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 1582 Reviews
Better than Bora Bora?
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want luxury away from the crowds and excellent service, spend time here. The lagoon is calm and shallow, perfect for a reap getaway. The food was good and as good if not better value than Bora Bora. I can’t say enough good things about this little resort. It even has a happy hour around the bar where you get to meet people and mingle.

Honeymoon Paradise
Reviewed 7 days ago

We just returned from our French Polynesian honeymoon and this hotel was the highlight of our trip. We also stayed at Le Meridien on Bora Bora which was also wonderful but Le Tahaa was truly special and stands out as the highlight of our trip.

Everyone said the food would be terrible and overpriced... this was a complete lie!! The food here was wonderful and way cheaper (not cheap but not horribly pricey) than on Bora Bora. The breakfast, lunch, room service and dinner was incredible. I would return here just for the food if possible. The only thing we didn't care for was the cheeseburger, literally everything else we ate here was divine. The service was outstanding (perhaps a bit slow and on island time but you're on your honeymoon so whats the rush). The setting and atmosphere were also incredible

We stayed in the beach villa (#51) and it was amazing. We had our own private plunge pool, outside bathtub, and private area of the beach (sting rays visited us frequently!) with amazing views and ocean breeze. It was nice to have your own separate bedroom and living room plus outside space. We felt so secluded yet pampered. All of our needs were met and exceeded. I couldn't think of a better way to spend your first few days as a married couple.

The only downside was the amount of mosquitos, we went during the dry season where they are supposed to be less than normal but OMG were we eaten alive. Inside wasn't as bad but outside we killed hundreds of them as they tried to feast on us. The resort does provide spray which kind of works but there is only so much bug repellent one can use.

The drift snorkeling is one of a kind, I've been snorkeling all over the world and I can honestly say that this was a very special experience. The fish are plenty and the drifting is awesome. It is very very shallow in parts so you do have to be a fairly strong swimmer to avoid scratching yourself on the coral though, I would not try and take children. The entire resort seems to be geared towards adults and honeymooners in general and we actually didn't see a child our entire stay (a major bonus in my book).

Overall I would recommend this place 100%, it's so authentic, private and well kept and not the commercial idea of french polynesia that one might expect (Le Meridien was sort of like this but also very enjoyable in it's own right). I am so excited to return here for anniversaries in years to come. The entire staff are so welcoming and accommodating.

Unique
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s difficult to find the right words to describe a piece of paradise on earth.. The room, the Staff and all the facilities of the resort are simply perfect.
The coral garden is simply a wonder. Do not miss the whole day Jetski tour around the island, it is an unforgettable experience.

marvellous location and nice resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tahaa is a small island close to Raiatea, the best if you like loneliness and peace. The resort (relais e chateau) is in the middle of a huge lagoon, the water has unbelievable colours, fishes are swimming every where visible from inside your bungalow. The comfort is high level. Rooms and bathrooms fantastic.
The restaurant is french-fusion style: we personally do not like that kind of cuisine, but we cannot tell the food was bad.
Very expensive of course.

Great experience and place to relax!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We liked Le Tahaa a lot! We combined it with a trip to bora bora, Moorea and Tikehau and Le Tahaa was our last stop before heading back to Europe.
Overwater bungalows were very spacious. Le Tahaa is an absolute must for everyone who loves underwater scenery. some of the best snorkeling in my life. They have a small canal with a strong current that takes you along a beautiful underwater scenery. Its a great place to unwind and relax.
Staff was very friendly and food was good.
They also have a small gym and a spa with traditional massages that were great.
would recommend for some days before hopping to another island in french polynesian paradise :)
great for couples and honeymooners or small families :)