Written on
May 17, 2013


Tracy Lonsdale

I just got back from a great trip to Tahiti for my birthday.  

First stop: La Taha’a Resort – a lovely Relais & Chateau property on the island of Raiatea.  

I really liked this hotel the food was amazing and the staff was really charming and helpful!  When I first arrived I thought that it was only a 3 Star property but the people and the food really made up for the funky gym and slightly run down public areas.

We had a beach front villa with our own plunge pool – FANTASTIC.  I did look at the over water bungalows and really liked these accommodations as well.

Next we flew to Bora Bora (45 minute flight) and stayed in an over water bungalow at the St. Regis.  Our room wasn’t ready so we had lunch and the beach restaurant well you could have knocked my down with a feather when I saw the GORGEOUS BEACH/POOL BOYS this would be reason enough to stay at this hotel. I personally don’t like to be in a location where I can’t walk to the beach or restaurants without having to call the front desk to get someone to drive me, granted they did have bikes which I eventually got but couldn’t ride it at night in the dark.  The second night at St. Reg we moved to a Ocean View Villa with a pool – these are huge and great for families plus you are closer to the wonderful spa and restaurants and shops.  Also the morning sunrise from this side of the island was spectacular.  The highlight at St. Regis is the new Jean Georges restaurant – with the glass bottom floors so you can see the fish swimming underneath you while you enjoy cocktails at sunset and also in the main dining room, not to be missed!

The Royal Estate with it’s private beach is the perfect place to vacation with your friends or family – 3 bedrooms + office (can be made into a 4th bedroom.  Come with Butler and private chef.

For our last night in Bora Bora we moved next door to the Four Seasons we had a beautiful over water bungalow – the grounds are very well manicured, they have a beautiful little chapel for weddings, the spa is amazing, their gym is perfection.  My favorite accommodations are the beach villas at this hotel.

Food and drinks are REALLY EXPENSIVE in Tahiti – I highly recommend taking the meal plans at any hotel you should decide to go to.

Do not go to Bora Bora without putting La Villa Mahana on your map. In fact, put Bora Bora on your travel plans, just so you can experience La Villa Mahana, which was single handedly the best restaurant we experienced inFrench Polynesia, hands down.  You must book at least 3 months in advance.

Until the next trip – maruuru


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