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... camera ran out of battery so I was not able to take any picture!:-( It was SO COOL!! I got in the water but was holding on to the ladder of the boat the entire time. And I really really enjoyed snorkeling!! Just wish I could swim better and could swim out to see more fish!!
After the shark, Patrick took us back into the lagoon to a place where the water was relatively shallow - we could touch the bottom standing up. There were a whole bunch ...
... take out a second (or third) mortgage. Neither of us are eaters of huge cuts of meat but what we ate of what we were served was delicious. There was just too much of it. As we were sat in the restaurant the Paul Gaugin sailed into the bay and anchored further down towards Paopao.
Well before 11:59 our scheduled departure time, the anchors came up and we made our way out through the reef. Next destination – Aitutaki, Cook Islands
We love you French ...
... in the sky which made us all hope for an improvement in the weather conditions for the rest of the day. We were on the first tender over. It was cloudy and we actually took the umbrella from our cabin just in case we needed it. We had to wade onto the island from the tender and we snagged 2 lounge chairs in a shady location with a view of the beach. There were vendors on the motu selling handmade jewelry and vanilla products. I bought some vanilla powder. We needed ...
... It is a parasitic sea urchin that feeds on the coral and destroys it. It has to be removed from the water to kill it, since killing it underwater releases its eggs, which would allow them to continue to feed on the coral. Our next stop was a huge sea anemone with a family of clown fish. It is sticky when you touch it and grabs your skin. You have to touch it with the thick part of your fingers. As we continued around the island, we encountered a pod of porpoises. ...
April 25, 2013
Bora Bora – day 2. It was a relaxing day here in paradise. Our plan was to find a water tour or glass bottom boat. They were all chartered by the ship so we turned to plan B. We got off a tender early and wandered around the town talking with some of locals and looking in the shops. We of course headed to the market, it is air conditioned.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa Tahaa
We have stayed in some of the finest resorts all over the world...tiny places & grand hotels....& this is definitely one of our favorites. Rooms are a treasure, like being in a fine yacht cabin over the water. Perfect service & the views are just too fabulous to describe. We felt very lucky!
Tahaa, Absolutely the Best Part of our FP Vacation
This is the place to stay if you want the best! The OW bungalows are GORGEOUS! Bigger room, bigger deck. The staff will bend over backwards for you. The place is immaculate. The snorkeling was very, very good. You have to go to the breakwater for the best snorkeling. The food was better than all the other hotels but in general I don't think FP is a great place for the culinary arts! We had gorgeous views at all angles and one especially beautiful view of Bora Bora in the distance. The infinity pool is also very picturesque and has a swim up bar. It is a small resort and was not busy at all which made it ideal. The Polynesian dancers and drummers were also very good. There's nothing to do here but relax at the pool, snorkel, kayak, make friends, go to the spa or swing in a hammock on a private island in the middle of the lagoon that you can wade to. But the staff will organize any excursion for you if you want it. e-mail me for pics or advice if you want.
Perfect for a Romantic Honeymoon
After spending a night in Tahiti and a week in Moorea, we had adjusted to the more relaxed FP pace. After spending a week at Le Taha'a I was so relaxed I didn't want to go back to NY. First I have to reccommed that you stay in the Overwater Bungalow. Well worth it. The bed faces a wall length picture window that looks out on the most spectacular water view. At the base of your bed is an open bottom glass "trunk" which you can open and feed the fish below your bungalow. You have your own very private deck with dining table, lounges and yes, you can snorkel right off of the steps on your deck. As far as night life, we were on our honeymoon, so we had no desire to go to a resort with a single's bar. For breakfast, we would order room-service of a basket of pastries/breads and eat outside on the covered part of the deck. It was enough for 2 people. In fact we ended up having room service for breakfast and lunch most of the week. The service was great! And we could lounge around and eat at our own pace. I thought the food was very good at the restaurants. There is a "fine dining" restaurant that is inside and was delicious. We ate there 2 nights, but actually preferred the outdoor tree hut restaurant. The food was great and the atmosphere beautiful. Great place to go if you love Sashimi! The fire show was also fun and the buffet there was very good as well. Again, lots of tuna sashimi. If you want to go off the island for food Chez Louise is a fun experience. VERY Casual, but island authentic. Take a bunch of wooden tables and plastic chairs, dress them up a bit and put them in an open air room and you have yourself a restaurant...but....the food was good, the hostess charming and everone was feeding their leftovers to the fish off the dock by the end of the night....because they encourge it!
We went to the pool a few times and it was a pretty infinity pool, but we're not much for hanging around pools. I highly reccommend getting a dual massage at the spa. A wonderful open air experience as well. The TV channels are basically all French, but why pay this kind of money to watch TV. We took out a canoe and explored the island and walked around the outer parts. There's a small motu with only a hammock that's cute. Also, walk along the beach to the Bora Bora side of the island and watch the sunset over Bora Bora.. its beautiful. Again, this is the place for a romantic time. LOVED IT!
One of a Kind
I recently stayed at Le Tahaa for 3 nights on my honeymoon. It is definitely like no other place I've ever been. We stayed in an over water bungalow and it was amazing, I really don't know what could have made the room better. I'd reccomend a Sunset Bungalow so you can enjoy the nightly nature show . You have to see it to believe it. The reception area and is nothing special but the dining area in the trees really was unforgetable. We had free breakfast and it was very good. high quality with a lot of great juices, pastries, and local fruit to go with your hot breakfast choice. Food is expesive and good but not amazing. The service here is good for French Poly. Everything is expensive in FP and you have to be prepared to pay a lot for things that are much cheaper everywhere else in the world. Also you need to realize that Tahtians don't move very quickly and you need to accept that they won't change their lifestyle just because you came so far and are spending so much money. There is not a lot to do while your there, other than relax and and enjoy the amazing surroundings. (there is geat snorkeling, kayaking and swimming if you're so inclined)My wife and I spent our first day just sitting on our deck amazed by the beauty and seclusion of the place. If your looking for nightlife and entertainment this is not the place for you. If you want a place to escape and relax without the need for entertainment I've never seen anything that compares to Le Tahaa. Also, If you go, I'd reccomend eating a Chez Louise on the main island one night. Lousie is a trip and the food is really good also. The hotel can arrange it. I also had a great Dive arranged through the dive shop at the hotel.
Gorgeous rooms, overpriced food & sparse, dried-out landscaping
After spending four nights in Bora Bora, we ventured to Taha'a for a couple of nights and found the resort to have gorgeous rooms, but awful, sparse, dried-out landscaping and overpriced meals.
The resort occupies a small motu off of Taha'a proper, and feels quite remote if this is what you are looking for. Regrettably, the clientele are hopelessly bourgeois - too many boring americans with ZERO character. Think twice whether these are the people you want to be stranded with on a desert isle with. AND - some bring their bratty kids!!!
The resort is designed so that it sits harmoniously (and unobtrusively) within its surroundings. Conceptually, this sounds smart. However, the architect intentionally decided not to plant too much greenery so as to maintain the "Desert Isle" character of the island. Unfortunately, it winds up looking like a resort that has been abandoned. In no way does it appear to be a lush, 5-star resort in full bloom. The amenities of the resort (pool, bar, restaurant, spa etc.) are all too far apart, separated by concrete paths that wind through dry, virtually un-planted expanses of sand (save for an occasional palm tree). I can't imagine what they were thinking!!! Desert islands abound in this region, so it's not like you'd be missing out if they embellished on the concept a bit more in the main area of the resort. Without a doubt, at $1000/night, they should have provided something which feels more substantial. Does Le Taha'a purport to be the best or what?
Then, there's the restaurant and snack bars which are horrendously overpriced. If you eat three meals a day, plan on spending at least $125 per person. Breakfast alone costs $30. Unfortunately, there are no nearby places to shop, so everything must be done at the hotel, and it all adds up astonishingly quickly.
The only saving grace to this place was that the rooms were magnificant. We stayed in an overwater bungalow and everything was perfect. The deck is pretty large w/ a private breakfast area. The water underneath is clear and beautiful. The room is immaculate and well designed and the furnishings are contemporary and lovely. Thank god for the bungalows. They are so good you are likely to order in all meals and stay in your bungalow the whole trip.
Bottom line, however, is that despite the incredible rooms, the rest of the resort was sufficiently disappointing that I doubt I'd go back. The landscaping is awful and the food prices are too high. I'm glad I did it once, so I could see what all the fuss is about. But I've concluded that this place is just not worth it. You'll have a better trip if you stay in Bora Bora.
This is, by far, the most wonderful, relaxing place I have visited. The surroundings are superb, staff extraordinary (esp. Eric in activities). Pay a little extra for an overwater unit (make sure you get one that has pm sun and privacy); it changes the whole tenor of your stay. The food is adequate (the gastronomique restaurant is far better than the other---prices are about the same, just avoid the Monday "prix fixe"), but about par for polynesia. Note: there is no corkage fee, so if you want to bring your own wine from home, you may, and drink a lot better and cheaper than the restaurant list. Do explore the entire motou and spend at least a week. I'd return in a minute.
Overpriced but beautiful
It's as beautiful as the photos on the website, and the beach villa is 10x more amazing than the overwater bungallows. It was a 5 star resort villa, but it had too many bugs and lizards and creepy crawly things inside the hut with you. There is a small wading pool that's useless beside dipping your feet in. Everything is overpriced - breakfast buffet is $30/person and an average dinner for 2 can be up to $80 (no drinks, just water which they charge $4) Make sure you sign every bill and get a receipt otherwise they will charge for anything and you can't dispute the charges at the end of your trip without receipts. Other than that it is very relaxing, quiet, and completely secluded. From the beach near the pool you can walk several feet through the water to a tiny private island that has a cot to lay in. Not much to do esp at night - no recreational activities or shows/bars so you can only watch French TV. Must eat in resort-no mainland restaurants-Bora Bora would be a much better island to visit. I really didn't think it was the most luxurious resort in Fr. Polynesia
The hotel is fabulous. Stayed last september in our honeymoon. We later went to the Meridien in Bora Bora (by helicopter, itīs a MUST) and were disapointed after staying at Taha'a. Not that the meridien is bad, but the Taha'a Pearl is so much better... Service was also very nice!
Heaven in Paradise!
absolutely a gorgeous resort! only 2 years old.....lovely grounds.....elevated dining room over looking beautiful lagoon nestled among the palm trees....inside or outside dining....open air w/ceiling fans. great staff throughout resort. good food....excellent french pastries w/jellies & jams each morning (breakfasts included in daily rate for 2). lunches served poolside....open deck or covered or at pool chaise.....fantastic burgers & huge....we were splitting one along with mile high fries! beautiful lagoon shaped infinity pool w/umbrellas...chaises and good supply of towels. excellent watersport equipment.....kayaks are of professional quality! peddle boats are great fun! can wade from poolside beach to little island (motu) with palm trees & new cotton hammock or take a lunch across.....water's not higher than top of your leg....no current....takes 2-3 minutes to wade across....great fun & romantic! you feel ship wrecked just 100 ft maybe from the pool's beach! accommodations....another story in itself....no bad choice! from the states we decided to split accommodations between overwater units and beach bungalow with private plunge pool....both are gorgeous! did the beach unit first and glad we did....we never did move to the overwater units! the size of the beach units is 1,600 sq ft!!!
HUGE! massive bath inside.....outside sunken garden marble tub with shower.....big sitting area with sofa/day bed....tv's in that room and bedroom....huge bedroom with panoramic glass doors opening onto big deck with heavy wood chaises and table.....also.....a foyer from the beach side entrance to the garden/entry side of suite! totally enclosed unit with private walkways and gardens and grass lawn with palm trees overhead! separate patio with more chaise loungers w/pads at private plunge pool!!!! and another separate sitting area to get out of sun with more furniture and outside ceiling fan! plunge pool is 5 ft deep......water area is 4x 6 ft or bigger (not smaller) and there's a shallow end that extends another 6 ft for laying in to keep cool if you want to read or whatever it is you want to do! great idea here! direct access from this pool to your own beachfront area! we swam out to the overwater units and climbed up on one....it was unoccupied at the time....it was beautiful but almost half the size as the beachfront unit and it is more money! it does though have a glass panel in floor to see the fish either at day or night with lighting. we can't say enough about this fine resort! we were gone 3 weeks and have just returned easter morning 2004. will certainly be returning! it's a WINNER!
I just returned from the most beautiful trip to Tahaa and Bora Bora. We emailed and they know exactly where the right places were along with excurions. I can't rave enough about the service, you just can't find that anymore!! I hope you are as lucky to experience this.....INCREDIBLE!!