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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

Honeymoon bliss!
TunaBaker02

We stayed in an villa with a pool looking over the beach and it was a dream come true! The accommodations are spotless and decorated beautifully. We were here on our honeymoon and the staff went the extra mile to make us feel special every step of the way. The food and restaurants are excellent. The paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling on the grounds is great!
The spa is beautiful, we had a great couples massage! ...the excursions are amazing & the best snorkeling channel around! Its worth every penny you spend and an experience of a life time! The sunsets are the best you will ever see!

We used VENTURE TAHITI in Boca Raton, Florida to book our trip and it went off without a hitch. They did an excellent job and I highly recommend them!

We look forward to going back!

A place in my heart!
kiaren27

We spent 8 days at Le Tahaa and we were extremely pleased. The resort is set in a motu facing Tahaa and is kept to the best standards. Overwater villas are clean and tidy, bedding was soft and comfortable - the rooms offer a full vanity set. Maybe one point to note is that we could tell they probably needed a refresh (some serious cracks on the pillars were visible when swimming). Also, the TV was a bit small and not many channels were available - but who cares when you are surrounded by so much beauty?
The restaurant and bar offered a very good à la carte menu, which meant we never got tired to tasting new dishes - all very very good and fresh. I was impressed by the quality of the food, given some general comments about food not being great in Polynesia. The service was excellent, the staff courteous and always happy to help - from check in to check out. Our luggage was lost by the airline back in Los Angeles but it was delivered promptly the day after to our room, denoting a very good cooperation between the airline and hotel. The coral garden next to it is simply beautiful, however we did notice some individuals walking or kayaking on the corals - which upset us a bit. I think they should put a sign for guests highlighting the shallow water and potential risks to damaging corals / hurting themselves. I would recommend!

Third Time Is Still A Charm!
amf1

I stayed at Le Tahaa for six nights in April 2019 with my college-age daughter. This was my third stay at Le Tahaa and my daughter’s first. As she said on departure, it was absolutely what we were looking for and ticked all our boxes. We wanted a laidback, quiet, but classy experience where I could snorkel daily and my daughter could laze about and read in a lovely pool. We were also looking for excellent food, some fun cocktails, and a room we’d be thrilled to lounge in. Yes, this was our version of Spring Break LOL.

We were greeted promptly at the airport by friendly staff, who grabbed our bags, got us on the boat, and offered us cold waters. It’s a pretty ride to the resort, although this year, sadly, we did not spot dolphins in the water. Once at the arrival dock, we were greeted with my first-ever flower crown and promptly checked in.

Our first pleasant surprise was that the hotel upgraded us. We’d booked a Tahaa overwater bungalow and they upgraded us to a Bora Bora bungalow that was next door to the one I’d had on my last trip (thank you!). The view was spectacular and we spent hours lounging on the balcony and floating about in the chest-high water in front of our bungalow. In addition to the view, the big room draw for us was the tub—we’re both avid bath lovers, so having a huge soaking tub in such a pretty bath was a win. The hotel also delivered treats 5 nights out of 6, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

The snorkeling at Le Tahaa in the coral gardens was as excellent as it had been in previous years. I have never been comfortable with the drift snorkel through the garden (it is fast, narrow, and scares the heck out of me—I tried it once on an excursion with a guide and rapidly aborted because I know my limitations), but the snorkeling in the area of the garden closest to the resort rather than the ocean is still spectacular for those of us who are less adventuresome. It is also very easy and none of it was over my head. I saw a few sharks, an octopus, and an astounding quantity of fish. From the bungalow, we saw various kinds of rays, including a spotted ray. I was having issues with my personal mask, but borrowing a mask from the resort was easy—they were laid out in the pool hut and I could just grab and go. The hut also had a cooler of ice-cold water and cups (for those of us who don’t have refillable bottles).

The pool was very pleasant and we were always able to get loungers. The two-for-one cocktail hour (and it’s just an hour haha) was perfect as we generally just wanted one drink. Our favorite restaurant is by far the beach restaurant for lunch and I wish it was open for an early dinner as we tried but failed to eat our way through the menu in the time we had. The poisson cru is amazing, as are the various ice cream desserts. We did eat one night at the gourmet, which was a fun experience, particularly with the wine pairing, but my daughter was not feeling well, so we left early (thereby horrifying the poor chef—but it was hardly his fault!). We also ate dinner at the main restaurant twice and had room service several times. Breakfast was lovely as always. I have read some reviews about the breakfast ladies not being particularly attentive, but we found them lovely. We were always prompted greeted by name and seated; the lady would check if we wanted eggs or crepes, and then she was always around making eye contact through the meal in case we needed anything (we generally do prefer to be left alone while we eat, so this was perfect!) There was a fabulous selection of cheeses, fresh local and imported fruits, and pastries. My daughter had crepes and eggs a few times, and I had a daily date with the poisson cru.

Wifi also worked very well this trip, unlike previous trips (when the hotel staff assured us with a straight face that they were waiting for some guy to come climb a palm tree and adjust the router). Based on where we were, it worked astounding well—well enough for us to stream NetFlix while having a room service picnic in bed and for my cell phone to ring at 4am with a call from an Army recruiter for my son.

Would we go back? In a heartbeat. I’ll also note that, although the resort was 2/3 full of couples celebrating romantic anniversaries, there were also solo lady travelers and then we were a mother/daughter pair. If you’re looking for conversation, do a hotel excursion (we met several lovely people that way) or do happy hour at the swim-up bar. Even better, we were able to be as quiet and introverted as we wanted and totally recharge in an absolutely beautiful location. Thank you, Le Tahaa!