CULINARY JOURNEY IN TAHITI
In Tahiti, enjoy fine French dining, or private dinners on the beach. Tahiti is chock-full of international culinary delights. Delight in European-Polynesian fusion cuisine, and freshly caught seafood. Whatever tantalizes your taste buds you will find it in French Polynesia.
Day 1 | Arrive at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa, and settle in to your premium overwater suite bungalow for three nights. While you are there, peruse the pearl boutique, or the dolphins at Moorea Dolphin Centre. After you have worked up an appetite experience the Polynesian culture with a theme night buffet with prepared exotic island flavors, enticing textures and inspiring Tahitian dances.
Day 2 | After a day of enjoying watersports, treat your palette to a Romantic Fine Bouche Dinner at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Experience dinner at Fare Nui Restaurant, or on the private terrace of your bungalow. You will be spoiled with superior service, gourmet cuisine and French champagne.
Day 3 |Commemorate your last evening in Moorea at the Tiki Village Dinner and Tahitian Show – this is the largest feast and dance show that features up to 60 artists and be mesmerized by the fire dancers. After a revitalizing welcome drink, take a guided excursion of the traditional Polynesian village. Then enjoy Tahitian specialties such as fei (a wild banana cooked), uru (chicken with fafa, cooked with coconut milk), and poe (fruit pudding fused with coconut milk.
Date 4 | Today you will transfer to The St. Regis Bora Bora for four nights in a scenic deluxe overwater villa. You will be catered to with signature St. Regis butler service while you enjoy a breathtaking 44-acre oasis. Excite your palette with fine dining, a saltwater lagoon and exceptional coral reefs. The next morning awake to a serenade by ukulele as your delectable breakfast arrives by canoe to experience in the privacy of your villa, with incredible views across the lagoon.
Days 5-6 | Experience Bora Bora’s unspoiled waters and tropical landscapes. Then relax with a delectable dinner at Lagoon by Jean Georges – spotlighting French and Asian-infused cuisine prepared by famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Indulge in fresh seafood intensified with indigenous ingredients with views of Mount Otemanu. Try a signature St. Regis “Bora Mary”, a one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary Mix and vodka infused with fresh watermelon and lime juice adorned with a watermelon cube.
Days 7-8 | Absorb yourself further into the island’s diverse experience with the Lagoonarium Excursion and Motu Picnic of barbecued fish and chicken, poisson cru with coconut milk (Tahitian lime marinated tuna), poe (fruit pudding) and other traditional Tahitian specialties. Snorkel among the ocean’s elegant creatures in a unique lagoonarium learning experience from well-trained experts. During this excursion you will have the opportunity to encounter turtles, rays, tropical fish and even docile sharks which is nearly all the sea life native to the lagoon.
On your last day, you will board your flight for home.
Additional Culinary Options in Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha’a and Tahiti:
Bloody Mary’s | Have a magical evening at this world-famous 1976 restaurant which has a thatched roof, sandy floor and a variety of fresh seafood and meats. Select your own catch-of-the-day, and experience a delicious four-course dinner with tropical drinks such as vanilla rum punch.
La Villa Mahana | You need to book this restaurant three months in advance for this exclusive dining experience with a blend of European and French Polynesian flavors at this boutique six-table Tuscan-style house. It is situated on a quiet lane. This outstanding venue serves dishes from a Mediterranean menu that changes every other month. Experience gastronomy such as a royal seafood salad, caviar, seared ahi tuna and mahi mahi in a banana-curry crust.
Romantic Dinner on the Beach at Le Meridien Bora Bora | This is an ideal spot for honeymoons and anniversaries to share a loving toast in this paradise with a private three-course candlelight dinner with champagne, wine and serenading musicians as the sun sets over the lagoon, silhouetting Mount Otemanu.
Saint James | Enjoy views of Motu Toopau island as you sip an island drink at this sandy barefoot bar. Dine indoors or al fresco-style on the waterside deck. The Saint James uses locally-sourced ingredients with signature dishes such as a tuna plate prepared four different ways, and finish was a decadent crème brulee.
Le Coco’s Moorea | On this sparkling lagoon see the moon’s reflection from the open-air deck at this trendy dining venue. Enjoy the Polynesian fusion of this restaurant starting with a champagne cocktail, and then take your taste buds to the next level with delectable appetizers, salads, tapas and gourmet entrees with artistically prepared desserts.
Le Mahogany | This restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike. Experience the signature Chinese and French bistro cuisine in a friendly and casual setting. Savor everything from vegetable chow mein, succulent rib eye steak or seafood specialties such as mahi mahi in coconut crème sauce. Then top your meal off with ice cream filled cream puffs or chocolate mousse.
Romantic Dinner on the Beach at Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa | Experience a private dinner on the beach featuring delectable cuisine under the night sky, while listening to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. Relish everything from Polynesian cocktails, red tuna tartar to roasted red snapper or fresh mahi mahi.
Rudy’s | This restaurant boasts tender New Zealand beef, local parrot fish stuffed with crabmeat, and bon viviant chocolate moelleux, as you choose from premium French cuisine with a Tahitian flair. This delightfully family-owned restaurant has a friendly, musical ambience, and an extensive wine selection for an absolutely divine evening.
La Vanille Restaurant, Le Taha’s Island Resort & Spa | Marvel at this restaurant suspended high among the banyan trees upon a spacious veranda with dramatic views, and uncover a culinary paradise. Try the delectable French “pain perdu” (gourmet French toast), and enjoy an inspirational buffet. As the sun sets, explore a tantalizing traditional Polynesian dinner buffet, complete with fresh fish, international offerings and wonderful crème brulee, made with fresh island vanilla. Delight in the lively native fire dancers on Tuesday evenings.
Le Lotus Restaurant at InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa | Le Lotus has a dramatic thatched roof, glowing lights from the tranquil lagoon waters and views of distant Moorea which makes this the perfect romantic dining experience. Select from tempting meat and fish specialties, such as citrus scallops, seared tuna, Sichuan pepper duck breast or truffle crust lamb.
Les Roulottes – On the Waterfront | When the sun sets, Les Roulottes or “Restaurant on Wheels” rolls in to the Papeete waterfront in Vaiete Squarae. After your busy day exploring the island, enjoy casual dining from Italian to Chinese cuisine.
L’O a la Bouche | This restaurant has a sophisticated ambience serving traditional French cuisine along with original creations at this highly-rated restaurant. Start with a premier French wine, and savor delectable moon fish steak with passion fruit and ginger sauce, scorched tuna splashed in a light curry sauce or other tempting seafood dishes.