To celebrate its 10 anniversary the Te Tiare Beach Resort is giving away a strand of pearls to women, a monogrammed terry robe to men, and a free massage throughout the month of June.
I adore French Polynesia. Who doesn’t. It’s just one of the most casually civilized tropical destinations in the world. The French influence permeates the balmy air with a joie de vivre and a lust for relaxation and fun.
The food is fantastic no matter where you eat. The beaches and lagoons are warm and inviting and the people are welcoming.
We’ve visited the archipelago several times. We stayed in assorted hotels and sailed around the islands onboard the Tahitian Princess, Paul Gauguin, and Wind Star.
Huahine and Bora Bora are our favorites. The former is much more laid back and jungle-like. Bora Bora has boomed in the last few years with hotels and an island-style hustle buzzing around its 22 circular miles (which we’ve actually explored on bicycles).
My favorite is Huahine, one of the leeward Society Islands (along with Tahiti,Moorea, Bora Bora, Raitea, Taha’a et al), where we once spent a week at a posh, all-inclusive resort called Hana Iti, where the staff me you with glasses champagne as you emerged from the lagoon after snorkeling. Where champagne and fine wine were at hand in your refrigerator and the food was outstanding. It’s no longer in business,but was great while it lasted.
We also stayed at Te Tiare Beach Resort which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with enticing offers. We may just have to go back.
Guests visiting the hotel this June will receive a monogrammed plush robe, Tahitian pear pendant, and an additional free massage at the Manea Spa when you purchase one of equal value.
The picturesque hotel is nestled in a little bay, accessible by a 15-minute boat ride from the town of Fare. There are 19 garden bungalows, 6 beach bungalows, 5 lagoon facilities and 11 over water fares all facing the nearby Raiatea and Taha’a.
The island of Huahine is one of French Polynesia’s best-kept secrets, with lush forests (which we’ve explored with tour guides), unspoiled landscapes and quaint villages.
Diversions include snorkeling in crystal clear waters, outrigger canoeing, island tours, picnics by canoe, horseback riding, sunset cruises by motorized speedboat or canoe, deep sea fishing, shark feeding tours, scuba diving, sailboat excursions and jet skiing, as well as car, scooter, motor dinghy and bicycle rentals.
www.tetiarebeachresort.com; or 800-600-8455. Rates listed on line in euros:
Tariff – Double or Single Occupancy Year 2009 Rates/EURO
Garden Bungalow €343.58
Premium Garden Bungalow €385.48
Lagoon Overwater €444.14
Beach Bungalow €502.80
Deep Overwater €586.60
One Way Transfer per person (Airport/Dock/Hotel) €25.14
Getting there from LAX: Tahiti Nui offers non-stop 5-hour flights most days of the weeks. Fares vary greatly so check out: www.airtahitinui.com for complete details.