Vahine Private Island Resort & Spa

Just nine thatched bungalows dotted among the sandy shores and over gin-clear waters make up Vahine Island Resort & Spa, each surrounded by the private island’s own gardens, coconut palms and a backdrop of mountainous islands on the horizon.

Vahine Private Island Resort & Spa

The atmosphere around Vahine Island Resort is intentionally easy-going and natural, placing emphasis on the postcard-perfect location of this private South Pacific escape, its cerulean seas and first-class, locally sourced cuisine instead. The result is a thoroughly inviting island retreat in French Polynesia, one which offers a modest spa and massage treatments, tropical island fruits for breakfast and freshly caught seafood as the sun begins to set, plus a surprising amount of activities and watersports available too.

A great way to enjoy those warm seas surrounding Vahine Island and nearby Taha’a – as well as the wider archipelago – while staying at the resort is indeed to borrow a snorkel, kayak, jet-ski or outrigger canoe and take to the water. Private boat tours, on-land safaris, traditional dance classes, beach games, vanilla plantation and rum distillery tours are then also available.

Yet the main reason to book a private island escape in the South Pacific is often relaxation, and Vahine doesn’t disappoint there either as its laidback ‘shoes-off’ approach encourages little more than the perfect excuse to unwind. This stretches from the style of décor – all thatch and exposed wood, clean white drapes and a hammock on your terrace – to the semi-wild grounds, untouched sandy bays and overall ambience of taking just about everything at a slightly slower pace.