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
Great views/staff,free use of canoes / snorkeling,gym has good working equipment ,very very expensive !! Restaurant was amazing !!!!!!!rooms are getting quite dated especially for the price .wonderful concierge service .
This hotel is great, we had an overwater bungalow, the weather was ok. The service in the hotel is excellent the staff really takes care of you. My only comment and they should really deal with this is, We spent 4 days here and then another one after our Windstar cruis, total of five days at a very pricey resort. I requested a late check out, 2 hrs pasted the time they allowed and they turned me down. I get it but with so many rooms and having to wait to check in, didn't seem fair. I asked them to come get the bags at 11:00 as was the check out time, took them an hour...so an hour to get the bags yet you couldn't let us hand in our room for another hr. No one cared, everyone blamed it on someone else. I haven't stayed at InterContinental in a while and I think I will stay with Four Seasons or SPG at least my membership at the hotels pays a benefit.
We had a "day room" pre-cruise stay and enjoyed our time here. From the entry to the rooms and grounds, this place says "Tahiti." The grounds are beautiful, with a beautiful view of Moorea. [Disclaimer: I'm a Travel Consultant and had a "site inspection."] The "over-water" bungalows are absolutely beautiful, with a private sun deck and private stairs and deck to the water (the bathroom would impress any lady). The Lotus Restaurant is also over-water and stunning (no, too early to eat there, unfortunately). The refurbished hotel rooms were very nice, and bright. There some hotel units that are being refurbished now. The pool and lagoon is stunning.
We stayed for two nights after a cruise. It's a beautiful hotel. We arrived in the morning so our rooms were not ready until afternoon. We had lunch, which was gorgeous but quite expensive. This hotel is quite near Papeete town and provide a shuttle (small fee) or you can easily get a taxi. Staff were friendly and helpful. The pool area is amazing!
It is also very near the airport.
We spent a total of 5 nights in Superior rooms spread over 3 stays. The hotel is super convenient to the airport with a fixed taxi fare of 1,500 CFp (approx US$16) – the airport is only a few minutes from the hotel. The rooms we had were spacious and comfortable with very comfy beds and pillows and air-con that worked well. We never had any problems with noise although we were some distance away from the central restaurant & lobby area. The bathroom had twin basins and a corner spa bath but strangely only a small separate shower recess with no door so water did spread onto the floor. There was a jug for tea/coffee making and a small balcony outside with table and chairs. The TV programs were mainly in French so not much to watch other than CNN.
The buffet breakfast in ‘Te Tiare’ restaurant was plentiful with a good range of food, hot and cold. They serve very good coffee at breakfast – a big thank you for that! Dinners were good quality – the seared tuna was excellent. Of course, everything is extremely expensive – accommodation and food!
The hotel grounds are expansive and extremely well tended. Lots of places to sit/lounge plus two big swimming pools and a really good lagoonarium with an interesting array of tropical fish. I spent a whole day snorkelling there, often being the only person there, and really enjoyed the serenity of it all – a good way to relax after long flights.