My husband and I stayed at the Le Meridien Tahiti as part of our honeymoon. The resort is gorgeous and in my opinion, the best resort on the island of Tahiti. We went over to the intercontinental for dinner one night, and I didn't really think too highly of that hotel.
We stayed a couple nights in the junior suite and then a couple nights in the overwater bungalow. Both were great and I would recommend both. We used our starwood points and those could not be used for the overwater bungalows, but if you book the suite like we did, and you arrive at the resort and the bungalows are free they will upgrade you for no additional charge (if you ask). I no longer have status with starwood, so it was a nice free upgrade! The overwater bungalows do not have direct access to the water, but I think because of that very reason, there are sooo many fish swimming right below the bungalows. You almost don't even need to go snorkeling to see amazing fish.
While in Tahiti we did a snorkeling trip that we went snorkeling with Humpback Whales. It was amazing. We booked it through the hotel, but there was some confusion on the booking, so we did get some of our money back (we thought we booked dolphin watching and reef snorkeling, but we only got one activity). We hiked to the inner parts of Tahiti (the hike starts at the Belvedere Restaurant). We hiked for about 5 hours and the views were amazing. We initially wanted to hire a guide, but we couldn't find one available. However, we did meet a local Tahitian on the trial. He gave us his contact information, so if anyone ever wants a local guide for hiking, let me know! And then we just hung out at the hotel on the beach and pool!
The food on Tahiti is average at best. The food trucks are fun, we tried almost all of them. The restaurants the front desk recommends is also just average. One thing we did find phenomenal was this little breakfast place that is walking distance from the hotel. When you go out of the hotel, turn left and you go into a shopping plaza, if you go past the grocery store you will see a small sandwich shop. I can't exactly remember the guys name, but he speaks perfect English. They have cheap breakfast options, or you can get a "casse cruette" which is the french bread sandwiches. My favorite was the smoked salmon sandwich -- and all the sandwiches are three dollars! Much better priced than breakfast buffet at the hotel!
I give the resort four stars instead of five just because the front desk staff was not as helpful as other resorts we have stayed at. There was a lot of confusion when you asked them anything. And they only had one check in member that spoke english well enough to talk about anything besides the standard check in.
If you go, enjoy it and I'll be sitting at work, thinking about how jealous I am that I am not there too!
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