In one of my last posts here on the OneTravel blog, I offered a few basic tips on making the most of a visit to Tahiti based on my recent experience in French Polynesia. As mentioned in that piece, I had the great pleasure of calling the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti my home for part of my time there. I found the resort to be an excellent place for a relaxing intro to paradise and thought to augment that last Tahiti related post it might be nice to focus more closely on a few of the little things that helped make my Intercontinental stay such a tropical treat.
Location, location, lull-cation
Despite its lagoon side setting spread across 23 verdant and attractively landscaped acres, this four star resort is but a few minutes’ drive from Faa’a International Airport and only a couple or so minutes further from the relative bustle of downtown Pape’ete. Coming from pretty much anywhere except another nearby island, odds are you’ll pass through Faa’a, making the Intercontinental a smart and hassle free option. If you’re planning to island hop your way around Polynesia or hit the high seas for some of the trip, starting and ending your South Pacific adventure here would ensure a convenient opportunity to clean up and get some rest before your flight.
A Head for Comfort
Looking for something to read in bed? How about the resort’s pillow menu with a selection of five different pillows for guests to choose and have delivered to their rooms. Tend to sleep on your stomach or side? Need some extra neck support? Would a firm and contoured pillow prevent you (or your bedmate) from snoring? There’s a pillow for that.
Three Michelin Stars and a Moon over Moorea
One of the best meals I had during my Tahitian holiday was at three Michelin star restaurant Le Lotus, located at the resort. Grilled catch of the day with breadfruit purée with a Tahitian vanilla flavoured “local pumpkin mushy” and coconut mousse: subtle, delicate and … now I’m hungry and wishing I was back in Tahiti!
Situated over the lagoon (check out all of the colourful fishies below nibbling on the crumbs from your table) with a stunning view of nearby island Moorea (book a table for sunset and enjoy Mother Nature’s light show), Le Lotus offers haute cuisine in an “oh my god” setting. Fancy a cold drink? This has got to be the only three Michelin starred restaurant in the world with its own swim-up bar perched on the edge of an infinity pool.
So. Much. More.
Comfortable, convenience and gourmet – what else could you want? How about top notch service, nightly entertainment, a long list of amenities and activities (I loved paddling around the lagoon in the sea kayaks available for free to guests). From its very own lagoonarium to “Overwater Motu Bungalows” and much, much more – there are plenty of amazing reasons to make the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti your base while discovering the joys of French Polynesia.
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