The tropical gardens of the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa lie just five minutes from Tahiti Airport and not much more than ten from downtown Papeete. The super convenient location means it’s a place where many people get their very first experience of a classic Polynesian resort, and an overwater bungalow stay.
The overwater bungalows section though is more quiet and peaceful, relatively speaking, and so you in some ways you can have a romantic getaway or honeymoon while still being able to enjoy the buzz of a lively resort.
You’ll find lots to do here with shops, fine restaurants, fun bars, a fabulous spa and plenty of water sports and other activities to pass the time with. That plus the fact that you’re so close to the capital city of Pape’ete means it’s almost impossible to get bored.
The have a range of accommodation at the Intercontinental, mainly rooms at the main hotel building which come in various sizes and which have balconies with garden and sea views, but also overwater bungalows with outdoor terraces and lovely views of Moorea Island just across the water.
These overwater bungalows are in two sections. Eight 400 square feet/37 square meter units surround the resort’s motu (islet) where the lagoonarium and the main pool are situated, while the others are down a coast with a wooden walkway placing them a little farther out on the ocean.
The latter are referred to as Overwater Motu Bungalows on the booking page and come with 400 square feet/37 square meters of internal space and an impressive 344 square feet/ 32 square meter terrace.
The Lagoon Bungalows come in two sizes – the standard models are larger internally than the Motu Bungalows but smaller externally – 414 square feet/39 square meters indoors with a 129 square feet/12 square meter terrace. The Superior Bungalows, the pick of the bunch at this resort, are a similar size indoors but come with a 183 square feet/17 square meter terrace.
The majority of the accommodation choices, but in particular the overwater bungalows, are tastefully designed and decorated, displaying a nice, subtle fusion between modern conveniences and traditional Polynesian styling.
Though the overwaters are certainly cosy and romantic, the resort itself is busy and developed (as is the island of Tahiti in general) so compared to resorts on Moorea or in particular Bora Bora, some may find it not so ideal for an intimate getaway. Others though may prefer the buzz of a livelier resort, and island.
Check out all the details – prices, reviews & more photos, on the booking page here.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
The main choices of restaurants and bars at the InterContinental Tahiti as are follows; the intimate, romantic Le Lotus Restaurant which is set on an overwater deck and serves gourmet food alongside a choice of quality French wines.
The much larger Tiare has a variety of international food from snacks and salads to seafood and meat dishes using locally caught seafood and imported New Zealand beef and lamb. It is far more lively than Le Lotus, which is the place for a romantic, candle lit meal, and hosts live Polynesian music and dance shows (on Wednesdays and Fridays at the time of writing.)
The most famous bar at the resort is the Tiki, a classically styled Tahitian bar which also has live events, serves signature cocktails in hollowed out coconuts and pineapples and is consistently popular with both tourists and locals alike. The Lotus Bar is a swim up bar at the main, sand floored, infinity swimming pool and is then there is the Lobby Bar which serves snacks and drinks 24 hours a day.
You can also choose to have a gourmet meal ordered to your room, and private dining in a romantic setting overlooking the water can also be arranged.
There are tennis courts at the resort, a 24 hour health and fitness center/gym and then there is what is probably the best spa on the island of Tahiti; the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm.
All sorts of water, and other sports and activities can be arranged at the InterContinental, including surfing (plus surfing lessons), snorkeling, diving, boat tours, catamaran cruises, 4×4 jungle tours, nature & cultural tours, quad biking, horseback riding etc. etc.
The resort is very family friendly and children will also be well entertained, with special, fun and educational activities, and special kid’s meals available at the restaurants. Baby sitting and child minding services are available too.
“Fantastic!!! Everything about this place is spectacular. They have the friendliest and most helpful staff I have ever interacted with in a hotel….”
“The hotel grounds are lovely with beautiful views looking out towards Moorea. We admired the surf breaking along the reef from our room balcony and enjoyed the hotel amenities: lovely and varied breakfast buffet, pool and swimming with fish in lagoonarium, walking paths. We also found hotel staff to be very accommodating with genuine friendliness. The gentle nature of the island culture is immediately apparent. A lovely first stop after a long flight!…”
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