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Michael Cottam   Meet Michael, one of our travel experts for Tahiti.


In 2001, Michael co-founded TheBigDay honeymoon registry and travel company. Through that experience, he learned a lot about interesting ways to use the web to showcase resorts, destinations, and travel experiences to prospective clients. Michael's traveled throughout Kenya and the Seychelles, and is an avid scuba diver. He's also spent time in Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Hawaii France, England, and various islands in the Caribbean.




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Michael's Favorite Resorts in Tahiti

Michael's Favorite Resorts in Tahiti

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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

My all-around favorite resort in Tahiti: it's got a stunning location, with fantastic views of Mount Otemanu from all the bungalows. The beach and garden bungalows are gorgeous, private, and creatively designed, and the overwater bungalows are equally incredible. There's more to do here than at the other resorts: it's got its own mini golf course, among other things!

The grounds are beautiful and well-grown in; it doesn't have the sterile "just planted" feel that some of the newest-built resorts have.

The spa is breathtaking, placed in the middle of a beautiful lily pond.

The entire resort has a very natural, authentic Polynesian feel.

Learn more about Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
  Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

This resort has vintage class and charm. Somehow they've combined the Polynesian feel of the overwater bungalows with classic antique furniture in the bungalows--and it doesn't feel out of place.

The spa is perched at the top of the hill overlooking the resort, facing west. I haven't been there at sunset, but I'm sure the sunsets make for spectacular photos from there.

Learn more about Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
  Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

Apparently Bill Gates stays here when he comes to French Polynesia--that should tell you something :-).

With privacy and quiet that comes from being a fair distance from the resorts on Bora Bora, you can still get stunning views of Otemanu from around the resort.

Learn more about Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
  Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

This place is great for families, with easy snorkeling for kids (and beginner adults), a turtle sanctuary and the dolphin experience.

The bungalows have a bit of a different look from many of the other resorts, and are spread over an interesting physical layout--see the map and you'll understand what I mean.

The spa is gorgeous, and you're in a great location for exploring the rest of Moorea as well.

Learn more about InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
  InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Very small and "boutique" in feel, with bungalows nestled into the hillside in addition to the overwater bungalows.

The restaurant is very unique and beautifully designed, with possibly some of the best views in Bora Bora.

Snorkeling here is fantastic: there's an amazing coral garden between this motu and the Intercontinental Le Moana resort on the main island.

Learn more about Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island
  Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

Probably the most elegant and sophisticated of the Moorea resorts, the Sofitel was renovated to the tune of 10's of millions of dollars about 10 years ago.

Great coral heads just off the overwater bungalows for snorkeling.

Stunning interior design and decoration.



Learn more about Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
  Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort



On the map below, we've marked the locations of the resorts Michael has mentioned above.

Hover over a marker to see which resort it is; click it to see photos, videos, virtual tours, etc. for that resort.