wine cellar – have a beverage at Te Manu Bar or Bob’s Bar – Inspired partnerships with award-winning chefs creating innovative creations all the while working on island sustainability through thoughtful cultivation and harvesting techniques in the resort organic garden, nurturing Tetiaroa’s biodiversity through commitment to growing local bee population and harvesting their own honey – vegan and gluten free request are no problem at this resort – a Foodies haven for sure. Family activities on the beach, bike riding, hikes and nature walks, standup paddle boarding, Lagoon school for children ages 6-12 years old, whale watch in season, spend time on your private beach outside your villa or visit the Varua Polynesia Spa – nestled amongst the palm trees. **The resort is best known for being Marlon Brando’s private island, once considered a playground for the wealthy ** Voted “Best Resort in the World ” in Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2016
Photo Credits Katherine L. Blizzard, director of sales
Tahiti la Ora Beach Resort (managed by Sofitel) Tahiti, French Polynesia
For many guest arriving the island of Tahiti, their first point of arrival is Pape’ete (about 15 minutes from resort) I suggest that clients spend a couples days oh Tahiti getting used to the time zone and relax a bit from their journey to the islands or as a stopover before they begin their journey home – Tahiti la Ora Beach Resort is the only hotel in Tahiti on a natural white sand beach with direct access into the turquoise waters of the lagoon – what a way to begin their vacation in French Polynesia. The resort offers a total of 146 rooms and suites ranging from tropical garden views, sea views and 12 overwater bungalows featuring a blend of contemporary French styling with tropical Polynesian touches. panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean with swoon worthy sunsets. The resort offers two restaurants, two bars, the largest white sand bottom swimming pool in the South Pacific, numerous activities that can be arranged for guests.
Photo Credits Heikura Vaxelaire-Sofitel
These are but a few of the accommodations that are available throughout the Islands of Tahiti – I would love the opportunity to put together the perfect combination of French Polynesia islands combined with flights, accommodations, tours and activities such as I did for this client’s milestone wedding anniversary vacation to help create memories to last a lifetime.
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