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In this post I”ll provide review of the Le Meridien Tahiti. This post is part of a larger trip report from our two week“Year of the B” trip to French Polynesia. For our 1 night stay at the Le Meridien Tahiti we used 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points for a standard room award.
French Polynesia Trip Report:
- ATL > LAX in DL Business Class and an over night at the Andaz West Hollywood
- LAX > PPT in Air France Business Class and ferry to Moorea
- Hilton Moorea Hotel Review
- Moorea Activities
- InterContinental Bora Bora
- Villa Mahana Restaurant Bora Bora
- Le Meridien Tahiti
- Ritz Carlton LAX and LAX > ATL in DL Business Class
Leaving Bora Bora
The weather in Bora Bora was great on our day of departure. After breakfast we stole one last view of Bora Bora then hopped on the boat back to the airport. We decided to break up the return journey into a 1 night stay in Tahiti and a 1 night stay in LAX. We would catch an early afternoon flight to Tahiti, spend the night in Tahiti, then catch the early morning AF flight from Tahiti to LAX, spend the night in LA, then catch a mid morning 777 Delta flight back to home from LAX. After 5 days on Moorea and 7 days in Bora Bora it was time to begin our 2 day journey back to the real world.
Last View Of Bora Bora
View From Bora Bora Airport
Arrival At Le Meridien
We pre-arranged for the same van that picked us up from the ferry docks to take us to the Le Meridien. The drive was about 15 – 20 minutes and we passed other hotels that are closer to the airport, like the InterContinental, on the way to the Le Meridien.
Open Air Lobby
We used 12,000 SPG points to reserve a standard room at the Le Meridien. Since I am Starwood Prefered Guest Platinum, we were upgraded to an ocean view room in the center of the hotel. The room is generally in good condition. The main room has wood floors that are in good shape. The bathroom could use a little work to get in top shape, but was good for our short stay. The bed was very comfortable, which is great since we had a pre-dawn car reservation to the airport.
View From Room Of Pool And Grounds
The grounds were well kept. To get to the pool, you can walk down to the center lobby and under the rooftop pond. Alternatively there are side stairs at the sides of the hotel. Directly under the rooftop pond is a large area where the breakfast buffet is served. We enjoyed a nice lunch by the pool restaurant. There is also a pool snack bar for a more casual lunch. There are over water bungalows at this hotel. I didn’t see the value in using extra points for the OWB. Our opinion may have been jaded since we just left the IC Bora Bora. The water here wasn’t very clear when we were there. You have great views of Tahiti from the hotel. If you have extra time I think it would be worth getting out and exploring the island of Tahiti. But since we only had a short afternoon, we enjoyed our lunch and an afternoon by the pool.
Breakfast Buffet Area
Path To Pool Area
View Of Hotel
We only had a short time on Tahiti before we caught our early morning AF flight back to LAX. The Le Meridien Tahiti was a perfect hotel for our quick overnight stop in Tahiti. We were able to relax by the pool, grab a decent meal and get a full nights rest before the long flight back to LAX. A friend recently tried out one of the motel’s near the airport, and he said it was his biggest mistake of his trip. I would recommend the Le Meridien Tahiti for anyone with a short stay on Tahiti.
In my next post I’ll share a review of the Ritz Carlton LAX and the 777 Delta Business Elite flight from LAX back home.
Need Some Extra Points & Miles For A French Polynesian Award Vacation?
– Sign up for the Delta Gold Skymiles from American Express for 30,000 bonus Skymiles after you spend $500 in three months. Then supplement your existing Delta miles for an award to French Polynesia on Air France. This card comes with a $0 annual fee the first year then a $95 fee after the first year. Check your first bag for free on every Delta flight. Receive Zone 2 priority boarding on Delta flights
– Sign up for the SPG Personal American Express card and the SPG Business American Express card for extra SPG points each. Then you can transfer the points into Delta Skymiles or another airline to help with an award ticket to French Polynesia on Air France.
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