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Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tahaa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is the best single hotel experience we have had anywhere. When we arrived, we learned that we had been upgraded to a bungalow with a view of Bora Bora and that our room was ready for us early. We opened its door to find the bed decorated with many small red flowers in the shape of a heart in honor of our upcoming anniversary. There was also champagne and cookies. The bungalow itself was beautiful--large with a thatched roof and windows on all sides, decorated in understated earthtones with beautiful wood floors. The feeling is of openness and expansiveness,. The sky and the beautiful shades of blues in the lagoon ( Bora Bora in the background) interface with the light and airy quality of the main living space in a way that took away our breath. We slept with the blinds open and woke to dawn skies and water around us every day. A large outside deck area has steps that lead down to an outside shower and then into the lagoon itself. We thought the OTW (over the water) experience was likely to be overrated. It wasn’t.
Our travel agent Leslie Borghetti of Custom Travel once again found us a good package rate: three nights for the price of two and a large buffet breakfast included. The breakfast was outstanding--fresh pastries,tropical fruits, yoghurt, muesli and other cereals, omelettes and crepes made to order. There was also an assortment of cold meats, cheeses and bread--enough to provide lunch one day when we went off for a hike on the main island. We dined both in the more casual restaurant La Vanille and the elegant gourmet restaurant as well. The food was very good but not as excellent as the service. The chef and kitchen staff were both gracious and generous in their accommodation to medical dietary limitations.
Again and again, the staff accommodated our every request: freshly baked chocolate chip cookies one night though room service was over, finding a way for us to purchase linen bathrobes as a souvenir even though supply was low awaiting a new shipment. Our wish list is very short and subject to individual taste: 1) we did not especially care for the coffee, 2) we wish there hadn’t been a charge for internet use in a 5 star hotel, 3) the times we had room service the food was disappointing.
Mauruuru roa to the entire staff of the resort for what was truly an experience in paradise. We very much hope that there will be someday an “a la prochaine”.
One last note --we also thank the resort and good luck for giving us two wonderful sets of neighbors in bungalow 5: a Japanese couple and a French couple, both young and happily on their honeymoon. We were please to see that the resort seemed to accord a same sex couple the same honors as heterosexual one. We hope that our own countries (the United States and Italy) will follow suit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We just got back from spending five lovely nights at Le Taha'a! We're unusual, I think, in that this was our third stay at the resort in eight years! Judging from the improvements and the service we were treated to this time, it's safe to say we will return.

Our last trip here was in 2008, and it wasn't the paradise for us it had been in 2005, our honeymoon. Fortunately, we returned in May to find a perfectly maintained overwater bungalow, sharply attentive service at each of the restaurants, and completely revamped food choices that left us feeling like we needed more time to try everything!

This is a very expensive resort, so when things aren't right, you really notice. Fortunately for us, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. We've always loved the thoughtful design of the bungalows, staying in the ones with a view of Bora Bora. The huge shallow lagoon surrounding the resort is an open invitation to explore, and ultimately head over to the coral garden, a unique and thriving collection of life, tailor-made for snorkeling. One day we saw an octopus and a moray eel, both for the first time!

We also enjoyed a relaxing couple's massage at the spa, and my wife had what they call an Iri Ana Ana treatment, which she called a "pretty rough" salt scrub, but she said her skin felt great afterward.

Food for us is a main reason to travel, and the new options here didn't disappoint at all. The lunch restaurant was trying a set of new menu options available currently as specials, and we loved each of them! We know the next time we come back they'll be on the menu, something to look forward to.

We ate one night in the main restaurant, Vanille, which was excellent, and the service was tremendously improved over 2008. We enjoyed everything we had, and were quite impressed with the elaborate presentations and platings. Our second night we ate at Ohiri, the fine-dining restaurant, and had some of the best food of our whole trip! We especially loved the lamb with polenta there. (The chef modestly informed us that it's just corn meal and water in that polenta, but our taste buds tell us something else!)

The third night we took a boat over to the main island of Taha'a and the remote restaurant Chez Louise, where we'd eaten before. The meal is always the same there, very consistent, and it's a great seafood feast, with far more than you can realistically eat presented in hollow bamboo rods. Lobster, shrimp, scallops, poisson cru and more served with lots of rice and bread. It's rustic fun eating on plastic chairs and tables on a verdant deck over the water while Louise's family serves you, then drives you back to meet the return boat. (If you've never been, it's cash only, so come prepared. It was about 5,000 fp per person for food. The wine list is very limited and the French white we tried was not great and somewhat pricey. Next time we might try bringing a bottle from Le Taha'a, where you can put it on your room and carry it.)

Our fourth night we were lucky enough to experience Le Taha'a's new barbecue buffet night, which they set up outdoors in the lunch restaurant near the swimming pool. Not huge buffet fans, we were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food grilled to order, and the enormous range of options. Multiple cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal, as well as at least five or six different fish! This was great fun, and dining under the stars in that environment made it just perfect.

Our final dinner at Le Taha'a we opted to have brought to us on our bungalow deck, which we re-arranged with the help of the waiter who brought the food. More dining under a full starfield, what's not to like?

I highly recommend Le Taha'a for those looking for a high-end experience in true splendor. The new management there is doing a fantastic job keeping the place in great shape and running more smoothly than ever. It's all you could want in paradise!

Room Tip: The Bora Bora View bungalows do have an excellent view of the sunset, even though they're not ca...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank cg0994
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for four nights at the start of our honeymoon in November, 2012 and I can't say enough good things about the place. It was truly paradise and the most amazing place I have ever been to. We spent most of the time just relaxing in the courtyard of our Beach Villa but we also did some snorkling just past the pool area and it was wonderful although a little shallow.

We ended up going to the Hilton Bora Bora for six nights after this and it didn't even come close to comparing to La Taha'a. The service, food and overall atmosphere are truly five star. We were just looking at pictures the other day and I'm still a little sad that we actually had to leave but hopefully one day we can make it back to this little slice of paradise.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
4  Thank mjoates
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This was our first vacation to French Polynesia. After extensive research, we choose Jackie at Custom Tahiti Travel. I don't believe we could have done any better. We described to Jackie what we were looking for and took her suggestions. We were looking for a relaxing vacation, with beautiful sights, great resorts and didn't want or need a lot of night life. We had the vacation of a life time. We spent 3 nights at Le Taha'a Resort in a Beach Villa. We feel ours was the best Villa on the property. If you look at the resort map, it is the 2nd to the last one on the northwest side. It has the most space between the villas on either side which meant a lot of privacy. We went the first week of April, and it seemed the resort was not full. The next time we go, we will spend a few more days here, and a few less days in Bora Bora. The resort is absolutely gorgeous! All employees are friendly and helpful. The meals were great. The breakfast spread had a great assortment. We had most lunch's out at the pool bar and they were all good. Dinner choices were a bit limited, but all good. The scenery is the best. We spent most of our time sitting in the hammock looking out to the ocean. If you are looking for night life, this is not that kind of resort. There is nothing else on this motu. Our next Tahitian vacation will definitely be booked by Jackie at Custom Tahiti Travel and it will be for a minimum of 5 nights at the Le Taha'a Resort.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kevin H
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We visited Moorea, Taha'a, and Bora Bora (in that order) over two weeks in May. We only stayed three nights at Le Taha'a, and we wished we had stayed longer! Motu Tautau is very peaceful, and our beach villa (#49) was private and beautiful (especially after a clean-up crew came and gathered up all the coral that had washed up on the shore of our private beach). Jackie at Custom Tahiti suggested we add Taha'a to our itinerary since we wanted to see a variety of islands during our trip, and I am so glad she did! (By the way, if you're looking for a travel agency for a trip to FP, I recommend Custom Tahiti wholeheartedly -- they did an *amazing* job and made it so that all we had to do was have a great time, which we did!)

Breakfast was good (not sure why some people have complained about it - it may not be as huge a spread as the Hilton Moorea, but this is a smaller, more intimate resort, and I don't think a massive breakfast buffet is necessarily the mark of a fine establishment), and our servers were always pleasant and warm. Lunch at the beach cafe was great, as well ($20 cocktails might not be worth the cost, though). We ordered room service each night and thought it was delicious each night. The creme brulee in particular was outstanding (we're not folks who eat dessert every night, and we still ordered one to share each night). I purchased a pearl bracelet at the pearl shop while we were there, and I was happy that I was able to choose my setting as well as the individual pearls. The person who helped us was so wonderful -- we really liked her and appreciated her helpfulness. We also purchased an awesome hand carved tiki from the Marquesa Islands from the gift shop. It's heavy and beautifully crafted.

The coral garden was a real treat -- we were able to walk all over the lagoon and enjoy its warm, clear, and shallow water. Wear water shoes, though, as parts can be a little painful on tender feet. We had nice snorkeling gear waiting for us in our villa, which we appreciated.

If you can, do the excursion that takes you to a private motu for lunch. We did the "Discover Taha'a" tour, which included a tour of the vanilla plantation (if you get bitten by mosquitoes, MAKE SURE you put on strong repellant before - I got eaten alive!), some scenic points, and a fun boat ride to a private motu for a delicious, home cooked lunch on the beach and swimming. Our tour guide, George, was amazing!

We love Le Taha'a, and we can't wait to return!

Room Tip: We were upgraded from overwater bungalow to a beach villa, and we loved it! We had #49, which was fa...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

This was our first time at Le Taha resort. Our travel agent recommended it. We arrived there late in the evening. We were greeted by the resort manager and Remi Rosso. Remi was very professional and kind. He gave us a good tour of the resort and made us feel very welcomed. We had mentioned to Remi that it was our 5th wedding anniversary. The next day, we were pleasantly surprised to find a cake in our room with the words " Happy 5th Anniversary" written on it.
We went to other Islands during our trip too. But, our experience at the Le Taha resort and the service provided by Remi and other staff members was outstanding. We will definitely return to Le Taha for another relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Sukh D
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This resort is amazing - words cannot explain the beauty and the 5 star treatment you receive while staying here.
The food was a 10 out of 10 and we had the best lunches at the pool bar with Brenda our bartender .
I cried when we had to leave , you will not find a more romantic , beautiful place to stay!
Try a beach villa, they were beautiful & spotless , along with all the grounds at this property and the fantastic staff - BEST vacation in our life !

Room Tip: last beach villa on the end, I believe #44, very private
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Address: Motu Tautau | BP 67 Patio, 98733, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahaa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tahaa
Price Range: $635 - $1,679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 60
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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