Tahiti Travel Guide

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Faa'a, Tahiti
Intercontinental Tahiti Resort

This classic, romantic, overwater thatched-roof restaurant is in a secluded position at the end of the resort, with views toward Moorea. The unusual menu mixes local dishes with those from Alsace, where Le Lotus has an association with Auberge de l'Ill, which has three Michelin stars. On Thursday and Saturday nights, a piano player tickles the ivories during dinner.

Le Méridien Bora Bora
Motu Tape, Bora Bora

Themed buffet dinners are offered here, along with gorgeous views of the floodlit interior lagoon. Have a pre-dinner cocktail at the nearby Miki Miki bar, which is shaped like the prow of a ship and points toward Mount Otemanu.

Pahonu, Bora Bora

Yes, the bar-restaurant named after a character in James Michener's 1948 novel, Tales of the South Pacific, is full of tourists—but yacht folks, locals and the occasional celebrity all come here for the down-home festive ambiance. The food is good too, from the daily catch to one of the island's best burgers.


If Bloody Mary's is for a rowdy night out, this jewel is for savoring five courses over a bottle (or two) of champagne. Chef Damien Rinaldi-Dovio blends Polynesian and Mediterranean flavors (think mahi mahi with curry and banana sauce), and we loved the intimate villa setting—as if we were dining in someone's elegant home. Book reservations before the trip; there are only seven tables.

St. Regis Bora Bora
Motu Ome'e, Bora Bora

Jean-Georges probably won't be on island, but top chef Sébastien Le Gall flawlessly runs the kitchen in his absence, turning out dishes like rack of lamb with a chili glaze, and mahi mahi with sweet garlic-lemon broth. Though the dining room is sleek (and air-conditioned), you're missing front-row seats to quite a show—schools of fish and reef sharks flitting about—if you don't sit outside.

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