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Working Remotely from the Islands of Tahiti? Yes, Please

It sounds unbelievable, but when you really want to mix business with pleasure, you won’t find a better destination.

June 2, 2021
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A chain of pier bungalows in the Tahitian islands.
Is your home office an overwater bungalow? It could be if you’re willing to try remote work at one of Tahiti’s amazing resorts. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

When the Islands of Tahiti reopened to U.S. residents on May 1, there were undoubtedly many luggage sets dusted off in anticipation of returning to Bora Bora’s iconic resorts. Of course, when it comes to this dream destination, it’s never as simple as packing and booking a flight. That’s especially the case now as visitors still have a thorough list of entry and stay conditions to consider, so any trip here should be worth the while and one for the ages.

Local officials are well aware of this—after all, most of us only visit Tahiti once in a lifetime, if we’re lucky. That’s why the Islands of Tahiti want travelers to consider packing the kitchen sink and enjoy an extended stay, or, more specifically, what we’ve come to know as a “workation.” The “Work from Tahiti” experience is bolstered by the region’s most popular resorts, as they offer various scenarios that provide not only the essentials for fulfilling professional obligations from halfway around the world, but also exceptional activities and learning experiences for the whole family.

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

An island beach resort in Tahiti.
The trick, of course, is actually concentrating on your work. InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

If there’s a better example of the workation concept than the “Working without Borders” program at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, we haven’t seen it. For starters, throughout this one- to four-week offering, traveling professionals will have access to coworking spaces loaded with all the bells and whistles, so they can accomplish tasks in the company of likeminded visitors. Except these won’t be ordinary workspaces. Instead, they’ll offer natural light and views for days, in addition to the fiber-optic internet service, which undoubtedly puts most home offices to shame.

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But what makes this experience so exceptional is what it means for families. While parents are working, kids will be enjoying activities that no summer camps back home can hold a candle to. Surf lessons from expert instructors, paddleboarding with sea turtles, rowing outrigger canoes alongside dolphins—these are the moments kids will cherish for the rest of their lives. And best of all, when parents are done working, they’ll team up with their children and other guests to help restore coral reefs.

It’s a win-win, and we haven’t even mentioned the incredible food trucks and beaches.

The St. Regis Bora Bora

Sts. Regis Bora Bora
First, consult with your IT Butler to ensure you have the supplies you need. Then, consult with a resort butler to make sure you have a delicious work snack. The St. Regis Bora Bora

All work and no play will make Jack a dull boy, so it helps that the “Work from Bora Bora” program at the St. Regis Bora Bora was conceived with the goal of creating a personal experience that delivers nothing but the best for working parents and their children. Before the plane even departs, guests will consult with resort officials to determine all “home office” needs, and in addition to the trademark St. Regis Butler Service, visitors will also have an “IT Butler” to guarantee everything runs smoothly.

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The tricky part will be remembering to step away from those spreadsheets and get some time in at the Deep Nature Spa or grab a “job well done” cocktail from the swim-up bar in the sand-bottomed Le Lotus pool. When the day is done, the whole family can head to the Lagoonarium and feed the fish.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

A beach-side bungalow area at an island beach resort.
When you need a quieter space for Zoom calls or just a mid-morning nap, pool cabanas will do the trick. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

For professionals with a lighter workload, the Extended Stay program at the recently renovated Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora puts the emphasis on luxury. It’s up to visitors to decide just how hard they want to work during their stays of 10 or more days, but the overwater bungalows and larger beachfront villa estates offer unparalleled privacy and comfort to fit any remote worker’s needs.

Here, kids will also be at no shortage of educational fun, as the Tamarii Club will introduce them to Polynesian culture and history, and the WiseOceans conservation and education company will gift unto them a wealth of knowledge regarding local marine life. And that’s just the start of an epic vacation adventure for guests of all ages.

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