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
We recently stayed at the Intercontinental Tahiti for the first night of our honeymoon. We arrived in the late evening from the US so we unfortunately did not get to spend very much time at the resort but from what we did experience, we were very happy. Upon check in (which was very fast) our room was upgraded and we were taken on a golf cart to our room. The room was large and clean, perfect for what we needed. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast the following morning and had some time to walk around the resort before our flight to Moorea. The grounds were beautiful and very well maintained. Even though we only spent a night there, if we were to return, I would definitely choose this hotel again.
We had a superior room overlooking gardens to the lagoon beyond; it was very quiet. The room, amenities and location were all excellent, quite a way from the reception area which was nice. The pool, gardens and bars are well staffed and beautifully kept. Breakfast very good, reception staff often hugely busy but very capable and not long to wait.
We stay at many hotel properties all around the world every month. This hotel is excellent and deserves recognition for an outstanding guest experience. Many transit here traveling to and from other Tahitian Islands so the stay here could be quite short.
Our stay was four days and we had a delightful experience all around. Our room was excellent and comfortable with excellent Wifi, air conditioning and was very clean. The restaurants and bar areas were excellent and we enjoyed all of our meals on the property. The food was tasty and the service was prompt and courteous.
We enjoyed the pool areas, the Friday night Tahitian dance show, and scuba diving from Top Dive, the resident dive operation based at this hotel. We had great dives and saw lots of fish and many sharks and turtles.
Tahiti is a bit expensive but the hotel maintains a full staff so we felt pampered and well served. The staff are all unfailingly friendly and welcoming. The concierge was extremely helpful and made reservations for us.
This is definitely on our list of great destinations and a top notch hotel and resort property.
Nice hotel. The rooms are nothing fancy a bit older but the property and the pools are very cool. Staff was also very friendly. Brace yourself for how expensive the drinks and some food is.
Tip, if you are going to go and can afford the over water hut, now that room was phenomenal. I did not stay in one but did get a peak. The water was clearer and nicer on Moorea Island but the over the water hut at the InterContinental was way nicer then the over the water hut that I saw at the Soufitel. Hopefully if I ever get to go back I will be fortunate enough to stay in a better room at the InterContinental.
If you have a long wait between flights, you cannot go wrong with the comfort package from Intercontinental. For just over $200, they picked us up at the airport, and we had access to all facilities as well as an ocean view room from 3-10pm. The pool is stunning, the lagoon was so cool, and we enjoyed being able to nap, and shower prior to our late night flight.
They did have a private event going on in the evening, so the pool was closed. I was already done swimming, but would have been bummed if I had paid so much and not been able to use it. On a postive note though, even though we wern't attending the event, we could hear the drumming and watch the polynesian dancers from our room, and it was amazing!
All in all, I felt like it was a good value for us. If you've evere waited for a flight in Tahiti, you know it's hot, so to be able to relax in an air conditioned room and freshed up for a few hours was a treasure.