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Born in the Southwest, raised in the Northwest, I have called the South Pacific home for nearly 30 years. I founded J2 Travels in the late 1990s to share our knowledge with other like minded travelers – remembering always, that the joy is in the journey. I currently live on Maui, I'm endorsed by IATA, and am a member of the Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand Tourism Boards.

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Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

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Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa - Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa. Copyright Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa.

Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa is a 5-star property, located on a 'motu' islet, a 35-minute navigation from the Raiatea Airport and a 5-minute boat ride from the village of Tapuamu on the main island of Taha'a. The ultimate way to connect between Taha'a and Bora is definitely by helicopter ! Beyond being an easy and quick transfer, this 14-minute flight will be an excursion of pure beauty as you fly above the stunningly gorgeous Tahitian lagoons.

Designed to be one of the most luxurious hotels in French Polynesia; it is the only one of its kind in the archipelago. Superbly located on the coral reef of Motu Tautau and facing the island of Taha'a on the lagoon side, it offers an unsurpassed view of the island of Bora Bora.

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Le Taha'a Island Resort

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In addition to a wide range of activities & excursions available in Raiatea & Taha'a, the resort has its own dive center. It also offers a wide variety of unique treatments in the onsite Manea Spa – ranked among the top 3 spas in the world according to the Robb Report Magazine.

  • Conde Nast Traveler Unveils 2011 Readers Choice Awards, October 2011 "Top Resorts in Oceania"
  • Condé Nast Traveler, January 2011 «Gold List 2011»
  • Condé Nast Traveler, November 2010 «Reader's choice awards ranked #3 in Oceania»
  • Condé Nast Traveler, January 2010 «Gold List 2010»
  • Asia & Pacific Virtuoso Life, 2010 «World Best Hotel Experiences»
  • Condé Nast Traveler, November 2009 Reader's Choice Awards "Ranked #3 Top Oceania Resort in the Pacific"
  • Brides Magazine, September/October 2009 "#8 Sexiest Resort in The World 2009"
  • Modern Bride, August/September 2009 "Ultimate Resort for Seclusion" 50 best Honeymoon Spots
  • Virtuoso Life July/August 2009 "#6 Top Dream Destination"
  • Islands Magazine May 2009 "World's Best Private Islands"
  • Condé Nast Traveler, January 2009 "Gold List Award Winners"
  • Condé Nast Traveler, November 2008 "#6 Top 20 Australia/Pacific Resorts"
  • Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Spring 2008 "World's Best Overwater Bungalow Over The Top"

Travel Agent Reviews

Review date:   June 14, 2019 1:32PM
Review:   Recommended for: Couples and families too

Pros: Only 15 minutes by air from Bora Bora, but a world of experience away. Be one of the select few to enjoy this heaven on earth. There are overwater bungalows to enjoy, but the beach bungalows get the prepared to be blown away, to have your expectations surpassed by location, amenities, service and staff. The island is known for its snorkeling and shallow coral gardens - simply drift along the surface carried away by the natural current. And as it IS the vanilla island - sniff the fragrance in the air, in your food, in your beverages..come ...enjoy...engage.....all of your senses. You WILL return.

Cons: None.

Travel Agent:  
Joni Stone, J2 Travels   Joni Stone
J2 Travels
Kula, Maui, HI US

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Review date:   May 28, 2019 3:13PM
Review:   Recommended for: Romantic couples

Pros: Agent Note: LeTaha'a Island Resort & Spa is personally my favorite resort in French Polynesia. I believe my happy guest explains it best: 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. More details below, but first I must RAVE about my travel agent, Teresa Nelle - (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. 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. 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 cuisine at Le Taha’a was excellent! I just can’t say enough about this resort and would go back in a heartbeat. Vera E.

Cons: 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. NOTE: I have not had a massage at LeTaha'a - I've sent plenty of guests and have not heard a complaint.

Travel Agent:  
Teresa Nelle, Avenue Two Travel, a Virtuoso Agency   Teresa Nelle
Avenue Two Travel, a Virtuoso Agency
Lahaina, HI US

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