Tahiti- March 2010
Ia Orana! Or “hello” in Tahitian- This is the way visitors are welcomed to these beautiful islands! We only had 5 nights to get away this time so it was going to be a challenge to see if it was worth going so far. I should have known because at first glimpse of those aqua lagoons I knew I’d made the right decision. It can be a long flight but with a little effort and patience you’ll find yourself in the completely different world of French Polynesia…
Ever imagine a place so dreamy that it can’t possibly exist? My destination was the Relais & Chateaux property: Le Tahaa Island Resort and Spa (on a motu off the island of Tahaa.) A short connecting flight is needed from the main city of Papeete and a 30 minute boat transfer until you arrive at your South Seas Nirvana. Le Tahaa has 48 over-water bungalows and 12 more beach suite accommodations. This tranquil, fantasy island has an authentic Polynesian feel with public areas built right in the trees. It gives you Robinson Caruso style without sacrificing comforts that you would expect form a 5 star resort. A nice departure from the slick new developments on Bora Bora.
You can wade endlessly in waist-high deep water right off the back of your deck while you hear the surf pounding in the distance. The private deck has a covered dining area and outdoor shower for rinsing off the sea water after your swim. Sliding doors separate the bathroom from the bedroom where a large picture window gives you a constant reminder of the beauty outside. Rooms have flat screen TVs, iPod docks, monoi scented local toiletries, mini-bar, robes and slippers and a Nespresso machine. The gold standard for coffee in hotel rooms, for the best coffee anytime!
The chef in the restaurant easily handled any special requests, their menu features island specialties with a focus on fresh seafood, although they easily accommodated my husband’s vegetarian diet.
Twice a week, the resort features a Polynesian buffet with an amazing fire show but that’s the extent of the entertainment provided by the resort.
The island is very laid back and our minds were made up to do nothing more than relax and let ourselves fall under the spell of the Tahaa’s natural gifts of crystaline water and endless ocean views… although we did manage to pry ourselves off the lounge chairs to go bounding over the lagoon on jet skis (so fun!). Afterward, we treated ourselves to relaxing massages in the outdoor spa. We had just enough of everything we needed to unwind from our busy lives. The slow and deliberate island style puts you in harmony with nature. I highly approve of this private and relaxing resort that accomplishes more for your soul and well-being in 5 days than vacations that are twice as long. I specialize in travel to Tahiti (I’ve been there 4 times in last 2 years) and I want to share this gift of the world with you. To be seduced by the magical colors of the lagoon, for information or to reserve a stay at this exclusive hideaway please e-mail me.