Have you heard about our Tahitian Guesthouses or “pensions” as we say in French? Are you looking for a more authentic encounter with Tahitian culture and our “way of life”?

Let us here at Tahiti Travel Services reveal for you our ultimate choices in guesthouses! 

You’ll be surprised to see that some of the guesthouses rival in fact with our gorgeous 5-star luxury hotels!

We will be covering the best guesthouses in all 5 archipelagoes (Society, Tuamotus, Gambier, Austral and Marquesas) in 5 different emails.

So, let’s continue in the Society Archipelago, the Windward Islands of Tahiti and Moorea !

The Windward Islands – Society Archipelago

Well, our voyage continues visiting our beautiful guesthouses chosen by Tahiti Travel Services. Did you receive the first newsletter covering our preferred selection of guesthouses in the Tuamotu Archipelago? If you missed it, you can catch it either by going on our blog (click here) or ask us to resend the newsletter to you by email!

So now we are flying over the Windward Islands of the Society Archipelago heading over to visit our favorite guesthouses on Tahiti and Moorea!

Neither of these two islands really needs to be introduced since they are so well known and are usually your first stop when visiting French Polynesia!

Suffice it to say that Tahiti is the largest and highest island of the 118 islands where the international and domestic airport is located. From mountainous ranges plunging down to black and white sand beaches, Tahiti has a lot to offer the visitor. Its sister island, Moorea, is just 17km across the channel, a quick ferry hop away from Tahiti. But when you first put foot onto Moorea, the cool island vibe will hit you and you’ll feel right away the difference from Tahiti!

So let’s begin with Tahiti!

Tahiti:  You should not miss out on an opportunity of exploring Tahiti which is in fact almost separated into two parts with Tahiti Nui (big) and Tahiti Iti (small). A narrow peninsula joins the two parts of the same island together. Everything can be done on Tahiti and should be since Tahiti has the highest mountains, both black and white sand beaches, the best surf spot (Teahupo’o), the deepest waters, historical and cultural areas to visit! So surf, swim, dive, ride, walk, hike, float to discover all that Tahiti reserves for you!

The variety of guesthouses on Tahiti is quite large so we will explore two that are optimum for our travelers’ different needs:  the comfortable and chic “Fare Suisse Tahiti” located in Papeete and the simple, authentic “Relais Fenua” near the famous local beach called Vaiava Beach or PK18! Each is located on a separate part of the island of Tahiti giving you two options to explore everything Tahiti has to offer!

Fare Suisse Tahiti (The Tahitian Swiss Fare)

Description: Everything is made easy when you stay at Fare Suisse Tahiti! If you are coming off an international or domestic flight, the guesthouse offers complimentary transfers from the airport to the guesthouse. Even if you are coming or going to the downtown ferry terminal, complimentary transfers are included. It’s all about its great location since it is a short walk from the guesthouse to downtown Papeete. This handsome two-story building is calm with a spacious terrace overlooking the tropical garden. Complimentary Wifi is available everywhere.

Accommodation:  The guesthouse features 3 rooms all with a private bathroom and shower and air-conditioning. The décor is fresh, tropical and inviting. The three rooms are all different:

Standard Room:  Queen size (160 x 200 cm) double bed. Bed linen with 4 pillows and towels provided. Private bathroom with shower. Air conditioning. Surface area approx.16-17 m² /172-182 sq ft

Triple Room:  3 single beds (90 x 190 cm). Bedding also adjustable in 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Bed linen with 2 pillows per single bed and towels provided. Private bathroom with shower. Air conditioning. Surface area approx.18-19 m² / 194-204 sq ft

Family Suite:  Family suite including a living-room with a kitchen and a separate bedroom with 1 queen size (160 x 200 cm) double bed and 1 single bed (90 x 190 cm). Possible to add a 4th bed for a child. Bed linen with 2 pillows per person and towels provided. Private bathroom with shower. Air conditioning in the bedroom. Terrace. Surface area 40 m² / 430 sq ft

Restaurant:  Only breakfast is served at the guesthouse as there is a large range of restaurants and snacks all located close to the guesthouse for lunch and dinner. You can also have food deliveries bringing you anything from hamburgers to “poisson cru” to delicious mahi mahi with vanilla sauce! Breakfast at Fare Suisse Tahiti will start your day off great with a buffet available on the terrace between 7.30 am and 9.30 am. The guesthouse offers homemade products including the famous bread and the delicious cakes baked by Beni, the owner of the guesthouse. You will also enjoy sweet and savory food, healthy and gourmet, as well as tropical jams and fresh fruits.  The guesthouse does have an “honor bar” where you can choose from a wide choice of chilled drinks and snacks. You can also keep cool your own drinks or food. A tea or coffee corner is available in the common kitchen where you can also warm up some dishes to enjoy on our pleasant terrace.

Activities: The owners can assist you with the numerous suggestions of activities to do on Tahiti. So when you arrive, don’t hesitate to talk with them immediately! Or you can pre-arrange activities and tours in advance with them.


Do you want to now escape the city-life and head to an authentic place where nature predominates and your 5 senses come alive? Well then, let’s head down to the West Coast to resource ourselves at the lovely “Relais Fenua”!

Relais Fenua

Description: Away from the busy hustle and bustle of city life is the Relais Fenua located on the beautiful West Coast of Tahiti. Only 18km (11miles) from downtown Papeete and 13km (8miles) from the Faa’a International Airport, Relais Fenua is a friendly-family guesthouse with all the conveniences of a hotel. You will be disappointed if you only stay for one night since you will not have time to explore everything the guesthouse and Tahiti have to offer! The 11 cozy bungalows are all grouped around a pretty swimming pool. Your hosts Cyril and Martine will spoil you rotten with their scrumptious, locally made breakfasts with jam, honey, fruit and breads all from Tahiti! And let’s not talk about how Martine excels in the kitchen when preparing dinner for the guests! The crowning touch is a dazzling white-sand beach only 5mn walking from the guesthouse where you can splash, play and be enchanted by the sunsets!

Accommodation:  There are 11 simple yet comfortable bungalows with Polynesian touches divided into 3 categories. They are all grouped around the pool with private terraces in the back. All the bungalows feature the following amenities:

air conditioning a fan  Television  
a safe  a refrigerator  a private terrace  
new beddingsheets  a private bathroom  
towels  shower gel and shampooa hair dryer  

The first category is an air-conditioned bungalow for 2-3 people.

The second category is an air-conditioned studio with kitchenette for 2-3 people. Bedding is a double bed and a single bed. The kitchenette has hot plates, microwave, coffee maker, basic utensils and cutlery for cooking and eating, dish-washing liquid, sponges and dish towels.

The third category is the family air-conditioned studio with kitchenette for 2-4 people. Bedding is a double bed plus a bunk bed. The kitchenette has hot plates, microwave, coffee maker, basic utensils and cutlery for cooking and eating, dish-washing liquid, sponges and dish towels.

Restaurant:  Breakfast at the Relais Fenua is not to be missed! Everything is made with love from homemade preparations of cakes, jams, honey, yoghurts to delicious breads and croissants! You will start your day right, ready for exploring all that Tahiti has to offer! Dinner is not organized everyday and must be pre-reserved with Martine the day before or on the morning for the evening. Martine’s cuisine is not to be missed! Also nearby are plenty of food trucks, snacks, small supermarkets where you can easily stock up on everything! There is even a cocktail bar by the pool available from 6-8pm!

Activities: Enjoy the pool or even better walk down the street to the Vaiava Beach or locally known as “the PK18 beach” (since it is located at kilometer point 18 from Papeete). The guesthouse will provide complimentary beach towels, masks, snorkels and fins for you to enjoy the beach and the transparent waters of the lagoon. If you wish to discover more your surroundings and perhaps head down to Tahiti Iti and see the famous surf spot of Teahupo’o, then rent a car direct from Martine and Cyril! They have 2 vehicles you can rent. Finally, your hosts will give you plenty of suggestions of things to do around Tahiti from 4×4 jeep safaris into the inner mountains to scuba diving, jet skiing or hiking! They can book all the tours for you.


MOOREA

So are you ready now to move on and discover the enchanting “mana” or island vibes of life on Moorea? Well let’s go!

Once you step foot on the island, your worries slip away! Moorea is a part of the Society Islands and is located 11 miles Northwest of the island of Tahiti. Moorea is accessible by ferry or short plane ride from Papeete. While maintaining a small island feel and bigger than life personality, a Moorea vacation is ideal for any couple or family. Moorea is your playground too! Nestled in the quiet lagoon, Moorea with its diverse coral reefs, and annual trade winds from April to October, allow for a variety of activities, from outrigger canoeing to paddle boarding, kiteboarding, water skiing and even surfing around some of the passes. Moorea, one of the 118 islands of French Polynesia, is a haven for divers who instantly fall in love with the varied coral reef ecosystem and the colorful mix of marine life. While scuba diving or snorkeling, you might encounter stingrays, sharks and marine turtles in a clear lagoon sparkling with different shades of blue. On the mountainside of Moorea’s sharp landscape eight summits featuring a magnificent ancient volcanic crater which has now become a lush valley. It is the perfect area for hiking, horseback riding, quad biking or four-wheeling to explore the natural beauty Moorea has to offer. 

On this enchanted island, the choice of accommodation is vast from internationally renowned hotels to the local, authentic guesthouses.  Here are a few that have won our guests hearts many times over! Come with us to discover them!  We start first with the West Coast of Moorea.


LINAREVA MOOREA BEACH RESORT

Linareva Moorea Beach Resort is a traditional Tahitian “Holiday Family Home” located on the remote side of the island of Moorea. An ideal lovely small hotel for lovers of nature, away from big tourist centers, yet with every modern convenience and more! The pristine garden replete with beautiful tropical flowers, trees and scents encompasses 9 authentic and comfortable fares (house in Tahitian) with several overlooking the narrow, white sand beach. A geometrical dock runs out over the water and the coral plateau leading you to the translucent depths of the lagoon, perfect for snorkeling and feeding the harmless black tip reef sharks that glide by at night! Complimentary wifi throughout the small resort.

Accommodation:  You can take your pick from the variety of accommodation available divided into 4 categories: 3 studios, 2 bungalows, 3 suites and one Villa.

Studios : feature their own bathroom with shower (warm water), kitchenette, fan and A/C. Satellite TV (only French channels) and covered furnished terrace with sea-view. The studios are cleaned daily and bed sheets, bath towels and kitchen towels are changed regularly. Size ranges from 38sq.m to 50sq.m. and can accommodate up to 2 guests.

Suites : are identical to the studios and are larger measuring 58sq.m. to 72sq.m. They can accommodate up to 4 guests.

Bungalows:  are identical to the studios and measure 32sq.m. and 50sq.m. They accommodate up to 2 guests.

Villa:  is identical to the studios and measures 120s.m. It an accommodate up to 6 guests.

Restaurant:  Breakfast is not included in the room rates. You do have a choice of either Continental or American breakfast. For lunch, you will have the choice between different sandwiches, grilled breads “mozzarella,” or various salads (requires to be pre-ordered). You can order dinner from the caterer (starter, main , dessert) served on your own private terrace. Several restaurants are nearby (but not walking distance) and several offer free transfers!

ActivitiesComplimentary include kayaks, snorkeling gear, bikes and bocce balls. Upon request, the guesthouse can organize a multitude of activities on land and on sea!


FENUA MATA’I’OA

Also found on the West Coast visit of Moorea, we cannot overlook the exotic and truly exquisite Fenua Mata’i’oa guesthouse. At the edge of a turquoise lagoon, in a tropical garden paradise, Fenua Mata’i’oa is a unique place in Polynesia … luxurious and original suites, a fairy tale decor for a dream holiday …. Born from the blending of several universes, this hidden paradise tells a beautiful story of serenity and aestheticism built on passion. Here and there are secret alcoves with adorable lounges where it feels good to dream, enjoying a fabulous cocktail to the sound of old Tahitian tunes. Fenua Mata’i’oa is reserved for beautiful souls eager to discover art and beauty…

Accommodation:  All 6 of the Junior Suites and Suites are truly exceptional! Every room has its own unique style, with handpicked furnishings – one-of-a-kind bedframes, art, and tables, all indicative of a high end interior designer, that creates a feeling of peace and romance.

Reva Garden Junior Suite (50sq.m.) : luxuriously furnished and decorated with a 2mx2m super king-size bed, living room and large terrace. Very high quality bedding and linen. The bathroom is beautiful and comfortable, with two sinks, large mirror, very large, superbly equipped walk-in shower, closets in the bedroom and the bathroom. The suite is air-conditioned, equipped with a telephone with private line, high-speed internet access, a mini-bar, a smart TV, free access to Netflix, Prime Video and Molotov, a safe, complimentary tea-coffee amenities. The terrace is equipped with a very nice bar with sink, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, blender, egg cooker, toaster, crockery etc… Private garden. Can accommodate 2 adults.

Hereiti Garden Junior Suite : the details for this suite are identical to the Reva Garden Junior Suite.

Princess Aimeho Junior Superior SuiteIt’s a beautiful air-conditioned apartment. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a very large covered terrace surrounded by greenery, decorated and furnished in a spacious and comfortable living-room. This apartment enjoys a private garden with arm-chairs and private access. Each of the two bedrooms is equipped with a super king-size bed of 2mx2m and a small living space. One of the bedrooms has an additional bed to accommodate 1 to 2 additional people. High quality bedding and linen. All other features are identical to the Junior Suites. The apartment can accommodate up to 6 guests.

Princess Maimiti SuiteIt is a magnificent duplex full of contrasts where it is good to stay in extreme comfort, always with the Polynesian dream that permeates the entire hotel. This suite benefits from a large and magnificent terrace overlooking the lagoon. So you can swim in front of your suite. Princess Maimiti is fully air-conditioned, with an area of approximately 120sq.m., and features a large living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one of which has a whirlpool bath. Each of the three bedrooms is equipped with a 2mx2m super king-size bed. One of the bedrooms has an extra bed to accommodate 1 more person. All other features are identical to the Junior Suites. The apartment can accommodate up to 7 guests.

Princess Lokelani Prestige Suite: This suite is amazing…It is semi-perched over the lagoon. The suite is a double bungalow made of wood, bamboo, guava and pandanus roof. The bedroom bungalow is connected to the bathroom bungalow by a magnificent interior garden. This suite features a large private terrace on the lagoon equipped with sunbeds, parasol, lounge. And to complete it, this suite has a small private beach. Luxuriously furnished and decorated with 2mx2m super king size guava canopy bed. The interior garden is an invitation to dream and idleness. The bathroom is very large. Two sinks, corner bath and superb shower. A large armchair and many details make this room a bathroom ”living room”. Glazed on two sides, it gives the impression of being surrounded by nature. The suite accommodates up to 2 guests.

Prince Tamatoa Deluxe Junior SuiteThis suite has a magnificent terrace 3 meters from the lagoon. Wherever you are, on the terrace, in the bedroom or the bathroom, it has a full view of the lagoon with direct access to the lagoon. An incredible super king size four poster bed in the bedroom (lagoon view from the bed), a bathroom with a sunken bath in the floor, a shower in a vertical garden. This extremely original and refined suite is the ideal suite for couples on honeymoon or lovers of all ages…But thanks to its connecting room (optional), the Junior Deluxe Prince Tamatoa suite will also delight families. The Prince Tamatoa suite is spacious (45sq.m. inside and 16sq.m. terrace), luxuriously furnished and decorated with a 2mx2m king-size bed and a living room. The bathroom is very beautiful and very comfortable, with two basins, a large mirror, magnificent sunken bath and very beautiful shower, separate WC. Beautiful dressing room. It can accommodate up to 2 adults. With its adjoining bedroom of 18 m2 and its small terrace, this suite can accommodate 2 additional people. The connecting room benefits from the same facilities as the master bedroom.

Restaurant:  Breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the lagoon on beautifully decorated tables. Breakfast includes: home-made breads and pastries (6 per person), a « pirogue » of local, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juices, deli ham, cheeses and yoghurts, local jams, home-made chocolate, teas and coffees.  Dinner can be pre-ordered and is a “must”! However, several restaurants are nearby and do free transfers.

ActivitiesComplimentary books, games and wifi. Possibility to rent kayaks, cars, scooters or bikes. Many tours can also be reserved.


MOOREA BEACH LODGE

Still remaining on the more, remote West Coast of Moorea, can also be found the stylish Moorea Beach Lodge with endless ocean views and handcrafted wood furnishings. A little corner of paradise along a white sandy beach facing the turquoise lagoon surrounded by a tropical garden, the Moorea Beach Lodge is an ideal escape! The 12 white-washed bungalows are reminiscent of a gracious age. You’ll awake each morning to a home-cooked breakfast served in the main lodge in front of the lagoon and have access to a professional kitchen throughout your stay to cook your own meals or hire a personal chef. Though perfectly secluded from the outside world, you’re only a few minutes’ walk to the nearby village that’s bustling with local restaurants and shops. And the outdoor activity options are just as plentiful. The lodge provides all guests with free kayaks and bikes, and can arrange for scuba diving, snorkeling, and ray feeding. (The Moorea Beach Lodge also has a sister hotel called Moorea Island Beach Hotel that is a short walk down the road. The hotel is very similar in style to this guesthouse.)

Accommodation12 bungalows separated into 7 garden bungalows, 4 beach bungalows, 1 honeymoon bungalow and one family house with 2 bedrooms. The garden and beach bungalows can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12. Some bungalows can accommodate 3 adults. All the Bungalows have air conditioning, a Queen size bed, a sofa that converts into 2 single beds (except for the Honeymoon Bungalow), a ceiling fan, a small refrigerator with tea and coffee facilities, a wardrobe, a personal safe, a bathroom with shower and a private deck.

RestaurantBreakfast is served at the main lodge on the terrace with horizon views of the dazzling lagoon. Eggs, local fruit salad, baguette, pastries, cakes fruit juice, tea and coffee are on display. Breakast is not included in the bungalow rate. Lunch and dinner are available at local restaurants nearby. Some restaurants offer free transfers.

ActivitiesComplimentary kayaks and bikes. The lodge can organize scuba diving, snorkeling tours, whale and dolphin watching tours, and other variety of activities.


GREEN LODGE MOOREA

Moving around now to the East Coast of Moorea, you may just be lucky enough to stumble across the cozy Green Lodge Moorea. Set on a beach, as seen in a painting, the Green Lodge invites you to unwind in the serenity of their bungalows. The use of wood and stone embellishes the living spaces and the surrounding nature. Beams of light and shadows intertwine and create a magical multi-dimensional ambience in your “Fare”. You will find yourself unravelling in the most quintessential environment. In a quiet and friendly atmosphere, the Green Lodge is located on the East coast of Moorea called Temae, a 5-mn walk from the Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course and a 10-mn drive from the ferries and airport.

The main house or lodge, the swimming pool, immediate access to the beach and lagoon will be your focal points throughout your stay. At the Lodge, you can play pool, read, connect onto wifi, order a refreshing cocktail at the bar and continental breakfast is served on the terrace.

AccommodationThere are 3 spacious types of accommodation with upstairs a 30sq.m. private room in the lodge, 3 garden bungalows 30sq.m. each (two are adjoining) and 2 beach bungalows 40sq.m each. All bungalows and the room feature a private, covered terrace, fan, A/C, TV, Wifi, safe, iron and ironing board, fridge, kettle for coffee and tea, dressing room, linens, toiletries. The bathrooms, particularly tastefully decorated, are all equipped with a Moorea stone shower, polished stone washbasins, bathrobes and a hairdryer.

Restaurant:  Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on the terrace or by the pool. Lunch and dinner must be pre-arranged in advance. All fresh, local produce is incorporated into the recipes for lunch and dinner.

Activitiesare numerous whether within the lodge or outside exploring what Moorea has to offer! Massages, pedicures, manicures take place by the lagoon or on the privacy of your terrace. Enjoy playing pool or all the board games at the Lodge! You can hang out in the hammocks or dive into the pool! If not, then reserve any of the exciting activities from hiking, ATVs, jeep safari tours, sky-diving, to jet skiing, scuba diving, full day tours swimming with sharks and sting rays and so much more! Your hosts Isabelle and Jean-Luc will enjoy taking care of you!

We hope you enjoyed travelling around the islands with us and please don’t hesitate to share your comments with us at raphaelat@tahititravelservices.pf !!!