Best Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti

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    A Guide to the Most luxurious and Romantic Accommodations in French Polynesia

    Aerial View of the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows
    ••• Aerial View of the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows. Photo Courtesy of the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    Almost every couple who travels to ​Tahiti-whether for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or dream vacation-fantasizes about sleeping in an overwater bungalow, thatched-roof hotel rooms set on stilts above the islands' legendary blue lagoons.

    From Moorea and Bora Bora to Taha'a and Tikehau, here are 13 top overwater bungalow options (shown in 20 photos showing both exterior settings and interior decor). They range from a cozy 330 square feet to a palatial 3,455 square feet, have nightly rates from about $500 to more than $5,000, and offer easy access to the lagoon for swimming and snorkeling from private decks.

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    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    View of Overwater Bungalows and Mt. Otemanu at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    ••• View of Overwater Bungalows and Mt. Otemanu at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    The newest resort in Bora Bora, opened in September 2008, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is set on a private motu (small island) with amazing views of Mt. Otemanu from many of its 100 overwater bungalows.

    Popular with both honeymooners and families, the resort's bungalows come in four categories with identical interiors but varying views-from vistas of the resort to expansive panoramas of the lagoon.

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    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    Interior of Overwater Bungalow at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    ••• Interior of Overwater Bungalow at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    The luxurious overwater bungalows at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora measure a generous 1,100 square feet and feature some of the most sophisticated and practical design on Bora Bora. With a separate king-bedded bedroom and a spacious living room with sleeper sofa, plus a large bathroom with sliding doors in between, the bungalows can be left open and airy by honeymoon couples or segmented by families for greater privacy.

    At 1,576 square feet, four Otemanu Overwater Bungalows have a dining area, larger deck, and a private plunge pool.

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    Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

    Aerial view of Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
    ••• Aerial view of Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa. Photo Coutesy of Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

    Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa, a romantic Relais & Chateaux member property, opened in 2002 and is located on a private motu near the "vanilla island" of Taha'a. The resort has 50 overwater suites, plus 40 garden and beach villas.

    The best of the overwaters, called Sunset Suites and popular with honeymooners and celebrities, measure 969 square feet and offer sweeping views of the western horizon with the silhouette of Bora Bora in the distance.

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    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

    View of the Royal Overwater Two Bedroom Pool Villa at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    ••• View of the Royal Overwater Two Bedroom Pool Villa at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Photo Courtesy of The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

    When it debuted on a sprawling private motu in 2006, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort boasted among its 83 accommodations the largest standard overwater villas in Bora Bora, at 1,550 square feet, plus five ridiculously luxurious Royal Overwater Two-Bedroom Pool Villas measuring 3,455 square feet and featuring a large private overwater pool.

    Needless to say, they have been very popular with celebrity visitors.

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    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

    Interior of an Overwater One-Bedroom Villa at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    ••• Interior of an Overwater One-Bedroom Villa at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Photo Courtesy of The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

    If the interiors of the overwater villas at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort look familiar it's because the 2009 Vince Vaughn-Jon Favreau comedy "Couples Retreat" was filmed here.

    With the most spacious layout on Bora Bora, a total of 64 Overwater One-Bedroom Villas, Superior Overwater One-Bedroom Villas and Deluxe Overwater One-Bedroom Villas have separate living and sleeping areas, plus an enormous bathroom with a super-deep soaking tub.

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    Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

    Exterior of Overwater Bungalows at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
    ••• Exterior of Overwater Bungalows at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

    The intimate Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, opened in 2002 and located on 7.5 landscaped lagoon-front acres on mountainous Moorea, features 28 Overwater Bungalows among a total of 94 accommodations.

    The resort's overwater bungalows, while not as large as some of the islands' newer offerings, are spread over a shallow lagoon area in two groupings and are popular with honeymooners.

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    Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

    Interior of an Overwater Bungalowsat the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
    ••• Interior of an Overwater Bungalowsat the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

    A true sense of the South Pacific prevails in the Overwater Bungalows at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa on Moorea.

    Measuring a comfortable 517 square feet, each features a king-sized bed, a glass portal for fish viewing, a spacious bathroom with bathtub and local artwork.

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    InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    Aerial View of the Overwater Bungalows at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
    ••• Aerial View of the Overwater Bungalows at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Photo Courtesy of the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    Jutting off of one of the private motus that ring Bora Bora, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is a sleek, contemporary oasis with Polynesian roots, luxurious ambience and fabulous lagoon views.

    Its 80 otherwise identical overwater bungalows are divided into five categories-including Diamond for Bora Bora views, Sapphire for lagoon views and Emerald for resort views.

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    InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    Interior of an Overwater Bungalow at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
    ••• Interior of an Overwater Bungalow at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. Photo Courtesy of the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    At a generous 1,000 square feet, each of the Overwater Bungalows at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa features airy, contemporary décor with Tahitian influences, as well as eco-friendly air-conditioning generated by deep-ocean seawater.

    The best features include a king-sized bed positioned so you wake up to an amazing Bora Bora lagoon view (always a hit with​ honeymooners), and a well-designed bathroom with a freestanding soaking tub that also has a view.

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    Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

    Interior of Luxury Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
    ••• Interior of Luxury Overwater Bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort. Photo Courtesy of the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

    Renovated a few years ago in a sleek, modern style, the 20 Overwater Bungalows at the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, which sits on one of the island's best beaches, are the most avant-garde on Moorea and, perhaps, in all of Tahiti.

    At a compact 330 square feet, Superior Overwater Bungalows do not feel cramped because of the spare décor, while at 554 square feet, Luxury Overwater Bungalows offer ample indoor space and a roomy 300-square-foot private deck. All feature rain showers but no bathtubs.

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    Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

    Presidential Overwater Villas at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
    ••• Presidential Overwater Villas at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

    While the 82 Overwater Villas at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa each measure a sizable 1,022 square feet, it's the resort's two 3,229-square-foot Presidential Overwater Villas that are the stars-the only two-story overwater villas on Bora Bora and in Tahiti. Each has two bedrooms, three bathrooms and five outdoor decks, one with a Jacuzzi and one with a private plunge pool.

    The Villas may look familiar as they were featured in 2010's The Bachelorette.

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    Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

    King Overwater Villa at Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
    ••• King Overwater Villa at Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

    Opened in 2002 and renovated in 2009 when Hilton took over this property, located on the far side of one of Bora Bora's prettiest motus, the King Overwater Villas at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa are both spacious and luxurious, with a romantic four-poster mahogany bed, a huge marble bathroom and solar panels on the roof to offset electricity usage.

    Because of their location, they have fabulous lagoon views, but the hilly motu blocks most views of Mt. Otemanu.

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    InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

    Overwater Bungalows with View of the Moorea Dolphin Center - InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
    ••• Overwater Bungalows with View of the Moorea Dolphin Center - InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

    There's only one spot in Tahiti where you can look out from your overwater bungalow and spy on dolphins. That spot is on Moorea at the recently renovated InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, where a handful of the resort's 50 overwater bungalows, each a spacious 704 square feet and set on a series of interconnected motus, overlook the Moorea Dolphin Center, home to a pair of bottlenose dolphins.

    The renovation also expanded the bungalows' outdoor terrace, adding a covered dining area, plus a lower sundeck with a shower.

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    Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

    Overwater Suites at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
    ••• Overwater Suites at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort. Photo Courtesy of the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

    The best and most romantic overwater bungalows at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, a quiet outpost in Tahiti's pancake-flat Tuamotu Atolls, are the eight 1,001-square foot Overwater Suites. Unlike the resort's 12 smaller (595 square feet) Overwater Bungalows and Premium Overwater Bungalows, the Overwater Suites have air-conditioning, a larger outdoor terrace with a covered dining area, and a massive bathroom with a deep soaking tub (other bungalows have only showers).

    They are the perfect spot for do-nothing relaxation, such as on a honeymoon.

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    Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

    Aerial view of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Overwater Bungalows
    ••• Aerial view of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Overwater Bungalows. Courtesy of the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

    The 50 overwater bungalows at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, located on a motu with great Mt. Otemanu views, occupy one of the calmest, shallowest most surreal spots on Bora Bora's picturesque lagoon.

    Swimming, snorkeling and simply wading here is so unbelievably relaxing you may find you've somehow spent hours in the crystal-clear water before you climb back up to your bungalow.

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    Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

    Aerial view of the overwater bungalows at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
    ••• Aerial view of the Overwater Bungalows at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

    At 658 square feet, the Overwater Bungalows at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa are on the compact side for Bora Bora, but their authentic Tahitian ambience and superb Polynesian craftsmanship give them abundant personality and make them luxurious in their own right.

    Ideal for a honeymoon. Each has a private deck with lagoon access, glass panels in the floor for fish viewing and a comfortable bathroom with separate bathtub and shower.

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    Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

    Interior of Overwater Bungalow at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
    ••• Interior of Overwater Bungalow at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Photo Courtesy of Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

    Like the overwater bungalows at its sister resort on Bora Bora, the 54 overwaters on Moorea at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa were refurbished in 2009 and benefit from the addition of eco-friendly solar panels on their rooftops.

    Measuring 667 square feet, they have clean, modern décor and a spacious marble bathroom with a romantic claw-foot tub.

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    Le Meridien Bora Bora

    Aerial view of Overwater Bungalows at Le Meridien Bora Bora
    ••• Aerial view of Overwater Bungalows at Le Meridien Bora Bora. Photo Courtesy of Le Meridien Bora Bora

    Fresh from a renovation completed in February 2011, the 81 Overwater Bungalows at Le Meridien Bora Bora, set on a picturesque motu off of Bora Bora with superb Mt. Otemanu views, have new contemporary décor but have kept the extra-large glass viewing panels in the floor at the foot of the canopied bed.

    At 645 square feet, they feature a deck with lagoon access (the 22 Premium Overwater Bungalows have a larger deck and the most romantic location) as well as a bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower.

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    Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island

    Overwater Bungalows at the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island
    ••• Overwater Bungalows at the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island. Photo Courtesy of the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island

    Once two resorts and now one, the Softel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island features 34 overwater bungalows split between its main resort complex near Matira Point on Bora Bora and a quiet offshore motu with a lovely hilltop viewpoint and a white-sand beach.

    Ranging from 533 square feet (overlooking Marara Beach) and 560 square feet (on the motu), they feature sleek, modern furniture, striking burgundy, chocolate, green and gold fabrics, and an outdoor deck with a shower.

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