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
Flabbergasted frankly at how worn out this property was. Dated, in dire need of a refresh. Grounds in bad shape, rooms tired, pools in disrepair. The bed was in terrible shape, and the governors on the AC are a real irritant.
Service in the Tiki Bar, and the restaurant was marginal, and if the staff would pay attention to guests rather than standing around talking you could avoid this issue.
Drinks half full and for $24+ the least you could do is fill the glass. Food was ok but certainly nothing to be proud of. I'd never stay again for the rates they're charging.
Really disappointing for a hotel chain that should be IHG's crown jewel.
The quality of this hotel is unlike any other on the island. It is very clean, with up-to-date amenities. Also the staff is very friendly and helpful. The gentleman who checked us in upgraded our room since I was staying for my birthday. The room he gave us was fabulous! I couldn't be happier for the nice accommodation. After a few days here we decided to check-in to the hotel other hotel we booked - the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti. Upon entering the grounds of this hotel we could immediately tell it was not the same level as the InterContinental. We checked in and went to our room to found out that it was old, dirty, and smelled horrible (don't believe pictures you see online). After spending about 15 minutes in the room we decided to leave and go back to the InterContinental to stay at for the remainder of our time in Tahiti. When the staff saw us they happily welcomed us back. Although, we didn't get the same room as before, the room we did get was equally nice, it just didn't have the ocean view. This is the only place I will stay when I return to Tahiti.
The only negative thing about staying here is that it is not very close to any of the main areas and if you want to leave to get food at a restaurant other than the resort be prepared to pay. We paid $50 USD for about a 10-minute ride to eat at restaurant. We refused to pay that on the way back so we walked back to the resort. The walk took about 30 minutes. Good exercise after a nice meal.
If you do want to visit the market during the day, the resort offers a shuttle that takes guest for the $8 roundtrip per person. Please take advantage of this since it's the cheaper option to get into main area of the city.
First time to Tahiti. Loved it. We had a bungalow overlooking ocean. Room was comfortable and very pretty. The Sunday breakfast buffet and Tahitian show was amazing. Poussen Cru is now my favorite dish. Lived the pool and swim up bar.