Les Tipaniers Restaurant is on the border of the hotel's complex. It serves Italian and French Polynesian dishes that are very good and more "customer friendly" priced compared to other restaurants. The best, however, were the people who are running the place. The person in charge of fish dishes and the deserts came to pick us up. We had very kind, friendly and humorous conversations despite our French that got quite rusty over the years. When she was trying to collect an American couple at the Intercontinental, we were up for a 15 min wait because they were late. When they finally turned up, they didn't bother to look at the driver or us, no hello, no sorry...nothing. When considering the sweetness of the locals, such rudeness is a slap in their face and utterly embarrassing.
Anyway, after being seated, I asked about a wine, so another waitress came with a taster and said with glowing eyes: Sir, we usually don't do wine tastings and it was clear that it was a joke and this continued whenever she came to the table; and when we asked for the return drive: she giggled and said: today everybody is walking home...we had such a great time with them.
The other great thing was that after dinner we went down to the hotel's own beach and the site was spectacular. The lagoon, the white sands, the beach bar (closed for the day), the coconut trees - all in full moonlight...and nobody else around.
Our American friends had left a long while ago. I wonder what they made of their evening.