Couples bound for La Taha’a typically spend a night in Tahiti, then catch a short flight to Raiatea island near Taha’a island, where Le Taha’a occupies a “motu” islet off the main island.
A motorboat owned by the resort transports guests from Raiatea to Le Taha’a. A few guests arrive via helicopter from the nearby island of Bora Bora, itself a popular honeymoon destination.
If Le Taha’a sounds remote, it is. This resort is so secluded and high-end, it feels like a private retreat. It is French Polynesia’s sole member of Relais & Chateaux, a normally prestigious French-administered hotel alliance.
Le Taha’a’s 60 villas and bungalows are spread over a tree-shaded beach property. Most of these accommodations are overwater bungalows, the South Seas’ raise-the-bar contribution to upscale travel.
Overwater bungalows are built directly atop the water in shallow lagoons and bays, and are connected by boardwalk-like paths. Le Taha’a’s overwater bungalows are luscious vacation digs.
Couples lucky (and flush) enough to spend their honeymoon at Le Taha’a will quickly get with the program here: cuddle and sleep in a plush king bed and awaken when you feel like it. And then laze the day away savoring delicious French-tropical food, relishing a couples’ massage, splashing in the pool, flirting at the outdoor bar, luxuriating in azure lagoon waters, and snorkeling in a legendary coral reef.
After dinner, couples toast their brilliant futures on their overwater bungalow decks, blanketed by countless scintillating stars.