LE TAHA’A IS­LAND RE­SORT & SPA, French Poly­ne­sia

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From your villa watch the sun set be­hind dis­tant Bora Bora’s sil­hou­ette as the in­tox­i­cat­ing scent of vanilla soothes your spirit. Shaped like a flower, the is­land of Le Taha’a is only ac­ces­si­ble by boat from the re­mote is­land of Ra­iatea––less than an hour’s flight from Tahiti. Per­fectly se­cluded, you are free to leave is­land crowds be­hind and pri­vately ex­pe­ri­ence the home of the Tahi­tian vanilla or­chid, among the jun­gles where most of the vanilla is pro­duced in French Poly­ne­sia. En­joy an el­e­gant and ad­ven­tur­ous play­ground at The Royal Beach Vil­las pri­vate plunge pools and trop­i­cal gar­dens. The in­te­rior fea­tures two lux­u­ri­ously large bed­rooms and en­suite bath­rooms, two out­side bath­tubs and show­ers. Per­haps the over­wa­ter suite bet­ter fits your mood with the thrill of float­ing above the clear blue la­goon and views of ex­otic sea life. The Vanilla Is­land finds co­conut groves, with wa­ter­melon and banana fields. You’ll taste plenty of the sweet spice in lo­cal cui­sine and heal­ing treat­ments. Her sweet tran­quil­lity and pris­tine beaches al­lure. Ideal for hik­ing, those that want to get their ad­ven­ture on can take the Jeep Sa­fari which not only gives you a thrill check­ing out ex­otic flora and fauna, but also lands you at the two is­land must-sees––the pearl farm and vanilla plan­ta­tion. The is­land de­liv­ers what­ever your flavour of ro­mance. Tiny islets, or motu, pep­per the crys­tal la­goon each with white sand beaches and sway­ing palm trees, the ul­ti­mate pri­vate set­ting for a ro­man­tic pic­nic lunch. Ef­fort­lessly drift over a shal­low coral gar­den be­tween Motu Ma­harare and Motu Tau­tau among scores of ex­otic, colour­ful trop­i­cal fish or dive the ship­wrecks, jet ski or sail; there’s enough to do or not do to keep your ro­mance alive. leta­haa.com

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