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Vahine Island
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Overwater Bungalow
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Beach Suite
Vahine
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Overwater Bungalow Exterior
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Vahine Island

Just a stone’s throw from the island of Taha’a, this barefoot luxury escape hugs the white sands and coconut groves of Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman) at the edge of the aquamarine lagoon. A 30 minute boat ride from Raiatea, Vahine Island Private Island Resort is a member of the esteemed ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ collection and an intimate hideaway for only a handful of guests.

SLEEP

With just 3 overwater bungalows and 6 beachfront bungalows, this 23 acre slice of paradise offers a true castaway experience without compromising on comfort. Accommodation is rustic and romantic. Local wood and bamboo blends with the pristine surroundings, and all rooms have a hammock on the sundeck for an idyllic sun-kissed doze. Beach Bungalows sit right on the water’s edge; Beach Suites have a living area opening onto the lagoon-facing terrace and a second deck nestled in the dappled light of the coconut grove; and Overwater Bungalows reach out into the crystalline lagoon with ‘aquarium tables’ for fish-feeding Tahiti style! There’s even a spotlight for night-time viewing.

EAT

Start the day with breakfast on the beach, hypnotised by the captivating backdrop of Taha’a and distant Bora Bora. Evenings here are magical – and the sunsets are truly spellbinding. Dine by candlelight as French chef TerenceTrouyet fuses Polynesian and Mediterranean flavours to create original, fresh dishes. Don’t miss the freshly caught Mahi Mahi flavoured with Taha’a vanilla!

PLAY

The very essence of Vahine Island promises total relaxation, but for those with energy to burn, the island doesn’t disappoint… from traditional canoes and beach games to snorkelling and reef tours. Take island bliss to the next level with a Monoi oil massage on the beach, on your private sundeck or in the shade of a palm tree. Dining is informal yet sensational.

For the ultimate castaway adventure, take your own little motor boat to a secluded ‘motu’ (islet) for the day. Find your idyllic Robinson Crusoe beach, explore the lagoon and indulge in a delicious picnic. Snorkelling is a real treat in these waters. Once a volcano, the magical underwater world has become home to a diverse community of colourful sea creatures… spot sea turtles, stingrays, leopard rays, dolphins, tropical fish and much more on your private paradise escape

 

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Island of the month

Six Senses Laamu - Maldives 

There is a distinct feel of the ‘Jungle Book’ meets ‘Castaway’ about Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives and if Mowgli was all grown-up, and looking for a luxurious, sensuous retreat, this is most definitely where he would come! Perfect for families looking for an island adventure, your little ones will be spoilt for choice with activities – from treasure hunts to snorkeling safaris and sting ray spotting.