There are some lovely hotels and resorts in Papeete and the last time I visited I spent a night either side of my Moorea holiday here at the newly renovated and totally gorgeous Le Meridien.
If you’re looking for an overwater bungalow (of course you are), a private sandy beach (there aren’t many in Papeete so this is quite unique), a huge swimming pool (2000sqm), 2 restaurants and a bar and less than 1km (an easy walk) to the Tahiti Museum, you’ll love this place.
I took my camera and Isabelle from the hotel management showed me through the overwater bungalow and L’Atelier, their artists in residence working studio.
Welcome to Le Meridien!
The view across the sand-floor swimming pool at sunset
The view from my room over the sandy floor pool out to the reef and ocean
Le Meridien pool with Moorea in the background
Grab a bite or a drink here when the sun gets a bit much
Walk past the pool to this quiet beach and out to your overwater bungalow
Probably the most romantic rooms in Papeete!
It might be a bit small for 2, but the view is enough to make up for that
Our room – before we messed it up with our luggage. The balcony looks over the pool and sea to the bungalows where the lucky honeymooners are making out
This junior suite was our room for the last night in Tahiti. Shame we had a 4am departure to return to NZ!
L’Atelier is a working artist studio is on the 6th floor of the hotel where guests can meet painters and sculptors and buy their work
Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!)
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