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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.
There are a variety of stylish guest rooms, situated on the beach, in the garden, or on stilts over the turquoise lagoon. Both garden and beach rooms have private terraces and pools, while the over-water bungalows have waterside sun decks. The stilted villas also have glass floor-viewing panels, so guests can enjoy the exotic marine life swimming past beneath their feet. Decorated with soft creams and browns, these thatched villas are perfect hideaways, equipped with luxurious marble bathrooms with claw foot bathtubs which provide a space in which to unwind.
Dining options are wide ranging, from fine dining to healthy snacks. The Arii Vahine Restaurant offers panoramic views of the South Pacific Ocean, while serving Polynesian and International cuisines and with dance shows twice a week, there is a chance to soak up traditional French Polynesian culture. For a more casual dining experience, the Eimeo Bar serves cocktails made with local, fresh fruit juices and located near the pool, the Rotui Grill and Bar is the ideal option for a waterfront snack. The Toatea Creperie and Bar is built over a natural aquarium while for a romantic meal, the Hilton Moorea offers beach dining options, enjoyed by the light of tiki torches.
Pampering treatments in the hotel Spa make use of Polynesia's natural Monoi oil, lightly scented with vanilla, mango and tiare. There is no shortage of activities on the island, which can be explored on horseback, with an inland safari tour, or snorkelling in the aquamarine waters of the South Pacific.
Why we love it
The anti jet-lag massage on offer at the Hilton Moorea Spa is the perfect antidote to that long haul flight - now there's no excuse not to add French Polynesia to the bucket list.
Amy, Original Traveller