Tahiti’s Hotel Hot Spot

Near Papeete, the Sheraton is primed for mass appeal

By: Janeen Christoff

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Wi-Fi access is available throughout
the hotel even at the pool.
Arriving in Tahiti around four in the morning, my husband and I were praying it wouldn’t be a long drive to our hotel. We exited the airport in the pre-dawn darkness, sleepily found our transfer and climbed into a waiting mini-van, nearly falling asleep the moment our buns hit the seat. Even after our relaxing first-class Air Tahiti Nui flight, we were so exhausted from months of wedding planning that we couldn’t keep our eyes open. But we barely had time to drift into REM before we were parked in front of the Sheraton Hotel Tahiti, which is a mere three miles from the Faaa International Airport.

After check-in, we were whisked up to a Deluxe Lagoon View room and the two of us collapsed onto the king-size bed while it was still dark.

Although close in proximity to the airport, the Hotel Tahiti isn’t an “airport hotel.” Located on a beautiful lagoon, the hotel is the perfect jumping-off place for the start of a honeymoon, the end of a romantic getaway, for business travelers passing through or incentive groups visiting for a week-long meeting. In fact, there aren’t many types of clients the hotel wouldn’t appeal to.

In 2006, the hotel underwent a $10 million renovation that updated the resort’s 200 guestrooms in an island-colonial style, with coconut-tree floors, wooden plantation shutters, mahogany and cane furnishings and marble bathrooms with dark wood accents.

During the renovation, the lobby also underwent an extensive makeover and reemerged with one of the hotel’s most stunning features. Hanging over the lobby staircase is a magnificent chandelier made of 8,000 mother-of-pearl shells, adding a truly Tahitian flavor to the resort’s ambience. Also greeting visitors upon arrival is a hand-carved reception desk made of South Seas teak.

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Rooms feature an island-colonial style.
My husband and I awoke to stunning views of Moorea which looks like it’s just across the lagoon, but is actually about 30 minutes away by ferry and the resort’s newly created white-sand beach from our private balcony. Wishing only to relax for the first time since our wedding, we headed straight for the infinity pool. But in true urbanite fashion, we couldn’t tear ourselves away from civilization just yet, so we took advantage of the hotel’s new poolside Wi-Fi access, checking e-mail on our laptop.

Wireless Internet wasn’t the only upgrade helpful to business travelers meeting space was enhanced as well.

Later that day, we wanted to explore our tropical environs, which was easy to do. Not only is the hotel convenient to the airport, but it’s about a mile from the capital city, Papeete.

To get to the city center, clients can take a cab, or if they are feeling adventurous, they can use the island bus service known as “Le Truck.” The bus makes several stops along the way but will drop clients off a couple blocks from the covered market, a perfect spot to pick up gifts before heading home.

CONTACT

Air Tahiti Nui
www.airtahitinui.com

Sheraton Hotel Tahiti
www.starwoodtahiti.com

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