Hotels in French Polynesia
French Polynesia is no stranger to tourism and is home to every type of accommodation imaginable. Those looking for hotels in French Polynesia will find everything from luxury resorts with private beaches to bed and breakfasts to over-water bungalows to private huts sitting on virtually untouched beaches. There’s something for every type of visitor.
If you’re looking for the height of luxury in a French Polynesia hotel consider staying at The Brando, located on the island of Tetiaroa, which American actor Marlon Brando purchased in the late 1960s. The environmentally friendly resort features private villas, each with access to a private beach. Alternatively, the more popular French Polynesia islands of Bora Bora, Mo’orea and Tahiti offer dozens of high-quality accommodations and access to local life.
And when it comes to truly intimate accommodations, consider staying on the islands of Huahine or Taha’a, which both feature resorts with overwater bungalows and stand well away from the more tourist-heavy parts of French Polynesia or book a stay at the Le Kuriri Bed and Breakfast on the volcanic island of Maupiti, which is located far west of Tahiti and remains one of French Polynesia’s most delightfully remote destinations.
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).
Popular with honeymooners, this quiet resort is located on the white-sand beach of Motu Tautau, just west of the larger Taha’a island.
Book one of the 80 floating bungalows at this French Polynesia luxury oasis. The views of marine life through glass-bottom coffee tables makes it worth the splurge.
Opened in 2008, Legends Moorea’s 46 villas sometimes feel like a tropical housing development, but they’re actually some of the roomiest private accommodations in French Polynesia. With 1,290 sprawling square feet, the smallest villa is a two-bedroom structure.
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 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.
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.
Bora Bora has been in a glamour arms race since it started seducing the likes of Marlon Brando in the 1970s. But the St.
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.
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.