A lush tropical island in French Polynesia, these luxury resorts in Tahiti will be the dream getaway you’ve always wanted.

The Maldives is nice, but have you seen the slice of paradise that awaits you in French Polynesia? Home to stunning islands including Bora Bora, Mo’orea, and also Tahiti, this is the pinnacle of living the high life on an exotic island far far away.

While there are luxury resorts scattered around the country, you’ll want to pick Tahiti as the island you spend your time in. Bora Bora is nice, but it’s also touristy – Tahiti clinches the sweet spot of idyllic and tranquil without being too far out of civilisation.

So if you’re ready to book your tickets to Tahiti, here are some luxury accommodations for you to consider checking in to.

1
The Brando

If you think the name sounds familiar, it’s because it is, in fact, Marlon Brando’s former holiday home. The Godfather sure had the foresight in picking this piece of land a little out of Tahiti, and this revamped beach resort is nothing short of luxurious. 35 individual villas sit facing the beach, all with thatched roofs and a luxe, deserted island vibe. If you’re worried that you’re stuck 48km away from the main Tahiti island with the helicopter being your only mode of transport, worry not. You’ve got your meals covered by Les Mutinés restaurant, helmed by Guy Martin, the chef at the two-Michelin star Le Grand Véfour in Paris. For all day dining, there’s Beachcomber Cafe. Meanwhile, if you’d like to treat yourself even further, head to Varua Spa for some Polynesian spa treatments.

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Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort

Previously known as the Le Meridien Tahiti, it was later bought over by AccorHotels and rebranded to the Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort. With a location a little further south from Papeete, it promises less of a crowd and more beach time for yourself. Every one of the rooms and suites at the resort looks out to Mo’orea, guaranteeing a perfect view each time you look out the window. With a chic contemporary French and tropical Polynesian interior style, the Sofitel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort is where you go to see and be seen.

3
InterContinental Resort Tahiti

After a long flight, the last thing you want to do is take another few hours to get to your hotel. Luckily, the InterContinental Resort Tahiti is close to the airport. It’s a large place with 253 rooms, two tennis courts, two swimming pools, and watersports and diving centre. The resort also offers activities including whale watching excursions, Polynesian dance shows, and yoga sessions. As for dining choices, there’s the Te Tiare restaurant for breakfast and all-day dining with a Polynesian themed dinner with shows twice a week and gourmet French cuisine at Le Lotus restaurant.

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Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

Over on the west side of Tahiti is the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti boasting 121 rooms and suites. These are designed by Tahitian architect and designer Bruno Hervochon to fully show you what authentic Polynesian decor is all about. The resort is also home to one of the largest infinity pools on the island with Taapuna Pool Bar conveniently nearby for you to have sunset cocktails in hand by the pool. Within the premises are also two restaurants that serve a combination of international and Polynesian cuisine, Manea spa, and more.

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Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

So you like being in the vicinity of the main town area. That’s not a problem. The Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort & Spa will be your go-to resort, just 10 minutes away from downtown Papeete. But it doesn’t scrimp on the views, showing you the gorgeous black volcanic sand beach of Lafayette as well as Matavai Bay. There’s a local arts and crafts market for you to purchase some truly local souvenirs while you’re there. Then, indulge at Le Spa and chill out by the infinity pool. At sunset, head to Bay Bar for some tiki cocktails while enjoying a stunning view of the sun going down.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.