With tropical style villas, azure blue lagoons, and white beaches, the luxury hotels in French Polynesia are certainly setting the stage for an unforgettable tropical getaway. Laze your day away on a comfortable hammock, relish in authentic Polynesian dishes, or soak in the impressive views over Mount Otemanu; these hotels are all about indulgence and decadence.
For the ultimate in luxury and tropical pampering, check out our list of the 15 most luxurious hotels in French Polynesia.
St.Regis Bora Bora is considered to be one of the top resorts in Bora Bora and has been voted multiple times as one of the best hotels in French Polynesia. The hotel’s villas spread across three islands, surrounded by the open ocean and a large lagoon. The area is peaceful and calm; making it the ideal spot for couples and honeymooners looking for intimacy by turquoise blue waters.
Guests can choose from 99 suites and 77 over-water villas, all appointed with top-notch amenities. The villas ooze tropical elegance with palm-thatched wooden floors and outdoor open desks. Popular among discerning travelers are the Overwater Royal Otemanu Villa and the Overwater Premium Villa which feature open-layout designed with exotic noble woods, one spacious bedroom, an open-air living room, bathroom, and a relaxing whirlpool. As you might expect, the views over Mount Otemanu are awe-inspiring.
All units are appointed with top-notch amenities such as a Bose sound system, flat TV screen, in-room safe, minibar, and free Wi-fi. In-room massages and in-room childcare is available upon request.
Additionally, the resort features a myriad of facilities including a 13,000-square-foot Iridium Spa, a kids club, 24-hour gym center, and “lagoonarium” for snorkeling with tropical fish. The area is ideal for a number of water sports such as sailing, kayaking, and scuba diving – at St.Regis Bora Bora fun is guaranteed. With four restaurants serving Polynesian dishes and Western classics, 24-hour room service, and two lively bars that specialize in craft cocktails and small bites, St. Regis Bora Bora offers impressive dining experiences.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui is situated on the private island of Motu To’opua which boasts one of the largest stretches of white sand beach in Bora Bora. This luxurious resort immediately makes an impression with its impressive thatched-roof overwater villas perched on wooden piers, awe-inspiring views over the lagoon, peaceful ambiance, and numerous facilities.
You’ll probably want to stay forever in the hotel’s Robinson Crouse-style villas. They blend perfectly with the natural surroundings, yet on the inside, they feature a sleek, contemporary design. Expect wooden walls, an ocean-inspired color palette, and open-layouts with cushioned sun loungers. The four-poster beds feature a comfortable mattress and soft linens. The Presidential Suites spread across two floors and have two master bedrooms, a private pool, sauna, and a jacuzzi. Additionally, most villas are appointed with open decks and infinity pools.
The hilltop spa is the main draw here with numerous treatment rooms, a relaxation zone, a sauna, and a steam room. The menu features a full range of massages and beauty services for both singles and couples. It’s worth noting that Hina Spa was awarded “Favorite Romantic Spa” by American Spa’s 2018 Professional’s Choice Awards.
The staff team is friendly and multilingual. Guests are spoiled with chocolates, fresh drinks, and flower arrangements. Additionally, the resort offers a stunning range of outdoor activities including excursions to the nearby islands and snorkeling with stingrays.
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is a luxury resort situated on the car-free Motu Tautau Island. It takes 40 minutes with a speedboat to reach the island from the airport. This jungle retreat boasts 55 suites and 48 water bungalows, each surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and the blue lagoon.
Guests can choose between five types of units: Pool Beach Villas, Taha’a Overwater Suites, Sunset Overwater Suites, Royal Pool Beach Villa, and Bora Bora Overwater Suite. The overwater bungalows feature private open decks and direct access to the lagoon, while the beach villas are ideal for a family with two bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, two outside bathtubs, and a plunge pool. With its stunning views across the chain of islets, the Bora Bora Suite is without a doubt guests’ favorite. However, as you might expect, the views are sensational from all units.
Bathrooms are comfortable and luxurious with deep soaking tubs, rain showers, and complimentary toiletries. In-room amenities include Nespresso machines, electric kettles, flat TV screens, and a minibar with unlimited water bottles. At the resort, a number of fun excursions can be arranged including boat visits to the islets and pearl farms. Guests have complimentary use of snorkeling equipment, stand up paddleboards, and kayaks.
At Le Taha’a, guests can savor French and local dishes in the rustic-chic style restaurants overlooking the lagoon. Breakfast is extensive and features Polynesian meals and an international fare.
The hotel features overwater bungalows surrounded by the blue lagoon and shaded with palm trees. Picture luxurious tropical style with thatched roofs, wooden floors, open layouts, double hammocks, and sun loungers. The soft furnishings create a cozy ambiance, while prints and antiques add an exotic feel. Every unit features a large wooden patio equipped with outdoor showers and a private pool. Direct access to the beach is available for all units. The bungalows are equipped with top-notch amenities including a flat TV screen, air-conditioning, minibar, Nespresso machine, in-room safe, and Bose sound system.
Tropical hospitality and impeccable service are guaranteed at this 5-star resort. Guests are greeted by their name and the staff team is ready to go an extra mile to fulfill every guest’s wish.
Don’t miss to visit the Bora Bora Turtle Center dedicated to the protection and care of the local marine life. The center offers a number of activities including the “Live My Life” program where guests can participate in the care of the sea turtles.
Le Te Ava serves classics from around the world in a rustic-chic setting overlooking the ocean. Menu specialties include roasted shrimps, scallop risotto, and raw fish marinated in coconut milk.
This stunning resort is situated on a sandy beach in the northern part of Moorea, just 25 minutes away from the airport. In the area there are some charming restaurants and shops, so the best way to explore the island is to rent a car. If you’re looking for a vacation spot where you can experience the tropical lifestyle without cutting on the luxury – then this is it! Here, you can laze your day away in your own private villa perched just above the blue waters while being pampered by a devoted butler. The area is breathtaking with lush vegetation and white sand beaches.
Villas feature authentic Polynesian style with furniture in shades of cream, thatched roofs, and wooden patios. The overwater bungalows with a glass-panel for viewing the fish below are particularly popular among high-end travelers. These luxurious units feature a private sun deck, a king-size bed, a spacious bathroom with a claw-footed bathtub overlooking the ocean, and a private balcony. All units at the Hilton Moorea are appointed with electric kettles, Nespresso machines, flat TV screens, and fully stocked minibars.
Hilton Moorea offers a number of excellent amenities including a 24/7 gym with ocean views, a pool, tennis courts, and golf courses. The lavish spa has a treatment room, sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi and specializes in ancestral Tahitian techniques. Don’t miss out on the spa’s signature treatment – Moorea Lagoon.
InterContinental Tahiti is a luxury resort situated on the west coast of Tahiti. With a lush 25-hectare tropical garden, an amazing stretch of white sand beach, and palm-tree-lined shores, the resort’s location is simply unbeatable.
At the resort guests can choose from 235 guest rooms, 15 overwater bungalows, and 5 high-end “motu bungalows”. The Overwater Motu Villa Suite is particularly popular among discerning travelers. It boasts a 30-square-meter-deck, thatched walls, white linens, and wide floor-to-ceiling windows. All units at the resort feature rustic and tropical decor, while the ambiance is cozy and intimate. Standard amenities include king-size beds, flat TV screens, iPod docks, espresso machines, electric kettles, and minibars. Bathrooms are comfy with deep soaking tubs, double vanities, and walk-in indoor showers. Panoramic rooms feature sun decks and sun loungers facing the sea, while the Junior Suites are situated directly over the lagoon.
Guests’ favorite spot at the resort is the infinity pool set amidst colorful indigenous plants and towering palms. Sip a cocktail by the pool or read a book on the comfortable sun loungers – the pool area is all about relaxation and inner peace.
Polynesian and French specialties are served at the open-air restaurant Le Lotus overlooking the ocean.
The ultimate tropical retreat, Moorea Beach is located on a white-sand beach on the west side of Moorea Island. The Belvedere Lookout and Magic Mountain are a 15-minutes drive away. Both spots offer some spectacular views over the islands.
The resort offers only 14 villas including beachfront bungalows, garden bungalows, and honeymoon suites, so you can rest assured that you won’t be bothered by large crowds. Decor-wise, all villas have a tropical style with wooden furniture, soft furnishings, and flower arrangements. The Beach and Garden Bungalows can accommodate 2 children under 12 with no extra fee. Most villas have sundecks equipped with swing chairs and sun loungers. In-room amenities include a ceiling fan, mini-refrigerator, queen bed, air conditioning, and safe. Bathrooms feature tropical rain showers, pedestrian sinks, and lush toiletries. The complimentary bicycles are a nice touch.
There’s no on-site restaurant, however, breakfast is served every morning on the beachfront terrace. For lunch and dinner, you can explore the numerous dining spots which are just a few minutes away from the hotel. The resort offers a stunning range of outdoor activities including water skiing, kayaking, wakeboarding, and snorkeling, ray feeding, and dolphin watching.
Raiatea Lodge is a small hotel located on the west coast of Raiatea. The hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes away from the airport. The charming town of Uturoa with its small restaurants and market is 10 minutes away, while the Tapoi and Temehani mountains are a short drive away.
What sets Raiatea apart from other hotels in the area is the colonial style that creates a warm and cozy ambiance which is not usually the case with big hotel brands. Each villa has its own position in the hotel’s vast tropical park, so privacy is guaranteed. The standard rooms are situated on the first floor of the hotel, each boasting traditional Polynesian style. Views vary depending on the accommodation option – they are either overlooking the hotel garden or the swimming pool. Additionally, there are double bungalows that spread across two floors and have their own verandah.
The ambiance at the hotel is calm and relaxing, the staff is attentive but they will not bother you unnecessarily. The owners are usually present and they often like to mingle with their guests. Ask them for the best spots on the island for water sports and they will take you there. Plus, guests get complimentary use of the equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, and cycling.
The hotel’s pool offers plenty of space for relaxation with comfortable sun loungers and a poolside bar. At the hotel’s restaurant, guests are in the hands of executive chef Franck Bezy who likes to experiment with exotic dishes such as poisson cru and grilled mahi-mahi.
Probably the most stunning location on our list, Tetiaroa is an atoll consisting of 12 islets. Tetiaroa is surrounded by a three-mile wide lagoon which is frequently visited by exotic birds. This impressive area boasts white sand beaches and coconut palms and can be reached only by helicopter. It’s worth nothing that aside from the resort, the area around Monu Onetahi is completely untouched.
Marlon Brando visited the spot in 1966 and immediately fell in love with it. He spent several years at Tetiaroa and the spot is known as “Marlon Brando’s island” after the government of Tahiti granted him a 99-years lease of the island. Today, the only way you can visit the island is to book a room at The Brando resort which opened in 2014. Guests can choose between one, two, three-bedroom villas and residences. All units blend perfectly with the natural surroundings and offer unparalleled luxury with master bedrooms, private pools, and a jacuzzi. The rooms open to a private terrace equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas. Inside the living room, there’s a media center where you can listen to music or watch a film.
Discover inner peace and relaxation at Varua Te Ora Polynesian Spa tucked deep in the heart of the atoll of Tetiaroa. The spa has a long tradition and it offers only ancestral Polynesian techniques. Additionally, the spa suites are perched high above the island so guests can contemplate some impressive views over the islets.
Guests can enjoy an a la carte menu at the Beachcomber Cafe in an open setting. The menu includes fresh juices, coffee, tea, tropical fruits, honey, eggs, and pastries. Lunch and dinner are prepared by renowned chef Guy Martin at the elegant Les Mutines overlooking the ocean.
Situated on a private islet in the turquoise lagoon of Bora Bora, Sofitel is another hotel on our list where you can enjoy barefoot elegance accompanied solely by the hotel’s guests. What’s more, the island is set amidst a botanical garden and from most parts, you can marvel at 360° panoramic views of the Bora Bora lagoon and Mt. Otemanu
Sofitel is a small hotel and it offers only 31 bungalows and villas. With thatched roofs, wooden furniture, and tropical prints, the ambiance is warm and lively. The fresh Polynesian style is immediately noticeable in the headboard designs, artworks, and bird cravings. The king-size beds feature firm mattresses and linens with floral motifs. High-end travelers usually go for the overwater villas which offer direct access to the lagoon. They are lined floor-to-ceiling windows and offer some expansive views over the nearby islets. Relaxation is guaranteed in rooms infused with natural light. Additionally, the overwater bungalows have shaded terraces with cushioned sun loungers and chairs.
There’s no pool, but guests can enjoy the long stretch of sandy white beach appointed with sun loungers and umbrellas. Guests get complimentary use of the kayaking and snorkeling gear.
The hotel’s on-site restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a circular setting providing panoramic views over the area. If you’re not satisfied with the offer, you can always take the free boat shuttle to Sofitel Manara and try the cuisine there.
This stunning hotel is situated on the longest beach in Moorea -Temae. It takes only 5 minutes to reach the resort from the International Airport at Tahiti. The hotel’s property is situated directly on the beach and it offers some stunning views over the islets in Tahiti.
Guests can choose between bungalows with garden views, ocean views, and horizontal views. The overwater villas are particularly popular among well-heeled travelers as they have direct access to the lagoon and feature an open deck, jacuzzi, and two bathrooms. Expect tropical style with soft furnishings, honey-colored furniture, and artworks inspired by the artist Paul Gaugain. The best part about these units is certainly the glass floor view panel from where you can watch the marine life above. Additionally, the bungalows open to a furnished terrace appointed with cushioned sun loungers. Every unit at the resort is equipped with free Wi-fi, a Nespresso machine, electric kettle, deposit, in-room safe, work desk, and a minibar. One bungalow at the resort is wheelchair accessible.
Perched above the lagoon, the Pure restaurant offers local and international cuisine on a terrace overlooking the ocean. During the weekends, you can enjoy Polynesian shows, while on weekdays traditional dishes are cooked in an oven set in the ground called the “ahimaa”.
While most of the upscale resorts in Bora Bora are situated on private motus, InterContinental offers luxurious accommodation on the main island at Matira Point. Matira Point is famous due to its long stretches of white sand beach with Tadhana Bay and Matira Bay being the most popular spots for swimming and sunbathing. The hotel is also within a walking distance from some small shops and restaurants.
The hotel offers 64 individual bungalows including Beach Bungalows, Lagoon Overwater Bungalows, and Horizon Overwater Bungalows. All units at the hotel are the same size and they are conveniently close to all amenities on offer. Decor-wise, guests can expect Polynesian style accommodation with thatched roofs, wooden floors, and honey-colored furniture. The overwater villas feature glass floors from where you can look at the colorful life below. The pillows and linens are fashioned in warm tones, while the prints give the rooms a uniquely modern feel. The best part about the villas is the balconies which are equipped with cushioned sun loungers and have direct access to the beach. Bathrooms are commodious with freestanding soaking tubs, double vanities, and a rain shower overlooking the ocean.
Buffet breakfast is served at Noa Noa, the hotel’s on-site restaurant overlooking the beach. The lunch and dinner menu features traditional Polynesian dishes and western classics. For craft cocktails and small bites, head over to Bar Vini Vini.
Guests can choose between garden-view rooms, ocean-view rooms, overwater bungalows, and beach bungalows. The ocean-view rooms are appointed with Italian-style beds, bedside lamps, and working desks. From the furnished balconies, guests can enjoy views over the blue lagoon and the nearby islands Raiatea and Tahaa. The overwater bungalows meet all expectations with king-size beds, wooden floors, and an ocean-inspired palette. Each bungalow has a private balcony with direct access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon. Expect top-notch amenities including coffee and tea making facilities, air-conditioning, writing tables, chairs, mini-bar, ceiling fan, and flat TV screen. Guests need to pay an extra fee for Wi-fi. Bathrooms are small and feature only rainfalls showers.
Buffet breakfast can be tasted at Haere Mai in an open-air setting. At night, you can enjoy Polynesian shows and a barbecue menu. For some ocean-inspired dishes and freshly caught fish head over to Tama’a Maitai restaurant situated on the beach.
Fenua Mata’i’oa is situated on a calm lagoon on Moorea’s northwest coast. The property is set amidst a tropical garden and getting lost on the stone pathways is a pleasure. Here, water sports enthusiasts can have lots of fun as the area is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.
Don’t expect over-the-top style, here all rooms are decorated by the owners and they boast an eclectic mix of Tahitian colonial style with Moroccan influences. The units are decorated with African objects, handicrafts, wooden furniture, and paintings by Gotz. The beds are covered with Indian silk while the Buddha’s heads create a spiritual ambiance. With its master bedroom, living room, and a terrace that opens to the lagoon, the Junior Prince Tomatoa Suite is ideal for families or a group of friends. The bathrooms are spacious and luxurious with double vanities, pebbled walk-in showers and separate water closets.
Guests can relax at the dock equipped with shady cabanas, cushioned sun loungers, and umbrellas. The snorkelling and kayaking equipment is free to use.
At Honomai, guests can enjoy authentic Polynesian dishes prepared by the owners. Private dinners on a motu can also be arranged.
If you want to spend your vacation days in an authentic Polynesian sanctuary, then you should definitely consider visiting Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort. This charming property is set on a pink-sand motu in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Wild coconut grove, tropical garden, and sensational views – Tikehau is all about exotic experiences in a dream-like setting.
Tikhau has beach bungalows set on the pink sand and overwater bungalows perched above the lagoon. There are also beach villas with a private pool. All villas are built with natural materials including bamboo, teak, and niau. Picture thatched roofs, wooden floors, and rooms infused with natural light. Every unit is spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, minibar, private decks, flat TV screens, satellite TV, and ceiling fans.
After a long day of swimming, get a drink on the pink sand beach at Tianoa Bar. Toreho restaurant is set on an open deck from where you can enjoy unobstructed views over the ocean. The Polynesian dishes and western classics are infused with fresh local products.
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