Daily American buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
Book a 5-night package and receive round-trip airport transfers and a dinner for two
Overwater Bungalows with glass-paneled floors
The Manea Spa for pummeling (in a good way) Polynesian massages
On-site PADI dive center
Pink sand beaches, unique in Polynesia
What To Know
WiFi is not available
A city tax of approximately $2 per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Sun worshipers will be in heaven, but if you’re easily bored of sun and sand, this might not be the destination for you
The front desk is staffed only between sunrise and dinner
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An end-of-the-earth hideaway dotted with luxe overwater bungalows in French Polynesia’s tiny Tikehau Atoll.
This is the stuff of Robinson Crusoe fantasies. Tikehau Atoll, about an hour’s flight from Tahiti, has a population of just 500 (or thereabouts) — while its lagoon harbors marine life so dense Jacques Cousteau declared it to have the richest concentration of fish in French Polynesia. Forming a near-perfect circle around a placid lagoon, this end-of-the-earth hideaway is as far from civilization as you can get.
Bed and Bath
The 24 Overwater Bungalows hover over a turquoise lagoon, and the 13 Beach Bungalows sit on coconut-fringed pink sand. All accommodations have high ceilings and offer at least 592 square feet of elbow room. The beachfront bungalows feature outdoor bathrooms, and the stilted bungalows offer direct access to the shimmering lagoon (Note: The island is small enough that a slow lap around its pink sand shores takes just 20 minutes).
Sunning, swimming and diving are the main activities here, though more adventurous guests can charter a fishing boat for a day of deep sea angling, plan an excursion to Bird Island, or commandeer a private island for a beach picnic. Francophiles can dine at Tevairoa restaurant, and there are a petite spa and PADI dive center on-site. Listening to the waves lapping at the shore or watching the reflection of the stars in the lagoon, you can easily understand why Paul Gauguin was so transfixed by this exotic, far-flung corner of the South Pacific.
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Tikehau, French Polynesia
How to Get There
Flights are available to Tikehau Airport (TIH) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers by boat and shuttle to/from TIH, about 20 minutes away, are $41 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property.