Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
Really nice place, close to nature. We loved snorkeling there every day. Also kayaking, rode bikes on the main island, and lots of relaxation. Wifi doesn't reach the bungalows so you can just get back to basics, thankfully. Very interesting sea life. We spent 12 nights there. Only criticism is that we wish they had a cheaper light continental breakfast, as the buffet was too spendy and too much food in the morning. Of course everything is expensive due to being shipped in special. But otherwise great place no complaints!
This is our 7th visit to French Polynesia. My husband and I have visited many of her islands and love each and every one for different reasons. All have something magical to offer. Having said that, I must say that our visit to Tikehau at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort was one of our most cherished visits. This atoll has captured my heart. The staff are amazing...warm and friendly and are willing to go above and beyond to make your stay perfect. They upgraded our room to a better location and did everything they could to accommodate us and make our stay heaven. I cannot say enough good things about this gem of a hotel. Tikehau is a tiny atoll but it has the most beautiful snorkeling, water and beauty. The food at the restaurant was excellent. We took an excursion out to Bird Island and it was magical. The sunsets and the sunrises are to die for. The bungalows...even their standard bungalows are inviting and comfortable. It is a small place made perfect for divers if you scuba dive and snorkeling in the waters around the property is truly amazing. You see black tip sharks every day and an abundant array of tropical fish. We even saw an octopus on one of our snorkeling days. It is such a peaceful and inviting place. My new favorite place in French Polynesia. We will definitely return again to enjoy all the beauty and magic this place has to offer.
A lovely natural setting. Would be a great place for diving. Lots of sealife just snorkeling. Fabulous beach snd views of both sunrise and sunset. Beach bungalow was steps from the beach with a hammock. Bring a good book as very quiet. Good place to unplug and unwind.
Magnificent resort with no noise,traffic,etc.We stayed in the oversuite which was awesome and spacious with lots of coral surrounding our hut(# 45) and plenty of colorful fish and baby blacktip sharks.As always the Polyinisian people and service at this resort is outstanding as well as the food and amenities.Peace and Quiet and gorgeous water
is what you will have here.Do yourself a favor and just book this resort and see for
We wanted to stay at one of the atolls and we came upon this one at a very affordable rate - stayed for 4 nights in overwater bungalow #11 for $1700 from April 15-20. This was a bargain compared to other resorts in French Polynesia. Included breakfast. Our bungalow was not end of pontoon and did not have steps directly into water, but did have lovely unobstructed view toward the ocean. There were stairs very close by (less than 25 yards) down into water so snorkeling was very easy and we were glad we didn't pay extra for a bungalow that had them.
As for noise from other guests - NONE! Very few guests during our stay out in the bungalows. No one on either side and since the bungalows are staggered, no one directly across from us. We went to bed early (9 pm) and slept very peacefully, even the night it rained all night. We always got up early and one morning walked a short distance to get beautiful views of the sunrise. Every night we were treated to a beautiful sunset (not directly from our bungalow but just a short walk away by the office.)
The restaurant had excellent service. The breakrfast was a nice spread - fruit, sausages, eggs, meats, cheese, breads, cereal, yogurt. The menu for lunch and dinner was good, too. We loved the French cuisine at dinner and never had a bad meal. The lunch did have more typical sandwich selections than the Pearl in Bora Bora.
We did not do any excursions as we're not divers but we both did a lot of snorkeling. My husband also did a lot of kayaking. It was a lot of fun for him to go to the nearby islands.
On our anniversary we opted for special romantic breakfast on our deck. They did an excellent job and it was quite a spread, complete with champagne for Mimosas.
The pick up service at the airport was very efficient. A quick shuttle ride to dock followed by a short boat ride. This is pretty standard around French Polynesia and all resorts charge for it. Don't pay attention to reviews that complain about the rate. Just factor it in and don't be surprised at the charge. They notify you up front when you make your reservation.
We had an awesome time here - better than Bora Bora. The staff was very friendly. We even got a HUGE chocolate heart-shaped mousse cake for dessert on our anniversary. We were really glad we selected this property because it is smaller and more intimate.
By the way, we did see some small reef sharks at night. Pretty cool. My husband saw them during a day as well but they did not bother him.