Le Taha’a’s 48 other accommodations are overwater bungalows, differing mainly in their view. The priciest “end of pontoon” bungalows boast sunset and sea views on one side and, on the other, the sunrise and lagoon, with Bora Bora’s peaks in the distance. Other overwater bungalows claim only one of these views; the choice pick is the Bora Bora vista, iconically Polynesian.
Villas and bungalows are handsome, airy, and comfortable. They are decorated in South Seas style, with wood, bamboo, peaked timbered ceilings, thatched roofs, and picture windows.
Rooms feature ample closets and shelves, inviting king beds, satellite TV, phone, CD player, safe, minibar, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, and a sliding glass door that permits nocturnal breezes. A glass table at the foot of the bed opens to allow glimpses of schools of fish that glide beneath the bungalows.
Large bathrooms have a deep oval tub, slate-floored rain shower, dual sinks, makeup mirror and partitioned toilet. Amenities include flower-scented Tahitian monoi oil for skin and hair.
Guests are provided with two sets of new snorkel gear, umbrellas, ponchos, slippers, robes, Evian water, and nightly chocolates.
Bungalow decks are equipped with a thatch-roofed dining nook, two chaise lounges, and bar tables. Steps lead downward right into the shallow, bath-warm, vivid turquoise lagoon.
Bungalow decks are made for after-dinner tete-a-tetes in which honeymooning husbands admire monoi’s effect on their brides, and the ladies compare the fire of their engagement rings to the canopy of Southern Hemisphere stars.