I appreciate the fact that most reviews for this hotel carry a very high score, and it honestly pleases me to see that so many people were actually very happy to stay here. Lack of worldliness, in this case, is bliss.
However, if you happen to be a fully-fledged traveler searching for advice, you might want to consider what I have to say…
This hotel has a truly privileged location, adjacent to the beautiful Coral Garden. Its staff, mostly, were also some of the nicest hotel employees we have ever met. I must say that they are a very hardworking team who clearly tries their best to please the guests.
You should be aware, however, that Le Taha’a IS NOT a “private island” as advertised on their promotional material and around the property itself (their website now started using the correct phrase “Island Resort & Spa” instead of “Private Island & Spa”). As a matter of fact we had the pleasure of meeting a few of the hotel´s wonderful neighbors as we walked down the beach toward the sunset… they forced us to step away from the sand – and into the hip-deep water! – making sure we understood that hotel guests are unwelcome to walk on “THEIR” beach! The closest local neighbors to our beach villa (who apparently lived just a few steps away from our front door) spent most of the time drunk in a crude shed by the sand… needless to say that it can get a little bit scary at night when you stay in the bungalows closer to the end of the beach.
The overall feeling I had from this property is of awful thriftiness. This aura of frugality can be noticed everywhere; you see it in the quality of the ingredients in the kitchen, the dreadful condition of the snorkel equipment, the room´s shameful maintenance (please check out the pictures I took from the toilet seat), and even in the little things like unreplenished toiletries. The worst of all, however, is the absolute fact that they are scandalously understaffed!
Being understaffed really takes quite a toll on the experience as a whole. The employees were visibly overworked and tired. Besides this, with the exception of the reception and activities coordination personnel, most of them lacked proper training. We left the property feeling that the proprietors must be going through financial problems while still trying to hang on to the Relais & Châteaux status.
I sincerely doubt that Le Taha’a will survive its next regular quality audit for Relais & Châteaux membership maintenance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome ! Ia Orana e Maeva !Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection,” Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa “ welcomes you to a world of immaculate beauty, a timeless universe of refined authenticity. Located on the secluded Motu Tautau, facing the island of Taha’a on one side and the most perfect view of Bora Bora on the other side, the resort, inspired by traditional Polynesian architecture and style, hosts 60 remarkable suites and villas.Defined by the Relais & Chateaux philosophy, Le Taha’a is the promise of a total change of scenery, a way of life of its own, in harmony with its preserved environment, people and local culture.Welcome to Le Taha’a world… The ultimate Tahitian hideaway… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Taha`a Island Resort And Spa
- Le Taha`a Island Hotel Tahaa
- Le Tahaa