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Kia Ora Resort & Spa is surrounded by a coconut plantation, hidden away at the northern stretch of Rangiroa Atoll.
The spacious villas and bungalows are built on the beach, in the garden, or on stilts, resting above the blue lagoon. All of the beach villas have Jacuzzis, while the garden villas have enclosed yards with private pools. The soothing colours of the guest suites enhance the hotel's relaxing atmosphere and local crafts adorn the rooms, giving visitors a true taste of French Polynesian style.
Those seeking a contemporary Garden of Eden can travel to the remote private island of Le Sauvage, where electricity gives way to candlelight. On the stretch of white sand sit just five beach bungalows, crafted using traditional materials such as pandanus and bamboo.
Guests can treat themselves to the soothing treatments offered in Hotel Kia Ora's spa, some of which use oils made with Polyensian ingredients, such as mango, coconut and vanilla. For the thrill seekers, there are scuba diving excursions, and for the explorers, there are trips to places such as 'The Blue Lagoon' and 'Reef Island', where spectacular coral formations abound.
The hotel's main restaurant is Te Rairoa which serves French and Polynesian cuisine, and twice a week, dinner is followed by a traditional dance show. Suspended on stilts above the lagoon is the Miki Miki Bar where guests can indulge in unforgettable cocktails whilst watching the sunset over the lagoon.
Why we love it
The opportunity to travel by boat to Le Sauvage Island, where by nightfall, stars, candles and lanterns are the only sources of light.
Amy, Original Traveller