Idyllic tropical islands, overwater bungalows, blue lagoons, and secluded white sand beaches are just a few reasons why French Polynesia is a dream destination. Here are ten fantastic hotels in French Polynesia where you’ll enjoy the very best in island luxury. Whether you’re honeymooning or just want to escape to paradise, these hotels offer both romance and adventure.
The adventure begins with a thrilling 30-minute boat ride from Raiatea airport (or private helicopter transfer from Bora Bora) to your luxurious private island getaway. 23 acres is home to three overwater bungalows, two beach suites, and four beach bungalows, where guests indulge in bespoke luxury and utter privacy. Enjoy quiet moments on a pristine white sand beach and sunset views over Bora Bora. Get wet and snorkel in private coral gardens, kayak, windsurf, and row on a traditional Polynesian pirogue. Half-board is obligatory at Vahiné Island. Tropical breakfasts, gourmet lunches, and romantic French-inspired dinners are served in a charming lagoon view open-air dining room.
Located on Rangiroa, Hotel Kia Ora’s impressive open-air reception and views of a turquoise lagoon instantly immerse you in the island vibe. All sixty accommodations are private Polynesian-style bungalows. Choose from an overwater bungalow with a glass-bottom floor, garden villa with private plunge pool, or beach bungalow featuring an ocean view jacuzzi and semi-private beach. Boozy sunsets at the Miki Miki bar over the water are not to be missed. The elegant infinity pool blurs the lines between lagoon and sky.
One of the historic “Grand Ladies” of hotels in French Polynesia, the 5-star Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort still shines from its 2006 extensive renovation. Boasting the longest white sand beach on Moorea, you’ll enjoy views of its crystal clear lagoon and Moorea’s sky-piercing lush green mountains. With 112 luxurious bungalows, you can choose between an overwater, garden, or beach view bungalow, each with its own private balcony. A lavish Polynesian-inspired breakfast is included and a seat at Vue Bar at sunset for a cocktail is the place to be.
Just minutes from Tahiti’s Fa’aa airport, the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and Spa is the perfect way to bookend your French Polynesian adventure. The romance begins with its magnificent lobby where you’re greeted with stunning views of its sister island Moorea. Once checked in to an overwater bungalow, lagoon or garden view room, explore the hotel’s 32 acres of lush tropical gardens or take a dip in its open-air aquarium teeming with tropical fish. Book a jet ski to explore the lagoon or simply relax by one of its two pools with a tropical cocktail in hand and watch the outriggers pass as the sun sets.
Just off the island of Taha’a, the 5-star Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa is a naturally elegant Polynesian escape. Built around majestic trees and surrounded by lush vegetation and flowers, its 57 suites and villas feature traditional Polynesian architecture. Overwater bungalows boast a glass bottom floor that opens to feed the fish below. True to its natural setting, Le Vanille restaurant resembles a tree house. Guests revel in sunsets over the silhouette of Bora Bora. Haute cuisine restaurants on property vary from a casual barefoot in the sand atmosphere to elegant evening attire required.
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, on its own private islet, is a lush tropical paradise with overwater bungalows and lagoon views under the majestic peak of Mount Otemanu. Offering a slew of bespoke experiences, guests can get up close and personal with over one hundred species of marine life in the Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary with a marine biologist. And rather than simply order off a menu, guests are invited to fish with Executive Chef Edgar Kano on a private boat. Afterward, he personally prepares the fish you caught for a spectacular private waterside dinner.
Located on a private atoll, The Brando is one of the favorite hotels in French Polynesia among the healthy jet-setter crowd – especially vegans as its executive chef sources from an on-site organic garden. Accessed only by private plane, guests relax in pristine nature. One, two, and three-bedroom villas are nestled in a verdant green tropical paradise where biodiversity is fiercely protected. You’ll discover an abundance of nature from exotic birds to manta rays, reef sharks, and turtles.
Unwind and find inner bliss at this marvel of a resort that offers bespoke butler service for a seamless stay tailored just for you. The St Regis Bora Bora has 44 acres of manicured tropical grounds to meander through, or relax by the lagoonarium and dine at its signature restaurant Lagoon by Jean-Georges. The adults-only pool is paradise for couples, while the main pool features a swim-up bar.
With epic sunrise and sunset views and garden bungalows with a private terrace and plunge pool, you’ll never feel like you’re missing out at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa if you don’t book an overwater bungalow. This eco-friendly hotel blends contemporary aesthetics with Polynesian style. The only all-bungalow resort on Moorea, it’s situated between two stunning bays with a ten-acre lagoon to explore.
When you want to get away, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is where you want to be. With a pink sand beach, wild coconut grove, and just 29 bungalows, eight suites, and one villa, guests are immersed in a remote romantic oasis. With a dive center on-site, guests adventure by day and relax by night at its oceanfront Poreho Restaurant.