Arguably the most romantic holiday destination in the world, the Islands of Tahiti, top many celebration travel bucket lists. With its mesmerising waterfalls and stunning beaches, it certainly has to be one of the best islands in French Polynesia. Destination specialist Milly has recently returned from a research trip to our nearest and dearest Tahitian island idylls, now bursting with first-hand knowledge and passion to share. We caught up with Milly to hear all about her favourite moments and exactly where to start in terms of planning a luxury holiday to Tahiti.

How to get to Tahiti & how long to stay

What route did you take to get to Tahiti and which airline did you fly with?

We flew from London to LA with British Airways, and then LA to Tahiti with Air Tahiti Nui. I would definitely recommend stopping over on the way if time allows – why not explore LA for a couple of days! We loved the Viceroy in LA – the hotel is in a great location in Santa Monica, with fabulous rooms and delicious food for a really trendy feel. I’d only recommend a layover if you have  two weeks or more for your trip, as you don’t want to eat too much into your stay in French Polynesia.

How long would you recommend spending in Tahiti?

An absolute minimum of 10 nights. It’s easy to forget that due to the time difference and travel time, 10 nights ‘on the ground’ in Tahiti, actually means 13 nights away. A 14 night trip would be 17 nights. It’s definitely not worth going for much less than 10 nights, it’s just too far and you couldn’t possibly do the destination justice.

The best islands to visit in Tahiti

For a first time visitor to The Islands of Tahiti, which three islands or regions would you recommend combining?

A combination of Moorea, Bora Bora, and Taha’a would be the classic trio for a luxury holiday in Tahiti. Moorea is great for getting out and exploring. There is fantastic hiking, incredible viewpoints and ruins to visit, very good snorkelling and diving, and it’s possible to hire a car which adds a fun self-drive element to a Tahiti island-hopping holiday. You can also go out to eat locally – we love Moorea Beach Café, right on the water and a great place for lunch or a sunset drink.

Bora Bora is the most well-known of all the islands, and the lagoon there is incredible – it’s all about being in the water and gazing at the green peak of Mount Otemanu.

Finally, Taha’a is like Bora Bora was 30 years ago, before tourism really hit. The island is dotted with vanilla plantations and pearl farms and gives off a feel of Jurassic Park. For first timers, this combination of three islands would be my ultimate recommendation!

Why is Bora Bora a great vacation spot?

Does Bora Bora live up to its name and which hotel would you recommend?

YES! It’s gorgeous! The lagoon is amazing, and you can do some fantastic snorkelling. The views of Mount Otemanu are also incredible. Of all the properties we saw, I loved the St Regis the most. Be sure to get a room with an Otemanu view – I promise you won’t regret it. Beautiful resort, huge rooms, amazing service (you can pick up the phone and order fresh coffee to your room in the morning – included in your stay) and a great choice of restaurants too.

View of Tetiaroa Island in French Polynesia from a plane flying over The Brando Luxury Resort.

The best Tahiti private island & luxury resort

For a WOW factor experience, which private island would you recommend and why?

Without question, I’d recommend staying at The Brando Resort & Hotel on the private island of Tetiaroa! It’s phenomenal. The location is really what sets it apart – you don’t even see any other boats go past. You feel totally isolated and it’s amazing. The rooms, food, service are all world-class and it offers the ultimate exclusive Polynesian experience. Plus, it’s only a 20-minute flight from Tahiti to Tetiaroa.

View of the outside of a bedroom at The Brando luxury hotel & resort in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia.

For a more rustic, off the beaten track experience, which private island would you recommend and why?

Vahine! It’s definitely off the beaten track, very simple and rustic – the opposite of polished luxury but completely charming and truly Robinson Crusoe. If you’re looking to completely relax in an amazing location, with authentic Polynesian charm, then Vahine is perfect. There’s a set menu for dinner and breakfast each morning, which we loved. However, it doesn’t suit everyone not being able to choose a la carte, but the food really is wonderful!

Vahine Private Island Resort & Spa sign looking out onto a blue bay with overwater huts and boats in French Polynesia.

Best overwater bungalows & villas in Bora Bora

Where was your favourite overwater bungalow?

I loved the bungalows in Le Bora Bora. They have a lovely Polynesian feel, but still with the comforts and luxurious touches that you would want. Again, it is so worth booking one with an Otemanu view, if budget permits.

How to get around Tahiti

How did you travel around Tahiti?

The journeys between islands are very easy, we travelled mainly by domestic planes. We also took the local catamaran from Tahiti across to Moorea which was great. I’d recommend it over flying to Moorea.  It’s much quicker in terms of total journey time and it feels like you’re starting your holiday as soon as you step onboard, rather than waiting around in the domestic terminal. The views from the catamaran are pretty stunning too!

Blue water, sky, and corals off the coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Snorkelling in Tahiti

What was the snorkelling like? Where did you enjoy it the most?

The snorkelling is amazing in Tahiti! The best snorkelling we did was in Bora Bora. We snorkelled with lots of sharks and sting rays – they get so close! We also saw manta rays which was incredible.

Honeymoons & Couples Holidays to Tahiti

Why is Tahiti such a romantic destination?

I guess the fact that it’s so far away means that, for most, it truly is a once in a lifetime trip and really, really special for a honeymoon, anniversary or celebration holiday. All the hotels are very set up for celebrations and will make sure guests are spoiled! The sunsets are also beyond romantic – the colours, the warmth, the water – it’s hard to put into words.

The view of a sunset from an overwater bungalow in St Regis, Bora Bora.

Tahiti sunsets

Could you name your favourite sunset spot?

727 Bar at the St Regis in Bora Bora. Go for pre-dinner cocktails and watch the sun set behind Mount Otemanu – breathtaking!

Tahiti food & cuisine

Can you recommend any local must-try dishes?

Poisson Cru! You’ll find it in every restaurant, and it is so delicious. It’s a raw fish dish similar to a ceviche you’d get in South America.  It’s made with coconut milk and caught-that-day-fish. All the hotels have it on their menus, even at breakfast!

Planning a luxury holiday in French Polynesia? We hope our blog has shown you why Tahiti is one of the best Polynesia islands. Now, which Tahiti islands and resorts will you visit?

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