Before our 11 night cruise on Paul Gauguin, we spent one marvellous week from August 24 to September 1st 2012 in this intimate and secluded gateway located on one of the most beautiful motus surrounding the island of Taha’a. The setting is magical and the service is outstanding. Private, tranquil and serene are words to describe this little gem in French Polynesia.
We flew with Delta Airlines from Quebec through Detroit (2 hours) and then to Los Angeles (5 hours) and took Air Tahiti Nui to Papeete (8 hours and a half). At the airport we were welcomed by Tahiti Nui Travel to get our vouchers. We took a short flight from Papeete to Raietea through Huahine (1 hour). It is a very long trip but worthwhile.
Upon arrival in Raietea, we went to the Taha’a Island stand and were directed to the comfortable resort boat for a 30 minute ride. On the pier, we were welcomed with music, flowers crown and necklace and fruit juice (it was 9:30 am). The women at the reception filled up the forms and accompanied us to visit the resort and the bungalow. The check-in was fast.
The islet is beautiful and lushed with nature vegetation. The grounds are immaculate and well maintained : flowers and trees everywhere. The hotel was built in 2002 with natural woods and bamboo. Attention to details with the grounds, rooms and architecture is incredible. A pathway connects the bungalows and the main building where are the reception, the shop and the restaurants. Property is very Polynesian and a true tropical paradise.
We had the Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow # 6. The bungalow was exceptionally clean and spacious, with a king sized bed, two sinks, a bathtub, a separate shower and luxury toiletries. There are plenty of storage to put our things. Snorkel equipement are available in the room. We could see the fishes under the bungalow through a window table. There are large windows with spectacular view and a sliding door giving on a large private deck : a covered area with two chairs, a small picnic table and benches and in the sun two loungers. We had a incredible view of the island of Bora Bora and could admire the beautiful sunsets. The patio was a great place just to relax and watch the georgeous water. A few stairs led to a lower deck with an outdoor shower and a ladder to enter the lagoon. The maid service was regular and included a turn-down service every evening to give us fresh beach towels and two bottles of water.
Swimming and snorkelling
The lagoon is crystal clear, warm (25 degrees C) and with little currents and waves. The water is 3 or 4 feet deep. To access the coral garden, we had to go to the pool section, cross the lagoon to the other motu and walk along the motu to the barrier reef. We had to use reef shoes (available at the pool). There is a natural canal through the corals and the current bring us back to the middle of the lagoon. However, we could not swim over the corals because the water is very shallow. The corals are completely preserved and beautiful. There are a lot of colorful fishes. We saw a big green moral eel disturbed by our passage. It is a maze of beauty under the water. A few boats came to the motu for excursions in the morning, but it was generally very quiet. Around the bungalows, we saw many rays.
The temperature was high (25 degrees C) with humidity and a constant breeze with sometimes strong winds. We had one day with clouds and rain showers. There were no mosquitoes.
The island is mountainous and lushed. We took the Taha’a island tour for half a day that brought us to visit a Vanilla farm, a Pearl farm and panoramic view points on the island and the lagoon.
Our reservation included breakfast and dinner. We ate all our meals at the Vanille Restaurant and we felt like in a tree house. The quality and variety of the food were excellent. The menu for dinner was the same but there are many options so we could take different dishes every night. The beef tournedos, the foie gras frais with vanilla and the melting chocolate cake were memorable. We ordered a bottle of water and a bottle of wine from a good selection and once in a while expressos. Breakfast was the food highlight. We could order omelet or fried eggs and eat from the buffet a large variety of fruits (pineapple, kiwis, grapes, bananas, grapefruit, orange, dried plums and dates, etc.), different kind of fresh juices (orange, pineapple, apple, etc.), pastries, croissants, cookies and breads, yogourt, french cheeses and cereals. Everything was delicious.
All the staff was customer oriented and friendly and the service was very fast everywhere. Everyone was so nice and helpful. A special mention should be given to Claude, the director of the restaurants, who was very careful to our needs.
Each tuesday, there is a buffet for dinner and a small show of Tahitian music, dance and fire and a fashion show (pareos and pearls). For a buffet, everything tasted fresh and flavorful.
We liked very much our relaxing and romanctic stay at the Taha’a Island Resort. We highly recommend to everybody this resort for a unique, laid-back and hidden paradise.
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