There are times when a quick getaway will do. A few days down south in a sunny locale with drinks by a pool can temporarily recharge your batteries. But, what about those more serious situations when you’re no longer dreaming in colour, but dreaming in work, stress, and deadlines? In those cases, an ordinary getaway just won’t cut it. You need to truly unplug and get in touch with your five senses. You need the scent of vanilla in the air and an exquisite tranquil surrounding to reconnect with your loved ones. You need total indulgence. Here are two truly spectacular Tahiti vacation resorts that could change your life.
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
After arriving by boat from Raiatea, first get acquainted with the island of Taha’a. Also known as “The Vanilla Island”, Taha’a is responsible for 80% of the vanilla production of French Polynesia. Tropical fruits such as bananas, coconuts, and watermelon are also grown on the island in the rich volcanic soil. It’s in this fertile paradise that you’ll find Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, a five star resort that is consistently rated as one of the best in the world, by Condé Nast Traveler.
Next, get settled in for your first night in your lovely room, or splurge on an overwater bungalow for a couple of nights. The overwater suites feature rich, warm wood furnishings, an outdoor sitting area, full bathroom, and the conveniences of home. With four different views to choose from, your only dilemma will be whether you would like a view of Bora Bora or a view of the lush Vanilla Island. The spacious beach villas are situated on the beach with access to the crystal clear lagoon and feature a private plunge pool, a private garden, and an outdoor bathtub, in addition to the full bathroom inside.
On your first full day on Taha’a, why not enjoy breakfast delivered to your suite by canoe? After breakfast, relax on your deck overlooking the turquoise waters with a good book, or pick up some snorkeling gear and explore the coral garden. Lunch in paradise could include a Tahitian specialty, Poisson Cru, or a variety of other fresh salads, grilled fish, and meats. Really hit the unwind button with a spa treatment in the afternoon and some fine wine and French-Polynesian fusion cuisine to end your day. What better way to indulge?
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Another option for an unforgettable getaway to French Polynesia is the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, on the quiet atoll of Tikehau. This atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago is located northeast of the busier Society Islands, and is considered one of the most beautiful in French Polynesia. A voyage here offers as much luxury and indulgence as a Bora Bora vacation, but with unparalleled quiet and seclusion. If privacy, quiet, and rustic, natural beauty are what you’re looking for, this could be the perfect Tahiti vacation for you. This tranquil resort is located in a wild coconut grove on a pink sand beach, and is regularly awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Your home away from home could be a spacious, overwater bungalow with a glass table that gives you a glimpse of the underwater life below, or, a beach bungalow sheltered by impressive Polynesian ironwood trees. Larger overwater suites and a beach villa are also available. The 1290 square foot beach villa’s full shower in a tropical private garden is for those who want a taste of true luxury.
Despite the remote setting, there is no shortage of activities on Tikehau. Begin your day with a romantic terrace breakfast and then set out for an exciting day of deep sea fishing, or an exploration of the nearby village of Tuherahera by bicycle. The resort itself offers scuba diving for every skill level, and Tikehau is renowned for its huge variety of brightly coloured fish and underwater life. Once you’re back at the resort after your chosen activity, a hot stone massage with Tahitian volcanic stones could be an indulgent add-on to your afternoon. On your second day, consider an all-day picnic on a secluded islet or a sunset cruise to truly take in the splendour of this South Pacific paradise.
No matter which unique island you choose to include in your Tahiti vacation, you’ll be impressed by the region’s unmatched natural beauty, friendly people, and relaxed pace. One of these Tahiti vacation resorts could be the perfect place to start dreaming in colour again.