In Polynesia, hospitality is not just an empty word. These smaller lodgings, family hotels, and guesthouses, offer an authenticity and a deeply experiential means of connecting to the lives of the Tahitians. Staying in a small family-run hotel is first and foremost an adventure within an adventure, and, based on the type of accommodation you select, is an opportunity for total immersion in the daily life of a Polynesian family.
Don't miss a chance to share, see, understand, feel and experience life in the islands as if you were a long-lost relative returning home. Some of you will fish in the lagoon with your hosts; others will follow the children as they hike the mountains in search of waterfalls and pools to swim in. Others may, based on the advice of the owners and occasionally even joining with them, discover local products and cuisine.
Living in a traditional Polynesian fare, whether constructed of traditional or modern materials, in locations that are not too well-known yet very scenic in the welcoming and spontaneous warmth of a Polynesian family is a unique experience that combines tourism in search of authenticity with friendliness, quiet and intimacy, discovery and open space. It is also a way to play a role in safeguarding and protecting local heritage and the environment.
The five archipelagos offer 256 facilities that can welcome more than 3,519 guests in 1,298 bungalows and rooms. For the first time, a legible classification system, precise criteria and continuous control of services offered in this type of lodging allows visitors to plan their stay under the best possible conditions.
Classification is a voluntary procedure that pension owners subscribe to. The very rigorous rating is established by the French Polynesia Government's Tourism Department, which monitors the application of some 100 rating criteria.The classification commission has the power to downgrade, or even exclude establishments that no longer meet the initial required criteria (hygiene and safety standards).Small family hotels and guest rooms are rated from one to three Tiare Tahiti flowers. The quality and attractiveness of the site, the level of comfort and amenities and the services offered are paid particular attention.
One tiare : Simple comfort, excellent quality-to-price relationship.
Two tiare : Good comfort at the best possible rate.
Three tiare : Excellent comfort, attentive service, at reasonable rates
Small Polynesian hotels, available on every island to cater to the needs of tourists, offer more than 1,500 units rated according to comfort and service quality.
Family hotels and pensions offer fascinating activities, sometimes directly, often through the most competent excursion operators.
Pension owners know, better than any guidebook, the hiking trails, the secret beaches, the surfing spots, the ancient ruins hidden in the valleys, the lagoon or ocean locations where fish are plentiful. They can help you organize excursions and picnics on motu (islets inside the lagoon) or on remote beaches. In some places, you will discover sea kayaking, in others you’ll visit a Tahitian cultured pearl farm, or be initiated into the mysteries of weaving by a Tahitian “mama”.
Armed with their experience and their local contacts, your hosts can provide you advice on other activities, such as scuba diving or horseback riding. For those who like giving their holiday a theme, be it sports, nature or exploration, pensions in Tahiti and Her Islands are the ideal accommodations, providing the closest to what you’re seeking.