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 stayed with our kids at this lovely hotel. While very close to the airport, you do not hear a sound of the planes, but are right in the centre of Polynesia and right on the water, with their lovely overwater bungalows, restaurant and bar. The food is varied and great and like the other two other InterContinental hotels, you can tell that management have found the formula of how to run a luxury hotel, with service delivered with smiles and genuine friendliness.
Stayed here for 3 days and was really impressed! Our flight got in super early but the resort gave us full access to everything there. Our room was available early and was blown away by how nice the beds were and the view of the ocean. We had a room kind of in the middle so we could see both pools from our veranda. I like to drink and our room was a little bit of a walk to the lobby bar, but, Chevalier the bartender there was absolutely the best! I ordered off the drink menu the first day and after that I would just ask him to hook me up. He came up with all kinds of drinks, all fantastic!! Food in the over water restaurant was always great! Buffet style breakfast was pretty decent with lots of fruits and cheese and classic American fare. Lunch in the buffet was just OK. Rented jet skis on day one which is only a short walk away, awesome! Took a half day safari up to the mountains which was rainy that day. Was cool to drive thru the city and see some stuff on the way.The driver went out of her way on the trip thru so we could get beer. Not impressed with the food trucks thou at the marina but maybe that's just because of my choice. Our return flight got cancelled and the resort let us have our room back with no problems at all. the Concierge is top notch and accommodated all my requests in the months previous my arrival. Excellent all around!
The resort is beautiful! It is in need of some updates, but overall very nice. You can't beat the sunset, with Moorea in the distance. The service at the pool bar/lounge area was very poor. It took over a half an hour for our drinks to arrive, after trying to find someone to take our order. The food was average. The price was OK, considering the resort. We only stayed one day, which was enough for us after our week long cruise. I much preferred our resort in Moorea over this one, but again, it is truly beautiful.
Mixed feelings from this hotel , brilliant coral pool ,good setting , good location , on the downside was promised a room away from noice however we ended right across from noice which we were really upset about paid mega money for this destination from England and it was a special occasion our silver wedding .
I did complain and got lunch paid but that was not what I wanted .
The hotel’s location just minutes from the airport made it an ideal place for us to crash for a night after flying from the east coast of the US. We arrived early but the hotel staff was very accommodating. They gave us access to a private changing room with shower facilities until our room was ready. The gym is excellent and a great way to fight off jet lag. Only wish we could stay here longer!