Tried & Tested
For those heading off to Bora Bora, an overnight stay in Papeete is often needed as flights don’t connect, however The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is worthy of way more than just one night as you fly in, or out of Tahiti. The property is on the water looking towards the island of Moorea, and has recently opened eight brand new overwater bungalows built around a private motu (islet). The bungalows are delightful, and are adjacent to the Lagoonarium, where you can snorkel or swim with colourful fish, and the massive Te Are swimming pool with its waterfalls.
We preferred to laze around the beautiful Le Lotus pool, which has a sandy bottom, a swim-up bar and Jacuzzi, with deck chairs dotted around under the swaying palms. Right next to the pool is the Le Lotus Restaurant, on stilts and with a romantic setting. We had an exquisite meal, not leaving anything to feed the fish hanging around underneath.
The property is set in 12 hectares of greenery, with mini plantations of vanilla and other plants dotted around. The Lagoonarium is definitely a highlight, a natural aquarium which houses a reef ecosystem with more than 200 species of sea creatures, including parrot fish, angelfish, Picasso fish and stingrays.