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“A great place to decompress... despite the monsoon.”

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Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tahaa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We arrived in FP at the beginning of a monsoon that shook the foundation of our bungalow. (It was rainy season...) Despite the cloud cover for our 3 days in Taha'a, we loved the resort. There isn't as much to do as our final stop in Bora Bora but that was what we were looking for. The staff was fantastic & the room exceeded our expectations. The lagoon was only waist high so we were able to socialize with our neighbors without spilling our drinks (& at the cost of island alcohol, this isn't trivial!) The breakfast buffet was exceptional. We found the appetizers at lunch and dinner to be a better bet than the entrees. We don't eat a lot so this worked in our favor. Snorkeling in their coral garden was fun albeit challenging due to the storm surge. I think I would have gone buggy there for more than 3 days but it was a great way to shake the stress of the trip and get ready for a more active resort.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great! The decks are huge and private in most of the outer bungalows. If you can g...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

We traveled from NYC to French Polynesia for our honeymoon. We finished our two week vacation in Tahaa and it was the perfect ending to our honeymoon. Private, luxurious and accommodating would be the best adjectives to describe our time at Le Taha'a.

The staff was friendly and knowledgable. The service was to the level we have experiences in five star resorts throughout the US and Europe.

My highest recommendation!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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3  Thank Bcohen5
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Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

The resort and the service were excellent. Spacious rooms over the lagoon are just amazing. Food was very good, although it was overpriced (which was to be expected.)
The downside...we were there on New Years Eve, and though dinner was an astronomical expense, it was the ONLY option that night. Had we decided to NOT eat, we still would've been charged for it. Kinda had a problem with that, but overall, very pleased.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We stayed here beginning December for three nights. And the "wow factor" started as soon as they picked us up from the airport. The boat ride to the resort feels like a ride to paradise. What a beautiful resort! The water, in every shade of blue and turquoise, waist deep, nice temperature. The peacefulness (we stayed during low season), the friendly staff, everything just amazing.
We stayed in an overwater bungalow and were upgraded to a bungalow almost at the end.
There may not be a lot to do, but we found it very relaxing. We snorkeled, kayaked and did a trip to Le Taha'a. All in all a very good start of our French Polynesian holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

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.

Room Tip: If you want to be close to pool and snorkeling... ask for a room in the lower digits... the higher y...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

It's freezing cold in NYC right now and I am drifting back to the recent honeymoon me and my wife took to French Polynesia. We had initially been resistant to the idea of traveling so far and spending so much, but realizing it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity we did some further research and found Pacific For Less which is a travel agency that specializes in trips to the South Pacific. Through our own input and the experience from Jennifer (this company visits and audits each resort). We were able to develop a great itinerary with her and get everything for a lot less money than booking through each hotel. We chose Le Taha'a as our first stop and had an amazing time.

The water in the Society Islands is ridiculous. It is so blue that each time we stepped out of our over water bungalow we said "wow". It is the only place I have been too where I can honestly say it is as beautiful as the pictures. With the French influence and Polynesian flair the food was awesome, and very meal we had was good. This is a seafood lover's dream.

The resort is not on a private island, but you are adequately removed from the natives who inhabit this motu. Even though the resort was full we always felt secluded. While it was not as luxurious as the St. Regis on Bora Bora (our 2nd stop), it was much more relaxed. We did an overland safari excursion visiting the pearl and vanilla farms. We also had an awesome couples massage (better than the St. Regis). The architecture of the resort was also very comforting, and everything was built out of natural materials.

The only negatives were the AC was not working well, and the fridge do not work at all. All the AC needed would be to be refilled with new coolant and it would have worked great. Their repair staff was not that knowledgeable regarding construction or maintenance and we chose not to make a big deal of it. We were in paradise in the middle of the Pacific in paradise.

Overall, an unforgettable experience so we are giving it the full rating of excellent!!

If you are thinking about a honeymoon contact Pacific for Less and head to the Society Islands. You won't regret it......ever.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stayed at this resort for 4 days as a part of our honeymoon trip and it was spectacular. This is the place to go if you want to relax and enjoy its beauty. We stayed in a beach bungalow that was incredibly beautiful and romantic. It was right on the beach and blessed with a beautiful view and lovely wind. The butler/concierge Randall was so friendly, helpful and pleasant along with the staff made us feel comfortable and welcome. We got married on this island and the entire staff went way out of their way to make it perfect. The resort is built around the trees and the environment so it feels very harmonious. Not only was the food great but Brenda the bartender was as well for pool time activity. The snorkeling right off the resort was among the best I have ever done and that is a lot. Lets not forget the amazing massages on the beach as well. The main lobby and restaurant is like eating in a luxurious treehouse. We did not want to leave.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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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: $642 - $1,734 (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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