I had an opportunity to stay at a couple of Tahiti hotels on my recent trip to French Polynesia, both of which are conveniently located and can act as a hub while you explore the area before you head off to other islands. Below, you’ll get a flavor of both properties to see which one may be a better fit for you.
We were thrilled to be able to explore both Mo’orea and Tahiti hotels and guest houses as part of a press trip with Frenchbee Airlines and Tahiti Tourism earlier this month.
Other Tahiti hotels you may also want to consider include the Intercontinental Resort & Spa (we stayed at the one in Mo’orea so be sure to read my write up) and the Royal Tahitien.
Overlooking the ocean with both bungalows and hotel rooms to choose from, Le Meridien is only a 10-15 minute drive from the airport and a mere ten or so minutes from Le Lagoonarium, definitely worth exploring.
The rooms (and lobby) are airy with plenty of light and modern touches throughout. Rooms all have lagoon or garden views and even if you’re not in a bungalow overlooking the water, you can be in the ocean within five minutes of leaving your room.
While we were there, we experienced both sunny and cloudy days and it was exquisite in both cases. There are plenty of umbrellas so you can actually stay outside if its not pouring and still absorb the views. Remember, it’s always temperate weather here regardless of what time of year you visit.
A nice feature to Le Meridien if you have children in tow is their buffet in their main level diving room, which has views of a pond and outdoor serene area which leads to the beach. There’s also a gourmet French restaurant in addition to their international buffet-style eatery, as well as a bar beside the sand-bottom pool.
Rooms feature en suite bathrooms, balconies and flat-screen TVs, as well as Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and iPod docks and their suites add separate living areas or private furnished terraces.
As mentioned above, if you want to get out in the water and aren’t a swimmer, you can take out their kayaks complimentary during your stay and they also offer snorkeling, which is wonderful whether you are traveling with your family or as a romantic getaway.
Also on our Tahiti hotels list is Hotel Manava. This gem of a beachfront property is surrounded by tropical forest and like Le Meridien is only around 10-15 minutes from those stunning underwater views at the Lagoonarium.
The hotel “feels” much larger than Le Meridien and its decor is a bit more structured with clean lines –– inside and out. Because of its suites, it makes for a great family stay as well.
In between the lobby area and the hallways to the rooms, you walk through a pretty pathway that feels very Polynesian in every way — there’s great feng shui throughout the property with great wooden and bamboo beams, a life size Tahitian God and Goddess in the lobby area and lots of fresh flowers in pretty gardens.
They were doing construction when we were there in May around the pool area. The result for our stay was limited pool use (they’re adding a great area to the left of this part of the pool with a swim up bar). Looks like it will be amazing when done, so worth checking on the status of completion before you book.
The hotel‘s 120 plush island-style rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, minibars, tea and coffeemakers. Suites add sitting areas with pull-out sofas, along with kitchenettes and private terraces and upgraded suites feature separate living rooms.
They offer simple standard rooms, studios, suites, duplexes and apartments, including the luxe Lagoon apartment. They also have a penthouse with two bedrooms, which is a great for a business stay or if traveling with family.
As mentioned above, its clean lines decor if you will runs throughout all stay types and is the work of interior designer Bruno Hervochon. All the rooms reflect an authentic Polynesian decor while offering contemporary amenities and the comfort of an apartment.
While I’m not much of a morning person, we were there long enough for me to make it to a breakfast, which is worth doing. It’s not as if the morning buffet is above and beyond what you’d find at a standard 4 star hotel, however there are 3 memorable call-outs that I found refreshing:
- They have an upgraded coffee machine: coffee lovers can choose cappuccino, espresso, latte or regular coffee.
- Homemade breads: while there aren’t many, what is offered is really delicious, especially their carrot bread. I took some “to go” for our day time activities while we stayed there.
- There’s an outdoor patio: this is the real reason to venture downstairs for breakfast. It’s serene and relaxing and an easy place to hang out for awhile, read the paper, a magazine or write.
Beach walks are also a must as well as time in the garden areas as well. And, how about this arial view?
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