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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

an experience to be renewed / une expérience à renouveller
wilfred c

I spent three nights at the hotel but next time I'll definitely stay longer. The reception is excellent, the staff super nice , always helpful and smiling. We had a bungalow over the water, it's spacious, the view is breathtaking , and most of all the sea is amazing. Every day I would go down in the shallow water, up to my belly and would walk miles to the shore... The food is great. I tried the fancy restaurant, personally, I was a bit disappointed, pricey and not worth it, the main restaurant is much better. the swimming pool is small though. Although the place is old it is still well kept up, I would advise you to eat a good breakfast and skip the lunch part at the restaurant by the pool because it's super pricey, but the dinner time is excellent and ok. the place is calm. no children running around nor screaming. These were the perfect holidays for me...

Beyond our Expectations!!!
Matt H

We booked this vacation through Tahiti.com - The best, smoothest vacation ever BTW!! To access this resort you fly from Tahiti to Raiatea. The flight is short and pleasant then things get dramatic. We were met off the plane by a resort representative who took our bags to the boat waiting for us a few steps away - wow! The covered boat was beautiful, clean and it felt like we stepped back in time a little as we got on. The ride took about 30 min. which was great as we got to see the island along the way. As we got to the resort dock we were greeted with a warm hello and a smile and escorted to the check-in desk. Walking into the lobby was like no other I have been to - beautiful Tahitian Architecture ( just like you would hope to see ) open to the elements and just surreal. The girl who met us did our check-in and then walked us to our overwater suite - at this point my wife and I were pretty giddy about this whole thing, we felt like we were being treated like royalty ! The suite was just as impressive - again beautiful Tahitian style with flowers on the bed and what a great view. We checked in late so we got settled and had dinner in the room which was very nice. The beds a little stiff but not an issue ( just info). Next morning we had breakfast at the buffet - fantastic! That night we had dinner in the same restaurant and it was amazing - each night was no different, just incredible food! We spent time at the pool which was small but very nice, snorkeled at the coral garden, again beyond what I ever thought it would be, amazing! Just hanging at the suite was so relaxing - not as many fish off the patio but didn't matter. Our son turned 6 years old at this resort - his birthday is on Oct 31 so trick or treating was going to be missed but my wife spoke to some of the lady's and they actually set up a few area's he was able to trick or treat! They were so nice about it and really made his day very special !!! They also came and sang happy birthday to him at the restaurant with a small cake and candle, again very special and appreciated! Overall you will not go wrong by staying here, the attention to detail was what impressed us most from the Architecture to the service. This was a big expensive trip for us and I feel we were treated with the greatest respect, like we were the most important guests at the resort. Thank You Le Taha'a we will be back!!! I have some tips about staying here, if you would like them just send me a Q here on tripadvisor.

Le Taha’a perfection
millsir

Stayed 4 nights in overwater bungalow with Bora Bora view. Fab Polynesian style room with deck that you can snorkel from and get sunshine all day, loved sitting on deck watching sunset in the evenings. The room had all the facilities and housekeeping was so discreet. Mini bar stocked daily with loads of water.
The coral garden is amazing and was fun to drift through with so much fish. First time drift snorkelling was guided by the pool boy- sorry I can’t remember his name but he was so good told us what to watch out for and the best times to enjoy the experience. We did the route at least twice a day, every time you see something different. restaurant is cool looks like a treehouse with great food and service. Great range of food for breakfast with eggs cooked to order and great selection of items at lunch by the pool bar. The entertainment at the Polynesian night was something not to miss! Lovely surprise of having a nice bottle of bubbles on ice and sweet treats waiting for us on arrival as we were celebrating our anniversary. Greeting on arrival was great, all the staff were amazing and so friendly. The grounds are immaculate and grounds staff are out as the sunrises. It was great being offered a transit room for our late transfer on departure day didn’t lose a minute of enjoyment of the resort. One thing not to miss is the canoe breakfast! So wish we were back there enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Keep up the good work team Le Taha’a. This was our favourite resort on our Polynesian holiday island stops