Romantic, thatched roof, Tahiti over water bungalows are available at two beautiful hotels on the main island. Here's information to help you decide if they're worth paying extra for.
The 4-star InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is located close to the airport which makes it a convenient hotel stop when arriving in, or leaving, French Polynesia.
It has 32 Overwater Bungalows built along the shoreline, among beautiful gardens. So they're in a quiet, romantic setting, away from the resort's main buildings.
All the over water villas have fantastic views across the lagoon to Moorea and you can enter the lagoon from their decks. There is an extra charge for service in over water bungalows.
There are 16 Overwater Motu Bungalows (46.5m²/388 sq.ft.) set along the edge of two tiny islands. Each is accessed by a little bridge.
Another Overwater Lagoon Bungalows (50.5m²/414sq.ft.) have a separate living room. These are set out along a pontoon walkway and the ones towards the end are out over the lagoon in deeper water. Here 1 large Overwater Villa (1000sq.ft.) equipped with modern amenities has been given the most private location.
The extensive grounds are the largest of any hotels in Tahiti. Lush, tropical gardens feature a lagoonarium with coral for snorkeling. There are 2 beautiful pools. One is next to the restaurant and bar area, which has fantastic views. Another romantic sand-bottom pool is in a dream-like setting near the incredible French Restaurant, Le Lotus, which has been given 3 Michelin stars.
The breakfast buffet is a good spread and the views from the open air restaurant make it even more enjoyable. Try to get breakfast included with your accommodation when you book.
The 4-star Le Meridien Tahiti is located down in the Paanuia region on the west coast. It has 12 over water villas (56m²/600sq.ft.) set along a wooden walkway out over the lagoon. They're very private with comfortable king beds, beautiful panoramic views, and large decks. You can stock up at the market that's 5 minutes down the road and eat on your deck.
Of all the Tahiti hotels on the main island, the Le Meridien has the best access to the only white sand beaches on the main island of Tahiti. There is a small amount of coral and fish, so you can snorkel from the semi-private beach. But although there's snorkeling around these Tahiti over water bungalows, there are no steps down to the water from their decks. You have to walk back to the beach.
Get breakfast included when you book this hotel. The buffet has some lovely choices and the water views from the open air restaurant make it worth lingering over. The center-piece at this resort is a very beautiful sand-bottom pool area, set in thriving tropical gardens.
The Tahiti lagoon does not offer the pristine clear water, or perfect white sand beaches, of other Polynesian lagoons. And most of the Tahiti over water bungalows are situated at the water's edge or don't have lagoon access from their decks. Unlike Bora Bora and Moorea, where the over water villas are set further out, you cannot have the fun of jumping from the deck.
So when we stay at hotels in Tahiti we prefer to pay for a regular room with a view across to Moorea, and save our money for over water accommodation on one of the islands with a spectacular lagoon.
If you are staying in Tahiti on your way to or from other islands, and money isn't an issue, the romantic Intercontinental and Sofitel over water bungalows offer a different experience to usual hotel rooms. And if this is your only opportunity to sleep over water, then go for it.
We suggest that if you are looking for over water bungalows suitable for Tahiti honeymoon vacations or luxury holidays you will want to see the choices of Moorea Over Water Bungalows or Bora Bora Over Water Bungalows.