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Exotic, romantic Tahiti often seems out of reach for newlyweds on a set budget. But if you can afford $500 a day (that’s just $3,500 for a week, not including airfare, which runs about $1,600 for two on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles), an unforgettable honeymoon to this South Pacific paradise is totally doable. If you can splurge on $750 to $1,500 a day, Tahiti’s resorts will deliver pampering beyond your dreams. Here’s how:
On $500 a day
Focus on more affordable (and ferry-linked) Tahiti and Moorea—although you can sneak in two nights on Bora Bora if you are willing to stretch your budget. After arriving in Tahiti’s capital, Papeete, stay a night or two at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort or the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti. Rooms at both start at about $199 a night, but food and sightseeing are pricy and will quickly eat up the rest of your daily budget. Then hop the ferry over to lush, spire-topped Moorea, where a pair of romantic yet affordable resorts (ranging from about $220 to $350 a night) awaits: Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort. Spend four nights on Moorea to stay within budget, or if you have your heart set on Bora Bora, two on Moorea and two there. Interisland airfare is about $1,000 roundtrip for two and rooms at the Sofitel Marara Beach and Private Island and The InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora range from $329 to $500 a night. Read more
The late Marlon Brando envisioned building a luxury eco-resort on his own private island of Tetiaroa, a French Polynesian atoll about 35 miles from Tahiti. With the help of friend and Tahiti Beachcomber CEO, Richard Bailey, the new resort, dubbed The Brando, will open in 2011 and will feature 47 bungalow villas, all with private plunge pools, and, most importantly, will utilize eco-friendly practices. Construction began with the building of a platform over the surrounding coral reef to provide island access without damaging the reef and environment. Another smart feature the resort will introduce is a “sea water air conditioning” system (SWAC) which will use a deap-sea pipe to draw cold water from the ocean and then use it to chill the air in the hotel, in turn having zero impact on the environment. A conscious that can rest easy while lounging on the Godfather’s prized property – now, that’s an offer we can’t refuse.
Savor a slice of Polynesian paradise with this affordable 5-night getaway to Tahiti and Moorea. Your trip begins with an overnight at the boutique Hotel Tiare Tahiti, which overlooks downtown Papeete’s waterfront. After a day spent discovering Tahitian treasures, a 45-minute boat ride will ferry you over to Moorea where you’ll bunk down at the Hotel Sofitel la Ora Beach Resort, located on the edge of a picturesque lagoon. Package includes airport transfers, daily breakfast, and round-trip boat transfers from Papeete to Moorea, but international airfare is not included. Book now and save 30 percent, with rates starting at just $1,122 per person (was $1,600).
The Luxury Seekers of paradise will be hard-pressed to find a closer definition than French Polynesia or a more perfect ship to sail when visiting its islands than Regent Seven Seas’ luxurious Paul Gauguin, outfitted entirely with oceanview or balcony cabins and specifically designed to navigate this area’s waters. Experience an 11-night voyage this May that begins (and ends) in Papeete and visits Rangiroa, Taiohae, Bora Bora, Moorea, and other islands brimming with lagoons, volcanoes, coral reefs, and isolated beaches.
The Value At press time, this cruise, which sails May 26, had prices starting at $2,795/person—an incredible 71 percent off brochure rates. Bookings made before April 30 allow a third guest to sail free.
The Catch Airfare to the embarkation port isn’t included, and round-trip flights to Papeete are not exactly cheap.
The Details For more information, call 877/505-5370 or visit rssc.com.
From the April/May 2009 issue of Sherman’s Travel magazine.
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