Paradise found? Definitely.
On my latest trip to Tahiti, we stayed in both Moorea and Bora Bora.
Being part of French Polynesia really gives the islands a fabulous European flair while still retaining a distint Polynesian flavour. Everyone we encountered was amazingly friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very, very welcome.
We stayed at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa in a Deluxe Garden Bungalow - including pool - which was absolutely gorgeous!! The bungalow was of a good size with a large outdoor area, plus plunge pool surrounded by loungers, table and chairs. So just perfect really for long lazy afternoons with cocktails and trashy books or magazines.
On Bora Bora, we opted for another Hilton (Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa) but decided to really step things up and went with the Overwater Bungalow.
One word - "Wow!!!"
It was sooo worth it; there's just something about waking up and being surrounded by the sea wherever you look. And what can compare to jumping straight from your room into a crystal clear lagoon?? Not much.
But isn't Tahiti expensive?
Tahiti's always been known as an expensive destination, which is probably quite true when compared to some other destinations but we didn't find it outrageous. To give you an idea of prices, here's some examples of purchases we made (as of 2014)
Glass of good quality New Zealand Chardonnay:
Small - NZ$9 to $10 Large - NZ$11 to $12
NZ$10 to $11
NZ$30 to $38 but big enough to be shared by by 2.
NZ$45 to $55 including vegetables
So is it worth it?
Absolutely. Tahiti is DIVINE and must be experienced at least once... the pictures you see simply do it no justice. If you've got a "special" something coming up that you want to celebrate while enjoying a relaxing holiday, Tahiti is definitely hard to beat... it's simply magical!