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If you’re looking for the ultimate paradise escape, overwater bungalows in Tahiti are a must-experience. With crystal clear waters and stunning overwater bungalow resorts dotting the coastline, it’s easy to find your own private piece of paradise in French Polynesia. In this article, we will share our picks for the 7 best overwater bungalows on and around Tahiti. So pack your bags and get ready for some serious relaxation!
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1. InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Fa’a’ā, Tahiti, French Polynesia
The resort is one of the most iconic overwater bungalow resorts in Tahiti. This exquisite resort, nestled near Faa’a International Airport and Papeete’s famous market, provides spectacular views of the blue lagoon with incredible views of Moorea island. The resort offers overwater bungalows ranging in size from 38.5 m² to 95 m² to suit all needs. All are designed in a modern Polynesian style.
Junior Suite Overwater Lagoon Bungalows
These 13 overwater bungalows are a wonderful place to stay for couples or small families, just steps from Le Lotus and the Lotus infinity pool. Swim in one of the plunge pools or take advantage of the direct lagoon access from your own 12 m² terrace to relax in the water. The living area of the overwater bungalows is 38.5m² and includes the lovely terrace. After a fantastic day, you may unwind in the king-size bed or the separate living area of your lagoon bungalow.
Starting at around $627 per night.
Junior Suite Overwater Superior Lagoon Bungalows
These 2 overwater bungalows are at the end of the pier, and they provide spectacular views of the lagoon as well as direct access from the 16.5m² private decks. They are also larger, with a total size of 53.5 m² than the standard lagoon bungalows
Junior Suite Overwater Motu Bungalows
The 8 overwater bungalows of this type are built around the resort’s own private island, unlike the lagoon bungalows, which are built around the main island. They are also much larger, with a total area of 69 m², including a 32 m² terrace. There are a number of other advantages, too: the Lagoonarium and the main swimming pool are also nearby.
Starting with a price of $720 per night.
Overwater Motu Villa Suite
This 95m² accommodation is one of the most luxurious overwater villas in the South Pacific as far as we know. The outdoor space encompasses 30 m² of terrace, providing you the opportunity to completely unwind in seclusion with magnificent views of the sunset and Moorea Island. Inside the overwater with a glass floor element you can watch the maritime life from above and enjoy a view of the lagoon from the king-size bed.
The price starts at $828 per night.
Amenities at the resort
Our favorite spot at the resort is the Lagoonarium, which is a natural aquarium known as Fare l’a Reserve that has a reef ecosystem with 200 species of maritime creatures.
Le Lotus is a fine dining restaurant with an affiliation to Bruno Oger, the Michelin-starred chef who supervised the new dishes’ development and execution. The delicious French cuisine is served with views of the lagoon at this overwater restaurant.
Te Tiare, the main restaurant, serves traditional Tahitian cuisine with views of the infinity pools and waterfall pool, as well as Moorea on a clear day. Wednesday and Friday evenings are the dinner shows. Not only will you be entertained, but you will also receive a memory that will stay with you for a long time! They will also bring you closer to the Polynesian culture.
As well, if you extend your stay until Sunday, you may attend the Tahitian Sunday brunch, which is not only appreciated by resort guests but also locals.
This resort is a paradise for lovers, with its sandy beaches and crystal water. A stay here will make you feel like royalty! You can have a Polynesian wedding here with special wedding packages.
Whether you just got married or you just want to relax, a day at the spa will help you unwind. All of the signature treatments are rooted in Polynesian culture.
At one of the bars, such as the Tiki Bar with a wonderful drink out of a coconut husk, or in the infinity pool at the Lotus Bar, you may say goodbye to your day in style.
2. Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel
Fa’a’ā, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Unfortunately, the resort is temporarily closed until late 2022.
We will keep you updated on the status of this resort as soon as more information becomes available.
The Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel is a resort on the west coast of Tahiti with overwater bunglaows. It has the only white sand beach on the island of Tahiti. You’ll be surrounded by lush tropical gardens, where you can relax by the sand-bottom pool or enjoy breathtaking views of Moorea from the overwater bungalows.
There are 2 restaurants and 2 bars on-site. After you have fully unwind, you have the opportunity to go for exciting activities like go diving, sailing, walking in the heart of the valleys or discover Polynesian cuisine.
After you’re done relaxing on your vacation, there are lots of things to do. You can go diving or sailing in the ocean and enjoy being close with nature while taking this opportunity for some fun adventures! For those who want something less intense but just as rewarding try exploring Polynesian cuisine. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the culture and perhaps learn about a dish you could incorporate into your cooking routine. The best part about incorporating a dish from your vacation in Tahiti into your cooking routine is that it brings back great memories every time you cook it.
3. Vahine Island - Private Island Resort
Taha’a, French Polynesia
The maximum capacity of the Vahine Island resort is 18 guests which allows for an even more private setting than most overwater bungalow resorts. This is what the resort was designed for, to provide something different than the large hotel resorts. A location where “stressed CEOs” can relax and unwind. With that in mind, the owners built classic overwater bungalows on this motu. The ecosphere of this island is barely touched, making it a great place to enjoy the preserved nature.
All the overwater bungalows have a capacity of 2 people and there are three of them in total. One of the highlights of this accommodation aquarium table, which lets you view the aquatic life below the bungalow. Another highlight is the hammock on the terrace, which overlooks the lagoon and to which you have direct access.
Prices for the overwater bungalows range from $659 per night in main season to $743 per night in high season.
Amenities at the resort
Culinary well-being is catered for with a gourmet dinner, lunch on the beach, American breakfast, and snacks and drinks at the bar. Recreational activities include a selection of Polynesian canoes, sea kayaks, SUP boards, and snorkeling. Furthermore, you can spend time with the beach boy, who can not only give a private tour of the island and the maritime environment but also perform several Tahitian shows.
If you’re searching for peaceful overwater bungalows in French Polynesia that prioritize seclusion, Vahine Island should be at the top of your list. With its small guest capacity, classic overwater bungalows, and stunning lagoon views, this resort is sure to provide a relaxing and unforgettable experience.
Comparison: Pearl Resorts' two overwater bungalow resorts
in French Polynesia (excluding Bora Bora & Moorea)
While Le Tikehau is a 4-star resort, Le Taha’a Resort is even 5-star property. Both have received outstanding reviews from guests. Whereas Le Taha’a is still a little bit better rated.
Of course, the two resorts are also located differently. The Tikehau resort is located on the archipelago of the same name north of Tahiti, which has its own airport. The flight from Tahiti’s Fa’a’ā International Airport to Tikehau Airport takes 55 minutes. Taha’a resort is located on the neighboring island of Bora Bora. The flight from Tahiti’s airport to Aéroport de Raiatea takes 45 minutes and from the airport it takes 35 minutes to the resort.
The difference in star ranking is also reflected in the price. Therefore, Le Tikehau is significantly cheaper than Le Taha’a.
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4. Le Tikehau by Pearl Resorts
Tikehau Atoll, Tuherahera, French Polynesia,
The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is on one of the atoll’s many pink sand beaches. The beautiful green of the jungle coconut palm grove surrounds it. Perched atop a 65-million-year-old volcano, the Tihau atoll is 220km north of Tahiti, less than an hour’s flight away. The 24 overwater bungalows are built in Polynesian tradition with thatched roofs. There are three different categories of overwater bungalows: The normal, the premium, and the overwater suite.
The outwardly beautiful Overwater Bungalow harbors a few points that should be considered before booking. Firstly, it has no air conditioning, but only a fan, secondly, they have no direct lagoon access, because they are located in the middle of the coral zone, where there are strong currents. However, they offer a great view and through the glass floor element you can marvel at the underwater world from inside.
The Overwater Bungalows start at around $352 per night.
Premium Overwater Bungalow
The even more beautiful premium overwater bungalows also have no air conditioning, but they have direct access to the lagoon. They are also located at the end of the jetty, so they offer more privacy than the normal overwater bungalows.
The premium overwater bungalow is priced at around $507 per night.
The large Overwater Suites have a separate living room, a large bathroom and through the large glass front you can gaze at both the sunrise and the sunset over the lagoon lost in thought. Here, as in the Premium Overwater Bungalows, also has direct lagoon access.
The overwater suite’s nightly rates range from $569.
Endless Amenities for a Perfect Vacation
There’s an endless variety of activities to keep you busy on your vacation. You can go for excursions and explore Bird Island or take part in a Polynesian cooking lesson, if prefer instead more land-based pursuits like picnics at the pink sand beach with fresh coconut drinks before heading off into deeper waters where snorkeling is available too! There are also tours by canoe/kayak which provide fantastic views from their respective surfaces as well – not forgetting about diving when island life calls out ‘come suit yourself’.
Head to spa after a day filled of activities for an invigorating massage. This place offers many treatments based on Polynesian culture.
The overwater bungalow resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a magnificent view. You won’t regret spending your day here – or night either; their bar will let guests drink overlooking beautiful lagoon water all while taking in stunning scenery.
5. Le Taha'a By Pearl Resorts
Taha’a, French Polynesia
Le Taha’a is a luxurious resort with authentic, classic Polynesian architecture and interior design. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another world when at this beautifully calming property. A world away from the stress of your everyday life. A world where you can completely unwind.
Taha'a Overwater Suite
The Taha’a Overwater Suites offer a gorgeous view of Taha’a Island, also known as Vanilla Island. A great place to enjoy the sunset is the private deck with direct lagoon access. In addition, the spacious bathtub offers the possibility to end a wonderful day harmoniously.
The nightly rate starts at $656.
Sunset Overwater Suite
In this suite, not only can you enjoy all the benefits of the Taha’a Overwater Suite, but in addition you have a magnificent view over to the ocean, rather than Vanilla Island. Of course, this view comes into its own especially at sunrise.
The Sunset Overwater Suite starts at $839 per night.
Bora Bora Overwater Suite
Offering a beautiful view of Bora Bora and the Coral Garden, this overwater suite offers an incredible panorama. From your private deck you have direct lagoon access, where you can watch magical lights dance on its surface while sipping your favorite drink!
Rates begin at around $920 per night.
Bora Bora Overwater Suite
This suite is perfect for those who are looking to spend their honeymoon at the end of a pontoon. You’ll enjoy even more privacy than in other suites, so you can spend time together as a couple and indulge in this luxurious getaway for newlyweds! Depending on the location, the suites are oriented towards Vanilla Island or the horizon. The view comes into its own, especially at sunrise.
The price starts at around $1206 per night.
About the resort
The resort has 3 restaurants and 2 bars, a helipad and a wedding coordinator who can coordinate the Polynesian wedding.
The Hawaiki Nui restaurant is the main restaurant of the resort and is located high in the trees. This creates not only a great view, but also a great atmosphere. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Every Tuesday evening there is a Polynesian evening. Besides delicious Polynesian specialties, traditional dances are also performed.
Ohiri restaurant is the gourmet restaurant of the resort. Creative dishes from French Polynesian fusion cuisine are offered here. A sommelier offers a selection of fine wines.
Titiraina restaurant offers lunch and is located directly on the beach. Here, fresh fish dishes and delicious salads are offered. Once a week the catch of the week from the local fishermen is presented in the restaurant on ice, grilled and served with coconut rice and fresh coconut milk.
The Manuia Bar is open during the day and the Tiki Bar opens when the Manuia Bar closes at 6:00 pm.
Activities are similar to the other Pearl Resort, with the subtle difference that on Vanilla Island you can visit one of the namesake vanilla plantations.
6. Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa
Avatoru, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
This resort is located northeast of the main island of Tahiti and is adjacent to the Tikehau in the South Pacific. A flight from Tahiti’s airport to Rangiroa Airport takes one hour. The bungalows are decorated in a traditional Polynesian style, with beautiful gardens and coconut groves on the shore.
The 10 beautiful overwater bungalows not only have a glass floor through which you can watch the marine life from the sofa but also direct access to an amazing lagoon via their lower terrace deck.
A stay starts at around $958 per night.
Amenities of the resort
The resort offers traditional Polynesian massages at the spa. Miki Miki bar is an overwater bar with delicious cocktails that capture the beautiful colors of the lagoon. Besides the Te Rairoa Restaurant, which offers international cuisine with local ingredients such as seafood, fresh fish or vanilla, there is also the possibility to enjoy a romantic dinner for two on the seafront. Entertainment is provided by the Polynesian evenings where Polynesian dances are performed.
7. Hotel Royal Huahine
Huahine, French Polynesia
This resort is also closed until the end of 2022 and will accept guests again from 2023.
The resort is called the “Island of Gardens” and is hidden in a small bay, the resort offers an excellent place to relax and plenty of privacy for newlyweds. The main building houses a panoramic restaurant as well as a bar with views onto the small bay where you can enjoy your meal or have some drinks while being surrounded by the lush greenery. There are also tours available such as diving or island tours with your loved ones in an outrigger canoe – all while enjoying fine picnic at one gorgeous garden spot after another!
Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti FAQ
How much does it cost to stay in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti?
The lowest price for a night is $352 at the Le Tikehau by Pearl Resorts.
Find Your Own Undiscovered Gem in Tahiti
So if you’re looking for a breathtaking and romantic getaway, consider spending your vacation in one of the overwater bungalows in Tahiti or French Polynesia. With options ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious, there’s something for everyone. And who knows? You may even stumble upon an undiscovered gem while you’re there.