Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts for families
It’s fair to say that Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti are among the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, but quite a few families also love to holiday in the South Pacific as well. Even though many resorts outwardly specialize in honeymoon and anniversary trips, about half of them also cater to families.
Fortunately, most of these resorts are also quite large considering the number of guests they accommodate, so children usually have places to play and hang out that don’t interfere with the couples who’ve come for peace and romance. The high-end resorts have full-service Kids Clubs with supervision and activities, so they are great choices if you can afford them.
Bora Bora or Moorea for families?
We included both islands on this list because they are both stunning and secluded, and many people visit both islands on the same trip. Bora Bora is more known for 5-star luxury resorts while Moorea is known for its 4-star resorts that offer great value.
There are also two resorts on Tahiti with overwater bungalows and both are excellent for family visits. They are more affordable and easier to reach than the Moorea and Bora Bora resorts, so they are worth considering as part of your trip or even as the final destination.
Best Moorea overwater bungalow resorts for families
- Overwater bungalows: 39
- Total rooms/suites: 114
The Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort is a solid choice for families in spite of not having a formal Kids Club on the premises. The main feature here is a modest cost compared to the other family-oriented resorts, but there is plenty more to recommend. The overwater bungalows all have a sofabed, so small families can easily fit into one room.
Another major advantage here is that the snorkeling in the lagoon where the bungalows are is fantastic, which isn’t true of all resorts. There’s also a swimming pool and a long list of water sports and other activities. Babysitting is available upon request. The location is also nice in that it’s easy to reach nearby shops and restaurants (most will pick you up free if you call them), and that makes things easier on families looking for variety at a reasonable cost.
- Low season online specials from US$633 per night
- High season online specials from US$723 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 54
- Total rooms/suites: 106
The Moorea Hilton is usually considered the finest of the overwater resorts on Moorea, and fortunately it also scores high with families as well. The overwater bungalows (and the island rooms) are quite large and filled with amenities. The rest of the resort is luxurious but also very family friendly with children’s activities as well as a babysitting service.
The restaurants offer children’s menus plus high chairs, and they even have a special children’s video rental service. Even with only 106 guest rooms, this resort really goes out of its way to be as friendly to families as it does to its honeymoon and anniversary guests. The location is also convenient to reach nearby shops and other attractions, which isn’t the case in many Bora Bora resorts.
- Low season online specials from US$344 per night
- High season online specials from US$468 per night
Best Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts for families
- Overwater bungalows: 50
- Total rooms/suites: 62
This is the more affordable of the two InterContinental resorts on Bora Bora, and that alone makes it a bit more family friendly. The overwater bungalows as well as the island rooms are quite large and comfortable, and are much larger than a typical city hotel room.
In addition to a long list of water sports and activities, this resort also has a children’s menu, babysitting services, table tennis, and a children’s game area. It’s also the only overwater resort on Bora Bora to be attached to the main island, so getting to nearby shops and other restaurants is fast and easy.
- Low season online specials from US$738 per night
- High season online specials from US$837 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 85
- Total rooms/suites: 99
Another of the more modestly priced Bora Bora resorts, the Le Meridien has large overwater bungalows that each have a sofa bed in them. This means that smaller and younger families can all stay in the same room. The most interesting family feature here is the Turtle Center at the heart of the resort, which lets guests get up close and personal with native turles, who also populate the lagoon and surrounding area.
The snorkeling in the main lagoon is also excellent, as just one of the many sports activities. They feature sailing and rafts with kid-sized equipment at the ready. There’s a small infinity pool next to the sandy beach overlooking the lagoon. The staff here get very high marks from past guests for dealing well with families and children as well.
- Low season online specials from US$725 per night
- High season online specials from US$885 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 80
- Total rooms/suites: 83
Newer and more posh than the sister InterContinental resorts at the southern tip of the island, this one is more up the price scale but worth it for those who can afford it. Each overwater bungalow is over 1,000 square feet, so they are huge by pretty much any standard.
There is no dedicated Kids Club here, but the staff have a great reputation for welcoming younger guests and there is plenty to keep them busy. There’s a pool but also fantastic snorkeling. This one is probably not ideal for younger children, though it’s a solid choice for families with school-age kids.
- Low season online specials from US$1,041 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,186 per night
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- Overwater bungalows: 85
- Total rooms/suites: 120
One of the larger resorts on Bora Bora, the Hilton Nui is nicely spread out so each guest can find their own corner to enjoy. The overwater bungalows are huge, with the smallest class being just over 1,000 square feet. They also have 2-bedroom overwater suites which are perfect for families on higher budgets.
The staff here are very attentive to families and can handle most any request. There is a huge beach here with good snorkeling and other water sports equipment, as well as bicycles free for use by guests. The infinity pool here is one of the largest in the South Pacific, making it ideal for young ones who want to have their own space.
- Low season online specials from US$681 per night
- High season online specials from US$772 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 100
- Total rooms/suites: 121
While it might be out of reach from a price standpoint for many families, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is otherwise the perfect resort. It has the Tamarii Club, which is a dedicated Kids Club for ages 5 to 12 with activities and facilities going all day. There is also Chill Island for ages 13 to 17 with more adventurous activities and a supervised lounge meant just for teen guests.
The overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons are also enormous at well over 1,000 square feet each. The bungalows also have a queen sofabed in the living room, so families can fit in one room but still have space to spread out. You can expect excellent service here for all ages, just read the reviews to see that this should be a top choice for anyone who can afford a stay.
- Low season online specials from US$1,357 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,951 per night
- Overwater bungalows: 77
- Total rooms/suites: 91
Arguably the finest resort in the South Pacific, the St. Regis Bora Bora has the family thing covered as well as its honeymoon offerings. They have a Kids Creativity Club with its own beach and indoor play area, and of course a variety of supervised activities and games for those 5 to 12.
The huge overwater bungalows are ideal for families already, but they also include such touches and child-sized bathrobes, in-room toys, and family-friendly movies. The St. Regis butler program makes almost anything possible with one phone call. They also have large family overwater suites here for families where budget isn’t an issue.
- Low season online specials from US$858 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,491 per night