Real Honeymoon: Anne & Scott
in Tahiti

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

Anne and Scott's enviable honeymoon in gorgeous Tahiti struck a rare and perfect balance between rejuvenating relaxation and exciting outdoor activity. "We wanted a beach vacation that was more adventurous than Mexico or Hawaii, but not as far as Australia," says Anne. "Tahiti was the perfect distance (an eight and half hour flight from Los Angeles) and the huts over the water thing really got us!"

After spending their first night at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort in Papeete—which is situated close to Tahiti's main airport and "makes for an easy stay on the way in or out of the country," says Anne—they were off to the smaller island of Moorea.

tahiti-real-honeymoon-intercontinental-moorea.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-intercontinental-moorea-beach.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

"Moorea was the most 'active' part of our honeymoon," says Anne. "My husband swam with sharks and sting rays—while I watched anxiously from the boat—and we did a half day guided hike through the mountains, which was fabulous."

tahiti-real-honeymoon-shark.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-swimming-sharks.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-hiking-moorea.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-moorea-hiking.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

Following four nights at the InterContinental Moorea, it was off to breathtaking Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa. "This place is heaven on earth," says the bride.

tahiti-real-honeymoon-huts-over-water.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-flower-crown.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-le-tahaa-hotel-room.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

Their five-night stay overlapped with a "tropical depression"—known as a baby monsoon to us less meteorologically inclined—but Anne and Scott still loved every minute of their time on the Le Taha'a's lush grounds. "The staff at the Ta ha'a really tried to stay positive about the weather, which we appreciated," says Anne. "But seriously, it gave us an excuse to relax, take a few naps, and really unwind." Their tip for (literally) weathering the storm: Indulge in plenty of rosé and French fries!

tahiti-real-honeymoon-le-tahaa-rain.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-le-tahaa-garden.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

The weather certainly didn't put a damper on the cuisine, which was fabulous, says Anne—especially the poisson cru, a Tahitian raw fish salad with fresh veggies, lemon, and coconut milk. "We had a special meal at Chez Louise, which was a short boat ride from the hotel. Louise cooks up a feast for you in her home—hence the name, Chez Louise—and she is quite the character."

tahiti-real-honeymoon-poisson-cru.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-chez-louise-sign.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-chez-louise-dinner.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

Leaving cloudy skies behind them, Anne and Scott wrapped up their tropical honeymoon at the gorgeous St. Regis Bora Bora. "We loved riding bikes around the property and had a great time enjoying the beach, sailing, and kayaking," says Anne. The newlyweds also enjoyed a meal at Lagoon, a Jean-Georges restaurant at the St. Regis. The restaurant is suspended over the water and provides the most beautiful spot to watch a sunset, says the bride.

tahiti-real-honeymoon-looking-out-at-beach.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-bicycling.jpg tahiti-real-honeymoon-on-boat.jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Ziegler

To start planning your trip, visit Air Tahiti Nui.

To see more amazing vacation spots, visit our Honeymoon Gallery.

You Might Also Like:
Caribbean Honeymoons: Splurges and Steals
All-Inclusive Honeymoons You'll Actually Love
Family-Friendly Honeymoon Ideas Inspired by Brad and Angie

Give a Subscription to Brides Magazine as a Gift

Get personalized planning advice, exclusive offers and must-read wedding news.

Thank You
for Signing Up!

Check your e-mail inbox for the latest updates from