HANDICRAFTS & SHOPPING
French Polynesian handicrafts are renowned for their intricacy and elegance. You can get to learn more about the elaborate processes behind many traditional handicrafts by attending workshops and demonstrations by the mamas, local artisans with skills such as pandanus and coconut leaf weaving, pareo-dyeing, quilt-making and basket-weaving.
Pareo or pareu – the sarong – is very important in daily Polynesian life. Worn by both men and women, this large, flowing sarong can be tied in myriad different ways.
Monoï oil is another important item in Polynesian life. It is used during traditional rituals for its medicinal properties and as a beauty treatment for the hair and body. It’s also an effective mosquito repellent.
Tifaifai are attractive hand-sewn bedspreads, bearing mostly botanical patterns, traditionally given as a wedding present.
Black pearls are another unique item to look out for during your stay in Tahiti.
SHOPPING IN TAHITI
You can find postcards, stamps, toiletries, sunscreen, newspapers, cigarettes and most other essentials in our resort boutique. You’ll also find clothing, swimwear, sandals for swimming in the lagoon, plus souvenirs and local handicrafts and gifts, including monoï oil.
Robert Wan Boutique
This boutique belongs to leading pearl producer and jeweller Robert Wan, whose Tahitian pearl creations are famous for their quality and originality. You’ll find both traditional styles and the latest designs here, with every purchase accompanied by a certificate of origin and authenticity.
Our popular little craft market takes place daily beside the main pool. Lovely printed pareos (sarongs), mother-of-pearl accessories and local handicrafts are available. At the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, you’re only minutes away from Papeete, home to the biggest collection of shops in French Polynesia.