We stayed in overwater bungalow #39, which was close to the sunset side. It's much more beautiful than our water bungalow in Moorea. Not even a comparison. The staff who greeted us were very helpful and very friendly. The manager Jean Michelle had amazing hospitality talent... as he always greeted us at breakfast, saw us throughout the day asking how things were, and made sure we had a fun night!
We arrived here after spending 5 nights in Moorea... spent 6 nights at Le Taha'a and spent New Year's Eve there. It's a very quiet island, so not many people stayed out past 10pm, which was very odd since it was NYE. They had a beautiful firework display off their beach and it was more than we anticipated. Champagne was flowing from the staff and we had an amazing night!
The gym was always clean and decorated with fresh flowers every morning, which we definitely noticed. The water surrounding the island was breathtakingly blue! The grounds were kept absolutely perfect and the team were very nice when we passed by them.
There were a lot more children and families there in the pool than we were expecting though, which is nothing bad to say about the hotel, it's just not so "adult" friendly as we thought it was going to be. We figured there would be more couples there since it looked so romantic online... not the case. We took Dave's tour on the main island to take us to the vanilla fields... Dave is absolutely wonderful and we would recommend him to everyone. We also did the lagoon excursion and swam with reef sharks and sting rays... I recommend this trip to anyone who is planning on going to tahiti in general. Very exciting and bless our captain who I just loved, I can't remember his name... but he played the ukelele driving us around on the boat and he was just the happiest guy in the world.
I see that people are griping over the food... it's true, there isn't much to choose from. First night we did the beach buffet bar b q. Not a fan of buffet style like this anyway, so it was just ok as we were getting eating alive by mosquitos... flies do attack food often there too, so buffet is just not really our cup of tea. We did try the Vanilla restaurant and it was much better. Risotto and parrot fish were pretty good. Food is VERY expensive in tahiti, so plan on spending a lot of money. We also did the fine dining restaurant that only took 4 tables per night. Very overpriced... but delicious. I'm sure getting ingredients is much harder over there, so that's probably their argument. My husband and I live in LA, so we are use to gourmet meals, spending money on fine dining... so that field was a little disappointing to us because of all the prices. Breakfast was our highlight every morning. The staff who took care of us every morning were so nice to be around.
The priciest thing at the resort besides the food was the usage of wave runner/jet skies. It was actually embarrassingly overpriced. We had no idea how much it would be, we just kind of signed up for it as we saw them bobbing in the water by the pool. Turns out it was $250 + for the hour! We didn't even get our own, we did tandem and had an instructor take us to guided areas. I couldn't believe the bill when we checked out. Drinks were very pricey and didn't have a ton of alcohol... so we recommend getting alcohol at the market on the main island when you get there and then drinking in your bungalow throughout the day to avoid copious amounts of fancy pool drinking. The bartender at the pool seemed like it was a nuisance for her to be there.. we would be scared ordering drinks AND food for her. It all seemed so much for her to do both and would get frazzled at our requests. She needs to be reassigned pronto because she just looks miserable. Not just one day... but every day we were there. Other couples (3 of them) have all said the same thing as well. Maybe she had a bad week... someone else on these reviews said she was nice... I can't even imagine, so you never know.. everyone else was so pleasant it was kind of annoying to be around someone so sour...
Internet is nearly non-existent, unless you logged on in the lobby. It took us about 20 min to log on from our room, which took up so much vacation time... better to just not let that frustrate you... and just plan to do all emails in morning in lobby after breakfast or something. Our 5 hours were killed off in 2 days because logging off, you need reception as well and sometimes we just wouldn't be able to log off until we made that 6 min walk to the lobby. I do like that it forces yourself to be disconnected the the real world... I'm just forewarning.
But overall this place is magical and we would love to come back maybe on our way next time to Bora Bora. I would come back just to say hello to Jean Michelle and stay a couple nights in overwater bungalow. Definitely bring your water socks... the last day I was there I jumped off our deck without them and gashed my foot on some coral, which made for miserable trip home.
Thank you to Le Taha'a for making our honeymoon so very special and memorable. It will hold a special place in our hearts forever.
- 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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