4-star Moorea overwater bungalow for US$367 per night in April
If you are considering an overwater bungalow vacation in the South Pacific then you might already realize that the most expensive times of the year are around Christmas as well as June through August. What you might not know is that you can literally book the same bungalow for about half the price if you are willing to go in April, even though the weather there is almost the same all year round.
The best deal we've found so far is at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, which is offering its overwater bungalows starting at US$367 per night during the short low season. This is part of a 50%-off deal they are currently running, and it also includes a daily breakfast buffet for two guests.
An Overwater Bungalow at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa for US$367 (including tax) for selected dates in April and May. The Premium Overwater Bungalows are only US$386 during the same period. Rates are for two people per bungalow and include a breakfast buffet each morning.
This 50%-off deal is happening on hotels.com and there is no minimum stay required to qualify. Needless to say, the promotional rates are based on availability so when the resort gets mostly booked up the prices will go back up. Check the Moorea Pearl Resort page on hotels.com for your own dates to see if the promotion is available.
The lowest rates of the year
As mentioned above, this promotion is taking place during the two months between the two busiest periods of the year so if you prefer not to pay top dollar this is the time to go. The Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa is a fine 4-star resort with 28 overwater bungalows in addition to 66 garden and beach rooms. Guest reviews are consistently solid so it's only a matter of this being the slow period, and you can get excellent value if you are able to find available dates.
Each overwater bungalow is 517 square feet (48 square meters) so they are nearly double the size of a normal city hotel room. Each one also includes a kingsize bed as well as a single bed, and you also have a glass section of the floor where you can observe the sea life below your room both day and night. This is a proper 4-star resort, with luxury amenities including bathrobes for each guest as well as everything you'd expect in a high rated tropical resort.
Moorea is a perfect choice for romance
While Bora Bora is certainly more famous as a honeymoon situation, the two islands are very similar. Moorea itself is stunning (unlike Tahiti), and it's also far faster and easier to reach than Bora Bora. If you have an unlimited budget and don't mind the extra time then Bora Bora might be a better choice, but for the rest of us Moorea is actually better value.
To reach any islands in this area you first have to fly to Tahiti (usually from Los Angeles). Moorea is a 5-minute flight from Tahiti, or you can take a ferry in under an hour. Considering the room rates during this promotional period, this resort is an amazing deal, and one you'll probably fall in love with once you arrive.