InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Photo by InterContential Tahiti Resort
The overwater bungalow concept was invented on the Islands of Tahiti, so staying in one here is a worthwhile experience. And unlike on islands like Bora Bora, overwater bungalows at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti are more affordable, making them an option to more than just the very rich. There are 32 overwater bungalows at Tahiti's top luxury resort as well as a few hundred rooms in three beachside buildings plus two infinity pools, a swim-up bar and a private beach (the sand is imported, however) and a lovely spa. Modeled on traditional Polynesian fare houses, the stilted overwater bungalows reach out over the lagoon. With roofs woven from pandanus leaves and private jetties that provide direct access to the water, they also feature private terraces ideal for watching the sunset.
The onsite Tiare Restaurant features an open kitchen and puts on nightly Tahitian dance performances. While the other restaurant, Le Lotus, is set in an overwater building and has a romantic vibe with live piano, views and French cuisine. The Tiki Bar here is a favorite local watering hole and serves cocktails in coconuts among its libation offerings.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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PK7, Fa'a'ā 98702, French Polynesia
+689 40 86 51 10