French Polynesia is reopening for international arrivals from July 15, 2020, although there is very little connectivity to the islands at first beyond Air Tahiti Nui’s Papeete – Los Angeles – Paris-service.
Hotels, however, have firmed up their opening dates, and I just went through when Accor, Hilton, IHG, and Marriott affiliated hotels are scheduled to be welcoming guests.
Here’s what you need to know about the arrivals starting on July 15:
Chains hotels and their reopening dates:
- Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort (former Le Meridien) – July 1, 2020
- Sofitel Moorea – July 1, 2020
- Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island – July 1, 2020
- Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort – closed for renovations
- Conrad Bora Bora Nui – July 15, 2020
- Hilton Moorea – July 20, 2020
- InterContinental Tahiti – July 1, 2020
- InterContinental Moorea – closed permanently
- InterContinental Le Moana – July 15, 2020
- InterContinental Thalasso – July 15, 2020
- St. Regis Bora Bora – July 1, 2020 (only overwater villas – general availability from July 23)
- Le Meridien Bora Bora – not accepting reservations – closed for renovations
Here’s more about the closing of InterContinental Moore and Le Meridien Bora Bora renovation:
I am surprised that these hotels in Bora Bora have decided to reopen up from July 15, 2020, because challenging to see any non-French Polynesians trekking there for at least the first few weeks.
Both the former Le Meridien and InterContinental hotels in Tahiti are used for business people and those needing overnight accommodation on the main island (usually you need due to flight timings).
I like the InterContinental and their refurbished overwater bungalows. I have stayed there several times and a few years ago spent a couple of weeks on those PointBreaks! You can easily go to the city (Papeete) or have drinks/dinner at the Pink Coconut by the harbor.
When I was in Tahiti and Bora Bora last year, I had a reservation at the Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort in addition to the Le Meridien and Conrad. The hotel was already closed then for renovations, and the booking was moved to the Private Island one. I decided to cut my Bora Bora time (I had been there twice previously) and passed the Sofitel (not getting very good reviews – rustic).
I have a reservation for St. Regis for early September. It seems unlikely at this point that I would trek there unless LATAM reintroduces their once-weekly service to Santiago via Easter Islands so that I could hop over to South America afterward like I tend to do.