InterContinental Resort Tahiti
What We Love
- In-room Internet access, not necessarily a given on these islands
- A choice of a bustling restaurant with nightly entertainment or romantic overwater bistro
- A full service spa offering Algotherm treatments or more traditional Polynesian massage
What To Know
- The private beach is actually imported sand along the edge of a lagoon
- There’s a surcharge for Internet access of around $10 per hour
- There’s a fee for childcare
- Airport shuttle fee is approximately $44 per vehicle (one way)
- There is a fee for breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The InterContinental Resort Tahiti sits on almost 30 acres of lush greenery and features two infinity pools (one with a swim-up bar), 32 overwater bungalows and 226 rooms in a collection of three beachside buildings. Bungalows have thatched roofs and mix chic furnishings with traditional wicker chairs and woven wall coverings. Dry-land accommodations have less Polynesian touches and dark wood furniture, but all feature private terraces or balconies. The Tiare Restaurant has an open kitchen, which serves healthy dishes including salads and freshly caught fish, best enjoyed while watching the nightly Tahitian dance performances. It’s a quieter vibe over at Le Lotus restaurant in an overwater building with a tinkling piano, romantic views and French cuisine. After dinner, head to the Tiki Bar (a local favorite) and go native by having your cocktail in a coconut.
In the Area
Local attractions in the nearby town of Papeete include Parc Bougainville, a good place to find some peace and shade, as is Tahiti’s oldest Catholic church, Cathédrale de l’Immaculée Conception. For those looking to spend, try Robert Wan for black pearls, (visit the Black Pearl Museum he set up too), and Papeete Market, where you can buy produce as well as souvenirs. Be sure to buy a crepe from one of the many roulottes (food trucks) on Vaiete Square near the waterfront, which is where the action is come evening.
How to Get There
Coming from New England, traveling in the winter poses potential travel delays that require proactive effort. We decided to arrive 4 days early to ensure that we were able to connect with our Oceania cruise from Tahiti to Lima. Arriving at 12:30 am due to travel delays from SFO, we found the staff ready to quickly put us into our room. After a good night's sleep, we awoke to a beautiful garden view with the ocean in the distance. The included breakfast buffet was awesome, with lots of fresh fruit and almost any kind of hot dish one might want. The daily shuttle ($10 each way) got us in and out of Papeete during the day, but unfortunately was unavailable in the evening (taxi: $30 after 8 pm). As we expected to snorkel during the cruise, we found that their Lagoonarium was a great way to get used to snorkeling (1 hr. free), with lots of fish around to see. With 2 free evening shows during our stay and a beautiful view of palm trees and overwater bungalos, the hotel was ideally what we expected of French Polynesia. Very comfortable, great service, and knowledgeable staff. Great place to decompress.
We stayed here after disembarking a cruise ship. It’s certainly expensive. We needed early morning checkin one day and late checkout the next day. It ended up being a reservation for two nights to cover our needs. The room was clean and comfortable and service was friendly for the most part. Breakfast was only a buffet and not particularly good. But we had lunch and dinner at the Lotus Restaurant which was superb. The chef is very creative and the food very fresh and flavorful. A sandwich and drink at the Tiki bar was also fine. And the dive shop is really good. Unfortunately, they were having boat issues and had to cancel my morning dive but the afternoon dive was really neat.
Staff nice and friendly except for the older man in charge of dealing the towels at the main pool - he refused to give me 2 towels a person and was very rude. Shame Intercontinental!
Food at the Lotus was delicious, unfortunately can’t say the same about the main restaurant but the friendliness of the staff made up for the quality!
Rooms are ok, pools and lagoonarium as well but couldn’t they build a small pontoon or something giving the guests not staying in the over the water bungalows, access to the sea so that we also could snorkel around?? Everybody complained about that!
Next time we come here we’ll try Sofitel resort which has a white sand beach and looks just as nice!
The only recognition I got as a hold ambassador member was 2 small bottles of water per day...😩
We stayed here for 2 nights before bora bora then one night on return and enjoyed it each time. It had everything you need, it is expensive for drinks and food but that’s fairly normal and we were prepared.
As everyone else said the aircon is great, wifi is strong and room is nice and quiet. Bed was a little hard we found.
We ate in all places and recommend Lotus for a posh couples meal, it’s expensive but the food is delicious! Especially the chocolate dessert which is the best vegan chocolates dessert I have ever had!
The staff were always polite and helpful everywhere we went.
The pool bar is highly recommended as a great hang out. But cocktails are expensive and average. Get the local beer instead.
We mentioned we were on honeymoon but didn’t get offered anything extra or upgrades which was disappointing and limited me from putting down 5 blobs for the review.
Beautiful room, great public space, nice shops. The pool was amazing and the salt water lagoon was a bit thrilling, for the few of us that dared to enter. There were many fish in the lagoon, some were very large, and one bit. There, you've been warned! The food was not great at this resort, and there was not much way to keep the meal prices down, unless you resorted to their fatty bar-food, which was still not great, and it was still pricey.
There is, however, a $5 shuttle service to town and back, the taxis charge over $20. The shuttle driver is a sweet, quirky woman. The shops were nice, you can get a breakfast bar in one, and there is a pop-up shop during the day at the pool that sells beautiful Tahitian shell jewelry at reasonable prices.
My room was beautiful! My first choice for a place to stay in Faa'a, though very pricey, The facility and location made it enchanting.