4.5
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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 1620 Reviews
Authentic, Lovely!
Reviewed 1 week ago

I truly felt like we had an authentic Polynesian experience here. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The coral gardens were great. There were so many places along the beaches to sit and feel secluded. The swim-up bar was so fun! The spa overlooking the lagoon was so relaxing. We would return.

Top two resorts in French Polynesia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Le Tahaa is in our top two resorts in FP after 5 trips there and the other one is closed (Hotel Bora Bora). The OWB are large, very nice and more spread out with more privacy than other OWB that we have stayed in. We stayed in a sunset view OWB which I am glad we chose since it is on the quieter end of the resort and the water is deeper than the Bora Bora view OWB (not sure about the Tahaa view OWB). We often prefer beach bungalows to OWB but the OWB are the standouts here.

All staff that we dealt with very great including the spa (great massages from Karine). The food was very good other than the fancy restaurant Ohiri. Ohiri requires long pants, closed toe shoes and is more expensive but the food and service were not very good. Like other guests that we met we gave it one try and that was it.

The resort was generous with late check out and/or use of the day room where they could make it work (thanks Laurent). The choral garden drift dive is fun but a bit dangerous. Make sure you do it at high tide. We saw lots of people around the resort with some pretty serious looking bandaging (I believe from the choral). We'll be back.

Fine Experience, But Not Luxury
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Le Taha'a is charming and rustic, as others have noted. If this resort presented itself as a 4-star hotel, I would give it an excellent rating. But for the price, it's just not quite up to that standard, despite the 5-star marketing and pricing.

Our room was nice - an end-of-pontoon OTW bungalow suite with a fantastic view. There is definitely a lot of charm here, from the enclosed/private outside dining area to the very cool "door bell" (you just have to see it!). But there was some deferred maintenance, including a spotty AC unit that never could quite cool the room. We did request a fan to compensate, and housekeeping supplied one.

The food was very good. The lunch spot by the pool gets very buggy, so beware. That's not a criticism (it's the tropics!) but you should be prepared to eat with one hand and shoo flies with the other! The upstairs dining room was protected from that, and the food itself met expectations.

One thing that is NOT overrated is the coral garden. For snorkelers looking for a shallow (sometimes VERY shallow) long drift over a wide and diverse set of corals and sea life, you will not do better in French Polynesia.

Still a Beautiful Resort but Losing Some of its Charm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second time to Le Taha'a (the first was in 2013) and our fourth trip to French Polenesia. The property has been maintained extremely well. The bungalows are very nicely appointed, clean and kept in great condition. Same for the grounds. The staff are excellent as well and very attentive. Management and Relais Chateaux get high marks for attention to this property.

Unfortunatley this area is now on the cruise ship circuit and a significant number of day sailors use the lagoon for anchorage. The increase in traffic has taken away from its remote feel.

Additionally, the coral garden has been damaged substantially as well and is no where near as pristine as it was in the past. Of particular concern is the fact that the resort does little to nothing to help preserve the coral. We're not environmentalists by any stretch but the resort does absolutely zero education for its guests on how to treat the coral gardens. Sadly, we saw guests from the resort standing on the coral, using it as handholds, etc. The resort does have a demonstration of how they are trying to grow new coral to transplant into the gardens but it seems all the more ironic that they don't help preserve what is still there. Oddly, the exclusion companies that were bringing guests in from the cruise boats did a pretty good job of educating their clients. We did give our suggestion to management who politely accepted the input.

Rustic Polynesian Charme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second stay at this beautiful Polynesian resort. Coming from St Regis my initial impression was that Le Taha'a was a bit of a step down in terms of pampering and luxury. However, the resort has a very special charme that soon made me fall in love with it all over again. The staff are mainly locals, Polynesian music is played in public areas which made me want to linger. The views were stunning from all angles and I found the sea more inviting and the sand softer than in Bora Bora. The nearby coral garden is an added bonus.

While the service was less sophisticated than in the 5 star resorts of Bora Bora, the food here was the best I had anywhere in Polynesia and beyond.

We had an overwater bungalow during our previous stay and opted for a beach villa this time. However, I very much preferred the overwater bungalow, as the beach villa seemed more rustic with gaps in the wood and attracted lots of mosquitoes.We were provided with a mosquito net and spray and managed to keep them at bay.

The afternoon treats that were brought were a lovely touch, as was the Nespresso machine and capsules. I particularly liked the vanille coffee!

While Bora Bora is extremely popular with Americans, it was noticeable that the clientele here was largely European, with Italians making up the biggest numbers.

Truly a piece of paradise! Not to be missed!