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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Travel Tips - Guideline for Money & Phones in Tahiti

December 22, 2012

Whether you are visiting a luxury hideaway like Le Taha’a Resort & Spa or cruising aboard the luxury cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, you do need to bring some $$$ - here is a money guide to assist you.

Money & Currency

Travelers checks, US dollars and credit cards are accepted in tourist areas. The hotels will also exchange money for their guests;
The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc  (CFP or XPF);
There is approximately 100 CFP or XPF to one U.S. dollar, depending on the rate of exchange fluctuations;
Major credit cards are widely accepted;
ATM’s are available in Papeete, Faa’a airport as well as several locations throughout the islands;

Phone Service in Tahiti

Phone cards can be purchased at the local post office. NOTE: Phone calls from Tahiti to the US are very expensive, so we advise calling your party and then having them call you back. Fax services are also available at the hotels;

Cell phone service

Cell phone service may be available in Tahiti. ¬†However, check with your provider before departure to check for availability and international rates - NOTE: When you call your carrier, do be sure they are not listing your plan under “France” instead of French Polynesia - it can get expensive - last year AT & T did not have a plan for the islands of Tahiti.

For more information and to assist with your trip to the South Pacific call me, the Travel Gal at

800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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