There is no place like French Polynesia. A sprinkling of 118 pinprick-sized islands, as close to paradise as you’ll find anywhere; as far from everything as you can be (yet, somehow, just eight hours’ flight from California). It’s this very remoteness that makes the islands of Tahiti iconic around the world. Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Marquesas, and their island neighbors conjure vivid images in our collective imagination — of coral-fringed lagoons with impossibly clear turquoise waters, jagged but lush mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls.
These incredible islands are Pacific Beachcomber’s specialty, and our home. As other cruise ships come and go, and international hospitality brands count their South Pacific properties as one or more among many, we stay. Here for more than 25 years, we are the foremost experts in hosting visitors to this remarkable corner of the planet, providing authentic, enriching travel experiences that are both delightful to guests and deferential to the natural and cultural treasures of Tahiti.
Whether you choose to stay at a seaside resort or in an overwater bungalow, or on a private island — or, even better, a combination of the above — our friendly and familial staff will proudly show you the very best of French Polynesia: vivid art, dance, music and food. Vibrant flora and fauna. Exhilarating adventures on land and at sea. You’ll leave us feeling not only like you’ve had a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, but like you’ve meaningfully connected with South Pacific island life. You’ll leave having fallen for French Polynesia the way so many before you have. The way we have.
Our founder, Richard Bailey, fell for French Polynesia early. After visiting with his family as a boy, he knew he would come back. And he did. He returned for a visit in the early 1970s and fell in love with a Tahitian woman and her country. More than thirty years later, he’s still here. To this day, Mr. Bailey routinely stops en route to his office to marvel at the extraordinary beauty of his adopted home.
Of course, to truly love a place is to want to protect it. Pacific Beachcomber’s entire team, across every brand in our family, genuinely cares: about French Polynesia, its people, and their culture. We’ve been pioneers in sustainable technology and have been engaged since 2004 in marine research which has benefitted both our own properties and the larger marine ecosystems which surround us. In 2005, with the help of our partner foundation Te mana o te moana, we were the first hotel group to start the process for Green Globe/ Earth Check certification for our resorts. And in 2014, we stepped up our stewardship efforts with the opening of The Brando in Tetiaroa. The private island resort is the manifestation of film star Marlon Brando’s dream of a luxury eco-resort co-existing with a centre for scientific research, education and conservation. Today, The Brando is one of the world’s most sustainable resorts.
Inspired by the idea that luxury travel and environmental and cultural protection needn’t be mutually exclusive — and, in fact, mustn’t be — Pacific Beachcomber’s vision is to be a global leader in sustainable hospitality. Day by day, brand by brand, we’re making meaningful strides towards realizing this vision. We’ve been pioneers in sustainable technology and are engaged in marine research that benefits our own properties, French Polynesia and the planet. We partner with global sustainable tourism experts to ensure that we not only embrace best practices, but that we remain on the cutting edge of travel as a force for good.
In doing so, we’re working to ensure that these iconic islands and their people have a future as rich as their past. And we’re making sure you have a great vacation that also helps to make the world a better place. That is at the heart of who we are. Ia Orana. Maeva. Welcome. We’re happy you’re here.