Tahiti Village Resort Review from a mom of 5. See what we loved and what we wished was different about our family friendly Las Vegas vacation at Tahiti Village resort. Tips and suggestions on making the most of your Tahiti Village vacation.
Tahiti Village resort review is brought to you courtesy of a partnership with Tahiti Village, but all the opinions and content are mine. #TahitiVillage #VacationMemories An honest review for Tahiti Village Las Vegas Resort, a Family Friendly Las Vegas Hotelfrom a mom of 5. What I enjoyed & what I’d do differently next time.
In early June our family had the incredible privilege of traveling to good ole Las Vegas, Nevada to stay at Tahiti Village, one of Vegas’ most family friendly resorts. To say we were excited was an understatement! We have a large family, so finding accommodations that could fit us all and that weren’t too far away was a difficult task. Let’s be honest- traveling anywhere with a rambunctious 2-year-old boy is challenging, but after looking into Tahiti Village, I realized this sounded like the perfect spot for us.
We arrived and made our way to our 1500+ sq ft suite. YES! Can I just tell you how much I loved having all that space?! 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full size kitchen, a gorgeous balcony and 4 televisions. I know, I know, we didn’t come on vacation to watch TV, but after a long, hot day of swimming, it was just wonderful for everyone to spread out and enjoy something other than Daniel Tiger. I loved being able to prepare several meals in our hotel suite and hello, the washer and dryer were so incredibly handy! Our suite had a gorgeous view of the lazy river and even the Las Vegas Strip- scroll all the way down to see a photo I took of the strip from our balcony at night. The resort was recently renovated and all of the rooms are suites that vary in size and amenities. There were also large areas outside with community grills (that were very well maintained) and picnic tables with umbrellas, so that you can enjoy dinner on the patio if you’d prefer.
There are 2 gigantic swimming areas at Tahiti Village. The first is a 1/8th mile long Lazy River complete with several waterfalls and other water features. We had so much fun at the lazy river; we swam there at least once a day! There are several life guards, tubes are free and the main goal is to get as wet as possible and have fun. Mission accomplished! I even did a live Facebook video from the lazy river if you want to check it out. There are a ton of shaded areas to sit and refreshments are readily available. They even had free ice water stations so everyone can stay properly hydrated.
The other swimming area is the main pool located just off the main entrance to the resort. It too is huge- even when the pool was really crowded it didn’t feel that way because of how it’s all laid out. The shape reminded me of a puzzle piece with little lagoons here and there- some deeper, others very shallow where guests were able to pull a lounge chair right in and enjoy the sun while staying cool. My kids absolutely adored the sandy beach area! The resort even supplies sand toys which was just fun. It seemed like there was always a game of water volleyball going on too. There are tiki torches that lit up the pool area at night, which just added to the gorgeous scenery of the place.
Another unexpected amenity was the game center and all the scheduled activities available for guests. In addition to the pool table, foosball table and air hockey table, there was a huge array of puzzles and games for us all to enjoy whenever we felt like taking a break from the sun. At several times throughout the day they also had more organized activities like wood painting, cookie decorating, and Bingo. They also offered complimentary root beer floats and ice cream sundaes on designated days. We went to the game room many times and I really appreciated the fun activities provided for my kids.
We stayed mid week, so we didn’t get to go to the Luau but it sounds pretty incredible! A Hawaiian buffet, festive drinks and fabulous entertainment happen each Sunday night at 7pm.
Book a minimum two-night stay* in a deluxe two-bedroom Royal Tahitian and get four discounted tickets to the luau.
Book a minimum two-night stay in a spacious one-bedroom Moorea or Bora Bora and get two discounted luau tickets.
*Two-night minimum requires a Sunday check-in or stay-through.
We ate dinner at 17° South Booze & Bites one evening and had a very pleasant meal. I was a little worried it would be a more upscale restaurant, but it was incredibly comfortable and relaxed. Perfect for our family after a busy day of pool fun. The prices were moderate and everything we ate tasted great. It had a sports bar feel to it, complete with a wall of televised games playing, but there were several families there too, so it worked. There is a Denny’s restaurant on site too, if that’s more your style.
What I wish was different about Tahiti Village:
There were only a few small negatives that I wished they’d change. No where on the website did I find info about pool toys. As a mom with 5 kids, that was one of my first questions- did they provide them? Can we bring our own? The answer is that they do provide pool noodles, but I never found out exactly how you get them. Several were just floating around and my kids would grab them and play with them a while, then move on. We brought puddle jumpers for my 2 little kids, but I should have brought a couple other small pool floats for my bigger kids to play on.
Another drawback is the signage around the resort is rather vague. Several times we had to ask where the restrooms were because the arrow pointing a certain way wasn’t specific enough. (I still laugh- at one point I asked one of the employees where the restroom was. She told me “at the end of the lazy river.” Ummm… it’s a LOOP. Ha! I never found it and ended up taking my daughter back to our room instead.) On our 2nd to last day we stumbled upon a short cut from the pool to the lazy river. Knowing that the first day would have been super helpful! Better signage/ directions is something they can certainly improve upon.
When you visit Tahiti Village, be sure to bring:
- Water bottles- you can’t bring any food or snacks to the pool areas, but you can bring your own water. They do have ice water stations, but it’s of course handy to have your own. We were able to bring a few snacks in as long as the packaging wasn’t glass and they weren’t in any type of an ice chest/ cooler.
- Googles/ snorkel- my kids used theirs non-stop!
- A few DVD’s- the suites have DVD players, so we were able to watch a couple movies.
- Paper or plastic plates- all they have in the suites were heavy, porcelain plates so it made me a bit nervous to have my little kids use them. I wish I’d brought a few small plastic plates for them to use instead.
- A spatula- the kitchen was stocked but there was no spatula! It seemed like half the food I brought required a spatula. So just FYI- you might want to pack one.
- Lots and lots of sunscreen. We loved swimming in the evenings because a majority of the pool areas were shaded, so we didn’t need any sunscreen. However we brought 2 1/2 bottles and ran out. There is a grocery store within a few miles, so that was convenient. There is an on-site mini mart but the prices were a bit high.
How to make the most of your Tahiti Village Resort Vacation
- Be at the pool when it opens! We brought food to make our own breakfasts each day and I’m so glad. We played so hard each day my kids slept in longer than usual. If we’d needed to leave the resort for breakfast we likely wouldn’t have made it back before 11 am. We found the pools were the least crowded right when they opened, so we got our pick of shady spots and were able to enjoy a swim before it got more crowded. When we stayed the pool area opened at 9am and the lazy river opened at 10am.
- The grill areas were nice, but remember that it’s Vegas and chances are it’s going to be really, really hot. We brought dinner stuff to grill but after a long day, we ended up fixing it in our room to eat. So it might be a better idea to grill lunch instead!
- Bring high protein/ fiber snacks that don’t require keeping cool so that you can bring them to the pool. Swimming makes you HUNGRY and being as you couldn’t bring a cooler into the pool area, my kids ate granola bars, trail mix, fruit leather, etc. (We didn’t know about the cooler thing until the last day- we opted to bring ours on a whim and were asked not to. Oops!)
- Take full advantage of the scheduled activities! The first day, my kids were reluctant to leave the pool, so we had to persuade them to go. However they were so much fun and they really provided a nice, air conditioned break for us all! You can find the activities schedule in your check-in packet as well as on the Tahiti Village Facebook page online.
- Order pizza from 17° South Booze & Bites for dinner! It was really good and there is a coupon in your booklet they give you when you check in that made it very reasonably priced.
- There is not a casino on the resort grounds (which I was okay with!) but you can do a bit of gambling in 17° South Booze & Bites. There is also a shuttle that runs to the strip multiple times each day. We opted to drive- it took about 10 minutes and we were able to show our kids the lights and fun architecture from the safety of our air-conditioned van.
There were so many things that just made our stay at Tahiti Village so very comfortable- grocery store shuttles, the coupon book they gave us when we checked in, complimentary laundry soap (it’s the little things!), complimentary pool towels and lazy river tubes, on-site soft serve ice cream and ice water stations are just a few. Small conveniences like these really help make a vacation easier for families and I just really appreciated the ways Tahiti Village took care of us. We can’t wait to go back!
Now for vacation picture overload…