Tahiti over water bungalow at 40% off – only US$318 per night per couple
While Bora Bora and Moorea are the more traditional honeymoon destinations in the South Pacific, Tahiti itself is home to a couple of excellent over water bungalow resorts, and the are among the best value in French Polynesia. At the moment the Le Méridien Tahiti Resort is offering overwater bungalows at 40% off for stays of at least 5 nights, putting them at a rate of US$318, which is the lowest we've seen here.
If you can afford US$800 per night then you do have some more luxurious choices among Bora Bora resorts, but for those of us who can't afford that much this is a fantastic deal. This is a deluxe 4-star international resort with only 12 overwater bungalows in a special part of its lagoon, in addition to 137 other rooms. This means guests get a boutique-resort feel when staying over the lagoon, in addition to all the facilities of a large resort just a few steps away.
An overwater bungalow at the Le Méridien Tahiti Resort for US$318 per night for two people.
This special is being offered by our booking partner, hotels.com, for stays of at least 5 nights. Garden-view rooms (on the island) are only US$134 per night on this special, and Lagoon-view rooms are US$176 per night.
Large bungalows at a premier resort
Even though these are among the most affordable overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, you don't need to lower your expectations much at all. The bungalows are almost 600 square feet, including a private balcony over the lagoon, so they are about twice the size of a standard urban luxury hotel room. Each bungalow comes with a queen size bed plus a sofa bed, and of course a window section in the floor that allows you to observe the sea life below your room.
Amenities like bathrobes and slippers, his and hers vanities, and an in-room safe are standard at the Le Méridien Tahiti Resort, so this is certainly a high-end resort by anyone's definition. You also have 2 restaurants and 2 bars to choose from, plus tennis, beach volleyball, snorkeling, yoga, and the largest sand-bottom swimming pool in the South Pacific.
Tahiti is affordable and convenient
One of the advantages to staying on Tahiti itself is that guests not only have the cheapest flights (because all flights land in Tahiti anyway), but also access to activities and shopping on the whole island. The capital city of Pape'ete is only a short taxi ride away, and there you can check out more excellent restaurants and nightlife, plus have a look at what Polynesian life is really like.
The island has 4X4 Jeep Safari tours, horseback riding, dolphin discovery, and a nearly endless list of interesting outdoor activities. Those on Bora Bora are practically stuck inside their own resorts, which is fine for a few days, but on Tahiti you can do just about anything you can think of in the morning, and be back at your overwater bungalow for a swim and a nap before you go back out in the evening. And at this price, it's hard to pass up.