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
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
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
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
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.