Holidays to French Polynesia: An Overview

The phrase 'desert island bliss' seems to have been coined specifically with French Polynesia in mind. Difficult to get to? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Believe it or not, one of the best ways to get the best out of the fabled island of Bora Bora is actually not to stay on the fabled island of Bora Bora. Sound odd? Give us a call and we'll explain all
  • It combines perfectly with other Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia or even California

Luxury Holidays to French Polynesia: The Detail

Due to the distances involved in visiting the region, Original Travel is one of the few UK tour operators to have actually been to French Polynesia. We offer a selection of immaculate hotels that all offer something a little different, but which are uniformly outstanding. We've visited more than 40 hotels there and from experience we know quite how crucial it is that you choose the right place to go in Polynesia. Get it wrong and it could be a disaster. Please speak to us before you choose!

For many, the highlight of French Polynesia is the island of Bora Bora, regarded as the most beautiful in the Pacific. This is no Maldivian sandbank - more a Jurassic Park-style volcanic island of towering jungle-enveloped peaks encircled by a vast lagoon.

Consequently Bora Bora, along with Tahiti, tends to hog the limelight when it comes to travelling to French Polynesia but outside of the Society Islands is the relatively unexplored Tuamotus, covering half of the square mileage of Polynesia. Here you'll find Tikehau, a coral atoll with an 80km circumference, obligatory white sand, turquoise water and palm trees. Even better, Tikehau has a tiny population and just a couple of hotels. The remainder of French Polynesia comprises the Marquesas, the Australs and the Gambier Archipelago.

Did you know

  • The letter 'B' doesn't exist in the Tahitian language, so 'Bora Bora' actually means 'Pora Pora'
  • Tahitian residents get fresh loaf delivered twice a day to the boxes outside their houses that look like mail boxes, however they must go to the post office to get their mail
  • French Polynesia compromises over 118 islands and atolls

In case you hadn't cottoned on yet, there is a lot of French Polynesia to choose from! Lucky for you our team of experts know the very best places and experiences and can recommend the most suitable options for your exact requirements. For instance, we would generally recommend you combine French Polynesia with another destination - New Zealand, Australia and the USA are all great options.


Top picks for French Polynesia

Aerial view of Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Meridien Bora Bora

French Polynesia

The coconut forests and colourful villages of Bora Bora are home to Le Meriden, located on the southern point of Motu Piti Aau and set on a stunning islet.

Where to stay

Over water bungalow and clear waters

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

French Polynesia

Surrounded by white and pink sand on its own private island, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is a tranquil haven. Known as ‘The Pink Island’, Tikehau is considered to be one of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia, and with its rich marine life and wild coconut groves, it is easy to understand why.

Where to stay

Sunset over the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

French Polynesia

Scattered across some 2000 miles in the South Pacific Ocean are the idyllic islands of French Polynesia. Among them is the tropical paradise of Bora Bora, home to the utterly luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Where to stay

Beach Suite exterior

Vahine Island

French Polynesia

In the middle of the Taha’a lagoon, on the idyllic private island of Motu Tu Vahine, is The Vahine Island Resort. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, lush coconut trees, and underwater coral gardens, Vahine Island is a blissful Polynesian retreat.

Where to stay

Over water bar at night

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

French Polynesia

Named the ‘High Island’ because of its striking mountains, the island of Moorea boasts a crystal clear lagoon and white sandy beaches. This spectacular setting is home to the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, which offers guests the chance to relax in paradise.

Where to stay

Premier over water oceanfront villa

St Regis Bora Bora

French Polynesia

Fringed by powder soft sand and stunning turquoise seas, the St Regis Resort sits upon 44 acres on an isle within Bora Bora’s much photographed lagoon.

Where to stay

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