Why We Like it:
The 5 Star Le Taha’a Resort sits on a tremendously beautiful, secluded private islet between Bora Bora and the famous vanilla island of Taha’a from where it gets its name. It offers a delectable form of tranquil, laid back luxury and at slightly cheaper prices than on Bora Bora.
Cheaper prices or not, for many Le Taha’a is preferable to resorts on Bora Bora’s main island anyway in that it has an even more remote, paradise island feel. And it is a small, intimate resort which feels more personable and less corporate than many others.
This is reflected too in its architecture and interior design – the accommodation, and the resort in general, feels more traditionally Polynesian than most.
Overwater Bungalows & Other Accommodation:
Le Taha’a has 45 romantic, old style wood and thatch overwater bungalows above the islet’s crystal clear, bountiful waters, and a range of cosy beach villas with private gardens and plunge pools steps away from the beach.
This is 5 Star luxury accommodation with all the conveniences you might come to expect but the decor is traditional Polynesian – displaying native woodcraft and some lovely examples of Tapa barkcloth – and so has a more exotic feel than many other resorts in the region.
The overwater bungalows are all 969 square feet/90 square meters, in size and broadly similar but priced slightly differently according to the view they offer, with a view of Bora Bora and its iconic Mount Otemanu being the most expensive.
There is also a small extra premium for the extra privacy of an End of Pontoon Overwater Bungalow which we feel is relatively good value.
The beach villas are similarly priced to the overwaters but they are at least twice the size and so are worth a look. Their Royal Pool Villa is the most expensive accommodation in the whole resort but it is really quite special with roughly 2,800 square feet/260 square meters of space surrounded by its own private walled garden.
Overwater Bungalow Prices:
Resort Facilities & Things to Do:
Le Taha’a Island Resort has three restaurants and two friendly laid back bars with regular live entertainment – traditional Polynesian fire shows, dancing and singing for example.
Le Vanille is the main restaurant and starts its day with a fantastic breakfast. Choices are wide with a variety of international, French and Polynesian food, and an impressive array of exotic fresh fruit.
Later throughout the day you can sample incredibly good native seafood amongst other things. Le Vanille is a chic looking venue but relatively informal, for more fine dining check out Ohiri which offers highly rated French-Polynesian fusion from Wednesdays to Sundays.
The third and final restaurant, Restaurant Le Plage, is a relaxed venue located by the resort’s main pool and is open daily for lunch.
You can of course also order the finest of food, breakfast included, to be delivered direct to your bungalow or villa at any time.
A number of tours and excursions can be organized here – helicopter rides and visits to local Tahitian pearl farms and vanilla plantations for example, but the main attraction is the incredible sea life.
The resort is on a gorgeous coral reef – just snorkeling outside your overwater bungalow is impressive enough but a visit to the resort’s diving club can allow you to swim with sharks, dolphins, humpback whales, moray eels, hawksbill turtles and a huge array of fish. An incredibly memorable experience.
You can also enjoy water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding etc. Other facilities include floodlit tennis courts and a fitness center/gym.
The resort’s delightful Tāvai Spa offers various treatments with locally sourced products including Monoi coconut and flower oils, reflexology and, especially noteworthy, traditional Polynesian massages.
Children are welcome at Le Taha’a. There is no Kid’s Club as such but child minding services are available and children’s menus are offered at the restaurants.
The closest airport is on the neighboring island of Raiatea, reachable by daily flights (45 minutes) from Tahiti International. From there it is a half an hour by private boat transfer to the resort.
Another, more special option is to take a scenic helicopter transfer to the resort. This can be organized from Raiatea but we prefer to do it from Bora Bora Airport, a fifteen minute journey, as the views are even more wonderful.
“Amazing. 2nd time we have stayed at this slice of heaven. So good I hated taking a nap for fear of not taking every waking moment in its natural beauty. This resort checks our boxes without fail:
1. So quiet without many people. As parents of 5 that run a major business together, we love this!
2. Views of Bora Bora without the commercial feel and price.
3. Snorkel heaven right out your front door. Cruises come to this location just for the snorkeling.
4. 5 star food and service in paradise. Breakfast buffet is our favorite. Try the Lava Cake and caramel ice cream. Amazing!
5. Tuesday evening buffet and Luau with fire dancer. Great dancing and singing.
6. Try the villa. We’ve done the over water bungalow but love the private pool, beach, hammock, office, outdoor shower, etc. Did I mention “private”?
7. This little island is a treasure to explore. Jogging track with fitness room (closed for renovation).
8. Highly recommend the Jet Ski Taha’a tour with visits to vanilla plantation and oyster farm. And swim with sharks! Amazing!
9. Also loved the e-bike rental around Tahaa island. Hotel can arrange both of these excursions.
10. Everyone is so kind and welcoming. Lovely people. Service is 5 stars!
You won’t regret staying here.…”
“This is an amazing property run perfectly by staff who is up to the task for a luxury property. Probably one of the best beach properties in the world. The level at which it is run justify the high price tag. Way superior to comparable Bora Bora properties due to the fact it is basically the only hotel on the island. Located on a motu near probably the best snorkeling in the world….”
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