"South Pacific"

Moorea Beach Lodge

Moorea Beach Lodge

Moorea, French Polynesia

Paradise Tahiti has the shape of this lodge on Mooreaai??i??s golden sand. Opunohu Bay, where Captain Cook landed the first time, is up north and looks magnificent from the belvedere. In the inner part, in the valley, the volcanoai??i??s caldera, there are neat pineapple plantations on a rust-coloured packed dirt. We are in Haapiti, though. The shallow water recedes at night, leaving circles of moonlit extraterrestrial seaweed. For a few days, you need nothing more. You sleep in front of the sea, relax in the shade of some high palm tree, and live on the long wooden veranda, while water is always on the horizon. The breakfast is a French-Polynesian brunch of unusual grace: fruit salad, any-style eggs, warm cream flan with toasted almonds…

Ai?? Vanira Lodge

Ai?? Vanira Lodge

Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti is an island and, at the same time, a people always keeping an eye on the ocean and another one on the mountains. They pray to the water and then to the forest, as if they were two symbiotic beings. Vanira lodge lies on a hill, steep enough to plunge into light dawns and deep sunsets, high enough to touch star-quilted night skies, close enough to Teahupooai??i??s waves to hear them rumble, close enough to the mountains to climb them. A green hill on the southern coast of Tahiti Iti, la Presquai??i??Ai??le, the wild part of the island, the one we love more. Evening comes quickly with the taste of lobster with honey, and morning comes quickly with the smell of coconut bread and banana and mango jam…