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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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’ve stayed at other properties transitioning between arriving and departing Tahiti and once we stayed here I haven’t booked us anywhere else.
Time in French Polynesia is limited and we want to spend every first moment to every last moment enjoying the Polynesian life.
I read the negative reviews and disagree because it appears most of those reviews are from guests that spend way too much time on a resort in Bora Bora.
Depending on when you stay here there are shows (free of charge) that take place while dining or drinking along with live music. This is amazing considering how hard these dancers and band must practice along with the time and effort it takes to make costumes. These performers should be given loud rounds of applause.
The Friday buffet is 100 per person but if you figure you would spend close to that without entertainment if you took a cab off property to a restaurant why leave? The Tiki Bar was perfect for us - wings and a Caesar salad. FYI the Buffett has little fans and other strange looking things that are out on the Buffett to keep flies away from the food. Again, flies smell food and seemingly come from nowhere when there is food. Don’t leave the resort here if you are put off by flies because wait until you travel off any resort to eat. 😆
This trip we actually flew in and connected to Tikehau for two weeks and then stayed here for two nights left to go to another Island for 5 nights, returned for another night before catching our flight home. Eating wings and a salad was a treat since we were getting pretty fished out by the time we came back and stayed here.
Saw some reviews that they are catering to cruise ships and could care less about the other guests. Again, disagree. Check in was quick, no lines at the counter and always a smile for all my inquiries including the time when the laundry machines near our room broke and we went to the desk to politely complain. FYI I hated to say something but we were in Tikehau for two weeks and we were desperate for clean clothes. If we weren’t flying out again to Mataiva for 5 more nights we would have just dealt with the clothes issue a different way by buying some new clothes. Problem was resolved by the desk and we had clean clothes prior to heading out again.
The three rooms we stayed in were clean, modern and air conditioned. I did not care whether there was a view or not because most of our time was spent outside and the room was for sleeping. I did forget to tell guest relations that I would prefer a room near the front desk so we would not have a far walk and that it be the same room used for the comfort package so we wouldn’t have to transfer our bags to the new room.
I love feeding the fish but if I can’t I want to look at them. Here you have several options and I enjoyed every second of it. We saw a giant puffer fish near the dive shop once I started throwing in French fries.
We saw a wedding take place outside on the property and it was beautiful and perfect. The property itself is wonderful. Last September/October 2018 the property was having renovations done and it seems like they were completed by the time we stayed her a little over a week ago.
The staff here is so polite and nice 👍 and work their butts off for you to enjoy your stay. I know it says you do not have to tip because there is an additional daily guest fee but we tip. Look at your bar or restaurant bill here and the tip they charge for service is 5% (when was the last time you left a 5 % tip?).
Request FIFI at concierge to provide transportation when staying in Tahiti. She and her husband are lovely and extremely informative about what is going on. Plus she drives a Mercedes van that is extremely roomy.
Don’t forget to ask concierge about any random question you may have.
Also talk to Nicole who is only open until 12 pm to book any type of excursion.
Time to plan our next trip back.
Rooms - excellent, large well stocked with drinks, water
Resort- great facilities , swimming pools, excersise room restaurants, snorkeling, beach, well kept grounds and overwater lodging.
Service - outstanding
Overall - great place to stay, would return again
The main positive to our stay was that our room was quite nice, other than a bathroom light which shone into the main room and was impossible to turn off as far as we could tell. Also, the hotel is only about a 5-minute drive from Faa'a Airport.
We arrived in the early evening from Bora Bora for a one-night stay before an early morning flight to Los Angeles. The lobby, which seemed lit and decorated more like a 3-star than high-end hotel, was crowded and confused with tour groups entering and leaving and an understaffed front desk. To get to the rooms requires a transfer in a little "paddy-wagon" style truck.
We had arranged for a dinner at the highly-rated on-site restaurant Le Lotus, but were informed about a strike at the hotel only after we inquired about changing the reservation time - the restaurant, room service etc were all closed and replaced by a buffet at the main restaurant. The buffet was fine, and the hostess did her best to be responsive despite a lack of staff, but the room was quite humid and stifling, and it was not the relaxing experience we were anticipating here.
We were hoping that the Intercontinental would be a better experience than our stay at the Papeete Sofitel 25 years ago, and it was better but only marginally. Unfortunately, hotels on the Tahiti main island seem to be oriented to tour groups, cruise ships and short pre-flight stays like ours. Intercontinentals can be great or not so great, and this was more to the latter. However, among the choices near Faa'a Airport, it was OK for a one night stay.
stayed here about 5 years ago and the rooms had a very Polynesian look to them that has been replaced with modern furniture, etc. that is marginally attractive. This time around we stayed here before and after our expedition trip. Each room was the same size - midsize, private and nice patio, bath with one sizable sink, good sized shower. The first time around had a lovely view of the lagoon. The second time a garden view. The closet is tiny although there are some shelves with a safe. There are more hooks needed in the bathroom for hanging stuff/towels. In the bedroom is only one chair but something else is needed to put pillows you don't want to sleep on, etc.The ironing board needs to be replaced. TV offers many channels (and English; mostly CNN). Walls seems to be relative thin but overall would rate the room itself 4 stars. The hallways leave much to be desired, however. Especially the carpets, probably put down to avoid people from slipping on the (dated) tile, are mostly worn looking and hardly adequate for a hotel that wants to be 5 stars. Same goes for the lobby which isn't exactly impressive ... although the view is.
The hotel is about 6 minutes from the airport. The cab will cost you US$20 or 2,000 XPF. If you want to go into town (which is about a 15 min. ride) it will also cost $20 (go figure). If you see the concierge you can make a reservation on a shuttle they offer at 9AM, 11, 2 and 4PM into the city and return at 11:30, 2:30 and 4:30PM. Cost is $5 per person or 500 XPF. If you're more than 2 people a cab would be cheaper. They drop you off near the Notre Dame church. Make a reservation since space on the bus is limited to 8 people.
If you're an IHG member (or sign up if you're not) you will get one card for 50% off the breakfast. The continental is rather extensive with fruits, freshly baked bread, cold cuts, cheeses, etc. This version is less costly than the 'hot' breakfast. Overall it's quite expensive to eat here.You will also get 2 cards for drinks at the Tiki bar.
The hotel is very stretched out which can mean a looong walk. A good thing is that they have guest laundry at no cost. Bring your own laundry detergent. Near our room the dryer door was broken; reported it to the front desk to a rather surly young lady whose solution was to find another laundry room (they aren't exactly close together). I found some tape in the trash and used it to tape the door shut.
overall the staff was very nice and helpful, especially in the restaurant.
You will love the pool and view of the lagoon.
If you are in Tahiti we highly recommend this hotel. It has great amenities and it was fun snorkeling with tons of fish right on the property itself in the lagoon. The buffet and entertainment on Friday were just okay, but the rest of our experience was the best.