Le Tahaa offers Polynesian-style overwater bungalow suites. // © 2013 Le Tahaa Island Resort & Spa
Le Tahaa Island Resort & Spa
Rack rates start at $1,231 per night.
A pair of stingrays circled underneath my overwater bungalow as I inspected my newfound digs at Le Tahaa Island Resort & Spa on Tahaa, French Polynesia. It wasn’t long before a playful pufferfish swam beneath the glass bottom table at the foot of my bed, looking for me to toss a few baguette crumbs its way.
Tropical fish in all the colors of the rainbow are a common sight at Le Tahaa as the resort is conveniently positioned on a private motu (small island) next to the most famous coral garden in Tahaa. The surrounding lagoon is fed by a strong ocean current that brings in incredible sea life and creates a unique drift snorkeling experience for guests.
In addition to outrageous snorkeling opportunities, Le Tahaa features a tennis court, a fitness center with lagoon views and an open-air spa, nestled within a secluded garden area. However, most guests can be found lounging around the pool area and soaking up the sun on the resort’s white-sand beach.
The Relais and Chateaux property opened in 2002 with 57 overwater bungalow suites and beach villas. One-bedroom beach villas overlook the lagoon and offer private gardens, an outside bathtub and shower, a plunge pool and a separate sitting room area. My overwater bungalow featured a spacious deck with a dining area where I enjoyed room service in the morning. The thatched-roof bungalow accommodations rely heavily on natural design elements such as local woods, coral and shells and were inspired by the shape of boats and rolling waves.
Le Tahaa is accessible via a 30-minute boat ride from Raiatea Airport which, along with breakfast, is included in the cost of the room. But, if you really want to impress your clients, arrange a helicopter transfer from Bora Bora through the resort. The scenic, 14-minute commute might just be one of the highlights of their visit to French Polynesia.