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Reviewed 9 May 2016

We recently returned from our trip from Le Taha’a Resort and Spa. It was truly the trip of a lifetime… Tahaa is Heaven on earth! We visited for 5 nights in late April 2016. We almost don’t want to share too many details, as it’s our little hidden gem that we plan on returning to year after year!

Since we relied on so many Trip Advisor reviews when planning our ‘bucket list’ trip to paradise, we wanted to share our experiences for those of you still interested and researching…

We used Pacific for Less to book our trip. Claudia and her staff were very helpful and easy to work with. They are very familiar with Tahiti and have first-hand experience of the islands. The staff was quick to respond, either by phone or email, to any of our requests or questions. We were able to book all of our treatments and excursions prior to the trip. PFL worked directly with the concierge at the hotel to schedule, so we did not have to. We were able to arrive at the hotel and not have to worry about making reservations for anything…Claudia and her team had already done so. It was great!

Our journey to Tahaa consisted of 3 flights and a boat ride…a trip that I would take a million times again, if it meant ending up in this blue lagoon. We arrived in the rain, but it did not detract from the beauty of the islands.

Le Taha’a Resort and Spa is located on a motu just off the main island of Tahaa. It is so private and secluded…we felt we had the resort and lagoon all to ourselves! We selected this resort because we wanted to drop off the earth for a week and disappear- this was the perfect location for that! It is important to note that this resort caters to relaxation and privacy. There is no nightlife or shopping, so be aware. If you are looking for that, then this is not the resort for you. But if you are looking for an escape from daily life, then this is the place for you!

We stayed in a Bora Bora view bungalow (#6) and upgrading was worth the extra money! The room was large and well appointed. In terms of service…we found it prompt from housekeeping to room service, perhaps because we were in a premium bungalow.

The amazing staff at the resort only adds to the experience. Everyone greets you with a smile and ‘La Orana’ to say hello. It was fascinating to talk with them and hear their stories of how they came to the island. We want to say a special thank you to Maire, who went above and beyond to help with special requests and Tupu, who took care of us at the pool bar with amazing drinks and music. Also, don’t forget to have the waffles at the pool bar around 4pm!

The food at the resort was excellent. We took advantage of the breakfast buffet each morning, which was included in our package. My favorite part of breakfast was the warm croissants that were baked fresh daily. The toughest decision of the day was to have it plain or with chocolate. My husband enjoyed madeleines with his breakfast tea, as well as a fresh twist pastry that we can’t recall the name of. Eggs, fresh fruit, French toast, and breakfast meats were also available.

Lunch was either at the pool or in our bungalow. We enjoyed fresh salads, sandwiches and burgers.

We had dinner at Le Vanille twice, which included our welcome meal the night of arrival and the Polynesian dinner show. The Polynesian night was a buffet, which we were not that impressed with. It was our only disappointing meal of the trip. We would have preferred to order from the main menu. However, the Polynesian show itself was great and it was fun to see the staff at the resort taking part in the show. We had room service on the remaining dinner nights and enjoyed our meal under the stars on our deck. Room service was fast and the staff would set the table for us wherever we desired. You just can’t beat a private dinner on your deck in the South Pacific under the Milky Way!

Since we were celebrating a birthday on the trip, we decided to splurge for the canoe breakfast. It was a fun experience to see the canoe pulling up to your bungalow. Then they take you for a ride in the canoe, while breakfast is being set. Even though it’s a little expensive, it’s a unique experience for a special occasion. The resort even surprised us with a birthday cake later that day. It was a birthday celebration for the record books!

The activities at the resort are plentiful. They provide kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear at no extra charge. My husband tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time and was very successful. It’s easy to learn in the calm, tranquil waters of the lagoon. We also did some kayaking and snorkeling around our bungalow. The lagoon that surrounds the resort is only about 4 feet deep at its highest point. This means you can walk through the lagoon to outer motus and the coral garden to explore. The coral garden is an amazing snorkeling spot on the resort grounds. It’s a treat having it right there at your disposal, while other resorts and ships have to purchase an excursion to see the gardens.

We took advantage of the beautiful spa for an afternoon. We selected the ‘Vanilla Dream’ package, which involved a Polynesian massage, oil treatment and Jacuzzi. It concluded with an outdoor shower, which my husband loved! The treatment was scheduled for our second day on the island…we did that so we could immediately relax and get into ‘vacation mode’. We’re very glad we did!

The half day excursion to the main island with Dave’s Tours is a must do! We visited a local grocery store, a vanilla farm and the Champon pearl farm. We enjoyed seeing some of the culture and people on the island. Rosie and Teresa were our guides and performed demonstrations of how to makes plates, fans and handbags using only a single palm frond. Fresh fruit was provided as a light lunch. Be sure to bring sunscreen, bug repellent and French Franks with you on the excursion. The grocery store does not take credit cards or US dollars, so having franks is necessary if you wish to purchase anything. The vanilla and pearl farm both accept credit cards, so no cash needed there. We splurged on some pearls from the farm versus buying them at the resort, but both had beautiful selections.

On our final day at the resort, we were given a transitional room, since our flight home was in the evening. It was nice having a room to store our luggage and shower at the end of our day. They also kept our tab open, so we could continue to eat and drink at the resort until we were ready to finalize our bill.

So as you can tell, we had the time of our lives on our Tahitian vacation. We read the reviews, did our research and were well prepared. The resort may not be perfect for everyone, but Le Taha’a Resort is perfect for us! We met the nicest people and made friendships that we will take with us beyond our time in the South Pacific.

We are already planning our return trip to this blue lagoon.

Room Tip: Bora Bora view rooms are amazing and worth the upgrade
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank KaraVV
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

Want luxury ? La Taha'a has it and more.

Gorgeous grounds; Glass walled overwater bungalows; snorkeling ; Coral Gardens (MUST DO; SPECTACULAR !!)

French ambience and cuisine. Excellent wine list at fair prices.

Ambience everywhere.

First night, special menu with free cocktails; second night Polynesian buffet and show; third night French bistro dinner - baked Alaska was to die for.

For elegance; romance and French je ne sais quoi, cannot be beat !

Poor internet - Good to Leave it at Home for This elegance !!!

Room Tip: Overwater bungalows are spectacular
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DYNAMICREGGAE
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Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to Le taha'a and we love it there so much that we decided to renew our vows there. We stayed in the end of dock premium hut and absolutely loved it. Everything about the visit was great and they did a great job at making everything perfect.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank mjmerritt
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

We came here for 5 nights, and recommend this place super highly. The attention to detail was superb, including the rooms, food, spa, pool, dive shop, and grounds. Overwater bungalows are very large and arranged so that you have near complete privacy. There is an amazing large channel with a coral garden right off the hotel that others come from all around Tahaa and Raitaea to snorkel. The staff were super friendly, with a nice blend of French and Tahitians.

This is the place to come to escape from it all, including the rampant commercialism of Bora Bora. As authentic as a 5 star place with a great wine list in the tropics can be...

One minor gripe is that the small "gourmet restaurant", where you will spend $400 for a couple for dinner NOT including drinks, is just not nearly as good as it needs to be for that kind of massive outlay. The food was beautifully prepared but fairly bland and uninteresting. In fact, we thought the normal dinner restaurant had better food at less than half the price. Considering that it was almost empty, apparently other guests had figured this out already.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jeff A
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a really excellent property. I mean, it is just gorgeous. Definitely the best landscape we've seen in the French Polynesia. The coral garden was our favorite snorkeling activity; you just let yourself go with the stream into shallow waters and watch the magic world beneath.

One big criticism: one night, when only one restaurant was open, the only option available for dinner was a special night with buffet, which was more than 100EURO per person. Are you serious? If you decide to do that when no other restaurant is open, you should, at least, keep the "a la carte" option available.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Ariel M
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