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.