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 1679 Reviews
Great place
Reviewed 1 day ago

Remember this is a small island off another out of the way island in turn in the middle of nowhere. A family friendly report with all amenities. It has a nice pool and several restaurants. The rooms are stunning and always kept clean and stocked. The food is very good and the staff are very helpful and always friendly. A 5 star experience.

Beautiful Stay in Paradise
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you arrive, this stunning resort will take your breath away. The hospitality and food are exceptional! They go out of their way to keep you entertained with cultural lessons or daily demonstrations of the feeding of the stingrays.

The highlight of this resort is the coral garden! Check in with the pool guys to make sure that the tides are right and then easily float over the coral and take in all of the beautiful aquatic life that is just a few steps from the pool bar.

Where to begin...top trip!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We started our vacation at this resort and were pleasantly surprised by the professional, friendly and attentive staff. The grounds are immaculate and beautiful. Our OWB faced Taha'a with the deck overlooking the biorocks which act as a nursery for juvenile fish (lots of dascyllus, Picasso triggerfish, pufferfish, spadefish and an occasional ray). Biorocks are bar structures that coral can grow on with the intent to be transplanted into the coral garden to improve the health of the coral there. Don't miss snorkeling around this area on a day the water is calmer and clear.
The OWB was spacious, bright, beautiful and spotless. The bed faced the large picture window so we could watch the full moon rising over Taha'a at night. The deck is spacious and perfect for dining if you order room service. It also offers shade when you're trying to escape the direct sun for awhile.
The resort has complimentary single kayaks, 2-man kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. They're easy to access and go explore!
The coral garden is like having private access to an amusement park! You can do the drift snorkel as many times as you want. Certainly it is more fun when the water level is higher so you aren't at risk for colliding with coral, but the current is faster then so you have to be quick if you want to get any pictures. We purchased fish food pellets from the front desk and fed the fish at the calm end of the coral garden. A lot of people probably feed the fish here, because we had rainbow wrasse swimming right up to our faces!
We didn't do any excursions in our short stay at the resort because there weren't enough people signed up on the date we wanted to go.
We never went over to the mainland of Taha'a because we heard there was only a gas station and pizza restaurant in the town where the water taxi drops you off. Plan to explore more next time.
We never got in the pool because we preferred to play in the ocean, but it is very pretty.
Breakfast buffet was fabulous! So much to choose from! What we have learned to do on our trips to French Polynesia: eat a big breakfast, snack mid-afternoon, and then you're ready for dinner at 6:30. It is the culture in French Polynesia to start dinner service after 6:30pm and the meal is not meant to be consumed quickly. Americans, be patient or order room service. If you do order room service, the Mahi Mahi sandwich with freshly baked cookies for dessert is really good. The fish isn't grilled, but still tasty.
Overall, this resort is isolated, but there is enough to keep you busy and the beauty is stunning. The staff were genuinely friendly and we hated to leave. We highly recommend this resort!

Amazingly romantic and quiet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful rooms, albeit smaller than some on the larger islands, with fantastic sunset views with Bora Bora in sight. The snorkeling/kayaking right off the hotel is amazing, with crystal clear sea-glass water as far a the eye can see.

The coconut spiny lobster is so good it seriously should have its own review. The restaurant across the board is amazing food, but the service was not just impeccable but still friendly and representative of the warm-hearted Tahitian people.

Highly recommend if you want a more authentic getaway to balance the luxury resorts of the larger islands (Moorea, Bora Bora, etc.)

Decent stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a stay in Tahaa at this resort to offset some time in Bora Bora. Solid resort, rooms are comfortable and the decks are nice. It is less glamorous than the Bora Bora luxury resorts but very good service and amenities here. If you want to stay a step removed from the more touristy areas, this is your spot. Great snorkelling at the resort which is walking distance from your room. Food was good. A nice feature here is ‘transition’ rooms to help you be welcomed and as you leave the resort. Ensures comfort while you wait for check in, or while you wait for your ride to the airport.

Only complaint probably was availability of food outside of room service. There was only breakfast until 10am, nothing until 12, lunch 12-3, nothing until 630, then dinner service. A little limited on that front but overall we would recommend the property.