Gorgeous rooms, overpriced food & sparse, dried-out landscaping A review of Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
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.
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