Moorea’s contrasting landscape is the driving force behind its
diverse beauty. With lush green valleys, volcanic peaks and
strikingly blue water, the heart-shaped island is an ideal spot for
lovebirds. And the Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is the
perfect destination for any couple wishing to have an authentic
South Seas experience.
Moorea is popular with honeymooners. My husband and I went for
our honeymoon, and just about everyone we met at bars, dinner or on
excursions, was celebrating their recent nuptials. The island’s
close proximity to Papeete, where most international flights
arrive, makes it a convenient outer-island stop for travelers to
Tahiti, but despite its popularity and small size, the island still
feels deserted, even during peak seasons. Couples can take
advantage of the diverse landscape to explore the island’s secluded
white-sand beaches, 4X4 in the Opunohu Valley, rent cars or
scooters to circle the island, or they can languish for days in an
overwater bungalow, enjoying the tranquility of the South
The flight from Papeete is just 10 minutes, but we found the
30-minute ferry ride was a more fun and adventurous way to
The Sheraton Moorea is a secluded retreat located on a 10-acre
lagoon minutes from Moorea’s airport and the ferry terminal. But
its proximity to local transportation in no way makes the resort
seem close to civilization. It’s the only property in the area, and
the perfectly manicured gardens make guests feel as though they are
walking in a tropical wonderland, far from mainland distractions
like televisions, BlackBerrys and the Internet.
Bungalows exude vintage Polynesian charm, with claw-foot
bathtubs, dark wood furniture, plantation shutters and
antique-style fixtures. There are three different variations.
Fifty-four are over water, fanning out into the lagoon, and 52
garden and beach bungalows line the sand. All are similarly
appointed and offer a lanai or balcony, air-conditioning, room
service, televisions, a data port and traditional amenities.
Overwater bungalows come equipped with some non-traditional
appointments. In the living room, a glass window allows guests to
watch the reef life below. There is a snorkel and a mask for each
guest and fins can be checked out on the beach. Guests can dive off
the deck and into the crystal clear water to explore the lagoon,
spotting everything from Nemo to sting rays. My husband and I even
saw a puffer fish.
Honeymooners can get busy relaxing on the resort’s beautiful
white-sand beach, as well as by the lagoon-style pool, and most
importantly, at the Mandara Spa, which offers a variety of
treatments including couples massage, hot-stone therapy and a
salon. There is also a fitness center and tennis court.
Although many couples may prefer never to leave the resort,
off-site activities can be arranged. Popular activities include the
Circle Island Tour and an evening at the Tiki Village. Clients can
also rent cars and bugsters (buggies) at the hotel to explore the
island on their own, get a bite to eat or do some shopping.
We rented a bugster. They are open air, easy to maneuver and
perfect for the tropical setting. The only drawback is if the
weather is rainy, prepare to get wet.
If couples choose not to leave, the resort offers three bars and
two restaurants. Casual dining is available at the Rotui Bar and
Grill, and Arii Vahine offers a more formal experience. The Eimeo
Bar is adjacent to Arii Vahine and offers a panoramic view of the
Bar Toatea is a seasonal overwater bar. The hours are
unpredictable due to weather, but it is one of the nicest spots to
grab a drink and watch the sun set over the Pacific. It’s also the
perfect way to end a romantic vacation.
Lagoon Resort & Spa
Papetoai, PK14, Moorea