After all the lounging we did in Tahiti, we were really excited to head to Moorea, one of the most popular islands in all of French Polynesia. We took a short ferry ride from Papeete to Moorea and our private transfer took us to the other side of the island to the Intercontinental Resort & Spa.
This hotel has one of the most beautiful grounds I’ve ever seen with its meandering paths, a river running through the property, bridges connecting one motu to another, and all surrounded by blossoming flowers and lush foliage every which way you looked.
We stayed in a garden bungalow here as Kleon recommended we stay in incrementally nicer rooms as the vacation progressed (not a bad idea). We loved our garden bungalow and all the more so because it was decorated with tons of Tahitian flowers for our arrival! No hotel in the U.S. would ever be able to come close to the amount of flowers the Intercontinental staff used to decorate our bungalow! What girl wouldn’t love this?
Also, we loved the private patio we had and our private pool. Mr. T and I totally think we had the best garden bungalow because it was practically on the beach but we didn’t have to pay beach bungalow prices– all the other garden bungalows were hidden from the beach.
During our time in Moorea, we got a lot of R&R in as we lounged around the hotel, went to the spa, kayaked to nearby motus, and watched stingray swim right by our feet!
We also rented a car for a day and drove around the island (it takes about 4 hours). Unfortunately, it was overcast the day we took the drive so the view at Belvedere Lookout left something to be desired, but it was the perfect day to stop at the Manutea juice factory in Moorea! If you go, you have to go to this juice factory – they give out free samples including their alcoholic crèmes (the Vanilla Crème was heavenly). I had a really good buzz leaving the place!
With our time well spent in Moorea, our vacation was picking up. Now, if only the weather could have been better (we were constantly at the whim of the rain gods)…. but I would have endured all the gloominess if it meant Bora Bora would be perfectly cloudless! Can you tell I had high expectations of Bora Bora? 😉