Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2021 – The islands of Tahiti
There is nowhere in the world like the islands of Tahiti. The 118 islands offer different experiences for each type of traveler. What is common to all are the enchanting landscapes and dreamy lagoons that make for a perfect vacation. The islands are an untouched sanctuary with black, pink and white sand beaches, azure blue waters, and relatively few visitors compared to other tropical destinations.
Unsurprisingly, the islands of Tahiti are considered one of the most popular destinations in the world, which was evident in the latest World’s Best Awards from international magazine Travel + Leisure. Voted by T + L readers over the past three years in various categories, several resorts and islands in French Polynesia made the cut.
The islands of Tahiti consistently top bucket lists and are a prime candidate for Australians to visit once borders open, to which the T + L prices are another testament to this. As international travel finally looks like a reality for Australia in the coming months and the French Polynesian border is open to welcome travelers again, no one will say no to some suggestions of where to travel in the destination when we do. will be ready to go.
As the overwater bungalow hails from the islands of Tahiti, it’s no surprise that the destination has completely dominated the list of the best resorts in the South Pacific. The majority of T + L readers have named the resorts on the famous island of Bora Bora as the ultimate South Pacific getaway, as well as the private Tetiaroa Atoll, which was bought by the late Marlon Brando.
A floating oasis in the azure blue lagoon and with an undeniably spectacular view of Mount Otemanu, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa embodies traditional Polynesian culture. Designed with the utmost environmental sensitivity, the resort has implemented the same air conditioning technology as that of the luxury resort The Brando (see # 3), in which seawater is sucked from the lagoon which cools the resort and is reused for electricity.
Known for its exceptional Thalasso Spa, guests of the complex will experience unforgettable moments of well-being in the region’s first spa offering thalassotherapy and balneotherapy treatments using deep sea water.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was also among the top 100 hotels in the world in 68th place.
Image: interContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa © Lei Tao
Nestled in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, on the shores of the most beautiful lagoon on the planet, is the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. The overwater villas are among the largest in the area and are graciously designed to embrace indulgent island living while providing the inviting comforts of a luxurious home.
In St Regis there is always something new to explore or experience every day. Guests can spend days swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the pristine blue waters of the lagoon and never get bored. For those who want to enjoy the ultimate relaxing vacation, three pristine beaches, two swimming pools and a “lagoonarium” are at their disposal.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort was also ranked 87th among the top 100 hotels in the world.
Picture: St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
3. The Brando (to attach)
The luxury resort is located on the private island of Tetiaroa, discovered by the late Marlon Brando who sought to preserve this little piece of paradise by protecting the earth. The resort is frequently visited by celebrities such as Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and most recently Rebel Wilson.
With the actor’s original idea in mind, The Brando is approaching its goal of becoming completely carbon neutral and self-sufficient. The villas are part of a pioneering science experiment involving a complex seawater air conditioning system and are powered by solar energy. The eco-station consists of research laboratories where scientists conduct short and long-term studies in ecology, marine biology and conservation. Guests staying at the resort have the option of participating in tours and excursions with the naturalists working at the resort. While the actor sadly passed away before he could see the results of his vision, it can be said that Marlon Brando would have been very proud.
Image: The Brando
3. Conrad Bora Bora Nui (to attach)
At Conrad Bora Bora Nui, you can sleep in one of the few two-story overwater bungalows in the South Pacific. The Presidential Overwater Villa has a terrace that leads directly to the turquoise blue lagoon and offers the ultimate private paradise experience, complemented by uninterrupted views of the horizon.
Go kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding or discover the diverse and colorful marine life while snorkeling below the lagoon surface – all free activities at the resort. Those who are more adventurous can go jet skiing, sailing, kitesurfing, scuba diving or going on a outrigger canoe ride.
Image: Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Located on the northeast side of the island along the outer coral reef, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora exudes effortless luxury. The overwater bungalows, some of which have their own private pool, offer an exceptional view of the lagoon facing Mount Otemanu.
While romance is the resort’s specialty, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is also family-friendly, where three beachfront villas provide the perfect alternative when traveling with kids. Kids can enjoy an indoor playroom and outdoor play area with a paddling pool, while teens can keep busy on the Chill Islands, with paddle boarding and snorkelling.
The resident marine biologist is even happy to take the family on an educational snorkeling excursion in the resort’s interior lagoon.
Image: Four seasons Bora Bora
As a trip to Europe or America might not be first on the cards once borders open, Australians will want to support their closest neighbors right here in Oceania and the South Pacific. On the list of the most sought after island getaways in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, the islands of Tahiti have been featured not once, but four times.
Moorea – 3rd
Moorea, the heart-shaped island and often considered Tahiti’s little sister island, was ranked 3rd on the list. The calm lagoon waters allow for a variety of activities, from canoeing to paddle boarding, kitesurfing and water skiing to surfing around some passes. The diverse coral reef ecosystem is teeming with colorful marine life that can be explored by diving and snorkeling, and you can also help protect it with the Coral gardeners’ coral adoption program. Other activities include horseback riding, quad biking, hiking, and four-wheeler driving through the lush valleys of the ancient volcano crater.
Image: MOOREA Divers TNH (14) © Grégoire Le Bacon Tahiti Nui Helicopters
Bora-Bora – 5th
There is just something about Bora Bora, the island simply radiates romance and paradise. Since the destination is the origin of the Overwater Villa, there are many amazing options to choose from, but have you ever heard of a Floating Overwater Villa? ELYT Charter Tahiti took the concept to the next level with the announcement of the first floating luxury villa, launching in Bora Bora next year. The ultimate luxury houseboat features four bedrooms with a 360-degree rooftop lounge that will give guests the ability to enjoy Bora Bora’s stunningly beautiful nature – from all angles.
Image: BORA BORA © Stéphane Mailion Photography
Huahine – 7th
With its lush forests, wild landscapes and picturesque villages, Huahine is one of Tahiti’s best-kept secrets, a place where you live like a local. A deep, crystal-clear lagoon surrounds the two islands that make up Huahine, while gorgeous bays and white-sand beaches add drama to the experience.
Those interested in a slightly different overwater villa experience can stay in one of the 15 overwater bungalows on Lake Au Maitai Lapita Village. Tucked away in the jungle and set by a beautiful and serene lake, this resort offers peace and quiet for those who truly want to retreat to the comfort of a traditional Polynesian-inspired hut. On the other side of the island, you can visit the Huahine pearl farm, accessible only by boat. The expert staff of the farm can tell you about their deep commitment to marine conservation and the protection of the Tahitian black pearl heritage of French Polynesia and the pearl farming process.
Image: Maitai Lapita village.
Tahiti – 9th
Crowned by a circle of majestic peaks, Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, towers over the ocean like a proud and royal queen. The mountainous interior is adorned with mystical valleys, clear streams and high waterfalls.
Tahiti is the place where you can explore the authentic experience of true Polynesian culture and learn about the enigmatic and fundamental truth of Mana and its essence of universal power. Hear stories of the mythologies and sacred traditions of the Mā’ohi ancestors which are still incredibly important to the Tahitian people. They are very proud of their heritage and love to express their respect for nature and the ocean. Discover how Tahitians give voice to Mana through dance and rhythms, celebrating the resilience of Polynesian culture to overcome and maintain their sacred expressions of life.