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Saturday, December 31, 2016

INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI RESORT AND SPA

INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI RESORT AND SPA
FA'AA 98702
FRENCH POLYNESIA
+689 40 86 51 10

Tahiti and the Islands of Polynesia are amazing.  Far nicer than I expected and a reminder of what the Hawaiian Islands must have been like forty or fifty years ago.  This is a place to slow down, unwind and just take life in one day at a time.  This is a paradise that is unspoiled and filled with natural beauty and a French speaking population of Natives and French Nationals.  Everyone speaks French here and the food and culture while Polynesian has a distinctive French flare.  The Intercontinental Tahiti was my first choice because they offer the Bungalow Rooms over the ocean.  Everytime I look in a magazine or search the internet I see these bungalows and tell myself one day I'll stay there.  Well that day did come and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The days in our Bungalow at the Intercontinental Tahiti were simply amazing.  So nice that we did not want to leave to board our 7 day cruise of the Islands.  The Bungalows are a private oasis where you can relax, eat, swim, sleep and play in your personal enclave of Polynesian luxury.  The resort has incredible pools where you can just float, soak and enjoy a cocktail.  The swim up pool bar adjacent to the Le Lotus restaurant is the best place to be for me.  Swim and relax with cocktail in hand.  Don't want to hold your cocktail and they will give you a floatie to hold it.  Sunsets here are amazing with very few people in or around the pool.  A perfect day would be to relax here and then enjoy dinner at Le Lotus.  Oh my goodness...the most beautiful restaurant in the world.  Perched atop the water Le Lotus is heaven at sunset.  No better view and atmosphere while enjoying fine cuisine in shorts and a t-shirt.  The Front Desk and Concierge here were very polite and accommodating.  The Concierge was the ultimate professional and he guided us to some of the best dining experiences on the Island.  The hotel offers shuttle service to the main city of Papeete which is about 15 minutes away.  The charge is 500 Polynesian dollars our about $5 each way.  If you do not use the shuttle the cost is between $20 and $30 each way for a cab.  Price goes up in the evening hours.  Figure $40 to $60 round trip into Papeete and every meal is at least $20 or more.  Tahiti is not cheap with a glass of wine running $12 to $18.  A glass of champagne figure $30.  Hamburger at hotel $20.   Don't visit French Polynesia thinking things are cheap.  They are not.  But the experience is worth every penny.  Remember that the language and everything written here is in French.  This is something that I did not expect yet after two weeks embraced it and wanted to learn more about the people, history and culture.  I fell in love with the people of Tahiti.  There huge smiles, tank tops and shorts.  And the flowers.  Oh my goodness the flowers.   They are everywhere.  Beautiful works of art adorning the heads of the woman.   The most beautiful headwear in all the world.  Made daily by the woman of Tahiti working in small stalls along the roadside.  Weaving the colors and scents of Polynesia in a way that can only be done here.  Tahiti is an incredible paradise that leads to an even more incredible paradise of the Islands that surround this beautiful Island.  Tahiti was the beginning of our adventure and the rest of the trip was even more special and amazing.
Click links below for more posts on the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort;
Take a 7-Day Cruise from Tahiti aboard the Paul Gauguin;

ARRIVAL IN TAHITI
WELCOME TO FAAA FRENCH POLYNESIA
INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI RESORT AND SPA
INTERCONTINETAL TAHITI RESORT IS LARGE AND BEAUTIFUL
SHIRTLESS MEN GREET YOU AND TAKE YOUR BAGS
WATER FALL AT ENTRANCE TO LOBBY
MAIN RECEPTION AND LOBBY HAS NO AIR CONDITIONING
OPEN AIR LOBBY
THE LOBBY BAR IS GREAT PLACE TO ENJOY A COCKTAIL OR SNACK
VIEW FROM LOBBY BAR
LOBBY SEATING AREA
THE VIEW FROM THE LOBBY TERRACE IS AMAZING
SMALL TRUCKS DELIVER YOU AND YOUR BAGGAGE TO THE ROOM
BELLMEN DO NOT WEAR SHIRTS BECAUSE IT IS HOT
OUR BUNGALOW ROOM
BUNGALOWS SIT OVER THE OCEAN
ENTRANCE TO OUR BUNGALOW
EXTRA BED FOR OUR DAUGHTER
BEDROOM OVERLOOKS THE DECK
GREAT SHOWER AND BATH
DUAL SINKS REALLY NICE WITH TWO GIRLS
HOTEL PROVIDES GREAT AMENITIES
BATHROOM
EXTRA STORAGE AND SAFE
CLOSET
USB CHARGING PORT, 220V AND 115V OUTLETS
BUNGALOW HAS TALL CEILING, FAN AND AIR CONDITIONING
REFRIGERATOR
COFFEE MACHINE IN ROOM
BUNGALOW DECK
BUNGALOW DECK WITH STEPS TO OCEAN
BUNGALOW VIEW OF THE ISLAND OF MOOREA
DINING TABLE WAS GREAT FOR BREAKFAST AND DINNER
LOUNGE CHAIRS, COUCH AND SEATING ON THE DECK
NO BETTER PLACE TO BE IN TAHITI
WE DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE THIS PLACE
NIGHTS ON THE BUNGALOW DECK WERE AMAZING
LAGOON JUST STEPS FROM OUR BUNGALOW
MAIN POOL
MAIN INFINITY POOL
RESTAURANT OVERLOOKS THE POOL
ONE LOOK AND YOU WANT TO JUMP IN
JUST BELOW THE POOL IS AN AMAZING LAGOON
SNORKEL WITH REEF FISH
CLEAR WATER AND LOTS OF FISH
VIEWS OF MOOREA ARE AMAZING FROM THE INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI
INTERCONTINENTAL TAHITI BUNGALOWS
THE POOL BAR AND BEACH
INFINITY POOL WITH SWIM UP BAR
PRETTY MUCH A PERFECT PLACE IN POLYNESIA
I DID PERHAPS PARTAKE IN A COLD ONE HERE
GREAT PLACE TO ENJOY THE SUNSET
ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES ON EARTH
LE LOTUS RESTAURANT 
LE LOTUS RESTAURANT IS PERCHED ABOVE THE OCEAN
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT VIEWS ON EARTH
OUR SECOND VISIT ROOM WITH TWO QUEEN BEDS
PLENTY OF DESK SPACE, REFRIGERATOR AND COFFEE MAKER BELOW
LARGE SOAKING TUB
DUAL SINKS
NICE SHOWER WITH LARGE WATER HEAD
SOAPS AND CLEANSERS
LARGE PRIVATE TOILET AREA
VIEW FROM OUR FIRST FLOOR DECK - PERFECT TO WALK OVER TO POOL BAR
DECK WITH TABLE AND CHAIRS
OUR THIRD ROOM AT RESORT WAS ONLY USED FOR A FEW HOURS BECAUSE WE HAD LATE FLIGHT OUT OF TAHITI
KING BED



HOTEL WATER ACTIVITIES CENTER AND BEACH
SCUBA DIVING, JET SKIES, KAYAKS AND BOATING FROM THE HOTEL
TAHITI JET SKI NOT CHEAP BUT SO MUCH FUN
JET SKI FROM THIS POINT AT HOTEL
CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER AND VIEWS OF MOOREA
JET SKI DOWN THE COAST OF TAHITI
CRUISED BY THE BUNGALOWS


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