InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, Islands of Tahiti

Everyone wants to go to Bora Bora for its overwater bungalows, but what about the island of Tahiti? Two resorts on Tahiti are home to overwater bungalows, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa and Le Meridien Tahiti. The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the largest resorts – and one of the oldest – on the island of Tahiti. Renovations on the property started in 2015 and finished up in 2018, giving the resort a complete facelift.

Located just five minutes from the airport, the resort makes a good place to stay on your first or last night in Tahiti as many international flights arrive too late in the day to catch a domestic flight over to Moorea or Bora Bora. And if you’re staying at the InterContinental Tahiti while in transit to a stay at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, or the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, the Tahiti property offers free transit rooms where you can change and freshen up.

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, Islands of Tahiti

ACCOMMODATIONS

The resort is home to 245 rooms, a mix of regular and overwater bungalows, a 25-hectare tropical garden, and at the center of it all, the Lagoonarium. The Lagoonarium is a natural aquarium, also known as the Fare I’a Reserve, which is home to a reef ecosystem and more than 200 species of sea creatures from Picasso fish to parrotfish.

Photo courtesy InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

Photo courtesy InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

The overwater bungalow suites are modeled after traditional Polynesian fares and complete with woven roofs and private overwater decks that allow you to enjoy the sunset. Natural timber and Polynesian-inspired furniture complete the decor and completely ensconce you in the island vibe. Request a bungalow with a view of neighboring island, Moorea.

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

ACTIVITIES

Feedings and informative talks are held daily at the Lagoonarium at 9 am and 3 pm, making this a family favorite attraction. Speaking of families, the large size of the resort makes it for groups and families, but perhaps less desirable for honeymooning couples seeking coziness and quiet.

The resort is home to two freshwater infinity pools. Le Lotus is a smaller, quieter pool with a swim-up bar, jacuzzi, and views of Moorea, while Te Tiare is a much larger pool, located in the heart of the resort and comes complete with waterfall and jacuzzi.

In addition to the Tahitian basics like snorkeling, diving, and kayaking, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa offers a variety of cultural demonstrations ranging from pareo dyeing to shell and flower necklace making. Be sure to catch the daily sunset torch lighting.

DINING

Food and beverage options are plentiful but the standouts are Le Lotus overwater restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner with sweeping views of Moorea, and Tiki Bar, which hosts live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Sunday morning offers up a traditional Tahitian brunch with live music.

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

We’re also fans of the Lotus swim-up bar at the resort’s sand-bottom infinity pool. Sip cocktails, juices, or a smoothie while you while away the day overlooking the island of Moorea.

Private Motu dinners and romantic in-room dining experiences are available.

SPA

If relaxation is what you crave, visit the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm, tucked amidst the tropical gardens. In addition to Algotherm products, the spa uses Polynesian Hei Poa products. Hei Poa is the Polynesian tradition of making beauty products from tiare soaked in coconut oil. The Tahitian Wave signature treatment combines a gentle scrub with a full-massage done in a wave-like motion, reminiscent of the ocean tides.

Courtesy InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

Courtesy InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

WEDDINGS

From intimate romantic ceremonies and private dinners to large events for up to 250 guests, the resort’s dedicated staff can create a truly bespoke Tahiti wedding experience.  The resort offers a traditional wedding package which includes traditional costumes, Tahitian dancers, and musicians.

Weddings that take place in Tahiti must occur at town hall in the mayor’s office. Ceremonies at the resort are not legally binding, but can be combined with a town hall ceremony to make your marriage legal. Same-sex weddings are welcomed at the resort. 

HOW TO GET THERE

  • Fly Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti. The resort is just over a mile from the airport.

 DON’T FORGET

  • Multiple bathing suits since you'll be spending tons of time in the water