Another Famil trip with work, where I was lucky enough to visit Tahiti for four days in November 2018! I thought I would list some cute features of a few of the hotels I visited (or you can just enjoy the photo spam).
Tahiti tips in general:
- Airport has no air-conditioning. Get a lounge pass/Koru Membership/find a mate at the airport who can take you in!
- Roulotes is a cute little place in the evenings full of food trucks and the like – cash only!
- Moorea is about twice the size of Rarotonga but similar, with only one main road around, so you can’t really get lost.
- Ferry to Moorea is 30 minutes & Ferry Terminal from the airport is about 10 minutes.
- All restaurants will pick you up/drop off for dinner reservations fo-freeeee.
- Openohu Bay has great snorkeling (a short walk from the Hilton)
- You will 100% do the lagoon tour with the rays and sharks, so you may as well prebook so you are not in your pocket when you are here…
Manava Resort & Spa (Moorea): is only a 5 minute walking distance to the local village and is a quaint little property. I truly think, if you do not want to splash out on an Overwater Bungalow, that the Beach Front rooms are more than pleasant! 5.30am has never looked (or sounded) so beautiful…
Moorea Beach Cafe’ is somewhere to eat and I mean EAT. I have a video recording of the steak I ordered, which I couldn’t share with you, but you can hear someone literally asking me “would you like something to go with your meat?” and there was something (beans), with something (fries) and a cutesy little desert to squash in after – why not! They have a cute little Verve Clique shop on site and some resident sea life to “fish-watch” while you wait for your meal. A gorgeous place for a sunset!
Hot tip: don’t wear anything tight around the waistline.
Sofitel: is the only property that sees the mainland lights at night. Most of the Garden Bungalows have ocean views!
…..and the mini bar included and filled daily #winning
Hilton: is the only 5 star property on Moorea and is the best location for sunrise and sunset. You can enjoy Sunrise Yoga on the pontoon on select mornings, sunset couples massage on request on the pontoon, over the water and you can even see whales when they are in season from, you guessed it, the pontoon! At the Hilton there is a really cute place near (need I say it?) the pontoon for a night cap – here, you can sit outside the Crepe Bar, vino in hand and see if you can spot the resident sharks and hermit crabs that like to visit from time to time.
Cute features are the claw foot baths! Oh, and free mini bar refilled daily #winningagain
Free time at the Hilton looks like…
Intercontinental (Moorea): grow their own produce on site and are the largest resort in Moorea – they even have a heli-pad!
Intercon have a resident dolphin on site that you can interact with: children 3y/o + can do the shallow water experience and older can do deeper water dolphin experience. Their Over Water Bungalows are not entirely over the water (some of it is still on the land & kind of sticks out onto the water) and for families, you can get inter-connecting rooms but it is better value to get a bungalow. Intercon use their pool area as part of their dance show, where people from the Cirque du Soleil perform on: Mon, Wed & Sat.
Interconinental (Papeete): if you plan to stay longer than pre/post, go for the Panoramic Rooms as they are in the quieter area of the hotel. Lotus restaurant on the rotunda for lunch/dinner is really lovely, especially around sunset, but you must make reservations. The lagoon area is sea water, with planted coral to make an indoor snorkel area; this is great for the kiddos who are not quite big enough to go out into the sea.
Manava Resort & Spa (Papeete): is about a 15 minute drive to the city with no traffic and 10 minutes to airport. It is really good for a basic, clean, tidy pre/post property before hitting the outer islands. Most of the international flights arrive or depart at not the nicest of hours, so pre/post accommodation is a must in most cases.
Thank you @tahititourisme #lovetahiti
Until the next time,