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InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Faa'a
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san diego
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51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Lovely property--would stay here again!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed here one night pre-cruise and 2 nights post-cruise on the Paul Gauguin. On our pre-cruise night, I booked the cheapest room, a garden view room, since we were only there to sleep. We had to decided to go to Moorea the next day for an additional 2 nights pre-cruise. The IC upgraded us to a Panoramic room. It was nice and unexpected. The room was upgraded. The bathroom was very large; double sinks, large soaking tub, separate toilet, and a separate rain shower. The bed was large and comfortable. We were on the 1st floor and arrived late at night, but we decided to check our our patio for a few minutes. While we were on our patio, a bird flew in our room. It flew back out after a few minutes. While we slept that night, we heard a bird "peck" on the sliding glass door on a few different occasions. It was funny, but it woke us up each time. Post cruise--we splurged and booked an OWB. This room was very nice, but wasn't recently upgraded as the panoramic room. It had wood floors and bamboo wall coverings. The bathroom area needed to be upgraded. The sink was outdated, as was the tile countertops and tile floors, which had several chips and stained grout. The tub/shower combo and toilet were separated by a door. The tub/shower was oversized and very nice. Again, the tile on the walls/floor were outdated and reminded me of the 70's. The wooden door separating the sink and toilet/tub area was splintering at the bottom from moisture exposure. Despite these minor details, the room was very nice and we were very content. The plasma TV only receives 2 English channels; CNN and ESPN. All other channels are French. The CNN is not US CNN; it is CNN World and ironically, they broadcast limited news information. They mostly had brief documentaries on people and places all over the world. Pay per view movies are also available for $10,000 CFP. They are not first run movies, but most of them are available on DVD, but IC still charged $10,000 CFP for these "older" movies. There was no DVD player in the room and there are no 110 outlets at all, so there was no way to play any movies on your laptop. There is a 110 outlet in the bathroom sink area that is not grounded, so it would be ideal for a shaver, but that's it. The room had a couch and plenty of storage. There were 2 nice, while robes hanging in the closet along with a roomy safe. Outside, on the large balcony, there are 2 lounge chairs as well as 2 regular wooden chairs and a small table. There is a ladder so you can access to ocean, but the water here is very choppy and not good for snorkeling. Our rooms included breakfast, which was cheaper than paying for it separately. We ate dinner at the Roulottes one evening and loved it. There are 2 pools at the property; one very large infinity pool and a sandy beach freshwater pool with swim up bar. The sandy beach pool is small with limited chairs. There is also a salt water lagoon with lots of fish and you can snorkel there. I saw an IC employee feed the fish one day and there were hundreds of fish all around him. It was a sight to see! It is very humid there this time of year. I only got 2 mosquito bites while I was there, which surprised me. I tried to stay indoors at dusk, when they are most active. They have a very large fitness center with newer equipment; 2 treadmills and 3 ellipticals, free weights as well as machines. They have a water cooler there, along with fresh apples too. You will need your room key to access the fitness center. There was one negative thing that I witnessed: I saw a man dressed in a white shirt and white pants who appeared to be in hotel management yelling very loudly at a female employee, who was also dressed in a white shirt and white skirt. He was yelling at her in French and pointing his finger in her face. His scolding of her was quite shocking to me because there was another male employee walking with them that didn't do anything to stop it. I was about 200 feet away and his yelling was so loud that I could hear him very clearly. If I spoke French, I would know what he was saying. Body language says a lot and he definitely wasn't praising her. He obviously didn't think anyone was around, especially a guest of the hotel. Other than that, the employees were very nice and smiling. We did book a tour with Marama Tours in the hotel excursion desk. Nicole was a pleasant lady who had the cutest, most well behaved Poodle sitting in the chair near her. We did the 4x4 inner island tour. Our guide, Hotu, was very nice, but I would not do this tour again. He was a chain smoker, but was very knowledgeable about Tahiti. All we did was drive through the volcano crater and then some of the passengers swam in a river within the crater. We did see a few waterfalls and one marae and made a few photo stops, but overall, it was a pretty boring excursion. There were tons of mosquitoes in the crater and at the marae; I wore lots of mosquito repellant. We had a wonderful stay at the IC and would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank monymony68
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Greetings from Intercontinental Tahiti Resort!
Thank you for your comments posted on Trip advisor.
We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay and that overall, you were satisfied with the service and facilities provided by our property.
Thank you again for your patronage, and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to the Intercontinental Tahiti in the future.
Sincerely,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

We had the opportunity to visit the islands April 2-9 of 2012. We stayed in a Bungalo at the InterContinental Resort in Tahiti main island. We rented a car for a week so we could travel around the island. (rental about 100.00 a day for automatic with air) It was beautiful! Just to answer a few questions that I had before the trip. I will start with the first.
Is it as pretty as the pictures?... yes it is gorgeous!
Is it expensive?... yes it is because everything is imported. Breakfast at resort was about $37.00 US dollars for buffet but it is an incredible buffet. You can eat ala carte. It is cheaper but expensive! The service was great and the people were very helpful. If you are on a tight budget then don't go because you will spend a lot of money eating, however you can eat at other places but you will still pay around 12.00 for a sandwich.
Do they speak English?... most speak a little but the ones at the desk are fluent in English. Most of the people vacationing spoke French which was a little awkard when trying to communticate at times! We flew to Bora Bora and snorkeled and it was amazing! You can snorkel at the resort in the lagoon and see a huge amount of fish... it is gorgeous. We took a tour at Bora Bora and the two men spoke quite a bit of English and the guy who made videos spoke English well.
Do you have to fly to the other islands?...yes and it cost about 500.00 a piece to fly to Bora Bora from the main island. It was worth it. Visit Bora Bora while you are there, it is amazing!
Do they serve American food?... Not much so stay home if everything has to be just like you like it. Most of the food is seafood of some kind. They serve lots of natural fruit which was incredible and refreshing! I read reviews that said they had gnats on the fruit, yes they all do because the setting is outside with no screens everywhere you eat therefore they will have some gnats. If you can't handle a gnat on your fruit then stay home! (Just giving the facts) We did order pizza which was delicious but the main food is polynesion and I loved it but you have to have an open mind and try things. You are NOT in the USA... remember that! The food is different
Do they have bugs?.... It is a tropical paradise but they have gnats around fruit somethimes and in the areas where there are trees they do have mosquitos. We didn't have any problems with either. It was no different than at home. (Southern Ohio)
Do the people have nice homes? Not by our standards, they live off the land literallty and most live in what we would call shaks. The majority of the homes had open windows with no screens or way to close them! The people are very conscience about their looks and Everyone we saw was dressed for the islands and beautiful. No begging for money or anything like that.
Would I go back?.... In a heartbeat and I will take my kids the next time I go so they can see Gods beautiful creation! The humbleness and resoucefullness of the people was inspiring to me and I can't wait to revisit the islands!
Was the plane ride long?... YES Air Tahiti served us two meals, had videos and treated us like royalty. The flight attendants were beautiful ( men and women) and friendly. We flew American Airlines to Los Angeles and they could take some lessons from Air Tahiti! Five hours no food, no videos, drink only and worn out!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Angie R
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Dear Guest, Greetings from Intercontinental tahiti !
Thank you for your feed back on Trip advisor and nice comments that will be shared with our staff.
We look forward to the pleasure of being of service to you in the not too distant future.
Should you at any time need any further information to help you or your friends make reservations for your next Tahiti holiday at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sincerely.
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newmarket,Ontario
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

we just got back from our dream vacation,we stayed for 3 days in the intercontinental hotel in tahiti in 2 OWB we had a wonderful time, the location is excellent the pools are clean and very accommodating we had a great time,we had to rent 2 OWB because the max in each room was 3 but it was worth it we swam off our balcony enjoying our view of Moorea. We went on a cruise for a week the hotel was very helpful in storing our winter jackets and shoes so we wont have to drag them on the cruise and gave us 2 transit room to get ready when we came back for a day use. We will go back when we can.The food in the hotel is overpriced we bought groceries and had breakfast in our room.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank allouzee
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Dear Guest,
Ia Orana from Intercontientnal Tahiti Resort!
Thank you for your comments and we are very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us.
In reference to your comments regarding our excessive food prices, we can assure you that the margins we apply in French Polynesia are actually lower than the international hotels practice ; Most of the food being imported from overseas (often by air for fresh food and vegetables), they are also heavily taxed and the cost of raw material in general is extremely high thus incomparable with prices practiced in most countries unfortunately.
We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back at our Tahiti resort in the near future.
Most sincerely yours.
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

We stayed at this resort for one night before leaving for the islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. I agree with other travelers that I wouldn't want to stay here for more than a night or two but it was perfect for what we needed.

The resort is very close to the airport which was nice after such a long flight. Check-in was quick and efficient and they offered us cold fruit juice upon arrival which was wonderful because it was so muggy. We purchased the Intercontinental Ambassador membership for $200 which I highly recommend - we were upgraded to a partial view room because of our membership.

The rooms aren't large but if you're only staying here for the night they are fine. The bathroom was ok - the molding was a little dirty and the shower curtain smelled like mildew but other than that it was clean and the bed was comfortable. By far the best part of this hotel is the pool area - it's so beautiful and you can look across the lagoon to the island of Moorea. There were colorful fish swimming in the pond area that were fun to look at. There was a pool exercise class going on the morning we were there and the ladies looked like they were having fun.

Our stay included the breakfast buffet which we were very impressed with. There were so many delicious options and service was great. There were flies on some of the food but it was a served in an open-air restaurant so it was expected. It had yogurt, croissants, cereal, bread, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, etc.

We would definitely stay here again as a stop-off point to regroup before traveling to another island.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank la12_traveler
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Dear Guest,
Greetings from InterContinental Tahiti Resort!
Many thanks for posting your comments on trip Advisor after your recent stay at Intercontinental Tahiti Resort: We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed yourstay with us be assured that your comments are taken into consideration and our staff acknowledged.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Yours sincerely.
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

For this review, I will cover the time we spent at the Tahiti Intercontinental during our March 2012 trip. As we arrived on the 11:30 p.m. ATN flight from LAX, we spent one night inbound(in a panoramic room) and then spent the day at the hotel (in a lagoon-view room) when we were outbound.

All four checkins and checkouts were quick and efficient. The front desk staff were pleasant, provided some lovely cold drinks, and were blissfully efficient. Three out of four times, there was at least one party in front of me; none of our checkin/checkouts took more than five minutes.

Our travel agent booked our inbound night as a Signature package. As the front desk reiterated when we checked in, this meant we were entitled to free American breakfast for the two adults in our party (our two children were offered breakfast at 50% rate), a welcome gift, and an hour's use of either the Wifi or the Internet in the business center. We didn't investigate the Wifi, but thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast; there was a lovely little tin of Tahitian cookies waiting for us in the room as well. As I am a Priority Club member, there was also a fruit plate in the room.

Ironically, after six previous stays at the Intercontinental (in the deep overwater bungalows, the motu bungalows, a lagoon view room, and a garden view room), this was our first stay in the Panoramic category. It was absolutely lovely, and we actually preferred it to the overwater room categories. The room is similar to the Lagoon View category, but the deck is much larger, with an expansive view of Moorea, and a larger bathroom with a soaking tub. There was a very nice rainfall shower head in the shower as well.

There had been some discussion on TripAdvisor about the breakfast buffet and its hours of operations. Technically, the hotel website lists the buffet's opening at 6:30 a.m., but many of us were skeptical that it would actually open then and/or be fully stocked at that point. We arrived at the buffet at 6:45 a.m. as we had an early morning flight to Huahine-- and we were about the sixth group to be seated. The buffet was as lovely as ever and everything was already out-- including the chefs behind the made-to-order stations. As it was Sunday, we loved the Tahitian specialities on the buffet (a very interesting poisson cru and a roasted pork were particularly good). As an added bonus, the front desk did not charge us for the kids' breakfasts. When I mentioned it to them, they said no worries and to enjoy. We appreciated that ;)

On our last day in Tahiti, we opted to return to the Intercontinental and spend the day. I booked the previous night and the last day's night on Priority Club points, to ensure that the room would be ready and waiting for us when we arrived at the hotel at 8:30 a.m. We had arranged the airport transfers through the concierge at the Intercontinental--for 5200 CFP, a private van picked us up at the airport (the driver was waiting for us when we arrived with our names on a sign) and returned us. This was delightfully easy and we were able to charge the fare to the room.

Although our membership category did not guarantee us an upgrade, the front desk had upgraded us to an absolutely lovely lagoon view room, and had also provided another tin of cookies and fruit plate. We then spent the day exploring the two pools, the swim up bar, the lagoonarium, and the Le Lotus menu.Ironically, this was the first stay where we had time to explore the lagoonarium and it was functioning… we've just had some really bad luck and planning on that front before. It was very, very nice-- there are some beautiful coral implantations and hundreds of fish. The large stingray seems to be gone, but this is the first time I have ever seen twenty Picasso fish swim by me at once, and there were veritable herds of black and yellow angel fish congregated around the walls and the entry stairs.

Le Lotus is a simply amazing spot for lunch or dinner, and it looks like they're now offering a "day pass" option where you purchase a meal and get access to the sand-bottomed pool and a towel. Overall, it was the perfect ending to our trip-- rather than spending five to six hours in Faaa (as we were coming from Moorea), we spent them by the pool and relaxing in our room. The IC just doesn't disappoint-- we keep coming back here over and over. The rooms are lovely, the food outstanding and varied, and there is plenty to do on the grounds. The one time we deviated and tried a different hotel, we missed the IC… and it's been our automatic go-to ever since.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Dear Guest:
Greetings from InterContinental Tahiti Resort!
Many thanks for posting your comments on trip Advisor after your recent stay at Intercontinental Tahiti Resort: We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your sixth stay with us & we would like to sincerely thank you for your continuing support.
You can be assured that your comments are taken into consideration and our staff acknowledged.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Yours sincerely.
Guest Relation Manager
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Property: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Address: | Pointe Tata'a, Faa'a 98702, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Faa'a
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Faa'a
Price range (per night): ₹ 17,205 - ₹ 28,265
Hotel Class:4.5 star — InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 253
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort has a total of 253 rooms and bungalows, comprising 172 fully renovated garden and lagoon view rooms, a separate wing with 60 panoramic view rooms for the top achievers and VIPs, a suite, and 32 over-water bungalows. All units are air-conditioned, with international facilities and amenities. Located in 32 acres of gardens, the Polynesian style resort offers views of unforgettable sunsets and volcanic peaks of the sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons. The resort offers 2 restaurants including gourmet over water restaurant and an all day dining restaurant featuring the best Tahitian shows on the island, 2 bars, 2 crystal clear, fresh Water overflow swimming pools, and a host of activities to entertain just about everyone. The property features an activity center including tennis, water sports and the largest scuba-diving center Special mention about the huge lagoonarium where guests can swim in a protected area and enjoy Polynesian exceptional sea-life. The Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm is open since the end of 2008" is also equipped with a great gym ... more   less 
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