Staying in Tahiti overnight? Lucky you! You’ll definitely want to stay in one of the Tahiti hotels on water.
There is a plethora of Tahiti hotels on water to choose from, though. So, how to you pick?
Allow me to assist.
As a full-time travel blogger, I have a keen eye for a what makes a hotel the best, and, let me tell you, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is without-a-doubt one of the best Tahiti hotels on water.
(By the way, this post is not sponsored or affiliated with the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa.)
Review Of The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa Property
Upon arrival to the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, you are met with friendly faces to carry your luggage, a lively tropical lobby and a large ocean-view lobby terrace.
The rooms are situated on the outermost boundaries of the resort. They create a safe barrier between the property and the public.
Inside the barrier, clean-cut grass and colorful flowers flourish alongside the pools, lagoon, bungalows and walking path. Likewise, there is no shortage of palm trees, and, therefore, no shortage of shade.
If you prefer the sun, there is no shortage of that either.
In the sunshine, you’ll find two magazine-cover-worthy infinity pools, the resort’s private lagoon, beaches and, of course, the iconic views of the ocean reef and Moorea.
Complimentary Resort Amenities
The wide range of resort amenities at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa alone demonstrates that this resort is one of the best Tahiti hotels on water.
Here is a modest list of the complimentary InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa amenities:
- Two infinity pools (one of which has a sand floor, beach and jacuzzi; the other has a large waterfall).
- Swim-up bar.
- Ocean-fed lagoonarium (a lagoon monitored by scientists) for swimming/snorkeling.
- Private sand beach on the lagoonarium.
- Complimentary snorkel, google and fin rentals.
- Complimentary kayak rentals (single or double).
- Tennis court.
- Volleyball court.
- Fitness center.
- Shower room and pool day-pass if your flight arrives before check-in.
Not going to lie, the pool day-pass really came in clutch for us. I thought we were going to have to sit in the lobby until check-in, but we were actually able to shower, get ready and spend essentially an entire extra day enjoying Tahiti.
Other Resort Amenities (Tahiti Hotels On Water)
Believe it or not, the above list doesn’t even included the paid resort activities.
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa offers the following amenities and activities for reasonable fees:
- Spa treatments (messages, facials, etc.).
- Scuba diving excursions.
- Sailing excursions.
- Snorkeling excursions.
- Jet skiing with dolphins, humpback whales and stingray (my personal favorite).
- Water skiing.
- Island tours.
- 4×4 and off-road island excursions.
- Jungle hiking trips.
- Dolphin cruises.
- Whale watching excursions.
- Deep sea fishing.
- Half or full-day excursions to Bora Bora.
- Half or full-day excursions to Moorea.
- Souvenir boutique.
- Pearl shop.
- Craft market.
Did you read the bullet point about jet skiing with dolphins, humpback whales and stingray?
Yep, that’s right. During our time at the resort, we paid to jet ski the Pacific where we saw 40+ dolphins, a whale breach and two stingray. It was definitely a trip highlight, as you could imagine.
Even though the resort has no control over wildlife, the guides know exactly where the dolphins, whales and stingray typically hang out.
Besides jet skiing, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa has plenty of activities to offer, ensuring you a full trip itinerary without even leaving the resort.
In addition, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa has two restaurants (Te Tiare and Le Lotus), three bars (Lotus Swim-Up Bar, Tiki Bar and the Lobby Bar Terrace), and seasonal Tahitian festivals and brunches on site.
We ate every breakfast at the Te Tiare restaurant. This was the meal that was included in our Costco Travel vacation package.
Te Tiare, a poolside semi-outdoor eatery, boasts an extravagant daily breakfast buffet filled with authentic French pastries, bacon, hash browns, popular Tahitian breakfast foods and local tropical fruits.
Breakfast was certainly our favorite meal of the day here. However, note that flies are no strangers to French Polynesia. Luckily, the InterContinental staff was good at covering the fly-favored foods when necessary.
Review Of Location (Tahiti Hotels On Water)
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is in a prime location.
It’s only a five minute drive from the airport, making it one of the best Tahiti resorts near the airport.
Furthermore, the resort is situated on the northwestern coast of the island, which means the property has an unmatched panoramic view of Moorea.
Lastly, as you already know, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is waterfront property. Simply put, it is one of the best Tahiti hotels on water.
The rooms at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa exude tropical paradise. From grandiose tropical bed frames to local Tahitian wall art, this resort maximized thematic decorations without being cheesy.
Not only are all of the rooms completed with tropical Tahitian art and furniture. Additionally, the bathroom is filled with beautiful marble. The bed was as fluffy as a cloud. And, we even had our own private ocean-view balcony.
Our packaged included accommodations in the Superior Ocean View room. Here was our balcony view!
Review Of Staff Culture (Tahiti Hotels On Water)
The culture of French Polynesia is known for its joyful and welcoming heart. The presence of this culture is obvious throughout the entire resort.
Every staff member is equipped with a smile and servant’s heart. As you pass the property gardeners, they will greet you with a melodic “Ia Orana” (“hello”). As you enter Le Tiare for breakfast, you’ll immediately feel like family.
The kind culture of French Polynesia pours out through the actions of the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa staff members.
How To Stay At InterContinental Tahiti For Cheap
Rates for the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa typically run at a few hundred dollars per night, depending on the season.
However, we were able to get a much better deal with an insider secret: Costco Travel.
Through Costco Travel, we were able to stay at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa for three days, as well as the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana for 6 days. Our package cost about $2000 per person, including all airfare, ground transportation, most meals, a lei greeting and more.
For a complete overview of our incredible Costco Travel experience, click here.
Overall Rating Of InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa (Tahiti Hotels On Water)
Overall, I would 100% recommend staying at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa for your Tahiti travels.
Despite the inevitable sunburn and occasional pesky fruit fly, I basically have no complaints about this resort.
From the tropically immersive resort property to the jaw-dropping list of complimentary amenities, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is sure to conceive an unforgettable dream vacation.
Plus, it’s on the water. And, it’s close to the airport.
Would you stay at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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