Visited Tahiti 31 Aug thru 5 Sep, had picked the Hotel Royal Tahitien as our base and was not disappointed (web site pictures are quite accurate). After a great flight on Air Tahiti Nui JFK-PPT were pleasantly greeted at 2 am and shown to our nicely appointed rooms. Next morning were able to see full extent of lovely grounds. Restaurant offers nice breakfasts on terrace just above their beach and also served nice snacks at poolside and good dinners and lunches. Not high gourmet but better than average and tasty,
Hotel is supposedly on 'the wrong side of town', but its location in its own garden park setting, only 40 rooms and on its own blacksand beach make it a quiet and lovely place to stay. It was nice to swim in the lagoon walking on soft ocean bottom.
It is about 7 minutes from downtown Papeete by 'Le Truck' which stops about 300 yards from the hotel. (We learned you have to tell the driver on your return to stop at the Royal Tahitien so he can make the appropriate detour and leave you where you started - learned this the hard way but did get a nice tour of another part of Tahiti and interesting interplay with other locals on the bus)
We found being near the city of Papeete was great for shopping with a lot to do and see - which was not always evident in other parts of the island nor, most probably, on other islands.We did a tour around Moorea (12 miles away and easily reached by ferry from Papeete) but did not see an overabundance of possibilities for shopping such as those available in Papeete. But the possibilities of quiet stays at the resorts with scuba diving and snorkeling were outstanding from what we saw on Moorea.
All in all, my wife and I (accompanied by daughter and son-in-law), on reflection, could not think of anything negative about our short trip.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Tahitien Hotel Pirae
- Royal Tahitien Hotel Papeete
- Royal Tahitien Papeete
- Royal Tahitien Tahiti/Pirae