IA ORANA (pronounced yo-rah-na). That’s “hello” in Tahitian. I recently traveled to four of the most beautiful and wondrous islands in French Polynesia - Tahiti, Moorea,
Tahiti and her islands are the ultimate
The islands’ foremost attractions include relaxation, spectacular scenery, ancient stone temples, watersports, cruises, extinct volcanoes, mountain climbing, snorkeling & diving, music & dance, and fishing.
MY TOP FOUR PICKS FOR THE FINEST RESORTS IN
# 1 INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT AND THALASSO SPA BORA BORA
This luxurious new resort sets a high benchmark in elegance and service on the
Activities at the resort: Swimming pool, tennis, kayaks, and snorkeling.
# 2 INTERCONTINENTAL BORA BORA LE MOANA RESORT
This truly exotic and romantic retreat reopened in May 2006 after extensive renovations. It is located on one of Bora Bora's finest white sand beaches and, for the second year in a row, recognized as "
Activities at the resort: Snorkeling gear, outrigger canoes, windsurfing and table tennis. Demonstrations of Tahitian activities such as basket weaving, flower and shell lei making and uses of the coconut are held on various days. Folkloric dance shows are performed three times weekly, and folkloric musicians perform nightly.
# 3 SHERATON MOOREA LAGOON RESORT & SPA
This resort encompasses a beautifully landscaped setting with 54 overwater and 52 garden and beach bungalows. Guests in the overwater bungalows will be able to step directly into the calm lagoon for a swim. The overwater bungalows offer a glass floor viewing panel and snorkeling gear. Exceptional views of Opunohu and Cook’s Bays make for an idyllic setting. The resort offers a pristine white sand beach, restaurant overlooking the lagoon, cocktail lounge, Mandara Spa, fitness center, activity desk, and dock. This is the only resort on the
Activities at the resort: Outrigger canoes, kayaks, tennis, beach volleyball, swimming pool, fitness center, sauna and hammam (steam room).
# 4 SOFITEL MOOREA BEACH RESORT
After an extensive multi-million dollar renovation, the Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort reopened its doors in November 2006. Moorea’s newest luxury resort is situated on the island’s most beautiful white sand beach, with a full view of
Activities at the resort: Sea kayaking, outrigger canoes, snorkeling equipment, and tennis. On various days during the week, there are demonstrations of pareo painting and tying. Polynesian shows several evenings a week.
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