Destination Tahiti: Private Islands in Paradise
From the breathtaking blue hues and romance laden overwater bungalows to the precious black pearl sands of Moorea and the island playgrounds of kings – Tahiti is one of the world’s most exotic spots. Famed for its truly exclusive honeymoon resorts, its underwater Garden of Eden and its sugar white shores – there’s a reason Polynesian royalty would flock to these precious isles when the mood took them. Tahitian days are all about sipping sweet hibiscus inspired cocktails, taking a drive around the cotton soft plantations, snorkeling with rays, and soaking up the exquisite amenities from your sterling five-star resort. This is how you live the life of Riley – Tahitian style…
Where to Stay
If you ever wanted to stay on a private island owned by Marlon Brando, then an island close to Tahiti has the answer. Once upon a time Tetiaroa was a firm favorite of the ancient Polynesian kings and now the Godfather himself splurged on a super luxury resort called The Brando that can only be reached by helicopter. The 12 islets are nestled in the softest blue lagoon and the beachfront bungalows boast plenty of wow factor with their thatched roofs, outdoor bathtubs and beautiful private decks with infinity pools. The Brando truly is one of the finest desert island escapes.
Barefoot luxury doesn’t come any better than the wonder of Vahine Island. Only a short skip through the air from Tahiti and you will find yourself on a tiny vanilla soaked smidge of sand with only nine bungalows and a whole lot of charm. The overwater suites have unrivaled views out to the neighboring islands and even aquarium tables for watching tropical fish flitter beneath your cocktail. Outrigger canoeing, dining on the finest French foods, and kicking back in the hammock is encouraged at this first-class resort.
Away from the smudge of islands and you have the largest and most lavish resort in Tahiti – the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and Spa. This is your very vision of paradise – lush gardens bursting with bright flowers, volcanic peaks piercing the sunset, and a lagoon that shimmers all the shades of turquoise. Tiki bars, luxury spas, and overwater suites that are all windows and white linen are the true hallmarks of a French Polynesian stay.
Where to Dine
Fresh fish marinated in coconut milk, sweet hibiscus sorbet, coffee so ripe it could have been plucked that morning, and crushed vanilla pods spilling their scent – Tahiti is a foodie paradise. For fine dining, be sure to book a table at L’ O a La Bouche – one of the most celebrated gourmet spots in the whole of French Polynesia. The grilled fish with passion fruit is enough to make you weak at the knees, especially when paired with their heavenly vintage wine list.
Couples will adore the floating over lagoon like tables at the Intercontinental Resorts Le Lotus. Intimate tables well placed along the water’s edge make you feel as though you are dining alone, and the whole scene is beautifully complemented by views of Moorea, fresh fish and fabulously heady French wines.
Where to Play
We suggest taking a trip to the island of Moorea specially to shop for the rare black pearls in the beautiful boutique of Tahia Collins. Take your time on the wild island and spend the afternoon splashing with dolphins in the special enclosed area of the Intercontinental or take out one of the thoroughbred horses for a gallop across the pristine white sands.
Neighboring Bora Bora is also a must for those touching down in Tahiti. Bora Bora is world famous for its marine rich waters making it one of the best diving spots you could ever wish for. Take a tender out, grab your snorkel mask and make the most of the crystalline waters and the rainbow splashed fish and giant rays.