Need to know
Nine standalone bungalows, including three suites.
11am; check-in, 1pm, but both flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $511.24 (€448), excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates exclude compulsory half-board which will automatically be added to booking (breakfast and three-course gourmet dinner at €100 an adult a night); full-board (including a two-course lunch) costs €127 a person a night.
Nearby Tahaa is dubbed the 'Vanilla Island', so expect vanilla to flavour tasty local dishes and drinks.
At the hotel
Private beach, sea kayaks, Polynesian pirogues (outrigger canoe), windsurfers, snorkelling gear, floating pontoons, beach volleyball and badminton ground, concierge, library, laundry, free DVD/film library, board games, boutique, free WiFi throughout, helipad. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar, Molton Brown toiletries, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, beach shower, terrace with hammock and sun-beds.
Our favourite rooms
All nine standalone bungalows are decked out in simple, romantic Polynesian island style with seductive terrace views over the lagoon towards Tahaa or distant Bora Bora. For the most space and privacy, bag one of the Beach Suites, which are twice the size of the standard Beach Bungalows and sport a separate lounge and second terrace overlooking the coconut grove. If you want to be out in the lagoon, the three Overwater Bungalows offer killer views and an aquarium table for ogling subaqua action.
There's no swimming pool at Vahine but with a lagoon this alluring you won't care.
You’ll find Fare Spa on motu Miki Miki, neighbouring motu Tuvahine; it has an open-air massage room next to a crystal-clear lagoon, with views of the neighbouring isle. Choose from traditional Taurami treatments, including massage, body scrubs and facials, that incorporate natural products, including coconut and mango. There’s also has a relaxation area with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a private lagoon.
Reef shoes and a rash shirt for aquatic larks; your tune-loaded iPod for sunlounger sessions.
Children over four are welcome, and will love the freedom of this chilled-out, barefoot-luxe island; you'll like the deals which make it more affordable to bring them. Babysitting is available on request.