Boutique Sleep by Teahupoo
Easily Tahiti's best boutique lodging choice, Vanira Lodge is on the mountain- side of the road, up a very steep driveway, in the wilder south side of the island, known as Tahiti Iti, near Teahupoo. The idyllic location provides fabulous lagoon views, with colors you can't see elsewhere. Lodging here is in architecturally stimulating bungalows made from a mixed medium combination of bamboo, coral, rock, stained glass, thatch and reed and rock. I loved the interior design here as well, with each bungalow featuring a slightly different footprint: whether it be the hand-carved furniture or in the family sized bungalows an outdoor kitchen. A swimming pool, lily pond and plenty of open space for children to play add to the family appeal. There is also an on-site restaurant, which is quite good and also makes meals easier, as the location is definitely remote – Teahupoo village and the surf beach are 15-minutes walk away. That said, the lodge can arrange a myriad of activities from snorkeling trips to surf lessons, and they let guests borrow bikes while staying. Still, having a rental car makes things easier.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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Teahupo'o, French Polynesia
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