Sometimes a hotel property is just a place to sleep. Other times, it’s a place to stay. But the Intercontinental Spa and Resort Tahiti? This one is a place to truly rejuvenate. We enjoyed our stay so much, we can’t help but recommend it to you as well!
In my personal opinion, this hotel is in the best location on the island. Not only is it just moments from the airport, it also has a clear, enviable view of the neighboring island of Mo’orea. We got to sit by the Lagoonarium and watch both tiny planes and larger jets take off from and land at the Papeete airport. It was easy to explore the island using the InterContinental Tahiti as a base as well.
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This is one of the most well-manicured properties I’ve ever seen. It is absolutely stunning. Between the palm trees and the lush, vibrant flowers all around the property, you could never doubt you were in paradise.
There were endless lounge areas to choose from (shaded and sunny), multiple pools to enjoy (one with a waterfall you can jump from), and a Lagoonarium where you can swim around coral with fish of every color. We loved all the amenities, but the Lagoonarium with airplane and Mo’orea views took the cake for us!
Don’t worry—there are overwater bungalows here! We just didn’t book one this time. We chose a Premium Room with a Mo’orea view. The room was spacious, and I was a sucker for the palm print accents. Most importantly: The bed was comfortable! We loved it.
The best part, however, was the large lanai, or balcony. I got to enjoy my coffee with that epic view each morning, plus see the sunsets each evening. We would definitely recommend it!
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What makes a happy anniversary getaway? Two sinks! The bathroom was almost as spacious as the bedroom and living area. It boasted a soaker tub, walk-in shower with both hand-held and rainfall shower heads, a separate toilet room (very French), plenty of counter space, and—you guessed it—two sinks!
The toiletries came in large, reusable pump containers (not my favorite, as you may already know from previous hotel reviews!), but I could overlook that because everything else was so spectacular.
Our room rate came with breakfast for us both, and it’s a good thing because honestly, we did not have the best luck with restaurants on the island (you may have better luck!). The spread at the buffet each morning was plentiful and impressive. We could choose from local dishes like poisson cru and poi, to more American-style items like bacon and eggs.
Then there were the French breads and cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, and for brunch there were two chocolate fountains, too! If you happen to be having brunch on a Sunday, you’ll also be treated to a Tahitian show.
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I don’t always go to hotel spas, but when I do, I’m always glad! The spa at the InterContinental was spectacular. I chose the Bora Bora Bliss massage, which was perfect after a couple of weeks of long-haul travel. But the experience didn’t stop there. Afterward, I was shown to a plunge pool, steam room, relaxation room, tea room, and a tucked-away outdoor space that made me feel like I had the whole thing to myself!
Steve and I like to work out on travel, but hotel gyms are often more of a cramped after-thought instead of a functional space. This hotel’s gym, however, was fabulous. There was plenty of equipment to choose from, but also space to move around. There were also several cardio machines, including treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and a rower, as well as free weights and a yoga space. It was the perfect place to burn off some early-morning jet lag before the sun came up!
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