Your Own Semiprivate Oasis In Tahiti
Last one in's a rotten egg! We're finding the best places in the world to stick our toes in this summer (or next winter) for our World's Coolest Pools map. Know of any pools we must check out? Let us know.
The invention of the sandy-bottomed approach was one of the great pool innovations of the '90s. But the pool at the Le Méridien Tahiti takes it a step further: There's nothing real about this white-sand beach, but your toes won't know the difference.
The sand in question is claimed to be natural, but is in fact imported from other parts of the island to give the Le Méridien lagoon that particular sparkle. The blob-shaped pool is somewhat remote from the nearby city of Papeete, but the hotel also features an on-site artist's studio and horseback rides should you be bothered to change out of your swimsuit.
People who have swum in this western Tahiti oasis, regarded as the biggest sandy-bottomed pool on the island, say it's a great place to visit so long as you don't want to do anything. An Expedia commenter from Gilroy, California writes the activities on the shore are "pretty minimal" and that (naturally) the drinks are expensive. Frommer's mentions that should you try and switch to the natural beach, you'll find it's pretty pebbly, which is what you deserve, softy, but you have the option of staying over the pool itself. That's it, we're emptying the kiddie pool this year!
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