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Our Thoughts on Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, Motu Tautau, Taha'a, French Polynesia
The epitome of relaxation and views, views, views every which way you look – this is a great place for those seeking a relaxed 5 Star experience. It’s Relais et Chateaux branded and it lives up to that branding standard in a Polynesian context. Most guests arrive by boat (the other option is by helicopter) at the wonderful Reception Island at a spectacular Fale of immense beauty and character. If you are not already in luxury-relaxation mode, you will be once you experience this welcoming place.

Le Taha’a really is a haven of relaxation and awesome views and unobtrusive service.  There is a great view from every accommodation type, the Vanille Restaurant which opens for breakfast and dinner is perched on a platform up above the ground amongst the palm trees and the view from the terrace through the palms to the lagoon and islands is very special.  La Plage Restaurant, open for lunch, is right on the beach with views over the lagoon, the Manuia swim-up Bar in the resort’s horizon pool provides special views and the Spa and the Fitness Centre offer a perfectly relaxing view over the private interior lagoon lake. The underwater views are -no less special.  There is something very relaxing about spending hours in the lagoon, snorkelling or just drifting with the current over the coral gardens.

Motu Tautau is a real gem of an island.  Not only is it a private haven for Le Taha’a guests, (and that’s special in itself), but the island has many outstanding features to enjoy.  The natural white-sand beaches are dotted all around the island and there are tiny islets within wading distance of the shore to venture out to and enjoy a hammock strung between a couple of palm trees virtually surrounded by the lagoon waters. There is a track over to the outer edge of Motu Tautau where you can sit on a rocky shore and watch the Pacific Ocean washing against the fringing reef.  Then there is the internal lake just behind the main hotel buildings where the Spa and the Fitness Centre buildings encroach on the lake from the land.

The 3 restaurant venues mean there is plenty of variety of dining options and an excellent Polynesian Night with feasting and entertainment every Tuesday, but if you have a wish to venture off the resort for a local experience you can do no better than Chez Louise Restaurant over on Taha’a proper. There are many “Romantic Rendez-vous” available at Le Taha’a – in-room “Milky Way Dinner”, a private dinner on the beach, a dinner on a private motu to name a few!

We recommend at least 2 local-experience tours on Taha’a; the Vanilla Farms and Pearl Farm Tours.  It’s also quite feasible to rent a car on Taha’a mainland and take a drive around the natural landmarks as well as the villages with their pretty churches and the houses where the locals live.

Taha’a pairs very well with Bora Bora for those people seeking a two-island experience.  Bora Bora is not quite as laid-back as Taha’a, so a few days at Le Taha’a followed by a few days on Bora Bora works really well and of course, both are exceptionally beautiful.  It is easy to fly between the 2 islands and the scheduled flight takes only 15 minutes.  However, there are two spectacular options available and that is either a 20-minute helicopter flight from the Le Taha’a heliport to Bora Bora enjoying the simply amazing scenery around Taha’a, Raiatea and Bora Bora or a superb 3 day/3 night cruise on cruising catamaran "Haumana" which departs Taha'a/Raiatea every week on Thursdays, disembarking at Bora Bora on Sundays. If you choose to stay at a resort on Bora Bora which has its own heliport, you can transfer direct resort to resort and totally avoid airports at both ends.

For those who prefer to stay put in the one resort but would like to experience the Bora Bora Lagoon, there is a day tour option from Le Taha’a to Bora Bora by boat.  Departing Le Taha’a at 8:00am and returning at around 5:00pm this magnificent day trip will take approximately an hour by boat to reach Bora Bora’s Lagoon with the spectacular craggy peak of Mt Otemanu gradually increasing in size as you approach.  The transfer launch will drop you at Vaitape Wharf and you have the day to explore Bora Bora starting with a tour of the lagoon by boat. 

What Le Tahaá Resort & Spa Say About Themselves:
“Welcome! Ia Orana e Maeva!

Part of the prestigious Relais et Chateaux collection, Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa welcomes you to a world of pristine beauty, a timeless universe of sophistication and 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 Polynesian architecture and style hosts 57 stunning suites and villas, 3 restaurants, a spa and well-being haven, a Fitness center, a tennis court, an open air swimming pool, and a helipad.

Defined by the Relais et Chateaux philosophy, Le Taha’a is the promise of a complete 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.”

Our Specials:
Bullet American Breakfast Included:
Daily breakfast at Vanille Restaurant is included in tariff.
 -   Full American Breakfast is included for up to 2 guests in
     Overwater Suites (all categories) and Beach Villas. 
 -   Breakfast is included for up to 4 guests 
     staying in Royal Beach Villas.

Bullet Complimentary internet access 
Complimentary internet access is now included at the
      reception lobby and the night bar "Tehutu".

Bullet Early Bird Special
Book at least 90 days prior to arrival and qualify for a 20% discount off accommodation tariff. Our Specialists will always apply the most advantageous qualifying tariff.
 - Valid for stays in all room categories. 
 - Honeymoon amenities apply
 - Valid for stays 01 July to 31 October

Bullet Stay/Pay Offers
Bullet Stay 4/Pay 3
Stay 4 nights year round and only pay for 3 nights.
     (1 night free)
Bullet Stay 8/Pay 6
Stay 8 nights year round and only pay for 6 nights.
     (2 nights free)
 - Valid for stays all year in all accommodation types.
 - Applies to stays of consecutive nights only in the
   same room category. (does not apply for split stays).
 - Not combinable with other special offers except
   Honeymoon amenities (not the room discount).

Off-Season Stay/Pay Offers
Bullet Stay 5/Pay 3
Stay 5 nights, only pay for 3 nights (2 nights free)
Bullet Stay 10/Pay 6
Stay 10 nights, only pay for 6 nights (4 nights free)
Bullet Stay 3/Pay 2
● Stay 3 nights, only pay for 2 nights (1 night free)
Bullet Stay 6/Pay 4
● Stay 6 nights, only pay for 4 nights (2 nights free)
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation categories.
   01 April to 30 June
   01 November to 31 March 
 - Applies to stays of consecutive nights only in the
   same room category.
 - Not combinable with other special offers except
   Honeymoon amenities (not the room discount).

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus Offer:
With the compliments of Le Taha’a Resort
Honeymooners receive:
1 (37.5cl) bottle of French champagne
Special Floral Bed Decoration
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Valid 12 months post wedding date upon presentation of
   the wedding certificate.
   Amenity may be combined
   with Stay/Pay Specials.

Pearl Combo Special
Combine a stay at Le Tahaá Island Resort & Spa with a stay at any of the following resorts and receive a 25% accommodation discount.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort
● Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Nuku Hiva Pearl Lodge
Hiva Oa Pearl Lodge
 - No minimum stay required
 - Not combinable with any other Specials
 - Honeymoon Amenities apply.

Your Accommodation Options
Le Taha’a Island Resort has an accommodation option to suit almost every need. Their signature accommodation is probably the Beach Villas and the Royal Beach Villas, but ALL the accommodation, both the land-based Villas and the Overwater Suites at this superb resort are true 5 Star quality. Décor is a pleasing fusion of contemporary and traditional Polynesian styles with light painted walls, natural polished timber floor and high woven cathedral ceilings under the naturally thatched roofs. The fittings are all top-notch.

The Villas here are special because, unlike the majority of land-based Villas at island resorts, which generally have a garden view or face inward to a private pool or courtyard, the Villas at Le Taha’a feature not only private courtyards and a private plunge pool, but a superb absolute beach-front location as well as wonderful lagoon views.  All the Villas are strategically placed along the south and south-east facing beaches on to the lagoon and catch the cooling south-easterly breezes.  Beach Villas, (as distinct from Royal Beach Villas), have one separate air-conditioned bedroom which has an ensuite bathroom which opens to a private outdoor courtyard featuring a lovely outdoor bath.  For those guests who prefer to bathe in a more conventional setting the interior part of the big ensuite bathroom includes a shower.

The bedroom and separate living area opens directly on to a private deck which faces the beach.  Off deck from the living area, there is a private plunge pool and a private garden.  At one side of the deck there is a high-roofed cabana for comfortable shaded lounging - there are open-air sun loungers on the central deck.

The two Royal Villas are simply magnificent with 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a private indoor/outdoor bathroom.  The Royal Villas are ideal for 2 couples or for families. Bedroom 1, which opens to the separate air-conditioned Living Area, includes a large deck facing the beach and Bedroom 2 opens to a private garden with a good-sized plunge pool. 

The Overwater Suites are huge!  One big open-plan room opens to decks on 3 sides.  The main deck includes a thatched-roof cabana for guests to take in the view from a shaded spot and steps lead down to a lower deck close to the lagoon.  The room itself is magnificent.  The bed is not hard up against a back wall but stands out from the wide-opening doors to the bathroom making a desk space behind the bed from which guests can look up and directly out over the bed to the outside view. That makes working at the desk quite a challenge as the view continually beckons! The bathroom doors between the bedroom and the bathroom can be opened right up if you wish and this combines the whole internal area of the suite resulting in an amazing combined space.  The bathroom features a separate bath, a separate shower and 2 vanities.  At the foot of the bed there is a glass-topped table which moulds to the contour of the foot of the bed and coincides with a glass panel in the floor of the suite giving a view of the sea-life under the suite.  It is soo pleasant relaxing on the bed and watching the marine world beneath. Outside the suite the decks are placed to afford privacy from the adjacent Suites.

Overwater Suites are all the same design and layout and are grouped into 3 tariff categories depending on their outlook and position on the 4 strings of overwater pontoons.  There are two distinct groups of Overwater Suites; one group is accessed off the south-facing lagoon beach, the second off the east-facing beach.  The Overwater Suites off the south-facing beach which face west are designated “Sunset Overwater Suites” and these provide guests with spectacular sunset views and a view down the lagoon towards Raiatea.  Of the second group of Overwater Suites accessed off the east-facing beach, there is one row of Suites facing north up the lagoon towards Bora Bora and these are aptly named “Bora Bora Overwater Suites”.  The majority of Overwater Suites face over the lagoon towards the Taha’a mainland and are designated “Taha’a Premium Overwater Suites”.  Four of the Suites on the end of the pontoons are designated “End of Pontoon Overwater Suites” and guests in these suites enjoy a feeling of solitude with uninterrupted views to the north, south and east, up and down the lagoon.

Room Categories
(in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Taha’a Overwater Suites:
Air-conditioned plus ceiling fan, in-room safe, Writing desk, Full shower and separate bath, Bathroom amenities and bath products, bathrobes and slippers, Satellite TV (French & English channels), tea/coffee making facility.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child aged under 13 years.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 single Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: A cot for a baby is the only additional bedding permitted.

Bullet Sunset Overwater Suites:
Bullet Bora Bora Overwater Suites:
All the facilities of the Taha’a Overwater Suites with the addition of Nespresso coffee machine and iPod dock.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child aged under 13 years.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 single Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: A cot for a baby is the only additional bedding permitted.

Bullet End of Pontoon Overwater Suites:
All the facilities of Sunset Overwater Suites & Bora Bora Overwater Suites with the addition of linen bathrobes and reef shoes.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child aged under 13 years.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 single Divan Bed
Additional Bedding: A cot for a baby is the only additional bedding permitted.

Bullet Pool Beach Villas:
Air-conditioned bedroom plus ceiling fan, In-room safe, Writing desk, En-suite bathroom with shower and separate outside bath in a private tropical garden, Satellite TV (French & English channels), Tea/coffee making facility, Bathroom amenities and bath products, Bathrobes and slippers.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests including at least 1 Child.  Either 2 Adults & 2 Children aged under 13, 3 Adults and 1 Child aged under 13 or 2 Adults and 1 Child aged under 13 plus a baby in a cot.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in the bedroom and 1 Single Day Bed in the lounge.  Please note, the lounge is not air-conditioned.
Additional Bedding: 1 Rollaway Bed for a child or a cot for a baby may be added subject to maximum occupancy policy.

Bullet Royal Pool Beach Villas:
All the general facilities of the Beach Villas with the following extras – Linen bathrobes, Beach Bag, TV in both bedrooms and living room, Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 Adults plus a baby in a cot or 4 Adults plus 1 Child aged under 13 years and a baby in a cot.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 Single Day Bed/Sofa Bed.
Additional Bedding: A cot for a baby is the only additional bedding permitted.

Getting To and From Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
Air Tahiti fly regular services between Tahiti and Raiatea Airport.  Direct flights take 45 minutes. Inter-island connections are also available between Bora Bora and Raiatea (15-minute flight) and Huahine and Raiatea (20-minute flight).  Raiatea Airport is located on the northern coast of Raiatea and it is only a short 35-minute transit from the airport by resort boat through the scenic, sheltered lagoon (which connects Raiatea Island and Taha’a Island), to Le Taha’a Resort. Guests staying at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa enjoy a complimentary resort boat shuttle to and from Tapuamu Village 5 minutes away on the Taha’a mainland.

For guests wishing to connect direct between Bora Bora and Le Taha’a Resort, there is a 15/20-minute scenic helicopter option. 

3 Day/3 Night Cruise:
De Luxe sea-going catamaran "Haumana" operates weekly 3 day/3 Night cruises year-round between Taha'a and Bora Bora and this is an amazing addition to any Taha'a  holiday itinerary.
Taha'a to Bora Bora Bora
"Haumana" departs Taha'a weekly on a Thursday
disembarking at Bora Bora on Sunday
Bora Bora to Taha'a
"Haumana" departs Bora Bora on a Monday
disembarking at Taha'a on Thursday. 

Families and Kids
Bullet Kids Stay Free

Children aged under 13 years stay free (including
     breakfast) when sharing a room with parents &
     utilising existing bedding.
A complimentary-use cot is provided for infants aged
     under 3 years.

Bullet Kids Eat Free

Children aged under 13 years of age eat free off the
     special Kids’ Menu when dining with parents.
Children aged under 13 years of age receive a 50%
     discount off themed dinners and canoe breakfasts
 - Not applicable on beverages, mini bar, room service
   or any regular restaurant menu, bars or beverages.

Special Facilities for Children
Boat transfers are free for guests aged under 13 years.
Babysitting (charged) is available on request.  Guests
     are recommended to book babysitting in advance.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times:
Check-In Time: 3:00pm
Check-Out Time: 11:00am
To guarantee room occupancy for guests arriving before 3:00pm accommodation will need to be reserved from the night previous to arrival date.
Late check-out to 6:00pm 
For stays 01 April to 30 June and 01 November to 31 March guests are charged 50% of the nightly accommodation rate booked.
For stays 01 July to 31 October; in order to guarantee a late check-out, accommodation will need to be booked for an additional night.
Transit Rooms
For guests departing after they have checked out of their accommodation, may request the use of a Transit Room to freshen up before departing the resort. Transit Rooms can only be booked on-site.

Resort Cancellation/Modification Policy
All cancellations and modifications shall be notified in
      writing and received by The Resort during business
      hours (Tahiti time): Monday to Friday, 8:00am to
      5:00pm – Saturday 8:00am to 12:00noon.
Bullet Bookings cancelled or modified less than 14 days prior to
      the scheduled day of arrival at the Resort:
      a 1-night cancellation fee applies
Bullet Bookings cancelled or modified on the day of arrival at the
      resort or during the stay will be charged in full.
      There will be no refund for stays shorter than scheduled.
Bullet No Shows: The full stay plus applicable taxes, and arrival
      boat transfers will be charged
Bullet There will be no refund (for unused nights) in the case of
      no-show guests arriving on unscheduled dates
      and undertaking a shorter stay than scheduled.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 11 February 2020 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Floodlit Tennis Court

Bullet 3 Restaurants
Bullet 2 Bars
Bullet 24 Hour Outdoor Whirlpool
Bullet Spa & Beauty Centre,  massage
Bullet Currency Exchange
Bullet Tour Desk/Concierge
Bullet Swimming Pool with swim-up Bar
Bullet Complimentary Boat Shuttle Service to and from Tahaa Mainland
Bullet Secretarial Service
Bullet Boutique Shop 
Bullet Laundry Service
Bullet Scuba Dive Packaged (off resort)
Bullet Kayaks
Bullet Snorkelling Gear
Bullet Babysitting & Butler Service on request
Bullet Fitness Centre
Bullet Helipad & Helicopter Services
Bullet Wi-fi available throughout property (charged) 
Bullet  Lounge with 3 computers available to guests
Bullet Room Service Meals  
Bullet Villas & Suits serviced twice daily
Bullet Polynesian Night Entertainment
Bullet Outrigger Canoe Breakfast Service
Bullet Private Romantic Rendez-vous
Bullet Wedding Packages
Bullet Vow Renewals
Bullet Day Trip by Boat To Bora Bora
Bullet Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Room Facilities
Bullet Air Conditioning and ceiling fan

Bullet Television, Includes English channel
Bullet In-house video movies
Bullet Writing Desk

Bullet Refrgerator
Bullet Coffee/Tea making facilitites
Bullet In-room safe
Bullet Bath Robes & Slippers
Bullet Furnished Balcony
Bullet Disabled Facility - 3 Taha'a View Overwater Suites have
     wider doors and entryway, adapted toilet & bathroom
    shower with seat & armrest, lagoon cannot be accessed from suite  

Charges may apply to some amenities/services