French Polynesia is a scattered archipelago of volcanic islands
and atolls strewn across the South Pacific. For centuries, these
beautiful islands have represented the epitome of the tropical
island paradise to the European consciousness, and have lured and
inspired visitors from Gauguin to 21st-century holiday-makers.
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!
Pape'ete, capital of Tahiti, is not necessarily the best
advertisement for an island chain that stretches across some
million square miles of ocean, but beyond the city Tahiti itself
has a lot of charm.
The real stars of the show, however, are the other picture
perfect islands and motus (islets) twinkling in the turquoise
waters. These island chains are divided into the Society Islands,
the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Australs and the Gambier
Archipelago, and they are home to some of the planet's very finest
hotels. Original Travel team members have visited the pick of the
bunch and look forward to talking you through the best of the
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.