Tahiti overwater bungalow at US$414 per night in high season
So many of us are interested in booking overwater bungalows in the coming few months, but it's more than a little disappointing when we realize that this is high season in the South Pacific and room rates are at their peak. It's true that it's difficult to find an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora for under US$700 from May through September or in Moorea for under US$600 per night, but prices are still reasonable in Tahiti itself.
The Le Meridien Tahiti is one of two large and wonderful resorts not far from the Tahiti Airport, and at the moment they have a promotion on overwater bungalows for 40% off even in high season. The rate works out to US$414 per night, which basically includes 2 free nights after 5 paid nights. This is the best deal you are going to get during high season, and it's a lovely 4-star resort so it's no compromise.
An overwater bungalow at the Le Meridien Tahiti for US$414 per night in May or June based on a 7-night stay. The rate is for two adults and one child can stay in the room for free. As this is high season the promotion won't last long so check your own dates on the hotels.com page for the Le Meridien Tahiti and don't hesitate if the rate is available.
This rate is available through Hotels.com and rooms are limited. The 40% off promotion includes 5 nights paid at US$690 per night followed by two free nights. The rate includes free cancellation and a price-match guarantee.
Four-star luxury at a top-rated resort
Hopefully you are familiar with the European luxury Le Méridien hotel chain. If not you'll be pleased to learn that they operate more than 120 hotels in over 50 countries worldwide, with a lofty reputation to protect. The Tahiti resort is one of their finest, with 12 overwater bungalows that are over 600 square feet each, including a separate sitting area and a large private terrace.
There's a sofa and a minibar in each bungalow, as well as his and hers vanities and even robes and slippers for each guest. In other words, in spite of the moderate room rates for the South Pacific, these overwater bungalows are large and luxurious. The resort itself also has 2 restaurants and 2 bars plus a huge list of activities and other amenities so you could stay a month and not get bored.
The benefits of staying on Tahiti
The classic honeymoon dream is to stay on Bora Bora or even Moorea, and it's true that those islands might be a bit more scenic, but they are also far more expensive, especially when you include the extra flights. Pretty much everyone reaches the area by flying from Los Angeles to Tahiti, so if you are staying at one of the Tahiti resorts you can be swimming in the lagoon maybe an hour after the flight lands. Those going on to Moorea or Bora Bora are probably still at the airport waiting for their (expensive) connecting flights.
The other key benefit of staying on Tahiti is that the resorts are only a short taxi or Le Truck ride from the capital city of Pape'ete. The town has dozens of local restaurants and the best shopping in the South Pacific. There are also scores of tours and other activities available that are challenging to do if you are staying at one of the more remote resorts. And needless to say, many of us simply can't afford Bora Bora so it's amazing to have such a splendid alternative.