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Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tahaa
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

We just spent 8 wonderful days at Le Taha'a. We took advantage of a Air Tahiti sale that did not include Bora Bora and Moorea. A promotion for the smaller islands and motus. Inter island flights were included with one destination return . So after some consideration we looked at the options and choose Le Taha'a.
Everything we had researched on this sight said 8 days would be too long. We prefer the less populated resorts so decided on a beach villa. We stayed in # 52. It was in a lovely location.
We could not have been happier with the villa. Our own wee pool was excellent. The outdoor tub and shower and our enclosed garden were exactly what we were looking for.
Being so close to the Coral Gardens was fantastic. You didn't really need to put your mask and snorkel on you could just walk and the rays and fishes were friendly and some of the best untouched coral we have seen in a while.
We had dinner at Chez Louises, which we enjoyed but can see why it's not for everybody.
Took Dave's Tour a half day tour of Taha'a. Wonderful advise I had found on here. Pearl farm, vanilla plantation where Brian gave us the best tour, and a ride up the mountain to the most incredible view. Truly beats the Belvedere look out on Moorea in our opinion. Had a facial at the spa which was a little bit of heaven. If you stay here be sure and take the walk across to the heli-pad, a wonderful view of Bora Bora and sunsets. If you go for sunset pictures you will need a flash light to get back but fun. Scuba diving with the Taha'a Diving on sight was a good operation.
So to the high light of the trip. We were there when the big inter island canoe race was happening. Julien the manager worked some magic and got us on a boat to go to Raitea to watch the second leg from Raitea to Taha'a. What a fantastic day. Truly a once in life time event.

So to Julien and all the staff, thanks for 8 memorable days. We are in our 50's and have had 30 wonderful years of travel. We can see why the honeymooners like 3 nights and move on in a OWB, which is so kind of them to save the beach villas for our age bracket.

Room Tip: Well the beach villa with your own pool, outdoor tub and shower are delightful
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank nearnorthOntario
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

We just got home from a little over a week in French Polynesia. We stayed first at Le Tahaa and then at another property on Bora Bora. Le Tahaa was the better of the two by far. We stayed in an overwater bungalow which was wonderful. It was perfect. The service was fantastic- the staff always said hello and made an effort to remember our names. The grounds were beautiful. We were truly spoiled during our time here. The property is fairly small, so it's very quiet and peaceful, There is also a small (tiny) market across the lagoon where you can get water, pop, etc. It's nice to have because it's less expensive than on property. We would go back to LaTahaa is a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank jesslin_v
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

It was just gorgeous, the way I've heard! The view was unbelievable, realy quiet and peaceful. I also liked that the stuff was really friendly too. I would definitely recommend here!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank gonta6
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We have stayed at resorts in Bora Bora, Tuamotous and Papete... Le Tahaa is so far the best we have experienced. Bora Bora was to crowded. Tuamotous too remote. Papaete to dirty.
Tahaa... paradise. The over water bungalows are incredible.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank enseglare
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

When I saw the website I was taken by the beautiful pictures of the resort, we stayed at Le Tahaa for 3 nights last week and I have to admit it's every bit as good as the photos. We rented beach house #49 the last beach house, so it was secluded and we had a long sandy beach all to ourselves. It's an absolute heaven!
The staff were super friendly, the place very clean and everyday at 6 7 am they'd start cleaning the beach. They even went the extra mile to ensure our satisfaction more than once.
I only have 2 intakes on this place
1. Being the only resort on the island I expected them to have entertainment facilities. When it rained one day we just stayed in our villa there was absolutely nothing to do. I also expected an entertainment schedule but they had a Polynesian show one night at the restaurant and they neglected to inform us so we didn't catch the whole show and didn't have our cameras.
2.The food was passable, and the menu never changes and of course you don't have any other options.

Other than that I really loved the resort! I loved the beach and lucky for us the weather was perfect for most of our stay.

Room Tip: They have a resort layout online and we requested the villa number when we booked
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank Aseel B
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Le Taha'a was a wonderful place in paradise. The over the water bungalows were simply magnificient! We had a perfect view of Bora Bora surrounded by the most beautiful water in the world! We snorkeled right from our bungalow with the rays and many other colorful fish.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Linda F
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Since I began my passion for travelling, that I had been dreaming with exotic destinations, more specifically, with remote and imaculate islands.
I still remember that I was yet a younger 20 years old when I discovered French Polynesia on the map of dreams destinations (and very expensive too!). Since that, I knew that someday I would visit these islands. I always kept that strong desire on my mind and along the years I developed a "search" of the interesting places I would love to visit in French Polynesia. One of those places was Tahaa Island, and more concretely, the exotic Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa.

My wedding was coming and our Honeymoon seemed to be the perfect occasion to realize my dream. I shared my dream with my groom and, after some "struggle" (because of the costs), he agreed. And he started to be excited with this dream too.
We choosed The St. Regis Bora Bora and Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa, to spend two weeks of pure indulgence and true luxury in paradise.
Our intention was to book one week before at Le Taha'a and after another week on The St. Regis, since we were conscious that The St. Regis would be better than Le Taha'a, and we wanted to leave the best for last. But this wasn't possible because of the dates (St. Regis had limited availability of bookings).
So, after the St. Regis (which was AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE!!! Best hotel ever! Impossible to imagine!), we went to Le Taha'a.

Le Taha'a is a traditional hotel with an authentic atmosphere of Polynesian Island. Its architecture is very beautiful and it fully respects the environment since the hotel is perfectly framed on it.
All the materials used are from the nature. The Motu Tautau is truly a paradise: it has a wild beauty, a feeling of an island lost, it's pure and have no polution or noise. It's really imaculate.
As we arrived at the hotel, we were received by a lady of the hotel's staff - guest relations Maire Teissier - she was not very nice (we were accustomed to the brilliant staff of The St. Regis Bora Bora, which is hard to beat). She welcomed us and gave us some short explanations about the hotel and served us a fresh tea.
Then we were escorted to our overwater bungalow. The overwater bungalow was truly beautiful. It was large, building with natural materials and furnished in an authentic polynesian style. Very interesting. On the bottom of the bed, there was a glass that we could open and feed fishes and rays on the night!
The bathroom was very nice and the bath tube remembered us a traditional polynesian pirogue! So exotic!! The overwater bungalow had also an exterior area where we spent very romantic moments, on the sunset, toasting and drinking champagne, on the morning when we had our first dive directly to the lagoon, or on the night, kissing just beyond the stars and the moon!
It's a very pleasant area, where there's sunbeds, a table with chairs and a shower of fresh water.
Unforgetable moments we had here!
On the front of our bed there was a large window, so we could always contemplate the amazing view of the lagoon and of the Tahaa Island, directly from our bed! Priceless!

The resort has three restaurants, but we only experienced two of them: The Vanilla Restaurant and The Beach/Pool Restaurant.
The other one, The Gourmet, had a limited menu and it was very very expensive, so we considered that it wasn't worthwhile.
If you go to this hotel prepare yourself to eat always at the hotel's restaurants. The Island of Tahaa, when we were there, had only one restaurant: Chez Louise. Although the resort staff recommended Chez Louise to us, we decided not to go there. We searched for advisements here on Tripadvisor, about Chez Louise, and we read some very bad reviews, and saw some photos, that made us to decide not to go there. So we always had dinner at the Vanilla Restaurant, at the resort.
Vanilla Restaurant had a very good menu, both in terms of food options and in terms of flavor and richness of dishes.
We ate here all the 6 nights of our stay and it was always a grateful experience.
The fish was always very fresh and prepared in a very creative way. The meat was of good quality and provenance. And desserts were some of the best we had ever had in our honeymoon. The vanilla icecream was, without a doubt, the best sweet thing we ever had tasted, in our honeymoon!! We ate it several times, during our stay.
The only thing we didn't appreciate, in this restaurant, was that in one of the days, there was a kind of Traditional Menu Buffet, and guests who having dinner here, had no other options in terms of food. It was compulsory! The price was REALLY HIGH! And the food served didn't justify the price, in our opinion. It was just an ordinary buffet and the quality and the flavour of the food had nothing to do with the food options of the menu of the Vanilla Restaurant.
The daily breakfast, here, was very good. We loved the french baguete and the juices.
The restaurant's staff was very kind and helpfull. And they were always cheerful and made the guest feel welcome. There was a portuguese waiter working at the restaurant, his name was Miguel and he was really professional and nice.
About the swimming-pool / beach restaurant, we had lunch there several times and we, always, enjoyed it a lot. The menu had delicious options and the doses are large, so we ordered different dishes and we shared it.
The only problem of eating here (or in the beach) was the enormous amount of mosquitos that was always surrounding us and the food! It was very annoying! We think that the staff should do something in order to extinguish this plague. We complained but they didn't do anything.

The hotel's swimming pool is type infinity and it's really beautiful. We took great photos here.
The beach is perfect.... exactly the kind of beach of a lost island.... and the water is warm and clean. There's a coral garden on the hotel... it deserves a snorkeling. The hotel provides complimentary snorkeling equipment for the guests.
This is, undoubtly, a very well preserved and charming motu.

We did a massage on the spa. It was included on our Honeymoon package. But our experience, on the booking, wasn't the best one. The lady of the spa, who was on the booking, was very RUDE and IMPOLITE. She tried to trick us, saying that all the days and hours we wanted to book our massage were full. And we saw on her map, that it wasn't true! She wanted to put us in a very inconveniente schedule because our massage was included in our package.
We complained to the hotel's director, Monsieur Julien and, then, the lady said OK for the schedule we wanted. We did a couples massage on the spa. The spa is really beautiful and it's located on a interior lagoon. It's very romantic and peaceful. The massage, itself, was ok.

Overall, the hotel's staff was nice, but we noticed that some of them denote some lack of profissionalism and efficiency. Maybe, because, we were comming from The St. Regis Bora Bora, where there's the best well trained staff we had ever met... or, maybe, because most of the staff working at Le Taha'a was locals, from the main and neighbour islands...
But, one person that, for sure, didn't fit on this description was the Guest Relations Manuarii Teauroa (Manu). In our opinion, he was the best employee of Le Taha'a. He was very nice, attentive, helpful, effective, doing various things to help us, in his own initiative. He spoke fluent english and he was really an intelligent person. He solved us various questions and, always, with a genuine smile on his face! He could perfectly work in any luxury hotel of the world! Bravo Manu!!!

At the end of our stay, we asked a short meeting with the director, Monsieur Julien, in order to gave him the highlights of our stay. We told him the bad things and the good ones. He listened us, and he was nice, but we aren't sure if he did great case of that.

Conclusion: Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa deserves your visit and stay. It's a very good hotel, located in a imaculate motu, with gorgeous surroundings and a dream ambiance. It's very traditional and with a strong polynesian feeling. If you feel ok with this go for it. But if you are used to the top standards of luxury, go for Taha'a before and, after that, go to The St. Regis Bora Bora to have the complete indulgency on the top notch hotel of all French Polynesia!

Room Tip: Book an Overwater Bungalow. You are on French Polynesia!!!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Maria S
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Additional Information about Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

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: $646 - $1,329 (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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