The Islands of Tahiti, birthplace of the overwater bungalow, celebrate the 50th anniversary of these iconic accommodations with special offers

October 18, 2017 in Experience

NEW YORK, NY – October 18, 2017 – For 50 years these striking and unique overwater bungalows first created in The Islands of Tahiti have ignited the wanderlust of travelers all over the globe. To celebrate this milestone, The Islands of Tahiti’s remarkable hotels and resorts are offering special packages for travelers to experience these design marvels:

Featured overwater bungalow packages include:

  • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is offering an Overwater Bungalow 50th Anniversary Package which includes, with a 6 night stay, daily breakfast, a resort credit of 1967 euros to celebrate the year of 1967 when these bungalows were created, and a Make Your Own Mai Tai Kit, allowing you to celebrate this special anniversary with French Polynesia’s most famous cocktail.
  • Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is offering a Food and Beverage Credit of $50 USD per day with a minimum stay of 4 nights in the new pool, pool premium Villas as well as the Brando Suites.
  • With a 5 night package at Le Meridien Bora Bora, guests will receive 1 canoe breakfast, once per stay and 1 Polynesian gift card offered per room.
  • Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is offering half off their three styles of Overwater Suites with a booking of 5 nights or more.
  • The Sofitel Hotels & Resorts in French Polynesia are offering a complimentary lunch for two people per stay for every booking made in an Overwater Bungalow.

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To book these special deals, or create your own custom escape to The Islands of Tahiti, go to

“Staying in an overwater bungalow is definitely a can’t miss experience for travelers seeking an unforgettable island getaway. The overwater bungalows are one of the authentic and luxurious accommodations visitors can find on our wonderful islands. How they blend seamlessly with Tahiti’s crystal-clear lagoons and laid-back island culture further explains why The Islands of Tahiti have been one of the world’s preeminent island destination for five decades, and we would love to see more travelers fulfill their experience by staying in our overwater bungalows,” says Mr Paul Sloan, CEO of Tahiti Tourisme.

The overwater bungalow was invented by three Californian men, Hugh Kelley, Muk McCallum and Jay Carlisle, known as the Bali Hai Boys, who had moved to The Islands of Tahiti in the 1960s. They opened hotels on both Moorea and Raiatea, and the fact that Raiatea had no sandy beach inspired them to build bungalows over the water to give guests direct access to the reef-protected lagoon. In 1967, the first three overwater bungalows were built at the Bali Hai Hotel on Raiatea, followed by the overwater bungalows on Moorea and at Hotel Bora Bora.

Originally built as traditional stilted homes, over the past five decades The Islands of Tahiti’s overwater bungalows have evolved into palatial suites offering the amenities of a first-class hotel room, boasting private terraces, infinity pools, hammocks, spa baths and the signature glass floors, and where breakfast can be delivered by outrigger canoe. Fifty years on, there are now 884 overwater bungalows spread across 22 hotels in 7 of The Islands of Tahiti’s 118 islands, sought after and desired by travelers all over the world.

For information on Tahiti’s dynamic overwater bungalows and their 50th anniversary visit: