Few places in the world are dreamier than French Polynesia, with its intensely teal sea and green coastline. The exotic archipelago is home to more than 100 islands, among them the mountainous Moorea, located 10 nautical miles off the coast of Tahiti. The quiet island is popular with honeymooners for its beautiful scenery and relaxed, laid-back vibe. Here are Moorea's most romantic hotels.
After driving down the bumpy, unpaved road that leads to its entrance, the meticulously kept Green Lodge property looks like a Polynesian dream. Warm French owners Isabelle and Jean-Luc welcome guests with cool tropical drinks and give them a tour of the tiny property. This charming beachfront "pension" (guesthouse) has just six Polynesian-style bungalows; all are beautifully decorated and equipped with air-conditioning, mini-fridges, and small TVs. Green Lodge's location near the airport is convenient for arrivals and departures, but is far removed from popular tourist attractions, so guests will likely want to rent a car. On-site amenities include a small pool with ocean views and a beautiful beachfront, as well as exceptional meals prepared by Isabelle.
Hotel Les Tipaniers is one of the oldest properties on Moorea. So while it’s not the most modern place to stay on the island, it has an authentic Polynesian feel that’s hard to find at newer hotels. The two-pearl property is well-kept, with thatched-roof bungalows, a gorgeous beachfront, a casual beachfront restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and a dinner restaurant with French and Italian specialties. There aren’t many on-site amenities, like a pool, spa, or fitness center, but there free kayak and bike rentals and free Wi-Fi. One major drawback is rooms’ lack of air-conditioning.
Clientele will likely be split over Fenua Mata’i’oa, an eccentric upscale property with five rooms, a stunning lagoon-front location, and a hospitable French owner. Some travelers will find Fenua Mata’i’oa to be a charming boutique hotel with unique decor and nice amenities. But some may find it a bit strange or even uncomfortable, thanks to the sometimes stuffy Victorian decor, loads of cats, and the stale smell of cigarette smoke throughout the hotel. Expensive on-site dining and Wi-Fi are additional downsides.