InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, Moorea, Islands of Tahiti
Tucked into a protected bay between the mountains and the sea, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa has a more green, lush vibe that your typical Tahitian overwater bungalow. But that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. In fact, it gives it a unique vibe that makes it a favorite of some overwater bungalow connoisseurs.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, Moorea, Tahiti
The resort features a mix of garden Lanai Rooms, which are in a more traditional hotel-style building, beach bungalows, garden bungalows with pools, and overwater bungalows. Thatched roofs, direct lagoon access from a covered terrace, and Polynesian-style decor are hallmarks of the overwater bungalows.
As with most overwater bungalow resorts, the big draw is snorkeling and swimming off your balcony, but if you can tear yourself away from your overwater bungalow, head to the main beach or one of two swimming pools for a change of scenery. Hop on a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lagoon, then head to the swim-up bar for a cocktail.
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is also home to the Moorea Dolphin Center, which offers guests a variety of ways to observe and interact with the three resident bottlenose dolphins, and a turtle rehabilitation center. French Polynesia is home to five species of sea turtles and in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment and the Te Mana o Te Moana Association, the rehab center has welcomed four of those species who were sick, injured, or seized by customs. Rehabilitation and release is the goal and you can commonly find green turtles and hawksbill turtles in residence.
Three restaurants and two bars provide ample dining options. The Beach Bar offers light bites and drinks by the sand, while Moto Iti provides an elegant atmosphere to enjoy cocktails and snacks. The Shell Restaurant offers tastes drawn from the ocean and the land in a low-key environment, while Fare Hana offers local flavors on a garden terrace.
Three theme nights, including Polynesian Night and Vai-Themed Night, and private romantic dinners on the beach or in your bungalow are also available. For a special indulgence, have breakfast delivered to your bungalow by traditional Tahitian canoe.
If you’re not relaxed enough, head to the Hélène Spa for a treatment inspired by Polynesia traditions. Local plants and fresh flowers, such as tamanu, Tahitian vanilla, coconut and fresh banana tree leaves, as well as pineapple, red papaya, tropical grapefruit, and lemon, are used in many of the services offered.
Legal wedding ceremonies (performed at the mayor’s office), traditional Polynesia weddings, vow renewals, and Polynesian celebrations are available to celebrate your union. Traditional floral, music and dance are available to compliment your event and photography and video services are available.
How to Get There
- Fly Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti, then catch an interisland flight or hour-long ferry ride to Moorea.
- The Carry On Cocktail kit - food and beverage can be pricey!