Pierre-Jean Picart Designs a Modern Polynesian Paradise on Raiatea

Casa Serena, Raiatea, French Polynesia
Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia | vacation home rentals
  • House
  • 6 BR
  • Sleeps 16
  • from $ 22000 wk
The sensibilities of luxury hotel design, in two homes

An Argentinean couple that lives in La Jolla, California, had been coming to Raiatea for 30 years. They revered the Polynesian island for its simple pleasures and harmony with marine life; it was the perfect place to gather with family and friends. Twenty years in, they were offered a piece of land and built two dream homes.

Dubbed Casa Serena and Casa Paz, the homes sit on two acres are set near a lagoon, and offer access to the water from a private pier. Behind the compound is lush Mount Temehani, with a permaculture farm that provides the organic fruits and vegetables you’ll find waiting for you.

French-Tahitian architect Pierre-Jean Picart, who designed The Brando in Tetiaroa and the Four Seasons Bora Bora, used his expertise to blend Polynesian style with a contemporary feel. The 30-foot ceilings, open common areas, and luxurious bedrooms let families strike a balance between togetherness and space. 

A typical day here might start with coffee and fruit by the pool, followed by all manner of water sports. The homes contain stand up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and other water toys. Guests also have access to a local with extensive knowledge of the land. “Point to any fish or plant, and he’ll know it,” says owner Cecilia, who can also call in a chef to cook authentic island cuisine – choose your adventure.

This vacation rental in Raiatea can be rented as Casa Serena, or together with Casa Paz.

Description

With six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in total, Casa Serena and Casa Paz can sleep up to 14 guests. Casa Serena is the bigger home, with four bedrooms and four baths, while Casa Paz has two bedrooms and two baths.

We love that the open-air layout flows with the scenery outside, with easy access to the pool and pond. The property is a great place to gather with loved ones and explore the calm turquoise water.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

These homes feature air conditioning in the bedrooms only and ceiling fans in all rooms. They come with a staff, including a full-time housekeeper, house manager, groundskeeper, and on-call driver for the boat. The property has a private dock and beach. Wifi is available in all rooms, and there is a washer and dryer. Enjoy free parking on premises, plus shampoo, fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit.

AROUND

Raiatea means “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light,” and is thought to be where Polynesia originated. Beyond the light, the island is also beloved by water sports enthusiasts.  Windsurfing and kiteboarding in Raiatea are popular pursuits; you can even dive with whales or take a tour through the coral reefs, or sit safely above the sea on a speedboat – pulling a wakeboarder if you wish. The warm waters around French Polynesia are also known for big game fishing – a full or half-day excursion can be arranged to catch Mahi-Mahi, Yellow Fin, or Marlins.

Raiatea is less touristy than other parts of French Polynesia; the area is simple with a few supermarkets (go for the selection of French cheese, produce and wine). The house manager can also arrange for a guided hike up Temehani – blooming at the summit are Tiare Apetahi, a flower very near extinction. Venture out for Fish & Blue, a local restaurant (just three minutes away) run by a French couple, with its tables in the water. Savor a sunset and the catch of the day.

The property is 15 minutes from the village, with its three supermarkets, gas stations, hospital, bistro, and all kinds of shops. It is 10 minutes from the large marina, where there is boat rental and a dive operator. The local airport has 4-6 daily flights to the capital in Tahiti, a 30-minute flight.

LOCATION

Raiatea Island in French Polynesia. Nearest airport: Raiatea (12 minutes).

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring, Winter, Fall

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  • Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia |
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  • Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia |
  • Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia |
  • Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia |
  • Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia |
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  • Casa Serena, Island of Raiatea, French Polynesia |
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Info
Bedrooms6 bedrooms
Bed TypeCasa Serena: Master bedroom: King size, Room 2: 2 Full size, Room 3 and Room 4: Queen size. Casa Paz: Bedroom 1 and 2: Queen size
KitchenFully-equipped kitchen
Bathrooms5 bathrooms
Accommodate14-16 people
InternetInternet
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome, but not a childproof property
Pet friendlySmall pets allowed
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Rates
Sec. Deposit$10000
Check-InAs soon as guests arrive in the island
Check-Outwhenever guests have to leave the island
CancellationTwo weeks in advance: full refund
One week in advance or less: We'll refund 60%
NotesThe house has a pool and a pond and they have no covers, hence it is not childproof.
Season Start Date End Date Weekly Min Stay
High SeasonMay 1Sep 30$250007 nights
High SeasonJul 31Sep 30$250007 nights
Low SeasonOct 1Apr 30$220005 nights
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