Anna Sarjeant: This resort smells of vanilla
Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa
Undisturbed island serenity on a vanilla-smelling Tahitian islet. It sounds good, it smells good and you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll do you good.
In a coco-nutshell
For the rustic retreat seekers, the loved-up honeymooners and the die-hard leisure pursuers, LeTaha’a Island Resort & Spa is a divine islet hideout. A mere flick away from the island of Taha'a and the ultimate in laid-back Tahitian luxury. Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection, this is a five star island resort with a high focus on tropical well-being. Slip off your shoes and out of your urban state-of-mind.
Greeted with leis and the sweet smell of vanilla (he island of Tahaa is packed with vanilla antations), LeTaha’a Island Resort & Spa is accessed via the resort's shuttle boats from Raiatea Airport, and then a 5-minute boat ride from the village of Tapuamu. If you’re feeling extra flighty - and flash - book the helicopter. Rev up those shiny spinning things and take to the air, you’ll get from the airport to the helipad in less than 15 minutes.
Poke your head around the door of an overwater suite and you’ll spy a spacious layout of pure Polynesian luxury; a refined elegance which incorporates thatched pandanus roofs, bamboo fixtures and exotic wood panelling. A sanctuary of traditional Tahitian aesthetics, mod touches include satellite TV and air conditioning. But that’s not what you came for. Outside, and sitting proudly on elevated stilts, your yoga-ready wooden deck overlooks water so clear you can see the golden seabed. The view quite literally glimmers with ocean, greenery and tropical mountainside. With 57 remarkable accommodations in total, choose from 45 Overwater Suites, 10 Beach Villas or two Royal Beach Villas. All of which are pure leisure nests.
Aside from calling this virgin island your home and having crystal clear water on your doorstep, LeTaha’a Island Resort & Spa offers three restaurants, two bars, tennis courts, an open air swimming pool, diving facilities and snorkelling. There's a fully facilitated sp, with its very own internal lagoo, and with an on-site swim-up bar, your next mojito is all but a breast stroke awa.
Wining & dining
Breakfast can be delivered by canoe, complete with hot croissants served on a silver tray. Or you can take your fresh orange and coffee at Le Vanille, the resort's premier restaurant. Also open for dinner, it’s set high amid the trees and built around the existing vegetation. La Plage is your beach-bound dining venue open for lunch, where your feet sit barefoot in the sand and your plate is stacked with traditional poisson cru. For a more formal affair, swap your jandals for your loafers, and dine at The Ohiri Restaurant; a gourmet fusion of French-Polynesian cuisine.
Enjoy pure unadulterated island living on a luxe-flush tropical island.
Credits: Anna Sarjeant - House of Travel