Vahine Island, Private Island Resort, Tahaa

Overview

This Tahiti hotel in Tahaa is situated in a paradise-like setting on the Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman), a private little island of 23 acres, in the middle of the lagoon of Tahaa. The Vahine Island, Private Island Resort has everything to make your stay in paradise an unforgettable one.

The Ultimate Tahiti Hotel
White sand beaches, a magnificent coconut grove full of light and shadows, a coral garden full of underwater splendours, a full range of blue hues splashed across the lagoon, and a backdrop of superb sunsets over Bora Bora will take your breath away and remain forever etched in your memories of this unbelievable place. Vahine Island is one of those exceptional spots that steps outside of time, unique and spellbinding, where calm and sensuality harmonize with charm and serenity.

Located in the heart of the of the Society Islands Archipelago, in close proximity to Tahaa, the Vanilla Island, lies Motu Tu Vahine, an authentically Polynesian island which you will have the opportunity to discover. Contrary to most over touted tourist destinations, Tahaa has managed to stay refreshingly real, unadulterated and preserved: pearl farms, traditional vanilla plantations, copra farming, and fishing constitute it’s principal activities and resources. Tahaa is an island full of legends and secrets to reveal to the visitor who seeks to know more about the magic of Polynesia.

Accommodation

Vahine Island offers 3 types of lodging : 3 overwater “farés” (local style overwater bungalows) on the lagoon, 3 beach “farés,” and 3 deluxe suite “farés”. This Tahiti hotel resides on a heaven-like “Motu” (Tahitian for island) with a white sandy beach and a coconut grove on a manicured lawn, in the middle of the truly beautiful blue lagoon of Tahaa. Accommodations are spaced apart and blend in with the environment. The Polynesian bungalows are stylish and made of local wood and materials.

Beach Bungalow – from $619 per couple / night
• Bedroom furnished with a king size bed or two twin beds
• Bathroom with double sinks, a shower (with hot and cold drinking water), separate toilets, fully decorated by a Polynesian designer
• Spacious deck with hammock overlooking the lagoon and Bora Bora
• A beach shower
• Ceiling fan
• 220 volts electricity
• Telephone & DSL internet access
• Minibar with cups for tea and coffee
• LCD screen with DVD
Surface: 50 m2
Capacity: 2 persons (supplementary bed available for a child under 2 years)Beach Bungalow – from $749 per couple / night

• Bedroom with a king size bed only (no twins)
• Bathroom with double sinks, a shower (with hot and cold drinking water), separate toilets, fully decorated by a Polynesian designer
• Sitting area with a sofa and two armchairs, with LCD screen and DVD player
• Minibar with cups for tea and coffee
• Spacious deck with hammock overlooking the lagoon and Bora Bora
• A beach shower
• Two ceiling fans
• 220 volts electricity
• Telephone & DSL internet access
Surface: 115 m2
Capacity: 2 persons (supplementary bed available for a child under 2 years)
Overwater Bungalow – from $799 per couple / night

In order to fully enjoy the lagoon and it’s abundant life we have installed an “aquarium table” so that you may observe and feed the multitude of exotic fish which flourish beneath the overwater bungalow. This table is equipped with spotlight to attract the fish and facilitate viewing during the night.
Surface: 70 m2
Capacity: 2 persons (supplementary bed available for a child under 2 years)
• Bedroom with a king size bed or twin
• Bathroom with double sinks, a shower (with hot and cold drinking water), separate toilets, fully decorated by a Polynesian designer
• Sitting area with an aquarium table, a sofa, minibar with cups for tea and coffee
• Covered terrace accessible by pirogue (local outrigger canoe), a hammock overlooking the lagoon and Bora Bora
• Ceiling fan
• 220 volts electricity
• Telephone & DSL internet access

Dining

The Restaurant at Vahine Island
The French chef Bruno worked in Paris in the best restaurants: MAXIM’S, LE DOYEN… Exotic and refined cuisine and cocktails. Gastronomic dinners, French cuisine with a mix of traditional Polynesian ingredients.

The complete Continental breakfast, enhanced with local and “house” specialties, such as Mango Marmalade, Vanilla Yogurt with locally produced vanilla, fresh tropical fruit salad, prepared by our master chef. American Breakfast is also available, including fresh fruit salad, fruit juice, fresh croissants and bread, fresh home made cakes and jams, and vanilla yogurts, omelet or any style eggs, a selection of cereals, tea and coffee.

Lunch on the beach facing the lagoon, light refreshing fare, served by our Tahitian Lovelies in traditional gay floral print dresses. Lunches include a large selection of fresh salads, grilled fish and meat, sandwiches, or fresh pasta, marinated fish or fish tartar, desserts.

In the evening, our restaurant beckons with refined and romantic candlelight dinners. The diversity of offerings and subtle art of a local and French cuisine synthesis, in addition to the excellent wine menu, has garnered our “table” an outstanding reputation. Our gastronomic dinner offering a selection of two starters, two main courses and two deserts. We also offer a vegetarian menu on request. This request should be mentioned upon booking so we can provide you with a better selection of products.

The Bar – a unique example of Polynesian artistry: an assortment of exotic woods (the floor is a mosaic of Aito, or Ironwood; coconut trunks and bamboo) volcanic stones from Tahaa- is open all day for your pleasure.
Our barman is happy to introduce you to a fine selection of original cocktails and delightful flavours mixed from local fresh fruit juices and Polynesian spirits.

Services and Activities

Though the peaceful atmosphere of Vahine Island tends to invite total relaxation, our energetic staff is happy to assist you with any activity you are interested in.

Activities

Polynesian pirogues with oars to discover the lagoon
Windsurfing board
Lagoon Kayaks
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, masks and fins)
Snorkeling in our 2 private coral gardens
Shell discovery
Tour of the reef
Fishing equipment for the reef
Naturalist tour of the our 23-acre isle
Coconut show
Pareo demonstration
Watching the rays: 1 hour outrigger ride
Learning to weave coconut leaves
Beach games, board games
Fish feeding
DVD selection
Library
Beach Boy for Entertaining our Clients – Starting after breakfast, there are two or three activities per day, including snorkeling, a tour of the reef, coconut show. Our Beach Boy is fully available to make sure our clients are happy, busy and safe in the water.

ACTIVITIES WITH A FEE
Activities Managed by Vahine Island
Our staff has organized special activities which will allow you to discover the wonder of the island of Tahaa, by land or by sea:
• Boat transfers to Raiatea and Tahaa
• Snorkeling on a motu in a motorized pirogue
• Lagoon tour and picnic on a “Motu” by motor pirogue
• Pearl Farm visit
• Small motor boats for private tours around the lagoon (2 to 4 persons)
MASSAGE Every afternoon (2-5:30 pm) Aches, stress, relaxation or simple pleasure – Monoï or Tamanu oils massages. On the deck of your bungalow, in the coconut grove, or on the beach – it’s up to you.
MOTOR BOAT RENTAL (without permit – 4.5 CC)
LAGOON BOAT FISHING (all types : angle, reef, early morning)
CORAL GARDEN SNORKELING in a remote coral garden, motorized pirogue transportation
VANILLA PLANTATION VISIT: Do you enjoy the flavor and scent of vanilla? Tahaa produces 70-80% of all French Polynesia’s vanilla. Because of the pervasive aroma of vanilla and its green scenery, Tahaa is known as the “Vanilla Island”.
PEARL OYSTER FARM VISIT: Are you interested in pearls? Tahaa lagoon pearls are of exceptional quality. Discover a real farm with grafter, workers, on a lagoon pontoon giving you the secrets of the famous Tahitian black pearl.
ROBINSON CRUSOE / PICNIC on a MOTU: Depart on a motorized pirogue (11am-3pm) to a remote island, on the coral reef for picnic lunch, close to a natural coral garden.
External Providers
You will also be offered a number of standard vacation island activities organized by outside companies such as:
• Jeep tour of Tahaa Island
• Deep-sea fishing
• Scuba diving
• Helicopter flights to Bora-Bora and Huahine islands
• Catamaran cruise
• Discovery of Raiatea or Tahaa in a rental car
• Visit of the botanical garden of Faaroa
• Visit of the waterfalls in Raiatea
• Horseback riding in the woods in Raiatea

“Cast Away” Picnic for the adventurer:
Rent a little motor boat (no license necessary) with a picnic included and go out and explore the lagoon and its “motus” (small barrier islands). We will point out some of the most magnificent spots for snorkeling, where you can see: stingrays, leopard rays or eagle rays or maybe you will get lucky and cross paths with a sea turtle.

Helicopter Between Vahine Island & Bora Bora
Take a private helicopter between Bora Bora and Vahine Island with Polynesia Helicopters. Prices upon request.

Tahitian Weddings at Vahine Island

A wedding on Vahine Island is something exclusive that involves the whole island and resort. Decorations, the entire staff and all guests are all part of this special moment that is yours. Vahine is a unique place, a part of the true heart of Polynesia and very different from what you find in bigger islands or hotels. The whole island is yours. In addition to the well-known, symbolic Tahitian wedding, a new law has been passed. Foreigners without residency in French Polynesia will be allowed to get married here as soon as the government applies the law and confirms the necessary papers. Weddings can be performed from mid October to June 30th
Tahitian Wedding Ceremony at Vahine Island
Proud of their traditions, Polynesian people offer to visitors many of their ancestors’ customs, modernized but still alive (tattoos, dances & legendary songs). Among these, the Polynesian wedding attracts more and more foreigners from all around the world. The actor Dustin Hoffmann, for example, made a dream come true here in Tahiti in 1995.
A Tahitian ceremony is always enchanting, to exchange vows, celebrate an anniversary or promise yourself to your loved one. It is always a vivid memory thanks to the gorgeous white sand beaches, the colours of the lagoon, the swaying palms, floral decorations, rhythmic musicians and the natural smile of Polynesian people. It is also a nice way to discover the population and its way of living.

The Tahitian wedding at Vahine Island is a local ceremony, conducted by a Tahitian priest and very respectful of the ancestor’s commitments from the Maohi people. It starts with the arrival of the groom and the bride in outriggers (they are supposed to row, but can be accompanied of rowers). A wedding certificate will be delivered on a “Tapa” made of breadfruit skin.

The Polynesian government voted a law last April to authorize foreign citizens to get married legally in Polynesia without residency. We just wait for more information…

Airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti starts at $1179.00 per person for a 5 day special. Inter-Island transfers within French Polynesia are not included in the above rates. Bora Bora AirPass may be purchased from $515.00 pp to include inter-island domestic flights between Papeete, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora & Maupiti. Other domestic air options are available and will be quotes in your personalized itinerary as required.

The above rates are valid until 31 March 2017, Please ask for rates for departures after this date. Flight prices are not included in the above rates.  Ask our specialists for other options. US/foreign taxes/fees/fuel surcharges of approximately $311, including September 11th Security Fee, are additional. To get the lowest airfare rates we recommend you book early. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Add-on fares available from other cities. Hotels are subject to availability. Prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/check. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply. There may be black-out dates on this package. Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. All the above rates and conditions are subject to change without prior notice. The communal tax of 150CFP (1.26 Euros approx $1.75), per night and per person is not included and must be settled with the resort directly upon check-out.