Tahiti reveals hidden gems
Tahitian Guesthouses provide a different way of experiencing the islands of Tahiti with owners offering a range of experiences.
Tahitian Guesthouses provide a different way of experiencing the islands of Tahiti. The Guesthouse owners offer a range of experiences on each property, and while each operate differently, these locals showcase their pride in their country and their envious lifestyle.
Tahiti Tourisme launched a campaign in Canada this month to promote Tahitian Guesthouses in the islands of Tahiti. From August 1, 2018 until December 30, 2018, Tahiti Tourisme will share exciting reasons for Canadian travelers who prefer cultural and authentic experiences, and home-like accommodations, to visit the stunning destination. The nationwide campaign will highlight Tahitian Guesthouses’ varied offerings, from dormitory-style lodging to those featuring individual bungalows and villas, and they are available in a wide range of prices. These accommodations allow for a true immersion into Polynesian life, with locals sharing warm Tahitian hospitality with all their guests. Canadians are able to learn how to book a trip for this unique way of travel through the campaign’s targeted outlets including TripAdvisor.ca, La Presse, Dreamscapes Magazine and Facebook.com/TahitiTourismCA.
Travelers will experience interacting with local hosts by sitting down to meals or having the host guide a local excursion, such as pearl diving, snorkeling, hiking and other island experiences in a personal setting that is different from a traditional hotel. Tahitian Guesthouses are incredibly boutique-style, typically with four or five bungalows on site, offering guests the chance to disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy the destination’s hidden gems. The shared experiences with local hosts will leave travelers feeling like they are part of an extended family and truly immersed in the Polynesian way of life.
“Tahitians are renowned for their warm hospitality and Tahitian Guesthouses,” says Gina Bunton, Chief Operations Officer of Tahiti Tourisme. “These offer visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves into a more authentic way of travelling, a more personalized experience and to build long lasting connections with our people and our islands. The diverse range of Tahitian Guesthouses throughout our islands affords travelers a dynamic array of experiences. Through these intimate stays, travelers will grow closer to the Tahitian way of life, learn about the islands and their history, savor home-cooked food, revel in activities unique to each location, and much more.”
The below Tahitian Guesthouses offer individual rooms or stand-alone bungalows with value-add amenities. Typically, a two-night minimum stay is required. To read more on accommodations and Tahitian Guesthouse packages, visit tahitianguesthouse.ca (English) or fr.tahitianguesthouse.ca (French).
– The Vanira Lodge (Tahiti) – “At the end of the world,” one and a half hours from Tahiti International Airport, lies the village of Teahupoo, made famous by its legendary wave which annually brings together the world’s best surfers. The lodge, which consists of unique bungalows built into the cliffside and on stilts delivering an unbelievable, treehouse-like environment, is situated near lush hills, forests and caves. From these lofty vantage points, guests can also view dolphins and whales when in season. Wi-Fi access available throughout the property on a complimentary basis.
– Fare Maeva (Huahine) – A mere five minutes by bike from the main village of Fare, this guesthouse is located on a major northwest-facing beach where guests can enjoy magnificent sunsets. Guests are also able to see dolphins and whales in season (from July to October). The Guesthouse has a restaurant, bar and pool space facing the sea. The restaurant features local cuisine for breakfast and dinner, and a happy hour takes place every Friday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm with musical entertainment.
– Villa Ixora (Raiatea) – Managed by Laure and Terence, former managers of a high-end boutique hotel on Taha’a, they have taken over this modest Guesthouse and fully renovated it in a contemporary, cozy style. Features four warm, well-appointed mid-range bungalows, with three garden units and one lagoon unit, located 10 minutes from the airport, and just five minutes from Uturoa pier. Villa Ixora offers gourmet French cuisine in a lovely setting of a covered patio overlooking the swimming pool. The restaurant is also open to outside customers.
– Fare Pea Iti (Taha’a) – Romance is unquestionably on the daily agenda at Fare Pea Iti. This boutique property is a rare gem hidden from the world, with five villas available, all of which face the crystal blue lagoon of the island of Taha’a. It feels more like a private home than a hotel as you’re likely to only see other guests at the beachfront pool and each morning breakfast is served on your private ocean view terrace. Get away from it all and experience a truly intimate Polynesian journey.
– Tokerau Village (Fakarava) – Designed by mother and daughter team, Flora and Gahina, this family-owned guesthouse has a lush garden, a breath-taking white sand beach, complemented by turquoise-blue waters as far as the eyes can see. Flora also cooks delicious local comfort food for guests.
– Les Relais de Josephine (Rangiroa) – Les Relais de Josephine is situated in a peaceful and wooded setting, on the banks of Tiputa Pass, where guests can view dolphins at play from a spacious outdoor deck. Recently renovated, the seven colonial style bungalows are comfortable and equipped with quality furnishings. A major draw of this property is undoubtedly its excellent cuisine, recognized throughout the island – meals are for guests only. Wi-Fi available for purchase.
– Ninamu Resort (Tikehau) – Located on a private motu (islet) and nestled between the lagoon and the ocean, nautical devotees including surfers, divers and fishermen, will find real pleasure in spending time at Ninamu. Property-owner and Billabong Surf Pro team member, Chris O’Callaghan and his wife Greta and his team are available to guide guests to the best parts of the Tikehau Lagoon. The facility also largely runs on solar energy. Meals are cooked by a Parisian chef.