General Policies & Fine Print
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating1814 reviews
OMG The best vacation spot ever!!!!!!!
This place clearly belongs on some list of “the top 25 most beautiful places to stay in the world”. Let’s start with the fact that this resort is on it’s own private island/ motu. The view is unreal and the property is gorgeous. The over the water bungalow was beyond perfect and you can see the way they have paid attention to each and every detail. The deck has a separate table and covered area which really was such a great perk. The room was a step up in class compared to the other resorts we stayed at, and they were great. It really is 1st class accommodations. This resort is smaller (in the amount of rooms, not size) which really gives you a great feeling of privacy. At times we felt like we were the only ones on the resort. The view is spectacular. You can walk to the point on the property and watch the sun go down over Bora Bora. OMG!!!!!!! If you go over there take mosquito spray. They really loved my legs and ankles. The food was really good. Everything about this resort was on point. If there was anything negative to say, I didn’t see it. Le Tahaa is WOW from the moment you step off the boat. When I was researching what to bring to French Polynesia I had wished someone had made a good list to look at. So I made a list of things I thought could be helpful. Bring at least one E/F plug adaptor and a power-strip as there is only one or two outlets in the room. We stopped and got our liquor in the LAX Airport Duty Free Shop. It is really your last opportunity to buy liquor at a reasonable price. They allow you to bring 2 bottles of liquor on the plane per person as long as it is in their duty free bags. We brought Crystal Light and made vodka lemonades all day. The resort charges about $25 a drink so this saved a lot of money. We brought snacks as we found we really only ate bf and dinner. We brought our own insulated mugs/cups. We brought floats and a 25 ft thin rope. We tied the rope to our deck ladder, held the end, and floated all day. It was wonderful. We brought a bluetooth speaker and had music when we were floating. We brought a waterproof phone protector and we were able to take great underwater fish pics at the coral gardens on the property. Have a great trip and don’t be afraid to island hop.
A Postcard Come to Life for Our Honeymoon
My wife and I went to Le Taha'a for our honeymoon in January 2020 for five nights after a LOT of research. #1 criteria - overwater bungalow! We knew this would be a luxury trip, but wanted the maximum amount of seclusion and hospitality possible. Le Taha'a did not disappoint! What an amazingly breathtaking resort. Every day, we woke up to a picturesque view of the Taha'a mountainside over an incredibly blue ocean. Here are some of our opinions that should help you on your own journey to the lovely French Polynesia. Weather: We knew we were going during the "offseason" in January, but honestly, it was fine in terms of rain and temperatures. It was absolutely perfect most of the time. Mid-80's and beautiful. Occasionally, it would rain for a few minutes and we'd laugh about it. Then move forward with our day. When the sun comes out, it's VERY HOT. Bring enough sunscreen to deal with it. We were applying every couple hours and still got burned, but we're from Wisconsin, so....it was bound to happen. We tried. Bugs, on the other hand, were not really an issue even though we brought bug spray. We never had to use it. The Bungalow: Unreal. Beautiful with lots of amenities. There’s a shaded table outside where we spent hours sitting at, drinking and playing cards. A ladder goes down to the water. Inside, a king size bed, bath tub, two sinks, open shower. Perfect for us in nearly every way. This is what you’re here for - the incredible bungalow right on the water. Enjoy it! Drinks: When we first got to the island, we took the ferry to the main island of Taha’a to buy alcohol and mixers, knowing that the drinks are expensive ($20+ for specialty drinks, $8+ for beer, $12+ for wine) and we wanted to make and enjoy drinks in our own room. There’s a rum distillery and small store right next to each other when you get off the ferry. We took a brief tour of the rum distillery and bought a bottle that lasted the entire week, then walked next door and bought juice, Coke, beer and snacks for the room. The resort also supplies minibar juice, Coke, beer, water, and a Twix bar each day. For the most part, we used this up each day in time for them to replenish our stock. The staff was great about restocking and cleaning the room on a frequent schedule each day. If you need ice, there are ice machines located on the docks and a bucket provided. We brought our Yetis and had everything we needed to make drinks and keep them cool for a long time. Food: Each morning, we would go to the free breakfast buffet and LOAD UP on food, knowing we would likely not eat lunch (in part because of the cost and in part because we were busy with activities). The selection was great. My wife is vegan and had a lot of options - fruit, hashbrowns, vegetables, dairy alternatives. As an omnivore, I had plenty of eggs, meats, and cheeses to choose from. For dinner, we went three of five nights. The first night (Tuesday) was the Polynesian buffet - delicious and fun with the fire dancing, but we were shocked at the end that it was $95/person. Just be careful with the costs. On other nights, entrees are generally $30+ so the total dinner cost can be high. They did have a vegetarian/vegan menu, which was a nice touch. On the other two nights, we actually ordered room service and it was a good experience. Still pretty expensive, but we had some more affordable options with the added benefit of drinking our own drinks and not having to get dressed up to go out. It was the rare time in our lives where room service was sometimes a better idea than in-person dining. Activities: The snorkeling at the Coral Garden next to Le Taha’a is absolutely breathtaking. Only a five minute walk from the bungalow. We brought our own snorkel masks, but you can borrow masks from them if you need (or use their baby shampoo to clean the masks and keep them from fogging up, like we did). Every day, we snorkeled for at least a few hours. It was the best snorkeling we’ve personally ever experienced, plus free and at your own pace. It’s a bit tricky knowing where to go and navigating through the Coral Garden. Here’s what you need to know: from the pool bar, walk down the beach until you get to the buoys. Walk/swim along the buoy line to the opposite shore. Walk up the beach until you get to a suitable spot to “launch” into the Coral Garden (this changed as we became more comfortable). The current will literally DRAG you through the garden. At first, it was a little scary not knowing which way to go. It gets shallow in some spots and we did everything possible to avoid scraping against coral (luckily, we avoided it). But it became a challenge for us, and we got better at swimming hard to the left or right, or just standing up (in the sand, NOT the coral) and surveying the situation before proceeding. In the end, it was SO MUCH fun and after the Coral Garden current lightens up, there are plenty of places to explore, so many videos to take, so many species of fish to see. It was a truly unique wonder of nature and we can’t wait to get back some day. What else? One day, we took the ferry to the main island and rented e-bikes from the rum distillery. These were only $35/day for each bike, a bargain all things considered. We took these bikes all around the island of Taha’a at our own pace. It took around four hours and was approx. 30 miles, though the e-bike helped make things easier especially with the elevation in some parts. It was an awesome way to experience the island! You can visit vanilla plantations, rum distilleries, restaurants, and take sweet panoramic island pics on your trip. We brought backpacks, rode through a couple brief rainstorms, and just enjoyed everything the island had to offer us. One more note: we wanted to go on a jet ski or snorkeling tour. At the time, the resort was only at about 25% capacity and nobody else would go on a group tour with us. This was slightly disappointing, but we could have spent the extra money for a private tour and chose not to because of the added costs. Keep this in mind. Service/Hospitality: The staff at Le Taha’a were unbelievably friendly. Actually, everyone we met in French Polynesia was nice to us. The people are so laid back and accommodating. We loved it. So much different than other vacations, where the locals will try to sell you stuff or hassle you for tips. In French Polynesia, we felt like we belonged in the culture. We would move there if we could (need to work on my language skills first); this felt like more than a country welcoming us on a vacation; it was like FP was inviting us into their homes. Thank you, Le Taha’a, for making our honeymoon an incredibly memorable experience. We are already planning our 10-year anniversary trip (ok, maybe 5-year)!
Wonderful place to relax
This was one of our favorite places we stayed while visiting French Polynesia. Mainly because it doesn't have a ton of guests at one time. Which means nothing is crowed. CheckIn was easy but not fast. Some families we arrived with were able to check-in right away. We were offered breakfast while we waited. The breakfast was very good and had a lot of choices, but doesn't change much if you stay for a long time. You can also request your choice of coffee. After breakfast, we changed and went to the coral garden while we waited. We spent hours there, but were told our room still wasn't ready when we checked back in. However, while walking around the resort we ran into the head house keeper that said our room was ready. She called someone on her phone and told them to bring our bags to our room. She was lovely and amazing. Our room had to be ready for awhile, because the ice was melted in our drinks we requested. The room was nice and one of the biggest we had in French Polynesia. For the same price at other resorts, our rooms were small. For the size of the resort the different restaurants were plenty. We sent a lot of our time exploring the coral gardens and kayaking around the island. However, one day wasn't enjoyable because of a few locals on the island. We were trying to relax but they were having a party on the small island next to it. The music was really loud, then they were even walking around the resort. We didn't feel comfortable because they were cat calling me every time I walked by and they oddly kept getting near our bags on shore. Check out was easy and smooth. They even gave us a small gift as we were heading back to the airport.
As wonderful the 2nd time
Just returned to Papeete from 5 night stay on the Motu. My sister & I, both over 67 years old, enjoyed the coral gardens and drift snorkeling, as well as the hotel pool, bar and on-beach restaurant. Of course, always the morning buffet breakfast is astounding. This time instead of getting a Vanilla island tour from the hotel tour desk, we took the 6 minute shuttle boat, and decided to just walk around the marina area. We saw the Total gas station was closed for our 12:30 boat over, to 1:30 p.m. return, so we walked into the Motoa Rhum "booth" tent behind the gas station. Olivier was the rum tasting host and when we had a sample, said that we really came for the liquid vanilla, & maybe honey. Olivier was fantastic, directing us only a 1/2 kilometer down the road to another rhum facility (Pari Pari) where he said they would have honey & maybe vanilla. I saw he had 2 electric bikes to rent, $50USD for a day or $35USD for 1/2 day. As we'd only planned to be there an hour, he very graciously lent us the bikes for the .5 kilometer ride to the "blue house on the right side". Pari Pari Rhum was well marked, just a 2 minute pedal past the 10 road marker on the right. We had a lovely 20 minute tour of the distillery. Pari Pari white rum won the Paris gold medal in 2019. We left with our honey and vanilla beans and got back to the boat for the 1:30 shuttle back to the resort. When returning the electric bikes after our 35 minute use, Olivier refused our offers of any amount of money at all for their short use. If we return to the beautiful Le Tahaa resort, we will surely rent Olivier's electric bikes for at least a half day, and tour around that beautiful island.
Amazing Third Stay.
We just returned from our third stay at this wonderful boutique hotel. This time we stayed for 11 nights, yes, 11! And, we didn't want to leave. We have visited Bora Bora and Moorea and return to Le Tahaa for a few reasons. The obvious, it's visually stunning, I mean.....postcard perfect. And, the view of Bora Bora in the distance is better IMHO from here than up close....it's magical. Another reason, the staff. Since it's a smaller resort the staff is so kind, familiar, personal and attentive, they go above and beyond to make you feel special and cater to your needs. The OWB's are large with huge decks, which is such a nice bonus. The resort "feels" Polynesian, its not a cookie cutter, large, Americanized resort, it's charming, small and authentic. And no, it did not get boring....we wake early for breakfast, go to the pool, kayak or paddle-board, pool time, snorkel, eat, more pool, kayak or paddle-board again, head to room to chill, swim, swim, chill, yoga on the deck, a walk around the island, swim again, wine before dinner( or happy hour or both ;) ) dinner, bed! *repeat. Food, we find the food wonderful. Period. And yes, I know what good food is. Breakfast is plentiful, varied and delicious. Dinners are delicious, fresh, and well presented. *PS, we are also fairly well traveled and have also stayed in different 5 star "fancy" resorts. BUT, we do not NEED to. We adjust to each of the locales we choose. Its absolutely certain Sugar Beach in St Lucia is a luxe, gorgeous property. Nestled between the pitons its also visually stunning with some decent snorkeling as well. The villas and the sugarmill rooms are, WOW. BUT, to compare Le Taha'a / French Polynesia to Sugar Beach / St Lucia.....you can't, apples and oranges. Le Taha'a is a wonderful property, with great staff, stunning natural surroundings, large bungalows( being renovated as I write ), with great food. Perhaps if you search for modern, luxe, marble, foot butler style digs....it's not your place. Is it perfect? No, but show me a place that is....I do think they could add a few more umbrellas poolside, yes...I am assuming there were and the wind broke them and things like this take awhile to replace. But yes, a few more umbrellas would be excellent. Paddle-boards. They need some new ones absolutely. As well as some new oars. And, advise guests NOT TO HOARD THEM AT THEIR ROOM. ( the gall of some people ). To end, we will return again, already planning for February. We like it that much. A HUGE Thank You to Noemie, Benjamin, Big Love and ALL the rest of the terrific staff who made our stay so special. The wonderful table our last night was absolutely charming and such a kind and appreciated gesture. Merci, merci, merci. <3 de Faith et Francois <3