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Vahine Island Resort, Hipu, Taha’a, Leeward Islands, French Polynesia, France
Starting at $600 per room per night
A private island of 10 hectares just for you! Located north-east of Tahaa, in one of the most beautiful lagoons in all of Polynesia, Vahine Island offers a unique experience in a paradise setting. With only 9 bungalows, you will find calm and inner peace, a gourmet and refined cuisine, a beautiful coconut grove, a white sand beach, and above all a caring and friendly staff. So many assets make Vahine Island a place of magic. You will live like a luxury Robinson Crusoe.
Unique Features: All coconut preparations come from the coconut trees of the resort’s motu, Taha’a vanilla, fish, herbs, honey and most fruits and vegetables come from Taha’a and Raiatea. The team will be happy to suggest an original selection of cocktails, based on fresh local fruits and carefully chosen alcohol. The bar is a unique example of Polynesian art, assortment of exotic woods and volcanic stones from Tahaa.
Accommodations: Choose between Vahine Island‘s beachfront and overwater bungalows. To enjoy the lagoon’s abundant wildlife, there is an aquarium table in the overwater bungalows to watch and feed the tropical fish that swim below. Beachfront bungalows have a direct access to a wonderful coral garden and all the bungalows have a hammock on their spacious decks with fabulous views of the lagoon and the sunset behind Bora Bora.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Overwater Bungalows. These accommodations offer a bedroom with a king size bed or twin, bathroom with double sinks, a shower, separate toilets, sitting area with an aquarium table and a sofa, covered terrace with a direct access to the lagoon, and a hammock overlooking the lagoon and Bora Bora.
Dining: The Chef serves a French cuisine with Mediterranean and local influences. Breakfast is perfect to start your day by relaxing with a view over the turquoise lagoon. For lunch enjoy salads, meat, fresh fish, pasta and delicious desserts. In the evening you will experience a romantic candlelight dinner, a custom-taylored meal and a harmonious wine pairing. They offer a different menu every night, taking into consideration any special dietary requirements. Vegetarian menus are available on request.
Activities: Activities include taking out the outrigger Polynesian canoes, sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, use of snorkeling equipment (masks, snorkels, fins, reef shoes), beach games and board games. Be sure to go snorkeling in the coral gardens with Polynesian pirogue. You can also go in the motorized pirogue, accompanied by one of the captains, and go fish trolling in the lagoon. If you catch a fish, the Chef will prepare it for your next lunch.
Spa & Fitness: The Fare Spa is a place of total serenity, facing the inner lagoon, in the middle of Nature. Discover massages and treatments based on natural products from the beautiful Polynesia. From head to toe, discover the benefits of the facial and body signature programs, around coconut oil and marine scents, the magic of black pearls or the sweetness of vanilla. For your face and your body, your scalp, your hands and your feet: trust the know-how of the master masseuses who will make the best use of all techniques and natural care products.
Location: While the name Tahiti is often synonymous with French Polynesia, the truth is there are more than 100 islands that make up this destination, each one of them having something special to offer. Known as the Vanilla Island, Tahaa is one of French Polynesia’s most fertile islands, filled with sweet-smelling vanilla plants and an impressive variety of tropical fruits: bananas, mangoes, star fruit, coconut, grapefruit, limes, papaya and more.
Closest Airport: The Faa’a International Airport is located on the main island, Tahiti. Domestic flights depart from the same airport. Air Tahiti is the domestic flights carrier and the fastest way to travel between the islands.
Children’s Programs: No. They do not have any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: No. Pets are not allowed at this property.
Weddings: Yes. The traditional Polynesian wedding is a unique opportunity to celebrate love or renew vows in one of the most romantic place in the world. The experience is unforgettable, celebrated with local customs and the legendary “joie de vivre” of the Tahitian people.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: Visiting a vanilla plantation is a must, as over 80 percent of Tahitian vanilla comes from this island. A few of the plantations run organic operations using rolling hillsides (instead of greenhouses) and coconut shells to fertilize their soil and feed the plants. Interestingly, out of 25,000 varieties of orchids, vanilla is the only one to produce something edible.