Get your South Pacific fantasies to come true at this comfortable resort
Overwater bungalows are what visions of sensing Tahiti are made of. Spoke to be developed in the islands longer than 50 years ago, being ready to jump into a Tahitian blue bay from a thatched-roof bungalow is granted the ultimate holiday for travelers from throughout the world.
Including 48 over-the-water bungalows and a dozen waterfront villas, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is where fantasy vacations become actuality. Positioned 35 minutes by boat from the Raiatea Airport, rates start at $1,048. (Splurging is a bit easier these days thanks to the low-cost, long-haul airline, French bee. The rookie offers service straight to Tahiti from San Francisco, with flights starting at $330 one-way.)
The only Relais & Chateaux estate in the islands of Tahiti, this list of must-dos will fill your days at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.
Linger longer in your room
You could successfully consume the entire stay at your bungalow, feeding fish and rays from the window set in the ground at the foot of your bed, resting in the sun or making a dash off of your private deck. Although the island (Motu Tautau) grants itself to exploring. Accompanying with lush, landscaped gardens, there appears to be a separate view at every turn.
Go drift snorkeling
A coral reef is positioned just off the sandy beach. Overflowing with colorful sea life, regular tours are run by the resort’s pool boys. Masks, snorkels and water shoes are afforded. You won’t need fins; the current does all of the work for you. Snorkelers commonly drift and take in the scene.
The water is very lightweight, particularly in the afternoon, so it’s best to snorkel in the morning. Be certain to use only reef safe sunscreen. (In Tahiti, a coral reef is often referred to as a coral garden.)
Swim from your cottage
You won’t notice much coral, but the smile-inducing sky-blue water under your bungalow is also home to a combination of interesting sea creatures. You can buy fish food from the first desk to bring more company.
Go kayaking or paddle boarding
A rainbow of kayaks and paddle boards are convenient for free to use. Dressed up in the sand not far from the infinity pool, guests can get advice with paddles and life jackets at the pool boy hut. If you have a waterproof camera, bring it along. You never more know what might swim by and say hello while you’re out on the water.
Stroll in the sand
A small range of beach points the way to the coral garden. Set aside time after drift snorkeling to traverse the soft, white sand almost the resort. Accompanying with seashells and pieces of coral, odds are good you’ll spot a mixture of crabs and birds. On most days, the island of Bora Bora can be seen in the distance.
Appreciate the pool with a view
Composed by towering palm trees, the space pool boasts views of glittering turquoise water and the island of Taha’a. Swim-up Bar Manuia hosts happy hour each day from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.
Visit the spa
Thinking jet-lagged? Boasting three treatment rooms, the spa proposes a wide range of massages, body scrubs, and wraps. Flower-infused coconut oil, called monoi, is used in multiple treatments.
Go to Iaorana Pearl Farm on Taha’a
Cultivated pearls are the Tahitian island’s biggest export. At Iaorana Pearl Farm, it’s interesting to watch as oysters are meticulously grafted and pearls are accumulated, classified and turned into jewelry.
Pearls come in a huge 178 different colors at Iaorana Pearl Farm. Rates from $25 for a simple bracelet to $25,000 for a full sequence of pearls.
Taha’a is also homey to an award-winning rum distillery, Pari Pari, and vanilla fields like La Vallée De La Vanille. If you’re ready to spend a whole day away from Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, Terainui Tours can make indisputable to see them all with time leftover for snorkeling and a picnic lunch on a private motu.
Order room service
Moreover, when they’re not directed to your bungalow, it’s fun to watch room service staff move quickly about the resort on bicycles. But for an out-of-the-ordinary meal, make a booking to have breakfast floated to your bungalow by canoe. Anyhow, everything tastes better when it arrives by boat. The particular commitment runs around $124.
Don’t miss the sunset
Remarkable overwater bungalows are ideally located to say goodbye to the heyday, but a small segment of beach just past the Pool Beach Villas also allows a wonderful vantage point to watch the sun go down. You’ll want to have a camera nearby.