We give you a 5 star rating for our Tahiti holiday booking!

June 26, 2017

Teresa,

Thank you for booking use a great trip. We where able to make our flight to Tahiti by the skin of our teeth but did it.  Everything was fantastic. Your knowledge and work does not go unrecognized, if we would have tried to do it on our own it would have been a flop. The private transportation was a huge plus. The meal package in Bora Bora was well worth it (OMG). We will give you a five star rating. Thank you again.
Our next trip will be to Hawai, We will be contacting you and recommending you to our friends.
Thank you David and Pam W.

NOTE: David & Pam stayed at the Sofitel in Moorea and the Intercontinental Thalasso Resort & Spa in Bora Bora.

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Le Taha’a Resort is most beautiful places on earth!

October 24, 2016

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa on the island of Taha’a in Tahiti must be one of the most beautiful places on earth! My husband and I were enjoying our first vacation without the children in over 20 years and this resort exceeded our expectations! The resort is actually on a small, private islet just off the coast of Taha’a, so guests have the islet to themselves. It is surrounded by a white sand beaches and the water is crystal clear–just as in the photos.

More details below, but first I must RAVE about my travel agent, Teresa Nelle of Luxury Hideaways (800-644-6659). Teresa is a specialist in French Polynesia.

I usually plan our own trips, but was busy with work and needed help–especially with the inter-island transfers. Teresa was extremely responsive and prepared the perfect itinerary in no time! The entire trip was flawless and the transfers seamless. We stayed in two resorts during our 10 day stay. Teresa arranged for a perfect beach bungalow on the first resort, and then saved the best for last with a stunningly gorgeous over-water bungalow at Le Taha’a Resort & Spa. Our bungalow was spacious and well appointed. There was a TV but we never turned it on as the view was so mesmerizing. The resort is beautifully designed and integrated to blend into the islet.

Also, I must congratulate the Resort for having the foresight to support an organization that maintains a wonderful marine preserve with fabulous snorkeling right off the beach and just inside the reef (called the Coral Gardens). Take your GoPro! In short, Le Taha’a is the epitome of understated elegance with a superb and very attentive staff. They arranged for a two-tank dive with the dive shop right on our island. While the dive folks were great and the water so beautiful that we enjoyed the boat ride to the dive spot outside the reef, sadly the local government has not created a marine preserve outside the reef and it has clearly been overfished–not much to see. The staff also helped us rent scooters for the day on Taha’a–which I would highly recommend! The scooters were well-maintained and in great shape (unlike other places we’ve been to). Scooters give you so much freedom and they are only little 50cc vehicles, but perfect for getting around the island. The locals we spoke with were lovely and happy to chat. Visit the Vanilla Farm and patronize Bruno Francoise French MaiTai restaurant in Haumene–lots of fun. The cuisine at Le Taha’a was excellent! I just can’t say enough about this resort and would go back in a heartbeat.

The one small knock is that while the spa was beautiful, our massages were rather average. The masseuse was a very nice local person who gave a nice rubdown, but was not truly professionally-trained, so they could up their game in this one instance.

Vera E. Oct. 2016

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The trip you planned to Tahiti was fantastic!

April 21, 2016

My Guests just returned from an amazing trip we planned to Tahiti - here is their lovely letter:

Teresa,
We wanted to give you a summary of our Tahiti trip.  In a word, just fabulous.  We have never taken such a purely luxury, relaxing type of vacation in the past and it was an absolute delight.

The island of Tahiti: The Intercontinental Tahiti Resort in Papeete, despite being fabulous was the weakest of the three resorts we visited.  Gorgeous view, great room but the only real problem was that the food was not particularly good and actually the most expensive of the three places that we stayed.  We actually ate canned fruit from the buffet table.  Once we started eating from the ala carte menu, it got much better.  The 4 x 4 Mountain Safari trip into the interior of the island was a great trip, the guide was very interested in telling us about life in Tahiti and I would recommend the excursion to anyone who wants off the beaten path.

Moorea was beautiful and I’m glad we chose it as one of our islands.  The Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort was outstanding and the water was sufficiently shallow that we were able to snorkel off the beach.  There were actually several small outcroppings of coral with many many colorful fish about thirty feet from the shore.  Debby is not a good swimmer but she loves to snorkel and we spent hours just snorkeling around the beach.

We again came to realize how we don’t like French food or the French style of cooking very much and although better, the more elaborate meals at the resort were of much less appeal to us then the simple dishes served from the a la carte menu.  We liked the Polynesian food the best and it was not always easy to get.  The trip around the island was excellent and we used the opportunity to buy some black pearls.

Bora Bora - I didn’t think anyplace could be more pretty than Hawaii but it certainly was.  The Bora Bora Pearl Resort was an outstanding resort and once we got away from the French food at the main restaurant, everything was delicious.  The end of pontoon premium overwater bungalow was amazing with our perfect view of Mt. Otumanu.  Again, the water was just a few feet deep and perfect for snorkeling and we spent much of our free time just swimming around and under the bungalows at the various pieces of coral.  The resort has actually created a coral garden and a coral nursery and this was a major attraction for everyone at the resort.  It was perfect for those not really comfortable with swimming and an ideal place to learn how to snorkel.

We had one adventure that was apparently disturbing for the staff at the resort.  We took the island tour and the guide (a native Tahitian) took a liking to us and invited us to his house for “real Polynesian food”.  Now this is something we would never do at home but we said yes and came back to the pier just at dark and he met us in his private car and took us to his home a few miles away.  We met his wife and 8 year old daughter and sat out on the porch and had dinner.  We had a tuna ceviche, some type of a beef dish and breadfruit which he cooked and peeled in front of us. Delicious.  We talked about various things Tahitian and he gave us the local perspective on tourism, the French, the Americans, the native economy, etc and it was all very interesting and exactly the type of experience we like to have when we travel to different countries.  The other people at the resort were absolutely astounded that we would have done such a thing but it was great.

Probably our favorite experience on the trip was the shark and manta ray feeding trip.  I thought this would be somewhat hokey but it was great fun.  Swimming with the sharks was a novel experience and even Debby with her limited swimming abilities had a great time.  I was actually able to dive down and bat one of the lemon sharks on the tail.  The mantas were like puppies in the way that they crowded around us, swimming over our shoulders in order to get to the food.  We laid out the money for the video of the trip and its been the most popular picture of any trip that we have ever brought home.  And we would recommend that anyone who goes to Bora Bora take the opportunity to eat at “Bloody Marys“, a superb place to get the fresh seafood that we were looking for and it was very reasonably priced.

I could gush further but suffice it to say that it was a fantastic trip and just the type of relaxation that we needed at this busy time in our lives.  Thanks for planning a wonderful trip for us
Ken and Debby R. - 2016

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We LOVE our trip you’ve planned for us to Tahiti!!

November 20, 2015

This is a glimpse into a vacation I planned for a lovely couple - I am hoping they will continue to send me updates of their amazing holiday to the Islands of Tahiti:

Hello Teresa,

Thanks for your expert help in planning out trip to Tahiti.

After less than 48 hours after leaving Denver we are now at out beach bungalow at the Sofitel Hotel in Moorea Atoll.

The Air Tahiti flight from LAX was less than 8 hours and the service was incredible;  2 nice meals and great service.

Upon arrival in Papeete, Tahiti, we had the private car to the Ferry terminal  and then a great ferry ride (30 min) to Moorea Atoll.  We got here at about 10 am.

Staying at the Sofitel hotel…………..what can I say: it is French and the service is impeccable.

Your suggestion to spend our first few nights ‘on the beach’ was sterling.  Fortunately we got our bungalow at about 11 am and we went right into the water.

We snorkeled for about 2 hours and it was the very best !!!  I bought a new GoPro camera and it is a life-renewing experience to be able to film under water like this, especially in crystal clear water!

Tomorrow we are on a 6 hour snorkeling tour to a ‘private island’ where we are to snorkel with  manta rays and sharks..

What a hoot!  So far, this is one of our very best trips ever (and we have been to 75 countries)

We are so excited!!

Will continue to give you feedback..

Walt W./2015

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The Ultimate Romantic holiday begins at Namale Resort!

January 26, 2015

Namale Resort & Spa one of the Fiji Islands premier luxury, all inclusive resorts.  Now they are sweetening your holiday even more with an incredible romance offer.

From proposals to weddings, honeymoons to anniversaries, or just a romantic getaway, Namale Resort & Spa is an unforgettable setting for life’s special occasions. With breathtaking ocean views surrounded by tropical rainforest our magical location is perfect for your escape.

Romance Package Includes:

-Champagne in Room upon Arrival

-Breakfast in Bed

-Couples 45 minute Sugar Glow Treatment (valued at $350 FJD)

-Private Candlelight Dinner

-Namale Plush Robes (valued at $80FJD)

-One Night Free with a minimum of a 5 night stay
BOOKING CODE: ROMANCE

Booking Window: Now - March 31st 2015

Stay Dates: Now - May 31st 2015

Conditions & Pricing:
Romance Package nightly rates is based on the Stay 5 Pay 4 pricing.
All above items are value add components.
Minimum length of stay of five nights based on contracted rates.
Offers subject to availability and blackout dates.Certain Conditions apply.
Must be 18 years or older to consume alcoholic beverages.
Not valid on existing reservations. Can not be combined with other stay pay offers.

For More information contact me, your Travel Gal at 800-644-6659 or email Teresa@luxuryhideaways.net

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Be sure to visit the Moorea Lagoonarium when in Tahiti!

January 23, 2015

More than an institution for local tourism, the Moorea Lagoonarium is a must while vacationing in Polynesia…
Here, a few cable lengths from Tahiti, you are offered to spend an entire day swimming with sharks, rays and moray eels amid a frenzy of colorful lagoon tropical fishes.
An unforgettable adventure, even for those who come regularly here to “recharge their batteries” in this exceptional natural aquarium.

But the Lagoonarium is not an aquarium … Your hosts, Aiata and Matahi welcome you on their motu to a true aquatic paradise. As soon as you get off the ferry from Papeete, follow the south coast of Moorea (left when getting off the boat) and stop 4 km (3 miles) further on the parking area opposite the motu. The Lagoonarium canoe will be waiting to give you a quick transfer to “paradise”.
If you already are in Moorea, in a “pension” or a hotel on the island. The Lagoonarium organizes shuttles from your hotel

Your day can begin … On land, among the many spots of the motu that encourage relaxation, or in the water, while swimming along the aquatic path to discover the lagoon wildlife in full safety; the magic is total. If the Garden of Eden exists, it probably looks like Motu Ahi Moorea.
In the shadow of picturesque fare available for a nap, or in the fare pote’e shaped like a boat’s hull, the serenity of the place is appreciated while you are sharing your emotions with your companions of the day.

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“This is probably the most beautiful place on earth!”

November 8, 2014

“The InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora is probably the most beautiful place on earth.”5 of 5 stars TripAdvisor Review - September 2, 2014

We are sadly concluding an eight night stay. The diamond villas facing the mountain are spectacular. Our trip began with the canoe breakfast with beautiful Tauraii and Manu delivering a heavenly feast to your villa that you can live on for days. It’s expensive but I decided to just let it go and enjoy.

We brought several bottles of bubbles and good wine with us and I think that was a really good idea. Also brought DVDs for rainy days. The young women at the concierge Alicia, Sofia, Wendy, Claire and the others can fix any problem you have with a beautiful smile. The women at breakfast at the Reef were always very attentive the same is true for the women at the Sands. Many times they would surprise me with a beautiful flower head piece that they made for me.

We took a day tour to bora bora with Natural Discovery, ask for Daniel. That is a must! You come back thankful that you are not staying at the IC bora bora because the IC Thalasso is a million times nicer. The Spa was expensive but Margeaux and Angelique made it a great experience. Look for the daily specials. Be sure to feed the fish and sting Rae’s.

Lastly we had the absolute best person to plan our trip for us. Her name is Teresa Nelle 808 268-3198. Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net. She knows everything about this part of the world and took care of every little detail and it was free!!!! I highly recommend her!

Ann B. 2014

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5 reasons why people don’t use a travel advisor & 5 reasons why you should!

August 29, 2014

Yes, travel advisors still exist-and you’ll soon wonder how you ever traveled without one.

Reason 1: Travelers feel that doing their own planning is empowering and that giving it up will diminish their experience.
Fact: Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type or are looking for someone to completely take the reins, collaboration with a Virtuoso travel advisor eliminates stress so you can focus on the excitement of travel.
Reason 2: Travelers can find everything they need on the Internet.
Fact: A Virtuoso advisor saves time, cuts through the clutter, and can personalize trips tailored to your needs, interests, and budget. Their expertise and connections around the world help you travel better.
Reason 3: They believe an advisor adds to the cost of the trip.
Fact: A Virtuoso travel advisor has access to the same (and often better) pricing that you can find online, and can secure VIP perks such as free room upgrades, daily breakfast, and other benefits you can’t get on your own.
Reason 4: Travelers don’t understand the value an advisor brings.
Fact: In addition to saving you time and money, a Virtuoso advisor helps make the most your free time. Plus, your advisor is available 24/7 before, during, and after your trip, ensuring peace of mind so you can relax and have fun.
Reason 5: They don’t know how to find one.
Fact: Problem solved-you’ve come to the right place!

Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net or 800-644-6659

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Entry Requirements For Tahiti

August 19, 2014

All travelers must present a valid passport to board a flight to French PolynesiaYour first and last name on your passport must match your international air tickets. You will also be asked to present your passport to clear “Customs” in French Polynesia and upon return from French Polynesia.

Your passport must be valid for 180 days beyond your return date. U.S. and Canadian citizens only need a valid passport and do not need a VISA to enter French Polynesia. Citizens of all other countries may need a VISA in addition to a valid passport and should consult the nearest French Consulate or French Embassy as early as possible. It can take several weeks to obtain a VISA. It is solely the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that all needed documents are complete and up to date for valid entry into the country.

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Tahiti Travel Tips - Tahitian Black Pearls

August 11, 2014

I have a couple leaving shortly for their romantic 30th anniversary to Bora Bora, staying in an overwater bungalow at the world famous Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa.
If you too are thinking of visiting the islands, here are a few answers to some questions for you:

Here are answers to your questions:

1.  What is the voltage I.E. do we need a converter for camera in ou room?

Answer: Concierge desk provides the converters for you.

2.  How much alcohol can we bring into the country?

Answer: 4 liters alcoholic beverages (whisky, cognac, rhum, Vodka etc) AND

4 liters wine or champagne or vermouth

BUT…beware they have also changed the amount charged for over weight limits on the inter-island flights. So make sure that liquor doesn’t put you over weight…or…the savings in alcohol will be eaten up by over weight charges.

Pack light!!! Bring the booze…leave the clothes at home! :-)

3. Suggestion for reasonable black pearl shopping?

The Farm
Has top quality Tahiti pearls. Some of the jewelry is made in-house. It’s located just north of the Hotel Bora Bora. tel. 700 675

Matira Pearls
Has black pearls and island fashions. Located between the Intercontinental Le Moana Resort and Hotel Le Maitai Polynesia. tel.677 914

By the way, our Concierge Service is able to answer just about any request.  I have another couple flying to the Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort and they want 20 Monte Cristo Cuban Cigars to be waiting of them upon arrival - we were able to deliver!

Contact me with your Tahiti travel requests at 800-644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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