Huahine - The Garden Island
Tiare Beach Resort
You would be hard pressed to argue that Huahine was not the most beautiful
island in all of French Polynesia. Actually 2 islands linked by a narrow
isthmus, Huahini Nui (Big Huanhine) in the north and Huahine Iti (Little
Huahine) in the south have deeply indented shorelines blessed with some
of the best beaches in French Polynesia. On the west and south side the
lagoon is deep and wide, protected from the open ocean by a thin coral
reef. On the east and northern side the lagoon is thinner, large motu
protecting the coast. In the north, Fauna Nui Lake is formed by the almost
total closing off of the lagoon between the mainland and the outer motu.
The open sea runs strait to the shoreline in places. The interior of Huahine
is lush and mountainous, but with softer more delicate lines than its
more rugged neighbours.
Huahine, 110 miles northwest of Tahiti, is called the garden island
because of the wonderful array of fruits and vegetables that grown in
its rich soil. Pineapples, melons, watermelons, papaya, mangoes, bananas,
avocados, taro, breadfruit; they are all grown here. Hence its alternative
name of the Garden Island. The islands interior is a great place to go
hiking, horseback riding or, if you feel like doing it the easy way, you
can take a 4x4! From the upper slopes of Mt Turi commanding views of Maroe
Bay and Huahine Iti are afforded.
There are a number of must-see locations in Huahine. The botanical gardens
at Eden Parc, on the south west side of Huahine Nui, are an 8-acre fruit-lovers
dream come true! Fruits from all over French Polynesia and other parts
of the world are grown in a natural and organic surrounding, and you can
enjoy the sites and smells of fresh fruit being prepared for a delicious
lunch including exotic salads and fresh fish. At Maeva, on the opposite
side of Fauna Nui Lake from the airport, are the ruins of what were once
the homes to the Huahine kings; a sort of Stonehenge with palm trees!
Large monolithic ruins are also to be found on Huahine - most notably
at Manunu and Matairea-Rahi.
Huahine has a wonderfully unspoilt outlook. If you want a taste of traditional
French Polynesia, then you need look no further!
We are offering two quality hotels in Huahine, the luxury Te Tiare Beach
Resort on Huahine Nui and the mid-priced Relais Mahana on Huahini Iti.
TE TIARE BEACH RESORT
Accessed only by 15-minute boat ride from the main village of Fare on
Huahine Nui, the Te Tiare Beach Resort is a luxury hotel set on it's own
beach overlooking the western extremities of Huahine lagoon.
The hotel offers 19 Garden Bungalows, 6 Beach Bungalows, 5 Lagoon Overwater
Bungalows and 11 Deep Overwater Bungalows. The garden bungalows are scattered
amongst the lush tropical gardens and the beach bungalows nestle amongst
palm trees on the water's edge. The lagoon bungalows are built over the
water's edge at the beach end of the pontoon that takes you to the 11
deep overwater bungalows that are set in 3 clusters right on the reef
that fringes the coastline and sits on the edge of the deeper channel
that flows between the island and the barrier reef beyond.
The restaurant and reception area, bar and lounge are, uniquely in Tahiti,
built at the end of a pontoon at the other end of the beach, with a wonderfully
romantic atmosphere created by the gentle lap of the sea! The construction
of the resort with the overwater bungalows at one end of the beach and
the restaurant and main reception at the other means that those on the
beach have an uninterrupted view out to see.
The bungalows are all of a similar construction; 2 "squares" overlap
each other, one square forming the interior and the other the L-shaped
deck area. Each suite has a bedroom area and lounge, en suite bathroom
with twin basins, bath and shower, and large private deck. Overwater bungalows
have private access to the sea via ladders from their decking area. Freshwater
showers at lower deck level allow you to rinse off after a swim! TV, IDD
telephone, mini bar, tea & coffee facilities, ceiling fans and air-conditioning
come as standard in all rooms.
The Arii Restaurant, located at the end of the main pontoon, is a fabulous
and romantic location to have dinner. Thierry Mateau, the head chef, conjures
up a magnificent blend of Polynesian, French and International cuisine
that is renowned throughout the islands. A drink in the waterfront bar
beforehand will whet your appetite for a selection of fish & meat dishes,
delicious salads and fattening desserts! All complemented by a fine selection
of wines, of course!
The resort's beach is the focus of attention during the day; wide and
white, it is an ideal place from which to enjoy a spot of snorkelling,
try your hand at mastering an outrigger canoe or kayak, or simply relax
and soak up the sun. For the more energetic, there's scuba diving, horse
riding, windsurfing, visits to local marae, walks in the mountains and
visits to local markets and villages.
Te Tiare offers an outstanding level of service in a truly world class
Relais Mahana is located on Avea Bay the south-west side of Huahine Iti.
The resort has commanding views across the lagoon, and is a great place
to watch the sun setting over the Pacific! Set in a tropical garden, the
resort offers 22 Polynesian style bungalows on the edge of a beautiful
white sand beach.
The resort is divided into 3 parts; in the centre can be found the reception,
swimming pool, bar and restaurant, to the north are 2 large beach and
3 large garden bungalows, and to the south 7 standard beach and 6 standard
garden bungalows. The beach bungalows are well set apart, thus allowing
unrestricted views of the beach and sea from the garden bungalows. Each
bungalow has private en suite bathroom with hot water, refrigerator, ceiling
fan, bay window and private sun terrace.
The bar and restaurant are located close to the water's edge, and a wonderful
range of French & Polynesia cuisine is offered. For those who wish to,
dining al fresco is also available.
The resort's own dive operation, Mahana Dive, caters for beginners and
experienced divers alike, and can offer 2 morning dives and a packed lunch
or morning and afternoon dives. There is also excellent snorkelling on
the shallow reef directly off from the resort. For non divers there are
a range of other watersports, plus visits around the island.
Relais Mahana offers exceptional value for money in a very stunning setting.