Over 50 years ago, the inception of overwater bungalows marked the beginning of a trend that has since seen a myriad of iconic resorts and hotels welcoming guests across the 118 islands of The Islands of Tahiti. Known for its remote location, stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and warm and welcoming local culture, the destination invites people from all over the world to experience the Mana – the Tahitian way of life.
New hotels opening soon in The Islands of Tahiti
Westin Bora Bora Resort & Spa is looking to unveil itself as the newest luxury destination in Bora Bora by the start of 2024 located on the property of the former Le Meridien Bora Bora. The property which has been adapted to the Millennial generation has been completely renovated and rebranded with a new polished pool area overlooking Mount Otemanu across the lagoon. Travellers looking to experience the best of Bora Bora will have the option to choose from incredible overwater bungalows with glass floors looking directly into the lagoon or beach villas with direct access to the lagoon. Delectable culinary options, a variety of well-being and spa offerings, an on-site Ecological Centre and Turtle Sanctuary as well as having access to the adventure activities Bora Bora has on offer, make this resort a great spot for both relaxation but also adventure.
The Westin Bora Bora has been designed with Millennials in mind
Niu Beach Hotel Moorea will open on March 2, 2024, and is located in the Haapiti area on one of Moorea’s most beautiful beaches bordered by a lagoon with infinite shades of blue and coconut trees. The architectural concept is innovative, favouring a contemporary tropical style for accommodations of character and variety. The architecture is delicate and respectful of the prestigious environment in which it is inserted. The 16 bungalows offer great comfort for guests with a terrace that can accommodate 2 to 6 people. All units will be equipped with a kitchenette to allow guests to be free to choose their own schedules and meals. Perfect for travellers wanting to save money on making their own food on the trip.
Niu Beach Hotel Moorea
The hotel group South Pacific Management which manages the popular luxury resorts and private islands Manava Beach Resort, Motu Nao Nao, Nukutepipi and soon-to-open Nui Beach Hotel has announced the signage of a new hotel on the island of Raiatea. Te Rai’atea will start undergoing construction in 2024 and open at the end of 2026. The 4-star hotel located on the beautiful island of Raiatea will offer 55 rooms, 5 private villas, a restaurant and a majestic swimming pool. Nestled on the seafront in Uturaerae, just 5 minutes from downtown and the airport, the hotel will harmoniously combine contemporary elegance with traditional Polynesian refinement, offering an authentic experience anchored in the modernity of today’s world.
Te Rai’atea slated to open in 2026
The hotel’s commitment to environmental preservation is uncompromising with initiatives to be put in place to protect both flora and fauna of the island of Raiatea. To preserve the island’s marine wealth, a marine biology centre will be set up at the resort, dedicated to the preservation of local turtles and corals. A walking trail will be open to tourists to discover the island’s natural beauty and Te Rai’atea will be supplied with organic produce from a local rural development project, while a plant nursery will add a green touch to its charm.
The second-largest island in the Society Islands and believed to be the original birthplace of the Polynesian people, Raiatea is welcoming a new luxury and environmentally friendly resort at the start of 2024. The design of the Apatoa Beach & Garden Village has been inspired by shells and will feature 16 bungalows and villas, with the purpose of naturally integrating the project into the environment.
Conceptually inspired by glamping, combining luxury and nature, comfort and respect for the environment, well-being and sharing of experiences, APATOA plays the card of originality by offering lodges with architectural stretched canvases, as well as a panoramic villa of high standing. An independent establishment, accessible by road and by sea, it was designed in a contemporary, inclusive and responsible spirit of the Polynesian hotel industry. It will thus provide the sacred island with a new high-end hospitality offer that is complete, attractive and unique.
Apatoa Beach & Garden Village, Raiatea
Hotels to open before the end of 2023 in The Islands of Tahiti
The Moorea Island Beach Hotel is due to open before the end of 2023 and is located on the west coast of the island of Moorea in the Haapiti neighbourhood. Whether for the colour of its lagoon, the towering mountains covered with vegetation, its chilled rhythm of life or for its authenticity that remains intact; Moorea, ‘the sister island’, cannot go unnoticed and this hotel will be the perfect spot for travellers to stay while exploring the island.
Moorea Island Beach Hotel
Moorea Island Beach Hotel features 12 bungalows (ideal for 2 guests), which can be separated into 3 categories: 3 with a sea view, 3 with a partial view to the sea and 6 with garden views. There’s also a family bungalow in the garden area, which contains 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom, both separated by a common living room area. The hotel also has a bar, the Lounge House which faces the lagoon and the beach making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the blue lagoon.
To cater to the larger groups of travellers and families in The Islands of Tahiti, Opoa Beach Hotel has introduced a new family fare in Raiatea. With an exceptional view of the mountains and the tiare flower field, this freshly renovated villa in 2023 boasts a spacious 100m2 and can accommodate up to 6 people (5 adults and 1 child or 4 adults and 2 children). With its unique charm and authentic character, it is the perfect accommodation option for a family vacation or a retreat among friends.
New family villa at Opoa Beach Hotel in Raiatea, perfect for family holidays.
Furthermore, there is a wide variety of hotels throughout The Islands of Tahiti undergoing rehabilitation or renovation including the Tahiti Lagoon Resort, the former Sofitel Ia Ora resort is currently undergoing rehabilitation and is slated to open towards the end of 2024; MaiTai Express Tahiti which is undergoing rehabilitation which is due to open before the end of 2023; the Te Moana Resort which is undergoing renovation and opening in 2024; and Hotel Puunui which is undergoing renovation, opening in 2025.
Other developments in the pipeline in The Islands of Tahiti include:
Boutique Hotel – Bora Bora Motu opening in mid-2026
Palace ‘Raffles’ opening in mid-2026
Fairmont Hotel opening towards the end of 2026
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Whether you’re a regular visitor and interested in trying out something new or if you’re a first-timer wanting to experience the newest additions to the islands while discovering the lush landscapes, vibrant coral reefs, and the warm hospitality of the Tahitian people, there’s a range of upcoming hotel openings bound to inspire you to start planning your trip right away.
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