A lagoon-toting isle where barefoot luxury rules, Vahine Island is flanked by sugar-sand beaches, coconut groves and too-blue ocean views normally reserved for the sweeping open sequence of a Hollywood shipwreck-style epic.
Style Castaway romance
Setting Tiny private island near Tahaa
Why this week? Close your eyes and envisage turquoise waters, swaying palms and a pristine island refreshingly untouched by backpack-bearing tourists. If your mouth is already watering at the thought of your favourite fruity concoction, don’t fret: at Vahine Island these daydreams happen daily. Any excuse will do to escape to this petite paradise and we have a corker: a Vahine Island hotel offer that gives guests 25 per cent off stays of four nights or more during low season. Whether it’s a post-festive season respite or a getaway to top up tan lines, it’s time to pack your swankiest swimmers.
Our favourite bits… Sun-drenched days are filled with checking off to-do lists that sport swimming, snoozing and sunbathing as their only urgencies. Subaqua-seekers will find underwater splendours at the private coral garden and reef; land-lubbers can get their kicks by snagging a lounger and whiling away lazy afternoons – or changing your departure date.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Putting the ‘purr’ into ‘perfect private island’, this mini marvel of white-blonde sand and lime-green coconut trees is home to just nine airy bungalows, all with laid-back lagoon views. Sure it’s a journey to get here; a flight to Tahiti, before winging your way to neighbouring island Raiatea and boarding a little boat. Once here, though, you’ll unwind in minutes. Days consist of hammock-hopping, snorkelling, sea kayaking and outrigger canoe forays to the nearby reef, interspersed with delicious French-Poly dining by the sand. Break up the chilling with a trip to larger sister island Tahaa opposite, famous for its vanilla farms and penchant for pearls.’ Read the full anonymous review…
Copy compiled by Stephanie Mikkelsen.