This was the second half of our French Polynesia trip which was 7 nights total, the first 3 were in Le Moana Bora Bora. We traveled from the US east coast through LAX to Papeete and then took a very short 25 min flight to Taha'a and the final leg was a private resort boat shuttle of about 40 mins. The several legs of the journey that were aboard Air Tahiti were really pleasant from attendants to food service to the fine condition of the planes. The other portion of the trip was aboard American Airlines and it was less pleasant across the board. This was punctuated by them having cancelled our flights about a week before the trip (which we booked almost a year in advance) without notice and without any effort or alternative. We literally spent 10 hours on hold and after multiple calls did successfully get rebooked. All of the flights from both airlines took off and landed on time! Upon arrival at the resort we were greeted by the Manager Laurence who showed great interest in our comfort. Having arrived impractically close to the end of the buffet breakfast but plenty hungry from the previous connections and overnight flight Laurence assured us we could relax and not be in a hurry as he asked the buffet staff to leave things open and attended just for us even though the breakfast on day of arrival is not typically included. And what a breakfast it was! The buffet was served on a second level restaurant (the same where dinner is served) which overlooked the bay. It was like eating in an extraordinary tree house while looking out on the sea, the mountains, moored sailboats, and all with a canopy of trees and a pleasant breeze. The omelet station was a big hit but, really, so was everything. Smoked salmon was available, eggs of all types, fruits, breads, pastries, several varieties of milks and juices, as well as hearty belly filling hash browns, sausages, and bacon. For our booking breakfast was included and this was a coup given the premium pricing for food in the restaurants for other meals. Our mini fridge was restocked for free every day with a couple beers, a couple non-alcoholic drinks and waters, and a couple of snack foods. This was a nice touch! One highlight from Taha'a is the snorkeling. Mind you, we have snorkeled several times in several places and found it unimpressive. The resort staff was pretty insistent about a visit to their Coral Garden and thank goodness they were because it was incredible. It is in a clear water lagoon separate from the main sea so there were no waves to speak of. Instead, there is a "path" that has a gentle current and you ride it through the garden. You can also divert to different paths but - take it from me - there is nothing more to see there and plenty of dead ends. On the other hand, the current path through the coral gardens brings you through all the best parts. It was like flying. The brightly colored fish and ocean life is everywhere you look. After several trips on the first day it was mandatory to go back again and at no point did the new and different species of fish stop appearing. Truly incredible (and for those wondering about sharks, nope, none). I think our second favorite part of Taha'a was a trip from the resort to the main island. This is a free 10 min boat ride offered all day long to and from. We rented a scooter through the concierge ($110/day) and rode tandem around the entire island, zig zagging across pretty much all the roads since it is just a big circle. The roads were well maintained and easily navigated. We intended to visit several pearl farms and see if we could find something and it turned out the first, the Iorana (pronounced yo-ra-Nahhh) Pearl Farm, was the last. Very pleasant people, a mini tour where were able to see close up the process of impregnating the oysters and then a seemingly limitless selection to choose from. On down the road we also, eventually, found the lightly signaged Vanilla Bean Factory/Family Farm called La Vallee de la Vanille. It was up a dirt driveway at the top of which we saw tens of thousands of vanilla beans in the process of harvesting to packaging. After a full explanation of the process there, we had our beans (no questions asked during TSA/luggage checks home) and another adventure on our trip. The final mention for the scooter/Tahaa day was simple outdoor burgers and pizza at a side of the road restaurant called Ma'a Viti Pizza. It was the antithesis of fancy, and about 2 miles from the boat launch (we saw some people walking but were glad it to be scootering), and just exactly what we needed after most of a week of eating cuisine. For $20 US (he preferred XPF but happily enough accepted it) we got two excellent cheesburgers, a basket of fries, a tall soda, and a massive brownie. Similar in the resort would easily have been $100. We stayed in an Over the Water Bungalow (OWB) with sunset view (upcharge). Having come from Le Moana where we had an OWB with sunrise view, we were spoiled. The sunset was nice in Taha'a but we wouldn't opt for the premium view if we went a second time. We were on an anniversary trip and were given a bottle of champagne and the OWB was beautifully covered in rose petals from bed to shower. During the turn down service these were neatly taken away for us but it was a nice surprise. The huge and comfortable bed faced a huge pane of glass that faced the beautiful and crystal clear sea. From everywhere we were in Tahiti whether Papeete, Bora Bora, or Taha'a, the eyes are just filled with spectacular sights (and usually with a pleasant daytime breeze and partly or fully sunny skies). There was a soaking tub and a semi open tiled shower and plenty of hot water. The OWB had a big enough upper deck for two chaise lunges and an entire covered outdoor table and sitting area as well as a lower deck on which there was room to practice yoga. A ladder provided access to the sea and using the inflatable tubes and twine we brought we tied off and floated comfortably. In addition to the main Coral Garden, there waters at the edge of the resort were shallow and calm enough for taking out the provided paddle boards which afforded us a top down view into the clear waters. Beyond the great buffet, dinner was nicely presented and the portions were filling. Prices were elevated but not outrageous and a typical meal was about $80/pp without drinks. A usual specialty occurs once a week weather permitting as local fisherman bring in local lobsters. These are served grilled at lunchtime and paid for by weight. The taste was exquisite, and that was for more than just the tail for those willing to dig the sweet meat from the legs and body. Pricewise, this was definitely a splurge as an average lobster yielding not an entirely filling amount of meat was $100+. On the subject of pricey this is a good place to mention the couples massage. It was good, but it was $225/pp for a little over and hour and probably there are better ways to have spent that money, in hindsight. Overall, the beauty and presentation of Le Taha'a is absolutely top notch. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating, the OWB was like something out of a movie. The added adventures of snorkeling the Coral Garden, scootering the main island in search of pearls and vanilla beans, and paddle boarding on the clear seas were a nice part of the second leg of our Tahitian adventure.Show less…
wow!! The most beautiful hotel definitely a 11/10 and top in my books. We had an overwater bungalow with a entry to the ocean, glass bench to see through to water, and beautiful bed, bath, and shower.Many activities offered which included jet skis, tennis, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling in the hotels coral garden. Yummy breakfast every morning. Dinner menu was a little repetitive but overall fantastic stay
This would've been a 5 Star review, hands down, except for the knock out factor: perfumed bed sheets and towels. Yes, I know--many of you may think this is a minor factor. But it's not if you have allergies. And yes, it kept me (and consequently my spouse) up each night. PLEASE---Use hypoallergenic detergent for your laundry! I also think this is safer for the environment, which the resort touted numerous times throughout the stay. That said, terrific food, relaxed/friendly ambience, delicious food and amazing views and vistas. We loved it. PLEASE take our comments to heart, as we think this will help you in the future. P.S. Only other negative, and we heard this from other guests too, is that the AC is directly above the bed. Not good for sleeping.
Le Taha’a was an absolutely fabulous stay. The over water bungalós were terrific and at the foot of the bed was a glass hatch opening to the sea. At night with the lights on the fish were teeming. The service was excellent and the meals good. We enjoyed it as our first three days in French Polynesia. The coral garden to the east of the resort was terrific and afforded terrific snorkeling comparable with the snorkeling we experienced elsewhere on Taha’a and on Bora Bora.
We spent three nights here, the first stop on our visit to French Polynesia. It was well worthwhile: The bungalow we stayed in was very nicely designed and was quite attractive. The pool area, adjacent restaurant and beach were very nice. The protected coral gardens were right next to the pool area. The food was very good - although a fair amount of it (especially the breakfast buffet) catered to American tastes more than we would have expected. There was a large variety of wines and specialty drinks. The staff was universally pleasant to deal with. We will definitely stay here again if we ever make it back to the Leeward Islands.