Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
We’ve all heard of beach bungalows before and until now, we really had no idea what to expect from this iconic South Pacific icon of the good life. We had no preconceived notions here except waterside and a bed. Which leaves a lot of variables shrouded in mystery when you stop to think about it. Is it like a normal hotel room? is there a kitchen? Outhouse or running water bathroom? Does it come with one of those dancing hula-girl statues you see on people’s car dashboards? What’s it really like to live in a classy hotel’s overwater bungalow in French Polynesia? Well, it’s like this:
When you get there, you get a free drink. So, that’s cool.
Room service comes in an outrigger canoe. A bit posh yet culturally appropriate.
Oh deliveries fees, they do apply 😉 Of course, you can always just go for takeout…
On an aside, Greg would like to point out that it’s a sailor’s tan, not a farmer’s…and he’d take a farmer’s tan over the alternative.
Be sure to get back in time for the in-room lunch shows. The leaping dolphins wait for no one. Well, except for their trainers.
Here’s the grand tour:
It’s really nice. But you know what? It’s a lot like living on a boat.
– Drinks? All the grog you and your cat can handle
– Dolphins? You can swim with ‘em
– Morning swims? Yeah, in the middle of the ocean even
– Got the room service too …sort of
Difference is that boats move. So basically bungalows are yachts for people who get seasick. Oh yes, one more important difference. There are less mosquitoes when you’re anchored out on a yacht than in a hotel in the middle of a tropical island lagoon… A fact that Greg is acutely aware of.
Greg would gladly take seasickness pills for a week as long as he doesn’t have to rip half the skin on his feet to stop the infernal itching! So, we’re boat people.
Which would you choose?