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Overnight Stay at Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

If you’re travelling to Moorea or Bora Bora, or any of Tahiti’s islands, you’re likely to face the obligatory overnight stay in Papeete. International flights often land at Tahiti Faaa International Airport late in the night and since Air Tahiti does not operate any night time transfer flights to the islands, there is no choice but to stay in one of the many hotels in the capital.

When we holidayed at Le Méridien Bora Bora, our package included overnight stays at Le Méridien Tahiti in Papeete on arrival and departure nights.

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

Le Méridien Tahiti in Papeete

The four star hotel is situated in the midst of the Punaauia region, a quiet and secluded location, a few kilometres south of the capital Papeete and Faaa airport. Being away from the bustle of the airport hotels where we had stayed in the past, the trip takes around twenty minutes by shuttle bus, stopping at various other hotels to drop off other travellers.

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

Garden View rooms

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Our room

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

Spacious interior

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

Large single beds

Check-in was efficient for and welcoming by the friendly front-desk staff. Our garden-view room is very spacious with a modern Polynesian décor and bright colours. Blues, whites and yellows bring in the outside and complement the bare wooden floors. Although we had requested a queen sized bed at the time of the booking, we were given two large but comfortable single beds. Other facilities include a safe, a minibar, coffee and tea making facilities and paid internet access.

The bathroom is quite roomy and features trimmings in natural timber. The toilet is separate and is accessed by a sliding door. There is a walk-in shower, a separate bathtub and adjustable timber louvres that can look onto the bedroom.

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete


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Bathroom, Toilet and interior

The hotel is a resort within itself. There are garden-view rooms, lagoon view rooms and 12 Polynesian-style over water Bungalows. There is a white sand beach overlooking the overwater bungalows and a sandy-bottomed swimming pool to laze around and forget about the world.

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

The place to laze with a cocktail

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

Sand-bottomed pool at sunset

La Plantation Restaurant is where the buffet breakfast is served early in the morning before the transfer to Bora Bora. Overlooking the lagoon, Le Carré Restaurant offers a fine dining experience in a more intimate setting. There are two bars, Le Pool Bar and L’Astrolabe Bar where we enjoyed a couple of cocktails on departure night.

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

La Plantation Restaurant

Overnight stays with jetlag on arrival and 2 am flights out of Papeete on departure don’t allow time to explore the resort or enjoy the facilities. But when holidaying in the luxurious Bora Bora, staying Le Méridien Tahiti in Papeete makes a pleasant transition.

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Overwater bungalows / Cocktails at Sunset

If you choose this hotel for your overnight stay, make sure your package includes the cost of transfers to and from the airport, the relevant meals such as breakfast the day after you arrive and dinner on the night of your departure. Tahiti is an expensive holiday destination regardless of where you stay, and as magical as the islands are, the capital Papeete pales in comparison.

Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

Sunset at Le Méridien Tahiti, Papeete

You may begrudge these mandatory overnight stays in Papeete as I do but watching the sunset over the lagoon with a cocktail in hand is a befitting way to end any memorable vacation in Tahiti, be it swimming with turtles or a traditional Tahitian wedding.

Ia Orana!

Le Méridien Tahiti
PB 380595
Tahiti # 97718
French Polynesia


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  • I look forward to readings posts about places I haven’t been as much as places I have. But, now I just have to add one more destination on my list of places to visit! Actually, I’ve been wanting to get to Tahiti for awhile…don’t see it happening anytime soon, so I’ll console myself with your fun posts about it instead! 🙂

    • Forest, I can’t get enough of Tahiti, and not only because Mr G and I have a lot of history there including our Tahitian wedding. I Hope you get a chance to visit soon, but in the meantime, I’m more than happy to regale you with my stories and images 🙂

    • That is lucky! Every trip, we’ve had to stay overnight both ways, whether it was to Moorea or Tahiti. Papeete is not a very nice place in comparison so it helps to have a good hotel for the stopovers.

  • Mardi, you did the right thing.

    This hotel is overrated, as Papeete frankly does not have much to offer. However if you have a 1 night stopover it can be ok. I strongly recommend that if you have a stopover you extend it a day or 2 (no cost) and make it to Moorea. The island is WAY better than Tahiti and has accommodation for all budgets, including a kick-ass camping!

    Have fun, the islands are some of the most beautiful in the world


    • Federico, I admit that I hardly enjoy Papeete on my visits to Tahiti. Give me Bora Bora or Moorea, now that’s paradise!