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What We Love

  • Plexiglass opening by the foot of the bed so you can feed the fish
  • One of the most elaborate spas in the islands
  • Stunning views of Taha’a, on the lagoon side, and Bora Bora on the ocean side
  • Private picnics with fresh tuna served on a remote motu

What To Know

  • To get to the resort, you fly from Tahiti to the island of Raiatea, then transfer by boat
  • The water around the bungalows is only a few feet deep (if you want to go deeper, arrange for a dive tour through the resort)
  • Perfect for honeymooners, but not great for single travelers
  • WiFi is about $6 an hour

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Every stay at this as-remote-as-it-gets resort begins with a grand entrance: A private boat picks you up on the remote island of Raiatea. After heading across the peacock-blue lagoon and almost completely circumnavigating Taha’a Island, the boat lands at the dock of Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, on the tiny islet of Motu Tautau. There, an elaborately garbed man blows a conch shell in a greeting of welcome as another hands you a cool, vanilla-infused towel.

The only Relais & Châteaux hotel in all of French Polynesia, Le Taha’a offers a pitch-perfect blend of relaxed island bliss and boutique luxury. The scent of tropical flowers wafting through the open-air lobby is the first clue that you’re in paradise.

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The calm beach, dotted with bungalows, faces shallow water, so you can walk out relatively far and still be only knee-deep. For guests who want to go deeper, the resort works with the Blue Nui Diving Center, which can take you on a 10- to 25-minute boat ride to any of the two dozen nearby diving spots.

Guests can choose from three restaurants: the casual La Plage, the treehouse-like Vanille, and Ohiri, reserved for special-occasion fine dining. Open for dinner just on Wednesdays through Sundays, it dishes out equal parts romance and French-influenced Pacific Rim cuisine.

An undeniable highlight of Le Taha’a is the resort’s Manea Spa, hidden in a coconut grove and flanked by a small lake and lagoon. Guests can drift to sleep while getting massaged with the local monoi oil, then take a post-treatment soak in the Jacuzzi overlooking the lake.

How to Get There

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
B.P. 67 Patio
Tahaa, 98733 French Polynesia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1652 Reviews
Second visit, 11 months later and still WOWED!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited Le Taha'a last February as a "once in a lifetime" trip. The problem, we fell head over heels in love. Since that visit, we could not stop talking / thinking about Le Taha'a. We travel quite frequently and this locale / resort is that perfect combination of Robinson Crusoe with linen. It's a wonderful little boutique resort with incredible natural beauty, lovely staff, and the perfectly sized resort. The resorts on Bora Bora feel a little cookie cutter / commercial for us. Le Taha'a is more intimate, it leans more towards what I imagine The Brando is like. We love that it is quiet, if you are looking to be constantly catered to and entertained, you might prefer the St Regis, etc. We were concerned we would not be as enchanted the second time around but we were mistaken, we were! Just as wowed, just as enchanted, we were planning our return while still there. We were surprised( again ) with a perfect Bora Bora view villa, just stunning.....again, we prefer the distant view to the close up, it's Majestic. We were surprised with a palm leaf heart decorating our villa door, a sweet gesture. Noemie and the staff are attentive, professional, friendly, and kind. We enjoyed wonderful meals every evening and the breakfast buffet is amazing with lots of choices. To end, we would return in a heartbeat, in fact we wish we were still there! *I will add that with only 6 stand up paddle boards for the resort I would not allow guests to take them to their villas for the day, even when not using. It should be a use / return rule.

Thank You once again Le Taha'a for an incredible experience. You are a true gem.

We will be back! Faith et Francois

Want to go back!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed here for only one night before a catamaran trip. We want to go back and stay longer - everything was perfect from meeting us at the airport, greeting at the dock, room service, breakfast and check in and out. We had an OTW bungalow at the end of a pontoon overlooking Tahaa - our room was extremely beautiful and inviting and we loved the separate sitting area on the deck - very romantic! Our friends had a OTW bungalow overlooking Bora Bora and the sunset. We had room service deliver at their bungalow and watched an amazing sunset! The resort was very clean and the staff extremely friendly! The water around the bungalows was gorgeous! Our catamaran captain took us on the drift dive and we wished we had done it at the resort too - so beautiful! We loved this resort and hope to go back and stay longer!

Island of Pearls and Vanilla
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was one of the most difficult places to rate of all our travels. I rated it as I did because ultimately, I was ready to leave when it was time to go, rather than wishing for a bit more time, and this is rare for us.

The Plusses:
- Beautiful room - we chose the beachfront villa, which looked, at least online, and it also seemed in person, to provide more privacy than the overwater bungalows. It was spacious, with a nice sitting area and a back yard plunge pool. The view onto the beach was very pleasant.

- We enjoyed a delicious room service dinner - blue marlin carpaccio, a risotto, and Tahitian vanilla crème brulee were all fantastic. The gourmet restaurant, Ohiri, is also worth a try, we enjoyed a great dinner in the AC without mosquitoes.

- Service was friendly, the bar area at happy hour particularly so - try the coconut mojito - it was a ton of fun, served in a hollowed-out coconut.

- The drift snorkel spot is my wife's favorite snorkel she's ever done, and we've snorkeled all over the world. BUT (see negatives below).

- Really cool, and active, crabs wandered all over the outdoors from our bungalow, which were fun to watch.

- They set up a great vanilla and pearl farm tour with a very knowledgeable guide.

Minuses:
- Bugs. The check-in / check-out area was swarming with mosquitoes at all times, making for an unpleasant check-in and check-out experience. Not the ideal first and last impressions for the resort to leave. Even the staff were swatting them. We had very few issues with bugs in Moorea or Bora Bora. I know they probably don't want to fog, but I had to bug spray up to eat breakfast, and they were biting anyway. Our back yard was literally uninhabitable. They swarmed, and were persistent, which ultimately created a "no-go" zone we called the "bug-arium." It was a real bummer that even the thought of a romantic dinner outside in our bungalow made us shudder - we had our dinner one night in our bedroom (in the safe zone). I recognize we're in the tropics, and that there will be bugs. But something for you to keep in mind if you go.

- Uneven service. There were a lot of very young trainees staffing this resort. This isn't an issue in and of itself, but two issues arose during our trip that might be the result of this staffing: 1) Along with the breakfast buffet, you could get eggs to order. When I asked the individual that seated us and brought our coffee that I'd like an omelet, he wouldn't even take my order, saying someone else would come. No one ever did. Not a big deal, but an unforced error like this is unexpected at a place and price point like this. 2) At check-in, we were told the pool boy would know high and low tides for snorkeling and could tell us when to go, and not go (see below for more detail). I'd read about the dangers of this snorkel before we came, and we thought we were prepared, including with rash guards, and so expected to be able to rely on that staff member for the right times to go.

- Drift snorkel.
What to know: we've snorkeled all over the world, in oceans, in rough seas, etc., and know what we're doing. We were both excited for the "best drift snorkel in the world" experience. We had all our own gear, including rash guards, but did rent their shoes. No flippers are allowed, so as not to damage the coral. Our 2nd day there, we asked the pool boy if the time (about 2:30 pm) was OK. He said yes, and just showed us where to go (which we were clear on already). Looking back, perhaps we should have confirmed in French the tide levels with the pool boy. We were told the next day by a much older pool boy with better English that 2:30 pm was low tide, and was a very dangerous time to go.

It's an issue because the drift is very powerful, and the coral is both plentiful and high. In some places (during low tide specifically, apparently) within a couple inches of the surface, which is extremely dangerous. Another 1-2 feet higher would have resulted in a far better, and safer, experience, as I spent all my time trying not to hit coral, and trying to slow down, rather than enjoying what I was seeing.

There are lanes, but only 1 is easily reached at the beginning. Perhaps if we'd gone during high tide, the more middle lane would have been more easily reached, but when I tried, I scratched up my foot pretty good. The beginning of the drift is very dangerous - the most dangerous of any snorkel we've ever done. About halfway through, in trying to stay together, I looked for my wife, and couldn't find her, and stood up in one of the sandy, non-coral areas. She stopped and called to me, but the drift was so strong it pushed her into fire coral. Due to the drift, she couldn't get away quickly, and it got her twice - it caught a bit of a spot on her back as the rash guard moved, and on her upper legs. We spent the rest of the trip, 2 days at the resort and 3 in Bora Bora, unable to snorkel, or be in the water at all, which was too bad. Between us, we have a dozen or so scrapes on our legs and feet in addition to that fire coral issue.

So if you go, bring a full body suit that includes legs, and confirm with them the tides more than once. Interestingly, we learned later in our trip that another group of snorkelers had gotten hurt right after we left, so injuries are apparently common. Even more reason for the resort to be clear with its guests on the risks.

Now, we snorkel at our own risk, and we could have stopped after the first time through, but we didn't. It was the 2nd trip through that caused most of our damage. Part of the reason we went, however, was we thought this was as good as conditions would get. I still don't know what the tide situation is there - no one at the resort seemed to agree. If they'd said "it's more dangerous now, it's low tide, go at 10am," that would have helped. We got none of that.

So follow up and be persistent. If due to experience, or language barriers, you don't get the answers you want, ask for someone else to advise you.

As I say, we don't really know enough to judge whether there was a tide issue, so are unsure how much we're at fault, and what the resort pool boy, whose job per our check-in briefing was to advise us, could have done. We do know we lost the chance to do more in the water and sun the rest of our trip, and my wife will be recovering from the fire coral stings for several weeks.

With all this in mind, I struggle to rate the resort. I think if you go knowing you must be persistent regarding the drift snorkel tides, you'll enjoy the place.

We went to Taha'a first and foremost for vanilla and pearls, and on that count, we couldn't be happier.

Honeymoon
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had planned to honeymoon in the French Polynesian.  I never would have guessed that this resort would take the cake until after this trip. This was the best spot we could have booked. We did months of research to figure out the best place for us to stay.  It is private and was not overcrowded which made our experience intimate and all the activities available.  We got an overeaters bungalow which was a beautiful island and mountain view. Seeing the sunrise every morning was great as well as the beautiful water. The resort was  very clean and all the staff went above and beyond to make our stay feel like we were royalty.  There is an awesome coral garden right by the side of the island and an unlimited supply of snorkel gear, paddleboards, and kayaks which are all included in your stay price.  We did the 4 hour jetski excursion which I highly recommend as you get to see the pearl gardens, swim with black tip sharks, go to a vanilla farm, and then visit the most beautiful coral I have ever seen.  This resort is above 5 stars and a must book resort if traveling to French polynesian.

We loved it!
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favourite places and I have travelled all over the world. The overwater bungalows are lovely and the whole resort is charming. It’s just the right balance of people, nature and service. The coral gardens are beautiful for snorkeling though I think the resort should offer better instruction how to snorkel there safely to protect the coral (and the snorklers). We had to ask many people for information on the snorkeling. Overall we found the resort relaxing and well apointed. The food was quite good with lots of fresh fish and made to order eggs and crepes at breakfast. We loved that room service was included in our half board package. It was gorgeous to enjoy our dinner on our private deck. We also thought it was good value with our daughter as we were not charged extra to have her in our room and her meals were free. This is rare in this country. Also rare here is decent internet which came in handy when we had to take care of a few things at home. Paddle boards and kayaks are not an extra cost which is good, but they were all taken when we wanted to use one. Agree with others that the air con blows on your head at night which I didn’t like and the mosquitos are quite a problem at the restaurant (luckily not at our bungalow). Not sure if the resort can do more to control the mosquitos. (Mosquitos at breakfast was particularly bad). Overall, we found the resort a magical experience and hope to be back