This hotel review of Le Tahaa Resort & Spa was written by Avichai Ben Tzur.
Luxury resorts in French Polynesia are synonymous with Bora Bora, but there’s a big surprise waiting for those who venture to neighboring Tahaa Island for their vacation to paradise. To reach Le Tahaa Resort & Spa, you’ll be whisked away by boat to a tiny islet on the very edge of the lagoon. A huge smile awaits you at the pier as a heavenly scented flower necklace is placed around your neck. The view? Bora Bora to the west and Tahaa to east, with nothing but a gorgeous lagoon of the brightest of blue water in between.
Le Tahaa features 57 stunning villas and overwater bungalows. All room are furnished to the highest standards, complete with a Nespresso machine, pampering toiletries, satellite TV and a mini fridge – just to name a few. As for sleep quality? You’ll be sleeping like a baby on the huge king size bed, with the ever essential air conditioning cooling the night if the lagoon breeze isn’t cooperating.
For the ultimate privacy, choose a one or two bedroom beach facing villa. Built in traditional Polynesian style, your villa comes equipped with its very own living area, private gazebo and small swimming pool. Fancy staying even closer to the water? How about over the water! The overwater bungalows will no doubt be the highlight of your visit. Count the stars at night, roll out of bed in the morning and step off the ladder for a morning swim with a few curious stingrays patrolling the lagoon.
To get rid of the stress of the city, grab a poolside cocktail or head to the spa for a traditional Polynesian massage with a view. When you’re fully distressed, roll into a hammock with a good book and let your mind just drift away. From a casual poolside lunch to a romantic dinner for two on your very own island (that’s right), the culinary scene in Le Tahaa is superb. You’ll especially treasure the freshly caught red tuna and the weekly Polynesian night – an evening filled with traditional dancing and a delicious buffet dinner.
This looks great but what about the beach? Lucky for you, the resort occupies an area of the reef known as the ‘coral garden’. When you’ve had enough of lying on white sand, head underwater for some of the most incredible snorkeling in French Polynesia.
Bottom line: if you are a couple or even a family in search of luxury in paradise, Le Tahaa is an excellent choice and an authentic world away from the crowded resort scene of Bora Bora.
Avichai is the publisher of X Days In Y, offering practical traveling itineraries to destinations around the world. Recently fulfilling a decade long dream of exploring the remote islands of the South Pacific, you can read about exotic island adventures on his blog and follow his journey on Instagram.