Hotels in French Polynesia
In full view of mystical Mount Otemanu, this photogenic Bora Bora resort near the northern tip of Motu Pitiaau caters to families by offering free snorkeling equipment, canoes, and windsurfing boards small enough for kids.
Fronted by a palm-studded private beach, the 36 bungalows are decorated with dark-wood furniture and neutral tones.
Although overwater bungalows are the most enticing lodgings at the Four Seasons, the hotel has 107 different rooms scattered along the beachside and lagoon of its private motu (small islet).
The closest many people will get to a tropical beach in French Polynesia is a longing look at a cubicle calendar, but the reasonably-priced Intercontinental on Bora Bora's southern tip aims to change that.
Launched in 2008, Legends Resort Moorea amplifies both luxury and comfort, providing two and three-bedroom villas that range from around 1,300 to over 2,100 square feet. Each of the 46 villas features smart touches like a washer and dryer, fine linens and access to a movie library.
Bora Bora Nui is a "Polynesian charmer" with a stunning new two-bedroom family villa as well as fresh talent in the kitchen-chef Daniel Echasseriau (formerly of La Samanna).
The main island's only hotel, the 14 bungalows' views vary from lush Tehueto valley to Tahauku Beach. Each bamboo-lattice bungalow is outfitted with woven-palm wall coverings, carved tiki poles, and traditional bark-paper paintings.
For a more affordable stay, try the 80-room Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort, a Polynesian-style retreat set above Matira Point.
Built on the white-sand beach of the Motu Tevairoa islet, this secluded resort is known for its tropical gardens and panoramic views of Mount Otenamu. Of the 80 thatched-roof bungalows, 50 are stilted over the lagoon, and the other 30 are set among the gardens or on the beach.
Popular with honeymooners, this quiet resort is located on the white-sand beach of Motu Tautau, just west of the larger Taha’a island.
In the shadow of Moorea’s towering green mountains, 144 rooms and thatched bungalows dot the coastline along a turquoise lagoon, offering an ideal escape for wannabe castaways.
A one-hour flight from Tahiti, the lodge is an outpost of civilization on secluded Rurutu island, formed by a raised coral atoll, that doesn’t seem to worry about the rest of the world.
This hotel is currently closed for a complete reconstruction. No date has been set for reopening.