Get an Authentic Polynesian Experience at These Tahitian Guesthouses

Les Relais de Josephine, Rangiroa
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Explore The Islands of Tahiti in a different way, connecting with culture while disconnecting from everyday life with a stay in one of these Tahitian guesthouses

More and more travellers are seeking authentic, local experiences on their holidays, and luxury travellers are no exception. While we love 1000-thread-count sheets and automated, block-out blinds as much as the next person, nothing says ‘true Tahiti’ more than the country’s available-to-rent guesthouses, scattered across its isles. These gorgeous, boutique lodgings give guests an opportunity to completely immerse themselves in Tahitian culture, offering complete freedom and flexibility to curate their own Tahitian experience – from beautiful multi-family lodges to pared-back beach bungalows for two. At these charming accommodations, you can discover the history of The Islands of Tahiti from the locals who have lived it, uncover hidden gems and immerse yourself in local customs and culture.

The accommodation in the traditional Polynesian style is found in off-the-beaten-track locations throughout The Islands of Tahiti, creating one-of-a kind, authentic experiences that adventure travellers in particular will love. Each Tahitian guesthouse is family-operated and therefore utterly unique, with its own personality and style, while their scenic, photogenic surrounds and secluded locations will make you reluctant to share with your friends and family back home, for fear the word will get out.

Stays in a guesthouse on the islands of Fakarava or Rangiroa could include a fishing or diving experience with the guesthouse owners, or choose a guesthouse on a private motu – a small islet – where clear, glimmering water is interrupted only by the colourful sea life, making it a diver’s or snorkeler’s dream. Other guesthouses will open up unique opportunities to relax in the shade of lush jungle, with nothing to puncture the stillness but birdsong. You’ll even find guesthouses on the better-known islands of Moorea and Bora Bora as well as the rugged Marquesas Islands, where you can join your host in discovering local products and cuisine, or go on hiking trips in search of waterfalls and natural pools. Tahitians are incredibly hospitable, so don’t be surprised if you’re treated as part of the family from the moment you arrive. You might even be lucky enough to get a traditional, home-cooked meal from your host…


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