Embrace Paradise at Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa
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Intercontinental Resort And Spa Moorea, Îles Du Vent, Polinezia Franceză

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Embrace Paradise

May 20, 2018 - May 25, 2018

5 Nights at Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa

 

Feel the power of Mana in The Islands of Tahiti!

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Chic and cosy, the 48 spacious Lanai Rooms are located in the main building, closest to the resort’s exclusive facilities. Each room measures 30 square metres (323 square feet), with private furnished terraces and an idyllic view of pristine gardens. Each room is outfitted with king-size beds or twin beds, as well as a bathtub with integrated shower. Two Lanai Rooms are wheelchair-accessible and 4 pairs connecting. 
 
For expansive views of the lagoon and the ocean, guests can ask for a Premium Lanai Room located on the first floor.


Room Amenities :

  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Minibar
  • Direct-dial phone
  • LCD TV
  • Private bathroom

Included

  • Accommodation in a chic and cosy room
  • Delicious buffet breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free access to fitness centre (open 24 hours)

 

Feel the power of Mana in The Islands of Tahiti!


Tahiti. The very name evokes visions of an island paradise, exotic days, romantic nights and South Sea adventure. And this is exactly what you’ll find here.

The Islands of Tahiti exude a power of life that makes each experience in these islands unforgettable. The Tahitians call this power “Mana”. You will feel it ripple up your spine the moment you step off the plane. It will fill your soul. You will taste it and smell it in the air. Once you’ve experienced The Islands of Tahiti, the spirit of Mana will flow through your veins forever.

With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like. The Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, possesses one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, these specks of land – 118 islands in all – are strewn across four million square km of the South Pacific. Clustered into five archipelagos: the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands, The Islands of Tahiti have in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate.

French Polynesia’s world of oceanic islands offers vacationers an almost limitless range of vacation activities, both passive and active.

There are many sides to The Islands of Tahiti. Yet they are all connected by Mana. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds us. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why we say our islands are Embraced by Mana.

Here, you’ll find it all. From paragliding to beach combing to embracing the laid-back island lifestyle, The Islands of Tahiti are packed with a mix of tropical adventure and blissful relaxation. Stay in overwater bungalows to experience true island living while you’re here. Or go snorkeling to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. If you’re feeling even more daring, take a trip to swim with the sharks! Shop for cultured pearls, take a cruise, play a few rounds of golf, enjoy a motu picnic with the family – there’s so much to do in The Islands of Tahiti that you’ll never want to leave.

The heart and soul of the South Pacific, Tahiti is the largest in a chain of islands that make up French Polynesia. The name can either refer to the main island or the entire destination. Commonly referred to as The Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls scattered across an impressive nautical surface area the size of Western Europe. Still, these tiny islands—many of which remain uninhabited—make up a total landmass of only 1,600 square miles (4,100 sq. km).

Tahiti has a long and rich history. The islands were first settled by migrating Polynesians as early as 500BC. They were later discovered by European explorers during the 16th century and eventually colonized by France. Now officially known as French Polynesia, Tahiti is an autonomous overseas country of the French Republic.

You may be wondering, where is Tahiti? The islands are situated halfway between Los Angeles, California and Sydney, Australia. They are in the same time zone as Hawaii and located just as far south of the equator as Hawaii is north. Since the word often conjures up visions of a distant, unspoiled paradise, many assume them to be far away; but in all reality, Tahiti is only eight hours from Los Angeles.

The island of Tahiti is divided into two parts: The larger portion to the northwest is known as Tahiti Nui, while the smaller, southeastern peninsula is known as Tahiti Iti. Tahiti Nui is dominated by three extinct volcanic mountains including Mount Orohena, the tallest in French Polynesia; Mount Aorai, known for its incredible views; and Le Diadème, which appears to crown the island as the rightful queen.

Home to the capital city of Papeete, Tahiti is the economic center of French Polynesia. Since all flights arrive through Faa'a International Airport, your tailored Tahiti vacation will begin and end in Papeete. While you may be tempted to jet off immediately to the other islands, we recommend staying at least a day or two. Tahiti strikes an interesting contrast to some of the more quiet, secluded islands in the region; and with a selection of wonderful and convenient Tahiti resorts available, you will never regret staying.

Papeete is a vibrant and multicultural city with busy boulevards and a bustling harbor. The downtown municipal market, Le Marché, is an exciting place to purchase all things Tahiti including vanilla beans, monoi oil and colorful pareos. Just down the street at Le Centre Vaima is the Robert Wan Pearl Museum, which is a great place to start if you're hoping to purchase a Tahitian black pearl during your stay. To live like a local, head to Vai'ete Square after sunset. This waterfront promenade comes to life at night when gourmet food trucks, Les Roulottes, open their windows to serve a range of affordable meals including Chinese food, French crépes, steak frites, fresh fish and pizza.

Recreation

Beyond the city atmosphere, Tahiti is also a scenic island with lush landscapes and large abounding waterfalls. Leave the more developed areas behind and you will find shady hiking trails, pleasant beaches and calm waters. This unique juxtaposition makes Tahiti one of the most diverse islands in French Polynesia. We recommend exploring these interior peaks and valleys on a guided hike or Jeep Safari tour.

Other popular activities include snorkeling, Jet Skiing and surfing. Experienced surfers should visit the famed Teahupo'o and bear witness to one of the world's most intense waves. Beginners can surf or take lessons at some of the more mellow beaches around the island. You can also enjoy a day of golfing at the Olivier Bréaud Golf Course, one of only two courses in French Polynesia.  

Celebration

Tahiti really is the hub of all cultural activity. Every July, the annual Heiva I Tahiti transforms the island into a spectacular celebration of Polynesian culture and dance. Year round, you can also catch an authentic Tahitian dance show at the InterContinental Resort every Friday and Saturday night. Permanent historical fixtures include the house of James Norman Hall, Point Venus, the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, the Paul Gauguin Museum, and the Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens. These can all be seen on a guided Circle Island Tour, or you can rent a car and explore the island at your leisure.

 

The islands of Tahiti are a geographical marvel. Believed to have formed from a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, they emerged millions of years ago from the depths of the ocean. Seemingly untouched by time, the islands today are still as beautiful as ever.

Natural Wonder
The islands of Tahiti are a geographical marvel. Believed to have formed from a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, they emerged millions of years ago from the depths of the ocean. Seemingly untouched by time, the islands today are still as beautiful as ever.

The archipelagos consist of high volcanic islands and low coral atolls. Over time, volcanic islands start to sink below the surface. The surrounding coral, which needs light to survive, grows upward and gradually separates from the subsiding island. Eventually the volcano disappears, leaving behind the inner lagoon within a string of coral islets known as an atoll. Rangiroa is an example of this phenomenon, while Bora Bora could be considered a partial atoll since the center of the island is still above water.

  • Hidden Interiors

The inner valleys are also brimming with hidden waterfalls, natural pools, and winding rivers. The island of Tahiti is especially aqueous, from the cascading Fautaua Falls to the streaming Papenoo Valley and the vast Lake Vaihiria. These interiors are ideal for island exploration, whether by hike, Jeep Safari, or even canoe. The Faaroa River on Raiatea, for instance, is the only navigable river in French Polynesia and therefore accessible by canoe, kayak, or motorboat.

  • Mountains

On the volcanic islands, high jagged peaks rise dramatically from lush interiors. The panoramic views from these vantage points are well worth the trek. These iconic hillsides played an important role in ancient Polynesian culture. Many myths and legends are used to explain their shape, whether describing the hole in Mount Mouaputa on Moorea, or the silhouette of a pregnant woman on the fertile island of Huahine.

  • Fauna

The bird population is the most noteworthy in French Polynesia, with over one hundred species among the islands. The coastal birds, such as boobies, tropicbirds, and terns, feed from the lagoon but roost on land. The shore birds, such as Pacific heron, golden plovers, and tattlers, are seasonal migratory species. The land birds include the reed warbler, the rare Marquesas kingfisher, and the colorful ultramarine lorikeet. Tikehau is home to the largest colony of sea birds, providing a natural aviary on its aptly named Bird Island.

The calm lagoon waters of French Polynesia are home to countless species of fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and sea turtles. Encounters include tuna, snapper, parrotfish, angelfish, clown fish, butterfly fish, and triggerfish, as well as manta rays, moray eel, and reef sharks. For this reason, the islands of Tahiti are the ultimate locale for snorkeling and scuba diving.

  • Flora

Exotic plants and flowers flourish in the rich tropical soil surrounding French Polynesia. Varieties include bird of paradise, hibiscus, red and pink ginger, orchids, and roses. Floral adornment is anchored in Polynesian culture; thus flowers are often worn or gifted in the form of decorative leis and heis (crowns).

The Tiare, or Tahitian gardenia, is the national emblem of French Polynesia. When placed behind the left ear, the flower signifies the person is taken; when placed behind the right ear, it signifies the person is romantically available. One variation of this flower, the Tiare Apetahi, is so rare and delicate that it cannot be grown anywhere else in the world.

The islands' signature scent, monoï oil, is made from coconut oil infused with the fragrant Tiare flower. Used in every spa in Tahiti, this hydrating oil promotes smooth, healthy skin and serves as the base for an entire range of soaps, lotions, and cosmetics.

The vanilla in Tahiti is exceptionally rich and fragrant. Grown from an orchid plant, the Tahitian variety is a rare species with an incredible aroma and international acclaim. The beans are more supple and richer in oil than many species, making them highly desirable among connoisseurs. The islands of Huahine and Taha'a are most famous for their vanilla plantations.

Black Pearls. The warm Tahitian lagoons are also ideal for the cultivation of the exquisite and highly prized black pearl. The distant Tuamotu Atolls are blessed with an abundant population of the Pinctada margaritifera, the only oyster in the world capable of producing the rich hues characteristic of these unique island gems—from light silver to the darkest of grey with shimmering tones of pink and green.

Fresh Market Foods
In Tahiti, an abundance of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and organic vegetables are treated to the culinary talents of international chefs. The cuisine is usually French with Polynesian influence, providing a fusion of gourmet flavors prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

The public marketplace in Papeete, Le Marché, is where the locals find the freshest fare, including vegetables, fruit, vanilla, and brightly colored fish. This vibrant marketplace is best on Sunday mornings, but well worth a visit any day of the week. In addition to food and floral arrangements, artists sell woven baskets, woodcarvings, and Tahitian textiles.

Cuisine
Across the boulevard from Le Marché is the waterfront promenade, Vai'ete Square, where the famous food trucks known as Les Roulottes open nightly to serve a range of affordable meals. Snacks include Chinese food, French crepes, steak sandwiches, pommes frites, fresh fish, and pizza. The food and atmosphere are both excellent.

The signature dish in Tahiti is poisson cru, or raw fish. The flavor defines the essence of the destination—sweet, tender, refreshing, and exotic. It consists of raw tuna marinated in lime juice and mixed with a delicious blend of diced vegetables and coconut milk.

Tahitian Culture
Tahitians inherited a rich and vibrant culture from their ancient ancestors. Polynesian artistry—which includes weaving, woodcarving, and tattooing—is grounded in the mythology of that heritage. Each sacred tradition tells a colorful story about life, love, and their enduring relationship with nature.

  • People. Tahitians are the proud guardians of their cultural heritage and therefore represent the beauty of timeless tradition. They love to celebrate their customs through artwork, song, and dance. These warm, welcoming Polynesians possess an innocent and carefree spirit. Their philosophy, aita pea pea, meaning, "not to worry," is truly the Tahitian way of life.
  • Textiles. Before the arrival of European missionaries, Polynesian clothing was traditionally made from tapa cloth, which consisted of dried pandanus leaves, coconut fibers, and breadfruit bark. The local women at that time wore one single garment, called a pareo, wrapped around their waist. Today, this colorful article of clothing, like a sarong, is made from two yards of dyed fabric and can be worn by both men and women in a variety of ways.

    The missionaries not only introduced fabric to the islands, but also taught the local women the art of patchwork. Today, these matriarchs, affectionately known as Tahitian "mamas," sew colorful quilts known as tifaifai. Each tapestry is unique, made from handmade floral appliqué designs meant to reflect their inherent love of nature. Now a treasured wedding gift, it is wrapped around the couple during a traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony.

  • Music, along with dance, is an integral part of everyday life in the islands. The instruments are minimal, but the sound is reverberant. Tahitian music can best be identified by the fast tribal rhythms of the wooden drums known as pahu. These drums, traditionally covered in sharkskin, are played alongside the toere, a long cylindrical drum with a split down the side for higher pitched percussion. Other traditional instruments include the pu, or conch shell, the vivo, or nose flute, and the ukulele.

  • Dance. Tahitian dance is the most authentic reflection of Polynesian culture. This extraordinary display of passion and vitality was once linked to all aspects of island life, including prayer, celebration, welcoming and storytelling. The signature tamure, or fast hip shaking motion, has become an unmistakable trademark of this captivating art form, matched only by the resounding rhythms of the Tahitian drums.

  • The tattoo, derived from the Tahitian word tatau, is an ancient art form used to express identity and personality. Nearly everyone in ancient Polynesia was marked by the tattoo, indicating one's genealogy and rank within society. For young men in this culture, each tattoo was a badge of honor, a sign of courage, and a testament of manhood—since they endured months of agony to complete their mark. The process is now more streamlined, but the designs and their significance remain the same.

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A sheltered bay, a clear, turquoise lagoon, a serene setting between the mountains and the sea – the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is paradise on Earth. Set on the northwest coast of the island of Moorea, amid 18 hectares of lush, unspoiled tropical terrain, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa matches an idyllic island location with the comfort and luxury of spacious modern bungalows. 

Ideal for nature lovers, the resort is nestled in a tranquil cove, with jagged volcanic peaks behind and the great expanse of the South Pacific in front. The beach is protected from the elements, the waters teem with sea life and the gardens bloom with more than 200 species of tropical plants and trees. 

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is home to the first spa in French Polynesia – the renowned Hélène Spa. Also on our 4-star property you’ll find an exciting array of restaurants and bars, the Moorea Dolphin Centre, a turtle care centre, a dive centre, water sports facilities and several boutiques.

DINING

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa brings Polynesian culture to life through the dining experiences we offer, with stylishly appointed spaces, inspired dishes, sophisticated cocktails and thrilling traditional dance and fire-twirling shows. Theme nights with lavish buffet spreads allow you to be truly immersed in local culture while enjoying gourmet gastronomic treats. 

RECREATION
The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa offers some truly unique leisure activities. On-site, there is a dolphin centre and a turtle rehabilitation facility, as well as land- and water-based activities, excursions and an on-site spa and fitness room. The two infinity pools both overlook the lagoon, and the hotel has got plenty of sunloungers for lazy days idling in the sun. 

  • RESORT ACTIVITIES

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa has a wide array of fun ways to stay active. Enjoy a dip in one of two infinity pools, or take yourself on an adventure across the lagoon in a kayak. Exploring the water and discovering all fantastic sea life is a must, and you’ll find snorkelling equipment at the Fare Sport kiosk so you can take off on your own expedition.  
 
For keeping fit indoors, the fitness room is accessible for free with your room key 24 hours a day. A tennis court and a ping pong table are also available, just ask the concierge for more information. We’ve also got volleyball, petanque equipment and bike, car and roadster rental, plus the hotel offer several island excursions if you want to go hiking, diving or market shopping.
 
You will love the local handicrafts, woven fabrics, mother-of-pearl jewellery, colourful pareo sarongs and our famous Tahitian black pearls – all of which can be found locally. Moorea is home to many talented artisans, and you will have the opportunity to see their creations on exhibit at the resort and in their studios around the island.

  • MOOREA DOLPHIN CENTER

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is home to the Moorea Dolphin Center. The facility was created for three bottlenose dolphins: two males – Lokahi and Kuokoa – and one female, Hina, a San Diego US Navy retiree. A team of veterinarians and animal behaviourists look after the stars, who help educate visitors and increase awareness about local ecology and environmental responsibility. 

  • TURTLE CARE CENTER

The rehabilitation centre was established in February 2004 by the Te Mana o Te Moana association, in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment in an effort to protect the sea turtles of French Polynesia.
 
Even though all sea turtles are protected globally, they remain at risk of extinction. The turtles brought to hotel were found sick, injured, maimed or were seized by customs – the hotel does the best to rehabilitate them, at which point they are released into the sea.
 
On the 5 sea turtle species found in the French Polynesian waters, the Clinic has welcomed 4 different species in 11 years : the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the Loggerhead sea turtle and the Olive turtle. Most of the time, you will encounter the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle.

The team of the foundation, including a licensed veterinarian, closely monitor the turtles’ weight and growth daily while providing them with all of the necessary care for their recovery.

  •  WATER SPORTS

The InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa offers a wide array of fun sea-based activities, from kayaking to deep-sea fishing. Board sports lovers might like to try stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing or kitesurfing. There’s also jet skiing – and for something more traditional, our outrigger canoes (va'a).
 
To go beyond the lagoon, you can opt for a boat excursion or rent a speed boat or a glass-bottomed boat. There are excursions to see wild dolphins, feed stingrays or picnic on a motu. You can take off on your own adventure or go diving with the TOPDIVE team, which has a centre within the resort. For something different, try walking under the sea with Aquablue's helmet dive, a unique way to discover the lagoon and an exclusive activity in all French Polynesia!

  • PLANET TREKKERS KIDS CLUB

From Monday to Saturday, every morning and afternoon, the Kids Club welcomes youth (ages 4 to 12 years old) for fun and inspiring activities at the resort in association with NGO Te Mana O Te Moana!

With a recognized expertise in conservation, research and education, Te Mana O Te Moana shares its love for preserving our planet with a wide range of entertaining activities specially designed for children. Book your children’s session at the concierge desk at least 24 hours in advance, and let them enjoy fun moments with other kids in a safe environment!

For more than 20 years the hotel has been offering high-quality educational and interactive programmes, giving guests the opportunity to share an unforgettable experience while learning about marine mammals and their ecosystem. Different interactive programmes are available for all our guests, even visitors as young as two years of age can take part, without the need for any water skills. 
 
A professional photo and video service is available so you can bring home great memories of your experience. Visit the centre to learn about these remarkable marine mammals or be involved in our interactive programmes, to play and swim with the dolphins in our stunning lagoon.


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Hotel Amenities

Business Center
Restaurant
Wi-Fi Internet
Bar Lounge
Swimming Pool
Fitness Center
SPA
Children Activites
Air Conditioner
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This vacation stands under our "do good travelling" guarantee. Our projects impact some of the most disadvantaged people, who not only gain access to jobs, but also redefine their identity and role in society. 100% of the revenue will go directly where needed the most!

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