ID Travel Diaries: French Polynesia

Follow ID + our Traveler’s Collection Brochure (pictured below) as we journey the globe’s best warm weather destinations!Travelers-Collection-CoverEach year, we invite our top travel professionals from the US, Asia-Pacific and Latin America to join us in our mission to experience the world’s latest top hotels.

Our first trip of 2017 took us halfway across the world to the island nation of French Polynesia

French-Polynesia-Map-and-Brochure-PicturePictured Above: French Polynesia Travel Map & Lovely Arrival Experience at The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island.

Travel Professionals, Left to Right: Margaret Williams (Williams Travel/Affiliate of Travel Experts); Julie Evans (MTA Travel); Lizeth Bravo (Island Destinations); LuAnn Frisina (Jensen Travelon).

On Friday, we landed bright and early into Papeete, Tahiti. A domestic flight and boat transfer later, we arrived at our first hotel – Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

Le-Taha-Island-Resort-and-Spa-AerialPictured Above: Aerial view of Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

ID’s Insight: An overwater bungalow is a MUST! They are extremely spacious, and you don’t need to know how to swim to enjoy a dip off the porch (you can see the bottom!). Since Le Taha’a is the only property on the island, it is very private and relatively untouched – there are plenty of romantic spots and amazing coral gardens.

Le-Taha-Island-Resort-and-Spa-OverwaterPictured Above: Overwater Bungalow at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

The next day we were off again, headed to Bora Bora. Oh, and I forgot to mention… we were seeing four islands in six days – talk about an ULTIMATE French Polynesia Experience! Our first stop on the island was Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four-Seasons-Resort-Bora-BoraPictured Above: Aerial view of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

ID’s Insight: This modern and chic island resort affords gorgeous views of Mount Otemanu, and all that you would expect from a five star luxury resort (Four Seasons junkies rejoice!). Perfect for a younger clientele, be sure to claim your complimentary pool cabana early on.

Four-Seasons-Resort-Pool-CabanaPictured Above: Pool Cabana at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Our next stop on Bora Bora was the newly re-opened Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Although it is still technically located on Bora Bora, it is on its own little island with a private and secluded vibe.

Conrad-Bora-Bora-Nui-AerialPictured Above: Aerial View of Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

ID’s Insight: Although most Bora Bora hotels cater to honeymooners and weddings alike, this one is especially fitting… Not only does the resort have its own chapel tucked into the lush mountain hillside, but the overwater villas look out over the vast ocean expanse. Experience a sunset facing villa for ULTIMATE romance!

Conrad-Bora-Bora-Nui-King-Pool-Overwater-VillalPictured Above: King Pool Overwater Villa at Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

After our two days on Bora Bora flew by, the next stop was the island of Moorea, to experience Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort.

Sofitel-Moorea-Ia-Ora-Beach-Resort-Overwater-BungalowsPictured Above: Overwater Bungalows at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort.

ID’s Insight: The rooms were perfectly traditional, the people warm and lovely, and the dining exquisite. Foodies must experience a five-course feet-in-the-sand dinner at K prepared by a two-star Michelin chef, including an oyster tasting and and 21 day matured Galice beef from Spain.

Sofitel-Moorea-K-DiningPictured Above: Private Dining at Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort.

One day on Moorea is definitely not enough! We wanted to stay, but Tetiaroa Island was calling… Our next stop was to The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island. Marlon Brando’s private luxury estate? Yes, please!

The-Brando-AerialPictured Above: Aerial View of The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island.

ID’s Insight: Step off the Brando’s private plane and into the vibrant culture of French Polynesia. Sipping on a Dirty Old Bob, the resort’s signature drink is a MUST as you relax private poolside, channeling the ancient Polynesia royalty who were the first to vacation on the Brando.

The-Brando-Dirty-Old-Bob-and-BeachPictured Above: Dirty Old Bob cocktail and Beach at The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island.

That’s all for now… catch up with us next time in Riviera Maya, Mexico!

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