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Tahiti and Her Islands are what you've always imagined the South Seas to be - an idyllic getaway from the stress of the modern world, resembling heaven more than earth. The palm-fringed beaches of Bora Bora are the perfect launch into the striking coral reefs, abundant with colorful marine life. Moorea's deep and spectacular bays are surrounded by green-covered mountains that rise from the bottom of the sea, and the panorama from Belvedere Lookout is breathtaking. Tahiti, the largest island, is for the person who wants to try a little of everything that the modern and natural worlds have to offer.
On all the islands, you can spend endless days snorkeling and diving, or swimming side-by-side with turtles and manta rays. Feel the cooling breeze in your hair as you parasail or jet ski. Check out the local markets for original art, pearls and wooden carvings. Sample fine dining with influences from France and the South Pacific, and stay in accommodations ranging from exquisite beachside resorts to intimate bungalows. No matter which island you visit, you'll find the same untouched environment that inspired the great paintings of Gauguin, and countless others.
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Le Meridien Tahiti Resort Tour
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Distance from hotel to town, 10 miles (16 kms). Distance from hotel to airport, 6 miles (10 kms).
Located along a lagoon on one of the most beautiful, and unique, white sand beaches of Tahiti, Le Meridien Tahiti is perfectly integrated into the luxuriant vegetation on the island. The thoroughly modern resort offers 138 garden and lagoon view rooms and suites, as well as 12 Polynesian style, overwater bungalows. The gourmet Le Carre restaurant offers refined and creative cuisine before an exceptional panorama of the sister island Moorea; surrounded by exotic gardens, the 300 seat La Plantation restaurant presents a mix of Polynesian and international specialties. Discover art at l'Atelier, the resort's on site artists' space which offers painting workshops with artists in residence and learn local recipes with our unique personalized cooking classes provided by our Chef. The hotel features watersports equipment and family style activities. New "Le Meridien Beds", flat screen television, wireless access in all rooms and public spaces are part of the recent improvements of the hotel.
Chasing Waterfalls In Tahiti
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Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
Distance from hotel to town, 15 minutes. Distance from hotel to Bora Bora Airport (BOB), 30 minutes.
Located on Motu Piti Aau ("Two hearts" in Tahitian), InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is an upscale hotel on Bora Bora. The resort called for revolutionary solutions in both environmental protection and comfort. The sea water air-conditioning system is unique in French Polynesia and eliminates pollutants' effects. This deep sea water is also used in the Thalasso Spa. Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm is a 13,000 square foot spa with relaxation area, multi-sensory outdoor spas, steam baths, showers, overwater massage bungalows, fully-equipped fitness center, tea lounge and boutique. The overwater wedding chapel is the first of its kind in French Polynesia. The architects and interior designers, in cooperation with the InterContinental Hotels Group have combined Polynesian tradition and contemporary style, making this resort hotel unique beyond compare.
St Regis Bora Bora
Distance from hotel to Bora Bora Airport (BOB), 20 minutes.
Edged by powdery sands and a tranquil lagoon, this resort represents the epitome of carefree elegance. A total of 74 one-bedroom villas skim the lagoon, with 8 of these featuring terrace Jacuzzis. The 5 two-bedroom over-water villas with private swimming pools are a first in French Polynesia. Nestled on the beach are 11 one-bedroom villas and 2 two-bedroom villas. The 13,000-square foot Royal Estate, majestic on its secluded cove and extending over 3 separate pavilions, surpasses every expectation.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Distance from hotel to town by boat, 5 miles (8 kms). Distance from hotel to airport by boat, 2 miles (3 kms).
The Four Seasons Resort is located on its own private island motu with just 100 exclusive over-water bungalows and 7 beach front villas nestled around a crystalline lagoon and ancient volcanic peaks. The resorts' public areas and private villas are strategically hidden amidst lush vegetation consisting of coconut and tiare trees, bougainvilleas, pandanus trees, and bird of paradise. The various buildings form a village based on Polynesian cultural history and architecture using traditional, indigenous materials to take full advantage of the natural surroundings on land and in the dramatic turquoise lagoon. Guests are greeted at Bora Bora Airport (BOB) by Four Seasons staff with a chilled towel and cold beverage and then transported via luxury boat launch to our arrivals pavilion, approximately 10 minutes. Upon arrival at the resort, guests are escorted by a Four Seasons staff via motorized cart for a brief orientation of the resort grounds and then to their air-conditioned over-water suite or beachfront villa. Four Seasons Bora Bora suites and villas are decorated in natural colors and fabrics with refined Polynesian objects reflecting the culture, indigenous wild and marine life, and native landscape. Every attempt was made to bridge the gap between the natural outdoor world and the comforts and convenience of a luxury suite. To create a world that is both at one with nature but also incredibly indulgent.
Bloody Marys Bora Bora
Rainbow over Bora Bora Taken From the Paul Gauguin
While Huahine has all of the natural beauty of the other islands, this one is more remote and may be the best ambassador of Tahitian culture, archaeology and mystery. The island is home to the largest concentration of pre-European ancient temples known as marae, of which local guides are quite knowledgeable. A small, scenic road runs throughout Huahine, giving you a glimpse of beautiful vistas and quaint villages where local arts and crafts are displayed and sold. Vacationers often rent their own transportation to travel this road, and to visit the banana, coconut, and melon plantations that make the air so fragrant.
Driving Tour Of Huahine
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Royal Huahine Resort
Experience magical, lush, tropical surroundings, tucked away in a small bay on the island of Huahine, in Tahiti's Leeward islands. The only access to the resort is by boat. After a short 35 minute flight from Tahiti with the local air carrier, Air Tahiti, you will be driven to Huahine's nearby main village of Fare. Along the way, you will begin to discover Huahine's magnificent variety of exotic plants. Vanilla, coffee, watermelon and taro plantations abound, while breadfruit, mango, banana, and papaya groves may be found throughout the Island. You may pass a local fisherman selling his daily catch along the road. While enjoying the 15 minute boat ride from the village to the resort, through a breathtaking turquoise blue lagoon, you may catch a glimpse of some of the island's rich marine life. Upon arrival at the resort, you will immediately discover just how uniquely different Te Tiare Beach Resort really is.
Mataii Lapita Village Resort Huahine
Distance from hotel to city, 0.5 miles (1 km). Distance from hotel to Huahine-Fare Airport (HUH), 2 miles (3 kms).
The Maitai Lapita Village hotel, near the village of Fare on the island of Huahine, is located on an exceptional site. The restaurant, bar and pool face the ocean and a magnificent white sand beach that borders the crystal clear lagoon perfect for snorkeling. The sunsets here are spectacular and offer a panoramic view of three other of the Leeward Islands: Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora-Bora. Stretching from the beach inland the property is arranged around a fresh water lake dotted with water lilies and surrounded by tropical plants with multicolored and scented native flowers. Huahine and the Maitai's site have an inheritance of a rich past which has contributed enormously to present day French Polynesia.
Moorea has always been the choice of painters and writers, soaring out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet pinnacles. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the mountains where threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Moorea is circled with simple pastel-painted villages, surrounded by hibiscus gardens and exotic birds. Eco-tours are a popular way to take in natural wonders such as these, and other pursuits like whale watching and hiking the legendary Opunohu and Cook Bay
s. For those less adventurous, Moorea's white sand beaches and golf course are nice, laid-back alternatives.
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Sofitel Moorea Resort
Distance from hotel to town, 10 minutes. Distance from hotel to Moorea Airport (MOZ), 5 minutes.
On the edge of a magnificent lagoon and the most beautiful and longest white sandy beach of Moorea, this resort boasts serene views that stretch beyond the sparkling lagoon (the biggest of the island) to the lush green of Tahiti. The spectacular Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora offers guests the choice of over-water (the most spacious on the island), beachfront or garden bungalows, all superbly appointed with a full complement of amenities to ensure your absolute comfort. Every meal will be a memorable occasion (the must is a dinner at gourmet beach "K" restaurant) and for your recreation you will find a beautiful outdoor pool, an outstanding day Spa and other facilities. The resort can also arrange bike rentals, snorkeling and scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kayaks, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and more, for the ultimate adventure in paradise.
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort
Distance from hotel to airport, 15 minutes.
Located on a pristine island of white beaches, volcanic peaks, vanilla and pineapple plantations with a beauty and remoteness essentially untouched by modern man, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort offers incredibly romantic diversions and a rejuvenating natural spa. Each of the hotel's 54 over-water bungalows and 52 garden and beach bungalows provide unparalleled views. The "island on an island" over-water rooms are equipped with glass floor viewing panels and are connected by winding, wooden walkways built over the lagoon. The hotel also offers gourmet dining, horseback riding, mountain biking, 4x4 rentals, tennis and the Mandara Spa.
Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa
Distance from hotel to port, 30 minutes. Distance from hotel to Moorea Airport (MOZ), 18 miles (29 kms).
Situated on one of the most spectacular tropical islands of French Polynesia, and set within 17 acres of lush gardens, this resort provides a magnificent setting for a memorable South Seas vacation. The resort features 143 deluxe rooms and bungalows. All bungalows are junior-suite sized with a large terrace featuring a fare pote (gazebo) for outdoor dining; garden bungalows have a plunge pool with covered trellis for privacy. There are 3 restaurants and 2 bars, Moorea Dolphin Center, world renown Helene Spa, a 5 Star PADI dive center and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center.
Cruise Tahiti on the Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruises to the Society Islands
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Paul Gauguin Cruises offers small luxury cruises to idyllic destinations in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. Designed specifically to sail French Polynesia's lagoons, the renowned m/s Paul Gauguin is the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury ship in the South Pacific. No other luxury vessel in history has offered this level of single-destination focus and expertise on a year-round basis for such an extended period of time.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is known for exceptional service that is distinguished by Polynesian hospitality and by one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea. Our small luxury cruises feature spacious oceanview accommodations including balconies in select stateroom categories, gourmet dining inspired by one of the top chefs in Paris, a lavish spa with signature treatments, expansive deck space and pool, a fitness center, a boutique, and a lounge with live entertainment. The Gauguin also offers a watersports marina for kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and PADI SCUBA diving programs. Exclusive to Paul Gauguin Cruises, is our private beach retreats off the coast of Taha'a (Motu Mahana) and in Bora Bora. Come discover our extraordinary value in luxury cruising.