Le Méridien Tahiti Resort

Le Meridien Tahiti

With only 12 overwater bungalows among 137 other rooms and suites, the Le Méridien Tahiti has a very different feel compared to the specialty lagoon resorts in nearby Moorea or Bora Bora. The location of the overwater bungalows does make them very private and ideal for a honeymoon or other romantic getaway, and the hotel’s location on the main island of Tahiti also provides for a huge list of nearby activities and options you won’t get at one of the more secluded resorts.

The Le Méridien Tahiti overs good value for its overwater bungalows, with large and well appointed rooms that might cost nearly double at some of the 5-star resorts on Bora Bora. Also, being one of only two overwater bungalow resorts on the main island of Tahiti – along with the InterContinental Tahiti Resort – it’s an ideal place to start a longer trip of the South Pacific since reaching the hotel doesn’t require another flight and boat ride, which are easier to deal with once accustomed to the time zone and area.

Location

The Le Méridien Tahiti is located on the west coast of the main island of Tahiti, about 10 kilometers south of the main airport.

Rooms/villas/suites

  • Overwater bungalows: 12
  • Beds: One queensize plus sofabed
  • Area: 603 sq ft (56 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: Satellite TV, DVD player
  • Room service: 24 hours

Special room features

  • Separate dressing area
  • Sofa
  • Mini-bar
  • Tea/coffee amenities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • His and hers vanities
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Private deck with lagoon access
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room safe
  • Polyesian style decor
  • Open views of the reef

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$461 per night
  • High season online specials from US$502 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Le Carré Restaurant
  • La Plantation Restaurant
  • L’Astrolabe Bar
  • Le Pool Bar

Resort features

  • Aqua gym classes
  • Kayaking
  • Beach volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • South Pacific’s largest sand-bottom lagoon swimming pool

Spa

Treatments including in-room massages are available.

Nearby activities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Go-Karting
  • Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands
  • Catamaran Cruise
  • Horseback Riding
  • Black Pearl Museum
  • Sailing Lessons
  • Circle Island Tours
  • Paul Gauguin Museum
  • Windsurfing
  • 4×4 Mountain Safaris
  • James Norman Hall Museum
  • Surfing Blowhole of Arahoho
  • Marae Temples
  • Bodyboarding
  • Point Venues
  • Paofai Temple of Papeete
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Presidential Palace
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Matahia Spring
  • Tomb of King Pomare V
  • Water Skiing
  • Lava Tubes
  • Botanical Garden and the Galapagos Tortoises
  • Barefoot Skiing
  • Garden of Matatia
  • Hand Gliding
  • Outrigger Canoe Les Roulottes in Papeete
  • Giant Blue-Eyed Eels
  • Le Mana Rock Cafe
  • Dolphins Discovery
  • Drag Show at the Piano Bar
  • Whale-Watching Expedition
  • Dancing at Le Kikiriri
  • Helicopter excursions

What the reviews say

Although the resort has just completed a major renovation in 2010, it still receives rather mixed reviews from past guests. The overwater bungalows in particular get high marks for their size and their luxury, but not having direct water access directly underneath is seen as a negative. There is however access to the lagoon via the end of the pontoon. Though the rooms are large in size, some feel that the furniture used is a little outdated, though not all guests feel this way so it many just be more personal preference.

Overall the resort is very large, and a bit dated, and many past guest do seem to recommend going to another resort, perhaps one of the more posh places on Moorea or on Bora Bora.

Getting there

To reach the Le Méridien Tahiti you need to fly to Tahiti and then take a 15-minute taxi ride to the hotel, or use the Le Truck public transportation system, taking about 30 minutes.

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