5 best Tahiti resorts which offer a little slice of paradise
Who hasn’t dreamed of vacationing in Tahiti, surrounded by turquoise lagoons, sugar sand beaches, and swaying palms. French Polynesia has beckoned travelers since Captain Cook and his crew first returned with tales of an indescribably beautiful place with wonderful people.
Paul Gauguin added to the appeal with his brilliantly colored depictions of island life, and today, Tahiti is more popular ever. Nonstop service from Los Angeles makes Tahiti accessible – the flight takes just 8 hours and 20 minutes. And Tahiti vacation packages made it affordable too.
There are six Tahiti resorts to choose from, and most are about a 10 or 15-minute drive from Papeete, the capital city.
The most affordable Tahiti resort, Hotel Le Royal Tahitien is located on a black-sand beach that’s popular with locals. Rooms are in two-story condo-style buildings spread across the pretty grounds. The pool has a waterfall and spa, and there’s an oceanfront bar with live music on weekends. The restaurant here is very good and reasonably priced, and the service throughout the resort is really friendly.
The old Tahiti Beachcomber from the 1960s was reborn as the InterContinental Resort Tahiti, and today, it’s the best resort in Tahiti. Located at Tataa Point on 30 acres that surround a man-made lagoon with white-sand beach, it has a variety of accommodations. The best are the 31 overwater bungalows that look out at the island of Moorea. Rooms have hand-crafted beds marble baths, and balconies or patios. There are two infinity pools, tennis, and water sports, and on Friday and Saturday nights, a local dance troupe performs.
The lovely Le Meridien Tahiti is quite a way from town, but the resort provides shuttle service to Papeete several times a day. Island-style architecture and a natural, white-sand beach are the big attractions here. You can wade into the sandy bottom pool from the beach. The restaurant is one of the best on the island, and there’s a small grocery and convenience store next door. Twelve overwater bungalows are available and standard rooms have balconies – request one overlooking Moorea.
The newest resort in Tahiti, the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti offers a variety of room types, including some with Jacuzzis on the balcony. The location on Lafayette Beach is terrific, and there’s a full-service spa and health club. A dance show livens things up on Friday nights and Tahitian dancing and cooking classes are available.
The most popular Tahiti resort for groups, the Sheraton Hotel Tahiti & Spa is within walking distance of Papeete. It’s not the best choice if the beach is your top priority. But it has a good pool, and overwater dining room, and a spa nestled in the rocks. Rooms are nicely done with coconut wood floors, cane furniture, and marble bathrooms. A good dive shop is on site, and the fitness center is better than most.
Located on Maeva Beach, the Sofitel Tahiti Maeve Beach Resort is usually less expensive then the InterContinental or Le Meridien. The brightly colored rooms have flat-screen TVs and balconies, but they’re a little smaller than some. There’s a pool with nice views of Moorea, tennis, an 18-hols gold course, and a Teppanyaki restaurant.