Luxtripper Travel Editor
You will arrive at the turquoise lagoons, and glittering white sand beaches of French Polynesia. Begin your trip at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, and embark on your tranquil getaway to paradise. Set on twelve hectares of tropical gardens, the resort boasts beautiful overwater accommodation, authentic dining experiences, and two plunging infinity pools.
Of all the 118 islands in the French Polynesia, Tahiti is the largest social, cultural, and political centre, meaning there is plenty to see and do there. The resort itself is in a prime location, and is only a short 10 minute drive from the city centre of Papeete where some of the island’s best museums, galleries, shops, and night clubs can be found. In order to best explore the island, the resort concierge offer a number of tours.
Kick off your trip by familiarising yourself with your new home for the next five days by taking an island discovery tour. This package includes a scenic stop at the Royal Village of Maeva, a 4x4 safari trek past Mount Orehen (Tahiti’s highest peak), and a refreshing dip in the beautiful Papenoo River. After all that adventure, take a picturesque stroll along the waterfront and dine at a local roulette for an authentic Tahitian experience.
Take advantage of the resort’s location by partaking in onsite snorkelling and scuba-diving. Alternatively, rent a kayak and take a romantic ride over the translucent waters. After a day on the water, return to the resort to rejuvenate your mind and body at the spa. The Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm utilises the marine vitamins in their signature Algotherm products to create a remarkable organic spa menu. End your day with some gourmet French cuisine and fine wines at the hotel’s romantic overwater restaurant Le Lotus.
Only a 25 minute catamaran ride away, Tahiti’s sister island of Moorea can easily be reached from Tahiti. Take the opportunity to spend the day on this enchanting south sea island, and admire the rich, fertile valleys entrenched by dramatic mountain ridges. As you stroll past waterfalls, quaint villages, and shimmering lagoons, be sure to stop by one the fruit plantations to try a selection of sweet and succulent fruits. Return to your hotel and head to Te Tiare to watch an exuberant Polynesian dance show over dinner.
Organise a romantic breakfast for two on a canoe through the concierge and indulge in a selection of fresh fruit, pastries, and juice. After taking a leisurely start to the day, watch the resort’s ‘beach boys’ feed a colourful and exotic array of marine life including angelfish, rays, and parrot fish. With over 200 species of fish, in addition to corals and shells, the natural 'lagoonarium' created by the resort is a great way to see rare tropical species up close.
Spend your last day in Tahiti by immersing yourself in the cultural traditions of the Tahitian people. Learn from the masters in an arts and craft exposition by the resort’s Te Tiare pool, before trying your hand at basket weaving, pareo dying, and shell and flower lei making. Reward your artistic efforts by taking a swim up to the Le Lotus Bar, and enjoy one last cocktail in the bar’s sand-bottom infinity pool before leaving Tahiti.
Only a short one hour flight away, Bora Bora awaits your arrival! Here you will conclude your holiday in blissful utopia of Polynesian luxury. Check in to the St. Regis Bora Bora for a truly remarkable Polynesian experience. Upon entering this beachfront resort, you will immediately be drawn to the intricacy of the traditional hand-carved Polynesian sculptures and furnishings. Boasting four restaurants, two bars, two large swimming pools, and a lavish spa, this resort is the epitome of grandeur. All accommodation here offers stunning panoramic views of the lagoon and the surrounding islands, and its central location means that there is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.
Guests at the St Regis Bora Bora are provided with complimentary snorkelling and windsurfing equipment, so there is no better way to begin your trip, but by spending it on the sublime waters of the island. Home to hundreds of species of tropical fish, rays, and reef sharks, snorkelers can prepare to be dazzled with the incredible underwater scenery Bora Bora Lagoon has to offer.
After discovering Bora Bora’s sublime marine life, explore the island on a 4x4 land safari, or take a romantic bicycle ride past the unspoiled beaches, pastel painted-houses, and sweet-smelling fruit stalls. Return to your resort and allow you and your partner to be pampered with the spa’s special “for lover’s package”, including a soothing yet stimulating balneotherapy treatment.
Famed for its incredible dive-spots, Bora Bora has a number of different dive adventures available for visitors. For those looking to get up close and personal with sharks, a Tapu Dive is recommended, and for those seeking something more calming, take the Teavanui Pass to explore the purple coral for an unforgettable experience. Reminisce on your days activities over dinner at the resort’s exclusive restaurant LAGOON by Jean Georges. Winner of the 2014 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, this restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy an excellent glass of wine against the poetic backdrop of Mount Otemanu.
History enthusiasts can enjoy organised excursions to Mount Pahia and the "Valley of the Kings", Mount Otemanu, and the ancient Marae temples. Once used for religious ceremonies, there are still about forty open-air stone maraes (temples) left on the island. After a day of culture and history, unwind in the resort’s swim-up Aparima Bar, and try its signature Bloody Mary.
For a memorable experience visit the 'Lagoonarium' - French Polynesia’s largest underwater aquarium, where you have the chance to swim alongside giant sea turtles in a controlled environment. End your day with a meal at Bora Bora’s most famous restaurant Bloody Mary’s for fresh fish, salads, and vegetarian plates.
Purchase a memento of your travels in an artisan gallery, or in one of the boutiques of Vaitape and the southern part of the Circle Island Road. Pick-up a traditional Tahitian product in the shape of the famed black pearls, monoi oils, pareo fabrics, and coconut and tiare soaps. Jump aboard a catamaran dinner cruise, and watch the sun set over this ethereal island for the final time.
From tranquil lagoons and ancient cultures, a multiple destination trip to Tahiti, and Bora Bora offers the perfect combination of indulgence, rejuvenation, and rediscovery. Venture to these two opposing destinations, and discover different worlds for an exuberant and adventurous vacation.