This perfect resort is everything we ever dreamed a tropical isle could be. Hidden in a coconut grove our "Fare Toru" (cottage # 3) had a coral gardens right off our deck and Bora Bora painted on the horizon. We didn't care that the sun rose at 6 AM because we woke in an extremely comfortable bed to such beauty. In fact the view was so good, that we didn't closed our curtains at night. We were so fortunate to have been upgraded to a suite and would choose it again because of the glass doors as opposed to opaque soji doors of the smaller units. Our only problem with the room was that the bathroom was not really a separate room and lacked privacy and sound abatement for middle of the night visits. We would also have liked to have had a coffee maker in the room, not just a water boiler. But these were minor complaints in the big picture. And Oh what a glorious big picture, starting with the staff. Laure and Terence, the delightful French couple who manage the resort, were so hospitable and attended to our every need. Our favorite "beach boy", Roe, became a friend and taught us so much about Polynesian culture,language, history and everyday life on Taha'a. He built us a coconut frond basket to carry bread to feed "our fish" under the porch. He walked with us along the reef and got us to taste sea urchins and fresh caught clams. He took us out in the motorized outrigger to search for huge rays and sharks. He brought us a raft to float on and didn't crack a smile when we capsized the outrigger canoes multiple times. We learned it was wiser to stick with kyaks and we used them daily to explore neighboring isles and to get to the reef where the best snorkeling was. The owner and his wife and children were vacationing from Switzerland while we were there and were delightful. They made us feel like family. The two island cats got a new kitten that they rescued abandoned on a nearby motu. We took walks across land bridges to the two connecting undeveloped islands and felt we were stepping back in time. Laure told us there were plans to add a small spa on one of the islands and an owner's home on the other one. The calm lagoons and the little deep rills between the three islands were all the water we needed and we never missed having a swimming pool. Nor did we miss the noise of jet skis, the high-intensity sodium lights shining throughout the night and the hyper-activity of the mega over the water resorts on other islands. We were pleasently suprised that the dreaded mosquito was non existant in Vahine. Laure told us that they work hard on insect control and it certainly was apparent during our visit. The full moon, the Southern Cross in a star studded sky, sunsets beyond compare, French cuisine to rival the finest restaurants, crystal clear water, colorful coral, exotic fish, kittens to pet, rain only at convenient times and and wonderful people gave this resort a five star rating for us. We enjoyed an exciting Polynesian night on our last evening with local dancers and musicians. What a wonderful gift to give such a small group of guests. Will we return? We are already plotting it for next year and dreaming about it on a nightly basis. The perfect cure to insomnia!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a private island of 23 acres on the North of Tahaa,Vahine Island offers a unique experience in an idyllic place:Luxurious accommodation, delicious cuisine, large coconut grove on an impeccable lawn and white sandy beach… Guests find total peace and privacy in the middle of one of the most beautiful lagoon of French Polynesia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vahine Island - Private Island Hotel Tahaa
- Vahine Island Hotel Tahaa
- Vahine Island Resort Tahaa