Sexiest Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti (Part 1)
The first overwater bungalows date back to the 1960s as stilted homes. Who could guess that half a century later, these villas would become synonymous with romance and luxury? Tahiti (French Polynesia) is home to nearly 900 overwater villas disseminated across the 118 islands. The most jaw-droppingly sumptuous suites include state-of-the-art technology and sleek furnishings that bring a five-star hotel element to remote reaches of French Polynesia. Each atoll, motu, and island is distinct, but they have a commonality: the sun, the sea, and those stunning overwater bungalows. Here are the sexiest overwater villas in Tahiti.
Overwater Royal Otemanu Villa
Don't think you can't indulge in the same extravagances you would find at 5-star resorts just because you are in the middle of the South Pacific. At St Regis Bora Bora, you're catered to around the clock by the resort's fabulous staff. The Overwater Royal Suite Villa suites feature expansive terraces with gazebos and dramatic plunge pools facing the breathtaking views over Mt. Otemanu.
Although the resort is only an hour away from the main island of Tahiti, you will feel like a castaway. Le Tikehau is famous for its pink sand beaches, diving, and snorkeling. The Overwater Suites face the calm and clear waters of the lagoon; these roomy suites offer unforgettable sunset views.
When you step onto the narrow wooden pier at the island of Vahine, you will realize you are in for a one-of-a-kind trip. It's the island for anyone that wants to get off the beaten path. Each of the nine bungalows is unique and secluded. The Overwater Bungalows feature a private ladder leading the turquoise water below and a glass-bottom viewing table. The quiet beauty of the island will lull you into complete relaxation.
Overwater Pool Villa
The majority of resorts in Bora Bora sit on the opposite side of the bay, so you won't have to worry about crowds—or views. Set on a private atoll across from Bora Bora, the Conrad offers the most significant stretch of sand in the area. The villas have a loft-level lounge for midnight swims in your private infinity pool. Stunning sunsets are in your future at these overwater villas, which lie off secluded.
Premium Panoramic Overwater Bungalow
Snuggled along the northwest coast of Moorea, the InterContinental is a lovely blend of tropical gardens and sea. The panoramic bungalows lie at the far end of the pontoon, so the views are stunning, and there is plenty of privacy to be had. Covered gazebos protect your sundeck, which provides direct lagoon access below.
Luxury Overwater Bungalow
Most couples use Papeete—Tahiti's capital and the gateway to the Tahitian islands—as a layover on the way to the more popular islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. But you can save yourself an extra flight (and some money) by staying at Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort, settled 15 minutes from downtown Papeete. The pier stretches out to a chain of 12 overwater bungalows that offer lovely views of Moorea in the distance—plus glass floors, so you can still appreciate the energetic marine life swimming right below your bed.
One-Bedroom Overwater Bungalow with Plunge Pool
The Four Seasons Bora Bora reflects the spirit of Tahiti. The resort's design resembles a traditional Polynesian village playing on the lagoon's inherent beauty. Most of the hundred-plus villas at Four Seasons sit on stilts over the pristine lagoon. The bungalows are spacious and gorgeous. You will find private pools and sundecks with ladders leading to the tropical fish-filled bay below—add in excellent spa treatments like 24-karat gold monoi oil massages. You have the recipe for an incredible Tahitian getaway.
Tahiti has jaw-dropping suites perched over lovely lagoons and tucked away under thatched roofs. They may look quaint, but the villas can be luxurious with state-of-the-art technology and a super-sleek design aesthetic. This blog is part 1 of my 2 part series on the sexiest overwater bungalows in Tahiti.