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Le Taha’a: A beautiful Vanilla Scented Island

It’s been said that the olfactory sense is the most evocative of them all. A certain smell can stick in your mind and bring back the most incredible memories…IMG_1675
Like the salty sea air of the Great Ocean Road as the wind whips around your nostrils…DSC_0584
….that heady smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of the bakeries in the Rome, making you crave those tasty carbs…DSC_3532
…or piquant spices when strolling through the markets in Istanbul. DSC_6714
And the sweet smell of flowers when strolling through the Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.

When you smell something amazing (or something horrible!) it leaves an imprint on your mind so that when you inhale that sense again, it not only evokes a memory but also an emotion. Perhaps of an incredibly special moment while travelling, or maybe getting some amazing news…But I want to tell you about one particular place. A beautiful island in the South Pacific called Le Taha’a. DSC08570
Mr S and I stayed on Le Taha’a whilst on our honeymoon. We arrived at the private island by boat and as soon our feet touched the sand on the island, a glorious sweet scent filled our noses…DSC08693
A dreamy fragrance of vanilla wafted through the air, reminding me of childhood days on the beach enjoying vanilla ice cream, favourite perfumes, and cookies flavoured with essence. There’s a certain warm comfort in the smell of vanilla that evokes happy memories and sweet days gone by. So why the smell of vanilla? It’s on the island of Taha’a where the very best vanilla is cultivated and has become sought after by the world’s top chefs.
And on La Taha’a, which is fondly referred to as the Vanilla Island, Mr S and I stayed at the stunning Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa. We had a perfect water villa for two…DSC08833
Decorated in authentic Polynesian style.
With fish swimming around our feet in the shallow waters below.DSC08640
At Le Taha’a’s main restaurant, Le Vanille, vanilla is imbued into the food – a feast for the senses and more wonderful memories to make. DSC08723
One night, an outrigger canoe took us to our own private island…DSC08728 DSC08738
A perfect table for two and a tasting menu of food laced with the island’s signature vanilla… DSC08764
Our own band to entertain us…
And a troupe of Polynesian dancers who also got us to join in the fun…DSC08820
Probably one of the best dining experiences of my life.

And now every time the aroma of vanilla fills the air, I’ll remember that beautiful island, those incredible moments and how in love we felt…

  • This is what I would call absolute heaven!

  • Clare Thomson

    That looks and sounds incredible! What a wonderful way to remember the scent of vanilla. I love that they use vanilla in so much of their cooking too.

  • Lovely! It looks like you had an amazing time on Le Taha’a. What an amazing place to visit on honeymoon!

  • Utterly dreamy!

  • Jaklien van Melick

    That looks like the most dreamy of honeymoons. Lucky you. 🙂

  • Oh my goodness Angie that villa looks like all my dreams come true!!! What an immense honeymoon. And who doesn’t love the smell of vanilla! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • I can’t believe there is an island that smells of vanilla! That’s one of my favourite smells and flavours, and if I stayed on the island I would probably go crazy trying to eat everything. What a fun topic for a link up, can’t wait to chime in! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Laura Torninoja

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I wouldn’t mind being in those surrounding right now…

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • I can almost smell that sweet delicate scent in the air. Beautifully described x

  • Don’t tempt me with the bread smells 😉 The Polynesian dancing must have been fun

  • Can I just go there right now, would love to be marooned in paradise for a few days (months)

  • Beautiful post, it sounds heavenly!

  • As beautiful as it all looks… I can’t deal with vanilla. I think I’m one of the only people on the planet without a deeply ingrained love for vanilla, it’s just never done it for me. Though this could be partly the fault of all those Impulse body sprays that every 11 year old girl went mad for 😉

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  • gorgeous! and i like the scent of vanilla:)

  • I can almost smell the vanilla! This looks like it was an incredible trip.

  • Rajwant Kaur Singh

    Sounds like the perfect trip that looked, and smelled, like paradise!
    Beautiful photos

    What Raj Wants

  • Looks amazing!

  • You know, I just realised I didn’t really know where vanilla was grown before now. And now I do! So thanks for that! That whole experience looks out of this world. What a treat!

  • Absolutely Fantastic posting!! It sounds brilliant and seems like you had a great time at Tahaa…Wish to visit this island in my next travel trip….

  • Ooh, I love the smell of vanilla – that holiday sounds amazing! Lovely photos. It’s strange how evocative a scent can be, isn’t it? And what wonderful memories to associate with it too 🙂

  • Beautiful photos, and lovely smells! Your photos took me right to the moment they were taken as they are so vibrant 🙂

  • Asma

    Oh my word I need to go to this Island! It sounds completely dream-like and looks gorgeous. Near enough every candle in my house is vanilla-scented, such a comforting smell.

  • What a stunning island!! Looks like you guys had the best time. Vanilla has always been one of my favourite scents… Perhaps found my next travel destination? 🙂 x

  • This place looks like paradise! I can just imagine myself swaying in that hammock right now with the sea breeze, the sound of the waves and the smell of the vanilla in the air 🙂

  • A whole island that smells like vanilla? Incredible! How special that’s where you went on your honeymoon too. Bet you love burning vanilla candles 🙂

  • Eppie Shepherd

    This sounds divine, pinning to my bucket list as I type… vanilla is definitely my favourite scent!

  • Oh you’re the first person I’ve come across who’s been to the South Pacific!! This looks stunning, we went to Bora Bora for our honeymoon back in 2007 and absolutely adored it. Happy memories X

    • Bora Bora is a really special place. Perhaps that most beautiful place on Earth.

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